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  1. 1. ORACLE DATA SHEETORACLE E-BUSINESS SUITELIFECYCLE MANAGEMENTRELEASE 12LIFECYCLE MANAGEMENTTOOLS Oracle offers tools that help manage an Oracle E-Business SuiteORACLE E-BUSINESS SUITELIFECYCLE MANAGEMENT system throughout its lifecycle. These tools reduce total cost ofFEATURES ARE DELIVEREDTHROUGH THE FOLLOWING ownership and increase IT agility to respond to changing businessTOOLS: needs. Release 12 enhances these tools to simplify management and• Oracle Enterprise Manager Grid Control is the next maintenance of Oracle Applications. This data sheet describes many generation management solution used for managing of these enhancements, grouping them into the following categories: business applications, end- Installation; Monitoring and Administration; Maintenance; Cloning; user services, and the entire grid infrastructure. and Supportability. Application Management pack for Oracle E-Business Suite extends Grid Control to Installation provide central monitoring and cloning Automation for Oracle Oracle E-Business Suite’s lifecycle begins with installation via Rapid Install. E-Business Suite, and links Grid Control with Oracle The enhancements made to Rapid Install in Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12 Applications Manager include:• Oracle Applications Manager is the system Simplified installation: The Rapid Install Wizard has been significantly management tool built into enhanced to simplify the process of installation. By centralizing system Oracle E-Business Suite, providing monitoring, configuration information, Rapid Install now makes multi-node installations administration, diagnostic, Oracle E-Business Suite even easier than before and maintenance capabilities for a given E-Business Suite Ability to configure advanced topologies: Rapid Install facilitates the environment. configuration of advanced topologies, such as those that use DMZs, by• Oracle iSetup is a web-based supporting the deployment of database nodes and middle tier nodes into tool built into Oracle E- Business Suite that enables different network domains. migration and monitoring of data throughout the Support sharing of a central technology stack: Rapid Install facilitates application lifecycle Oracle installation of multiple Oracle E-Business suite nodes that share a central iSetup enables faster implementation of Oracle E- technology stack as well as a central APPL_TOP. Such deployments simplify Business Suite at lower risk. application maintenance and help reduce downtime.• Rapid Install is a wizard that enables you to easily install Monitoring and Administration and configure a complete, functional Oracle E-Business Oracle Enterprise Manager Grid Control, the Application Management Pack for Suite system. Oracle E-Business Suite, and Oracle Applications Manager, combine to provide a• Rapid Clone is a tool used to comprehensive approach to system monitoring and administration. From Oracle create a complete or partial copy of an Oracle E-Business Grid Control, multiple Oracle E-Business Suite systems can be monitored for Suite system. Rapid Clone adherence to custom performance, configuration and security policies. can be used to back up, duplicate, or scale Oracle E- Application Management Pack for Oracle E-Business Suite Business Suite systems. 1
  2. 2. ORACLE DATA SHEETThe Application Management Pack for Oracle E-Business Suite extends OracleEnterprise Manager Grid Control to include the following features: Automatic Discovery of Oracle Applications: This feature gives Grid Control the capability to discover Oracle E-Business Suite systems automatically. Configuration Management: The Application Management Pack for Oracle E-Business Suite enables administrators to collect, compare, and search Oracle E-Business Suite configuration details, such as patches applied, application configuration files, technology stack inventory, concurrent processing configuration, Workflow configuration, and more System Topology Views: Grid Control provides system administrators the ability to view the infrastructure service topology of the Oracle E-Business Suite system. The topology view (as shown in Figure 1) lists the dependencies between infrastructure services, key system components, and other services. In the event of service failure, the potential causes (as identified by root cause analysis), are highlighted in the topology view. Figure 1: Topology View JVM Usage Monitoring: Grid Control monitors JVM usage in the latest Java technology employed by Oracle E-Business Suite. Application Service Level Management: Application Management Pack for E-Business Suite automatically provides service level reporting for the key 2
  3. 3. ORACLE DATA SHEET Oracle E-Business Suite infrastructure and application services. Service level alerts can be configured to trigger based on thresholds set on performance and availability metrics. Monitored infrastructure services include concurrent processing, Oracle Forms, HTML-based applications, and Oracle Workflow. The Application Management Pack for Oracle Applications also allows you to record application transactions (both Forms and HTML-based) and schedule playback for service level monitoring purposes. Oracle E-Business Suite Home Page: Application Management Pack for Oracle E-Business Suite provides a comprehensive view of the Applications system, plus links to common administrative tasks in Oracle Applications.Oracle Applications ManagerThe enhancements made to Oracle Applications Manager include: Enhanced User Interface: The Oracle Applications Manager Dashboard has been enhanced to improve the monitoring of Oracle E-Business Suite in the areas of performance and security: o Performance: The enhanced Performance dashboard provides administrators with key performance metrics related to online, batch, and workflow activity. For customers using Oracle Real Application Clusters, the dashboard shows these metrics distributed across RAC instances. Additionally, system administrators can now subscribe to receive automated alerts when concurrent requests run longer or wait longer than specified thresholds. o Security: An updated suite of diagnostic reports is now available within the Security dashboard. These reports check the Oracle E-Business Suite system configuration against Oracle’s recommended best practices, and highlight possible security vulnerabilities. Forms Monitoring: Oracle Applications Manager supports monitoring of the Oracle Application Server components that provide Forms services in Release 12. Forms runtime process can be monitored, and detailed trace files can be downloaded in HTML format.MaintenanceOver the course of the Oracle E-Business Suite’s lifecycle, patches may be appliedto upgrade the Oracle E-Business Suite to the latest point release, to obtain productenhancements, or to resolve known issues. The patch impact analysis feature withinOracle Application Manager provides system administrators the ability to trackpatches and understand their impact on the Oracle E-Business Suite system.The key enhancements to patch impact analysis are as follows: Ability to analyze impact of patches to customized files registered with the system. Ability for users to create a list of patches for analysis as a single set. Ability to identify and merge multiple language patches 3
  4. 4. ORACLE DATA SHEETDATA SCRAMBLING CloningOVERVIEW Application Management Pack for Oracle E-Business Suite automates the process ofData Scrambling is the cloning Oracle e E-Business Suite systems via Grid Control. A step-by-stepprocess to obfuscate orremove sensitive data, interview guides administrators though the cloning process. Grid Control automatesutilized by functional the creation of clone systems, and executes any required application-specificadministrators and database actions. Additionally, administrators can modify the standard cloning process toadministrators when cloningan environment. include custom actions.The configuration of data Also in Release 12, Rapid Clone has been enhanced to support cloning of RACscrambling is performed systems deployed using Oracle Clusterware and Application Storage Management.within Oracle ApplicationsManager. To configure datascrambling, the functional Supportabilityadministrators first identify In Release 12, Oracle Applications Manager has been enhanced to improve thethe sensitive data attributesand map them to database supportability of Oracle E-Business Suite systems.columns. Then they collect The main enhancements are in the areas of diagnostics and system alertattributes together to definescrambling policies and infrastructure:policy sets. Diagnostics: Oracle Applications Manager for Release 12 allows system administrators to schedule and run diagnostics tests. Also, the DiagnosticsDATA SCRAMBLINGCHARACTERISTICS dashboard provides new graphical views of diagnostic test executions and• Secure: When creating failures. Keyword searches can be performed on the test repository to locate the new instance, relevant tests, which can then be grouped and executed directly from the same scrambling will proceed before any interfaces are interface. brought up, to ensure that System Alert Infrastructure: The system alerting infrastructure has been there is no access to the internal image. enhanced with a new “flood control” mechanism to prevent multiple instances• Irreversible: Scrambling of a given alert from overwhelming the alert system. Additionally, alerts have is irreversible, so that the been enhanced to allow summary and context information that can be retrieved original data cannot be derived from the in XML format via standard business event integration mechanisms. This scrambled data. feature allows administrators to create automated responses to system alerts via• Automated: Cloning is the business event system. typically performed by system administrators as part of testing a patch or Copyright 2007, Oracle. All Rights Reserved. resolving an issue. The This document is provided for information purposes only, and the contents hereof are subject to change without notice. This scrambling process is document is not warranted to be error-free, nor is it subject to any other warranties or conditions, whether expressed orally or implied in law, including implied warranties and conditions of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose. We automated to facilitate specifically disclaim any liability with respect to this document, and no contractual obligations are formed either directly or this. indirectly by this document. This document may not be reproduced or transmitted in any form or by any means, electronic or mechanical, for any purpose, without our prior written permission.• Scalable: The data Oracle, JD Edwards, PeopleSoft, and Siebel are registered trademarks of Oracle Corporation and/or its affiliates. Other scrambling process is names may be trademarks of their respective owners. optimized to handle large volume of data using sophisticated algorithms. 4