We have released our E-Business Technology Stack Support Matrix for the Oracle Critical Patch Update (CPU) July 2006. The supported technology stack versions required by Oracle’s
Critical Patch Updates (CPU) may be different from the certified technology
stack versions. A prime example is that 18.104.22.168 is certified for Oracle Applications, but is not supported by the July 2006 CPU. The Technology Stack support matrix highlights the differences between certified versions and CPU July
2006 required versions.
The two most significant changes to the technology stack
support matrix for the July 2006 CPU are –
- No support 11.5.1 through 11.5.6, even though
the official desupport date for 11.5.1 to 11.5.6 is July 31, 2006
11.5.7 through 11.5.10 rebaselined application technology
components are a mandatory prerequisite for the July 2006 CPU
Oracle is using the Critical Patch Updates as a stealth upgrade mechanism to force customers to the latest releases and to a common set of versions. Ultimately, this probably improves overall customer support as Oracle Support only has to deal with a more finite set of versions and combinations.
However, we are seeing much pain at some clients as applying the security patches now involves a database upgrade, a Developer 6i patchset, and several application mini-packs, as well as all the security patches for the database, application server, and application. No wonder most Oracle E-Business Suite implementations are at least 6 months behind on applying the Critical Patch Updates.
The E-Business Technology Stack Support Matrix is available here.