Wednesday Apr 23, 2014

Notice Something Different in My Oracle Support Recently?

Have you noticed that My Oracle Support has changed?  We upgraded My Oracle Support over the weekend of April 4, 2014.  This upgrade brings changes to help you work more effectively with Oracle Support.

The new features include:
  • Oracle Support Chat for Existing SRs: new chat feature enabling Oracle Support engineers to contact you instantly on line to discuss an open Service Request (SR). You control the access; mark yourself available to allow a chat session. View this brief video to learn more.

  • Knowledge Tab: more intuitive user interface makes it easier to see search results from different sources, expand search results, or view product hierarchy and further refine searches by product. In addition, if you have Japanese, Korean, or Chinese set as your preferred language, you can quickly toggle between that language and English documents. Learn more.

  • Patches and Updates Tab: new link added to provide quick access to quarterly Critical Patch Update (CPU) information and Security Alerts.

  • Certifications: enhanced to allow for more complex certification structures.

  • Customer User Administration (CUA): ability to send an email to the CUA (with a message), requesting approval for the Support Identifier. A CUA can now set a termination date for registered users, which triggers an automated email notification to the user regarding the termination before expiration.

  • Support Identifier Groups: usability and UI improvements. Can automatically copy technical contacts when assets are moved (reduces rework or process mistakes). A message added to Mass Upload function better explains what is happening to the user(s). View this brief video to learn more.

  • Cloud Support Portal: ability to view escalation status, comprehensive help content added to assist users with feature and functionality questions, and new alert to complete additional questions that may expedite issue resolution.

For additional details, view the Release Notes and also see the User Resource Center's Discover New Features tab for the latest My Oracle Support Training available for new features. 

Webcast: E-Business Tax Series, Session 6 – Migrating From 11i To Release 12

Webcast_icon.jpgWebcast: E-Business Tax Series, Session 6 – Migrating From 11i To Release 12


Date: May 7, 2014 at 11:00 am ET, 9:00 am MT, 4:00 pm GMT, 8:30 pm IST


This one-hour session is recommended for technical and functional users looking for advanced E-Business Tax (EBTax) setups relating to migration. The session will build on prior sessions in the EBTax Series. We will look at how 11i data is migrated to R12, the setups required for a new tax created after migration, tips and troubleshooting. Session 6 of 6 in the E-Business Tax Webcast Series, complete details - including recordings from previous sessions - can be found in Doc ID 740966.1.

Topics will include:

  • Mapping 11i Tax Entities with EBTax
  • How to create a group tax for the migrated tax setup
  • Tips and Troubleshooting

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Details & Registration: Doc ID 1626087.1

Where Can One Find Help with Inventory Intercompany Invoicing?

Are you looking for a one-stop-shop for set-up and processing of Inventory Intercompany Invoicing?  We have just that in the Create a Intercompany Invoice AR and AP Overviews (Doc ID 784679.1) document.

This document uses different media including a recorded demo to walk a User through the standard everyday process of setting up and creating Intercompany Invoices.

Get a refresher course on how to set up an internal sales order for Intercompany Ivoicing, importing records into Accounts Receivable, and running the INCIAP (create Intercompany AP Invoice program). Get to the point of a created Intercompany Invoice:



Are you one of those bean counter types that needs to know the accounting distributions? Check out the 'Advanced Accounting' section.

What happens if you run into an an error when processing? Document 784679.1 contains some dynamite examples of debug log files, with annotation and color codes, all found in the The 'Debugging  Proces(s)' section. 'Red' highlights table data, 'Green' shows data that is a forms path or profile option, and  'Purple' shows error messages. The debug section includes both Accounts Receiveable and Payables debug log file examples. Also check out the 'Brown Bag' section for scripts to help you solve the most common Intercompany error messages.

Intercompany Invoicing integrates many different Products and many different scenarios. This overview will help you cover your bases with the basic set-up, processing, and debugging of standard Intercompany Invoicing. Enjoy, and happy invoicing!

Logistics RUP9 Released !
Logistics Consolidated RUP9 (VERSION 12.1.1 TO 12.1.3 [RELEASE 12.1]) Patch 18618946 R12.WMS.B.delta.9 was released on April 18, 2014.

Don't forget to continue to RUP It! in Inventory, WMS, Receiving, and Product Information Management.
Use the following very helpful documents as references to keep up with your RUP's:
INV/WMS/RCV Family Patch Release History / Patchsets / RUPs (Doc ID 726226.1)
How To Determine the Product Information Management (PIM) Patchset and Rollup Patch Version (Doc ID 414470.1)

Tuesday Apr 22, 2014

Webcast: E-Business Tax Series, Session 5 – Fiscal Classification Types & Their Creation For Tax Calculation From A Manufacturing Perspective

Webcast_icon.jpgWebcast: E-Business Tax Series, Session 5 – Fiscal Classification Types & Their Creation For Tax Calculation From A Manufacturing Perspective


Date: May 6, 2014 at 11:00 am ET, 9:00 am MT, 4:00 pm GMT, 8:30 pm IST


How are different types of Fiscal Classification related to Manufacturing created in R12: E-Business Tax? This one hour webcast provides functional users with the knowledge to create Party Fiscal Classification, Product Fiscal Classification, Transaction Fiscal Classification, Tax Calculation based on Accounting Segments, and Tax Compounding Functionality from a Manufacturing perspective. This session will focus on non-US based examples.

Topics will include:

  •  Creating Party Fiscal Classification
  • Creating Product Fiscal Classification (Inventory/Non-Inventory)
  • Creating Transaction Fiscal Classification
  • Tax Calculation based on Accounting Segments
  • Tax Compounding Functionality

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Details & Registration: Doc ID 1640290.1

Thursday Apr 17, 2014

Want to Know More About Sales Lead to Cash Business Process?

Another new document has been published in our Business Process Advisor series.  We've blogged before about our new Advisor type documents, telling you about the Service Request to Resolution and the CRM Channel Revenue Management  business process advisors.  We've just added a new document: Sales Lead to Cash - EBS Business Process Advisor: CRM Sales [Video] (Doc ID 1628024.2).

This new advisor covers the business process of taking a Lead and converting it to an Opportunity, converting an Opportunity to an Order and, finally, taking the Order to Cash.


This business process involves a number of different EBS modules, including Sales, Trading Community Architecture, Quoting, Order Management and others.Take a look at Doc ID 1628024.2 for information about how the integration between these modules works, setup steps, help on troubleshooting and lots more useful information.

Wednesday Apr 16, 2014

Webcast - Discrete Job Interface (WIP Mass Load)

Webcast_icon.jpgWebcast: Discrete Job Interface (WIP Mass Load)


Date: April 23, 2014 at 11:00 am ET, 10:00 am CT, 9:00 am MT, 8:00 am PT, 8:30 pm, India Time (Mumbai, GMT+05:30)


This one-hour session is recommended for technical and functional users who handle Oracle Work in Process. Explore options as to how the Discrete job open Interface (WIP Mass Load) works and what are all the different operations we can perform against a job.

Topics will include:

  • WIP Mass Load Interface Tables
  • Controlled Columns and Their Use
  • Scheduling Based on the New Profile Option
  • Different Operations We Can Perform Against A Discrete Job

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Details & Registration: Doc ID 1627624.1

Do your Cross Currency Receipts fail Create Accounting?

A common error when running the program Create Accounting in Receivables is:

ERROR: 95276

The subledger journal entry does not balance by entered currency and there is no entered currency balancing account defined for ledger XYZ.

Please define an entered currency balancing account for the ledger of update the entered debit and entered credit amounts for each subledger journal entry line.

The cause of this error is balancing account setup at the ledger level is missing.

The account type that should be used for this account is a clearing account.  The net functional entries are balanced to zero per receipt and the account should be defined as a balance sheet account (asset or liability).

In 11i the suspense account was used during journal import.  This has changed in Release 12 due to Subledger Accounting Method.

Entered Currency Balancing Account should be defined at Primary Ledger level for Accounting in Cross Currency to take place accurately, for cross-currency receipt applications.

To fix this issue you need to define an entered currency balancing account for the ledger or update the entered debit and entered credit amounts for each subledger journal entry line.

To fix this do the following:

Responsibility: Receivables Manager
Navigation: Setup > Financials > Accounting > Ledger > Accounting Setups

Query the ledger that is raising the error
Click on update Accounting Options Icon
Under Primary Ledger section, locate the concerned ledger
Click on Update icon
Please verify the section: Subledger Accounting
A value must be provided for the field: Entered Currency Balancing Account

 To view an illustration of how this is used, please see the following document:

Subledger Accounting: Create Accounting Error - The Subledger Journal Entry Does Not Balance by Entered Currency and There is No Entered Currency Balancing Account Defined for the Ledger Doc ID 969260.1




Webcast: E-Business Tax Series, Session 4 – Advanced Setups From A Financials Perspective

Webcast_icon.jpgWebcast: E-Business Tax Series, Session 4 – Advanced Setups From A Financials Perspective


Date: April 30, 2014 at 11:00 am ET, 9:00 am MT, 4:00 pm GMT, 8:30 pm IST


This one-hour session is recommended for technical and functional users wanting to learn advanced E-Business Tax (EBTax) setups. We will review Product Fiscal Classification, self-assessed tax, tax compounding and exemptions from a Financials perspective. This session will focus on US based examples. Session 4 of 6 in the E-Business Tax Webcast Series, complete details can be found in Doc ID 740966.1.

Topics will include:

  • Product Fiscal Classification
  • Self Assessed Tax
  • Tax Compounding
  • Tax Exemptions

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Details & Registration: Doc ID 1626088.1

Tuesday Apr 15, 2014

Webcast: E-Business Tax Series, Session 3 – Manufacturing Regime to Rate Setup & Transactional Flow (Non-US Based Setup)

Webcast_icon.jpgWebcast: E-Business Tax Series, Session 3 – Manufacturing Regime to Rate Setup & Transactional Flow (Non-US Based Setup)


Date: April 29, 2014 at 11:00 am ET, 9:00 am MT, 4:00 pm GMT, 8:30 pm IST


Join us to learn how to create a Regime to Rate Flow in R12. This session will focus on non-US based examples from a Manufacturing perspective. This one hour webcast provides functional users with the knowledge to create Regime to Rate Flow, Default Tax Rules, and User Defined Tax Rules. Session 3 of 6 in the E-Business Tax Webcast Series, complete details can be found in Doc ID 740966.1.

Topics will include:

  • Creating Regime to Rate Flow
  • How to setup Default Tax Rules
  • Setting up User Defined Tax Rules

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Details & Registration: Doc ID 1640273.1

Monday Apr 14, 2014

Sell Services from Order Management

Currently, you can order only service contracts of type Extended Warranty through Order Management.  In release 12.2.2, you can order service contracts of type Subscription Contract too. You can order Tangible as well as Intangible subscription contracts.  Tangible subscription contracts are fulfilled through Order Management. You can record Subscription Contract specific attributes such as Start Date, Period, Duration, and Subscription Template on the order line. As currently supported for standard inventory items, you can attach Extended Warranties to a Subscription Contract as well. Additionally, you can include a Subscription Contract in a model/kit. After fulfillment of the line, a Subscription Agreement is created in Service Contracts.

Currently, when an Extended Warranty is invoiced through Order Management, the invoice amount is for the entire duration of the Extended Warranty. In this release, additional billing options have been introduced for Extended Warranties and Subscription Contracts. The options are as follows:
  • Retain the existing behavior of generating an invoice for the entire duration from Order Management.
  • Generate the invoice for the first installment from Order Management and for the subsequent installments from Service Contracts.
  • Generate invoices for all installments from Service Contracts. In this scenario, Order Management does not generate any invoices.
For the orders that are billed in multiple installments over the duration of the service contract (Extended Warranties/Subscription Contracts), you can specify the billing schedule.

For additional information on this new Feature, refer to the Sell Services From Order Management section of Doc ID 1377743.1 Oracle Order Management Release Notes for Release 12.2.2.


Friday Apr 11, 2014

New - Oracle In-Memory Cost Management

Oracle In-Memory Cost Management is a new set of application tools that provides a bottoms-up approach to maximizing profit margins by enabling near real-time insight into all aspects of cost management. Oracle In-Memory Cost Management’s extreme performance is possible because of the game-changing technical innovations within Oracle’s engineered systems, including smart scans, flash cache, and high-bandwidth low-latency InfiniBand networking.

Cost accountants and finance / operations managers now can use Oracle In-Memory Cost Management to quickly perform what-if simulations on complex cost data and instantly visualize the impact of changes to their business. Specifically optimized for Oracle’s engineered systems, Oracle In-Memory Cost Management provides a suite of solutions to perform complex cost analyses, identify optimal profit margins, and perform cost planning and forecasting so that companies can make decisions in time to capture the highest possible profits, safeguard current margins and identify optimal future margins, streamline financial overview across the supply chain, and increase financial close efficiency

For additional information, please refer to Doc ID 1561872.1 Oracle In-Memory Cost Management Installation and Configuration Guide.


Avoid Install Base Errors! Apply New R12 Consolidated Patch

Recently we've found that some customers are reporting errors after applying Patch 17182398:R12.CSI.B.  We found that this was due to not applying a pre-requisite patch (Patch 16914038:R12.CSI.B).  So, to avoid this problem, the Install Base development team have released a new consolidated patch which includes the pre-requisite: Patch 18479621:R12.CSI.B: ORACLE INSTALLED BASE 12.1.X CONSOLIDATION. 

This patch supersedes Patch 17182398:R12.CSI.B and should be applied by all new R12 IB implementations or any R12.1.x upgrades.  The patch includes a large number of fixes and is recommended for all Install Base customers.  If you have already applied Patch 17182398:R12.CSI.B with its correct pre-requisite patch, then there is no need to apply Patch 18479621:R12.CSI.B.

All details about this new consolidation are included in article: About R12.1.X Consolidated Patch For Oracle Installed Base - 18479621:R12.CSI.B (Doc ID 1642057.1)

Thursday Apr 10, 2014

Should You Apply The R12.1.3+ EBS Wide RPC or Wait for a Payables Specific RPC?

Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.1.3+ Recommended Patch Collection is Available!

The last RPC for Oracle Payables was released in September 2013 (Doc ID 1397581.1) and usually at this time of year we see development release the next RPC for Payables.   However, this year there will not be a new Payables RPC released until much later in the year.

Instead of a March 2014 Payables RPC development have released the 12.1.3+ RPC that is EBS wide.  This patch includes ALL the recommended patches along with their dependencies. 


If you are running R12.1.3 but have not yet applied the September 2013 RPCs for Payables then you can instead choose to apply this latest R12.1.3+ patch which includes all the RPCs for Payables and the companion RPCs for Workflow, PCard and iSupplier in addition to Cash Management and EBTax RPCs.  

Applying this patch in a single downtime patching window saves effort and time, rather than applying each recommended patch individually.


For more information on the R12.1.3+  RPC please refer to Doc ID 1638535.1 - Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.1.3+ Recommended Patch Collection 1 (RPC1) 

Note: Before upgrading to Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.1.3 and applying 12.1.3+ E-Business Suite RPC1, refer to Doc ID 761570.1 - Database Preparation Guidelines for an Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.1 Upgrade - and ensure that all patches for your specific database release are applied to your environment. 

Learn All About Channel Revenue Management Rebates

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Webcast: Oracle EBS Channel Revenue Management - Channel Rebates and Point of Sales: Setup and Execution of Rebates and Pricing Programs

Date: April 24, 2014 at 2.00 pm ET, 1:00 pm CT, 12.00pm MT, 11.00am PT,  7.00pm GMT, 11.30 pm IST

Get an overview of rebate design and execution from the perspective of Manufacturers, Distributors and Consumers. Tune in to this live webcast to:

  • gain insight into the usage and setup of rebates
  • get an understanding of the rebate earnings and tracking capability with integrations to Order Management and Pricing
  • understand Channel Rebates and Point of Sales module with a specific reference to the various rebate / pricing program types including Accrual, Off Invoice, Lumpsum and Volume Rebates for direct and indirect sales.
  • get an understanding of budgets and an introduction to the adjustment functions that allow execution teams to support challenging real time business situations including changes to rebate amounts, dates and products.

This will be followed by additional sessions to cover Indirect Sales Management including Chargeback capability, Third Party Accrual and Special Price Request flows. Additional sessions on accounting details and settlement flows using claims / deduction and autopay will be covered in the Accounts Receivable Deduction Settlement Module.

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Details & Registration : Doc ID 1636054.1



Wednesday Apr 09, 2014

Webcast: E-Business Tax Series, Session 2 – Basic Overview, Regime To Rate Setup & Transactional Flow (US Based Setup) From A Financials Perspective

Webcast_icon.jpgWebcast: E-Business Tax Series, Session 2 – Basic Overview, Regime To Rate Setup & Transactional Flow (US Based Setup) From A Financials Perspective


Date: April 23, 2014 at 11:00 am ET, 9:00 am MT, 4:00 pm GMT, 8:30 pm IST


Join us to learn how to create a Regime to Rate Flow in R12. This session will focus on US based examples from a Financials perspective. This one hour webcast provides technical and functional users with an overview of E-Business Tax (EBTax), its setup and flow. It will also be helpful to those who’ve recently upgraded or are planning to upgrade to R12. Session 2 of 6 in the E-Business Tax Webcast Series, complete details can be found in Doc ID 740966.1.

Topics will include:

  • Overview of E-Business Tax
  • Regime to Rate setup
  • Sample transactional flow
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Details & Registration: Doc ID 1626097.1

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