Monday Mar 17, 2014

Demantra 16 Newly Published White Papers from PMO and Proactive Support

Hello Everyone!   There are 16 newly published white papers from Demantra PMO and Proactive Services.   Take a look.  As always, email Jeffery.goulette@oracle.com

if you have questions.    Regards! 

  1. Configuring an Audit Log in Demantra Using Database Triggers, Doc ID 1629974.1
  2. Demantra Configure to Order (CTO) Integration EBS Model BOM Example How To, Doc ID 1630040.1
  3. Demantra APIs to Facilitate Integration with External - Third Party Source Systems, Doc ID 1630505.1
  4. Demantra Indirect Modeling, Lift Decomposition, Definitions and Issues, Doc ID 1630545.1
  5. Demantra Indirect Customer Modeling, Customer Scenarios, Modeling Approaches, Key Recommendations and More! Doc ID 1630604.1
  6. Demantra PTP – Shipment vs. Consumption Forecasting White Paper, Doc ID 1630628.1
  7. REPLACEMENT OF APS SIZER with VALUE CHAIN PLANNING REFERENCE SIZING TOOL (RAS), Doc ID 1630684.1
  8. Troubleshooting Strategy and Processes that Execute Enormous data sets in Demantra, Doc ID 1634925.1
  9. Oracle Demantra Database Best Practices White Paper, Doc ID 1627586.1
  10. Oracle Demantra Customizations and BAL Upgrade White Paper, Doc ID 1627590.1
  11. Oracle Demantra New Product Introduction (NPI) - Pooled Time Series (PTS), Doc ID 1627623.1
  12. Demantra Platform or Application Upgrading - Program Manager Recommendations, Doc ID 1627664.1
  13. Oracle Demantra Worksheets Caching, Details how the Caching Functionality can be Leveraged to Potentially Reduce Performance, Doc ID 1627652.1
  14. Level Member Caching Purpose Performance Guidance, Doc ID 1627689.1
  15. Oracle Demantra BLE Mechanism Explanation and Details, Doc ID 1627716.1
  16. Demantra Integration Real Time Sales & Operations Planning, Advanced Supply Chain Planning and Strategic Network Optimization, 7.3.1.4 and Higher (Doc ID 1636614.1)

Friday Feb 28, 2014

Proactive Support and Oracle Demantra PMO Deliver 13 Excellent Functional and Technical White Papers + Announcement

Hello!   Working together, Oracle Proactive Support and the Demantra PMO organization deliver 13 excellent white papers and a new sizer announcement.   These white papers touch some difficult functional areas, NPI, BLE, BAL, modeling techniques, APIs, CTO integration plus more!   Take a look, you might find some valuable ideas.

Configuring an Audit Log in Demantra Using Database Triggers (Doc ID 1629974.1)
Demantra Configure to Order (CTO) Integration EBS Model BOM Example How To (Doc ID 1630040.1)
Demantra APIs to Facilitate Integration with External - Third Party Source Systems (Doc ID 1630505.1)
Demantra Indirect Modeling, Lift Decomposition, Definitions and Issues (Doc ID 1630545.1)
Demantra Indirect Customer Modeling, Customer Scenarios, Modeling Approaches, Key Recommendations and More! (Doc ID 1630604.1)
Demantra PTP – Shipment vs. Consumption Forecasting White Paper (Doc ID 1630628.1)
Oracle Demantra Database Best Practices White Paper (Doc ID 1627586.1)
Oracle Demantra Customizations and BAL Upgrade White Paper (Doc ID 1627590.1)
Oracle Demantra New Product Introduction (NPI) - Pooled Time Series (PTS) (Doc ID 1627623.1)
Demantra Platform or Application Upgrading - Program Manager Recommendations (Doc ID 1627664.1)
Oracle Demantra Worksheets Caching, Details how the Caching Functionality can be Leveraged to Potentially Reduce Performance (Doc ID 1627652.1)
Level Member Caching Purpose Performance Guidance (Doc ID 1627689.1)
Oracle Demantra BLE Mechanism Explanation and Details (Doc ID 1627716.1)

Announcement:
REPLACEMENT OF APS SIZER with VALUE CHAIN PLANNING REFERENCE SIZING TOOL (RAS) (Doc ID 1630684.1)

REPLACEMENT OF APS SIZER with VALUE CHAIN PLANNING REFERENCE SIZING TOOL (RAS)

The Value Chain Planning - Reference Sizing Tool (RAS) provides Capacity & Deployment planning for the Value Chain Planning customers.  It is part of your early sales cycle to qualify, scope and budget your opportunity.  It provides a System Sizing for Oracle Software on Oracle Hardware as well as competitor hardware.  The tool provides guidelines on what the customer should consider for deployment of Value Chain Planning, as well as a comparison to Oracle hardware.  The tool will advise on suitable hardware and software configuration based on the user responses to a series of questions related to the customer requirements.  The more accurate the input, the more accurate the results will be.

The output reports can be used as a sizing estimate.  Most typical scenario is for a System Integrator (SI) to provide the inputs based on the customer’s implementation strategy.  

With a unified methodology across all Oracle software and hardware, RAS supports greenfield as well as consolidation or hardware refresh opportunities. The extremely quick turnover and what-if scenarios enables you to help guide you through the sales-implementation cycle.  Results displayed are estimates based on benchmark results produced by Oracle and best practices gained over the years from customer support and feedback.

For training, to download or to read more, see MOS Note: REPLACEMENT OF APS SIZER with VALUE CHAIN PLANNING REFERENCE SIZING TOOL (RAS) (Doc ID 1630684.1)

Wednesday Feb 19, 2014

Demantra Performance and Setup Analyzer V1, MOS Doc ID 1618885.1

The Demantra Setup and Performance Analyzer is a Self-Service Health-Check script which reviews the overall footprint, analyzes the current configurations and settings for the environment providing feedback and recommendations on Best Practices.  This is a non-invasive script which provides recommended actions to be performed on the instance it was run on.  For production instances, always apply any changes to a recent clone to ensure an expected outcome.  

Benefits:
  • Immediate Analysis and Output of your Demantra Environment
    • Reveals Current Environment
    • Delivers Known Recommendations and Solutions
    • Perform Sanity Checks for Known Issues
  • Easy to add Tool for regular Maintenance
  • Execute Analysis anytime to compare current environment 
Audience:
  • DBA's / System Administrator's should run the script and review the output
  • Output usually will be reviewed by technical application DBA or super user
  • This script was designed for 7.3.1 and later.

Where to Run the Script & How to fix Items Identified:

You may run the script on a Production environment as it's non-invasive.  We recommend fixing items identified from the output first in a clone of production to test/verify the expected outcome.  Visit Doc ID 1618885.1 to download the script and view a complete output example. 

Wednesday Feb 12, 2014

Demantra 12.2.2 Upgrade WARNING

We have a MOS note for upgrade problems when upgrading to 12.2.2.

Oracle Demantra Platform Upgrade to 12.2.2 Known Issues Worksheet Performance Calendar Excel ORA-0179 ORA-06512 ORA-31003 java.lang.NullPointerException (Doc ID 1602288.1)

- DO NOT upgrade from 7.3.x, 12.2.0 or 12.2.1 to 12.2.2.

- DO NOT run the 12.2.2 upgrade twice.

Currently there is a bug in the 12.2.2 upgrade that can cause serious corruption in those cases.  Customers should instead upgrade from 7.3.x, 12.2.0 or 12.2.1 to 12.2.3.
I do not know when/if we will fix this issue.  Right now 12.2.2 cannot be downloaded.

Note:  that there is already a section in that MOS note detailing a work-around for a different problem when upgrading from 12.2.1 to 12.2.2.  The existence of that work-around might imply that it is ok to do the upgrade -- but it is NOT ok to do that upgrade

Friday Jan 03, 2014

Security Enhancement for Demantra Engine on Linux Versions 7.3.1.4 and Earlier

For added security please remove the existing file OCCITest from the $ENGINE_ROOT/lib directory as it is not needed for day to day activities.
It is used during detailed logging.  Alternatively, you can apply Patch 16970868, which is compatible with Demantra Linux versions 7.3.1.x.

To Comment, See MOS Note 1611623.1

Friday Dec 20, 2013

Demantra Platform or Application Upgrading - Program Manager Recommendations

Hello Demantra Customers!  Are you planning on an upgrade?  Should you follow a platform or application upgrade path?  MyOracleSupport (MOS) Note 1609763.1 delivers high impact information from the Demantra Program Management Office (PMO).  Take a look, it will help you make an informed decision for your upgrade path.    Regards!   Jeff

Monday Dec 16, 2013

Demantra 12.2.3 Is Now Available!

Greetings!   Demantra 12.2.3 is now available via ARU 17048199, Bug 17921238

1. This release includes both a platform and application upgrade option. Please note the application upgrade installer option is available only to customers who have implemented the *standard* pre-configured applications (available from Demantra 7.1.1 onwards). You should choose the 'Platform Upgrade Only' option only if your implementation is highly customized. A platform-only upgrade will preserve custom configurations and enable new platform functionality. It will not introduce new application objects. Also note Demantra 7.2.1 customers should contact support prior to running an application upgrade, to get latest patch details for that release.

Please note the upgrade process may identify certain objects which have changed between your existing Demantra version (Demantra 7.1.1 or 7.2.0.2, for example) and the current release. This may be due to Oracle extensions in the latest release and/or due to customer extensions in their implementation. In a default upgrade mode, the current versions of these objects will be preserved during the upgrade process and, where there are conflicting definitions with the new Oracle version, we will create duplicate objects with a version suffix.

For example, if you extended the configuration of the workflow 'EBS Price List Download', the upgrade process will maintain this and introduce the Oracle standard workflow as 'EBS Price List Download_730'. In some cases, the original object may be suffixed with its version (for example, 'EBS Full Download_711'and the latest configuration will be 'EBS Full Download'). You will identify the latest version by either a suffix of the latest version, or by a sibling item with an earlier version stamp. You may then review the two and merge as appropriate. In the case of duplicate objects, it is recommended to use the latest version, preferably after removing the ‘_730’ suffix and merging any of your customizations into the latest version.

For Predictive Trade Planning customers, you will note that Promotion Type is no longer a level but instead a series, after application upgrade. This enables promotions to have multiple tactics per promotion, typically for different items or locations being promoted. While promotion type can now vary across different items, locations, it should not vary below the Lowest Promotional Level defined in the forecast tree.

If you are uncertain as to which upgrade option to choose, please contact support for guidance.


2.  If you already installed 12.2.1 or 12.2.2 (using the application upgrade or new installation), please do not choose the "platform and application upgrade" option. Instead, choose to perform only a "platform upgrade."

3.  If you are upgrading from a release that did not support Service Parts Forecasting (SPF) functionality and you want to use SPF, you MUST select the "Platform and Application Upgrade" option when running the Demantra Installer. SPF functionality will not work when upgrading from a pre-SPF supported release to 7.3.1 or later after a PLATFORM-only upgrade.

4. Customers who are on 7.3.1.5 or later who are using In-Memory Consumption Driven Planning (CDP) cannot upgrade to 12.2.3, as 12.2.3 does not support those enhancements.


A future release of the 12.2.x branch will include the 7.3.1.5 CDP enhancements, and upgrading from 7.3.1.5 or later will be supported at that time. Please contact Oracle Support for additional information.



For known issues and work arounds, see MOS note Demantra 12.2.3 Upgrade / Install Known Issues and Workarounds (Doc ID 1608474.1)

Wednesday Dec 04, 2013

Do you want to Review Demantra Patches Released in Real Time?

Hello Demantra Customers!   If you want to view a list of Demantra patches released in real time, review MOS note 1400207.2.   In the upper left you will see 'Real Time List of Released Patches'.  Regards!   Jeff

Monday Nov 25, 2013

New Demantra Version 7.3.1.5 - REPLACES - Existing 7.3.1.5

Hello!

A new version of Demantra 7.3.1.5 has been released and we want to ensure that all customers/partners who are using 7.3.1.5 uptake it.

This version is meant to replace the existing 7.3.1.5 some of you may have installed.

Regards!  Jeff

 

Thursday Nov 21, 2013

Upgrading to Demantra 12.2.2? There are known Issues and Fixes

When upgrading your Demantra application from an older version directly to 12.2.2 there are some issues of which you need to be aware.
- You are upgrading to Oracle Demantra 12.2.2
- ORA errors, Excel missing cut/paste data, performance issues, Notes, Calendar and other known upgrade issues.

See MOS note:

Oracle Demantra Platform Upgrade to 12.2.2 Known Issues Worksheet Performance Calendar Excel ORA-0179 ORA-06512 ORA-31003 java.lang.NullPointerException (Doc ID 1602288.1)

Friday Nov 15, 2013

Feb 12, 2014 Upcoming Webcast: Demantra Logs by Procedure. Where are They, When are They Updated

Hello!   Feb 12, 2014, We will present a webcast that details the Demantra log file matrix.   Here are the essentials:

Title: Demantra Logs by Procedure.  Where are They, When are They Updated

- Abstract: When you are installing, cloning, updating the worksheet, etc, which logs are updated and where are they?

- Target Audience: Technical Users, Functional Users, System Administrators, DBAs

- This one-hour session is recommended for technical and functional users who utilize Demantra processes

- Benefits/Agenda List:

  - Describe the log files by function or procedure
  - Locating the log files
  - Controlling the log files
  - Producing deeper verbage in the log file
  - Review and explain examples

To register in January 2014, follow

Tuesday Nov 12, 2013

Managing Custom Series

Custom series that have been added should be done with client Defined Prefix, ex. ACME Final Forecast, so they are can be identified as non-standard series.  With that said, it is not always done, so beginning in v7.3.0 there is a new column called Application_Id in the Computed_Fields table.  This is the table that stores the Series information. 

Standard Series will have have a prefix similar to COMPUTED_FIELD, while a custom series will have an Application_Id value similar to 9041128B99FC454DB8E8A289E5E8F0C5.

So a SQL that will return the list of custom series in your database might look something like this:

select computed_title Series_Name, application_id

from computed_fields where application_id not like '%COMPUTED_FIELD%' order by 1;

Wednesday Oct 09, 2013

Value Chain Planning and Demantra? New Diagnostic Test for you!

Hello!  Do you use Value Chain Planning, ASCP, and Demantra?  There is a new diagnostic test APS check for the MSC product.

You can find this at My Oracle Support, Patch 16759055: NEW DIAGNOSTIC TEST 'APS CHECK' FOR PRODUCT MSC

Something very similar will be released for Demantra soon.  See following post.   Regards!   Jeff

Thursday Aug 08, 2013

7.3.0.1 or 7.3.1.4 Demantra with EBS 11i, ASCP VCP 11i?

Many customers are unwilling to upgrade their EBS due to customizations, users and overall effort required, but upgrading their VCP apps is easier and is supported.  You can leave your 11i system as is and install a separate VCP 12.1 instance which collects data from 11i10.

This is a fully supported configuration and allows you to connect Demantra 7.3.1.4 to EBS 11i10.

You do not even need to use any VCP apps other than Demantra.  The data flows through the 12.1 VCP instance into Demantra 7.3.1.4. 
This is the certified configuration for 11i and Demantra 7.3.1.4, so we advise considering this mix of tools.

The additional benefit you achieve is the ability to bring your VCP applications forward without impacting your EBS applications.

For 7.3.1.4 you would work with the following configuration.
    EBS 11.5.10  (11i)
    VCP 12.1.3.8
    Demantra 7.3.1.4

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