Oracle APEX is constantly evolving. Advancements in data security, usability, and application versatility allow more users to benefit from Oracle’s adapting platform. This year, Oracle reduced the amount of time it supports new releases, which put some users on edge. The good news is this adjustment could actually benefit you in the long run. 

Oracle APEX releases at a glance

To understand the shift in support times, it’s important to understand how APEX releases work. Each release comes in two stages: long-term release and innovation releases. The long-term release, also known as the terminal release, is the big update from the previous version. The innovation releases are incremental updates between terminal versions. 

We recommend migrating to a new APEX model with every terminal release. While you can choose to update for every release, the changes in innovation releases aren’t usually significant. It may not be worth the effort to migrate at that point, but it will be worth it to remain up-to-date with long-term releases.  

How Oracle changed their APEX release structure

Up until recently, Oracle offered five years of support for long-term releases. That has now dropped down to three years. Users can still operate older versions outside of the support time, but patching options will be limited. This is similar to using a cell phone after it has become obsolete. It may complete basic operations, but apps will eventually stop working, as will options for technical support.  

The benefits of having shorter support times

This may sound like a disadvantage, but it could work in your favor. Realistically, you should be updating your database sooner than five years. Technology today changes rapidly, and frequent updates ensure your data is adequately protected.

This shift also creates a push for organizations using antiquated systems. Earlier this year, LSG Solutions migrated a database that was over ten years old. This process would have been much simpler and more cost-effective if the database had been routinely updated. Instead, it was a laborious process that required creative problem-solving at every turn. 

With persistent updates to long-term releases, you can keep operations running smoothly and enjoy a better experience overall. 

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