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Workplace Visibility

Posted on August 15th, 2015 by Sanjit Anand ||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, 12.1, and 12.2

Posted on August 10th, 2015 by Sanjit Anand ||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, 12.1, and 12.2 with the following components.

  • Microsoft Internet Explorer 11 [ Certified to EBS 12.1 ,12.2 and ]
  • Mozilla Firefox ESR 38 [ Certified to EBS 12.1 ,12.2 and ]
  • 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 ||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 ||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.


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


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.


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

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