Because software and hardware are constantly evolving, your software life cycle will include an upgrade phase. You may need to upgrade your software because of necessary hardware upgrades. You may want to reap the rewards of the updated release’s new functional and technical enhancements - to increase efficiency and effectiveness for your business or enhance the user experience and productivity. Or, your decision to upgrade may be to align with support timelines – to assure you are on a Premiere support release (Lifetime Support Policy PDF). Often, the upgrade project is driven by mix of many factors. Whatever your reasons for upgrading, you will want to reduce the costs and the risks associated with the upgrade. Being proactive can help you be prepared and minimize your business downtime and the risks of upgrading your system.
KM document “Moving on UP! Proactive Upgrades for Current ERP Systems: Oracle Applications Unlimited - document 1983566.1 provides information about the Upgrade and Migration Lifecycle Advisors as well as other product-specific upgrade resources available to assist you in maintaining a current and up-to-date ERP system.