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)

Monday Feb 24, 2014

Announcement: Oracle Demantra 12.2.3 Available

We are excited to announce Oracle Demantra 12.2.3 is now available for new and existing customers.  All customers who are not incorporating Demantra with other VCP products are welcome to upgrade without any restrictions.  Customers who are using Demantra in conjunction with VCP products will need to upgrade VCP to 12.2.3.
Demantra 12.2.3 encompasses the same functional scope as Demantra 12.2.2 with additional security and functional bug fixes.

Demantra 12.2.3 will work with JD Edwards EnterpriseOne 9.1 using the AIA 11.4 for the Value Chain Planning Base Integration Pack.
Demantra 12.2.3 will only work with VCP 12.2.3.
Demantra 12.2.3 and VCP 12.2.3 will work with EBS 12.1.3 or EBS 12.2.3.
Please review the release readme and all 12.2.3 documentation carefully to determine content details for this patch. You can also find documentation in the Demantra Documentation Library on My Oracle Support (note 443969.1).

The release is currently available on My Oracle Support (formerly known as Metalink) as Patch 17921238.
Release will be available from e-delivery in a few weeks.

It is recommended for all customers who are on 12.2.1 or 12.2.2 to upgrade to 12.2.3 at earliest convenience.   Please do not upgrade to 12.2.2 and then 12.2.3.

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

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