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Release 12 Oracle Applications Technology
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Table of Contents
Purpose of Document Reference Documents
Overview Technology Components
Look and Feel – “Swan” User Interface
4.2.1. 4.2.2. OAF/JTT Applications Forms Applications
Application Object Library
Overview Identity Management Integration
5.2.1. Overview 5.2.2. Features 220.127.116.11. Revised Login and Change Password Pages 18.104.22.168. Synchronous LDAP User Provisioning 22.214.171.124. User Name Enhancements 126.96.36.199. New Deployment Scenarios 188.8.131.52. On Demand User Creation 184.108.40.206. SSO Hint Cookie 220.127.116.11. Automatic Linking of User Accounts 18.104.22.168. Password Validation against Oracle Internet Directory 22.214.171.124. Mixed Case Passwords 126.96.36.199. Server-to-Server Authentication
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5.3.1. Overview 5.3.2. Features 188.8.131.52. Change Schema Passwords with Ease 184.108.40.206. Best Practices for Internet Exposure Certified 220.127.116.11. Security and Manageability Enhanced via New File System Layout 18.104.22.168. Updated Techstack Improves Security
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Oracle User Management
5.4.1. 5.4.2. Overview Features
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22.214.171.124. 126.96.36.199. 188.8.131.52. 184.108.40.206. 220.127.116.11. 18.104.22.168.
Proxy User Integration with Oracle Internal Controls Manager Registration Process Enhancements User Name Policies Security Wizards Centralized Account Provisioning
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5.5.1. Overview 5.5.2. Features 22.214.171.124. Server-Responsibility Profile Hierarchy Type 126.96.36.199. Profile Categories 188.8.131.52. Java Cache Support 184.108.40.206. Automatic Menu Compilation 220.127.116.11. Flexfield Segment Additional Where Clause 18.104.22.168. PL/SQL and Key Flexfield Validated Value Sets
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5.6.1. Overview 5.6.2. Features 22.214.171.124. Multi-Org Support 126.96.36.199. Restarting a Request Set 188.8.131.52. Failover Sensitive Workshift 184.108.40.206. Oracle Applications Framework-Based Request Set Submission UI 220.127.116.11. Request Security Implemented with Roles (RBAC) 18.104.22.168. Transaction Manager Implementation with AQ
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Oracle Applications Tablespace Model (OATM)
5.7.1. Overview 5.7.2. Features 22.214.171.124. Automatic Restart of the Generation of Migration Commands and Execution 126.96.36.199. Configurable Default Extent Size 188.8.131.52. New “Tools” Tablespace
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5.8.1. 5.8.2. Overview Features
Oracle Application Framework
Oracle Application Framework
6.1.1. Overview 6.1.2. Features 184.108.40.206. Service Interface 220.127.116.11. Service Tester 18.104.22.168. “Swan” User Interface 22.214.171.124. Oracle JDeveloper 10g Release 3 (10.1.3) 126.96.36.199. Personalization Administration 188.8.131.52. Improved About this Page Feature 184.108.40.206. Admin Personalization Usability Enhancements 220.127.116.11. Add More Types of Content to OA Framework Pages 18.104.22.168. Corporate Branding Image 22.214.171.124. Custom Look-and-Feel 126.96.36.199. Personalized SPEL Bindings 188.8.131.52. Read-only Required Items 184.108.40.206. Home Page Favorites 220.127.116.11. Configurable Start Page 18.104.22.168. Home Page Navigator Personalization 22.214.171.124. Attachment Security 126.96.36.199. Flexfield Enhancements 188.8.131.52. Support for WSRP Portal Integration Standard
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Workflow, Messaging, and Integration
7.1.1. Overview 7.1.2. Features 184.108.40.206. Workflow Directory Service Bulk Synchronization 220.127.116.11. Worklist Flexfields 18.104.22.168. Digital Signatures 22.214.171.124. Notification Mailer 126.96.36.199. Workflow Engine 188.8.131.52. Business Event System
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7.2.1. Overview 7.2.2. Features 184.108.40.206. Integration Repository 220.127.116.11. Web Service Provider 18.104.22.168. Oracle Application Server Adapter for Oracle Applications
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Oracle Applications Manager and Grid Control Plug-in for Oracle E-Business Suite
8.1.1. Overview 8.1.2. Features 22.214.171.124. Oracle Applications Manager Dashboard Enhancements 126.96.36.199. Oracle Applications Manager System Alert Infrastructure Enhancements 188.8.131.52. Patch Impact Analysis Enhancements 184.108.40.206. Grid Control Plug-in for Oracle E-Business Suite
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Applications Installation and Configuration Management
9.1.1. Overview 9.1.2. Features 220.127.116.11. Store Base Configuration in Oracle E-Business Suite Database 18.104.22.168. Multiple Domain Support for Database and Middle Tier in Rapid Install 22.214.171.124. Read-Only Shared File System Support 126.96.36.199. RAC Support in Rapid Clone
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Oracle XML Publisher
Oracle XML Publisher
10.1.1. Overview 10.1.2. Features 10.1.2.1. XML Data Extraction Engine 10.1.2.2. Translation Support 10.1.2.3. Desktop Tools 10.1.2.4. Administration User Interface 10.1.2.5. RTF Template Enhancements 10.1.2.6. Bulk Printing Solution 10.1.2.7. Inbound EFT Document Support 10.1.2.8. PDF Book Creation
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Oracle Web Applications Desktop Integrator
11.1.1. Overview 11.1.2. Features 188.8.131.52. Netscape Support 184.108.40.206. Multiple Concurrent Program Submission 220.127.116.11. Create Document Parameters 18.104.22.168. Parameter Validation 22.214.171.124. Performance
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126.96.36.199. 188.8.131.52. 184.108.40.206. 220.127.116.11. 18.104.22.168. 22.214.171.124. 126.96.36.199. 188.8.131.52. 184.108.40.206. 220.127.116.11. 18.104.22.168. 22.214.171.124. 126.96.36.199. 188.8.131.52. 184.108.40.206. 220.127.116.11. 18.104.22.168.
Viewer Flexfield Formatting Duplicate Row Management Generated Value Support for Lines Region Variable Data Type Support Filters Flexfield As Parameter Limit Display of Integrators and Viewers Read-Only Regions Content Download Support for Multiple Sheets Formulas Extensible Viewer Menus Password As Parameter Graph Layout Definition Enhancements Custom Session Configuration Mapping Unique Values to IDs Context-Based Layout Management
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11.2.1. Overview 11.2.2. Features 22.214.171.124. General Ledger - Journals
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Oracle Report Manager
Oracle Report Manager
12.1.1. Overview 12.1.2. Features 126.96.36.199. Submit, Publish, Present, and Display 188.8.131.52. User to Value Security 184.108.40.206. Financial Reports Template Editor 220.127.116.11. Repository Management 18.104.22.168. Migration 12.1.3. Terminology
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13.1.1. Overview 13.1.2. Features 22.214.171.124. Reporting Enhancements 126.96.36.199. Support for Additional APIs 188.8.131.52. New Selection Sets 184.108.40.206. Transformations Decoupled from the Load Process 220.127.116.11. Upload 18.104.22.168. UI Changes 22.214.171.124. Performance Improvements 126.96.36.199. Hierarchical Selection Sets 13.1.3. Terminology
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14.1.1. Overview 14.1.2. Features 188.8.131.52. Ability to Customize HTML documents 184.108.40.206. Ability to Customize Student Guides 220.127.116.11. Ability to Customize Online Desk Manuals 18.104.22.168. Ability to Customize Author Features 22.214.171.124. Support for Hosted Environments 126.96.36.199. Support for Server Version of Author
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1. produced as part of Oracle’s Applications Product Lifecycle (APL). Reference Documents Name Location Completion Date R12 Applications Technology Release Content Document. Purpose of Document The Release Content Document (RCD). 1.2.0 2 .2. content introduced by family packs. Existing functionality from prior point releases is not described. Introduction 2. 2. However. communicates information about new or changed functionality in the specified release of the Oracle E-Business Suite. Rev. mini-packs or standalone patches since the prior point release is included in this document and denoted accordingly.
1.x). 3. The Oracle E-Business Suite database continues to contain Oracle Discoverer EUL schemas. Technology Stack 3.0.3 for Web-based Framework applications.2 phase 2) based on availability.3 10.3 10. 3 2 1 OJSP 2. However.3.0 of the Sun Java Plug-in. but not used.2).1.2 10. Overview The technology stack for Release 12 takes advantage of the latest Oracle technologies for the database and application server tiers.1.1.1. Rev.0 3 .3 10.1.1.2) and as such remains present.0.2/10. certification will be updated to reflect the process and any Oracle E-Business Suite-specific steps.1. Oracle 10g. Also note that Oracle Discoverer 4i is installed with Oracle9i Application Server Release 1 (1.0. in the Release 12 installation.2 phase 1) minimum.4.0.1. Customers wishing to use OracleAS Discoverer 10g Release 2 (10. Technology Components Oracle E-Business Suite uses the following major technology components in the Release 12 Rapid Install.0.1.1. The target is to upgrade to 10g Release 2 (10. based on availability.0 is packaged in Oracle Application Server 10g Release 3 (10.2 10.1.2 2.4 10. The OracleMetaLink note for OracleAS Discoverer 10g Release 2 (10. Oracle Technology Oracle Database 10g1 XDK – Database1 XDB1 XDK – Middle tier Oracle HTTP Client Oracle Application Server Developer Client Libraries Oracle Database iAS Client Libraries Oracle HTTP Server Oracle JDeveloper OracleAS Discoverer 10g2 OJSP3 Technology – Rehosted components BI Beans JDBC Technology – Third party components R12 RI Version 10. Please refer to the R12 Technology Stack Summary spreadsheet for latest availability.188.8.131.52.0 R12 Version 184.108.40.206 10.3 10. On the middle tier.2. R12 Applications Technology Release Content Document. 1. The target is to upgrade to 10g Release 2 (10. 10g Release 2 (10. On the client.2.1. other components are rehosted in the APPL_TOP.1.2) must obtain Oracle Application Server 10g Release 2 (10.0.4.2) and install Discoverer.0.3). Release 12 uses Oracle Application Server 10g and Oracle JDeveloper 10.1. Rapid Install does not automatically deliver and install OracleAS Discoverer 10g Release 2 (10.3 10.2 10.1 10. Oracle E-Business Suite uses Version 5.2). Some of these components are installed in the ORACLE_HOME directories. Oracle E-Business Suite now leverages the latest database version.2 R12 Version 10g Release1 (10.4) minimum is provided initially.1.1.0.
Oracle Product Lifecycle Management has specified a dependency on 10g Release 2 which in turn depends on Oracle Internet Directory 10g Release 2 (10. under discussion) Rapid Install does not automatically install or configure this component. 1.1. Customers wishing to use this technology must obtain and install Oracle Application Server 10g. under discussion.0 5.1.0 4 .2. This version of Oracle Internet Directory is not available until later in the Release12 development cycle. OracleMetaLink notes for the uptake of these technologies will be updated to reflect this process and any Oracle E-Business Suite-specific steps. Customers wishing to use this technology must to obtain and install Oracle Application Server 10g.2 10g Release 1 10g Release 1 (minimum.0 R12 Version 10.0.4 10. OracleMetaLink notes for the uptake of these technologies will be updated to reflect this process and any Oracle E-Business Suite-specific steps. Rapid Install does not automatically install or configure this component.1).0 5. R12 Applications Technology Release Content Document. initial version of Oracle Collaboration Suite (OCS) is 10g Release 1 (10.2 Phase 2). Rev.1.1. 6 5The 4 10g Release 1at minimum.JDK for Web tier JDK for concurrent processing tier Sun Java Plug-in Oracle Technology – non-embedded Applications integration OracleAS 10g Portal4 OracleAS 10g Single Sign-On/Oracle Internet Directory3 Oracle Collaboration Suite5 Oracle Enterprise Manager6 5.
4. 1. Buttons are now standard HTML buttons instead of images. Overview The new “Swan” user interface (UI) greatly improves the look and feel of the Oracle E-Business Suite. the changes to font size and field spacing may require some products to make a small number of minor changes. 4. Look and Feel – “Swan” User Interface 4.2. R12 Applications Technology Release Content Document. A new login screen complements the updates to the overall look and feel. which reduces eyestrain and provides a more pleasant look and feel. Background colors of page elements have been modified for better visual separation of screen elements.0 5 . 4. Rev. The button text and overall shape have been modified to reduce amount of space required for their display. significantly enhancing usability and productivity. to increase their visibility on the screen as clickable elements.1. which required a display server to be set up. OAF/JTT Applications As the relevant changes are made in the underlying technology layer.1.2. The changes made at the technology layer for OAF and JTT products can be summarized as follows: • • • • • • • • • The overall color usage has been changed to a more contemporary and compelling color scheme. The base font has been changed to Tahoma 9pt to make better use of available screen area. most products will not require any direct changes to be made. The entire icon suite has been upgraded to a more sophisticated style that integrates visually with the overall interface design. This new look and feel applies to the whole Oracle E-Business Suite as follows. Tables and other containers have been modified to read well as distinct components. PeopleSoft. The “Swan” UI brings together some of the best UI concepts from Oracle E-Business Suite. All buttons and tabs now have a gradient background. and JD Edwards applications. and replaces the former look and feel. Oracle E-Business Suite will use only the “Swan” look and feel for Release 12. However. Features The “Swan” user interface is a subclass of Browser Look and Feel (BLAF).
R12 Applications Technology Release Content Document. The Navigator has been restyled to be consistent with the other UI changes. 4. Page tabs have been moved to the left side of the screen for better scanning and a clearer relationship with associated subtabs. As noted previously for OAF/JTT products. Rev. Field values have been changed to normal weight.0 6 . and reducing the visual complexity of application screens. 1. no changes need to be made to individual products. these changes have been made in the technology layer.2.• • • The page footer background has been changed to make it more readily distinguishable from other page elements.2. Forms Applications The Forms color scheme has been changed to be consistent with the OAF/JTT products. No changes are made to the position or layout of any fields within Forms. providing further consistency between products.
5.2. scenarios where all user identities are stored in the corporate LDAP server. Improved validation prevents the use of forbidden special characters. unidirectional provisioning from Oracle EBusiness Suite to Oracle Internet Directory. 5. Overview The Oracle Application Object Library (AOL) provides Oracle E-Business Suite with a robust infrastructure for security. Revised Login and Change Password Pages The UI for the Applications Login and Change Password pages has been revised.2.1.2. 220.127.116.11. Application Object Library 5.2. Oracle Application Object Library now supports a mode in which an Oracle E-Business Suite user account is automatically created for SSO authenticated users when they first visit a page in Oracle E-Business Suite. 5. On Demand User Creation A user may be present in Oracle Internet Directory without a corresponding linked user account in Oracle E-Business Suite. SSO Hint Cookie The SSO Hint cookie provides a hint that a user may be authenticated via some other partner application.2.2.0 7 . and now allows customizations. 5.2. the new automatic user account linking feature. or some other custom-defined process.5. that is.2. Synchronous LDAP User Provisioning All user provisioning operations from Oracle E-Business Suite to Oracle Internet Directory are now done synchronously.1.3.2. 5. Features 5. Oracle E-Business Suite attempts to initiate an R12 Applications Technology Release Content Document.1. and only a subset of those are provisioned into Oracle E-Business Suite. Provisioning into Oracle EBusiness Suite can be done via the new on demand user creation feature. 5.6.2. Overview Oracle Identity Management integration has been enhanced to improve usability and administration. Based on this hint. application administration. Identity Management Integration 5.4. 5.2. and configuration.2.2. 1. New Deployment Scenarios Oracle E-Business Suite now supports deployments with lopsided user populations.2. Rev. User Name Enhancements User name changes in Oracle E-Business Suite are automatically synchronized to Oracle Internet Directory.
18.104.22.168.0 8 . Rev. 5. This feature was made available with Oracle Applications Technology 11i.H Rollup 3 and with Oracle Critical Patch Update .3.2.1. 5. Password Validation against Oracle Internet Directory The Oracle E-Business Suite login page can now authenticate a user. and to ensure that public Oracle E-Business Suite pages correctly display personalized content. In Release 12 the base product schemas are locked except during patching. Features 5. Among other uses. Best Practices for Internet Exposure Certified Oracle E-Business Suite now has documented and certified best practices for exposing parts of the Suite to external parties via the Internet.5.2.3. For backward compatibility.January 2006. 5. Change Schema Passwords with Ease A single command line invocation of FNDCPASS changes the password for all Oracle EBusiness Suite base product schemas.2.7.2. 5. Server-to-Server Authentication Server-to-server authentication allows Oracle E-Business Suite products to integrate with Oracle Collaboration Suite components such as Oracle Files.8. even if the password is stored externally in Oracle Internet Directory. Automatic Linking of User Accounts Oracle E-Business Suite now supports a mode in which new user accounts created in Oracle E-Business Suite are automatically linked to existing accounts with the same user name in Oracle Internet Directory.2. 5. Mixed Case Passwords Oracle E-Business Suite now supports case-sensitive passwords.authenticated Applications session instead of an anonymous guest session.9. 5.10.3. 1.2.3.ATG_PF. 5.2. Security 5.2. This feature allows users to connect with a variety of clients which previously required passwords to be stored locally in Oracle E-Business Suite. a mix of case-sensitive and case-insensitive user passwords is supported. this feature is used to trigger on demand user creation.10. which number approximately 200.2. Overview The following security features are either new with Release 12 or introduced since the release of 11. The certified configuration includes the following security-enhancing features: R12 Applications Technology Release Content Document.2.
The read-only nature of the file system makes it easier to share a code tree between environments for development or load balancing purposes.4.10. see “Read Only Shared File System Support”. the retirement of older and redundant technologies such as mod_plsql reduces vulnerability of the system to attackers. outside of patching periods).3. the Oracle E-Business Suite files are separated into directories according to best practice. URL firewall: The URL firewall is a whitelist of URLs required for the certified external product or products.3. "Oracle E-Business Suite 11i Configuration in a DMZ". Oracle User Management 5. Overview Oracle User Management. For a detailed description of this new feature.1. Additionally. Code trees are now free from configuration and log (output) files and can be mounted read-only at runtime (that is.• External Web tier: Separate from the internal application tier. 1.4. is a secure and scalable system that enables organizations to define administrative functions and manage users on the basis of specifications such as job role or geographic location. and also reduces the time required to address backport requests. the external Web tier only allows responsibilities configured as EXTERNAL to be assumed from the external Web tier. by showing auditors that the code can only change during maintenance windows.1. 5. 5. Updated Techstack Improves Security The new technology stack introduced in Release12 enables faster production of patches to address any security issues that may arise. mod_security: An apache module blocking obviously malicious requests. 5.3. Reverse proxy: Reverse proxy can optionally be used for additional separation and deployment in the dirty DMZ. Security and Manageability Enhanced via New File System Layout In Release 12.2. introduced in Release 11.0 .4. Any URL not on the whitelist cannot be invoked. It also facilitates compliance checking.5. Oracle User Management depends on the following products: • • • Oracle Internet Directory Oracle Application Object Library Oracle Internal Controls Manager 9 R12 Applications Technology Release Content Document. Rev.2. Enhancements to User Management in Release 12 reduce the overall cost of ownership and improve the end user administrative experience. • • • The best practices for external deployment can be found in OracleMetaLink note 287176.
Overview Release 12 provides a rich new set of features for functional administrators through an HTML user interface. based for example on: • • • Email addresses User-defined user names Custom policies 5. Functional Administration 22.214.171.124.2. 5. reducing the possibility of error or fraud by ensuring that a single individual does not perform all the duties associated with a key business process or financial transaction. support is now provided for invoking specialized function and data security wizards from the role administration screens in Oracle User Management.6.5. 5. Rev. Features 5.4. allowing that assistant to create. an executive can designate an assistant as a proxy.3. 1. 5. For example. 5.• Oracle Workflow 5. 5.2. as required.2. edit or approve transactions on behalf of that executive. Registration Process Enhancements The Oracle User Management registration process functionality is enhanced to support the following features: • • Registration processes for administrative actions (role assignment) can be defined separately from policies relating to self-service requests.126.96.36.199.5.1. Security Wizards To assist administrators in granting permissions to roles.4. Proxy User Oracle E-Business Suite now allows a user to specify a proxy who can act on their behalf.5. Specific business events or business logic can be invoked for each registration process.1.2. Integration with Oracle Internal Controls Manager Integration with Oracle Internal Controls Manager facilitates enforcement of constraints used for preventative separation of duties.0 10 . User Name Policies User name format policies can be specified as required.2.2. R12 Applications Technology Release Content Document. Centralized Account Provisioning Support is now provided for routing Oracle E-Business Suite self-service account requests through a single registration flow.4.
2. or use another org-sensitive field to derive the operating unit context. Concurrent Processing 5. a user can either choose an operating unit explicitly. Features 5. Flexfield Segment Additional Where Clause An additional WHERE clause can be attached to a flexfield segment to enforce extra validation on that segment beyond the value set.1.6.5. 1. and have been removed. Multi-Org Access Control (MOAC) allows a user to access data for different operating units (OUs) in a Multi-Org enabled instance without switching responsibilities.2. Profile Categories Categories can be used to organize profile options.188.8.131.52. Features 5.6. Rev. In transaction entry or inquiry user interfaces.5.2. Automatic Menu Compilation Menu compilation now takes place automatically. the “Compile Function Security” concurrent program and corresponding adadmin option are no longer required. PL/SQL and Key Flexfield Validated Value Sets Two new flexfield value set types are introduced: PL/SQL validated value sets are validated via a PL/SQL procedure.2. 5. 5.5. R12 Applications Technology Release Content Document.6. 5.1. 5.2. Overview Following are new features for Concurrent Processing in Release 12. Multi-Org Support 5.6. and Key flexfield validated value sets can declaratively reference a key flexfield combination. Java Cache Support Changes in setup data are immediately visible in all Java Virtual Machines (JVMs) without those JVMs having to be restarted.1.2. Multi-Org Access Control In Release 12.5.1. 5. Consequently.4.6. Server-Responsibility Profile Hierarchy Type Profile option values can now be set for a combination of a server and a responsibility.5. 184.108.40.206.1. and to enforce data security by restricting the profile categories that users can view or update.3. 220.127.116.11.0 11 .
Standard Request Submission The Standard Request Submission window now allows users to execute single-org and multi-org concurrent programs.6.6. or restart the entire request set. A new list of values allows users to select one of these modes: “Single OU Concurrent Program”. An administrator can grant groups of programs or request sets (grouped by request group) to a grantee (a role or user). multi-org initialization sets the CLIENT_INFO org context according to the request’s captured context. Concurrent Program Definition The Define Concurrent Programs window is now MOAC-enabled.6.2. The default is null. Rev. the OU field is displayed to the user.1. This feature allows system administrators to control resource allocation.2.2. At submission time. The AQ communication mechanism removes the requirement to set up transaction manager instances for each Real Application Clusters (RAC) instance.2. or none (a null or blank value).3. users can now fix the cause of the failure and restart the request set from that point. 1. At execution time. Additionally. This functionality allows administrators to provide more granular access control on programs and requests.6. For single-org concurrent programs of MOAC-enabled products.2. Failover Sensitive Workshift A system administrator can now specify how many processes of the service instance should run when a service instance fails over to another node in a Parallel Concurrent Processing (PCP) environment. provided the value is valid. 5. users can now put a running request set on hold. “Operating Unit Mode”.0 12 . Request Security Implemented with Roles (RBAC) Permissions to submit requests and monitor requests are now based on grants to roles or users. 5. for example by specifying that fewer processes should run on the failover node than on the original node. 5. 5.6. Restarting a Request Set If a process in the middle of a request set fails. This feature allows system administrators to use Concurrent Processing node R12 Applications Technology Release Content Document.2.4. 5.2. 5.6.5. They do not need to run the remaining processes manually. This field is populated with the value of the “MO: Default Operating Unit” profile option. Transaction Manager Implementation with AQ The Transaction Manager communication mechanism is implemented using Oracle Advanced Queuing (AQ).6. A new field.5.2. Existing assignments of request security groups to a responsibility still work as well. Oracle Applications Framework-Based Request Set Submission UI An Oracle Applications Framework-based UI for request set submission is available in this release.18.104.22.168. “Multiple OU Concurrent Program”. allows users to specify the category for a concurrent program. and later remove the hold. the operating unit for single-org concurrent programs of MOACenabled products is captured and stored as part of the request context.
by running an “activator” that replaces existing seed data and activates the data in the personalization tables.7.2.failover functionality for Transaction Managers. New “Tools” Tablespace This new feature improves manageability and performance by consolidating tools-related database schema objects into a single tablespace called “Tools”. 1. Each instance of Oracle E-Business Suite can run in one industry at a time. Automatic Restart of the Generation of Migration Commands and Execution This new feature eliminates manual steps by automating the migration process for those commands that previously required manual steps.7. As an example. The new tablespace includes the database schema objects for products and components such as Oracle Portal (Repository). 5. The initial default extent size is 128K.1. Oracle Discoverer (EUL).2. R12 Applications Technology Release Content Document.7. This enhancement reduces the overall migration time and improves manageability. to minimize space management operations for large tablespaces. Oracle Internet Directory (Repository).2.7.0 13 . Features 5. Industry Terminology 22.214.171.124. has been introduced to specify that the communication mechanism should use DBMS_PIPES in a non-RAC environment. These overlays cause certain terms to be replaced by industry-specific terminology for that industry. 5. this can if desired be increased to either 1MB or 10MB.1. Configurable Default Extent Size This new feature allows you to specify the default extent size as part of the migration process.7. 5.2. Oracle Applications Tablespace Model (OATM) 5.8. Overview The following new features are available with Release 12.3. Concurrent TM: Transport Type. Rev.2. Oracle Application Server Single Sign-On. 5. the retail market may require that the term "Building" be replaced with "Store". Terminology overlays are planned for 47 industries. Overview Terminology overlays are now available for specific industries. 5. A new profile option.
5. Terminology changes are also applied to messages and lookups. • • • R12 Applications Technology Release Content Document. 1.0 14 . overhead running these personalizations is minimal. Rev.8. Because this framework is heavily optimized. Changes are not applied to seeded menus or to applications written on the JTT technology stack. Oracle Application Framework user interfaces are modified using the Oracle Application Personalization Framework in the “verticalization” layer. Features • Oracle Forms user interfaces are modified using Forms personalizations.2.
1. service tests can be played back from either JDeveloper or from the operating system command line.2. 1. Service Tester The service tester user interface is used to create unit and integration tests.1. Oracle Application Framework 6. the new “Swan” user interface (UI) greatly improves the look and feel of the Oracle E-Business Suite.1.4. Service data objects are used to represent business objects in a standardized manner.1. and are now included in the base version of Release 12. Oracle E-Business Suite will use only the “Swan” look and feel for Release 12.1. The service interface provides consistent APIs and error handling behavior across the different application products.2. 6. The service interface. where the output of one test is used as the input of a subsequent test An option to suppress the commit of test data 6. For integration testing. Overview Following are the new features for the Oracle Application Framework.2. As part of periodic system tests.1. All other features first appeared in a patch to Release 11.2. The “Swan” UI brings together some of the best UI concepts from Oracle E-Business Suite.10. “Swan” User Interface As stated in Section 4. PeopleSoft.6. Oracle JDeveloper 10g Release 3 (10. service tester.3) Release 12 leverages Oracle JDeveloper 10g Release 3 (10. Features 6. significantly enhancing usability and productivity. ”Swan” user interface changes.3) are new for Release 12. and optionally configure a service as a public Web service. R12 Applications Technology Release Content Document. and JD Edwards applications.5.1. See the Oracle Integration Repository for more information on how to register and discover services.3). and each test suite can have multiple test cases. Rev. 6. 126.96.36.199.1. Oracle Application Framework 6. each test file can contain multiple test suites. This release of JDeveloper is a J2EE development environment with end-to-end support for modeling.1. Included is support for the new Service Data Object standard to increase interoperability in a Service Oriented Architecture. The tests are recorded in documents as structured XML data.1.0 15 . The service tester supports the following features: • • • Field masking. Service Interface The service interface is a Java interface that is designed to support both web services and local Java APIs. and uptake of Oracle JDeveloper 10g Release 3 (10.2.1. so that variable data such as the current date does not cause a test failure Pipelining.
the context defaults to the page. Admin Personalization Usability Enhancements Usability enhancements include: • Jump directly to the Personalization Hierarchy page.7. where the associated personalizations can be reviewed and edited.1. and whether they use unsupported features specific to the Oracle Forms stack The ability to launch Admin Personalization from the About page 6.8.0 16 . • • Add new regions or extend existing regions into pages. 6. The Personalization Document Manager feature also allows you to replicate personalizations across database instances.2. 6.5. edit.6. and responsibility you were using.1. Add More Types of Content to OA Framework Pages Admin Personalization now supports the inclusion of more types of content in OA Framework pages. bypassing the Choose Context page when the current context is known. On the Personalization Hierarchy page. Rev. R12 Applications Technology Release Content Document.2. Personalization Administration Release 12 extends the existing command line personalization import/export capabilities with HTML pages included in the Functional Administrator responsibility.1.1.developing. you can easily get to the Manage Levels page to view. Oracle JDeveloper 10g Release 3 (10. Personalization-related error messages include a link to launch the “About this Page” feature.2. 1. or entirely new applications and services to be built easily.3) allows existing Oracle Application Framework applications and services to be extended. Improved About this Page Feature The About this Page feature has been extended to include the following: • • • Last 10 patches applied on the instance Flexfield definitions on the page.1. a new "Simple" page hierarchy makes it easier to get to the items to be personalized by hiding layout-only container regions. • • • 6. If you have a problem with a personalization you've created. This greatly simplifies the personalization experience for configurable pages such as the Sales Dashboard. The "Complete" view of the personalization hierarchy structure allows you to see and personalize all the layers of regions and containers. and debugging applications and Web services. or deactivate your personalization if necessary. When you use the Personalize links. A new UI for personalizing configurable pages separates layout and content into two separate tabs. Include external JSP or HTML regions in existing pages. function.2.
16.2. such that specific categories of attachments may be restricted for use to users in a specific role.Personalized SPEL Bindings SPEL (simple expression) bindings can be used to substitute or override the base SPEL bindings for rendered. add a favorite.1.• More item styles are supported for creating new items. Flexfield Enhancements Flexfield errors are handled more gracefully. Home Page Navigator Personalization The Navigator feature of the Home Page can now be personalized to hide or show any of the responsibilities for a user.14. Configurable Start Page Users can now use the Preferences link to set the start page that displays after login.1.2. 6. This feature lets users bypass the Home page and go directly to the specified page.2.1. required. Custom Look-and-Feel Custom Look-and-Feel (CLAF) gives you the ability to create new looks and feels (skins) to match your organization's web UI standards. and read-only properties. and reorder favorites from within a single page.188.8.131.52. Read-only Required Items Mandatory fields can be marked as read-only to prevent users from editing fields during an update record flow. Home Page Favorites When users add or edit Favorites links on the Home Page. 6. Attachment Security Attachments can now be secured at the category level.2.17. rename a favorite. the enhanced personalization interface now allows users to search for functions (business flows).1. 184.108.40.206. R12 Applications Technology Release Content Document. 1. You can create a new look and feel (LAF) that makes your E-Business Suite applications look like your corporate web site.2.10. 6.0 17 .9.1.2. Warnings are raised at flexfield compile time if an OA Framework flexfield uses incompatible features used by flexfields in the Oracle Forms-based forms. You can now secure an attachment category to Application Security rules.1. 6. 6. Rev. 6. 6. Corporate Branding Image Now you can change the corporate branding logo using a profile option: set the profile option "Corporate Branding Image for Oracle Applications" (FND_CORPORATE_BRANDING_IMAGE) to the name of an image file (GIF) that contains your corporate image.
Now you can put EBusiness Suite content into Oracle Portal or other vendors' portal products. R12 Applications Technology Release Content Document.1.0 18 . Support for WSRP Portal Integration Standard Release 12 of OA Framework includes support for the WSRP standard. Rev.6.18. 1. which allows integration of content from multiple vendors into portal pages.2.
and response action Ability to verify the signed documents through an evidence store user interface after the signing process R12 Applications Technology Release Content Document. Overview Oracle Workflow delivers a complete business process management system that supports business process definition. 7.1.3. and business process integration. Oracle Workflow 7. Features 7.0 19 . automation. message body. after a role was used in a role hierarchy it was no longer possible to resynchronize the partition with the source originating system in its entirety.2.1. business process automation. routing information of any type according to user defined business rules. Workflow Directory Service Bulk Synchronization The Workflow directory service bulk synchronization concurrent program can now recreate a directory service partition that includes roles that are part of a role hierarchy.1. 1. a dollar amount can be published from the workflow message to a personal worklist view and then used for sorting. response attributes. The personal worklist views can be assigned to a function and then assigned to a user or group of users.2.5. including subject. New pages are added to configure this feature: • • Worklist Flexfield Rules: Setup page for creating rules to populate the worklist flexfield columns Worklist Flexfield Rules Simulation: Test page used to show the net effect of multiple worklist flexfield rules on the Worklist 7. Messaging. Worklist Flexfields Oracle E-Business Suite system administrators can now promote information stored in notification message attributes from the notification detail page to a personal worklist view for viewing and sorting. Digital Signatures The digital signature infrastructure now supports the following: • • Ability to digitally sign the entire notification contents.2. Oracle Workflow in Release 12 adds new and enhanced features to improve supportability and performance. and continuous improvement of business processes. and Integration 220.127.116.11. In Release 11. although data was incrementally synchronized at real time. Oracle Workflow enables modeling. Rev.1. For example.18.104.22.168. Workflow. 7.1.
Enhanced error handling for mass failures: In cases where many users have been set up with invalid email addresses. it sends a system alert to provide easy visibility to system administrators and applications DBAs as to the status of the Workflow Mailer Service without having to review log files. These bulk array interfaces offer significant performance improvements over the single work item APIs when starting many workflows at the same time.6. R12 Applications Technology Release Content Document. • • • 7.1. such as in a batch program. Override address: The test address is set in a new Set Override Address page and requires a verification code to be entered before the notification mailer begins sending notifications to that address.2.5.• Enhancement of the notification purge program to exclude purging of signature-enabled notifications 7. BES calls a generated PL/SQL package statically by passing the function name to be executed. the workflow directory service is updated to no longer send e-mails to those users. 7.4. This feature provides performance gains for event subscriptions processed within a single session. o Skip to Next: Roll back only the errored subscription and then continue processing subsequent subscriptions.2.2.1. Business Event System The Business Event System (BES) now includes: • Event and subscription caching at the PL/SQL layer: When a business event is raised. 1. the Event Dispatcher queries a cache before running SQL on database tables to identify the corresponding event subscriptions in order to reduce SQL executions. This feature eliminates the overhead of the dynamic SQL used to call rule functions prior to Release 12. System alerts integration: When the Workflow Mailer Service encounters errors. Declarative event subscription error handling: You can choose between the following “On Error” conditions when defining new subscriptions: o • • Stop and Rollback: Stop processing any further subscriptions and roll back those that have already been executed. such as batch programs or high volume data entry scenarios. Notification Mailer The notification mailer now includes the following new and improved features: • • Simplified configuration: The notification mailer configuration wizard is now split into basic and advanced pages.1. SSL Support: The Workflow Mailer Service can now connect to IMAP and SMTP mail servers a using SSL authentication.0 20 . Rev. PL/SQL rule function optimization: PL/SQL packages are generated for all registered rule functions during installation. Workflow Engine The Workflow Engine now includes a bulk array interface for creating and starting processes.
0 21 . Features 7. and integration points that acts as the service broker for Oracle E-Business Suite.2.2. and deploy Web services. Oracle Application Server Adapter for Oracle Applications Oracle Application Server Adapter for Oracle Applications is a component of Fusion Middleware accessible through Oracle BPEL Process Manager. test.2.1.2. including Web services. multimodal. application programming interfaces (APIs). interfaces. Integration 7. and real-time connectivity to Oracle EBusiness Suite. 7. Built on top of the Integration Repository. This directory functions as a catalog of all Oracle E-Business Suite integration points. Integration Repository The Integration Repository is a comprehensive online directory of Web services.1.2. it is a comprehensive tool to browse candidate integration services and to deploy them as Web services.2. and business events.2. Rev. The Integration Repository includes pages for searching and viewing all available integration points with just a Web browser.2.3. The adapter provides comprehensive. Overview Following are the integration features that are new in Release 12. 1. online catalog allows users to discover and deploy the appropriate business service interface for integration with any system. bidirectional. 7. OracleAS Adapter for Oracle Applications exposes the following technology interfaces: R12 Applications Technology Release Content Document. or business partner. This complete. This unified repository exposes the following interface types: • • • • • • • • • • Web services XML messages EDI transactions PL/SQL procedures Java APIs Open interface tables Database views Concurrent programs Service beans Service Data Objects 7. Web Service Provider The Web Service Provider allows you to publish.7.2. application. business-to-business (B2B) protocols.2. legacy integration technologies.2.
Oracle e-Commerce Gateway: Provides a common. Concurrent programs: Enable data to be moved from interface tables to base tables. The associated concurrent program should be running. standards-based approach for Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) integration between Oracle E-Business Suite and third party applications.• Interface tables: Enable data to be inserted into or updated in Oracle E-Business Suite. APIs: Enable data to be insert into and updated in Oracle E-Business Suite. This technology helps with insertion and retrieval of data from Oracle EBusiness Suite. Oracle XML Gateway integrates with interface tables. Views: Help with retrieval of data from Oracle E-Business Suite. and views to insert and retrieve data. the Business Event System. Business events: The Business Event System plays a key role in making any Oracle E-Business Suite instance open and easy to integrate with other application systems. Oracle XML Gateway: Enables bidirectional integration with Oracle E-Business Suite. • • • • • • R12 Applications Technology Release Content Document.0 22 . 1. as well as providing other application-specific program functionality. Oracle E-Business Suite now has more than 900 integration points exposed as business events. to move the data from the interface tables to base tables. which exposes OAGIS (Open Applications Group Information System)-formatted XML documents for commonly used Oracle E-Business Suite business objects and business interfaces. Oracle XML Gateway is a higher-level API. Rev.
1. These reports provide diagnostic information related to possible security issues such as: • • • • Dictionary attacks Duplicate logins Direct access to unauthorized functions WTI failures 8. Oracle Applications Manager Dashboard Enhancements 8. Built directly into Oracle E-Business Suite.2. Oracle Applications Manager and Grid Control Plug-in for Oracle EBusiness Suite 8. Summary and context information for each alert is available as the business event payload in XML form. The Grid Control Plug-in for Oracle E-Business Suite extends Oracle Enterprise Manager to provide central monitoring and cloning automation for Oracle E-Business Suite.1.1. Performance The enhanced Performance dashboard provides administrators with key performance metrics related to online. Overview Oracle Applications Manager and the Grid Control Plug-in for Oracle E-Business Suite offer an integrated set of features for Oracle E-Business Suite system management.1.8. 8. system administrators can now subscribe to receive automated alerts when concurrent requests run longer or wait longer than specified thresholds. the dashboard shows these metrics for each RAC instance. Rev. The Grid Control Plug-in for Oracle E-Business Suite requires Oracle Enterprise Manager Grid Control 10g Release 2 (10. Additionally.1.2. batch. System Management 8.1.1. Following are the features that are new with Release 12. For customers using Oracle Real Application Clusters. Diagnostics Oracle Applications Manager now allows administrators to schedule and run Diagnostics tests as batch programs.2. These reports check the Oracle E-Business Suite system configuration against Oracle’s best practices and detect possible security violations.0 23 .2. The Diagnostics dashboard provides new graphical views of R12 Applications Technology Release Content Document. The plug-in also links Grid Control with Oracle Applications Manager.2.1.1. Features 8.1. Security An updated suite of diagnostic reports is now available within the Security dashboard. and workflow activity.1. This information can be retrieved via standard business event integration mechanisms. Application system alerts are exposed as business events.2).1.2.3. Oracle Applications Manager provides a broad array of features to facilitate system management and maintenance. 1. 8.1.
alerts are enhanced to allow summary and context information to be retrieved in XML format via standard business event integration mechanisms. These views enable administrators to perform root cause analysis of system alerts. 1. Impact analysis now highlights patches that include branched files to help System Administrators identify files from a particular branch that are being overwritten by the same file in another branch or in the mainline.2. Grid Control automates the creation of clone systems and R12 Applications Technology Release Content Document.1.2. configuration management and patch management.diagnostic test executions and failures.4.1. Additionally. 8.3. 8.1.2. Clone Automation The Grid Control plug-in now allows Oracle E-Business Suite systems to be cloned via the Grid Control provisioning framework.2. For Oracle E-Business Suite systems that use AutoConfig. Grid Control now has the ability to automatically discover much of the information required to register those systems. A step-by-step interview guides administrators though the cloning process.1. The ability to identify and to merge multiple language patches that are applicable to that system. 22.214.171.124.2. Grid Control Plug-in for Oracle E-Business Suite 8.0 24 . The ability for users to create a list of patches for analysis as a single set.2. which can then be grouped and executed directly from the same interface.1.4. Keyword searches can be performed on the test repository to locate relevant tests. Forms monitoring. Rev.1. 8. Topology Views The Grid Control plug-in now provides service and system topology views for Oracle EBusiness Suite. Automated Discovery of Oracle E-Business Suite System Registration of Oracle E-Business Suite systems with Grid Control is greatly simplified in this release.2. workflow administration. This mechanism provides administrators with configuration options to customize the limits on the number of system alerts and occurrences that are generated by any given issues. Several Grid Control features link directly to OAM features such as concurrent manager administration.4. Seamless Integration with OAM The Grid Control plug-in now provides a tighter integration with Oracle Applications Manager. 8. Patch Impact Analysis Enhancements Key patch impact analysis enhancements include the following: • • • Analysis of patch changes to customized files that are registered with the system.4.2. • 126.96.36.199. Oracle Applications Manager System Alert Infrastructure Enhancements The system alerting infrastructure has been enhanced with a new “flood control” mechanism to prevent multiple instances of a given alert from overwhelming the alert system.
Application Service Level Management The Grid Control plug-in automatically provides service level reporting for key Oracle EBusiness Suite infrastructure services such as concurrent processing and Oracle Workflow. Configuration Management The plug-in provides administrators with the ability to collect.4. 8. Service level alerts can be configured for key throughput and availability metrics. The following configuration data are collected from the application system and automatically uploaded to the Oracle Enterprise Manager repository: • • • • • • • • Application system summary Patches applied Application context files and key configuration files Technology stack inventory Concurrent processing configuration Workflow configuration User activity Custom configuration Administrators can compare snapshots of configuration information across multiple Oracle E-Business Suite systems. compare and search Oracle E-Business Suite configuration data.0 25 . R12 Applications Technology Release Content Document.4. Rev.6. administrators can modify the standard cloning process to include custom actions.1.executes any required application-specific actions. Additionally. 188.8.131.52. 8.2.
3.1. Features 9. COMMON_TOP. Rev.1. This feature eliminates the need to manually copy the configuration information from the first node to all subsequent nodes during a multi-node installation.2. 9. This enhancement provides the ability to have more than one domain for an Oracle E-Business Suite installation.2.4. and technology stack ORACLE_HOMEs can be deployed on a read-only shared file system.0 26 .2.1. RAC support is extended to support ASM as well as features to expand an existing RAC system by adding a node to an existing RAC cluster. 1.2.1. 9. RAC Support in Rapid Clone Support for Oracle Real Application Clusters and grid computing is added to Rapid Clone. Applications Installation and Configuration Management 9. Other Applications 9. APPL_TOP.1. R12 Applications Technology Release Content Document.184.108.40.206. 9. Multiple Domain Support for Database and Middle Tier in Rapid Install Rapid Install supports deploying the database node and the middle tier node into different domains. Read-Only Shared File System Support This feature allows the full Oracle E-Business Suite file system to be shared. Store Base Configuration in Oracle E-Business Suite Database During the installation process.9.txt) that was used in previous releases. Rapid Install stores its configuration information in the Oracle E-Business Suite database instead of the configuration file (config.1. 9.1. Overview Following are the features that are new with Release 12.
Oracle XML Publisher 10. flexfields.1) will already have been able to take advantage of these features.1. parameters.1. users can create and maintain their own report formats based on development delivered XML data extracts. efficient manner. • • • • • The RTF template is enhanced to be richer and more robust in layout options and data manipulation. and event triggers.6. 10. XML Data Extraction Engine Oracle XML Publisher now supports data generation.1.1. 1.2. Note that the features listed in this document were introduced in the mid-cycle Oracle XML Publisher releases since Oracle E-Business Suite Release 11. multiple data groups. and merge XML data generated from Oracle EBusiness Suite to fill the forms with the required data. enabling multiple translations from one source layout template.1. Advances in functionality and usability are made across all aspects of the product. Users can also obtain third party provided PDF forms. query links. such as government tax forms. aggregate functions. Rev. A fast and scalable data engine now provides the ability to generate the XML data for your reports.1. The Oracle XML Publisher data engine enables you to rapidly generate any kind of XML data structure against one or multiple databases in a scalable. Overview Oracle XML Publisher is a new Java-based product available within the technology stack of Oracle E-Business Suite. The data engine supports schema generation. Customers who have taken the Oracle XML Publisher releases (through Release 5.10.2. 10. The data engine can be called to execute the data template using the Concurrent Manager or an API. Administrative functions are simplified with a new user interface. Translation support is added for RTF templates. The data template is an XML document that you construct to communicate your request for data to the data engine. distributed queries against multiple databases. Oracle XML Publisher 10. Features Oracle XML Publisher introduces rich and powerful features in Release 12.10. Utilizing a set of familiar desktop tools such as Adobe Acrobat and Microsoft Word.0 27 .5. single and multiple data queries. Desktop tools are available to plug in to Microsoft Word to automate the RTF template design process and provide advanced preview capabilities. Translatable strings can be extracted in a separate file. Oracle XML Publisher then converts these documents to the XSL-FO format. R12 Applications Technology Release Content Document. The data engine can also generate a default RTF template.
1.cfg file. forms. You can then export the strings into an XLIFF (. define font mappings. 10.1.2. RTF Template Enhancements This release provides new features in the area of graphics and conditional formatting in RTF templates. The Template Builder is tightly integrated with Microsoft Word to automate many RTF template design tasks.0 28 .1." When you define a template as translatable. upload font files. 10. Upload the translated XLIFF file back to the Template Manager to make the translated template available at runtime. Administration User Interface The XML Publisher Administrator responsibility now provides an administration interface. 10.2.1.2. Translation Support The Oracle XML Publisher Template Manager now allows you to define a template as "translatable. For customers who have already configured their systems using the xdo.4. You can also create font mappings to map fonts used in your template to other fonts to be published in PDF output. Desktop Tools The Template Builder for Word and the Template Viewer are two desktop tools that increase your productivity using Oracle XML Publisher. Using this interface you can set configuration properties. The mapping can be defined at the site level.2. or the data definition level.220.127.116.11.1. and template level. and define currency formats. and charts Browse and update the content of form fields Extract boilerplate text into an XLIFF translation file and test translations The Template Viewer is a Java application that facilitates the rapid development of templates by providing advanced preview capabilities. you can enter the translation for each string. or using a text editor. 10. the template level.4. and only at the server level. Oracle XML Publisher extracts the translatable strings. Define Currency Formats This feature allows you to map a number format mask to a specific currency so that your reports can display multiple currencies with their own corresponding formatting. It allows you to: • • • Insert data fields. data definition level.1.xlf) file.2. 1. You can configure the behavior of Oracle XML Publisher at the site level.2.4. Rev.2.3. tables. This XLIFF file can then be sent to a translation provider. 10. a command line utility is available to migrate their existing settings to the database. Previously the properties available through this feature were configurable only through the Oracle XML Publisher configuration file. Upload Font Files and Create Font Mappings You can now upload fonts through the administration interface to make them available to Oracle XML Publisher at runtime. R12 Applications Technology Release Content Document.
4.1. Data Manipulation with an RTF Template • Brought Forward/Carry Forward page totals: Used frequently in financial reporting.1.1. Updateable variables: Updateable variables differ from standard XSL variables <xsl:variable> in that they are updateable during the template application to the XML data.5. this feature allows you to calculate the page total for a given field. SVG chart output support: Charts generated in the template are now converted to the SVG format. and repeating them in the final output based on XML data or parameters. In addition.2.5.2. • • 10. they can manipulate shapes by stretching. Fixed-row enumeration: Users can now specify a fixed number of rows for a table regardless of the amount of data coming into the template at runtime. This functionality allows you to create many new features in your templates that require updateable variables.1. Hyperlink support for shapes: You can add a hyperlink to a shape to enable users to click the image in the document and link to an internal or external destination.3. Graphics Support • Drawing/shape support: Users can now use Microsoft Word’s native support for predefined drawing objects and custom drawings. text or images is now supported. if generating invoices for multiple customers. Rev. • • 10. This conversion improves both the chart image and supporting labels for the chart.2. The link can be static or dynamically determined at runtime. such as a running total.0 29 . This behavior can also be applied to composite shapes in the template. Conditional Formatting • If construct: Rather than requiring the normal xsl:if statement. display it at the bottom of the page to be carried forward.1.5. • • • • 10. skewing.2.2. Parameters: You can now declare parameters in your template and pass values at runtime. and then display it at the top of the subsequent page as the brought forward total. SVG image support: Users can now embed SVG images directly in the template. Background/watermark support: The native MS Word functionality to add backgrounds and watermarks. R12 Applications Technology Release Content Document.10. compressing. 1. Batch Processing Enhancements This release provides better support for batch processing based on RTF templates by providing support for the following new features: • Restart page numbering for section breaks: For example. Currency formatting: Numeric values can now be formatted according to their associated currency code. you can now restart the page numbering for each new invoice.5. Oracle XML Publisher now supports the more familiar “if … then … else” construct.
6. Multicolumn Pages Microsoft Word’s native multicolumn page function is now supported.1.7. The Microsoft native formatting masks are also supported. This release provides the ability to split an incoming document into multiple print jobs that can be directed to the printer or printers.2. 10. 10. Previously all data was wrapped. if header and footer data are being supplied from the data (such as customer name).1.5. such as those that are thousands of pages long. 10. Initial Page Number You can now define the page number from which you want the first page of a report to begin. This feature is useful for documents such as checks.1.2.5. 10. enabling load balancing across a set of printers. Last-page-only content support: You can specify the layout and content of the last page of the report.1.• Reset header and footer: Similarly.18.104.22.168 30 .1.9. Support for Variable Page Layouts Within a Report • Odd and even header and footer support: You can now define different headers and footers for odd and even pages in your output. Rev. The Oracle masks ensure that at runtime the appropriate localespecific formatting is used. These links can either be static bookmarks or dynamic and based on the incoming data stream. Number and Date Formatting You can now use the Oracle number and date format masks to control the display of numbers and dates. Inbound EFT Document Support Previous releases of Oracle XML Publisher provided the ability to generate Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT) formats using an RTF template to communicate payment requests R12 Applications Technology Release Content Document.1.5. • 10. 10.2. Check Boxes You can now include a check box in your template that you define to display as checked or unchecked based on a value from the incoming data.22.214.171.124.5. Bulk Printing Solution The printing of large documents.1.7.5. they can be reset for each new invoice. is problematic in Oracle E-Business Suite using regular printing functionality. 1. Truncate Table Data You can now choose to truncate data in a table cell that is too big for the cell.2.5. 10.11. 10.1.6.8. PDF Bookmark Support Oracle XML Publisher can now generate the bookmark links that display in the PDF navigation pane. invoices or purchase orders in which content such as the check or a summary must appear in a specific place only on the last page.2. 10.10.
0 31 . Rev.1. Section and master page numbering: Users can implement page numbering across the complete master document. 1.2.8. This release builds on that functionality providing several enhancements. 10. scalable fashion. PDF Book Creation This release delivers the ability to create merged PDF documents from multiple subdocuments based on a command file. In addition. Oracle XML Publisher now has the ability to accept a remittance message from the financial institution in the electronic format and to generate XML data from the message for the calling application to update its reconciliation tables. Master header/footer layouts: These layouts can support portrait and landscape page formats in the same document. These features allow the user to build composite documents from subdocuments in a fast.to a financial institution in an electronic format. Hyperlinks: The control file allows the user to build a set of cross-referencing hyperlinks within the master document and across multiple separate documents. Customers can now create master documents that contain the following features: Table of contents: The table of contents can span multiple documents. the links that appear on the left side of the document when opened in Adobe client software. Bookmarks: This feature is the Adobe interpretation of bookmarks. R12 Applications Technology Release Content Document. or across a section made up of multiple subdocuments and numbering on the base documents. Preamble/postscript text: The user can add text prior to or after the insertion of a subdocument into the master document. that is.
1. modify. parameter validation. password as content parameter. Developers uptaking this release do need to take any actions to have their solutions continue to operate after applying this release. Rev. In some cases enhancements automatically become available. generated value support for lines region. use the ADI SDK to create desktop application front-ends to their products. Existing solutions built using the ADI SDK were taken into consideration during the design of these features. including Oracle development teams. The principal focus for this release is to build new features that support the creation of the General Ledger . including performance. additional content download. These solutions include Oracle General Ledger Journals and Budgets.1. Oracle Web Applications Desktop Integrator The features described in this document are split into two groups because they target different audiences. These activities can conform to applications business rules and standards. The creation of these solutions is part of the project to migrate the existing functionality in client/server ADI to the Web. Microsoft Word. Other features are also included in this release to improve client environment support. including variable data type support.Budgets. Filters. This will be noted on a feature-by-feature basis below. The second group of features is added into solutions that are currently built by the Oracle Web ADI product development team and shipped in the Oracle Web ADI patchset.1. including integrator control settings. extensible viewer menus. The features required to create these solutions are multiple concurrent program submission. content download support for multiple sheets. and data handling. usability. flexfields as parameters. and these are of interest to development staff that build Oracle Web ADI based solutions. This technology provides you the ability to use desktop applications with which end users are already familiar. read-only regions. for example. and central logging. R12 Applications Technology Release Content Document. graph. to download. Fixed Assets . become available for the end user after the release is applied.. and are of interest to users of the Oracle General Ledger product. Overview Developers. flexfield formatting. line totals. and BLAF. model. . document parameter creation.11. like Microsoft Excel. duplicate row management. ADI SDK 11.Physical Inventory solutions. administration. Support for document generation on Apple Macintosh (using either the Internet Explorer or Netscape Web browser) is generally available in this release. filters. Support for document generation by users who use the Netscape Web browser on Microsoft Windows is added in this release. End users require only a browser and the desktop application.Mass Additions and Fixed Assets . and upload Oracle E-Business Suite data. 1. and conditionally required field validation.0 32 . layout definition enhancements. 11. The first group of features is added to the ADI Software Development Kit (SDK). including Netscape support. or Microsoft Project.
such as upload. Developers implementing this feature define the metadata for calling and controlling the post-processing programs following a similar process to the existing definition of a single program.Create Assets solution implements this feature to have the user select which corporate depreciation book is to be used. the end user now has the option of running two concurrent programs. The developer has the option of passing in the parameter from the form or menu from which the flow is called. by assigning a list of R12 Applications Technology Release Content Document. No action is required to enable this feature. the user is asked to supply the value for the corporate depreciation book before moving on to selecting a layout. the sheet cannot be generated because the Accounting Flexfield Chart of Accounts is defined in the corporate depreciation book. Netscape support is available to all solutions and customers in this release. To complete the Fixed Assets .11. The functionality is enabled by metadata which controls which program to call.Physical Inventory solution upload. This release provides support for Netscape versions 4. Rev. Without this input.1. after selecting the Fixed Assets . The post-processing program can either be a concurrent program or a PL/SQL API. Control of the programs includes the definition of parent-child dependencies and providing end users control over which programs they want to run in the Upload form. The implementation of Netscape support slightly changes the page flow the user sees after clicking the create document button in the Create Document Page Flow.1. that is. Multiple Concurrent Program Submission Existing import functionality allows you to call a post-processing program to automate the next step after a successful upload.7 or higher on Microsoft Windows.2. Viewer or seeded layouts in the same way they define the parameters for their content. Create Document Parameters During the creation of a document. the second prepares a report on the results of the comparison. 11. Internet Explorer (IE). The feature is designed as a new import type. With this feature defined.2. The first compares the inventory data with the actual data.2. Developers can implement this feature for their Integrator.3. The value entered can also be used in functions outside the creation process. 11. 1.2.Create Assets solution on the Integrator page and clicking Next. a developer has a limited opportunity to query the user for information that is required to create the document. Some solutions require the ability to call more than one post-processing program to complete the upload. the number of times to call the program based on the variation of data in the upload. Netscape Support Oracle Web ADI previously supported only one browser for generating documents.1.1. so existing import implementations are not affected by this new function. and error handling.1. The Create Document Page Flow is now enhanced for additional questions to be asked based on end user selections at runtime.0 33 .2. or asking questions for shaping the data that is downloaded to the document on the Content Parameters page. Features 11. The Fixed Assets .
The workaround was to upload to a PL/SQL API that could detect an existing row in the table and perform an update instead of inserting a duplicate row. the setting automatically zero pads the values in the spreadsheet and in the flexfield form. After they are defined. 11. which is the default behavior.6. several minor performance improvements such as compression of data to reduce the network overhead. Parameter validation is enhanced to provide the same level of list of values and validation support as is available for the interface columns.4.2.0 34 .1. 1. using a flow in self-service. All parameters can now be validated so that errors entered can be caught and dealt with at the time. This feature enables the right-justify and zero pad setting to be overridden. uppercase only. This feature enhances the Oracle Web ADI flexfield form. Rev. You can also now define two parameters as a range. For example. Developers can implement this feature through the already provided mechanism for defining parameter lists. The enhancement to the flexfield form is controlled by the definition of the flexfield value sets. This functionality improves the end user experience. and collection of performance-related statistics to assist in identifying bottleneck areas. When disabled.1. All these performance improvements are enabled for all solutions and customers. rather than waiting for the desktop document to generate to discover that an invalid value was entered. Oracle Web ADI did not consider the handling of duplicate rows from successive uploads when inserting into a table. R12 Applications Technology Release Content Document.5.7.1. A list of values generated from either of these two sources can be displayed as a list box. requiring the end user to conform to these data entry rules: right-justify and zero pad.2. the user navigates to the next standard page. and width. Visual representation may be different. Where there is no list assigned.2. and have this setting turned on for all segments of a particular flexfield or flexfield structure. 11. 11. When enabled. Duplicate Row Management Previously. 11. No action is required to take advantage of these features.the parameters. so existing parameter definitions are not impacted. This functionality is available by default to any solution that has implemented flexfields. the parameter values the user supplies in the flow can be used in any of the extensible or metadata defined options that are currently available to the developer.2.1. A system administrator is responsible for overriding the right-justify and zero pad setting. an invalid content parameter may cause no data to be downloaded. Parameter Validation Existing parameter list functionality allows developers to validate parameters against data in FND_LOOKUPS or against a value set defined in Oracle E-Business Suite. No changes are made to the existing mechanisms for lists of values or validation. Viewer Flexfield Formatting The definition of flexfield value sets provides the implementation team with some useful shortcuts that assist end users in performing data entry. numeric only. Performance This release includes the following enhancements: a cancel button in the download data flow to allow users to cancel the download process. the setting is based on the value set definition.
because the absence of a logical unique key prevents duplicate row management from being applied to such solutions. The column selected to use this method of value generation must not be displayed in the document. using metadata rather than having to develop a PL/SQL API. or fail the entire upload. This feature reduces the time required to define a solution. If end users must enter these values. This enhancement addresses the need for system-generated values that are unique for every row uploaded into an interface. then a value will be generated. The best example of this is the generation of values for the Standard Who set of columns. R12 Applications Technology Release Content Document. If a developer defines the column to generate a new value for each row. Resolution actions are also defined in metadata. The Fixed Assets .Budgets. developers write Java code to support the logic that detects and handles a column that may need to change its data type during upload. These actions can include whether to overwrite or update column values in the current row. fail the current row. 1. Saved documents that are in use and that have a column that is redefined to use this feature continue to work in this release. Some interfaces extend this requirement. which are defined for most Oracle E-Business Suite tables for auditing purposes.Developers can now define the detection and resolution options for a table that can have duplicate rows. 11. Fixed Assets . This logical unique key does not necessarily map to a database unique index.9. Existing solutions that upload to a table interface continue to function as usual. requiring values to be generated for each row. and also to be displayed.2. Developers encountering this need in their solutions can define columns whose values can be derived from a database sequence. the column is not displayed in the document. This functionality is enabled through an extension of the existing method used to define default value generation. but if no value is uploaded. but it may include a database unique index. Developers activate this feature by defining the columns in an interface that make up the logical key that are used to detect a duplicate row.8. serialized list or Java code. To implement this feature. and removes the need for PL/SQL programming to build the API. they need training to enter the correct values.2. This feature provides a framework for supporting this scenario. Rev.Physical Inventory solution uses this feature to generate a unique sequence ID for one of the columns in the upload to its interface table. 11.1.0 35 . Variable Data Type Support Some solutions have business rules that allow for the data type of the value entered in the spreadsheet to be different than the data type that needs to be used when uploading to the interface.Mass Additions and Fixed Assets Physical Inventory solutions use duplicate row management. The end user can be presented with these options in the upload form for selection at runtime where required.1. Generated Value Support for Lines Region Most solutions have a common requirement for the generation of values at upload time. The General Ledger . The server-side code does not override any values uploaded from the saved sheet.
Filters Microsoft Excel provides filtering technology as part of its standard feature set. Attempts to use the solution directly through the Create Document Page Flow instead of the product flow result in an incomplete document. parameters can be included to specify which integrators should be displayed.11.0 36 . In Release11. Rev. Solutions are displayed by default but can be hidden by a flag set against the Integrator. Number.The General Ledger . This feature provides this functionality to all end users. The feature is accessed through the Oracle menu.2. the upload must correctly identify the data type and convert the date value into a string formatted using the database date format.10 the number of solutions being shipped increased to over 100.2. providing an end user with the ability to turn filtering on. and Boolean. assigning attributes that provide the information for retrieving the correct flexfield structure. and turn filtering off.10 also introduced the association of form functions with solutions by the developer. 11. both as an individual parameter and as a parameter range. Flexfield As Parameter Parameter lists exist in Oracle Web ADI as a way of defining lists of data “parameters” in metadata that may be used for a number of different purposes. which perform additional processing before passing parameters to the Create Document Page Flow. 11. and associating viewers with integrators. Release 11.10. Date. the list of solutions displayed on the Integrator page is now determined by whether the form function is present in the current responsibility.1. 11. If the value is a date. Developers define a parameter as a key flexfield using metadata. R12 Applications Technology Release Content Document. Developers can disable the feature by setting a flag against the Integrator definition. This functionality could formerly be implemented on worksheets only by experienced Excel users. creating an impressive list to choose from on the Integrator page of the Create Document Page Flow.1. You can also disable the functionality through the layout definition. letting you hide integrators in the Create Document Page Flow. This new type of parameter is initially required for the Content parameter list in the General Ledger . reset the filter criteria. Using this known relationship.1.Journals solution implements this feature. Oracle Web ADI supports the parameter types String. Optionally. This feature adds Key Flexfields to this list.Budgets and General Ledger .2.5.5.Daily Rates solutions. providing developers the flexibility to use flexfields as part of the Oracle Web ADI page flows. Limit Display of Integrators and Viewers This feature enhances the Create Document Page Flow in three ways: displaying the list of available integrators based on form function security. This feature is enabled automatically for all solutions that create documents in Microsoft Excel. 1. the value for this column can either be the name of a period or a date. The ability to show or hide solutions prevents such solutions from being displayed in the Create Document Page Flow.12. turning the filter functionality on for the lines region of the document. Depending on environment and userselected values. This solution has a column in its interface defined as VARCHAR2. Some solutions need to be accessed only through their product’s existing flows.
A parameter selected by the end user at runtime determines whether to download the actuals data as well. While most solutions are developed for only one of these three applications. 1. The download functionality is enhanced to detect when the worksheet can no longer hold any more rows. If no relationships are defined. and text import. passed SQL.1. the data stored in Oracle E-Business Suite tables may exceed it. not just the current sheet. These read-only regions are protected from modification by end users. Downloading data to multiple sheets is also designed to facilitate comparing data sets. 11. This feature is supported for stored SQL. or with the data grouped into separate worksheets by category.0 37 . Oracle’s own production instance contains over a million General Ledger Accounting Key R12 Applications Technology Release Content Document. Developers can implement read-only regions in two ways. Developers can now define the relationships between solutions and desktop applications to provide a list of valid choices to the end user at runtime. Attempts to change the data in these regions result in error messages indicating that users cannot edit this data. without letting the end user modify this data. Developers can define the categories in metadata or give end users the option of entering their own categories on the Content Parameters page. All sheets are formatted using the instructions from the layout selected for the first sheet.2. create another sheet. If data rows need to be displayed without editing. The breaking up of data is controlled via Java or metadata against the content. 11.536 rows. The Java content constructs the download document with the flags to indicate where a new sheet is to be started. To prevent accidental attempts at editing. Rev. Read-Only Regions In a document. the upload includes the data from all sheets.13. Content Download Support for Multiple Sheets This functionality lets you download data across multiple sheets and continue downloading data into the next worksheet after the current worksheet runs out of rows. and then which desktop application the work will be performed in. a gray background.2. Oracle Project Accounting implements budgeting functionality in which all the data can be generated into one worksheet. flags can be introduced into the result set. selecting the Integrator. Although this limit is large. Java content is enhanced to include additional business rules to detect the conditions required for a read-only row and declare that row as read-only in the download data. In the General Ledger .Oracle Web ADI currently supports three desktop applications: Microsoft Excel. Stored and passed SQL content is enhanced with a reserved column that can return a flag for the rows that are read-only. the Create Document Page Flow formerly did not prevent end users from choosing one of the other two applications instead. namely.1. and continue downloading the data into that sheet. The Integrator page is now displayed first. If a column or parameter in an interface needs to be displayed without editing. the column can be flagged as read-only in metadata. This feature requires a change in the order of the Create Document Page Flow. Users first choose what work they want to do. Microsoft Excel worksheets have a maximum row limit of 65. followed by the Viewer page. This requirement is addressed with read-only regions. the download can bring down budget data for editing and actuals data for comparison. all desktop applications are displayed.Budget solution. solutions require the ability to display data that is required for processing and providing the end user with context. these regions are differentiated from data entry regions by a different format. such as department. Columns can also be declared as read-only using Java content. Similarly. Microsoft Word and Microsoft Project.14.
1.15. 11. or servlets. This enhancement lets solutions prompt users for a password and validate the password.Flexfield code combinations.0 38 . Some solutions need to provide users with a total column to display the sum of values in a row. Oracle General Ledger and Oracle Project Accounting are introducing solutions using the formulas feature. Note that code built using the libraries can have any message or UI values automatically translated.2. In this release. Password As Parameter Some solutions include additional password protection on top of the existing Oracle EBusiness Suite account.2. Developers build the VBA code using the existing libraries provided by the platform or by uploading code that has been built on the desktop.17. Rev. when the actual column location is known. and provides the option of displaying the page either in an embedded form within the desktop application or in a browser window. 11. is problematic because the values may not handle the inclusion of a new column into the sheet. Formulas Using existing functionality. the columns are converted into the correct references at sheet creation time. Any valid Microsoft Excel formula can be used in the default value. After the code is built and uploaded. This functionality allows developers to build their own code which is generated into the desktop application when a document is created. Using the default value in the layout definition page to generate formulas into the sheet. A new default value type identifies when the entered default value is a formula. Developers now also have the option of defining the default value against the interface column so that the formula applies to all layouts that include that column. a developer can flag columns in metadata so that when the document is generated a formula is placed into a total line at the bottom of the lines region to sum all of the values in the column. The menu definition functionality can also be used for calling form functions. while uploaded code cannot. This feature also R12 Applications Technology Release Content Document.16. Extensible Viewer Menus Some solutions have business needs in the desktop application that cannot be met generically. as part of the Create Document Page Flow.Budgets solution implements this functionality. 1. with the option of providing a menu item in the spreadsheet’s Oracle menu to launch their solution-specific functionality.1. allowing end users to continue their workflow without having to return to the self-service window.1. URLs. 11. and a menu item can be defined to call the code. The entered formulas reference the columns by their interface column names rather than the Microsoft Excel cell references. developers and end users continue to use default values to define their formulas.2. This feature can be used to improve the efficiency of end user tasks by automating activities. The functionality is defined by the developer using metadata. This functionality is automatically enabled for any solution downloading data into Microsoft Excel. providing end users with the budget notes and insert new account features. it is associated with a solution. The General Ledger .
1. correct labels may need to be added to make the graph meaningful. The creation of a graph is initiated by an end user. these graphs may require additional formatting to be presentable to others not familiar with the data. as well as some basic properties of the graph. Rev. a developer builds Java code that performs the validation check. Metadata defined for the parameter prevents the value entered from being displayed or saved. Graph Existing Oracle Web ADI functionality lets users graph data in an Excel spreadsheet through the Chart Wizard function. prompting for the password again on subsequent downloads. Another menu option allows the properties of the graph. This process is time -consuming when performed manually. Depending on the data range being graphed. 11. depending on the range of data selected. and ignoring passwords passed in when calling the Create Document Page Flow. to be modified where required.1. such as the chart type. When graph support is used in conjunction with the “Content Download Support for Multiple Sheets” feature. Developers enable graphs for a solution and define the properties of the graph using metadata such as titles. Enhancements for the layout definition flow include the ability to: • • • Modify the default display order of fields. 11. and labels. Layouts can also be defined to create the graphs automatically when a document is created. or hide a column by setting its width to zero.2. Display the header level fields in multiple columns to reduce the number of rows used by the header. The budgeting function within Oracle General Ledger provides for budget data to be secured by a password protecting a budget organization. but can be quickly performed using Oracle Web ADI. A layout includes the definition to create the graph. This feature uses the information defined for the solution to correctly format the chart.Budget solution. two sets of data can be automatically generated into the same graph.19. and then associates this Java code with the password parameter in the parameter list. Failure to enter the correct value prevents the user from moving past that page. After an Excel worksheet is created for a graph-enabled solution. When a user selects this menu option a default graph is generated in a separate worksheet. Define the width for fields that are placed in the lines region.0 39 . the option to create a graph appears in the Oracle menu. The General Ledger . implements this enhancement.2. which is being migrated from client/server ADI to Oracle Web ADI. The General Ledger .1. axes names.Budgets solution provides end users the ability to graph the budgets and actuals data downloaded into separate worksheets in the same graph. R12 Applications Technology Release Content Document.18. providing documents that contain only the fields that are relevant to the task that end users perform. To enable this feature. Layout Definition Enhancements The layout definition functionality provides control over which fields of a solution are displayed in the documents created.includes appropriate error handling for invalid passwords ensuring that passwords are not saved or cached anywhere. For example. such as the chart type.
some users may not be allowed to access some fields. with the style being chosen when generating a document. 11. and users can also select a style in the Create Document Page Flow. This data is then processed and stored in the database as metadata. fonts. The plug-in has access to the session and consequently can base its processing logic on any information that can be derived from that access. To define a style. in which only the required information and parameters need be transmitted across the network. The designer can then use the standard formatting tools in Excel to format the different regions.21. After the review is completed. 11. the layout is created in the spreadsheet. The Oracle style is based on the BLAF standard and has been defined using metadata so that the style can be changed without changing the code. to permit updates only via the list of values. an integrator developer defines metadata that directs Oracle Web ADI to the correct class at runtime. the designer performs an upload from the Oracle menu to upload not data from the sheet but the formatting information. When the style is complete. Depending on the solution or implementation.• • Control the width of fields in the header level. Additional behavior can be mandated based on other metadata settings made as part of the solution requirements. Oracle Web ADI provides the tools to store an ID along with the value that the user has selected from the list of values. 11.0 40 . This configuration allows for a cleaner interaction between the desktop and the middle tier. when a layout is defined a style can be assigned to the layout. and other formatting are applied to the spreadsheet. This enhancement enables specific styles to be designed for Oracle Web ADI documents.20. Rev. 1. Context-based layout management reduces the number of layouts required and controls access to those layouts. To enable calling Java code.2. The system administrator can set a default style for all documents being defined. Custom Session Configuration Some Oracle E-Business Suite applications must perform additional configuration or initialization of their sessions. The documents created by Oracle Web ADI use a style definition to control which colors. Context-based layout management provides developers with the option of creating a Java plug-in that can review the columns assigned to the current layout and remove columns that break any of the product’s business rules. a sample layout is generated into Excel. Integrator developers can enable this feature when associating the columns that contain the value and ID. and to assist the end user in working with this information.1. Context-Based Layout Management The layout definition pages allow the combination of fields that appear in the spreadsheet to be defined to match the relevant business processes.1.22. To enhance performance when resolving the values an end user has selected back to the corresponding IDs .2. This feature provides a Java extensible interface to support this requirement. Mapping Unique Values to IDs Information displayed to end users appears differently from how it is stored in the database.2. Select which columns to continue displaying on the left when scrolling horizontally. R12 Applications Technology Release Content Document.1.
Oracle Sales Offline.Journals The ADI SDK was used to create the Journals solution provided in Release 11. 11.2. Oracle General Ledger.2.5. Features 11. R12 Applications Technology Release Content Document.5. Several improvements in validation functionality are included in this release. Oracle Public Sector HR. Funds & Budgets.1. Oracle Student Systems.2. 1.1.Oracle iStore solutions implement this new feature. Oracle Internal Controls Manager. Oracle Human Resources. They are built using the ADI SDK then shipped independently of Oracle Web ADI. and Oracle Training Administration. either in their own patch or as part of a wider product release. Oracle Projects. 11.0 41 . Oracle Engineering Online.10. This solution allows users to enter and upload journal information from a worksheet on the desktop to Oracle General Ledger. In the Release 11. Overview Solutions define the integration between a desktop application and an Oracle E-Business Suite product. Solutions 11. Oracle International Public Sector Financials. General Ledger .8. Rev. Oracle Sales Compensation.2.2. the following products released solutions: Oracle Financials Intelligence.2.
and Display The submission of financial statements. not the raw report. allowing the entry to be created under any menu. Present. This output is stored in the repository until an end user makes a request to view the report. because the formatted report.2. needs to be available. and variable format reports are now made through Web-based page flows. which formerly would have required the report to be rerun and published. and by allowing people in an organization to make smarter business decisions through easier.1. Publish. Oracle Report Manager depends on the following products: • • Oracle XML Publisher Oracle General Ledger 12.1.1. Oracle Report Manager 12. Overview Oracle Report Manager provides a central. Only at this point is the presentation formatting applied. support is available for the submission of report sets (financial statements) and R12 Applications Technology Release Content Document.1. point-in-time. self-service report repository that delivers information to thousands of subscribers simultaneously. secured. All reports run for Oracle Report Manager deliver their output in XML format. Large production environments have the requirement to submit multiple reports. was stored in the database. This change allows the formatting to be updated. The move to the Web requires a change in how reports are stored and when they are formatted for presentation to the end user. The presentation of report output is now formatted using templates that are based on the industry XSL:FO standard. No client-side Oracle software is required for working with a report.1.0 42 . Migration tools assist a site to move the existing reports into the new repository as a postinstallation activity. ad hoc financial statements.12. 1. The focus of this release is to move away from the existing client/server-based definition. Oracle Report Manager 12. such as Microsoft Excel or Adobe Acrobat Reader. Users of standard and variable reports can now associate an expanded value with the report to build expanded reports. more timely information access. This new release of Oracle Report Manager can be installed on a site without risk of losing reports published under previous releases. Additional steps in the flow include the selection of where in the repository the report output should be stored. submission and publishing model to a Web-based model. only the client-side application used to view the report. The creation of a menu entry for accessing the report is improved. This strategy cuts costs by eliminating the need to ship paper reports. Features 12. Submit.2. Rev. To meet this need. standard reports. The move to the new architecture also allows the existing Oracle Report Manager solution to remain unchanged.1.
this feature provides the means to create and modify templates for financial reports in Microsoft Excel. Repository Management This release introduces functionality to organize and administer the reports that have been published to the database. Publishing and presentation options can be defined in advance and used each time the report or request sets are submitted.2. Some reports cannot be deleted but may require archiving to meet organizational policy or legislative R12 Applications Technology Release Content Document. Rev.4. which require templates built for each financial report.1. Report output from the menu entries continues to support HTML and Excel output. A folder hierarchy can be developed. Oracle XML Publisher provides a central template management feature for storing and administering templates. Oracle XML Publisher also provides tools and instructions for creating templates for other report types. or deleted as required. and now also includes Adobe Acrobat.3. you can modify the default template. Variations in the report are recognized through a time frame or an expansion value. 12. Where several reports are published to the same the node. Templates by default work like the cell-level formatting themes.1.2. 12.request sets (standard and variable reports). For each report in the repository. To improve the end user experience. Experienced end users can develop templates using a standard word processor. 1. Templates are being adopted across Oracle E-Business Suite. merged. and templates using this standard are used to format the report output in Oracle Report Manager. with the option to choose one of the other types. To assist in this process. Only Microsoft Internet Explorer and Microsoft Excel are required. The display page by default displays HTML output. and availability or create a new menu item. Financial Reports Template Editor The industry has developed the XSL:FO standard to format XML reports. Administration of the repository includes removing reports from repository after they are no longer relevant in the day-to-day operation of the organization. User to Value Security In this release the User to Value security functionality is updated and combined into a workbench. 12. The repository management feature can be used to create a logical hierarchy for simplifying the administration of published reports. time frame or expansion value combinations can be selected to let users view the report for a specific point in time and expansion value without leaving the page. security level.1. Users view the report from a form function linked to the report node. and reports can be moved. No client-side installation of any Oracle software is required to work with templates. the page flow for creating a template asks for a report name and generates all the elements into a worksheet for further editing.2.0 43 . re-ordered. The repository is designed to store all instances of the same report under one node in the hierarchy.2.
and to assign reports in the repository to form functions that were defined using a prior release. Repository management tools are also provided to merge old reports with new.requirements. they can be used to secure a report through the User to Value Security feature. When viewed an expanded report includes an Expansion Values list that allows the end user to select a different variation of the same report to view.1. and present page flow. 12.2. An end user can assign an expansion value to a standard or variable report during the submission. 1. 12. You can run the migration as a postinstallation option after you are satisfied with the installation of the new version. A report that has expansion values assigned. A financial statement when run with a content set that contains page expands automatically splits the report output and assigns an expansion value to each report. A migration path is provided for customers who have published reports using previous releases. Terminology Term Expansion value Definition A value assigned to the report to differentiate one variation of a report with one set of parameters to another variation of the same report with a different set of parameters. Expanded report R12 Applications Technology Release Content Document. After expansion values are assigned.0 44 .5. so that one report actually represents multiple variations of the same report.3. Rev. Migration Previous releases of Oracle Report Manager stored reports in tables shared by other products in Oracle E-Business Suite. Reports are archived from the repository to a set of archive tables that can be backed up and purged. publish.1. This release provides instead a set of dedicated tables for storing and administering reports. You can also restore these reports from the archive.
9. users can compare setup data between snapshot files.1. Manufacturing.1. and Excel formats.1.2. 13.3. Oracle iSetup 13. Reporting on Selective Data Oracle iSetup enables reporting on a need basis.126.96.36.199. Oracle iSetup now supports object APIs for the Application Object Library.5. 13.2. This feature is available for both standard and comparison reports.10.1.5. Ability to Search Within a Generated Report Oracle iSetup now has a new online view for a generated report that allows searching of records based on certain attributes of the record. Now.1. These snapshot files can be data from a single instance across time.2.1.2. It also makes it easy to manage data on an ongoing basis. Comparison Reporting In Release 188.8.131.52. These objects include many AOL objects. For the present release. Oracle iSetup allows Oracle EBusiness Suite to be implemented faster than ever before. 13. and HRMS product families as well. Report Download Formats Users can now download a report in PDF. Support for Additional APIs In addition to the setup objects supported for migration and reporting in Release 11.1. Overview Oracle iSetup is a web-based tool that supports data management for applications by enabling migration and monitoring of data throughout the application lifecycle. Features 13.2.1. which use FNDLOAD utilities. Rev. Oracle iSetup 13. 13. 13.1. You can selectively choose objects for reporting while creating a standard or comparison report. This feature enables better performance for report generation.2. Financials. RTF.10.2.2. 184.108.40.206.1. and with lower risk. By automating migration and reporting of setup data.1.1.0 45 . Reporting on Setup Data with no BC4J Wrappers Users can now view a report on setup data that does not have any BC4J wrappers. 1.2. Reporting Enhancements Reporting was introduced in Oracle E-Business Suite Release 11. users could report on setup data only for a single instance. or from two different instances. the following enhancements are made to the reporting module. R12 Applications Technology Release Content Document. 13.4. The user must specify the format at the time of report generation.
Now.220.127.116.11.4. Oracle iSetup only allowed attributes to be transformed at the time when the load process was initiated. Upload An Oracle iSetup extract can also be uploaded to an Oracle iSetup instance from your desktop or local file system. R12 Applications Technology Release Content Document. Rev. The extract you upload can be stored in an external repository or downloaded from another instance. 13.2. 13. 13. 13. Performance Improvements The Oracle iSetup architecture in this release offers major performance enhancements in the extraction/loading and the reporting processes.18.104.22.168. 1.2.0 46 .5. These templates are redesigned to include the new APIs and to offer better usability. Hierarchical Selection Sets Oracle iSetup now also supports hierarchical selection sets.22.214.171.124. you can transform certain attributes of one or more data objects within an extract prior to initiating the load process. Note that not all data objects support transformation. UI Changes The UI for Oracle iSetup has been changed to: • • Conform to the BLAF guidelines. 13.1. Terminology Term Selection Sets Definition A selection set is a logical grouping of setup objects.13. New Selection Sets Oracle iSetup offers 16 predefined selection set templates. These sets are offered as templates to the user to help migrate data.1. the extract can be used for reporting or the load process. Transformations Decoupled from the Load Process Earlier. After being uploaded successfully. 13. Provide better usability.1.7.
The model documents consist of procedures.1. it becomes a part of the Tutor model document repository. instructions. the navigation path and the appropriate online help file are referenced. Tutor Author also helps you convert an an Oracle E-Business Suite online help file to Word for easy editing. 14.1. Following are the new features for the Oracle Tutor.1. and it allows you to flowchart procedures and creates HTML versions of the Tutor documents. Overview Oracle Tutor consists of two stand alone Windows applications: Tutor Author and Tutor Publisher. Oracle Tutor 14. Tutor Author requires Microsoft Word for its foundation. 1.1. Oracle Tutor is not dependent on the standard E-Business Suite 11i technology stack because it is Windows and Microsoft Office based. Oracle Drive should be installed on the system where the Publisher Program is used. then the Oracle Applications online help must be available.2. If the Oracle Tutor documents will be uploaded into Oracle Applications online help. Ability to Customize HTML documents The new HTML output options are: • • • • • Display the effective or revision date at top Remove the Oracle. as well as a repository of model process documents and applications courseware related to Oracle’s E-Business Suite. Tutor Publisher indexes the Tutor documents and allows you to create many different views of these documents – from desk manuals to owner manuals to student guides. Rev. Features 14.14. The Tutor model documents are complete process documents written according to generally accepted business practices in Microsoft Word.1. When a procedure task references Oracle E-Business Suite. and then reconverts it to the required HTML standard for uploading back into online help. It enforces the Tutor documentation standard. Author enables you to use Microsoft Word to edit and create process documentation and courseware easily and efficiently.0 47 .2. Oracle Tutor 14. If the Tutor document repository will be stored in Collaboration Suite.com link in the footer Display a flowchart first Include a Quick Link menu Flowchart size percentage R12 Applications Technology Release Content Document. After a document has been edited or created with Tutor Author. and reference documents. all tightly integrated to create a complete set of process documentation for the core Oracle E-Business Suite applications.1. as well as the Help Utility and Help Builder in the Self-Service Applications.
Terminal Server Client. R12 Applications Technology Release Content Document.1. Other new options are: • • • Display filenames in the table of contents Display the effective date in table of contents Display the revision number in the table of contents 14. Citrix.1.5.2. Support for Hosted Environments Environments supported are: Tarantella.1.1. Ability to Customize Author Features The new features are: • • • Import Microsoft PowerPoint slides as GIFs Renumber between section title paragraphs Option to always open documents in Normal or Print layout 14.• Browse to HTML directory 126.96.36.199 48 . Rev.2. 188.8.131.52. Ability to Customize Student Guides There are new skeletons for the table of contents and chapter cover pages that are easy to modify with company logos and so on. Support for Server Version of Author Tutor Author can be installed on a server and shared by multiple users.6. 1. Ability to Customize Online Desk Manuals The new features are: • • Use ‘Newspaper’ columns in desk manuals and indexes Open desk manual links in a separate browser window 14.2.3.
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