One of the really cool and helpful features in Oracle Database 12c is called Full Transportable Export/Import. It combines the basics of transportable tablespaces – of course cross-platform, cross-endianess, cross-version – with Data Pump taking care on all the stuff not stored in tables and indexes, such as views, synonyms, trigger, packages etc. And you can even reduce downtime by combining the feature with incrementally converted RMAN backups.
And the best thing: this will work with an Oracle Database 184.108.40.206/4 to Oracle Database 12c – so you don’t have to be on Oracle Database 12c in order to leverage from that cool new feature.
See the brand new White Paper about Full Transportable Export/Import here: