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What Does the Future Look Like for Oracle EBS?

Vivek Tiwari | | April 14, 2020

Thousands of organizations of all sizes and industries depend on Oracle E-Business Suite to keep their business operations running. With powerful functionality ranging from finance and HR to order management and logistics, it’s no surprise that Oracle EBS is such a successful enterprise software suite.

 
So where has Oracle EBS been in recent years, and what’s the future of the EBS platform? In this post, we’ll take a look at the full roadmap for Oracle EBS.

Oracle EBS 12.1 was first released more than 10 years ago in 2009. Still, Oracle continued to provide new 12.1 versions and upgrades until 2016, with the release of the fifth Recommended Patch Collection (RPC). In addition, Oracle has continued to offer Premier Support for EBS 12.1 up until now (more than that in the next section).

Since EBS 12.2 arrived in 2013, Oracle has released a new patch for 12.2 every year. As of writing, the latest version of Oracle EBS is EBS 12.2.9, released in August 2019. EBS 12.2.9 includes a bevy of exciting features and enhancements largely based on user feedback, including:

  • Bug fixes
  • User interface improvements
  • Statutory and regulatory updates
  • Performance and stability tweaks

 
Even better, because EBS 12.2.9 is an online patch, current users of EBS 12.2.x can directly upgrade to 12.2.9 while their system is running.

However, note that Oracle does not plan to release a version of EBS 12.3. Instead, Oracle is moving to a “continuous innovation” model for EBS 12.2, which will continue to see regular updates, including new functionality, bug fixes, and feature enhancements. This has caused many EBS customers to rethink their existing upgrade strategy.

Oracle has also announced the speculative future release of an “EBS 12.X” version, which will be the next substantial upgrade to the EBS platform. While there’s no firm release date for 12.X yet, Oracle has already confirmed that it will continue to offer Premium Support for this upcoming version until at least 2030, or at least 10 years after its release.

This commitment to long-term support is a strong indication that EBS 12.X will be the flagship version of Oracle EBS—very soon and into the future.

To summarize, the past, current, and future Oracle EBS roadmap looks as follows:

  • April 2009: The release of EBS 12.1.1, the first Oracle EBS 12.1 version.
  • August 2010: The release of EBS 12.1.3, the last Oracle EBS 12.1 version.
  • August 2016: The release of the EBS 12.1.3 RPC5 (Recommended Patch Collection 5), the last update for Oracle EBS 12.1.
  • August 2019: The release of the most current Oracle EBS version, EBS 12.2.9.
  • December 2021: The end of Premier Support for Oracle EBS 12.1.
  • September 2023: The end of Premier Support for Oracle EBS 12.2.
  • 2030 (or beyond): The end of Premier Support for the upcoming Oracle EBS version, “EBS 12.X.”

 

To learn more about end of support for 12.1 and what’s new and evolving in 12.2, download my white paper, “Time is Running Out for Oracle EBS 12.1 – Here’s What You Can Do.”

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