What does it mean for Oracle EBS?
The Continuous Innovation release model separates technology stack updates from applications code updates. Thus EBS customers can benefit from the latest technology while retaining the current applications code level. In addition, Oracle will deliver new functionality to Oracle EBS 12.2 as updates to the existing release, yet the upgrades will not be required to gain access to new features and capabilities. Fixes and updates are cumulative and will be available to all customers in the most current release.
According to the announcement, “With Continuous Innovation now available for Oracle E-Business Suite 12.2, customers can expect:
“Ongoing Applications Updates —ongoing updates to Oracle E-Business Suite 12.2 applications code, analogous to the 12.2.x updates we have made available approximately annually. Updates will be cumulative and will combine bug fixes and new features into a consolidated, suite-wide patch set that can be easily applied with Online Patching.
“Ongoing Technology Stack Updates —ongoing updates to allow for the needed refresh of the Oracle Fusion Middleware platform technologies underlying Oracle E-Business Suite. These will allow customers to obtain new versions of the technology stack without upgrading Oracle E-Business Suite applications code.”
With these changes, Oracle EBS joins Oracle’s other ERPs (PeopleSoft, JD Edwards EnterpriseOne, and Siebel) and becomes part of the Oracle Applications Unlimited product line.