OBIA 11g Bundle Patches
(Doc ID 1937898.1)
Last updated on AUGUST 19, 2019
Applies to:Business Intelligence Applications Consumer - Version 18.104.22.168.1 and later
Information in this document applies to any platform.
The BI Applications 11g series has initiated the use of Bundle Patches to release error corrections, performance optimizations, and incremental features. Based on customer feedback, these Bundle Patches provide a more convenient method for you to consume changes from Oracle rather than needing to apply either individual code or methodology patches (otherwise known as “paper patches” or "Tech Notes" ).
Oracle performs extensive testing and regression checks across the full scope of BI Applications content on each bundle patch. This includes connectors, ETL, data warehouse, semantic model (RPD) and report testing. Bundle Patches are cumulative in nature, such that later Bundle Patches incorporate changes from the previous issued patches.
As noted at Oracle Open World 2014, Oracle has announced the availability of a new product set for Oracle Cloud Applications support, OTBI Enterprise. This new product set is built on the same content package as the core BI Applications. As such, these patch bundles are being used to update the OTBI-Enterprise deployments with similar content. Therefore, the intent of the bundle patches is for direct application with some level of regression testing, but to keep the overall functional changes constrained so as to enable quick uptake.
The Bundle Patches do not contain any changes to the underlying BI or Fusion Middleware Technology components, including Oracle Data Integrator, or the Oracle Database. Technology patches for these elements are available in their standard support locations and cadences. If a Bundle Patch has a reliance on a technology update, this dependency will be noted in that specific Bundle Patch’s ReadMe files, as well as updates to the BI Applications Certification Matrix.
Timing and Numbering
It is the intention to issue Bundle Patches for customers once every three months (i.e., quarterly) for at a minimum of 12 months after the release of a major update of BI Applications (for example, the release of 22.214.171.124.1 was considered a major release). Note that BI Applications may release major release more frequently than one time per year, but regardless, Bundle Patches for a series will extend a minimum of one year. Therefore, customers should anticipate between three and four Bundle Patches per major release, starting with BI Applications 126.96.36.199.1.
The numbering for the Bundle Patches adopts a monthly cadence; however, only the quarterly release is provided to customers for installation. Therefore, the first Bundle Patch for release is termed Bundle Patch 3 (BP3) to signify the 3rd month after the start of the sequence. Bundle Patch 6 (BP6) would be the next available release.
Oracle reserves the right to issue additional Bundle Patches should conditions arise, and if needed, these will have a similar monthly association. Similarly, Oracle may choose to provide an incremental patch to a specific customer to alleviate a pending situation, which would be mediated by Oracle Support via the normal Support Request Process.
Bundle patches will be made available to download from My Oracle Support via a Patch number.
<Note:2005366.1 > - OBIA: Required and Recommended Bundle Patches and Patch Sets for Oracle Business Intelligence Applications
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