From a long time, Oracle’s plan towards Oracle EBS upgrades is to simplify upgrade processes by allowing E-Business Suite customers to consume latest technology while retaining their current applications code level. This has come into a reality with Oracle announcing a continuous Innovation release model that separates technology stack updates from applications code updates. “Continuous Innovation” release model for Oracle E-Business Suite 12.2 allows Oracle to deliver ongoing applications and underlying technology stack updates without a major upgrade. This announcement is unanticipated as Oracle previously announced that it would start Continuous Innovation with the next major 12.X release, after the existing 12.2 release. However, determined that it can implement Continuous Innovation plan with EBS 12.2, Oracle released a statement announcing the latest updates. In addition, Oracle announced premier support for Oracle EBS 12.2 through at least 2030.What it means is, Oracle E-Business Suite customers already running on 12.2 can continue to access new applications functionality and separately uptake later versions of underlying technology for years to come, without the time and expense of a major release upgrade.
With Continuous Innovation now available for Oracle E-Business Suite 12.2, Oracle E-Business Suite joins other applications Unlimited product lines (PeopleSoft, JD Edwards EnterpriseOne, and Siebel) that also have pledged to provide Continuous Innovation and Premier Support through at least 2030 for their existing releases. Per the statement released by Oracle, customers using Oracle E-Business Suite 12.2 can expect the following as a part of the Continuous Innovation Model:
Ongoing Applications Updates — ongoing updates to Oracle E-Business Suite 12.2 applications code, analogous to the 12.2.x updates we have made available approximately annually. Updates will be cumulative and will combine bug fixes and new features into a consolidated, suite-wide patch set that can be easily applied with Online Patching.
Ongoing Technology Stack Updates — ongoing updates to allow for the needed refresh of the Oracle Fusion Middleware platform technologies underlying Oracle E-Business Suite. These will allow customers to obtain new versions of the technology stack without upgrading Oracle E-Business Suite applications code.
In addition, the Oracle Premier Support policy described in “Oracle Applications Unlimited and Oracle Premier Support—an Unbeatable Combination” now applies to the 12.2 release. Per the policy, Oracle will not discontinue offering Oracle Premier Support on the Continuous Innovation releases prior to 2030 and, beginning in 2019, Oracle will annually review whether or not to extend the Premier Support offering for an additional year on such Continuous Innovation releases for on premises applications.
See : Future of Oracle EBS