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What is Oracle’s Application Implementation Methodology (AIM)

Posted on June 28th, 2007 by Sanjit Anand ||Email This Post Email This Post

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Lets start with simple question.

What is a methodology..

A methodology is a set of guidelines or principles that can be tailored and applied to a specific situation.”

In a project environment, these guidelines might be a list of things to do. A methodology could also be a specific approach, templates, forms, and even checklists used over the project life cycle.

Therefore that was the driving factor for bringing AIM’s as methodology which was initially used by Oracle consulting , which is now most acceptable methodology for oracle application roll out.

So then what oracle application methodology in short AIM’s based out of…

  • Multi-track methodology
  • Technology Modernization
  • Business Process Reengineering
  • Oracle Application/System Development
  • Organizational Change
  • Project Management

When it was first launched
Any Guess… The first version of AIM was initially released for use by Oracle Consulting staff in October 1994.

  • Tasks, steps and deliverables for project life cycle
  • Templates for many deliverables

AIM 2.0, a refined version of the method, was released in July 1997.

Oracle introduced AIM Advantage 3.0 in September 1999.

What is current version in market?
Oracle has launched AIM’s 3.1 version, which is also called as AIM’s Advantage, which is now a consider as web-deployed tool kit for planning, executing and controlling Oracle Applications implementation projects.

What is new in AIM’s?
In newer version couple of new enhancement has been made, they are
· Support for business process change using the new Business Process Architecture process
· Integration with Oracle products like Oracle Business Models and Oracle Tutor

Is any cost for holding AIM’s tool?
Yes, as reported on Oracle site it cost you USD $2195 for per Named User(.. this may be changed..check with Oracle site)

What other methods and tools are integrated with AIM 3.1?
AIM 3.1 is closely integrated with Oracle’s Project Management Method (PJM). AIM and PJM tasks are both reflected in the AIM Work Breakdown
Structure (WBS).

  • Oracle Business Models (OBM)
  • Solution Value Assessment (SVA)
  • Oracle Support Assessment (OSA)
  • Learning Needs Assessment (LNA)
  • Enterprise Data Management System (EDMS)
  • Oracle Tutor

How I get the AIM’s software?
AIM’s download is only limited to OPN (Oracle Partner Network)

What is software requirement for AIM’s 3.1
1. Windows 2000, XP, NT
2. Adobe Acrobat Reader 6.0 or later
3. Microsoft Office 2000 or later
4. Microsoft IE 6.0 or later, or Netscape 7.0 or later

What is covered in AIM’s

  1. Technology Modernization
    This can be understood as the IT track contains tasks and steps relating to the creation and maintenance of procedures governing the hardware, systems software, toolsets, and databases.
  2. Oracle Application/System Development
    The Oracle Application/System Development track contains the tasks and steps relating to the development of custom or tool code to support interfaces, conversions, extensions, reports, and integration testing exercises. This track overlaps the process reengineering track with the iterative design and setup of the application modules.
  3. Business Process Reengineering
    The BPR track contains tasks and steps relating to process reengineering and application configuration. Prototyping is used to facilitate the design of “To Be” processes.
  4. Organizational Change
    The Organizational Change track contains the tasks and steps relating to culture and change readiness assessment, organizational and job analysis, facilities analysis and preparation, user procedures and performance based training.
  5. Project Management
    This track contains the tasks and steps relating to the development and management of work products on an Oracle Applications engagement. Its focus is to ensure that projects are estimated correctly, managed successfully, and properly integrated

Will come back with yet another additional information for AIM’s, keep watching this space…Good Weekend guys ..

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17 Responses
  1. Shantanu Says:

    Can you please tell me how can I download the AIM Software if I have access to a Oracle Partner Network?

  2. Sanjit Anand Says:

    you can downalod from here

  3. Jan Says:

    Hello, is any document that explain’s differences between AIM.30 an AIM 4.0 ? When we use AIM 3 and when AIM 4 methodology ? Advantages and disadvantages, recommendations etc.

    AIM relations with OBM ?

  4. Patricia King Says:

    If I purchase the AIM 3.1 version for my small business,are there any other associated cost to consiter? such as:direct or overhead cost?

  5. Sanjit Anand Says:

    hello Patricia,

    thanks for stopping by.

    AIM 3.1 version is hardly have some dollar which is less than 3000 USD.

    There is no additional cost to be consider when you purchase this bundle.

    I am not able top understand being a SME , what prompt you to go for AIM’s , AIM’s is basically crafted methodolody for Rapid Implementation.

    I donot think SME will really helpful with AIM.

    Additionally ,if you are potentially targetting for implemenating Oracle apps for SME, then I believe Oracle Accalerate would be better choice. Currently these are predefined business process , that comes with seeded setup, which SME can potentially used.

  6. Cornelia Says:

    I work for a preferred Oracle Partner with access to AIM.

    Where do I get hold of AIM documentaton for Release 12? I need BR100’s for GL, AP, AR etc.

    Many thanks

  7. Sanjit Anand Says:

    hello Cornelia,

    I donot think AIM is specfic to any version of Oracle Apps and Oracle application products (AR,AP,GL..)

    what i know from v3.1 onward ,Oracle AIM’s are no longer providing product-specific Application Setup Document templates. The generic template provides a tailorable starting point for documenting setup data for any product. As an alternative to tailoring the MS Word template, you may want to consider other options for documenting setup data, such as screen shots embedded in the MS Word template. Additional text may then be added to elaborate on the rationale for certain setup decisions.

    AIMs is methodology, that Oracle consulting used earlier and now a days acceptable to consulting industry.

    Oracle Partner have provisoin to download directly from Oracle site.


  8. shanmukh Says:

    Am not able to open the AIM3.0 in my Windows Vistas Home Premium.Please let me know which verion of AIM having the compatibility with VISTAS.


  9. Najaf Says:

    does Oracle Partner also has to pay for aim

  10. young Says:

    just template ?if you have enough experience , there are no problems

  11. Sanjit Anand Says:

    Oracle Partner need not pay any cost for AIM’s, but Partner membership should be qualify for download.

  12. Sanjit Anand Says:

    AIM’s document are template based, does not have any dependecy on OS. I am suspecting the Office product and underline security issue, which might be causing.

  13. Uday Says:

    Hi Sanjit,
    Thank you for the useful information.

    The link given earlier is for AIM 3.0. It works if you give the URL after you have logged on to the OPM site.

    I have installed the AIM 3.0 setup file in Windows Vista Home edition successfully. I have Office 2000 installed on my machine.

    If someone knows the URL for AIM 3.1 please post the URL.

  14. Uday Says:

    has another URL for AIM 3.0 and also allows some of the templates to be downloaded individually.

  15. Marion H Says:

    Why are these such a hidden secret when all they are is a template document – could someone forward a BR100 so I can record my configuration please.

  16. Basha Says:

    could some genius send me some of the Oracle AIL questions with answers to be practised for Oracle applications> thanks in advance…


  17. Somchit P. Says:

    Is there RD20 Questionnaire for OAT (Oracle Asset Tracking) product in any AIM version and where can we download it?.

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