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Advantages of Oracle EBS (E-Business Suite) Upgrade

Recently, Oracle launched the upgraded Enterprise Business Suite (EBS) 12.2.11. This new release offers significant enhancements across security, performance and stability, new features, statutory, and regulatory updates.

We have enlisted five advantages that can help organizations that are still on 12.1 and earlier versions to plan their next upgrade.

Top 5 Benefits of Upgrading to EBS 12.2.11

#1 Long-Term Premier Support for Lower TCO
Oracle has adopted a Continuous Innovation strategy to deliver innovations and technology stack upgrades positioned around application functionality, scalability, usability, and commitment to reducing the total cost of ownership. Oracle EBS 12.2 promises new functionalities based on the latest technologies along with an assurance of premier support until 2031.

#2 Easier Installation with New Tools
Oracle’s Rapid Install tool facilitates hassle-free installation and deployment of new versions of Oracle Fusion Middleware platform technologies, a new applications code level, and upgrade scripts to move the schema, PL/SQL, and data in place to the new Oracle E-Business Suite release level. In addition, Oracle EBS 12.2 comes with improved compatibility for installation on existing database servers and existing Real Application Clusters environments. With the provision of two tools, EURC-DT and ETPAT-AT, the upgrade process is seamless and error-free. EBS Technology Patch Automation Tool – Application Tier (ETPAT-AT) automates the patching of key EBS Release 12.2.0 application tier technology stack components such as Fusion Middleware and WebLogic Server. Moreover, the EBS 12.2 Upgrade Readiness Checker Tool – Database Tier (EURC-DT) performs important EBS pre-upgrade checks based on a set of key technical requirements by identifying mandatory pre-upgrade steps and mitigating common causes of failure.

#3 Minimal Downtime and Online Patching Feature
Oracle has rolled out a revolutionary feature known as Online Patching, which allows enterprises to upgrade their ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning) applications while the systems are running, and users are online. This ensures minimal downtime, especially for manufacturers and global organizations. Further, application updates are rolled out annually where the updates are cumulative and combined with bug fixes and new features through a suite-wide patch set. On the other hand, technology stack upgrades are rolled out separately wherein new versions of the Oracle Fusion Middleware platform technologies can be accessed without upgrading the Oracle E-Business Suite applications code.

#4 Better Business Value with New Applications
Oracle E-Business Suite 12.2 comprises several cross-functional applications that have been enhanced from the previous versions. In Order Management, Oracle iStore is upgraded with enhanced B2B features like search and filters to quickly find the best products and pricing. Secondly, the Oracle Advanced Pricing Command Center facilitates better pricing maintenance alongside offering greater visibility on pricing using charts, search, and metrics functionalities. Additionally, this command center uses Web Application Desktop Integrator (ADI) to provide a selective update of price lists and promotions using an Excel spreadsheet.

#5 Technical Improvements
Oracle has invested in automation to help companies run EBS on Oracle Cloud Infrastructure (OCI) by provisioning EBS environments on OCI, enabling lift & shift of fully configured, on-premise EBS environments to OCI, and enabling lifecycle management of EBS environments running on OCI. These can be managed using the EBS Cloud Manager.