Monday Apr 16, 2012

Announcing two Technical Papers and an Accelerator Addressing Integration between Oracle Retail and Oracle Art Technology Group (ATG) Web Commerce

In the past year, Oracle Retail has published two documents on My Oracle Support (https://support.oracle.com) that address integration between Oracle Retail products and Oracle ATG Web Commerce. The Merchandising to Oracle ATG Document ID on My Oracle Support can be characterized as an Accelerator because in addition to the Technical Paper, Oracle Retail provides reference code.

  • Doc ID 1380165.1
    Oracle Retail Merchandising System (RMS) and Oracle ATG Web Commerce Integration–This accelerator is a toolkit that contains both integration reference code and a technical note to explain interfaces and how they should be used. The document provides a technical overview on integrating Oracle Retail Merchandising System (RMS) and Oracle Retail Price Management (RPM) with Oracle Art Technology Group (ATG) Web Commerce. The document focuses on the technical aspects of integrating item and price/promotion data from RMS and RPM to Oracle ATG Web Commerce, leveraging existing integration points where possible. The reference code addresses the following integration flows:
    • RMS Merchandise Hierarchy extract to ATG Categories
    • RMS Item extract to ATG Product
    • RMS Regular Price change to ATG price list for SKU-based pricing method
    • RMS Clearance Price change to ATG price list for SKU-based pricing method
  • Doc ID 1367354.1
    Oracle ATG Web Commerce-Store Inventory Management (SIM) Integration–This document is an overview that focuses on the technical aspects of integrating Oracle ATG Web Commerce and SIM for real-time inventory lookup, by leveraging existing integration points. By integrating Oracle ATG Web Commerce with SIM, retailers can leverage SIM’s real-time and inventory management capabilities, giving Web users visibility to in-store inventory availability. This overview document covers the technical aspects of an integration approach between Oracle ATG Web Commerce and SIM by addressing the following steps:
    • Implementing a new Store Inventory Manager component which can connect to the SIM Web service endpoints.
    • Configuring Oracle ATG Web Commerce to use the new Store Inventory Manager component.

Wednesday Apr 11, 2012

Documentation in RETL, RIB, and RSL, Release 13.2.4

The Patch Release 13.2.4 of the integration-related products, Oracle Retail Extract, Transform and Load (RETL), Oracle Retail Integration Bus (RIB), and Oracle Retail Service Layer (RSL), is now available from My Oracle Support.

End User Documentation Enhancements

The following enhancements have been made to the documentation:

  • New RETL Installation Guide
    New in Release 13.2.4, the RETL Installation Guide includes complete instructions to install and configure RETL 13.2.4. Installation instructions were previously in the Programmer’s Guide. As part of this enhancement, content was added to and tested in the RETL Installation Guide to ensure that it contain similar chapters and sections included in other Oracle Retail Installation Guides.
  • Template Creator documentation, under the RIB product umbrella
    The Oracle Retail Functional Artifact Guide and the Oracle Retail Functional Artifact
    Generator Guide contain new information about a new tool called the Template Creator. The Functional Artifacts Generator tool has been enhanced to generate custom and localized payloads business objects on demand, based on Oracle Retail Functional Artifact rules. A new tool called the Template Creator has been provided to create the placeholder XSDs and the import hooks in the base objects on an as-needed basis. In other words, this tool constructs the appropriate placeholders in the packaging structure in the correct locations. The Artifact Generator tools, including the Template Creator, can be used either as a command line or GUI tool set. 

 List of Documents in RETL, RIB, and the Oracle Retail Service Layer (RSL) 13.2.4

 The following documents are included in release 13.2.4 of the applications noted above:

RIB
  • Oracle Retail Integration Bus Release Notes
  • Oracle Retail Integration Bus Implementation Guide
  • Oracle Retail Integration Bus Installation Guide
  • Oracle Retail Integration Bus Operations Guide
  • Oracle Retail Functional Artifact Generator Guide
  • Oracle Retail Functional Artifacts Guide
  • Oracle Retail Service Layer Installation Guide
  • Oracle Retail SOA Enabler Tool Guide
  • RIB Integration Guide (ID 1277421.1)
RETL
  • Oracle Retail Extract, Transform, and Load Release Notes
  • Oracle Retail Extract, Transform, and Load Installation Guide
  • Oracle Retail Extract, Transform, and Load Programmer’s Guide
RSL
  • Oracle Retail Service Layer Release Notes
  • Oracle Retail Service Layer Installation Guide
  • Oracle Retail Service Layer Programmer’s Guide

Friday Apr 06, 2012

Documentation in Oracle Retail Merchandising System (RMS) and Oracle Retail Fiscal Management System (ORFM), Release 13.2.4

The Patch Release 13.2.4 of the Oracle Retail Merchandising System (RMS) and its module, Oracle Retail Fiscal Management (ORFM)  is now available from My Oracle Support.

End User Documentation Enhancements

The following summarize the highlights of changes made to the documentation in conjunction with the new Brazil-related functionality:

  • Foundation chapter in the Oracle Retail Merchandising System (RMS)/Sales Audit (ReSA) Brazil Localization User Guide
    This chapter was updated with a non-base Localization Flexible Attribution Solution (LFAS) section that addresses the addition of several new custom attributes to Items and Suppliers through non-base LFAS for Brazil; it also addresses the extension of the Retail Tax Integration Layer (RTIL) through the Oracle Retail Merchandising System (RMS), and Oracle Retail Fiscal Management System (ORFM).
  •  ORFM User Guide
    The Purchase Order chapter was updated to include schedule related updates for a Nota Fiscal. The Fiscal Documents chapter was updated to include information on creating a new NF and searching for details using Vendor Product Number.
  • Oracle Retail Fiscal Management/RMS Brazil Localization Implementation Guide
    The Implementation Checklist chapter was updated with a note on multi-currency functionality. The Batch Processes chapter was updated with information on the NF EDI batch.

The following summarize the highlights of changes made to the documentation in conjunction with the new technical certifications (see the RMS 13.2.4 Release Notes for more information):

  • Installation Guides for RMS and for ORFM/RMS Brazil
    These installation guides were updated extensively to account for the multiple technical certification enhancements in 13.2.4.
  • White Paper: How to Upgrade from WebLogic11g 10.3.3 to WebLogic11g 10.3.4  (Doc ID: 1432575.1)
    See the previous blog entry regarding this new White Paper.

New Documents on My Oracle Support for Brazil Localization

  • Overview and Interfaces Tax Vendor Integration (Doc ID: 1424048.1)
    Oracle chooses to integrate with a third party tax expert to delivery the Brazilian solution. Oracle has built the Retail Tax Integration layer (RTIL) as the key integration component to support the integration of Oracle suite of products with external tax vendors. This paper addresses the RTIL integration interfaces with TaxWeb, providing guidance on the typical integration interfaces and operations that must be supported by other tax solutions in the Brazilian market.
  • Oracle Retail Fiscal Management/RMS Brazil Localization: Localization Flexible Attribute Solution (LFAS) (Doc ID: 1418509.1)
    The white paper covers the definition of custom attributes in Localization Flexible Attribute Solution (LFAS) and enables retailers to perform data conversion changes. Retailers can add several new custom attributes to Items and Suppliers through non-base LFAS for Brazil and extend Retail Tax Integration Layer (RTIL) through the Oracle Retail Merchandising System (RMS), and Oracle Retail Fiscal Management System (RFM).

Documents Published in RMS and ORFM Release 13.2.4

  • Oracle Retail Merchandising System Release Notes
  • Oracle Retail Merchandising System Installation Guide
  • Oracle Retail Merchandising System User Guide and Online Help
  • Oracle Retail Sales Audit (ReSA) User Guide and Online Help
  • Oracle Retail Merchandising System Operations Guide
  • Oracle Retail Merchandising System Data Model
  • Oracle Retail Merchandising Batch Schedule
  • Oracle Retail Merchandising Implementation Guide
  • Oracle Retail POS Suite 13.4.1 / Merchandising Operations Management
    13.2.4 Implementation Guide
  • Oracle Retail Fiscal Management Data Model
  • Oracle Retail Fiscal Management/RMS Brazil Localization Installation Guide
  • Oracle Retail Fiscal Management/RMS Brazil Localization Implementation Guide
  • Oracle Retail Fiscal Management User Guide and Online Help

Friday Mar 30, 2012

Announcing an Upgrading How-To Technical Paper for WebLogic 11g

Oracle Retail has published a document on My Oracle Support (https://support.oracle.com) that provides you with guidance on how to upgrade from WebLogic11g 10.3.3 to WebLogic11g 10.3.4. The goal of this document is not to be a substitute for WebLogic documentation but to illustrate how Oracle Retail approached and performed its upgrade. 

  •  Doc ID: 1432575.1
    This document provides information about how to upgrade to WebLogic 10.3.4 and how to complete related component upgrades as well. Upgrading from WebLogic 10.3.3 to WebLogic 10.3.4 (rather than performing a separate WLS 10.3.4 installation) is recommended so that you do not have to port information and custom settings from your 10.3.3 installation. The paper addresses the following topics:
    • High Level Steps for Applying WLS 10.3.4 Patch and 1.1.1.4.0 Patch Set
    • JRockit Upgrade (optional for Linux and Sun OS only)
    • WLS 10.3.4 Upgrade using Upgrade Installer
    • SOA 11.1.1.4 Upgrade
    • Forms 11.1.1.4 Upgrade
    • Update DB Patch Assistant
    • Post Patch Instructions
    • Validation

Monday Mar 26, 2012

Announcing a functional best practices White Paper for SIM and RMS integration

Oracle Retail has published a document on My Oracle Support (https://support.oracle.com) that provides you with guidance on how to adopt best practices that best facilitate the integration between the Oracle Retail Merchandising System (RMS) and the Oracle Retail Store Inventory Management System (SIM).

  • Doc ID: 1424596.1
    This paper highlights some specific functional best practices when integrating Oracle Retail Merchandising System (RMS) and Oracle Retail Store Inventory Management (SIM). The list in this paper is not comprehensive. Topics include:
    • Inventory adjustments
    • Returns to vendor (RTV)
    • Transfer shipping
    • Receipts
    • Receipt unit adjustments
    • Stock order reconcoliation
    • Stock counts
    • Transformable items

Tuesday Mar 13, 2012

Announcing a Statement of Direction for Support Releases

Oracle Retail Release Strategy Statement of Direction (My Oracle Support Doc ID 1433358.1)

Oracle Retail is announcing the implementation of a modified approach for maintenance releases. The modified approach involves reducing the release mechanisms utilized to deliver defect fixes from three types – Bundles, Patches or Adhoc Individual Hotfixes – to two types – Patches or Adhoc Individual Hotfixes. Patches will become the primary mechanism for releasing defect fixes to our customers. For defects, which meet the criteria, Adhoc Individual Hotfixes will remain an option for delivering critical fixes. By adopting this release approach, the number of releases customers are required to adopt in a given year will be minimized. This approach will enable customers to maintain systems on the latest supported code base while providing flexibility during their critical time periods.

Friday Mar 09, 2012

Announcing Oracle Retail Tutorials for the Retail Reference Model and Retail Reference Architecture

Oracle Retail  is currently piloting a new training opportunity for retailers and partners – Oracle Retail Tutorials. These tutorials are intended to provide short product-related content in areas that may be particularly challenging, or for which Oracle can add value by providing a recorded demonstration. The first Oracle Retail Tutorials explain the Oracle Retail Reference Model, and the Oracle Retail Reference Architecture. These are not part of a larger training course nor is there any charge for them.

Oracle Retail Reference Model (RRM) Tutorial Overview

This tutorial addresses the Oracle Retail Reference Model’s comprehensive collection of established, industry leading business processes, which guide retailers and implementers on the use of Oracle Retail applications to achieve greater business value. This tutorial includes each of the workflow of the retail industry model levels starting at level 0. Each level is a collection of functional areas that describe the retail enterprise as a whole, using Value Added Chain notation arranged according to Plan, Buy, Move, Sell, and Enterprise Operations. It also shows the Business Process Areas Models that are a conceptual representation of a major business process area. The processes support an implementation of merchandising, stores, planning, and supply chain products, and act as a guide for both the business and implementation teams.

To access the RRM Tutorial, access the following My Oracle Support Document ID 1145264.1 and find the Oracle Retail Reference Model (RRM) Tutorial link.

Oracle Retail Reference Architecture (RRA) Tutorial Overview

This tutorial addresses RRA, a set of architectural diagrams that depict the enterprise suite from different perspectives and shows the flow of data across major integration points. The tutorial also shows the business processes and architecture that is important for specific value measures. The tutorial includes a look at business processes, context models logical architecture, physical architecture,  integration models, as as touching on the subject of the Oracle Retail Reference Model.

To access the RRA Tutorial, access the following My Oracle Support Document ID 1330740.1 and find the Oracle Retail Reference Architecture Tutorial Overview.

RRM and RRA Bookmarks

For your reference and ease of navigation, deep links to both RRA and RRM are now provided on this blog in the Bookmarks section. Please note that access to My Oracle Support is required.

Friday Mar 02, 2012

Documentation in Oracle Retail Macro Space Planning, Release 13.2.4

Patch Release 13.2.4 of the Macro Space Planning suite is now available from My Oracle Support. The following products are included in the release:

  • Macro Space Management
  • In-Store Space Collaboration

End User Documentation Enhancements

The following enhancements have been made to the documentation:

  • New Data Model
    New in Release 13.2.4, the data model includes full descriptions of the tables and fields in the database, together with Entity Relationship Diagrams with full descriptions of the inter-relationships between the tables.
  • Installation Guide
    The Installation Guide has been revised to include sections on installing the main Macro Space Planning application, with the option of installing an additional Tools package. A new section has also been added to explain how to set the new security options and reinstate existing passwords.
  • Administration Module User Guide
    The Administration Module User Guide has been updated to reflect the security enhancements added to Macro Space Planning.
  • Configuration Module User Guide
    The Configuration Module User Guide has been updated to reflect changes to the access control rules.
  • Fixture Studio User Guide
    The Fixture Studio User Guide has been updated with fully revised sections on how to create and register blocks and how to create gondolas.
  • Product Studio User Guide
    The Product Studio User Guide has been updated with revised screenshots.

List of Documents in Release 13.2.4

The following documents are included in the patch release:

Macro Space Planning

  • Oracle Retail Macro Space Planning Installation Guide
  • Oracle Retail Macro Space Planning License Information
  • Oracle Retail Macro Space Planning Data Model

Macro Space Management

  • Oracle Retail Macro Space Management Release Notes
  • Oracle Retail Macro Space Management Administration User Guide
  • Oracle Retail Macro Space Management Administration Module Online Help
  • Oracle Retail Macro Space Management Configuration User Guide
  • Oracle Retail Macro Space Management Configuration Module Online Help
  • Oracle Retail Macro Space Management Data Importer User Guide
  • Oracle Retail Macro Space Management Data Importer Online Help
  • Oracle Retail Macro Space Management Fixture Studio User Guide
  • Oracle Retail Macro Space Management Fixture Studio Online Help
  • Oracle Retail Macro Space Management Product Studio User Guide
  • Oracle Retail Macro Space Management Product Studio Online Help
  • Oracle Retail Macro Space Management Store Planning User Guide
  • Oracle Retail Macro Space Management Report Designer User Guide
  • Oracle Retail Macro Space Management Report Designer Online Help

In-store Space Collaboration

  • Oracle Retail In-Store Space Collaboration Release Notes
  • Oracle Retail In-Store Space Collaboration User Guide
  • Oracle Retail In-Store Space Collaboration Online Help
     

Friday Feb 24, 2012

Announcing Two Articles to Aid in Navigating Oracle Retail Documentation

The Oracle Retail Documentation Enhancements Summary (My Oracle Support Doc ID 1393487.1)

The Oracle Retail Documentation Enhancements Summary is an enterprise-level document that captures the major documentation changes for all the products that are part of recent enterprise releases. Designed as a convenient reference for retailers and partners, this document summarizes the documentation enhancements that have been released, from new help technologies to new Implementation Guides. Each chapter is dedicated to a specific solution unit and highlights the development-driven documentation enhancements by guide, product, and release.

Bill of Materials for the 13.2, 13.3, and 13.4 Oracle Retail Application Documentation Sets (My Oracle Support Doc ID 1393491.1)

The Oracle Retail Documentation Team has recently published a bill of materials for all of the 13.2/13.3/13.4 Oracle Retail application documentation. These enterprise releases included over 350 pieces of documentation to help internal and external customers install, use, and understand the Oracle Retail applications. Due to this significant amount of documentation, users can feel overwhelmed when attempting to locate the documentation related to their applications. This bill of materials list simplifies that process by providing a single enterprise snapshot.

Friday Feb 17, 2012

Documentation in Oracle Retail Merchandise Planning and Optimization Applications, Release 13.3

Release 13.3 was released in January 2012. The following products are included in the release:

  • Oracle Retail Analytic Parameter Calculator for Regular Price Optimization (APC-RPO)
  • Oracle Retail Analytic Parameter Calculator for Replenishment Optimization (APC-RO)
  • Oracle Retail Assortment Planning (AP)
  • Oracle Retail Category Management
  • Oracle Retail Clearance Optimization Engine (COE)
  • Oracle Retail Curve
  • Oracle Retail Demand Forecasting (RDF)
  • Oracle Retail Enabled Oracle Data Integrator (ODI) Integration
  • Oracle Retail Grade
  • Oracle Retail Item Planning (IP)
  • Oracle Retail Item Planning Configured for the Clearance Optimization Engine (IP-COE)
  • Oracle Retail Markdown Optimization (MDO)
  • Oracle Retail Merchandise Financial Planning (MFP)
  • Oracle Retail Predictive Application Server (RPAS)
  • Oracle Retail Replenishment Optimization (RO)
  • Oracle Retail Regular Price Optimization (RPO)
  • Oracle Retail Size Profile Optimization (SPO)

Documentation Enhancements

  • APC-RO Security Guide
    New in Release 13.3, the Oracle Retail APC-RO Security Guide serves as a guide for administrators, developers, and system integrators who securely administer, customize, and integrate the Oracle Retail Analytic Parameter Calculator for Replenishment Optimization (APC-RO) application.
  • COE Implementation Guide
    New to Release 13.3, the Oracle Retail Clearance Optimization Engine Implementation Guide provides insight into the considerations for an implementation. It includes information on installing the application, configuring the user interface, database configuration, and staging and loading data. It also provides an overview on managing the application.
  • RPAS Configuration Tools User Guide
    This guide was reorganized into smaller chapters to be more reader friendly. The "Dynamic Hierarchies" appendix was added to explain how dynamic hierarchies work and how they can be used. The "RPAS Rule Writing Tips" appendix was added to help users write efficient RPAS rules.
  • RPAS Administration Guide for the Classic Client
    The "Environment Variables" appendix was added. This appendix lists the RPAS environment variables used for database settings, log settings, profile logging, and several other settings.
  • RPAS Administration Guide for the Fusion Client
    The "Environment Variables" appendix was added. This appendix lists the RPAS environment variables used for database settings, log settings, profile logging, and several other settings.
  • Installation Guides for APC-RO, APC-MDO, MDO, and COE
    In this release, the Installation Guides for APC-RO, MDO, COE, and APC-MDO include significantly improved/enhanced information on setting up password stores. The existing chapter "Setting Up Password Stores" has been updated with more detailed and specific information on the password stores required for application installation.
  • Grid Designer User Guide for MDO and COE
    In this release, the Grid Designer User Guides include a new chapter, “Setting Up Item Details Grid Configuration.” This chapter describes how you can use the Item Detail Layout screen in the Grid Designer application to set up the Item Details grid configuration in the relevant application.

New Documents on My Oracle Support

  • Oracle Retail Predictive Application Server 13.3 Cumulative Fixed Issues (Doc ID 1357743.1)
    This document details the fixed issues and defects for all RPAS patch releases prior to and including the current release.
  • Oracle Retail Demand Forecasting 13.3 Cumulative Fixed Issues (Note ID 1391815.1)
    This document details the fixed issues and defects for all RDF, Curve, and Grade patch releases prior to and including the current release.

List of Documents in Release 13.3

 The following documents are included in release 13.3 of the applications noted above:

  • Oracle Retail Analytic Parameter Calculator for Markdown Optimization Release Notes
  • Oracle Retail Analytic Parameter Calculator for Markdown Optimization Installation Guide
  • Oracle Retail Analytic Parameter Calculator for Markdown Optimization Configuration Guide
  • Oracle Retail Analytic Parameter Calculator for Markdown Optimization User Guide
  • Oracle Retail Analytic Parameter Calculator for Replenishment Optimization Release Notes
  • Oracle Retail Analytic Parameter Calculator for Replenishment Optimization Installation Guide
  • Oracle Retail Analytic Parameter Calculator for Replenishment Optimization Configuration Guide
  • Oracle Retail Analytic Parameter Calculator for Replenishment Optimization Security Guide
  • Oracle Retail Analytic Parameter Calculator for Replenishment Optimization User Guide
  • Oracle Retail Analytic Parameter Calculator for Replenishment Optimization Licensing Information
  • Oracle Retail Analytic Parameter Calculator for Regular Price Optimization Release Notes
  • Oracle Retail Analytic Parameter Calculator for Regular Price Optimization Installation Guide
  • Oracle Retail Analytic Parameter Calculator for Regular Price Optimization Implementation Guide
  • Oracle Retail Analytic Parameter Calculator for Regular Price Optimization User Guide for the RPAS Classic Client
  • Oracle Retail Analytic Parameter Calculator for Regular Price Optimization User Guide for the RPAS Fusion Client
  • Oracle Retail Assortment Planning Release Notes
  • Oracle Retail Assortment Planning Installation Guide
  • Oracle Retail Assortment Planning Implementation Guide
  • Oracle Retail Assortment Planning User Guide for the RPAS Classic Client
  • Oracle Retail Assortment Planning User Guide for the RPAS Fusion Client
  • Oracle Retail Category Management Release Notes
  • Oracle Retail Category Management Installation Guide
  • Oracle Retail Category Management Configuration Guide
  • Oracle Retail Category Management User Guide for the RPAS Classic Client
  • Oracle Retail Category Management User Guide for the RPAS Fusion Client
  • Oracle Retail Clearance Optimization Engine Release Notes
  • Oracle Retail Clearance Optimization Engine Installation Guide
  • Oracle Retail Clearance Optimization Engine Administration Guide
  • Oracle Retail Clearance Optimization Engine Implementation Guide
  • Oracle Retail Clearance Optimization Engine Configuration Guide
  • Oracle Retail Clearance Optimization Engine Operations Guide
  • Oracle Retail Clearance Optimization Engine Grid Designer User Guide
  • Oracle Retail Clearance Optimization Engine Licensing Information
  • Oracle Retail Clearance Optimization Engine Data Model
  • Oracle Retail Demand Forecasting Release Notes
  • Oracle Retail Demand Forecasting Installation Guide
  • Oracle Retail Demand Forecasting Configuration Guide
  • Oracle Retail Demand Forecasting Implementation Guide
  • Oracle Retail Demand Forecasting User Guide for the RPAS Classic Client
  • Oracle Retail Demand Forecasting User Guide for the RPAS Fusion Client
  • Oracle Retail Enabled Oracle Data Integrator Integration Release Notes
  • Oracle Retail Enabled Oracle Data Integrator Integration Implementation Guide
  • Oracle Retail Item Planning Release Notes
  • Oracle Retail Item Planning Installation Guide
  • Oracle Retail Item Planning Operations Guide
  • Oracle Retail Item Planning User Guide for the RPAS Classic Client
  • Oracle Retail Item Planning User Guide for the RPAS Fusion Client
  • Oracle Retail Item Planning Configured for the Clearance Optimization Engine Release Notes
  • Oracle Retail Item Planning Configured for the Clearance Optimization Engine Installation Guide
  • Oracle Retail Item Planning Configured for the Clearance Optimization Engine User Guide for the RPAS Classic Client
  • Oracle Retail Item Planning Configured for the Clearance Optimization Engine User Guide for the RPAS Fusion Client
  • Oracle Retail Markdown Optimization Release Notes
  • Oracle Retail Markdown Optimization Installation Guide
  • Oracle Retail Markdown Optimization Administration Guide
  • Oracle Retail Markdown Optimization Implementation Guide
  • Oracle Retail Markdown Optimization Configuration Guide
  • Oracle Retail Markdown Optimization Operations Guide
  • Oracle Retail Markdown Optimization Grid Designer User Guide
  • Oracle Retail Markdown Optimization User Guide
  • Oracle Retail Markdown Optimization Licensing Information
  • Oracle Retail Markdown Optimization Data Model
  • Oracle Retail Merchandise Financial Planning Release Notes
  • Oracle Retail Merchandise Financial Planning Retail Installation Guide
  • Oracle Retail Merchandise Financial Planning Cost Installation Guide
  • Oracle Retail Merchandise Financial Planning Operations Guide
  • Oracle Retail Merchandise Financial Planning Retail User Guide for the RPAS Classic Client
  • Oracle Retail Merchandise Financial Planning Retail User Guide for the RPAS Fusion Client
  • Oracle Retail Merchandise Financial Planning Cost User Guide for the RPAS Classic Client
  • Oracle Retail Merchandise Financial Planning Cost User Guide for the RPAS Fusion Client
  • Oracle Retail Predictive Application Server Release Notes
  • Oracle Retail Predictive Application Server Installation Guide
  • Oracle Retail Predictive Application Server Licensing Information
  • Oracle Retail Predictive Application Server Administration Guide for the Classic Client
  • Oracle Retail Predictive Application Server Administration Guide for the Fusion Client
  • Oracle Retail Predictive Application Server Configuration Tools User Guide
  • Oracle Retail Predictive Application Server User Guide for the Classic Client
  • Oracle Retail Predictive Application Server User Guide for the Fusion Client
  • Oracle Retail Replenishment Optimization Release Notes
  • Oracle Retail Replenishment Optimization Installation Guide
  • Oracle Retail Replenishment Optimization Implementation Guide
  • Oracle Retail Replenishment Optimization User Guide for the RPAS Classic Client
  • Oracle Retail Replenishment Optimization User Guide for the RPAS Fusion Client
  • Oracle Retail Regular Price Optimization Release Notes
  • Oracle Retail Regular Price Optimization Installation Guide
  • Oracle Retail Regular Price Optimization Implementation Guide
  • Oracle Retail Regular Price Optimization User Guide for the RPAS Classic Client
  • Oracle Retail Regular Price Optimization User Guide for the RPAS Fusion Client
  • Oracle Retail Size Profile Optimization Release Notes
  • Oracle Retail Size Profile Optimization Installation Guide
  • Oracle Retail Size Profile Optimization Implementation Guide
  • Oracle Retail Size Profile Optimization User Guide for the RPAS Classic Client
  • Oracle Retail Size Profile Optimization User Guide for the RPAS Fusion Client

Tuesday Feb 14, 2012

Announcing Oracle Retail Accelerators: Integrating BI EE Reports with RPAS

Oracle Retail has published two documents on My Oracle Support (https://support.oracle.com) that enable you to set up and integrate Oracle Business Intelligence (BI) Enterprise Edition (EE) reports and dashboards to work with the applications running on the Oracle Retail Predictive Application Server (RPAS) platform:

  • Doc ID 1332662.1
    Developing BI EE Reports on RPAS Domain Data – This document illustrates how you can set up the integration between BI EE and RPAS domains to generate BI EE reports and dashboards for RPAS.
  • Doc ID 1388328.1
    Developing BI EE Reports on RPAS Workbooks – This document outlines a process to create real-time reports against RPAS workbooks dynamically instead of directly going against the RPAS domain for the data.

Thursday Feb 09, 2012

Documentation Feedback for End User Documents, this Blog, and My Oracle Support Articles

Oracle Retail welcomes customers' comments and suggestions on the quality and usefulness of its documentation.

To send comments about this Blog or the End User Documentation hosted on the Oracle Technology Network and packaged with the code, use this email address: retail-doc_us@oracle.com

To comment on a Document (such as a White Paper) in the Knowledge Browser of My Oracle Support, click the Rate this document button. In the Comments box, you will see the following text, “Provide feedback for this article.” Once Oracle Retail receives your feedback, the article can be clarified or corrected as needed.

Some questions to consider include:

  • Are the implementation steps correct and complete?
  • Did you understand the context of the procedures?
  • Did you find any errors in the information?
  • Does the structure of the information help you with your tasks?
  • Do you need different information or graphics? If so, where, and in what format?
  • Are the examples correct? 

Tuesday Jan 31, 2012

Documentation in Oracle Retail POS Suite, Release 13.4

Release 13.4 was released in December 2011. The following products are included in the release:

  • Oracle Retail Back Office
  • Oracle Retail Central Office
  • Oracle Retail Point-of-Service
  • Oracle Retail Returns Management release 2.4

End User Documentation Enhancements

The following enhancements were made to the POS Suite documentation set:

  • Oracle Retail POS Suite Security Guide
    This new guide contains information for administrators, developers, and system integrators on secure product implementation, integration, and administration. It documents specific security features and configuration details for the products, in order to facilitate and support the secure operation of the products and any external compliance standards.
  • Configuration chapter in the Installation Guides
    This chapter has been added to all the Installation Guides. The content provides guidance for administrators and anyone installing the product on securely configuring the product.
  • Oracle Retail POS Suite Implementation Guide, Volume 2 - Extension Solutions
    This volume of the Implementation Guide covers how to customize and extend each POS Suite product. This content was previously included in the Operations Guide for each product.

New My Oracle Support Knowledge Article

The following document is now available on My Oracle Support:

  • Data Mapping from the POS Suite Database to the RTLog (My Oracle Support Doc ID 1382051.1)
    Two spreadsheets are available that provide detailed information on how the values in the Oracle Retail POS Suite database are mapped to the values in the RTLog:
    • POS Suite to Database RTLog Integration Mapping
      Mapping of the fields from the POS Suite database source to the fields in the RTLog
    • POS Suite to Database RTLog Integration Code Mapping
      Transformation of the codes from the POS Suite database source to the codes in the RTLog


Documents Published in POS Suite Release 13.4

  • Oracle Retail POS Suite Configuration Guide
  • Oracle Retail POS Suite Data Model Entity Relationship Diagrams - Volume 1, Subject Areas
  • Oracle Retail POS Suite Data Model Entity Relationship Diagrams - Volume 2, Overviews
  • Oracle Retail POS Suite Data Dictionary
  • Oracle Retail POS Suite Data Model 13.3 to 13.4 Differences
  • Oracle Retail POS Suite Data Model Mapping File
  • Oracle Retail POS Suite Data Model ERWIN File
  • Oracle Retail POS Suite Implementation Guide - Volume 1, Implementation Solutions
  • Oracle Retail POS Suite Implementation Guide - Volume 2, Extension Solutions
  • Oracle Retail POS Suite Implementation Guide - Volume 3, Base Product Extension Support (My Oracle Support Doc ID 1277455.1)
  • Oracle Retail POS Suite Implementation Guide - Volume 4, Oracle Retail Point-of-Service to Siebel Integration
  • Oracle Retail POS Suite Licensing Information
  • Oracle Retail POS Suite Operations Guide
  • Oracle Retail POS Suite Security Guide
  • Oracle Retail POS Suite 13.4/Merchandising Products Implementation Guide
  • Oracle Retail Back Office Installation Guide - Volume 1, Oracle Stack
  • Oracle Retail Back Office Installation Guide - Volume 2, IBM Stack
  • Oracle Retail Back Office User Guide
  • Oracle Retail Back Office Release Notes
  • Oracle Retail Central Office Installation Guide - Volume 1, Oracle Stack
  • Oracle Retail Central Office Installation Guide - Volume 2, IBM Stack
  • Oracle Retail Central Office User Guide
  • Oracle Retail Central Office Release Notes
  • Oracle Retail Point-of-Service Installation Guide - Volume 1, Oracle Stack
  • Oracle Retail Point-of-Service Installation Guide - Volume 2, IBM Stack
  • Oracle Retail Point-of-Service User Guide
  • Oracle Retail Point-of-Service Release Notes
  • Oracle Retail Point-of-Service Receipt Builder Tool User Guide (My Oracle Support Doc ID 1277454.1)
  • Oracle Retail Point-of-Service White Paper: Configuring Siebel in an Oracle Retail Point-of-Service to Siebel Integration (My Oracle Support Doc ID 1277420.1)
  • Oracle Retail Returns Management Installation Guide - Volume 1, Oracle Stack
  • Oracle Retail Returns Management Installation Guide - Volume 2, IBM Stack
  • Oracle Retail Returns Management User Guide
  • Oracle Retail Returns Management Release Notes
  • Oracle Retail Enhancements Summary (My Oracle Support Doc ID 1088183.1)
  • Oracle Retail Upgrade Guide (My Oracle Support Doc ID 1073414.1)

Thursday Jan 19, 2012

Introduction to the Oracle Retail Documentation Blog

Welcome! This blog is designed to help retailers and partners receive regular updates about documentation releases at Oracle Retail.

The Documentation Department

The Oracle Retail Documentation department delivers documentation for the Oracle Retail product suite. The members of the department ensure that documents are released in conjunction with development-driven project schedules.

The Types of Documents Available

In addition to designing, developing, and implementing documentation standards, the members of the team work with development subject matter experts (SME) to generate the following end-user documents and more: Release Notes, Online Help, User Guides, Installation Guides, Implementation Guides, Operation Guides, and White Papers. The team is also responsible for archiving all of its documentation and publishing it to the Oracle community via the Oracle Technology Network (OTN) and My Oracle Support (MOS).

Announcing An Improved Oracle Retail Site on OTN 

Recent improvements make it much easier to navigate the Oracle Retail documentation site on the Oracle Technology Network (OTN) at this location: http://www.oracle.com/technology/documentation/oracle_retail.html
New tabs help users find documentation for a specific application quickly and easily. Each tab represents a unique enterprise release, and contains an alphabetic listing of documentation libraries available. Another tab provides direct links to some of the most-read Oracle Retail enterprise-level technical documentation available on My Oracle Support. Finally, the site includes the new Oracle Retail Documentation Welcome Kit, which is available for download on the Get Started tab. This kit provides an introductory guide to finding Oracle Retail documentation, plus an introduction to key documentation offerings.

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