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Oracle quietly released a new installer for 11.1.2.4.x labeled 11.1.2.4.900 May 1st on edelivery. I’ve not seen any announcements from Oracle about it and it was not included in the “EPM Patch Set Updates - April 2018” blog announcement which came out on 5/4/18.

While it is officially numbered 11.1.2.4.900 it is not a patch to the existing 11.1.2.4 version and requires a clean install. The readme file clearly states there is no upgrade path to this “version” and content must be recreated.

"Supported Paths to This Release -- You cannot upgrade to this release from a previous release. If you are using release 11.1.2.4.xxx, install a new 11.1.2.4.900 environment and create new applications.”

My team is still kicking the tires in our lab to identify all the changes, but what we do know is the “RA Framework” has been removed from the product group. RA framework was responsible for the object repository inside workspace and stored workspace documents in the RM1 directory on the filesystem.  A holdover from BRIO which brought the earlier deprecated SQR and Interactive Reporting to the table, its removal is an architecture change which will result in Financial Reporting objects being stored in a DB repository instead of the filesystem. The RM1 directory has been removed from the architecture. This helps explain why there is no upgrade path. We are still looking into shortcuts to “create new applications” such as what can be done with LCM or classic approaches to Planning and Essbase. Look for a subsequent blog on what we find.

What does this means to customers? Those yet to upgrade to 11.1.2.4 can look at this new “release” as an opportunity to go with a clean environment with a lighter architecture and really look at cleaning up their applications with a rebuild.

Those already on 11.1.2.4 might consider remaining on the existing PSU level until we know more. With KSCOPE approaching I’ll certainly be looking at Oracle to provide some insight on what they recommend as well as what this means for the pending on-premise version release they announced at Open World.