Desktop Requirements for Administrative System Users

Penn's administrative systems desktop requirements are consistent with the desktop recommendations for general purpose systems. In general, ISC is comfortable with Windows 7 Service Pack 1 as the operating system of choice for administrative systems. The following is more specific information regarding compatibility of BEN Financials, Oracle EPM/Hyperion, and Webi/Business Objects with University supported operating systems, web browsers, and office suites, along with specific Java requirements.

BEN Financials

Windows 7 Service Pack 1 and Windows Vista Service Pack 2 are certified by Oracle in combination with Firefox 24ESR and Internet Explorer 8/9. No version of Google Chrome functions.  BEN users’ machines must have a support version of the JRE plug-in.  Current guidance from Oracle is that end users can use the most current version of Java, not only the most recent certified version.   As of January 20, 2014, this means that BEN Financials must use at least JRE 1.7_25 but can upgrade to the most recent version, JRE 1.7_51. This allows Penn’s constituents to keep their computers up to date with Oracle's most recent Java vulnerability fixes.

Human Resources Management (Performance Appraisal, Requisition, and Tuition Benefits)

Firefox .current, Google Chrome .current, and Internet Explorer 8/9/10/11 are supported.

Oracle EPM/Hyperion

Windows 7 Service Pack 1 and Windows Vista Service Pack 2 are certified by Oracle in combination with Internet Explorer 8/9 and Firefox 24ESR (note that CPUP users cannot upgrade to IE9 until UPHS's next Hyperion upgrade). Though the 64-bit versions of Windows are fully functional, 64-bit versions of Microsoft Office have not been tested with the SmartView add-in. No version of Google Chrome functions.

Webi/Business Objects

Windows 8 (with mouse and keyboard interface), Windows 7 Service Pack 1, and Windows Vista Service Pack 2 are supported in combination with Firefox 24ESR or Internet Explorer 8/9/10 (Internet Explorer 11 and Google Chrome do not function). Oracle's JRE 1.7_25 or higher is also required.

BEN Pays Invoice Imaging

For workstations with Windows operating systems, Flash Player 10 or 11 (all versions) is supported.

BEN Financials

OS X Lion and OS X Snow Leopard are certified by Oracle in combination with Firefox 24ESR and Safari 5.1.x. No version of Google Chrome functions. BEN users’ machines must have a support version of the JRE plug-in.  Current guidance from Oracle is that end users can use the most current version of Java, not only the most recent certified version.   As of January 20, 2014, this means that BEN Financials must use at least JRE 1.7_25 but can upgrade to the most recent version, JRE 1.7_51. This allows Penn’s constituents to keep their computers up to date with Oracle's most recent Java vulnerability fixes.

Human Resources Management (Performance Appraisal, Requisition, and Tuition Benefits)

Firefox .current, Google Chrome .current, and Safari 5.1.x/6.0.x/7.0.x are supported.

Oracle EPM/Hyperion

OS X Mountain Lion, OS X Lion, and OS X Snow Leopard are supported in combination with Firefox 17esr. No version of Google Chrome or Safari functions.

Webi/Business Objects

OS X Mavericks, Mountain Lion, and OS X Lion are supported in combination with Safari 6.0.x or 7.0.x (Firefox and Google Chrome do not function). Either Apple’s JRE 1.6 (version 43 or higher) or Oracle’s JRE 1.7 (version 25 or higher) is also required.

BEN Pays Invoice Imaging

For workstations with OS X operating systems, Flash Player 10 (all versions) is supported.

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Date Posted: April 1, 2013 Tags: Provider Resource, Desktop, Essentials

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