There's some serious fireworks going off these days in the Oracle universe: the acquisition of LogicalApps, the potenital acquisition of BEA, and next month's Oracle OpenWorld, just to name a few. It's a very exciting time, and it's easy to be distracted by all of the fireworks. Personally, I love tracking and speculating on this type of stuff. However, for many E-Business customers, it's an important time to stay focused on some important upcoming support milestones. Let's clear away the smoke from the fireworks and take a look.
Premier Support for E-Business Suite version 11.5.8 ends in November 2007. There is no opportunity to obtain Extended Support, which means that all support for 11.5.8 will transition to Sustaining Support in about two weeks from the time I write this post. The same situation will occur for 11.5.9 in June 2008.
The bottom line: if you're on a version of the E-Business Suite older than 11.5.9, you're treading on very thin ice. If you're on 11.5.9, you should probably already be in the process of planning an upgrade to 11.5.10 or Release 12 - please starting your planning today if you haven't already done so. While the fireworks may dominate the Oracle "buzz" for the next few days, don't let all the smoke cause you to lose sight of these important milestones.