Introduction to Oracle EBS – (Oracle e Business Suite)
Oracle (EBS) e Business Suite is one of the renowned ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning) Applications in the world. It covers a variety of applications which have strong integrations through which data flows across application of e Business Suite.
Oracle has combined different products families and named it Oracle e business Suite. Every Product family has set of modules that complement each other to get most benefit of integrated software. Diagram below shows major product families.
For example, Human resources product family contains following modules.
- Core HR
- Self Service
- Oracle Performance Management
- I Recruitment
- Oracle Time and Labor
- Oracle Learning Management
- Oracle Advanced Benefits
For further details of the oracle HRMS modules, read article Overview of Oracle HRMS. Likewise every product family has its set of modules.
Oracle main application streams are following Oracle Financials, Oracle CRM, Oracle Supply Chain Application, Oracle Logistics , Oracle Order Management and Human Resources (HRMS).
Versions of Oracle EBS
Oracle Accounting System 1987-1997
This was first product of Oracle, when it came into business applications. At that time, this application had only General Ledger functionality that’s why it also became famous with the name of Oracle Financials.It was launched in 1987 and prevailed in the market with this name till 1997 till Oracle launched its Release 11 with name of e Business Suite.
Version 11i (1998-2006)
Oracle started e Business Suite with 11i. Its first version was 11.5.0 and last version was 18.104.22.168. Its last version remained quite consistent and was able to build a good customer pool. Oracle has stopped the support for Oracle EBS version 11i but still i have seen few customers are on 11i and are still planning to move to R12.
Version 12 (2007-Present)
This was a breakthrough from Oracle. Lots of new concepts in business applications especially (Oracle Financials Modules) were introduced along with updated stack of technology . Around 30 to 40 percent application was changed from Oracle Forms to HTML based pages. EBS Release 12 was introduced in Jan 2007 with version Number R12.0.0, Later R12.1.x versions were introduced and currently R12.2.x series is available to download.
Oracle did not stop at R12. It kept its pace and has taken an extra step to bring a state of the art product called Oracle Fusion. In Oracle Fusion they have introduced an entirely new look and feel. It has also revised the technology stack using ADF (Application Development Framework). At some point in future Oracle will migrate customers from E-Business Suite to Fusion Applications.
Main technologies which are used in Oracle e Business Suite are
- Oracle Forms Server
- Oracle Reports Server
- Apache Web Server
- Oracle Discoverer
- Sun’s Java
- Oracle Database
In my next post, I shall explain the detail of technical architecture of Oracle Apps.
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