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A quick comparison chart for EBS and Fusion Application Security Models

Posted on November 6th, 2011 by Sanjit Anand |Print This Post Print This Post |Email This Post Email This Post

If you are coming from EBS then this post will help you to understand the difference of security model in these two application.

here is quick comparison chart all the major security features of Oracle Application (EBS) and Fusion Application side by side.

E-Business Fusion Application
Authentication

FND_USER

OID/OSSO/OAM

FMW OAM/LDAP
Authorization AOL security model
RBAC (This is optional add-on)
FMW OPSS (this is same as RBAC)
Security platform Proprietary FMW OPSS
Segregation Of Duties (SOD) No explicit functionality Predefined SOD policies
Application Access Controls
Governor (AACG)
Technology Prepackaged eBiz specific
configuration and management
FMW 11g
Management of security
(Roles/Responsibilities)
Proprietary forms OIM
APM
Proprietary forms
HR specific data security Security Groups Security Groups

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Oracle IAM and Oracle Fusion Applications

Posted on October 19th, 2011 by Sanjit Anand |Print This Post Print This Post |Email This Post Email This Post

Oracle Identity Management is major security infrastructure component of Oracle Fusion Applications .

Oracle Fusion Applications leverage Oracle Identity Management for foundation security services; identity administration (identity life cycle management, self-service account request and password management, enterprise role management); authentication and trust management (single sign-on, identity federation, privacy); access control (risk-based authorization, fine-grained entitlements, web services security); identity and access governance (audit and compliance reporting, segregation of duties, conflict-resolution management, attestation, role mining and engineering, identity and fraudprevention analytics); and directory services (persistent storage, identity virtualization,synchronization, and database-user security).

For detailed explanation of Oracle Identity Mangements integration with Oracle Fusion Applications refer this whitepaper published by Oracle.

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R12.1 Upgrade : Must try these three Tools /New resources

Posted on July 26th, 2011 by Sanjit Anand |Print This Post Print This Post |Email This Post Email This Post

If you are planning to R12.1 Upgrade these three New Resources will be useful.

  1. Data Model Comparison Report

You can use this to do Per product database object comparison between any of two releases . This comparison report you can do for the following object types

  • Regular tables, Partitioned tables, Index organized tables, Global temporary tables, Queued tables
  • Views, Materialized views, Materialized view logs
  • Indexes, Sequences, Advanced queues
  • Packages, Triggers

Benefits

  • Customers can focus on what has changed
  • Easier to analyze impact on customizations, planned test coverage
  • Differences viewable for all products in the same report via simple UI

Untill this Post, this is currently Available for R12.1.3 Vs (11i9,11i10cu2,12.0.4,12.0.6,12.1.1,12.1.2)

You can download this zip via as per metalink Note 1290886

Read details at here

2) EBS ATG Seed Data Comparison Report

You can use this to do Per product EBS ATG Seeded data type comparison between two releases.

This comparison report you can do for getting

(1) Summary report provides volume of changes between releases per product

(2) It all have detailed report per product provides , ie comparison for :

  • BIP-Defns-Temps, RSG-Metadata, Components, Concurrent Programs, Contents

  • Descriptive Flexes, Diagnostics, Functions, Integrators, Key Flexes, Security Rules

  • Layouts, Lookups, Mappings, Menus, Messages, Sequences, Value Sets

  • Parameter Lists, Printer Styles, Profiles, Request Groups, Request Sets, Responsibilities

Benefits

  • Developers/consultants/testing team will find easier to analyze impact on customizations, planned/desired test coverage
  • Post Go-live to answer end-user questions / missed test cases

Untill this Post, this is currently Available for R12.1.3 Vs (11i10CU2,12.0.4,12.0.6, 12.1.1)

You can download this zip via as per metalink Note 1327399.1


(3) EBS Online Documentation Library

This is a master list of all books (Apps and ATG) from main page via “Index” link and have a graet search capability.

You can get this accessible via Oracle.com

Read details at here

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Know Administration Tools for Oracle Fusion

Posted on July 24th, 2011 by Sanjit Anand |Print This Post Print This Post |Email This Post Email This Post

Here is a list with Administration Tools used for managing for Oracle Fusion application , middleware and database.

dgreybarrow Oracle Fusion Applications

  • Oracle Enterprise Manager Fusion Applications Control (Fusion Applications Control)
    • This is used to monitor and administer product family within the Oracle Fusion Applications
  • Oracle Fusion Functional Setup Manager
    • This tool guides you through the tasks of setting up the functional data and reference data
  • Oracle Fusion Applications Diagnostic Dashboard
    • This is used to register, execute, and monitor diagnostic tests for Oracle Fusion Applications
    • This helps for diagnostic test registration tags and purge diagnostic test results

dgreybarrowAdministration tools for Oracle Fusion Middleware

  • Fusion Applications Control
    • This is used to monitor and administer Oracle Fusion Middleware components within Oracle WebLogic Server domain for a specific product family
  • Oracle Enterprise Manager Grid Control (Grid Control)
    • This is used to monitor historical data for Oracle Fusion Middleware components across all Oracle
  • Oracle WebLogic Server Administration Console
    • This is used to manage Oracle WebLogic Server in each domain
  • Oracle Fusion Middleware command-line tools
    • This is used to manage Oracle Fusion Middleware component . This is kind of Scripting Tool (WLST) and the Oracle Process Manager and Notification Server (OPMN)
  • Middleware support for Applications Security
    • Oracle WebLogic Server Administration Console - Manage policies of enterprise applications
    • Oracle Authorization Policy Manager - Manage application policies
    • Oracle Access Manager Administration Console - Manage system configurations
    • Oracle Identity Manager Administrative and User Console – Access users, roles, authorization policies
    • Oracle Web Service Policy Manager – Manage & secure web services for SOA composite applications

dgreybarrowAdministration Tools for Oracle Database

  • Oracle Enterprise Manager Database Control
    • This is used to monitor and manage the Oracle Database for the Oracle Fusion Applications

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Oracle Fusion Applications : Frequently Asked Questions

Posted on July 10th, 2011 by Sanjit Anand |Print This Post Print This Post |Email This Post Email This Post

Oracle Fusion Applications are currently available under an early adopter program. That means Oracle is not pushing to existing clients to replace their applications with Oracle Fusion Applications, but will instead its trying to build a reference base through their early adopter program.This post is series of Q&A, that everyone wants to know.

1. When Fusion was announced by Oracle ?

Last year during Oracle OpenWorld in September 2010, Oracle made several product announcements. Importantly, one of these was the announcement of Oracle Fusion Applications, the new set of Oracle Applications.

2. What is Oracle Fusion Applications?

Oracle Fusion Applications is the next generation of applications from Oracle. The entire product is based on experiences acquired with previous Oracle Applications offerings such as: Oracle E-Business Suite, Oracle's Siebel CRM, Oracle's PeopleSoft Enterprise, and others, this new product was developed from scratch and written using the Java . The design and functionality used input from Oracle customers that provide input via the Customer Council for this product.

3. When will Oracle Fusion Applications be available?

Earlier Oracle announced that Fusion Apps will be available in 4Q2010 (fourth quarter of calendar year 2010) for a limited set of customers. This would be part of the early adopter program for this offering. Oracle Fusion Applications are finally nearing GA (General Availability), but not confirmed yet.

4 .What are choices recommended as far as adopting Fusion Applications?

GA date is not available for Fusion yet, therefore Oracle recommends these three options to customer:

  • Augmentation: for those existing customers will implement modules from the Oracle Fusion Applications suite to augment their existing Oracle Applications Unlimited implementations. An example of augmentation is an existing Oracle E-Business Suite (EBS) financials and HCM user implementing the talent management functionality from Oracle Fusion Applications alongside the existing EBS implementation.
  • Replacement: Customers will replace some or all of their Applications Unlimited implementation with one or more of the Oracle Fusion Applications "pillars" For example, an organization with EBS Financials and HCM might decide to replace HCM with Oracle Fusion Applications HCM in the short term and replace the financial modules later.
  • Complete Adoption.Customers looking to replace existing legacy systems can move to a complete Fusion Applications environment. Companies operating globally have to make sure product must have offering for local requirement in first place.

5. What are the major components of Oracle Fusion Applications?

Fusion V1.0 currently, the major components are Customer Relationship Management (CRM), Financial Management (FM), Human Capital Management (HCM), Procurement, Project Portfolio Management, Supply Chain Management (SCM), Governance, Risk and Compliance (GRC).

The scope of the Phase 1 release is shown in the graphic below.

AppsFusion

6. How is Oracle Fusion Applications Architecture ?

Fusion application have three major components in there Architecture as fig below. you can check the details in previous post.

Oracle Fusion Applications Architecture

7. Are Oracle Fusion Applications a replacement for the existing Oracle Applications, such as Oracle E-Business Suite, PeopleSoft Enterprise, Oracle's JD Edwards Applications and Siebel CRM?

No, Not At all. Oracle Fusion Apps is a new set of applications. It uses many concepts from previous applications. For example, the ERP concepts are taken from Oracle E-Business Suite. The CRM concept is taken from Siebel. However, the architecture of Fusion Apps is different from previous offerings. By design, there is a great symbiosis between Fusion Apps and Oracle Fusion Middleware. Considering the challenges that customer may face in pursuing a migration to Fusion Apps, Oracle is well recommending a "coexistence" approach that helps existing customers of a specific Oracle application.

8. What is Oracle Fusion Middleware?

Oracle Fusion Middleware 11g provides the underlying infrastructure to run and manage all your software and hardware architectures. Middleware is the key to driving efficiencies and should be considered a business imperative. Fusion Middleware includes Development Tools; User Interaction; Enterprise Performance Management; Business Intelligence; Content Management; SOA & Process Management, Application Grid, Enterprise Management and Identity Management.

9.Are Oracle Fusion Applications Available for Purchase?

Yes. Oracle Fusion Applications are available. These fusion application came under seven product families are available for customers to purchase, or to upgrade to if they have a current maintenance agreement. However, Oracle has stated that organizations purchasing or upgrading to Oracle Fusion Applications can only do so under an early adopter program, and that all such purchases/migrations must be approved by Oracle's executive management. These executives have to review and approve contracts to make sure customers have business requirements that can be addressed by the product in its initial release.

10.Did any one Deployed Fusion, and how Exactly Are They Doing?

Till date very limited information. Few month back Oracle press released announced one successful announcement , this may be part of early adopter program.There is only one live customer that has implemented some Oracle Fusion Applications functionality in an augmentation scenario.

11. What are different avaiable deployment options are available for Fusion?

Oracle Fusion Applications is offered with the following deployment options:[Adopted www.oracle.com]

  • On premise, hosted by the enterprise
  • Public cloud (available to the general public), hosted over the Internet by Oracle, software as a service (SaaS), or Oracle business partners offering business process outsourcing (BPO) solutions
  • Private cloud (available internally behind a firewall), hosted as a SaaS or BPO offering
  • Hybrid, an implementation of both on premise and cloud

12. What is Early Adopter of Oracle Fusion Applications?

The Oracle Fusion Applications Early Adopter Customer Program (EAP) is by invitation only and enables strategic customers to get direct hands-on access to the next-generation Fusion Applications software before general availability.

Oracle Highlighted the following services as part of its early adopter program:

  • Oracle Product Development monitoring of service requests: Users service requests will be Monitored by development
  • Special training of system integrator and enterprise resources: Development will hosts a kickoff meeting for the project, and is directly involved in training customer and system integrator resources.
  • Oracle Product Development vetting of customer use cases: Oracle development resources will be directly involved in reviewing the customer's envisioned use of Oracle Fusion Applications to ensure that the customer's requirements can be met.
  • Customers have direct input to Oracle Product Development - as customers go through the implementation, they may find some functionality does not meet their specific requirements, and they are able to have direct input back to product development to address these issues. However, this is more suited to detailed functional issues, not major functional areas.
  • Oracle Product Development monitors customer system both before and after go-live.

13. What Are the Licensing Requirement of Oracle Fusion Applications?

Recently Oracle has published pricing information for its long-awaited Fusion Applications.The official pricing is available at Oracle website.

The list gives pricing information major Fusion Applications modules like financials, procurement, PPM (project portfolio management), HCM (human capital management), SCM (supply chain management), CRM, PRM (partner relationship management) and GRC (governance, risk and compliance).

If you are aware existing pricing for EBS then you cann't not find any major difference in pricing for example, Fusion Financials and E-Business Suite Financials are priced the same, at US$4,595 per application user license.

14. How is security for Oracle Fusion Application?

Oracle Fusion Applications is highly secured, is of tightly coordinating the following security concerns and Features.

  • Role-based access control (RBAC)
  • Function security
  • Data security
  • Privacy
  • Access provisioning and identity management :The Oracle Fusion Applications installation process creates an initial user and provisions that user with the administration roles necessary for initial setup. Oracle IM is available in Oracle Fusion Applications through integration with Oracle Fusion Middleware. Identity management in Oracle Fusion Applications involves creating and managing user identities, creating and linking user accounts, managing user access control through user role assignment, managing enterprise roles, and managing OIM workflow approvals and delegated administration.
  • Segregation of duties policies:Segregation of duties (SOD) separates activities such as approving, recording, processing, and reconciling results so an enterprise can more easily prevent or detect unintentional errors and willful fraud
  • Enforcement across tools, technologies, data transformations, and access methods
  • Enforcement across the information life cycle

15. How about the Data Model for fusion?

Oracle Fusion Applications uses a unified data model, which is a superset of E-Business Suite, PeopleSoft, JD Edwards, and Siebel entities and attributes. You can extend this data model while maintaining consistent semantics.

  • Logical data striping offers flexible enterprise structures for global organizations.
  • Reference data sets enable business units to share reference data. Reference data is managed by sets.
  • Transactional data is managed or striped by business units.

You can assign sets of codes to each business unit.

Oracle Fusion Applications uses Trees, a hierarchy model that offers flexible hierarchies for cross line of business processes.

16. Does FusionApplication have flexfleld feature?

Yes, similar to EBS, fusion application have flex feild concept. Fusion is supporting mainly three types of flexfields

  • Descriptive flexfields
  • Extensible flexfields
  • Key flexfields

These flexfield enables enable implementers to configure application features without programming and fully supported within Oracle Fusion Applications.

17. What is so special for Fusion User interface?

Comparing to other Oracle application, Fusion user interface is consider to be best of breed. It is customer-driven have intuitive design of the applications which results in large productivity gains.

The user interface design of Oracle Fusion Applications is:

  • Role-based, which enables pervasive delivery in multiple modes, devices, and channels
  • Configurable and extensible supported enhancing the Productivity for individual users and groups of users
  • Composite and contextual, providing integrated information in the context of process
  • Built-in user communities and workspace, Web 2.0 information distribution, and embedded social computing to improve collaborative work

Some of good feature for Fusion UI are

  • Role-based dashboards that you can configure to your business needs
  • Unified worklist
  • Guided Business Processes, which are organized sets of tasks that help you get your work done more efficiently
  • Embedded analytics that provides the necessary information for completing a task
  • Contextual help that provides conceptual and procedural reference information
  • Oracle Fusion Applications Search, which provides a seamless search experience for easily locating and taking action on relevant data
  • Tagging, which enables you to associate keywords with objects so they can be easily located
  • Instant collaboration that provides the contact information for persons related to your tasks

 

18. Is this avaiable for download?

Yes, Beta version is avaiable for download from Oracle E-Delivery . Check it out the details at fteter blog(see blogroll).

19. What about the Business Process Design for Fusion?

Oracle Fusion Applications uses a declarative business process design that leverages Oracle SOA Suite.

That means all SOA related features include approval management flows, human workflows, Oracle Business Process Management Worklist (Oracle BPM Worklist), business rules, activity guides, and process configuration customization tools (Oracle SOA Composer).

Business Process design is done bt heavy usage of two languages 1) Business Process Execution Language (BPEL) and 2) Business Process Modelling Notation (BPMN).

20. How about the Approval Management in Fusion Application?

In Fusion, AMX serves as a sophisticated assignment manager within human workflow allowing you to model complex approval patterns based on business rules.

21. How about audit feature in Fusion application?

Fusion Application implement Oracle Fusion Middleware Audit Framework to handle all .In other word as typical audit feature like providing a measure of accountability and answers the "who has done what and when" types of questions.

This framework cover several key audit features driven by compliance, monitoring, and analytics requirements.

22. What are the other replacement feature in fusion that makes a differnce to EBS user?

Yes there are couple of them , here are few:

  • Identity Manager in Fusion apps replaces FND User
  • Business Units is replaced Operating Units
  • Access Control Governor replaces OICM
  • Date Effectivity replaces DateTrack

23. What is Replacement of processing like Concurrent program or concurrent manager similar to EBS in Fusion?

Oracle Enterprise Scheduler provides the ability to define, schedule, and run different types of jobs. You can run jobs on demand, or schedule them to run in the future.

24. What are major footprints in Fusion Financial Management ?

Fusion Financial Management component of the Oracle Fusion Applications suite, itsrevolutionizes productivity and information access with native, real-time intelligence.Current offering is with these foo- prints.

  • General Ledger
  • Accounts Payable
  • Accounts Receivable
  • Asset Management
  • Payments and Collections
  • Cash and Expense Management

25. What are major benifits for EBS Financials Users

  • They can see Graphical hierarchies (trees)
  • Shared reference data (SetId)
  • Open item reconciliation processing
  • Rules-based engine for AP matching
  • Comprehensive budgetary controls
  • Centralized inter-unit setup and processing
  • Multi-level, flexible cash positioning
  • Travel authorizations and cash advances

26. What are major benifits for PSFT Financials Users?

  • Subledger Accounting
  • BI Publisher (including eText)
  • Cash basis accounting
  • Bill Presentment Architecture
  • Credit Management
  • Advanced Collections
  • credit card processor integrations

27. Where I can get more information on fusion?

You can Find more information at Oracle.com in Oracle Fusion page for any information, white paper, podcast , and data sheet. You can also keep updated by reading fteter's and Debra's blog.I love reading both blogs.

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Infrastructure Components for Oracle Fusion Application

Posted on July 7th, 2011 by Sanjit Anand |Print This Post Print This Post |Email This Post Email This Post

These are three major Infra-structure Components for Fusion application within middelware :

1) Oracle Enterprise Crawl and Search Framework (ECSF)

Oracle Enterprise Crawl and Search Framework (ECSF): Oracle Enterprise Crawl and Search Framework enables the exposure of application context information on various business objects to enable full-text transactional search.

2) Oracle Enterprise Scheduler

This Enables you to manage and schedule jobs for Oracle Fusion Applications. read this for details.

Oracle Enterprise Scheduler Service provides the ability to run different Job Types, including: Java, PL/SQL, and Binary Scripts, distributed across the nodes in an OracleAS Cluster. Oracle Enterprise Scheduler Service runs these jobs securely, with high availability and scalability, with load balancing and provides monitoring and management through Oracle Enterprise Manager.

3) Applications Core aka Oracle Fusion Middleware Extensions for Applications

  • Applications Core(ApplCore) aka Oracle Fusion Middleware Extensions for Applications, provides design time and runtime infrastructure to help standardize complex development patterns for Oracle Fusion Applications. These simplifies the development process of these patterns and provides a consistent user experience, Pattern in Fusions are typically Flexfields, hierarchical relationships (Trees), data security, and UI patterns.
  • Applications Core provides shared libraries referenced by all the Oracle Fusion Applications, a standalone application for application setup and configuration, an Oracle JDeveloper extension to seamlessly integrate our components with the rest of the Oracle Fusion Applications technology stack, PLSQL API's, C libraries, and common seed data.

Infrastructure

The product families use the following common core framework and infrastructure for Oracle Fusion Applications.

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OFA: Oracle Enterprise Scheduler

Posted on July 4th, 2011 by Sanjit Anand |Print This Post Print This Post |Email This Post Email This Post

Oracle Fusion-A Concurrent Manager is a background process which manages the concurrent requests in Oracle Apps 11i/R12.

Similar to that Oracle Enterprise Scheduler provides you the ability to define, schedule and run different types of job and do advance scheduling.

Oracle Enterprise Scheduler provides scheduling services for the following purposes:

  • Distributing job request processing across a grid of application servers
  • Running Java, PL/SQL, spawned and binary jobs
  • Processing multiple jobs concurrently
  • Advance or recurring Scheduling of job can be done by on triggering events.
  • The Workshifts function enable you to configure windows of time during which jobs can run, such as only running high CPU jobs at night.
  • Similar to EBS, you can make Job dependencies and incompatibilities .
  • Using work assignments function you can also enable throttling and prioritization

Fusion Applications Control allows you to start and stop, monitor, configure and manage Oracle Enterprise Scheduler services, components and job requests.

Fusion Applications Control also enables you to define, control and manage Oracle Enterprise Scheduler job metadata.

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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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Oracle’s Co-Existence Strategy

Posted on March 25th, 2011 by Sanjit Anand |Print This Post Print This Post |Email This Post Email This Post

Last year in OOW, Oracle introduced a set of "coexistence scenarios," which explain how the Fusion Adoption and Co Existence"augmentation" approach to Oracle Fusion Applications can work and to guide customers on how they deploy Oracle Fusion Applications alongside existing Oracle products or non Oracle Products.

Co-existence approach implies that a customer is not upgrading or implementing an entire Applications Unlimited products to Fusion, but they will keep adding Fusion Application solutions (May be atleast any of the segments from Fusion Application pillar[see the details at end] ). In that case Customers will always look for opportunities that Fusion brings that address their critical needs while minimizing the risk to their current Applications Unlimited investment. This is the heart of the co-existence adoption model. Selecting the application that fits the customer’s needs and that complements the customer’s current applications footprint is Focal point. Oracle has crafted clear paths for application that there customers can choose today. Working with their strategic advisors they will determine based on their business needs, which of these fits their strategy best.

  1. For customers that are tracking with Apps Unlimited today and are meeting their business objectives, the path is clear. To Stay on Apps Unlimited Products. Apps Unlimited means Oracle will continue to make investments in their current application product lines whether it be EBS, PeopleSoft, Siebel or JD Edwards. With that strategy Oracle encourages customers to consider standardizing on Fusion Middle ware components. Whether it be the application development environment, reporting with BI, IDE, webcenter, or embracing a centralized SOA strategy. This is basically leveraging a the common FMW stack is future proofing your investments.
  2. For customers who do decide that Fusion Application do fit into their roadmap, there are two clear choices.
    1. Move to Fusion in an incremental approach
    2. Upgrade an entire pillar or combined global single instance to Fusion.

Oracle believes that a significant number of customers who move to early releases of Fusion Applications are going to do so in an incremental fashion. They will look for opportunities that Fusion brings that address their critical needs while minimizing risk.That’s what co-existence is all about.

This strategy will immediately open up the entire Oracle Apps install base for potential adoption.

dgreybarrow What/How are in Fusion Co-Exist Pillars

  • Pillar 1:Financials & Supply Chain Management
  • Pillar 2:Human Capital Management
  • Pillar 3:Customer Relationship Management

dgreybarrow Fusion Co-Exist Modules

  • Talent Management
  • Distributed Order Orchestration(DOO)
  • Accounting Hub (GL+Hyperion)
  • Sales Performance Management
  • Territory Management
  • Quota Management
  • Incentive Compensation
  • Project Portfolio Management
  • Spend, Sourcing & Contracts
  • Incentive Compensation
  • Workforce Lifecycle Mgmt
  • Workforce Directory
  • Procure-to-Pay
  • Customer Data Hub
  • Product Data Hub
  • Governance, Risk & Compliance

Hope this post helps you to understand the BI in term of fusion.

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BI in Oracle’s Fusion Applications : An Quick Overview

Posted on March 21st, 2011 by Sanjit Anand |Print This Post Print This Post |Email This Post Email This Post

This is one of the key as mention in all previous post(1,2,3) which features of Fusion Apps, wherein the apps is leveraging BI for all reporting.As mention the key of BI in Fusion apps benefits are:

  • Its going to be real-time and self-service reporting
  • Can be done for Historical and complex analysis with a data warehouse
  • User can get Consistent experience by providing identical tabular, graphical and visualization components used throughout the application
  • Common semantic model ie Unified definition of key entities-Customer, Invoice, Date, Account, etc. and calculations
  • Tight integration with Fusion Applications
    • Pervasive embedded analytics, role-based dashboards, and reports
    • Architected for Fusion Apps: seamless integration with flex, trees,security
  • Easier installation, functional setups, and systems management

dgreybarrow Fusion Reporting and Analytics

Fusion application Business Intelligence comprises of the following components.

  • Oracle Transactional BI (OTBI) is real time self service reporting directly off Fusion Apps data. It has pre-packaged content covering major Fusion applications.
  • Oracle BI Applications (OBIA) is a prepackaged data warehouse enabling historical analysis and cross domain insight.
  • Specialized Domain specific Analytics include financial statements, sales territory planning and Project Performance built on Essbase technology. White space analysis built on Real Time decisions and Oracle Data Mining Technologies.
  • Oracle BI Publisher reports are also available; these are out of box content within Fusion applications to cater to pixel perfect and highly formatted report requirements.

dgreybarrowFusion BI Architecture

This is three-layer architecture. Various component in Fusion BI Architecture as per below:

Fusion BI Architecture

1.BI View Objects

  • These are single source of truth for BI
  • Represent facts and dimensions
  • Apps data security been implement at this level.

2.BI Common Semantic Model

Supports highly aggregated trending and real-time transaction listings from a single query model

  • Single RPD with one Business Model
  • Single Business Column and Entity shared across OTBI and Oracle Business Intelligence Application (OBIA)
  • Common Conformed Dimensions ensure cross fact , cross subject areas and federated OTBI/OBIA reporting

3.Oracle BI Applications (OBIA)

As mention is used for unlimited historical analysis - trending and cross-domain insight Pre-packaged DW, ETL, metrics, and interactive dashboards .

4.Oracle Transactional Business Intelligence (OTBI)

  • Real time window into the transactional System where business users can create their own reports using prepackaged functional metadata
  • Co located & semantically integrated with the Data Warehousing metadata
  • Reads security, flex fields and trees from Fusion Applications
  • Reports / charts from OTBI can be embedded into Fusion Applications

OTBI

dgreybarrow OTBI and OBAI Vis -a-Vis

These two can be understood differently, here are the compare for these two.

Fusion BI compare

Hope this post helps you to understand the BI in term of fusion.

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