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EBS Approvals goes Wireless

Posted on November 16th, 2008 by Sanjit Anand |Print This Post Print This Post |Email This Post Email This Post

dgreybarrow Wireless Approval : What is meant for EBS user community iphone

Oracle Business Approvals for Managers is a new class of task focused built mobile application to enhance productivity via immediate notification of key tasks needing review /action, with relevant analytics provided to support and better decision-making.

This allow you to secure access to business information on the go

  • Performance Indicators
  • Contact Information
  • Sales data

This can be carried out Apple iPhone through flexible user interface features.

dgreybarrow Benefits in Oracle EBS

This allows executives and managers to respond quickly and easily to common tasks such as approvals for Finance, Purchasing,HR and Sales. These are the some of activity that they can do..

  • Expense approval
  • HR Job Offer & Vacancies
  • Purchase Requisition
  • Sales Quotes

dgreybarrow Other key features are:

  • Oracle BI Apps pre-built Analytics : Oracle Business Approvals for Managers allows users to view and interact with approval tasks that include expenses,purchase requisitions, job vacancies and job offers that originate from Oracle enterprise applications. Additionally,related business intelligence from Oracle Business intelligence enterprise Edition Plus or Oracle Business Intelligence Applications can be associated with approval tasks as an option to provide insight to support approval decisions.
  • Oracle SOA / BPEL technology :Oracle Business Approvals for Managers is tightly integrated with Oracle enterprise applications through the deployment of flexible and powerful Oracle SOA Suite technologies in a companion product called Oracle Business Approvals Connector
    for Managers.This also leverages the Identity Management facility within Oracle SOA Suite to authenticate user security which supports Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) protocol.

dgreybarrow System Requirement

These are versions of software required.

  • Apple iPhone 2.1 Software
  • Oracle Business Approvals Connector for Managers 1.0
  • Oracle E-Business Suite 12.0.4 (Purchasing, iProcurement, Financials, Human Resources or iRecruitment)
  • This is currently supported only in english

dgreybarrow iPhone + Apps R12 Integration Architecture

Check it out Steven Note, details post for iPhone + Apps R12 Integration Architecture

dgreybarrowHow much you have to pay

  • With assumption if you are using R12.0.4 with pre-requisite product, You have to pay extra for licensing cost for Oracle Business Approvals Connector.
  • Managers iPhone client application can be downloaded for free of cost from iTunes App Stores sites.

dgreybarrowMoving Forward

As per Oracle Datasheet Oracle plan is to extend this feature in CRM area in near future and will be supported in other language.

dgreybarrow Reference Notes

Check it out some of official documents from Oracle.

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Bit on “Oracle Applications E-Business Suite Documentation “

Posted on September 16th, 2008 by Sanjit Anand |Print This Post Print This Post |Email This Post Email This Post

Sometime back ,my client Finance IT manager asked about few queries for documentation details for Oracle, the reason was obvious as they have moved out from SAP to Oracle. Hope this information might be helpful to for Managers, line manager who are planning to go with Oracle EBS or recently started using Oracle.

questionWhat are the availability and unit cost (where applicable) of the following types of documentationoracleapps?

  • Product overview/summary
  • Reference manual /customer references
  • User guide
  • Technical manual
  • Installation guide
  • Problem solving
  • Error manual

Apart from User guide and technical reference manual, other information which is available electronically free of charge are:

  • Data sheets
  • Statement of Directions
  • Product Overview
  • User Manual – includes installation guide and problem solving
  • Technical Manual

In R12, apart from User guide and technical reference manual aka TRM, most of modules have there implementation Guide.

You can also downloaded free of charge once you have CSI number.

FYi...How SAP offers the documentation part?

Thats sound really interesting.. The website www.help.sap.com , is similar to Metalink as we have in Oracle. This site is FOC to clients and includes all the above information at no extra cost. New documentation is available with every new release/service pack in the portal.

questionWhat is the typical update frequency of the documentation?

A point release would typically provide an addendum to the guide, new guides each release.Datasheets and statement of directions are available by each point release. Each Point Release you can get RCD (Release content document) , which describe the some important changes between two releases.

dgreybarrow Additional Link for Oracle Applications Documentation

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Support & Oracle E-Business Suite

Posted on July 8th, 2008 by Sanjit Anand |Print This Post Print This Post |Email This Post Email This Post

This topic is bit off track form the main subject area, but has its own importance specially if you are working as Consultant and also if you are responsible for letting customer know about its benefits.

A fortnight ago, I was reading a intresting post made by Kas Thomas in his blog for Oracle's plan for saving money and then topic just pop-up and thoughts to share how this benifits to existing EBS Customer.

"We have focused on lowering the total cost of ownership of our software products by improving integration, decreasing installation times, lowering administration costs and improving the ease of use. Reducing the total cost of ownership of our products provides our customers with a higher return on their investment, which we believe will create more demand and provide us with a competitive advantage." [This was claimed itself by Oracle in there last quarterly report page 23 of last paragraph under New Software Licenses ]

"Cost of support" aka "Cost of ownership" are quite significant for SME's where cost is the major factor. As more and More companies are opting for Release 12 upgrade and Fusion path therefore revisiting the topic makes lot of sense.

dgreybarrowWhat is meant by Support Cost :

With Oracle Support, you know 'up front' and with certainty how long your Oracle products are supported.

dgreybarrowOracle's Plan for Saving your Money

The new Lifetime Support Policy provides access to technical experts for as long as you license your Oracle products and consists of three support components:

  • Premier Support
  • Extended Support
  • Sustaining Support

Lets take a quick look, how these differ among each other:

  • Premier Support :Provides maintenance and support of Oracle database, middleware, and application products for 5 years from their general availability date, which Includes:
    • Major product and technology releases which covers technical Support as well as updates, fixes, and security alerts,Tax, legal and regulatory updates
    • Oracle also provide upgrade Scripts
    • You can also get certification with new third party products/versions
  • Where as Extended Support, is offered on specific defined releases, which includes most features of Premier Support for an additional 3 years from general availability which includes
    • Major product and technology
    • Technical Support
    • Updates, fixes, and security alerts
    • Tax, legal and regulatory updates
    • Upgrade scripts
    • The items which does not included under this schema is certification with new third party products/versions.
  • Where as Sustaining Support provides technical support– i.e., access to our online and call-center support which is surly metalink—for as long as you license your Oracle solutions. These Includes
    • Major product and technology releases
    • Technical Support
    • Access to MetaLink/Customer Connection
    • Pre-existing fixes for your solution
    • Customers may also obtain customer specific fixes at an additional fee
    • Things which is excluded are :
      • New updates, fixes, and security alerts
      • New tax, legal, and regulatory updates
      • Certification with new third party products/versions
      • Certification with other Oracle products

A comparative study between these three can be best understood as:

supportcompare

dgreybarrowWhen it get started

Since September 19, 2005.

dgreybarrowLifetime Support Policy & Coverage for Oracle Applications Products Versions

Here is the list[adopted] for coverage details for Oracle Application products.oracleapps

In the above list you can see the key-code color shading of the rows as:

  • Pink = Support does not follow the Lifetime Support Policy
  • Light Grey = Release will have a direct upgrade to Oracle Fusion Applications
  • White = Follows the Lifetime Support Policy

where as Latest release 12 is have details as:

release12

Indeed there was relief for existing customer annoucment made during keynote at the COLLABORATE conference 2008 by Oracle President for extending Premier Support for the Oracle(R) E-Business Suite Release 11.5.10 through November 2010. This makes a great hope for OracleApps customers to get opportunity to plan more effectively for the Release 12 upgrade.

Oracle does have a seperate sheet for mentioning the details for Oracle application.

dgreybarrowExtend Premier Support until 2012 with no additional fees

These are some of the high Points for Extending Premier Support untill 2012.

  • Premier support ended for release 11.0.3 in February 2007 and Sustaining support ends in January 2009.
  • Sustaining support ends for releases 11i 1 through 11i 6 in July of 2007. Companies who have not upgraded by then will need to re-license the software to gain access to new releases!
  • Premier support ends for release 11i 7 in May of 2007
  • Premier support ends for release 11i 8 in November of 2007!
  • Premier support ends for release 11i 9 in June of 2008.
  • Upgrading to release 11i 10 provides premier support through 2009, and it can be extended for an additional fee.
  • Upgrading to release 12 gives you time to determine your own migration schedule.

dgreybarrow Supporting Resources

dgreybarrowAdditional Reading

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Beginners’ Books for Oracle e-Business Suite

Posted on April 29th, 2008 by Sanjit Anand |Print This Post Print This Post |Email This Post Email This Post

Long time back , I got a complementary copy of EBS books from author Roel Hogendoorn.

These six books, roughly have 175-200 pages each, covering some of key areas of EBS.

  • System Administration
  • Workflow
  • Flexfields
  • Alert
  • Reporting in E-Business Suite
  • BI Publisher

books

I am so delighted with the content in these BOOK that I thought to share to rest of community people.

"...Extremely well written book, enjoyable and informative reading!"

Truly an excellent book and definitely a must for EBS beginners. In a world of ERP , this book actually delivers a lot more than its cost. Roel, has provided an incredibly honest approach to some of key attributes essential for EBS Implementer.

The webshop for the books is: http://stores.lulu.com/learnworks

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Oracle E-Business Suite Sizing

Posted on April 19th, 2008 by Sanjit Anand |Print This Post Print This Post |Email This Post Email This Post

This is bit off-line topic(DBA Track) for sizing process in new EBS installation. Line managers, infrastructure heads, IS team, DBA and Implementation Leads must have to understand some key points for sizing as:

  • Sizing is a complex, iterative process and must be treated with care during the implementation.
  • It should not get conflicted as Sizing a mere calculation rather it a process.
  • Sizing is a project in its own right (PC, network, middle-tier and database-tier). Network is often forgotten in sizing projects.
  • System sizing and architecture goes a long way in determining the TCO of the software
  • It potentially means ability to grow vertically(Module wise) and Horizontally (Data)'
  • Customer, hardware vendor and the consulting patner should work together to find the best sizing strategy.
  • Your database Size should be based on benchmarks and collective experience of Oracle, H/W vendor and knowledge gained from existing customers.
  • Sizing process should not be confused with capacity planning, as both are different parameters.
  • Scaling & load balancing requirements can influence the architecture landscape
  • Validation of assumptions is key.
  • Predicting the batch processing load should not be ignored during an ERP sizing study. Batch loads may be a more important a factor than online requirements.

handFactors which decide some key drivers for sizing are:

  • Number of named users
  • Number of concurrent Users
  • Number of Concurrent Manager (CM) Process
  • Business Event
  • Business Intelligence (BIS)
  • Reporting
  • Number of years online data retention
  • Business volumes
  • Platform & H/W preference

Those who are looking some more granular details for sizing, there is one nice document from Oracle.

handMetalink Note

  • Note 399362.1 :Oracle Applications Release 12 Upgrade Sizing and Best Practices

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TGIGF: Thank God it’s Good Friday!

Posted on March 19th, 2008 by Sanjit Anand |Print This Post Print This Post |Email This Post Email This Post

Well, it’s been a hectic month that I last wrote something bigger on the blog. Have been very busy at my workplace, new project kickoff for another entity, user discussion workshop, month end closure and discussion with FICO(Controller) for some reporting need as part of public listed company's quarterly reporting.....

Next couple of months is going to yet another tight me...still I hope I get more time now on to write a little bit more on my blog!

TGIGF: Thank God it’s Good Friday! ......it is long weekend, it is perfect time to clear all emails, blog comments and write few small post which was requested by some of my readers.

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100,000th Visitor

Posted on March 10th, 2008 by Sanjit Anand |Print This Post Print This Post |Email This Post Email This Post

Thats only in last 8 months, finally visitor number 100,000 stopped by my blog, which I neverthought to be a major success so early.Blog

12 April 2007, I moved my wordpress to 'oracleappshub' domain and since 13 June 2007 I started Counting.

They says: "MOVITATION IS WHAT GETS YOU STARTED,HABIT IS WHAT KEEPS YOU GOING "

Statistics counts, what you say.. Blog statistics and blog comments have always been special for me . It keeps me reminding that there are people across the world who read my blog .That's motivation factor for me which keeps me sharing through this Web 2.0 platform.

I would like to thank everyone across the world who have visited my blog.

Thank you all for stopping in, and a big thank you for those who send a word of encouragement and a thankyou for my efforts - THANK YOU!

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Oracle AIA – Why it’s hot !

Posted on December 13th, 2007 by Sanjit Anand |Print This Post Print This Post |Email This Post Email This Post

There was lot many news for Oracle AIA this year during OOW ,as foundation pack announcment was made by Charles Phillips in his OOW's keynote during this gala event.Since then this was a huge interest in the subject.

In April this year the first announcement for the AIA was made which was industry-specific business process templates (BPMN) to provide Industry Reference Models (IRM), Oracle EBS, Siebel and Oracle Applications products between the actual move business processes (BPEL) to provide Process Integration Packs (PIP) from it.

Lets take a quick look what is all about and what's makes so hot?

What is Oracle AIA Technology?

This is a framework in which the functionality of Oracle's vast application portfolio - Oracle E-Business, PeopleSoft, Siebel, and JD Edwards - can be recombined and tailored to enterprise needs.

In simple words :A smart integration mechanism , that can support & intergrate the whole bunch of oracle products with EBS or non-EBS products(like SAP) and in this middleware is used to stitching .

The AIA has three components:

  • Industry reference models. These are best practice guides so that the final deployed processes are optimized.
  • Processes Integration Packs which contain out the necessary code to create business process required without risk.
  • Pre built SOA that will run out of the box on Fusion middleware.

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figure : Oracle AIA (Source www.oracle.com)

Oracle have now published a foundation pack which is series of templates and vanilla processes which can be adopted by a 3rd party to meet their requirements.

Technical products inside Application Integration Architecture

  1. BPEL Process Manager
  2. BPEL Repository
  3. E-Business Suite
  4. Siebel
  5. Adapters
  6. Oracle Warehouse Builder

The latest version comprised of the following products

  • Siebel CRM to Portal Billing - Siebel CRM, FMW, BRM & EBS/Oracle Financials
  • Portal Billing to General Ledger - Siebel CRM, FMW, BRM & EBS/Oracle Financials

Summary

Automating business processes across the application running at multiple plaform is normally a very laborious, complex ,costly and time consuming task.Hoping ,AIA seeks to simplify this process and make it more seamless.

arrow next redSupporting Resources

While researching more about Oracle AIA , these are some interesting links:

arrow next redSome AIA News from Oracle:

  1. Oracle Delivers Communications Industry’s First Pre-Built Integrations Across Enterprise Business Applications
    http://www.oracle.com/corporate/press/2007_nov/111207aiacomms.html
  2. "Oracle Introduces the Application Integration Architecture for SAP Initiative; Enabling Customers to Unify SAP Enterprise Applications" Why It's Hot!Why It's Hot!
    http://www.oracle.com/corporate/press/2007_nov/sap-aia.html

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Assess your aptitude for Project Leadership

Posted on November 30th, 2007 by Sanjit Anand |Print This Post Print This Post |Email This Post Email This Post

I get across a nice article for leadership skill. In fact there are a variety of skills and personality characteristics that make a great project leader. The article nicely describes the list of indications that he/she may not be well suited to be a project manager.

These are the 10 signs that you aren't cut out to be a project manager.

  1. You are a poor communicator
  2. You don’t like to document things
  3. You prefer the details
  4. You don’t work well with people
  5. You don’t like to manage people
  6. You don’t like to follow processes
  7. You like to execute and not plan
  8. You prefer to be an order taker
  9. You are not organized
  10. You think project management is “overhead”

Read the Entire post:10 Things Blog,CNET Tech Republic

10 signs that you aren't cut out to be a project manager

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OracleApps Epicenter :1,00,000+ and Counting

Posted on November 30th, 2007 by Sanjit Anand |Print This Post Print This Post |Email This Post Email This Post

Today I noticed, sometime in this month the count meter from Statcounter/Sitemeter crossed over the 1,00,000 Page view mark. It was indeed an important milestone for my contribution to the Oracle community through this platform. It's not bad. In that time in spite of tight timeline I manage to wrote about more than 135 blog post with around 1,000+ comments, which I responding offline or online. Currently, this blog gets about 600 visits and 1700-1800 page views (aka hits) each week days and nearly 400+ during weekends. I hope the next 1,00,000 views comes very sooner.A big thanks to everyone visiting and reading my blog .

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