The Cool Stuff
Oracle has introduced a new way of transporting data from one platform to another in 12c. The new feature is called “Full Transportable Export”. This enhancement works from 220.127.116.11 and later and is a great way to move data, as it allows for an easy-to-use combination of Export Data Pump and Transportable Tablespaces. The documentation specifically praises it as a means to move from an 11g Release 2 database into a 12c Pluggable Database. And Pluggable Databases I like :)
Unfortunately the Full Transportable Export/Import process does not perform endianness conversion for you. And in fact, if you have encrypted data you want to move you cannot do so unless you are on the same endianness.
Before we begin, here is a list of restrictions pertaining to the new Full Transportable Export, taken from the 12c Utilities Guide: