There are many choices for customers to extend their ERP investment as part of or after an upgrade. We recommend customers look at an upgrade as the first step of a phased plan to leverage what Oracle’s solutions can offer your business and the returns that you can achieve. Feedback back from customers drove the recent changes to the Oracle E-Business Suite Support Policy. The EXCEPTION to Sustaining Support provides risk mitigation for customers that may go past the Extended Support timeline during their upgrade project. The INCREASE of Extended Support for 12.1 provides a longer support window once customers upgrade to 12.1. What does upgrading to the latest release look like for your organization?  It should not just be about looking at the support window but about being able to take leverage of a variety of capabilities.  Evaluating like for like capabilities should be your first step. Thousands of new features and many new products in each area, so look at the new capabilities for the solutions you’re using today. In Financials. the new accounting architecture and the centralized business functions (taxes, payments, and banks) makes deploying shared service centers more efficient. A new offering recently introduced are the E-Business Suite Extensions for Oracle Endeca. This new set of products delivers real-time information discovery against transactions in the ERP system.  This information driven navigation allows users to see more and act faster. The initial delivery of E-Business Suite Extensions for Oracle Endeca focuses on 9 products and their associated transactions. Additional applications and enhancements to this initial release are coming soon. The E-Business Suite Extensions for Oracle Endeca runs on the latest 12.1 release. 12+ new products have been introduced with Release 12.1 that allow you to extend your E-Business Suite footprint but build upon what you already have today maximizing your current investment. In the Procurement area, Supplier Lifecycle Management enables you to effectively and efficiently manage your supplier network from qualification to assessment optimizing your supply base and mitigating risk. In the Supply Chain area, Warehouse Management and Manufacturing Execution System can be used to scale your shop floor and distribution center operations to meet the velocity and complexity demands of the modern supply chain. In the area of Asset Lifecycle Management and Field Service, an Oracle E-Business Suite 12.1 upgrade can be extended to maintain internal assets using Oracle Enterprise Asset Management or to service customer owned products using Oracle Service and Field Service. In Human Capital Management, Succession Planning is a solution that uses talent profiles to identify and then develop internal people in an organization that have the potential to fill key business leadership positions. The Application Management Pack for Oracle E-Business Suite extends Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c Cloud Control to help monitor and manage Oracle E-Business Suite system environments. It combines system management functions and change management capabilities into a single console. With Oracle E-Business Suite as your core ERP system, there are a number of solutions across Oracle’s broad applications portfolio where you have opportunities for co-existence solutions. Examples include Fusion Applications, Business Analytics, Advanced Controls, Agile PLM, Primavera, etc. Thousands of Oracle E-Business Suite customers have upgraded to the latest release. As part of their upgrade, they have consolidated instances, eliminated customizations, simplified operations, as well as, extend their Oracle footprint and take advantage of Oracle’s broad portfolio of applications.