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Posted on September 2nd, 2017 by Sanjit Anand ||Email This Post Email This Post

GCC Apart from India GST new in recent past , In another milestone towards the implementation of VAT across the Gulf Cooperation Council, the Unified Agreement for VAT was published in the official gazette of one of the member states, Saudi Arabia.

The Unified Agreement provides the framework for the operation of VAT across the GCC.

Each GCC member state will implement the framework through legislation and other instruments. This milestone is another reason for companies operating in the Middle East to put in place or further their VAT implementation plans.. Companies in these region already started for Implemnating GCC .

Let’s have a quick look :

The Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) was formed in 1981 to create unity and economic stability amongst the member nations.

The International Monetary Fund recommended the introduction of an indirect tax system to increase revenue for the member countries.

All member states signed the VAT Framework Agreement, which establishes the main principles for the application of the VAT regime in the member countries.

Here are Key Highlights for KEY Unified VAT Framework


Currently , GCC Member Nations

  • Bahrain
  • Kuwait
  • Oman
  • Qatar
  • Saudi Arabia
  • United Arab Emirates (UAE)

Each member will issue VAT legislation.

Majority of Tax system provide Tax Engine and Integration:

  • Logic to natively support Goods and multiple Services type transactions in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates
  • Domestic, Intra-GCC, and International (Import and Export) transactions are all supported

Why GCC is getting some much attention

Reason , a deadline is given for these countries

  • United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia in Q4 2017
  • Qatar, Oman, Bahrain, Kuwait in 2018 (dependent on legislation)

Though , It’s official: 2018 will see the start of implementation of a value-added tax (VAT) across the Gulf states

Business Functional Area where get impacted [TRANSITION-RELATED CHALLENGES]

Businesses will face the impact of VAT in two ways: by the additional investments needed for compliance,as well as the higher input cost of the new VAT, itself .

However, companies may refrain from passing on the entire input VAT to consumers owing to the fear of losing business.

Some key Challenges can be best understood as :

In Procurement : Major Trabsition Releated challenges might be

  • Formulate new procurement strategies
  • Vendor management
  • Revisit contracts and arrangements

Accounting & IT System

  • Update financial and point of sale systems
  • VAT coding for payables and receivables
  • Electronic documentation/process automation [ if any]

Sales & Pricing

  • Assess impact of VAT on demand/current contracts
  • Pricing strategy and terms of payment
  • Customer management

Knowing Where to Start

So, where do you start to determine which approach is best for you? Deploy a new ERP in the cloud? Keep your core ERP and connect cloud VAT services? Should go with Tax vendor ?

There are a number of factors to consider:

  • What is the age of your existing ERP system? Are you running the latest version of the software, or are you on an old vesrion?
  • In how many countries do you do business?
    • The more geographies, currencies,and languages you operate in, the more rules, regulations, and compliance issues you will need to consider.
    • It might be worth a full-scale migration to cloud in order to keep on top of all the permutations.
  • How many transactions does your ERP process in a day?
    • The higher the transaction volume, the more important it is that your core system be scalable enough to meet demand.
  • Are you looking at a full ERP replacement in the near future?
    • If so, it might make sense to take a phased, “outside-in” approach—starting with tax applications in the cloud to meet the immediate VAT deadline, and then moving core ERP to the cloud at a later date.

No matter which approach you decide on, VAT is coming. Every GCC business will need to comply. I recommend that you form a project team as soon as possible to understand how VAT will impact your business and operating model.

Assess the capability of your existing systems to comply with the new regulations.And then, choose an implementation partner and a software vendor with the real experience and capabilities to meet your needs.

More Reading

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Closing Thoughts

As per The UAE Ministry of Finance

The system for VAT registration and payment is being developed to meet the very best global standards using leading-edge technology. All services will be online and accessible 24/7, responding to the requirements of business. This reflects the UAE’s aim to be a leader in innovation and technology across all aspects.

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Legal Entity Document Sequencing in Receivables

Posted on January 7th, 2016 by Sanjit Anand ||Email This Post Email This Post

You need to consider these points when you are trying setup Legal Entity Document Sequencing in Receivables

You can set up your primary ledger to allow document sequencing at the legal entity level instead of at the ledger level.

This means if you have more than one legal entity assigned to the same ledger, you can assign separate document sequences to each of your Receivables transactions, adjustments, and receipts belonging to each legal entity.

Legal entity level document sequencing helps you conform to local and governmental authority requirements, while still being able to organize multiple legal entities under the same primary ledger.

These are key points you need to consider if you want to use document sequencing at the legal entity level for Receivables:

  • Document Sequencing in Receivables
  • Receivables Document Categories
  • Gapless Document Sequencing
  • AutoInvoice Processing

Oracle Cloud Receivables setup is very similar to Oracle R12 EBS looks for and assigns a legal entity to a transaction according to this hierarchy:

  • Legal entity of the transaction type assigned to the transaction.
  • Legal entity of the transaction source assigned to the transaction.
  • Default legal entity assigned to the business unit.

Reader question

Is it , possible to share document sequences across ledgers or business units?

If you maintain document sequencing at the legal entity level, it is not recommended to share the same document sequence across ledgers or business units.

Document sequencing at the legal entity level uses the accounting date as the document sequence date. Because ledgers can have different accounting periods open, each ledger could derive a different accounting date for the same document sequence.

Because Receivables creates a document category for each transaction type you create, it is recommended to create and maintain a separate set of transaction types in each business unit.

Hope this helps , next will discuss more in details.

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Oracle Management Cloud : The Next Generation Real-Time Monitoring and Analytics IT Tool

Posted on January 2nd, 2016 by Sanjit Anand ||Email This Post Email This Post

Oracle Management Cloud (OMC) is a suite of next-generation integrated monitoring, management, and analytics cloud services built on a scalable big data platform that provides real-time analysis and deep technical and business insights.

With OMC you can eliminate disparate silos across end-user and infrastructure data, troubleshoot problems quickly,and run IT like a business

OCM meets three main service demands as :

  1. Actively diagnose end user problems using correlated client, application, and log data from a single interface.
  2. Find and resolve issues before customers are impacted.
  3. Provide a single source of truth to DevOps for better application delivery.

Oracle Management Cloud combines rich cloud services with a unified, scalable, big data platform for monitoring and analyzing complex environments. It can analyze data
from throughout the enterprise, from sprawling data centers and on-premises information systems to public cloud, private cloud, and mobile application environments.

OMC mainly consist of three services thats include Oracle Application Performance Monitoring Cloud Service, Oracle Log Analytics Cloud Service, and Oracle IT Analytics Cloud Service.


  • Oracle Application Performance Monitoring (APM) Cloud Service provides development and operations teams (aka single source of truth” for application owners and DevOps personnel )with the information that they need to find and fix issues with today’s mobile and web applications rapidly, via deep visibility into your application performance from the end user experience, through application server requests, and down to application logs.

If your end users have high expectations for the apps they depend on. They demand superior performance, availability, and service. In order to keep your users happy, you can opt Oracle Application Performance Monitoring Cloud Service, which helps you to monitor :

  • Browser performance, including end-user experience,Ajax performance, and server-side requests.
  • Application performance down to the operation and method level.
  • Related application server, database, and external application server logs in the context of actual workload.


  • Oracle Log Analytics Cloud Service monitors, aggregates, indexes, and analyzes all log data from your on-premises and cloud applications and infrastructure enabling users to search, explore, and correlate this data to troubleshoot problems faster, derive operational insight and make better decisions.

With Oracle Log Analytics Cloud Service, you can:

    • Explore logs that are specific to the application experiencing the problem.
    • Analyze and explore log data efficiently by using machine learning.
    • Gain business and IT insight from log data.
    • Rapidly derive value from logs.
  • Oracle IT Analytics Cloud Service – this provides 360-degree insight into the performance, availability, and capacity of applications and IT investments, enabling executives, analysts, and administrators to make critical decisions about their IT operations based on comprehensive system and data analysis.

With Oracle IT Analytics Cloud Service, you can:

  • Optimize database and middleware resources.
  • Plan for future growth by forecasting intelligently.
  • Maximize database and middleware performance.
  • Acquire insight from multidimensional analysis of IT data.
  • Easily search application and system components.
  • Quickly build custom dashboards to publish the results of your analyses.

Oracle Management Cloud uses a powerful security model that ensures the security and integrity of your IT operational data in transit and once uploaded to Oracle Management Cloud. As part of the Oracle Cloud, Oracle Management Cloud is deployed on enterprise-grade infrastructure, fully managed by Oracle.

Oracle Management Cloud runs on tablet and desktop, with a blazing fast analytics engine to get you results when you need them.

You can find more details at OMC page.

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Hybrid Cloud Management

Posted on October 1st, 2015 by Sanjit Anand ||Email This Post Email This Post

Here is Youtube video for more insights on Hybrid Cloud Management



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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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Oracle Supply Chain Management Cloud

Posted on July 16th, 2015 by Sanjit Anand ||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 ||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


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]


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 ||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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


  • DataSheet :MCS

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Oracle Integration Cloud Service

Posted on July 11th, 2015 by Sanjit Anand ||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.


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….


  • 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.


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


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


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


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.


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

You can also connect to:

  • Oracle HCM
  • 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.


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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Oracle Planning and Budgeting Cloud Service (PBCS)

Posted on July 3rd, 2015 by Sanjit Anand ||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.


  • 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


Existing customers on Hyperion Planning on and above 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.


  • 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


Here are quick comprasion of features avaiable in two senarios.




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

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.


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


Oracle Data Integration, flat
files, and Excel extracts

Flat files, and Excel extracts


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