Chet and Jake have both already covered this topic, but please allow me the small conceit that someone out there might read about it here first. About a year ago, I wrote a series of guest posts for the ORACLENERD blog about installing a Vision instance of Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12. It proved to be inexplicably popular, and even spawned something Chet called the EBS Challenge, so Chet and I have bundled the whole series together into a PDF document that flows a bit better than a handful of posts spread over two blogs. Same quirky style, same nigh-endless stack of highly informative screenshots, but way less clicking, and you can take it with you!
I was initially resistant to asking people to pay for content that I'd already made available for free, even considering the value-add of content restructuring and packaging. When we considered a charitable angle, though, I was all in. If you're a regular reader of Chet's blog, you'll know that one of the primary passions in his life is his daughter, Kate, who has been diagnosed with PDD-NOS. All proceeds from sales of the eBook, after Paypal takes their cut, will be directed to defraying the costs of Kate's care.
If you're interested in building your very own R12 E-Business Suite playground, I hope you'll consider picking up a copy of the PDF version of the guide. If you're one of the thousands (that's still a bit mind-boggling) of people who have already read the guide on Chet's blog, and if you derived some value from the experience, I hope you'll consider buying a copy to show your appreciation. Heck, buy a copy for everyone in your office! Think of it as an opportunity to make a direct contribution to making life easier for Kate and her parents. You even get a chance to "try before you buy;" all the content in the eBook is already available for you to review on our blogs. I probably left in the same embarrassing typos and bad grammar. You can't lose, and if you buy, Kate wins.