OAUG Connection Point 2012 in Austin, TX (July 11-12, 2012)

OAUG Connection Point 2012 is coming to Austin, TX, July 11-12, 2012! The conference will be held at the Omni Austin Hotel in beautiful downtown Austin, TX.

The keynote will be given by Jeanne Lowell, Vice President, Oracle E-Business Suite Strategy, Oracle Corporation. (Hopefully we can extract some R12.2 news from her!)

Other featured speakers include:

Elke Phelps, Senior Principal Product Manager, Oracle E-Business Suite Applications Technology, Oracle Corporation. (Elke always gives interesting and informative presentations!)

David Bowin III, Oracle Fusion Applications Product Development, Oracle Corporation

Amrita Mehok, Senior Director, Product Strategy, Oracle Corporation

Some other names you may recgonize will be presenting as well:

Alyssa Johnson, ROLTA (Sessions # 10913 and 10933)
Anne Carlson, Oracle (Session # 10868)
Art Dowd, O2Works (Session # 10829)
Barbara Matthews (Session # 10925)
Bill Dunham, OATC, Inc. (Session # 10915)
John Stouffer (Session # 10880 and 10924)
Michael Barone, OATC, Inc (Session # 10905 and 10907)
Mike Swing, TruTek (Session # 10878)
Susan Behn, Infosemantics, Inc. (Session # 10821)
…and many more!

Oh, and I’ll be there too! I’m giving my “Anatomy of an Upgrade to 12.1.3 (including Platform Migration)” presentation (Session # 10802). I’ll also be participating in John Stouffer’s “R12.1 Upgrade Panel” (Session # 10924) along with Bill Dunham, Mike Swing, and Alyssa Johnson. The panel discussions are always entertaining and provide an excellent way for the community to discuss their challenges and experiences.

“Early Bird” Registration is open through June 24th. Particularly if you’re in or near the Austin, TX area, this can be a very cost-effective way to network with the community and find solutions to your problems. More information on the conference is available through the OAUG website or this direct link

http://connectionpoint.oaug.org/2012/austin

I hope to see you there!

— James

Collaborate 2012: On Upgrading to Fusion Applications

So I attended the OAUG E-Business Suite SIG session today at Collaborate 2012 in Las Vegas, NV. One of the guest speakers was Cliff Godwin, Oracle’s Sr. VP of Applications Development. During this session, he was answering a lot of questions about E-Business Suite to Fusion Applications upgrade.

One of the more interesting things that he indicated was that upgrading from E-Business Suite R12.1 to Fusion Applications will be more along the lines of what you do during an implementation from a Legacy system into E-Business Suite (than a traditional “upgrade”).

What this means is that you will have to ETL data from E-Business Suite into a fresh Fusion Applications install. So, for all intents and purposes, you will be performing many of the same tasks that you performed when you first IMPLEMENTED E-Business Suite. Or, if you were going from E-Business Suite to SAP (for example).

If you think about it, this makes plenty of sense. Fusion Applications is NOT an upgrade of E-Business Suite. It is an entirely different product. Perhaps part of the problem that I’ve been having with the whole “E-Business Suite to Fusion Applications” discussion has been semantics? Maybe they (Oracle) should stop referring to the process as an “upgrade” and instead a “migration”?

Unlike moving from a legacy system, Oracle is developing templates to aid the ETL process so that you can convert your legacy data. This is a big difference. When you’re converting data from a legacy system into E-Business Suite (or any other application), a significant part of the effort revolves around the need to “roll your own” data conversion scripts. In this case, Oracle will be providing this logic for you.

One of the selling points about moving to Fusion Applications has always been that you could migrate one module at a time. That would be particularly difficult if the process was similar to an E-Business Suite upgrade. But it makes perfect sense if you’re doing a migration more akin to moving off a legacy system.

According to Cliff, initial focus is on the HCM modules and initial release of the upgrade templates is currently planned for some time “later this year”.

— James

Vegas, Baby!

On Saturday night, I head to Las Vegas for Collaborate 2012 (http://collaborate.oaug.org). For the Oracle E-Business Suite community, this is one of the biggest events of the year.

For the uninitiated, Collaborate is the annual conference hosted by the Oracle Applications User’s Group (http://www.oaug.org). Unlike Oracle OpenWorld, which is largely an Oracle Corporation marketing event, Collaborate is a community-oriented conference. While there are Oracle Corporation presentations focusing on the latest and greatest products and features, the vast majority of the papers and presentations at Collaborate are from actual users of the Oracle products.

Many of these are actual war stories. Walk-throughs of actual implementations and upgrades. Solutions that that others in the E-Business Suite community have put together for their sites to solve real-world problems that they’ve encountered. Very often, these are things that are not covered (or are covered poorly) in Oracle-provided documentation.

And it’s not just E-Business Suite DBA topics, either! There are plenty of presentations on module-specific issues given by others who have already “been there, done that”.

In addition to the standard white-paper presentations, there are also panel discussions and Special Interest Groups (SIGs). The panel discussions and SIGs are usually very lively Q&A sessions with recognized industry experts on a wide range of topics.

Planning an upgrade? There’s the two-part OAUG Upgrade SIG (Sessions #10522 and #10722)

Having troubles with cloning E-Business Suite? There’s an E-Business Suite Cloning Panel. (Session #9360)

Thinking of moving to Linux? There’s a panel for that too! (Session #9361)

I will be giving my presentation, “#9554 – Anatomy of an Upgrade to 12.1.3 (Including Platform Migration)” on Wednesday, April 25th from 11:00am to 12:00pm i(South Seas E) and I will also be on the Migrations to Linux Panel (#9361), also Wednesday, from 1:00pm to 2:00pm (South Seas F).

And, while you’re at it, stop by the RedRiver Solutions booth (Booth #1226). I will be hanging out there and helping to pass out updated versions of John Stouffer’s books Oracle E-Business Suite Patching 101 and Oracle E-Business Suite Apps DBA 101.

I hope to see you there!

– James