Well, much to my surprise, EPM 18.104.22.168 has already been released! Shall we talk about it? Let’s begin with a comparison chart I whipped up…
Here are my observations after standing up Oracle EPM 22.214.171.124:
- The install and config steps in 126.96.36.199 are identical to 188.8.131.52 in all respects. You still need to worry about RCU; OHS still isn’t its own Windows service, etc.
- The Oracle Middleware layer is also identical between 184.108.40.206 and 220.127.116.11, with the exception of two patches that 18.104.22.168 automatically installs: 27747932 and 27430060. Simply applying these two patches to an 22.214.171.124 system doesn’t give it the Edge & Chrome certifications; you need to be on 126.96.36.199, as Oracle recompiled a lot of their Java classes within the EPM 188.8.131.52 .ear files for Workspace, Planning, etc. We can see evidence of this when we crawl through the .war files within the .ear files in a tool such as 7-zip.
- As with 184.108.40.206, you’ll find 220.127.116.11 is one year behind (as of this writing) in terms of the quarterly Oracle Critical Patch Updates for WebLogic, Java, and OHS.
- There is no need to install 18.104.22.168 first and then in-place upgrade to 22.214.171.124. You may install 126.96.36.199 fresh and then LCM your application content from 188.8.131.52.
- The chief benefits to 184.108.40.206 over 220.127.116.11 are the certifications added for Microsoft Edge and Google Chrome.
IE11 will continue to receive Microsoft security updates for as long as Windows 10 remains supported, but as they say, “shots have been fired”. As Microsoft has indicated, Edge is the browser of the future, so has Oracle and thus (I suspect) the push to get 18.104.22.168 out the door (people have been clamoring for Chrome certification as well).
Further reading on Microsoft’s site: Microsoft Lifecycle FAQ.
To learn more about what I’ve discovered about EPM 11.2, download my white paper, “From the Mad Scientist’s Lab: An Assessment of Oracle Hyperion/EPM 11.2.”
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