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Extended Support Fee Waived for Oracle Database 12.1 and 11.2 for Oracle E-Business Suite

Wed, 2019-04-10 15:52

Oracle's Lifetime Support policy has three phases:  Premier Support, Extended Support, and Sustaining Support.  For details about coverage during each phase, see:

You can purchase a support plan for your licensed products to obtain Premier Support.  There is an additional fee for Extended Support.

Due to the certification timing of Oracle E-Business Suite with Oracle Database versions beyond 12.1, Oracle has waived Extended Support fees for Oracle Database 12.1 and 11.2 for Oracle Database licenses used for Oracle E-Business Suite through December 2020.

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New Bookmark for the Journey

Tue, 2019-04-09 09:01

Contributing Author: Robert Farrington

Greetings, EBS Technology Blog readers!

As some of you may have noticed, on Friday, April 5, 2019, the URL of this blog changed to https://blogs.oracle.com/ebstech. The change was made to better reflect its reason for existing: to provide unmatched insider coverage of the wide range of technology used by Oracle E-Business Suite.

This update is the latest stage in the evolution of the EBS Technology Blog that Steven Chan started in 2006. Since Steven updated you at the end of January 2019 about his extended leave, we've continued to provide a comprehensive range of technology updates from our ever-growing team of contributors.

You will be pleased to hear that our blog infrastructure support team has made the change seamlessly, with a custom configuration that transparently redirects to our new URL. We do recommend, however, that you update your bookmarks with the new URL.

RSS Feed

If you are a subscriber to our RSS feed, this too will continue to function in the same way, with no action needed by you. And if you have not subscribed, you are invited to do so by clicking on the orange RSS icon below and towards the right of the blog title banner. The feed is a great way for you to get automated notifications of the articles published on this blog, conveniently and at no cost.

Get in Touch

Please don't hesitate to let us know how we are doing on any aspect of this blog - what you'd like to see more of, or any other suggestions. You can comment directly on this article, or drop us an email.

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Consolidated Patch II Available for AD Delta 10

Thu, 2019-04-04 14:46

Consolidated Patch II for AD Delta 10, Patch 29273993:R12.AD.C, was recently made available.

We strongly recommend that Oracle E-Business Suite customers apply the latest version of the AD and TXK release update packs (RUPs), consolidated patches, and critical fixes as soon as possible. AD Delta 10 and TXK Delta 10 are the latest available RUPs. 

Issues Fixed in this Patch

This cumulative consolidated patch includes important performance and stability fixes for various issues related to the AD tooling. View the patch Readme for a complete listing of bugs fixed in this patch. 

References

Refer to the following My Oracle Support knowledge document for full installation instructions and associated tasks:

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Consolidated Patch II Available for AD Delta 10

Thu, 2019-04-04 14:46

Consolidated Patch II for AD Delta 10, Patch 29273993:R12.AD.C, was recently made available.

We strongly recommend that Oracle E-Business Suite customers apply the latest version of the AD and TXK release update packs (RUPs), consolidated patches, and critical fixes as soon as possible. AD Delta 10 and TXK Delta 10 are the latest available RUPs. 

Issues Fixed in this Patch

This cumulative consolidated patch includes important performance and stability fixes for various issues related to the AD tooling. View the patch Readme for a complete listing of bugs fixed in this patch. 

References

Refer to the following My Oracle Support knowledge document for full installation instructions and associated tasks:

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DSTv32 Timezone Patches Available for E-Business Suite 12.2 and 12.1

Wed, 2019-04-03 10:59

The DSTv33 timezone upgrade is now available and certified with Oracle E-Business Suite Releases 12.2 and 12.1. Note that DST patches are cumulative and therefore include all previous Oracle DST updates.

How Does Oracle E-Business Suite Work Across Timezones?

Periodically, many countries or regions change their timezone definitions. In addition, and more frequently, they may switch to or from Daylight Saving Time or Summer Time.

If your Oracle E-Business Suite environment is configured to support doing business across multiple timezones, you need to keep your timezone definition files up-to-date by applying patches as described in this article. This will ensure that the times transactions take place are recorded correctly, and thereby meet applicable business and legal requirements.

Is My Oracle E-Business Suite Environment Affected?

When a country or region changes its timezone definitions or DST rules, your Oracle E-Business Suite environment will require patching if either of the following is true:

  • Your EBS environment is located in the affected country or region.
  • Your EBS environment is located outside the affected country or region, but you conduct business or have customers or suppliers there.

The following are major additions or changes in the DSTv33 timezones definitions compared to the previous release:

  • Most of Chile now ends DST on the first Saturday in April (starting 6-Apr-19) and resumes DST in September.
  • Morocco switches to permanent +01 on 2018-10-27.
  • Volgograd moves from +03 to +04 on 2018-10-28.
  • Fiji ends DST 2019-01-13, not 2019-01-20.
  • Use of "PST" and "PDT" for Philippines time.
What Patches Do I Require?

The following MOS note identifies the various components in your Oracle E-Business Suite environment that may need DST patches:

What if I Do Not Apply the Relevant Patches?

If you do business with a country or region that has changed its timezone definitions, and record a transaction that occurs at the boundary between the “old” and the “new” time, then the transaction may be recorded incorrectly. Specifically, that transaction's timestamp may be out by an hour.

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DSTv32 Timezone Patches Available for E-Business Suite 12.2 and 12.1

Wed, 2019-04-03 10:59

The DSTv33 timezone upgrade is now available and certified with Oracle E-Business Suite Releases 12.2 and 12.1. Note that DST patches are cumulative and therefore include all previous Oracle DST updates.

How Does Oracle E-Business Suite Work Across Timezones?

Periodically, many countries or regions change their timezone definitions. In addition, and more frequently, they may switch to or from Daylight Saving Time or Summer Time.

If your Oracle E-Business Suite environment is configured to support doing business across multiple timezones, you need to keep your timezone definition files up-to-date by applying patches as described in this article. This will ensure that the times transactions take place are recorded correctly, and thereby meet applicable business and legal requirements.

Is My Oracle E-Business Suite Environment Affected?

When a country or region changes its timezone definitions or DST rules, your Oracle E-Business Suite environment will require patching if either of the following is true:

  • Your EBS environment is located in the affected country or region.
  • Your EBS environment is located outside the affected country or region, but you conduct business or have customers or suppliers there.

The following are major additions or changes in the DSTv33 timezones definitions compared to the previous release:

  • Most of Chile now ends DST on the first Saturday in April (starting 6-Apr-19) and resumes DST in September.
  • Morocco switches to permanent +01 on 2018-10-27.
  • Volgograd moves from +03 to +04 on 2018-10-28.
  • Fiji ends DST 2019-01-13, not 2019-01-20.
  • Use of "PST" and "PDT" for Philippines time.
What Patches Do I Require?

The following MOS note identifies the various components in your Oracle E-Business Suite environment that may need DST patches:

What if I Do Not Apply the Relevant Patches?

If you do business with a country or region that has changed its timezone definitions, and record a transaction that occurs at the boundary between the “old” and the “new” time, then the transaction may be recorded incorrectly. Specifically, that transaction's timestamp may be out by an hour.

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Getting Support for Java Plug-In While Transitioning to Java Web Start

Thu, 2019-03-28 12:09

We recently provided guidance that we highly recommend all our Oracle E-Business Suite customers to migrate their Oracle E-Business Suite client tiers to use Java Web Start (JWS) without delay.

It's essential to note that as of March 2019, Java Web Start is the only certified version of Java for the Oracle E-Business Suite client tier that also comes under Premier or Extended Support for Java SE.

This raises the question of what support we will provide for Java Plug-In for customers as they transition to Java Web Start. The answer is in two parts:

  • Through to at least September 2020, Oracle plans to continue shipping the components required to launch Java applets on Internet Explorer 11 using Java Plug-in.
  • Oracle E-Business Suite Support will continue to accept service requests against issues found when using the Java Plug-in with EBS until September 2020.

Please note that above support schedule is contingent on Microsoft continuing to support the APIs required by the Java Plug-in with Internet Explorer until the dates specified.

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Getting Support for Java Plug-In While Transitioning to Java Web Start

Thu, 2019-03-28 12:09

We recently provided guidance that we highly recommend all our Oracle E-Business Suite customers to migrate their Oracle E-Business Suite client tiers to use Java Web Start (JWS) without delay.

It's essential to note that as of March 2019, Java Web Start using JRE 8 is the only certified version of Java for the Oracle E-Business Suite client tier that also comes under Premier or Extended Support for Java SE.

This raises the question of what support we will provide for Java Plug-In for customers as they transition to Java Web Start. The answer is in two parts:

  • Through to at least September 2020, Oracle plans to continue shipping the components required to launch Java applets on Internet Explorer 11 using Java Plug-in.
  • Oracle E-Business Suite Support will continue to accept service requests against issues found when using the Java Plug-in with EBS until September 2020.

Please note that above support schedule is contingent on Microsoft continuing to support the APIs required by the Java Plug-in with Internet Explorer until the dates specified.

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Your Invitation to Meet the EBS Applications Technology Product Management Team at Collaborate 2019

Mon, 2019-03-25 08:20

You are cordially invited to join the Oracle E-Business Suite Applications Technology Product Management Team for informal discussions (and refreshments) at Collaborate 2019. This special meet and greet is not part of the regular conference routine, and offers you a chance to have a short break from the schedule to talk to us on a one-to-one basis.

EBS Applications Technology Product Management Team at Collaborate 2019

This meet and greet offers a unique opportunity for you to sit down and chat with Oracle Product Management experts about the latest EBS technology and features that you may be using or intend to use. We would love the opportunity to discuss with you your upcoming projects, or answer your questions regarding such topics as integration, cloning, online patching, performance, security, advanced architectures, upgrades, and migrations to Oracle Cloud infrastructure.

About the Conference

Collaborate 2019 offers an excellent opportunity for you to attend sessions and talk with various members of the Oracle team to get latest information about new features with Oracle E-Business Suite technology. This year's conference will be held at the Henry B. González Convention Center in San Antonio, Texas April 7 to 11, 2019.  For a complete listing of all educational sessions and other activities, please visit the OAUG Collaborate website.

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Hands-On Lab at Collaborate 2019

Thu, 2019-03-21 11:15

If you are attending Collaborate 2019, don’t miss the opportunity to attend the latest of our popular hands-on lab sessions. This year's hands-on lab is titled Oracle E-Business Suite Cloud Manager: Deployment, Configuration and Review of EBS Lifecycle Management Capabilities and its key points are outlined in this article.

The hands-on lab serves as a practical introduction to Oracle E-Business Suite Cloud Manager. You will use a trial account to deploy Cloud Manager from an Oracle Cloud Infrastructure (OCI) Marketplace image; configure Cloud Manager; and use the One-Click Provisioning and Cloning features to create new environments.

In addition, the instructors will demonstrate the steps involved in performing a lift and shift of an on-premises EBS environment to OCI.

The hands-on lab will be held in the CC RIVER FL 007D room, and is scheduled to run for approximately two hours on the following dates and times:

Sunday, April 7, 1:45 PM – 4:00 PM

  • To register: 11382 (https://app.attendcollaborate.com/event/member/554040)

Monday, April 8, 3:15 PM – 5:30 PM

  • To register: 11383 (https://app.attendcollaborate.com/event/member/554041)

Note: As places at each session are strictly limited, we highly recommend that you register ahead of time at the indicated links to reserve your spot, and arrive at least 10 minutes early to claim your seat  - any unclaimed places will be released when the session begins.

Prerequisites and Skills

You will need:

  • Your own Windows laptop or Mac, with:
    • A modern browser such as Firefox, Google Chrome, or Safari
    • PuTTY (or equivalent)
  • Knowledge of:
    • Standard UNIX commands
    • PuTTY (or equivalent) usage

We look forward to seeing you at Collaborate 2019!

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Hands-On Lab at Collaborate 2019

Thu, 2019-03-21 11:15

If you are attending Collaborate 2019, don’t miss the opportunity to attend the latest of our popular hands-on lab sessions. This year's hands-on lab is titled Oracle E-Business Suite Cloud Manager: Deployment, Configuration and Review of EBS Lifecycle Management Capabilities and its key points are outlined in this article.

The hands-on lab serves as a practical introduction to Oracle E-Business Suite Cloud Manager. You will use a trial account to deploy Cloud Manager from an Oracle Cloud Infrastructure (OCI) Marketplace image; configure Cloud Manager; and use the One-Click Provisioning and Cloning features to create new environments.

In addition, the instructors will demonstrate the steps involved in performing a lift and shift of an on-premises EBS environment to OCI.

The hands-on lab will be held in the CC RIVER FL 007D room, and is scheduled to run for approximately two hours on the following dates and times:

Sunday, April 7, 1:45 PM – 4:00 PM

  • To register: 11382 (https://app.attendcollaborate.com/event/member/554040)

Monday, April 8, 3:15 PM – 5:30 PM

  • To register: 11383 (https://app.attendcollaborate.com/event/member/554041)

Note: As places at each session are strictly limited, we highly recommend that you register ahead of time at the indicated links to reserve your spot, and arrive at least 10 minutes early to claim your seat  - any unclaimed places will be released when the session begins.

Prerequisites and Skills

You will need:

  • Your own Windows laptop or Mac, with:
    • A modern browser such as Firefox, Google Chrome, or Safari
    • PuTTY (or equivalent)
  • Knowledge of:
    • Standard UNIX commands
    • PuTTY (or equivalent) usage

We look forward to seeing you at Collaborate 2019!

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Reintroducing Terri Noyes

Wed, 2019-03-20 11:33

I am pleased to reintroduce you to Terri Noyes, a highly experienced and versatile member of the Oracle E-Business Suite Technology product management team.

Terri joined Oracle in 1991, and has held a variety of engineering management and cross-functional leadership positions. Terri started her software engineering career at the General Electric R&D Center in Schenectady, New York, and then joined MIT Lincoln Laboratories in Lexington, MA before moving to California for Oracle. She holds an M.S. in Computer Science and Computer Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and a B.S. in Computer Science and Mathematics from the University of Massachusetts.

Terri is currently focused closely on assisting our customers at all stages of their journeys to using EBS on Oracle Cloud. As such, she is one of the key contributors to our sister Oracle E-Business Suite and Oracle Cloud blog, writing and editing articles on a regular basis. So if you a reader of that blog, you are already familiar with her work.

Having written for the EBS Technology Blog on numerous occasions in the past, Terri will be now doing so again on a regular basis. Don't miss what she has to say!

Terri lives in the Boston area with her family and two dogs, Ringo and Charly (loosely named after famous British drummers!)

Here are a couple of Terri's recent Cloud Blog posts:

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Reintroducing Terri Noyes

Wed, 2019-03-20 11:33

I am pleased to reintroduce you to Terri Noyes, a highly experienced and versatile member of the Oracle E-Business Suite Technology product management team.

Terri joined Oracle in 1991, and has held a variety of engineering management and cross-functional leadership positions. Terri started her software engineering career at the General Electric R&D Center in Schenectady, New York, and then joined MIT Lincoln Laboratories in Lexington, MA before moving to California for Oracle. She holds an M.S. in Computer Science and Computer Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and a B.S. in Computer Science and Mathematics from the University of Massachusetts.

Terri is currently focused on assisting our customers at all stages of their journeys to using EBS on Oracle Cloud. As such, she is one of the key contributors to our sister Oracle E-Business Suite and Oracle Cloud blog, writing and editing articles on a regular basis. So if you are a reader of that blog, you are already familiar with her work.

Having written for the EBS Technology Blog on numerous occasions in the past, Terri will be now doing so again on a regular basis. Don't miss what she has to say!

Terri lives in the Boston area with her family and two dogs, Ringo and Charly (loosely named after famous British drummers!)

Here are a couple of Terri's recent Cloud Blog posts:

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Updated EBS R12 Tools Requirements for IBM AIX on Power Systems

Tue, 2019-03-19 08:48

Beginning on May 3rd 2019, Oracle E-Business Suite application tier patches for Releases 12.2, 12.1, and 12.0 on IBM AIX on Power Systems will be built with version 12.1 of the IBM XL C/C++ compiler, which includes new runtime and utilities packages. Customers who plan to apply patches built after May 3rd 2019 to their Oracle E-Business Suite environment must first ensure they meet all the new requirements.

This change is needed because IBM is discontinuing support of the previous XL compiler (version 11) that was formerly used for building Oracle E-Business Suite12 patches.

We are announcing this change now to give our customers time to prepare for, and be compliant with, all requirements for patches generated after the May 3rd 2019 date.

We recommend you review the following documentation for all new requirements relating to the IBM AIX on Power Systems platform:

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Updated EBS R12 Tools Requirements for IBM AIX on Power Systems

Tue, 2019-03-19 08:48

Beginning on May 3rd 2019, Oracle E-Business Suite application tier patches for Releases 12.2, 12.1, and 12.0 on IBM AIX on Power Systems will be built with version 12.1 of the IBM XL C/C++ compiler, which includes new runtime and utilities packages. Customers who plan to apply patches built after May 3rd 2019 to their Oracle E-Business Suite environment must first ensure they meet all the new requirements.

This change is needed because IBM is discontinuing support of the previous XL compiler (version 11) that was formerly used for building Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12 patches.

We are announcing this change now to give our customers time to prepare for, and be compliant with, all requirements for patches generated after the May 3rd 2019 date.

We recommend you review the following documentation for all new requirements relating to the IBM AIX on Power Systems platform:

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New OA Framework 12.2.6 Update 18 Now Available

Fri, 2019-03-15 11:04

Web-based content in Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12 runs on the Oracle Application Framework (also known as OA Framework, OAF, or FWK) user interface libraries and infrastructure.

We periodically release updates to Oracle Application Framework to fix performance, security, and stability issues.

These updates are provided in cumulative Release Update Packs, and cumulative Bundle Patches that can be applied on top of the Release Update Packs. In this context, cumulative means that the latest RUP or Bundle Patch contains everything released earlier.

The latest OAF update for Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.2.6 is now available:

Where is this update documented?

Instructions for installing this OAF Release Update Pack are in the following My Oracle Support knowledge document:

Who should apply this patch?

All Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.2.6 users should apply this patch. Future OAF patches for EBS Release 12.2.6 will require this patch as a prerequisite. 

What's new in this update?

This bundle patch includes fixes for the following issues:

  • When a mandatory check error is encountered, the physical name of the checkbox is displayed on the error message.
  • After closing the dialog window, column hide on an advanced table does not work.

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New OA Framework 12.2.6 Update 18 Now Available

Fri, 2019-03-15 11:04

Web-based content in Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12 runs on the Oracle Application Framework (also known as OA Framework, OAF, or FWK) user interface libraries and infrastructure.

We periodically release updates to Oracle Application Framework to fix performance, security, and stability issues.

These updates are provided in cumulative Release Update Packs, and cumulative Bundle Patches that can be applied on top of the Release Update Packs. In this context, cumulative means that the latest RUP or Bundle Patch contains everything released earlier.

The latest OAF update for Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.2.6 is now available:

Where is this update documented?

Instructions for installing this OAF Release Update Pack are in the following My Oracle Support knowledge document:

Who should apply this patch?

All Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.2.6 users should apply this patch. Future OAF patches for EBS Release 12.2.6 will require this patch as a prerequisite. 

What's new in this update?

This bundle patch includes fixes for the following issues:

  • When a mandatory check error is encountered, the physical name of the checkbox is displayed on the error message.
  • After closing the dialog window, column hide on an advanced table does not work.

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March 2019 Update to Integrated SOA Gateway for EBS 12.1.3

Wed, 2019-03-13 08:13

Contributing Author:  Robert Farrington

I am pleased to announce availability of consolidated patch for Oracle E-Business Suite Integrated SOA Gateway for Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.1.3. Oracle strongly recommends all EBS R12.1.3 Integrated SOA Gateway customers apply this set of updates.

You can download the patch from here:

This cumulative update includes all previously released ISG updates for EBS R12.1.3, plus minor enhancements and fixes for stability and performance of the product. Specific fixes relate to REF CURSOR and SYS_REFCURSOR data types in PL/SQL interface types, and design time operation from the Integration Repository UI when the API contains more than 10 operations. View the patch Readme for a complete listing of bugs fixed in this patch.

In addition, the following key enhancements are included in this update:

  • Post-clone script for SOAP and REST based web services provided by Integrated SOA Gateway in EBS R12.1.3
  • Automated design time operations in multi-node configuration
  • Elimination of the need to perform service generation and deployment from the backend for multi-node configuration of Integrated SOA Gateway in Oracle E-Business Suite R12.1.3 (MOS Note 1081100.1)
  • Capability to generate and deploy SOAP Services, and also deploy REST Services from the Integration Repository UI for a multi-node environment

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March 2019 Update to Integrated SOA Gateway for EBS 12.1.3

Wed, 2019-03-13 08:13

Contributing Author:  Robert Farrington

[Note: This article was slightly revised on 19 March 2019, to enhance the structure.]

I am pleased to announce availability of consolidated patch for Oracle E-Business Suite Integrated SOA Gateway for Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.1.3. Oracle strongly recommends all EBS R12.1.3 Integrated SOA Gateway customers apply this set of updates.

You can download the patch from here:

This cumulative update includes all previously released ISG updates for EBS R12.1.3, plus minor enhancements and key fixes for stability and performance of the product. View the patch Readme for a complete listing of bugs fixed in this patch.

The minor enhancements in this update include:

  • Post-clone script for SOAP and REST based web services provided by Integrated SOA Gateway in EBS R12.1.3.
  • Automated design time operations in multi-node configuration.
    This patch eliminates the mandate to perform service generation and deployment from the backend for multi-node configuration of Integrated SOA Gateway in Oracle E-Business Suite R12.1.3 (see MOS Note 1081100.1). With this patch, you can generate, deploy SOAP Services, and deploy REST Services from the Integration Repository UI for multi-node environments as well.

Key fixes included in this update relate to:

  • REF CURSOR and SYS_REFCURSOR data types in PL/SQL interface types.
  • Design time operation from the Integration Repository UI when the API contains more than 10 operations.

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March 2019 Update to Integrated SOA Gateway for EBS 12.2

Tue, 2019-03-12 08:17

I am pleased to announce availability of the latest consolidated patch for Oracle E-Business Suite Integrated SOA Gateway in Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.2. Oracle strongly recommends all EBS R12.2 Integrated SOA Gateway customers apply this set of updates.

This cumulative update includes all previously released ISG updates for EBS R12.2, plus minor enhancements and fixes to enhance stability and performance of the product. Specific fixes relate to REF CURSOR and SYS_REFCURSOR data types in PL/SQL interface types. This update also includes a post-clone script for Oracle E-Business Suite R12.2 Integrated SOA Gateway REST-based web services.

View the patch Readme for a complete list of bugs fixed in this patch.

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