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Punchout from iProcurement to Supplier

Posted on January 16th, 2013 by Sanjit Anand |Print This Post Print This Post |Email This Post Email This Post

WHAT IS PUNCHOUT (also known as Supplier PunchOut)

Punchout provides the ability to link out from a procurement application (iproc ) to a vendor's eCommerce site to shop, place items into a cart, and return that cart to their own procurement application to continue purchasing within their designated workflow. The resulting purchase order is then sent back to the supplier for order fulfillment.

This is a mechanism by which buyers/requestors can navigate to suppliers website directly from iProcurement.

Punchouts are, typically, for expense items such as office supplies, but are often leveraged by maintenance and IT organizations.

WHAT ARE THE ADVANTAGES OF PUNCH OUT?

Some advantages are:

  • The ability to cost effectively re-use suppliers existing transactional websites to provide custom content to individual buyers.
  • The flexibility which allows suppliers to control product information to ensure real-time quality content, including price and availability.
  • Punch out is a low-cost way to provide easily customised content for many buyers, leading to economies of scale, enhanced customer experience, and reduced customer support costs.
  • Buyers no longer need to manage catalogue content.
  • Punch out enables requisitioners to access supplier catalogues for products / services that reside within the supplier's website.
  • Punch out eliminates the need for the supplier to send electronic catalogues to buying organisations.
  • Punch out reduces buyer and supplier error.
  • cXML is the most widely adopted Business to Business protocol today.

BASIC FLOW

More or less , these are user steps in punchout process irrespective of any model ( as discussed below) ;

  1. The requester in iProcurement or buyer in Exchange clicks a link to the external catalog (punchout) site. Punchout links are available from the Shopping home and
    Search Results pages.
  2. The punchout from application (iProcurement or Exchange) sends the login request to the catalog site.
  3. The punchout to application (Exchange or the supplier site) authenticates the requester or buyer.
  4. The punchout from application redirects the requester’s or buyer’s browser to the catalog site.
  5. The requester or buyer browses or searches for items on the external catalog site and completes shopping on the site.
  6. Via the requester’s or buyer’s browser, the punchout to application returns the shopping cart with the items to the punchout from application.
  7. The requester or buyer completes the checkout process for the items in the shopping cart, and the punchout from application processes the order.

THE PUNCHOUT MODELS

The Punchout Models available are:

  • Model 1: Punchout from Oracle iProcurement to Oracle Exchange (XML)
  • Model 2a: Punchout from Oracle iProcurement Directly to Supplier-Hosted Catalog (XML)
  • Model 2b: Punchout from Oracle iProcurement Directly to Supplier-Hosted Catalog(cXML)
  • Model 3a : Punchout from Oracle Exchange to Supplier- Hosted Catalog (XML)
  • Model 3b: Punchout from Oracle Exchange to Supplier- Hosted Catalog (cXML)
  • Model 4: Punchout from Oracle iProcurement to Supplier- Hosted Catalog via Oracle Exchange (XML)
  • Model 5: Punchout from Oracle iProcurement to Supplier- Hosted Catalog via Oracle Exchange (cXML)

Model 1: PUNCHOUT FROM ORACLE IPROCUREMENT TO ORACLE EXCHANGE (XML)

In model 1, the supplier loads catalog items directly to Oracle Exchange.

The catalog administrator then sets up Oracle iProcurement to use Oracle Exchange as the punchout hub.

How this works:

  • When the user clicks on a punchout link to Oracle Exchange, Oracle Exchange authenticates the requester and returns a response.
  • If the authentication is successful, the user is redirected to the Oracle Exchange site to search for and add items.
  • When the requester finishes adding items to the Oracle Exchange shopping cart, Oracle Exchange returns these items to the requisition.
  • The requester then submits the requisition.

The illustration below shows Model 1.

model1

If you see above diagram , Oracle Exchange can be setup as an aggregator site, where requesters can have access to items from different suppliers.

In this model benefits for the suppliers include:

  • Suppliers only need to load their catalog items once on Oracle Exchange and can reach many Oracle iProcurement customers in addition to the buyers already registered on Oracle Exchange.
  • Suppliers can make use of the functionality offered by Oracle Exchange to control pricing.

MODEL 2A and 2B: PUNCHOUT FROM ORACLE iPROCUREMENT TO SUPPLIER HOSTED CATALOG (XML & CXML)

In models 2a and 2b, the supplier hosts the catalog at their own site or web store. The catalog administrator sets up a punchout catalog to use the supplier as a punchout site.

  • When the requester clicks on a punchout link to the supplier site, the supplier authenticates the requester and returns a response.
  • If the authentication is successful, Oracle iProcurement redirects the requester to the supplier site to search for and add items.
  • When the requester completes adding items to the supplier shopping cart, the supplier site returns the shopping cart items to Oracle iProcurement.
  • The requester then submits the requisition.

The illustration below shows Models 2a and 2b.

MODEL2

 

MODEL 3: PUNCHOUT FROM ORACLE iPROCUREMENT TO SUPPLIER HOSTED CATALOG THROUGH ORACLE EXCHANGE (XML)

In this model, the supplier hosts the catalog at their own site or web store.

  1. When the user clicks on the punchout link, the requester is taken directly to the supplier site.
    • Although behind the scenes, the access is through Oracle Exchange. Using Oracle Exchange for the punchout simplifies the initial setup process and the authentication and maintenance of the punchout.
  2. The supplier must set up a punchout from Oracle Exchange to their site.
    • To setup access to the supplier site through Oracle Exchange, the catalog administrator needs to download the supplier punchout definition from Oracle Exchange.
    • Downloading the supplier punchout definition seeds the punchout definition from Oracle iProcurement to the supplier site through Oracle Exchange, without requiring the catalog administrator to perform manual setup.
  3. The requester clicks on the punchout link, Oracle Exchange authenticates the requester, and sends a punchout request to the supplier.
  4. The supplier site then responds to Oracle Exchange, and in turn Oracle Exchange forwards the supplier site response to Oracle iProcurement .
    • If successful, the requester is redirected to the supplier site for shopping.
  5. When the requester completes adding items to the supplier shopping cart, the supplier site returns the shopping cart items to the requisition. The requester then submits the requisition.

The illustration below shows Model 3.

MODEL3

MODEL 4: PUNCHOUT FROM ORACLE IPROCUREMENT TO SUPPLIER HOSTED CATALOG THROUGH ORACLE EXCHANGE (CXML)

In Model 4, the supplier hosts a cXML catalog at its own site or web store. Similar to Model 3, the requester accesses the supplier site (behind the scenes) through Oracle Exchange.

The supplier must set up a punchout from Oracle Exchange to its site, and the catalog administrator then downloads the supplier punchout definition from Oracle Exchange when setting up the punchout catalog.

  • The requester clicks on the punchout link, Oracle Exchange then authenticates the requester, and sends a punchout request to the supplier.
  • The supplier site then responds to Oracle Exchange, and in turn Oracle Exchange forwards the supplier site response to Oracle iProcurement .
    • If successful, the requester is redirected to the supplier site for shopping.
  • When the requester completes adding items to the supplier shopping cart, the supplier site returns the shopping cart items to Oracle iProcurement .
  • Oracle iProcurement then redirects the shopping cart to Oracle Exchange, where Oracle Exchange converts the shopping cart from cXML to XML and returns the items to Oracle iProcurement . The requester then submits the requisition.

The illustration below shows Model 4.

Model4

ANALYSIS OF PRESENT AND FUTURE STATE

Before developing a PunchOut, you need to perform an in-depth analysis of your current system and what is needed to support the "new" process. A few things to note:

Take some important note for the current state:

  • Do you have an existing e-commerce site deployed?
  • Does your site have XML integration enabled?
  • Do you currently receive orders electronically through XML or EDI?
  • How is integration performed with back-end systems?

For the future state:

  • How will the process flow from time of shopping through order placement and fulfillment?
  • Will you need to interface with multiple XML-based procurement applications?
  • How should your concept of a "shopping cart" be modeled in requisition line items?
  • Which model should be best for my company ?

Remember , There is no additional licensing that you need to purchase for using Punchout. Next post will be more focus on setup and troubleshooting.

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Oracle Big Data Appliance

Posted on December 14th, 2012 by Sanjit Anand |Print This Post Print This Post |Email This Post Email This Post

Oracle offers a broad portfolio of products to help enterprises acquire, manage, and integrate big data with existing information, with the goal of achieving a complete view of business in the fastest, most reliable, and cost effective way .

Oracle's Big Data Appliance, and Oracle Big Data Connectors is one such solution and portfolio of products bundled together to provide an integrated solution. The good about Oracle Big Data Appliance comes with fact that the process of Acquire, Organize and Analyze work quite closely with their proven Oracle RDBMS technology and thus gives Enterprises flexibility to cover SQL and NoSQL (Key-Value store databases for unstructured, semi-structured data) within the horizon of their analytical needs.

The Oracle Big Data Appliance is an engineered system of hardware and software designed to help enterprises derive maximum value from their big data strategies. It combines optimized hardware with a comprehensive software stack featuring specialized solutions developed by Oracle to deliver a complete, easy-to-deploy offering for acquiring, organizing and analyzing big data, with enterprise-class performance, availability, supportability, and security.

The Oracle Big Data Appliance integrated software includes :

  • Full distribution of Cloudera's Distribution including Apache Hadoop (CDH)
  • Cloudera Manager to administer all aspects of Cloudera CDH
  • Open source distribution of the statistical package R for analysis of unfiltered data on Oracle Big Data Appliance
  • Oracle NoSQL Database Community Edition3
  • And Oracle Enterprise Linux operating system and Oracle Java VM

The Oracle Big Data Appliance offers the following benefits:

  • Rapid provisioning of a highly-available and scalable system for managing massive amounts of data
  • A high-performance platform for acquiring, organizing, and analyzing big data in Hadoop and using R on raw-data sources
  • Control of IT costs by pre-integrating all hardware and software components into a single big data solution that complements enterprise data warehouses

Oracle Big Data Connectors is an optimized software suite to help enterprises integrate data stored in Hadoop or Oracle NoSQL Databases with Oracle Database 11g. It enables very fast data movements between these two environments using Oracle Loader for Hadoop and Oracle Direct Connector for Hadoop Distributed File System (HDFS), while Oracle Data Integrator Application Adapter for Hadoop and Oracle R Connector for Hadoop provide non-Hadoop experts with easier access to HDFS data and MapReduce functionality.

Oracle Exalytics In-Memory Machine is purpose-built to deliver the fastest performance for business intelligence (BI) and planning applications. It is designed to provide real-time, speed-of-thought visual analysis, and enable new types of analytic applications so organizations can make decisions faster in the context of rapidly shifting business conditions, while broadening user adoption of BI though introduction of interactive visualization capabilities. Organizations can extend BI initiatives beyond reporting and dashboards to modeling, planning, forecasting, and predictive analytics.

These offerings, along with Oracle Exadata Database Machine and Oracle Database 11g, create a complete set of technologies for leveraging and integrating big data, and help enterprises quickly and efficiently turn information into insight.

More Information

Data sheets, white papers and other interesting information can be found here:

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Oracle Fusion Applications Documentation Library

Posted on December 12th, 2012 by Sanjit Anand |Print This Post Print This Post |Email This Post Email This Post

Oracle Fusion Applications Documentation Library for links to release notes, guides, licensing information,and more can be found here

FusionDocumentation

You can use this page to learn about Oracle Fusion Applications . You can use the tabs to find user guides, implementation guides, and other documentation resources for each product family.

dgreybarrow Other Documentation Links

  • Oracle Fusion Applications Technology Library : You can use these library for technical guides such as install, patching,implementation, and extensibility. click here to get .
  • Oracle Enterprise Repository : You will get technical information about integrating with other applications,including services, operations, composites, events, and integration tables. click here to get .
  • Oracle Fusion Applications Documentation Info Center : To access this you need my Oracle support access. If you have valid access rights , you can get white papers, release notes, What's New and other resources.

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Its All About DAM & Oracle’s Digital Asset Management

Posted on January 21st, 2012 by Sanjit Anand |Print This Post Print This Post |Email This Post Email This Post

dgreybarrow What is Digital asset management (DAM)

From Wikipedia ...A digital asset is any form of content and/or media that have been formatted into a binary source which include the right to use it. A digital file without the right to use it is not an asset.

Digital assets are categorised in three major groups which may be defined as textual content (digital assets), images (media assets) and multimedia (media assets)

Not to forgot, DAM as Digital Asset = Digital Content + Usage Rights

That means means, Digital asset management (DAM) is a business process or a software tool for organizing the creation, management, distribution and archiving of a rich media asset. Rich media assets include photos, music, videos, animations, podcasts and other multimedia content.Look the DAM in another Way.

 

Content People Processes
  • Images, Videos, Documents
  • Dependencies, Renditions
  • Internal
    • Marketing, IT, Editorial, other Departments/Divisions
  • External
    • Agencies, Partners, Vendors, Customers
  • Collaboration
  • Check-In/Check-Out
  • Workflows (Request,Review/Approve, Assigned Tasks)
  • Search: Keywords, Metadata, Faceted
  • Transformations
  • Versioning
  • Publishing/Syndication
  • Auditing/Reporting

dgreybarrow Typical Activities in DAM

Consider these kind of question

  • As a marketing Manager I need to find an approved product image to create a new ad campaign…
  • As a PR team for the company e-com Site I need to prepare the upcoming summer catalog
  • As a content manager I need to manage the “official” repository of “approved” product images…

if you are able to answer above requset then you can easily figure out , what activity is needed for DAM solution.So below is list for Typical activity required in DAM.

 

Manage Transform Deliver
  • Ingest/bulk load source assets
  • Classify & describe assets (cataloging & metadata)
  • Ingestion services (rights, policies, renditions)
  • Find/Search/Request
  • Collect / Create / Assemble
  • Produce / Review & Approve
  • Publish / Notify
  • Present the content in the different channels

dgreybarrow Oracle Digital asset management

Oracle Digital Asset Management enables organizations to quickly and easily access, manage, share, optimize and re-use corporate digital assets, such as training videos, conference call recordings, movie trailers, commercials, depositions and corporate branding graphics and images.

This is built upon the core Oracle server foundation, providing additional functionality specific to image transformations, formatting and compression, enhanced audio and video streaming, and automatic thumbnail generation.

The Oracle Digital Asset Management bundle includes the following products.

  • Digital Asset Manager - Image Manager: Digital Asset Manager adds the ability to create multiple renditions (conversions) for each image. Users can easily access the appropriate size and format for PPT, the Web, or other collateral. Supports input formats such as JPG, GIF, PNG, TIFF, PSD, and BMP; as well as output formats such as JPG, GIF, PNG, and PSD. Image metadata is extracted and associated with the content item as object metadata.
  • Digital Asset Manager - Video Manager: Digital Asset Manager adds the ability to create multiple stream able proxies for each video. Users can easily access the appropriate format and size for their client, network, and viewing needs. Output formats include Real, Windows Media Format, QuickTime, and others. Thumbnails are extracted and presented as a drill down storyboard; closed caption text is extracted and included in the Oracle search index.
  • PDF Converter: This enables the automatic publishing of native business content to web viewable PDF. Upon check-in of new business content, a PDF rendition of the native format is generated. This PDF rendition allows web viewing of that business content without the need for the native application.
  • TIFF Converter: Tiff Converter automatically converts TIFF images to PDF format upon check-in to the Content Server for easy viewing of legacy content. The conversion of the released TIFF image can occur on the client side or server side and uses the Adobe Acrobat Capture technology. With TIFF Conversion, users can easily view and access managed legacy content (scanned documents) via a browser with the Adobe Reader. Additionally, during the TIFF to PDF conversion, Optical Character Recognition (OCR) is performed - enabling users to perform full-text searches of managed TIFF files in the Content Server.
  • XML Converter: Oracle XML Converter enables the automatic publishing of native business content to XML format. Upon check-in of new business content, conversion to a XML DTD or user defined DTD, can be configured to occur. This XML file can then be accessed from other Enterprise Applications, as well as dynamically rendered to HTML using the Dynamic Converter.

dgreybarrow How it Works

When digital assets such as images and videos are ingested into the Oracle system, a number of additional renditions of varying file formats, resolutions, sizes, etc. are automatically generated allowing users to download and use images without reformatting or requiring the use of native applications such as Photoshop for resizing and perhaps impacting your brand.

The original (native) file is available as well as other additional renditions that were auto-generated into jpg and png formats with varying properties such as size, resolution, color, etc. The number and properties of each rendition are completely configurable. Users can add the graphics they need to utilize and download .

When videos are ingested, renditions along with storyboards are auto-generated .

dgreybarrow Catering both all set of Business user

For the business user

Once content is created, the Oracle Digital Asset Management system gives the user multiple options for checking the file into the repository.

All check-in methods (browser-based, WebDAV, integrations with desktop applications, etc.) can automate processes - such as file transformations, multiple renditions of a file being generated, approval requirements, thumbnail generations, etc. - that used to be completed manually.

Oracle Image Converter can quickly reformat an image to the appropriate size, shape, resolution or aspect ratio, alleviating the need to maintain heavy, expensive publishing tools on desktops.

For the IT administrator

Oracle Digital Asset Management provides Web-based administrative functions and a flexible architectural framework to meet the needs of your organization with one solution.

Web-based administrative functions include the ability to easily stop and start servers, edit security permissions, customize metadata, create workflows and view server logs, regardless of your location.

dgreybarrow Tech Stack

The Oracle solution is Java-based, easily customizable, rapidly deployable, enterprise scalable and can integrate with other processes and applications, such as portals, CRM and ERP systems.

dgreybarrow In Summary, take away

Oracle Digital Asset Management automates routine tasks and provides robust functionality to effectively manage your rich media files.

  • Easily view and reuse digital assets: This is done via storyboard tree allows immediate viewing of specific video scenes.
  • Create thumbnails automatically to easily search and retrieve files: Increase efficiency by allowing end users to find information quickly via searching for both text and utilizing visual recognition.
  • Save storage space and decrease bandwidth usage by compressing files: Save time by significantly compressing large files and utilizing bandwidth more efficiently.
  • Convert legacy images to Web-friendly formats: View older files without needing older desktop applications.
  • Reduce manual steps in creating multiple renditions: Automatically create multiple formats of a corporate image or video and create additional formats on the fly.
  • Control access to corporate brand assets: Easily control security permissions surrounding access to brand assets. Manage only one copy of corporate assets.
  • Make corporate audio and video sessions available via the Web: Enable quick and easy browser-based access to presentations, recording presentations, e-learning files, documents, etc.

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Oracle Fusion Applications Architecture – Recap

Posted on July 1st, 2011 by Sanjit Anand |Print This Post Print This Post |Email This Post Email This Post

As mention previouly Fusion Applications follows a modular, standards-based architecture, natively built on Oracle Fusion Middleware 11g components and use the Oracle Database as per fig below.

Oracle Fusion Applications Architecture

Fig 1: Oracle Fusion Applications Architecture ( Source www.oracle.com)

Lets do a quick recap of some of the key components.

1. Oracle Fusion Applications includes the following product families, or collections of products that are associated with a functional area:

  • Oracle Fusion Financials manages financial flows, including assets, ledgers, cash cycle, invoices and payments, accounts receivable, collections, and setup of subledger accounting and tax configuration.
  • Oracle Fusion Human Capital Management provides employee management for an organization.
  • Oracle Fusion Procurement manages the procurement process including requisitions, purchase orders, and supplier negotiations.
  • Oracle Fusion Project Portfolio Management manages projects, including how to plan, budget, forecast, collect costs, bill customers, and report performance.
  • Oracle Fusion Supply Chain Management integrates and automates all key supply chain processes, from design, planning and procurement to manufacturing and fulfillment, providing a complete solution set to enable companies to power information-driven value chains.
  • Oracle Fusion Customer Relationship Management manages customers, contacts, and resources, including data quality configuration.
  • Oracle Fusion Governance, Risk, and Compliance integrates business intelligence, process management, and automated controls enforcement to enable sustainable risk and compliance management.
  • Oracle Fusion Setup is a special product family for supporting the other product families for
    • setting up functional data, this product family includes applications to assist application users . Read this.
    • Oracle Fusion Home page thats provides a Welcome dashboard with a collection of portlets and task flows for answering common questions.
    • Oracle Fusion Applications Help delivers the content that users require in order to complete their tasks. You can have install a local version of Oracle Fusion Applications Help, enabling you to extend and customize the help.

Similar to OracleApps each product family is based on a common Oracle Fusion Applications data model and services.

Normally each product family contain one or more Java EE applications that are specific to Oracle Fusion Applications and deployed to Oracle WebLogic Server. An application can contain multiple products, and a product can also span multiple applications.

A product typically has a one-to-one correspondence with an Enterprise Archive (EAR) file . Similar to EarSales.ear which is an application and Sales is a product.

2.Oracle Fusion Middleware

Oracle Fusion Middleware, comprising the following:

  • Oracle Fusion Middleware infrastructure components : This will have common core framework and infrastructure components as:
    • Oracle Fusion Middleware Extensions for Applications
    • Oracle Enterprise Scheduler
    • Oracle Enterprise Crawl and Search Framework
    • Oracle Fusion Functional Setup Manager
  • Oracle Fusion Middleware components:The applications for a product family are deployed to an Oracle WebLogic Server domain in the Oracle Fusion Middleware technology stack
    • Oracle WebLogic Server
    • Oracle WebLogic Communication Services
    • Oracle Identity Management
    • Oracle WebCenter
    • Oracle Business Intelligence
    • Oracle SOA Suite
    • Oracle Application Development Framework
    • Oracle JDeveloper
    • Oracle HTTP Server
    • Oracle WebGate
    • Oracle Web Services Manager Policy Manager
    • Oracle Enterprise Content Management Suite
    • Oracle Data Integrator
    • Oracle Secure Enterprise Search
  • Oracle WebLogic Server

Check it out for more details in this post.

3. Oracle Database

Oracle Fusion Applications uses the Oracle Database to store and retrieve all transactional and reference data and to store design time data in repositories.

The transactional database contains both applications and middleware schemas, seed data, the tablespaces, and all other required packages.

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Overview : Oracle Property Manager

Posted on April 29th, 2011 by Sanjit Anand |Print This Post Print This Post |Email This Post Email This Post

Oracle Property Manager streamlines and automates lease administration and space management, enabling you to more intelligently manage your real estate portfolio. Whether you are a corporate, commercial, or retail/ franchise operation.

Oracle Property Manager is part of the Oracle E-Business Suite, and is configured out of the box to fully integrate with the Oracle Financials suite.

Oracle Property Manager Functionality automates the full life cycle of a lease as follows:

  • Lease Abstraction and Execution:
  • Flexibility to capture unique aspects of properties down to room and office level.
  • Milestone Management:
  • Workflow monitoring of critical dates assures compliance and execution of negotiated terms, conditions, and obligations.
  • Transaction Processing and Rent Calculation:
  • Calculate, create, and process payable and receivable transactions. (out of box integration with ERP)
  • Space Definition and Space Assignment
  • Analyze and react to underutilized space. Integration with Computer Aided Design systems (CAD) for virtual space management.

Process Flow

The following list ( Fig 1) is a typical sequence of events that you might follow to abstract a lease in Oracle Property Manager:

  • Set up service providers, and define locations, regions and office parks, milestones, and reporting currencies.
  • Abstract the lease. (Later, amend and edit it as needed).
  • Assign employees to office space. (Later, move and reassign the employees as needed).
  • Authorize payment and billing schedules.
  • Export payments to Oracle Payables.
  • Export bills to Oracle Receivables.
  • Review online inquiries and/or produce reports.

Oracle property manager flow

Key Benefits:

  • Improve Process Controls
  • Reduce Capital Spend
  • Minimise Occupancy Costs
  • Maximise Space Utilisation
  • Lower TCO

Integration

Oracle Property Manager is integrated with other Oracle applications, including:

  • Oracle General Ledger
  • Oracle Subledger Accounting
  • Oracle Payables
  • Oracle Receivables
  • Oracle E-Business Tax
  • Oracle Human Resources
  • Oracle Enterprise Asset Management
  • Oracle Alert
  • Oracle Workflow
  • Oracle Projects

Oracle Property Manager also interfaces with third party applications, such as CAD and CAFM applications.

Property Management is of interest to any organization that wants to maximize its return on real property.

Companies that own or lease real estate can allocate the cost of ownership to the employees or cost centers that use the space. Companies that lease their property portfolios to tenants can—with minimal administration burden—record their leases, schedule payments for rent and service charges, and recover rent owed.

Next Post , we will take more deep dive on some more topics and Integeration with CAD and CAFM applications.

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Oracle Fusion Project Portfolio Management

Posted on March 14th, 2011 by Sanjit Anand |Print This Post Print This Post |Email This Post Email This Post

Oracle Fusion Project Portfolio Management is a modular suite of applications designed to work as a complete enterprise project portfolio management (PPM) solution or as extensions to your existing PPM applications portfolio.

Till date, if you take any project management tools , it's never been complete pacakge in all sense. Some may have excellent accounting and process integration for cost collection and billing, but lacked project management functionality like scheduling. Other’s lacked processing functionalities. Some of them have excellent analytical capablity but have lacking transaction processing capabilities or scheduling functionality.

If you consider PMI Standard for Portfolio Management, "PPM is the centralized management of one or more portfolios, which includes identifying, prioritizing, authorizing, managing, and controlling projects, programs, and other related work, to achieve specific strategic business objectives."

Fusion PPM will be promises for a one-stop shop for project managers. It creates an environment where Project Managers can execute the entire project life-cycle without looking for information from other sources. It will establish standardization, improve efficiency and generate competitiveness. Oracle Fusion PPM (aka Project Portfolio Management) is going to be a major step towards creating a best in class PPM solution covering all aspects of Fusion PPM

  • Project Costing
  • Project Billing
  • Project Control
  • Project Performance Reporting
  • Project Integration Gateway
  • Project Analytics-KPI
  • Integrated project, financial and contract management(the first integration will be Primavera)
  • Optimized and streamlined project delivery
  • Comprehensive project planning, execution, control and scheduling solution

Some of the Fusion PPM features deferred for future release are:

  • Staffing
  • Resource Management
  • Grants Management
  • Project Scheduling
  • Portfolio Analysis
  • Cross-Charges
  • Earned Value Management

Some of the key features of Fusion Apps –PPM which will impress to everyone are:

  1. Improved Usability: PPM enhances user productivity and reduces support costs
  2. Embedded Business Intelligence: Improves decision making by answering key business questions while users enter transactions
  3. PM Operational Dashboard: Provides near real-time project financial information & exception-based management . see the details in next section
  4. Cost Collection Center: Reduces integration costs and provides a consistent user interface across products
  5. Contract Based Project Billing: Cuts down on billing errors and improves flexibility of internal project execution
  6. Social Project management: Improves communication and collaboration by creating a community for the project team
  7. Co Existence with Primavera P6: Allows customers to adopt Fusion applications incrementally based on business needs

dgreybarrowA note on PM Operational Dashboard

The key features embedded as part of Project Manager's dashboard in Fusion is called "project scorecard", this they can use to Track and review the overall health a project.

  • Capability to view performance at project, task, resource level and by time phases
  • Easy access to information, no more navigation across modules and spreadsheets to get the data
  • Exception based management, pushing of error/exception to Project Manager for corrective action
  • Performance Measures to enable viewing the data according to the context
  • Cross-project comparison for various performance measures
  • Availability of real time project financial data
  • A graphical and tabular overview of performance
  • Simpler user interfaces with global search and drill down capability

dgreybarrow Integration with Other Application

In addition to Core Financial Management applications, the first release of Oracle Fusion Applications includes Project Portfolio Management (PPM) and Procurement.There is two-way synchronization with Microsoft Project .There is integration with Oracle Fusion Applications Enterprise Contract Management for contract-related data.

Fusion Financial application PPM

This integration will bring lot of advantage

  1. Integrated with back office finance operation for Project Financial activity
  2. Project Manager Dashboard with Cross-project insights gives better drill down capability
  3. Billing & Revenue recognition by contract , makes independent
  4. Cost collection and there processing will be faster because of timely insight into validated Project cost

Overall its look Fusion PPM has been designed, keeping in mind the needs of a project intensive organization.

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Workplace Visibility

Posted on August 15th, 2015 by Sanjit Anand |Print This Post Print This Post |Email This Post Email This Post

VisibilityWhat is visibility?

The M-w Dictionary defines visibility as “clarity of vision or The quality or state of being known to the public.”

But for in Orginizational prospective, workforce, visibility means much more.

Not only is workforce visibility the ability to see the breadth, depth and make-up of your organization, it also extends to your ability to draw insights based on what you see.

Having true visibility of your organization’s workforce means having both a basic vision and a deeper knowledge of what — or who — you need.

The Value of Visibility

A recent Aberdeen Group study showed that the number one trait among companies with best-in-class human capital management practices was “the ability to define the talent required by business needs in terms of skills, behaviors, and attributes.” [ Adopted from Internet]

A better view of your workforce also empowers better decision-making by allowing HR professionals and leaders to share indicative data about the workforce with stakeholders and hiring managers, solidifying HR’s ability to deliver on its evolving role in overall business strategy.

A good article on What Is Workplace Visibility you can read here .

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Windows 10 and E-Business Suite 11.5.10.2, 12.1, and 12.2

Posted on August 10th, 2015 by Sanjit Anand |Print This Post Print This Post |Email This Post Email This Post

From July 29, 2015, pc's are getting option to upgrade Window 10 via Microsoft's "Windows Update" delivery mechanism.

Good news for EBS Customer is "Microsoft Windows 10 ( both 32-bit and 64-bit) " is certified as a desktop client operating system for end-users accessing Oracle E-Business Suite 11.5.10.2, 12.1, and 12.2 with the following components.

  • Microsoft Internet Explorer 11 [ Certified to EBS 12.1 ,12.2 and 11.5.10.2 ]
  • Mozilla Firefox ESR 38 [ Certified to EBS 12.1 ,12.2 and 11.5.10.2 ]
  • Java Client Plugin [JRE 1.8.0_51 and higher/JRE 1.7.0_85 and higher]

All E-Business Suite customers encourged to apply all JRE updates to end-user desktops.

You can check details are Steven Chan Blog .

Microsoft Edge Browser

The Edge browser is the new browser included with Windows 10 integrated with the OS and is not a separate install under Program Files. Seems to be more of an APP.

The new default browser "Microsoft Edge" may not work and it will need some time before it gets certified.

The certification of Microsoft Edge on Windows 10 with Oracle E-Business Suite 12.1 and 12.2 is currently in progress. Most likly , there is no plans to certify anything for 11i.[ Source Steven Chan Blog]

Further Reading

  • Recommended Browsers for Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12 (Doc ID 389422.1)

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Solutions for Cloud Reporting: Oracle Enterprise Performance Reporting Cloud Service (EPRCS)

Posted on August 6th, 2015 by Sanjit Anand |Print This Post Print This Post |Email This Post Email This Post

Oracle Cloud Oracle Enterprise Performance Reporting Cloud Service was released last month.

Oracle Enterprise Performance Reporting Cloud is the latest addition to the EPM cloud suite of applications, and is a purpose-built solution for narrative-driven management and financial performance reporting.

This is not Hyperion Financial Reports on the cloud! This is a completely separate product that is more akin to WebFilings than Hyperion Financial Reports.

It provides a secure, collaborative, and process driven approach for defining, authoring, reviewing, and publishing of report packages for internal and/or external stakeholders.

That mean, reporting deliverable owners can easily manage and monitor the progress of contributors throughout the reporting lifecycle, and users can access via the web or Microsoft Office.

Key benefits:

  • Combine Data and Narrative: Use report packages and doclets to address authoring, collaboration, commentary and delivery needs.
  • Collaborate Securely: Gives report contributors access to content based on their role and insures that sensitive content is secure. Also lets report owners see the progress of the reporting lifecycle.
  • Confidently Report: Allows you to trust that the data is reliable and accurate while providing faster, more accurate insights to all stakeholders.

Core capabilities

Core Capabilities included are

  • Report Package Functionality
    • Full lifecycle support from definition thru publishing and phase management
    • Report Center, Authoring [process of compiling the various report content and supporting details together into a cohesive report package] , Review [process of gather commentary on multiple draft versions and revise report content accordingly], Commenting Framework, Monitoring
    • Dynamic security, integrated workflow, doclet management, auditing
  • Task and Message management
  • Library repository
  • Analytic Data Storage to (optionally) store data in the cloud for Report Packages and to analyze via Smart View

If you are planning to buy, then you will receive everything they need in order to define, author, approve, review, and finalize report package content as part of their monthly subscription

Oracle Enterprise Performance Reporting Cloud Service is priced on a per user/per month basis with a minimum of 10 users (@($120/user/month)) .

Integration Option

The good about this product is data and metadata can be integrated into Oracle Enterprise Performance Reporting Cloud Service using flat files

Key Features:

  • This can be used as Combine management, narrative and statutory reporting needs in one solution
  • Advanced mobile, self-service and collaboration capabilities
  • This will give instant visibility to the progress and status of a reporting Lifecycle
  • Easily combine system of record data into reporting
  • Direct integration into Oracle EPM, BI and ERP data sources
  • Have latest and greatest technology coupling - with next generation web and tablet interface with Microsoft Office integration
  • Role-based document and content access
  • Hierarchical and dimensional analysis capabilities for financial data
  • Secure at all levels to handle sensitive content, from network to storage

You can find more in Datasheet .

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Do you need to know about EMD – Earnest Money Deposit in Oracle Sourcing

Posted on August 6th, 2015 by Sanjit Anand |Print This Post Print This Post |Email This Post Email This Post

Do you know , Earnest Money Deposit (EMD) is a payment/deposit that suppliers are required to make to a buying organization in order to be eligible to participate in a Sourcing negotiation.

EMD is very common in Public Sector companies and Government organizations and in certain global markets, particularly in APAC and EMEA.

The EMD amount is decided by the buying organization and all suppliers (except those who are exempted based on organization specific business rules) are required to pay the EMD amount in order to participate in the negotiation process (RFQ, Auction).

The EMD amount is retained by the buying company untill the negotiation is closed. After the negotiation is closed (or awarded), the EMD amount is refunded to the suppliers, except in a case where the supplier has not conformed to the rules of the negotiation, the EMD amount can be forfeited, that is, the buying organization does not return the amount to the supplier and keeps it as a penalty charge.

Oracle Sourcing provides a complete end-to-end EMD functionality, which contains an automated EMD flow: the flow captures the process of receiving, refunding/forfeiting and updating the journal entries.

Oracle Sourcing supports the following EMD types that a supplier can pay to the buying organization:

  • Direct Payment: The supplier can pay the EMD amount using Cash, Check, or Demand Draft payment types.
  • Corporate EMD: The supplier can deposit a large amount with the buying company and the EMD is adjusted against this amount.
  • Bank Guarantee: The supplier's bank creates a bank guarantee document that is used to inform the buying organization that the supplier can make the EMD payment if required to do so.

An out-of-the-box integration is available with Oracle Financials, so that the receipt, forfeit, and refund of EMD can leverage Oracle Receivables and Oracle Payables. For customers, not using Oracle Financials, there is a non-integrated EMD deployment process where the company can still use the EMD feature in Oracle Sourcing.

KEY BENEFITS OF EMD SOURCING SOLUTION


The Earnest Money Deposit solution for Oracle Sourcing has a number of advantages

  • The requirement of deposit ensures that all the suppliers participating in the negotiation are very serious about their participation. This acts as a process of supplier qualification and filtering and makes sure that there are no suppliers who are not very keen or interested in the contract
  • The option of forfeiting the EMD amount compels the suppliers to completely adhere to the negotiation rules and process and substantially reduces the occurrences of misleading response information
  • Meets the regulatory requirements of Government organization
  • The system will have an automatic integration with Oracle Financials for receiving, refunding and forfeiting the EMD amount
  • EMD information is captured and stored for future audit and references purposes

SETTING UP EARNEST MONEY DEPOSIT

To integrate with Accounts Receivables and Accounts Payables, set up the following in Oracle Financials:

  • Profile Option: Using the System Administrator responsibility set the value of the profile option AR: Deposit Offset Account Source as Transaction Type at the site and responsibility level.
  • Flexfield Segments: Using the Receivables responsibility, navigate to (N) Setup >Financials > Flexfields > Descriptive > Segments. Click the Find icon to search for and display the Receivables Line Transaction Flexfield. The Context Field Values region will display EMD Transactions in the Code column.
  • Transaction Types: Using the Receivables responsibility, navigate to Receivables > Setup > Transactions > Transaction Types. Enter information to setup the following transaction types: EMD Deposit, EMD Credit Memo and EMD Invoice.
  • AutoAccounting: Navigate to Receivables > Setup > Transactions > AutoAccounting and select the operating unit. Search for the Type with a value of Revenue. In the Segment column, the Accounts row should have a value in the Table Name column.
  • Sequential Numbering: Using the System Administrator responsibility, navigate to Application > Sequential Numbering > Assign > (T) Document.Assign sequential numbering to the EMD entities.
  • Batch Source: Using the Receivables responsibility, navigate to Setup > Transactions > Sources > (T) Batch Source to set up a batch source.
  • Payment Terms: Navigate to (N) Receivables > Setup > Transactions > Payment Terms. Create a new payment term.
  • Receipt Class: Using the Receivables responsibility, enter the Receipt Class. Navigate to (N)
    • Receivables > Receipts > Receipts Classes.
  • Receivable Activity: Using the Receivables responsibility, navigate to (N) Receivables > Setup > Receipts. > Receivable Activities. Enter the Receivable Activity information.

If you are not integrating the EMD functionality with Oracle Financials, navigate to the Administration page and specify an operating unit that will not be used with Financials.

Ensure that the Enable Integration with Oracle Financials checkbox is not selected.

However, you must enter the Receivables Payment Type region. Currently the Payment Types of Cash, Check and Demand Draft are supported.

FURTHER REFERENCE

You can refer to Oracle Sourcing - Implementation and Administration Guide and Check the section Set Up Earnest Money Deposit

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Oracle Supply Chain Management Cloud

Posted on July 16th, 2015 by Sanjit Anand |Print This Post Print This Post |Email This Post Email This Post

Cloud = Service-based computing model providing self-service, elasticity, shared resources, and pay-as-you-go

New cloud computing technologies are enabling breakthrough innovations in supply chain management (SCM) applications delivered via software as a service (SaaS) models.

To help companies support their complete quote-to-cash process in the Cloud, Oracle has expanded the Oracle Supply Chain Management Cloud with the addition of two new products, Oracle Order Management Cloud and Oracle Global Order Promising Cloud.

Order Management Cloud

 

According to Oracle Press release note , these two products provide modern order promising, management, visibility and fulfillment capabilities, and link the existing quote and sales process in Oracle Configure, Price, and Quote Cloud (Oracle CPQ Cloud) and the pick, pack and ship processes in Oracle Inventory Cloud to billing in Oracle ERP Cloud

Oracle SCM Cloud enables you to innovate quickly, execute rapidly, and scale your value chain. Companies can rapidly deploy Oracle's supply chain management functionality with minimal risk, low cost, and maximum flexibility.

With Oracle SCM Cloud, companies do not have to maintain or upgrade to the latest version–they can receive the latest, best-in-class functionality through a flexible subscription pricing model.

Here are two product added in SCM :

Oracle Order Management Cloud

Oracle Order Management Cloud is an order capture and fulfillment Cloud solution that is tightly integrated with Oracle Global Order Promising Cloud.

It is designed to improve order handling across the order-to-cash process. Pre-integration, centrally-managed orchestration policies, global availability, and fulfillment monitoring can enable increased customer satisfaction and order profitability.

Key business benefits include:

  • Centralized Order Monitoring: Centralized view of orders allows users to search for orders, view statuses, see a summary of exceptions of customer, product, or supplier, and drill into the data to view additional details.
  • Manage Order Exceptions: Proactively identify orders that may not meet promise dates and take corrective actions and avoid customer dissatisfaction. Prioritize back orders to maximize key fulfillment metrics.
  • Execute Against Predictable Order Orchestration policies: Business users can define, implement and maintain their own fulfillment orchestration policies without the need to resort to technical programming tools decreasing systems cost and minimizing IT complexity.
  • Change Management: Centralized change order logic supports consistent handling of order changes and revisions across all orders reducing order errors and processing costs

Oracle Global Order Promising Cloud

Oracle Global Order Promising Cloud provides fast, accurate, automated order promising capability on the Cloud to source and schedule each order line to help minimize fulfillment costs and maximize customer service.

Key business benefits include:

  • Take Control of Fulfillment Sources, Timing and Delivery: Matches demand with available inventory, inbound shipments, purchase orders and requisitions, considers all potential supply sources and leverages future supply.
  • Respond to Changing Business Conditions: Can handle most orders in "lights out" fashion, enforcing corporate fulfillment policies while saving money on administration, inventory and logistics costs.
  • Select the Lowest Cost Delivery Method that Meets the Customer Need: Selects the best delivery source and method with the lowest total fulfillment costs to meet the customer's deliver date while improving margins and maintaining customer satisfaction.
  • Support Multiple Fulfillment Options: Expands fulfillment options to include inbound supply, manufacturing capacity and supplier availability to leverage all available sources and stay competitive.
  • Limit Availability of High Demand Items: Demand classes identify a specific quantity, percentage or ratio of supply with a particular customer or channel and restrict orders for limited items to those groups you specify.

Oracle Supply Chain Products

Oracle Supply Chain Cloud enables you to innovate quickly, execute rapidly, and scale your value chain. Companies can rapidly deploy Oracle's supply chain functionality with minimum risk, lowest cost, and greatest flexibility.

With Oracle cloud applications, companies do not have to maintain or upgrade to the latest version they can receive the latest, best-in-class functionality through a flexible subscription pricing model.

Order to cash cloud

Others Oracle Cloud Supply Chain Management Products

  • Product Master Data Management
  • Distributed Order Orchestration
  • Global Order Promising
  • Inventory Management
  • Cost Management
  • Shipping and Receiving

Enabling Order To Cash

Oracle’s quote-to-cash solution is an end-to-end business process that integrates Oracle Order Management Cloud and Oracle Global Promising Cloud with Oracle CPQ Cloud and Oracle ERP Cloud, connecting the sales, fulfillment and finance organizations.

Let's take a look at an example of the complete flow, with customer quotes being created in Configure, Price, and Quote Cloud (also known as CPQ Cloud) and fulfilled through order management, getting the order shipped, and finally billing system through Financial cloud.

You can submit a quote request from CPQ Cloud, the quote is converted to an order within Order Management Cloud.

The order created is carried forward through user defined orchestration steps to carry out various fulfillment steps like scheduling, reservation, shipping, and billing.

The order may contain standard items, multilevel pick to order models and kits.

During fulfillment, the fulfillment line status updates are sent to the order originating system (CPQ).

Quote-To-Cash Business Processes

This diagram shows Order Management Cloud with Global Order Promising Cloud (also known as GOP Cloud).

GOP Cloud provides you the ability to check the availability of supply and schedule orders in a way that minimizes delays while reducing fulfillment costs.

After the order is shipped to the customer, invoice or billing details can be sent to Financials Cloud for billing and collecting.

Cloud SCM Order to Cash Data flow

Above diagram is the solution flow. It depicts the solution components and the flow diagram.

Oracle SCM Cloud enables you to innovate quickly, execute rapidly, and scale your value chain. Companies can build a fast track to supply chain innovation to drive smarter, faster decisions at any point during a product’s lifecycle.

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Introduction to Order Management Cloud Service -Welcome to the future with Oracle

Posted on July 13th, 2015 by Sanjit Anand |Print This Post Print This Post |Email This Post Email This Post

In Release 10, there is a new product called Oracle Order Management Cloud Service.

This is an application available on Oracle cloud as a service to enable quote to cash process flow. This Module is typically used to designed toimprove order execution across quote to cash process.

It includes predefined integrations, centrally-managed orchestration policies, fulfillment monitoring and exception management, and global availability that can help increase customer satisfaction and order profitability.

Fig 1 below , is an example of the complete flow, with customer quotes being created in Configure, Price, and Quote Cloud (also known as CPQ Cloud) and fulfilled through order management, getting the order shipped, and finally billing system through Financial cloud.

Order Management Cloud

You can submit a quote request from CPQ Cloud, the quote is converted to an order within Order Management Cloud.

The order created is carried forward through user defined orchestration steps to carry out various fulfillment steps like scheduling, reservation, shipping, and billing.

The order may contain standard items, multilevel pick to order models and kits.

During fulfillment, the fulfillment line status updates are sent to the order originating system (CPQ).

This diagram also shows Order Management Cloud with Global Order Promising Cloud (also known as GOP Cloud).

GOP Cloud provides you the ability to check the availability of supply and schedule orders in a way that minimizes delays while reducing fulfillment costs.

After the order is shipped to the customer, invoice or billing details can be sent to Financials Cloud for billing and collecting. Interactive dashboards provide a centralized monitoring capability to view order status, locate any errors and take corrective actions.

Fig 1(a) Illustrates the data flow thats uses Q2C as below:

FOM illustrates the flow that uses Q2C

ENABLING ORDER TO CASH

Here are flow of data in and out to CPQ cloud, SCM cloud and Financial Cloud

Typical Flow [Functional Architecture ] Fig 2: consist of flow of data in and out to CPQ cloud, SCM cloud and Financial Cloud

Flow of Data

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • Conversion of a CPQ Quote to an order, fulfill and bill the order directly through Inventory Management Cloud and Enterprise Resource Planning Cloud, and receive status updates
    • The quote created in CPQ may contain standard items, kits, and multilevel pick to order configurations.
    • The quote is configured and pre-priced in CPQ.
    • An order is created in Order Management Cloud for each quote submitted from CPQ.
    • Shippable line is processed using the seeded ship order process. Bill only process is seeded to process invoice and credit only line
  • Process standard items, kits, and multilevel pick to order configurations (also know as PTO configuration)
  • Process new, revise, and cancel order types
  • Process one time and recurring billing
    • Thats means, you can determine how often and how variable the price on the charge is to be levied using price type like NRC or MRC
    • With One time billing, the customer pays for the goods once [ NR]
    • With Recurring billing, the customer pays a fixed amount on a recurring basis. For instance, the desktop PC warranty is charged per month [ MRC]
    • This also have capaablity for recurring billing cancellation request thats is modeled as a return order for credit only in Order Management Cloud. You can Opt to choose to cancel for the entire or partial duration of the contract.
  • And provide a single view of orders across all channels

You need to take a note on two things from Technical side for two major capabilities:

  1. Extensibility capabilities - Thats means Order Management Cloud supports descriptive flex-fields for orchestration process and task type.
  2. Reporting capabilities , thats means order Management Cloud supports various types of reports, which includes
    • Online Transaction Processing (aka OLTP) reports [ Currently available 9]
    • Oracle Business Intelligence Applications (aka OBIA) reports [ Currently available 11]
    • Oracle Transactional Business Intelligence (aka OTBI) reports. [ Currently available 2]

KEY FEATURE /OFFERING IN RELEASE 10

Monitor Order Progress And Manage Execptions
With centralized monitoring and exception management capabilities, you can quickly view statuses, identify problems, investigate root causes of problems, and take corrective action. For example, you can:

  • Monitor the status and exceptions of orders that must be fulfilled
  • Display orders according to customer, product, fulfillment location, supplier, status, or age
  • Deliver proactive alerts for order lines that might become exceptions
  • Identify and display order lines that are at risk of not meeting promise dates
  • Display process execution data, including milestones and visual alerts for jeopardy items
  • Fix exceptions, one or more lines at a time
  • Use embedded business intelligence to resolve exceptions

Proactively Manage Potential Problem Orders

To increase customer satisfaction and the on-time order fulfillment rate, you can define a fulfillment completion step that is part of the fulfillment process. This step dynamically computes the expected fulfillment date during order processing, and then raises alerts that identify orders that might not meet fulfillment dates. With this capability, you can identify issues with sufficient lead-time and take corrective actions that are timely, accurate, and effective. You can do the following:

  • Locate the problematic process step before the fulfillment date is compromised
  • Perform process planning according to dates that you choose and updates to attributes
  • Deliver alerts for order lines that might become exceptions
  • Identify order lines that are at risk of not meeting promise dates

Automate processing of Change Orders

To reduce the amount of time required to process changes, you can use change order management to control how to change orders during order fulfillment. Change order management ensures that change orders are handled consistently, and that compensation steps such as rescheduling inventory or performing rollbacks are automatically applied. Using change order management, you can:

  • Identify differences, such as a change in quantity between the current order and the change order, that determine how that change is processed.
  • Define the process steps that a change order affects, and then adjust the fulfillment process so that it meets the conditions that the changed order requires
  • Keep fulfillment systems synchronized with changes. Send notifications of pending changes so that fulfillment systems stop processing the current order until the changes are received

Automate processing of Change Orders

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Enrich Orders For Fulfillment

To realize faster and lower-cost order processing, you can reduce the number of order touches that slow down order processing.

You can add fulfillment information, such as attributes or product details, to an order to assist with processing. Product transformation is effected using a combination of product relationships, product structures, transactional item attributes, and business rules. Various types of product transformation are supported, for instance, product to product, and attribute to product, among others.

You can separate a complex order into individual, interrelated fulfillment plans.

You can then assign different processes to order lines that use fulfillment logic that is tailored to the needs of each order line, thereby fulfilling products and services as efficiently as possible.

Define Order Processing Your Way

Using a non-technical process definition interface, you can decrease the costs associated with defining business processes and functional implementation costs.

You can use predefined fulfillment processes, or easily create custom fulfillment processes that meet your specific business requirements. When you define order processing, you can:

  • Create order line flows that use standard, conditional, parallel, or interrelated logic
  • Define change order rules
  • Define rules that can calculate order completion dates according to request dates
  • Define common statuses to use for all quote-to-cash processes

Recover From Order Processing Errors

  • You can use the Order Management work area to reduce the time required to locate, investigate, and recover from order processing errors. This work area provides a single dashboard where you can manage a single order or a group of orders. You can:
  • View process execution, including milestones and visual alerts
  • Fix exceptions one or more lines at a time, or assign lines to fulfillment processes
  • Take bulk action to recover from one or more errors

A good step for Oracle. An integrated cloud solution for order management it's a key feature to increase flexibility in front office activity.

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What is Oracle Mobile Cloud Service (MCS)?

Posted on July 12th, 2015 by Sanjit Anand |Print This Post Print This Post |Email This Post Email This Post

Oracle Cloud

 

Oracle Mobile Cloud Service MCS is a cloud-based service that provides a unified hub for developing, deploying, maintaining, monitoring, and analyzing your mobile apps and the resources that they rely on.

Oracle Mobile Cloud Service provides everything you need to build out your enterprise mobile strategy using innovative, state-of-the-art tools.

With Oracle Mobile Cloud Service , you have a straightforward way to:

  • Consolidate your app portfolio with API-based development.
  • Choose a mobile API from the API Catalog or design your own with clean RESTful design patterns.
  • Then map it to your back-end enterprise data, or implement your own logic.
  • Cleanly separate API design and implementation to help keep app updates backward-compatible.
  • Develop fresh and modern B2E and B2C mobile apps, no matter where the data resides, using your favorite IDE.
  • Secure your apps end-to-end with enterprise ready security patterns.
  • Understand if your mobile strategy is successful with rich mobile analytics
  • Manage your reusable assets in a secure, centralized location.
  • Monitor performance.
  • Scale as your business grows

Thats means, Oracle Mobile Cloud Service provides you with the tools you need to develop a strategy for supporting your mobile development.

Mobile Cloud Service can leverage and work with other Oracle Platform As a Service (PaaS) and Software as a Service (SaaS) solutions, but nothing is required for an MCS subscription.

With MCS , you get:

  • An enterprise Mobile Backend-as a-Service (MBaaS).
  • Easy to use client SDKs for native Android, iOS mobile apps. All platform APIs are made via uniform REST calls, so any client app can leverage them, creating a cohesive development environment that’s easy to control and maintain.A place to store mobile app data in the cloud—and/or in your enterprise IT systems, if you prefer.
  • Built-in data offline, so mobile users can use your app in a disconnected environment, then synchronize data later when Internet connection is re-established.
  • A simple way to create custom business logic with custom APIs using industry standards such as Node.js, JavaScript and RAML.
  • Easy mobile user management.
  • Automatic and custom mobile analytics to gain insight on the success of mobile strategy with ad-hoc reports at your fingertips.
  • Ability for mobile developers to mock data and continue with their apps while waiting for service developers to implement the final API in JavaScript. Both teams work in parallel, saving both time and money.
  • Continuous lifecycle to help your apps move with the speed of mobile.

WHO BENEFITS FROM MOBILE CLOUD SERVICE

Depends on role in your team’s mobile project.

  • If you are a Mobile App Developer, you can use MCS to line up and test the resources you need for your apps to work. This includes selecting from MCS platform APIs and custom APIs and collaborating with other team members to create new custom APIs.
  • If you are a service developer, you write Node.js-based JavaScript code to implement the custom APIs required by the mobile app developers on your team. You might also find yourself collaborating with mobile app developers to fine-tune API designs and creating connector APIs to connect to enterprise systems.
  • If you are the team’s enterprise architect, you establish where desired data and functionality will come from, security and environment policies, and the roles and permissions of team members.
  • If you are the team’s mobile program manager, you use the Analytics features to track usage patterns.
  • If you are a mobile cloud administrator, you work within the Administration tab to monitor the services in production, use the Diagnostics features to drill down and pinpoint problems, and handle other admin tasks such as the adding and removing of users.

ORACLE MOBILE CLOUD SERVICE ARCHITECTURE

A diagram below illustrating the overall architecture of Oracle Mobile Cloud Service and how it works with mobile applications and enterprise services.

Mobile Cloud

 

On the left is a representation of a mobile application.

In the middle is box representing a mobile backend.

Within that box is a box representing platform APIs. Within that sub-box are boxes for the Storage, Data Offline, Notifications, Analytics, User Management, and Database APIs. Below the sub-box for platform APIs is one for custom APIs. To the right of the sub-box for custom APIs is one for connectors. The connectors sub-box contains entries for REST and SOAP.

To the right of the mobile backend box is one for on-premises and Cloud services.

The mobile applications box has arrows pointing to the platform APIs and custom APIs boxes. The custom API box points to the platform APIs and connector boxes. And the connector API box points to the on-premises and Cloud services box.

If your client supports invoking RESTful APIs, it’s supported by Mobile Cloud Service.

  • In addition, MCS ships native SDKs for iOS and Android, as well as Java utilities for Oracle’s Mobile Application Framework (MAF).
  • Xamarin ™ provides an SDK to enable C# programmers; many more SDKs are on the way.

APIS & MOBILE CLOUD SERVICE PROVIDE

To help simplify mobile app development, Mobile Cloud Service provides these built-in APIs:

  • Push Notification
  • Data Offline / Sync
  • Mobile User Management
  • Analytics
  • Mobile Storage
  • Device Management

You can call these APIs directly from your apps via straight REST calls, or with the help of Mobile Cloud Service's SDKs for the iOS and Android platforms.

MCS also provides a robust API Designer tool, so you can create your own custom APIs to go after the data you need.

MOBILE APPLICATION ACCELERATOR (MAX) - TOOL TO DEVELOP MOBILE APPS FOR FUNCTIONAL USER

Oracle MCS comes with Mobile Application accelerator which accelerates the Mobile application developer.

MAX is a cloud based service that provides mobile application development capabilities to business users and functional users, with no development experience.

The UI designs are based on certain preset UI templates and are getting connected to enterprise backend systems using Oracle Mobile Cloud connectors.

The mobile apps can be developed using any web browser, without the need to install any mobile development environments or IDEs.

The developers can see an instant preview, without the need to deploy the application. It leverages several of features and functions of Oracle Mobile Application Framework (MAF) for mobile app development and any mobile application, developed using MAX, can be extended using Oracle MAF, for any enhancements.

REFRENCE

  • DataSheet :MCS

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Oracle Integration Cloud Service

Posted on July 11th, 2015 by Sanjit Anand |Print This Post Print This Post |Email This Post Email This Post

Do you know , Oracle Integration Cloud Service (ICS) is a simple and powerful integration platform in the cloud to maximize the value of your investments in SaaS and on-premise applications.IntegrationCloude

Oracle Integration Cloud Service lets you connect to both cloud and on-premises applications, and is fully integrated with other Oracle Cloud offerings.

UNDERSTAND THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN ICS [MAJORITY OF SAAS APPLICATIONS ON ORACLE CLOUD ] AND SOA SUITE [MAJORITY OF APPLICATIONS ON-PREMISE / OR WITH SOME 3RD PARTY OR ORACLE CLOUD APPLICATIONS ] IN THE CLOUD

Most important , Oracle ICS is targeted for integration needs. Integration needs in the cloud, and also the cloud to on premise type of integration.

Take a example :

  • If a customer has a need to integrate the Oracle HR cloud with their on premise HR solution, then a very suitable solution is Oracle ICS. This will present an integration point in the cloud, and the on premise application can easily connect with it.
  • If the customer has a couple of Cloud applications, Oracle or non-Oracle, then Oracle ICS is very suitable. It will turn into the glue to integrate them.
  • As you can see, we are talking about integration points among different applications. It is not a long running orchestration, or it is not about to have a canonical model, Services with multiple operations, Business Activity Monitoring, etc….

dgreybarrowPLANNING TO IMPORT ORACLE SOA SUITE PROJECTS INTO INTEGRATION CLOUD SERVICE

  • If your question is can i import SOA Suites project to ICA , then aswer is NO .
  • For SOA Suite projects/services that you wish to run in the Cloud, Oracle SOA Cloud Service is a better option.

Oracle Integration Cloud Service is Oracle's integration platform as a service (iPaas) and includes an intuitive web based integration designer for point and click integration between applications, a rich monitoring dashboard that provides real-time insight into the transactions, all of it running on a mature runtime platform on Oracle Cloud .

This will help customers accelerate their integration projects by pre-integrating with several SaaS Applications and will significantly shorten their time-to-market through a highly intuitive user interface and a large library of SaaS Adapters.

dgreybarrowOPTIONS OF INTEGRATION CLOUD SERVICE

Oracle integration cloud service offers two editions – Standard and Enterprise.

Both offer the same functional capabilities. Enterprise Edition offers larger number of connections – which essentially means that you can process larger number of messages, as well as integrate amongst more number of applications.

Current Pricing as follows

  • Standard Edition - This comes with 2 connections available out of the box and can be added up to 4 Additional connections . This cost $1300 / Month
  • Enterprise Edition -This comes with 6 connections available out of the box and can be added up to 4 Additional connections . This cost $3900 / Month

Additional connection cost $650 / Month eithier of Standard or Enterprise Edition .

dgreybarrow$$ SAVING

Within ICS , usage of pre-built integrations, the highly simplified designer interface, the rich and broad connectivity to applications are just a few ways you will accelerate delivery of integrations, reducing time and cost of designing integrations.

Within this service provisioning is fully automated, it runs on Oracle Cloud, and all of patching, backup, recovery, etc. are all managed by Oracle.

That means you do not incur the substantial costs of managing and maintain all of this infrastructure on-premise.

dgreybarrowWHAT YOU CAN DO

With Oracle Integration Cloud Service, you can:

  • Connect securely to applications and services in the cloud and on premises
  • Point and click to create integrations between your applications with a powerful browser-based visual designer-it even runs on your favorite tablet
  • Select from a growing list of integrations built by Oracle and Oracle partners
  • Monitor and manage your integrations
  • Manage errors

dgreybarrowKEY FEATURES

  • Simplified: Beacuse this is web based and you can get point & Click integration experience
  • Highly Visible: Very rich monitoring & error management Handling
  • Lifecycle : This support both on-premise, cloud lifecycle tools, thats is best part of this.
  • Highly Available: Data Guard, RAC Cluster
  • Managed: Oracle Backs Up, Patches, Upgrades
  • Fully portable : On-premise to Cloud

dgreybarrowBENEFITS

If you planning or exploring to use, you can get these benefits

  • Pre-integrated SaaS, PaaS Auto-Association
  • Integration Pre-builts: Help you to customize and activate
  • You can get rapid Mapping using Recommendations
  • This will have rich Connectivity with Cloud & On-premise Connectors
  • Most important , this is secure On-premise integration using lightweight Agent
  • Rapid and fully automated provisioning
  • Reduction of IT burden and TCO
  • API-readiness

dgreybarrowPRE-REQUISITES FOR INTEGRATION CLOUD SERVICE

There are no pre-requisites for subscribing to any cloud services while subscribing to Integration Cloud Service.

dgreybarrowWHAT IS SUPPORTED BY INTEGRATION CLOUD SERVICE

As mention above, Integration Cloud Service addresses literally all SaaS to SaaS and SaaS to On-premise integration use-cases including ranging from simple Customer data synchronization across applications, to more advanced integration flows for processing opportunities, quotes, orders etc.

The integration patterns range from real-time synchronous message exchanges between 2 applications to publish/subscribe message exchanges between multiple applications. Depending on the application, ICS also enables submission of a batch of requests to process a set of data objects (such as Incidents, Accounts etc) in one single interaction.
When operating in a hybrid model, the set of possibilities expand to even larger number of business use-cases.

dgreybarrowSECURITY OPTIONS IN INTEGRATION CLOUD SERVICE

Several dimensions of security is supported in Integration Cloud Service as below.

  • Physical/Data center security - provided by Oracle Cloud Data Centers.
  • ICS Product Security – ensuring that your ICS environment is secured from from external threats and also ensure security of any customer's data and metadata within ICS ecosystem.
  • ICS capabilities to securely integrate with Oracle's own SaaS apps on OPC seamlessly.
  • ICS capabilities to securely integrate with any third party Application (generic SOAP/REST API based interface)
  • ICS capabilities to securely integrate with on-premise applications

This makes ICS a highly secure environment for your enterprise in the Cloud.

dgreybarrowORACLE INTEGRATION CLOUD SERVICE PROVIDES NATIVE ADAPTERS TO:

  • Oracle Sales Cloud
  • Oracle Messaging Cloud
  • Oracle Service Cloud (RightNow)
  • Oracle Marketing Cloud (Eloqua)

You can also connect to:

  • Oracle HCM
  • Salesforce.com
  • Generic Simple Object Access Protocol (SOAP) services

Here are just a few examples of the types of interactions that you can model with Oracle Integration Cloud Service:

  • Oracle Service Cloud sends you an incident list in Oracle Sales Cloud for a full customer view.
  • Oracle Marketing Cloud sends a notification that a lead has become an opportunity for Oracle Sales Cloud.
  • Oracle Sales Cloud publishes a customer-created event, and Oracle Service Cloud and Oracle Marketing Cloud subscribe to these events.
  • Oracle Marketing Cloud and Oracle Sales Cloud subscribe to campaign fulfillment updates coming in from third parties through Oracle Messaging Cloud.

dgreybarrowLOOKING TO MODEL PROCESS ORCHESTRATIONS USING ICS

Currently , there is some limitaion , but the there is roadmap .

We have upcoming capabilities to build long running processes in the cloud. However, the use-cases will be tailored to ensure they do not bring in elements of complexity into the design experience. You can also integrate with an existing SOA BPEL based Web service built using SOA Suite on-premise or SOA Suite Cloud Service instead.

dgreybarrowIN NUTSHELL

  • Oracle ICS is expected to be the next big thing from Oracle for Cloud integration. It definitely comes across as a disruptive and innovative concept.
  • If anyone has Cloud based applications with Oracle or with another vendor and an integration need exists, then Oracle ICS is an excellent option.

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About BYOE – Bring Your Own Encryption

Posted on July 10th, 2015 by Sanjit Anand |Print This Post Print This Post |Email This Post Email This Post

BYOE aka Bring your own encryption is a security model that gives cloud customers complete control over the encryption of their data by allowing them to deploy a visualized instance of their own encryption software in tandem with the application they are hosting in the cloud.

BYOE can help an organization that wishes to take advantage of cloud services to address both regulatory compliance and data privacy concerns in a third-party multi-tenant environment. This approach allows a customer to use the encryption technology that best suits the customer's needs, regardless of the cloud provider's underlying IT infrastructure.

Bring-Your-Own-Encryption (BYOE) Allows Full Confidence and Control Over Sensitive Data and Security

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Oracle Planning and Budgeting Cloud Service (PBCS)

Posted on July 3rd, 2015 by Sanjit Anand |Print This Post Print This Post |Email This Post Email This Post

Oracle Planning and Budgeting Cloud ServiceOracle Planning and Budgeting Cloud Service (PBCS) is a subscription-based, planning and budgeting solution built for, and deployed on Oracle’s Cloud platform .

This was first EPM application available in the Cloud .

It delivers instant value and greater productivity for business planners, analysts, modelers and decision makers across all lines of business of an enterprise. Users interact through a Web 2.0 or Microsoft Office interface to model, plan, and report.

Oracle Planning and Budgeting Cloud Service is built to scale and perform using industry-standard Oracle Cloud infrastructure and is architecturally proven to solve simple to complex requirements and use cases across multiple industries.

Customers are paying for one service per month, not for multiple products. So, we don’t need to call out Essbase, Calc Mgr, Financial Reporting, etc.

Its functionality mirrors the latest functional feature set of Hyperion Planning on-premises and delivers those features in a Cloud friendly fashion, but still you can

All the infrastructure, reporting, and data management components to use Hyperion Planning are included as part of the Oracle Planning and Budgeting Cloud Service. This includes the powerful web based and MS Office based capabilities.

Currently product have limitaion for additional Planning content (i.e., Workforce Planning, Capital Asset Planning, Project Financial Planning) thats is planned in furure releases.

dgreybarrowPBCS INTEGRATE WITH OTHER SYSTEMS

  • Data and metadata can be integrated into Oracle Planning and Budgeting Cloud Service using its data management capabilities (also known as Financial Data Management/FDMEE by Hyperion customers) which provides drill through capabilities for various sources like EBS, SAP, Peoplesoft and JD Edwards.
  • Integration is enabled using flat files, and the data load process can be automated.
  • Moreover , PBCS integrate with BI repositories like OBIEE (BIFS).
    • PBCS has a data export feature which can be used to export the data into any external BI repository.
    • This export process can be automated to generate periodic outflows

dgreybarrowKEY FEATURES

  • Multi-dimensional / multi-user planning with a powerful business rules engine
  • Flexible workflow and plan management capabilities
  • Comprehensive Microsoft Office integration
  • Easy to use web interface
  • Seamless creation of reports and dashboards
  • Proven and scalable architecture
  • Robust integration with ERP systems and other sources
  • Full set of administrative tools for application management
  • Cloud-based deployment model with subscription-based pricing

dgreybarrowKEY BENEFITS

  • Deploy quickly with no internal IT hardware or software requirements
  • Reduce budgeting and planning cycles by weeks or months
  • Improve forecast accuracy
  • Appeal to a wider user community through an intuitive web user interface
  • Leverage existing user competencies with Microsoft Office integration
  • Integrate planning and management reporting seamlessly
  • Reduce cost of ownership through superior application deployment, management tools and packaged data integration

dgreybarrowOPTIONS FOR EXISTING CUSTOMER

Existing customers on Hyperion Planning on and above 11.1.2.1 can migrate to the initial R13.2 release of PBCS, which is an offshoot of the current Hyperion Planning R11.1.2.3 on-premise offering. Customers will use their Lifecycle Management capabilities within on-premise applications to export their current R11.1.2.1
application and then import them into PBCS R13.2.

But , if you have release older than R11.1.2.1 they will need to upgrade on premise to R11.1.2.1 and then migrate from there onto PBCS.

dgreybarrowPRICING

  • PBCS is a new subscription based product offering .List Price start with $120 per user per month (min of 10 users) for all customers with a 12 month minimum subscription.

Thats note

  • If you are using UPK , then this will be included within PBCS subscription offering.
  • Full Use Essbase - PBCS comes included with reporting and archival cube building capability. Native Essbase is not available as a Cloud Service now

dgreybarrowFEATURES ARE DIFFERENT BETWEEN 'ON PREMISE' PLANNING AND 'PBCS'

Here are quick comprasion of features avaiable in two senarios.

 

 

TOOL

Hyperion Planning

Planning and Budgeting Cloud Service(PBCS)

EPM Architect (EPMA)

Can be used for Planning

PBCS does not use EPMA

Financial Data Management
Enterprise Edition (FDM EE)

Drill back capability available
through adapters

Drill back capability available to all sources supported by FDM through flat files using the Data Management features within PBCS.

Data Relationship Management(DRM)

Supported through flat files and
EPMA.

Supported through flat files and automation to PBCS

Essbase ASO

ASO is part of Hyperion
Planning and needs to be
separately licensed

ASO is part of PBCS application and included in the pricing.

Reporting

Financial Reports is part of
Hyperion Planning license

Financial Reports is part of PBCS subscription.

Smart View

Smart View for Office is part of
Hyperion Planning license

Smart View for Office is included in PBCS subscription

Other

Oracle Data Integration, flat
files, and Excel extracts

Flat files, and Excel extracts

dgreybarrow FURTHER READING

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