Document History

This document will continue to evolve as existing sections change and new information is added. All updates appear in the following table:

Date Update Version Notes
06 OCT 2017 Update 17D Delivered new features in update 17D.
15 DEC 2017 Update 17B Revised update 17B.

Update 17D

Revision History

This document will continue to evolve as existing sections change and new information is added. All updates appear in the following table:

Date Feature Notes
06 OCT 2017   Created initial document.

Overview

This guide outlines the information you need to know about new or improved functionality in this update.

DISCLAIMER

The information contained in this document may include statements about Oracle’s product development plans. Many factors can materially affect Oracle’s product development plans and the nature and timing of future product releases. Accordingly, this Information is provided to you solely for information only, is not a commitment to deliver any material, code, or functionality, and should not be relied upon in making purchasing decisions. The development, release, and timing of any features or functionality described remains at the sole discretion of Oracle.

This information may not be incorporated into any contractual agreement with Oracle or its subsidiaries or affiliates.  Oracle specifically disclaims any liability with respect to this information.  Refer to the Legal Notices and Terms of Use for further information.

User Experience

Archive and Purge Workflow Tasks

Workflow tasks with a final status, such as Completed and Expired, are archived and purged based on a set schedule, without any action from you. Archived task data can be used for various purposes, and purging tasks declutters the worklist for users.

Show Help Icons by Default

Determine if icons for help windows are displayed by default wherever available on the pages that your users work with. Displaying help icons by default ensures that users have quick and easy access to information specific to what they are doing on a page. Users can still click Hide Help in the global header to hide the help icons.

Update 17B

Revision History

This document will continue to evolve as existing sections change and new information is added. All updates appear in the following table:

Date Feature Notes
15 DEC 2017 Operations Availability, Cadence, and Consumption Updated document. Added new section.
13 DEC 2017 Branding and Appearance Updated document. Revised feature description.
13 DEC 2017 Home Page Icons Updated document. Added feature to the May quarterly update.
13 DEC 2017 Home Page Layout Updated document. Revised feature name and description.
13 DEC 2017 Simplified Access to Workflow Tasks Updated document. Added feature to the May quarterly update.
13 DEC 2017 Structure Updated document. Revised feature description.
21 APR 2017   Created initial document.

Overview

Release 13 Focus

Release 13 of Oracle Cloud Applications is a significant release achieving two key milestones: new cloud products & user experience and a streamlined software development process.

Disclaimer

The information contained in this document may include statements about Oracle’s product development plans. Many factors can materially affect Oracle’s product development plans and the nature and timing of future product releases. Accordingly, this Information is provided to you solely for information only, is not a commitment to deliver any material, code, or functionality, and should not be relied upon in making purchasing decisions. The development, release, and timing of any features or functionality described remains at the sole discretion of Oracle.

This information may not be incorporated into any contractual agreement with Oracle or its subsidiaries or affiliates.  Oracle specifically disclaims any liability with respect to this information.  Refer to the Legal Notices and Terms of Use for further information.

Operations Availability, Cadence, and Consumption

Since we launched Oracle SaaS (Fusion), we have worked tirelessly to ensure our cloud strategy meets and exceeds your expectations. Oracle Cloud adoption is increasing at a record pace; therefore, we would like to provide you with an update on recent progress.

Availability

Cadence

Easy to Consume

Terminology

To be more consistent with established cloud terminology, we are adjusting our versioning. Because Release 13 will have quarterly functional revisions, we will begin versioning Oracle Cloud Applications as follows:

Example:

The number 17 represents the calendar year. A,B,C,D represents the first, second, third, or fourth quarterly revision in that calendar year. One time note: there is no R13 update 17A as the initial R13 introduction fell into the 2nd calendar or B quarter.

In addition, the monthly update, previously known as Patch Bundle, will be renamed to Maintenance Pack.

User Experience

You can make the application look the way you want it to look – easily – with Release 13 of Oracle Applications Cloud.

Oracle understands that every user’s need is unique and so we have leveraged the flexibility of the Cloud to give you more control of the user interface (UI). At the same time, we have built R13 to keep Oracle’s Cloud user experience (UX) themes of simplicity, mobility, and extensibility intact throughout the product suite, no matter how the UI is updated or the business processes change.

This ability to adapt, called the visual evolution of Oracle Applications Cloud, is a vital ongoing investment from Oracle into your corporate culture and brand, as well as in employee engagement. We are dedicated to provide the best solutions to you and to your users.

Branding and Appearance

Branding and Appearance

R13 represents a big investment in allowing customers to very simply reflect a company’s brand and culture and keep it up to date. We’ve built on branding and theming controls introduced in previous releases that allow customers to easily mold the cloud to best fit their unique corporate cultures.

This release expands the default themes to a total of 13 -- but customers can quickly make UI changes, using the Appearance Editor, to introduce their branding preferences. Those updates quickly roll out throughout the cloud and the experience is consistent no matter how ­­or where work is being done.

Home Page Experience

We gave a new look to the home page in R13. You can now enjoy the new “lobby experience” of the home page, which sets the impression for the rest of the product experience, just like a hotel lobby creates that first impression for guests.

Home Page Layout

One of most significant enhancements is that customers have two contemporary home page layouts to choose from: panel view and banner view. Panel view sets social panel vertically on the left. The new banner view strips the same elements horizontally across the top of the home page. The new homepage banner layout is in step with current web trends that anchor a dominant image at the top of a page.

Home Page Icons

The home icons also have a new look that boosts efficiency in this release. To encourage navigation and task completion, R13’s icon options include a variety of sizes and new cluster images for icon groups.

Structure

The structure card under tools has been enhanced to allow users to rename and reorder pages within the home page experience.

Other User Experience

Simplified Access to Workflow Tasks

Enjoy simplified workflow UI and easier access to workflow tasks. See all your workflow tasks in one table when you're in the Worklist: Notifications and Approvals work area or BPM Worklist application.

Functional Setup Manager

My Enterprise

Offerings

This new work area allows you to review and opt in to your subscribed Fusion offerings.  Oracle Cloud Applications are available for use only after the relevant Fusion offerings and their related features are opted in by enabling them. This helps you to configure Oracle Cloud Applications according to what your enterprise needs to use and exclude any irrelevant features.

Offering Opt In

A new ‘Opt In’ page to enable Fusion offerings and their related functional areas and features replaces the ‘Configure’ page.

The functional hierarchy of an offering is presented to give full visibility to the dependencies, making it easier for you to decide what to opt-in.  Oracle Cloud Applications act according to your opt-in selection to provide an optimal user experience.

Migrating Opt In Configuration of Offerings

Migration of opt-in/out configuration of Fusion offerings from one environment to another is available through export and import processes of offering setup data.

Opt-in configuration can be migrated only when offering and functional area based setup data export and import processes are used.  Such migration option is not available when setup data is exported and imported using Implementation Projects.

Edit Features

‘Edit Features’ page has been enhanced to make it easier to opt in or out of Fusion offering features. When applicable, Features are now presented in a hierarchy to show their dependencies more clearly.

The look and feel of this page closely resembles that of the Opt In page to provide a continuous experience.

Review Subscriptions

You can review your subscribed Oracle Fusion Cloud Services from this work area.  You can also view the full list of available Oracle Fusion Cloud Services to evaluate whether to subscribe to additional Cloud Services.

New Features

This new work area highlights the new features that have been introduced in the latest release version to give more visibility to what is new in Oracle Cloud Applications.

After your environment is upgraded to a new release version, review this page to get a quick view of the newly introduced features and to decide whether to opt into any of them.

Setup and Maintenance

This work area is now dedicated for managing setup data required by Oracle Cloud Applications.  After one or more Fusion offerings are enabled, users with access to manage setup data will be able to navigate directly to the Setup page in this work area by selecting ‘Setup and Maintenance’ from the navigator.

Application Security

This guide outlines the information you need to know about new or improved functionality in Oracle Applications Security Release 13 and describes any tasks you might need to perform for the update.  Each section includes a brief description of the feature, the steps you need to take to enable or begin using the feature, any tips or considerations that you should keep in mind, and the resources available to help you.

Security & New Features

We would like to remind you if your system has modified security structures you may need to advise your security administrator of new features you would like to take advantage of. To assist you this document will provide a listing of the new features and if available will provide the security attributes needed to employ the new features in each new feature section.

Database Resource Perspective of Data Security Policies

Analyze data security policies by database resource. You can view the roles that are authorized to the database resource and the users that are authorized to the database resource. You can export the information displayed in the tables to a spreadsheet.

Enhanced Role Comparison

You can move function and data security policies from the first role to the second role during role comparison. You can export the data displayed in the role comparison results table.