Thursday Mar 26, 2015

See the new Purchasing Document Open Interface (PDOI) improvements in 12.1.3!

Did you know that the new release of the 12.1.3 Procurement Rollup Up Patch (RUP) 19602627:R12.PRC_PF.B includes the following Purchasing Document Open Interface (PDOI) improvements:

 Bug #
Sourcing Rules were getting created twice (one global and one local) when only a local rule is intended while importing a Blanket Purchase Agreement (BPA).
 19697226 New Items are created when a BPA is imported even though create or update items parameter is passed as ‘Y’ (yes).
 20022541 Supply agreement flag is not honored when importing a BPA.
 19663699 Price breaks were not getting uploaded when a BPA is imported, if the item is not assigned to the inventory organization of the default ship to location of the vendor.
 19479583 Could not import Blanket Purchase Orders.
 19528138 The concurrent program completed in OUT of Memory error when trying to import a Standard PO with more than 10000 lines.
 19288447 The concurrent program failed to import standard POs as variance account generation failed for Shop floor destinations.
 19498303 Import standard Purchase Order program end in error if  the account generator failed with an unexpected error, without showing proper error message.
 18828164 Standard purchase orders could not be imported with multiple shipments.
 2036833 Purchase orders imported are stuck in a status of In-Process though the approved parameter is passed as “APPROVED”.

 For more information on Patch 19602627:R12.PRC_PF.B click here!

Thursday Mar 19, 2015

Just Released!!! March 2015 12.1.3: Procurement Family Update - Rollup Patch : 19602627:R12.PRC_PF.B

We are happy to announce the new March 2015 Rollup Patch (RUP) 19602627:R12.PRC_PF.B has been released for 12.1.3!

Check out the 'Whats New' section of Doc ID 1468883.1 to see all the iProcurement, Purchasing, Sourcing and Supplier Lifecycle Management (SLM) improvements, as well as the PDOI fixes included.

Get all the information you need on this patch; including, how to apply the patch, necessary pre and post patching steps, how to do an impact analyzer, and testing recommendations for your key business flows. Make sure and mark this note as one of your Favorites. Weekly we update the note with any issues found with the patch in the 'Known Issues' section.

Don't delay apply Patch 19602627:R12.PRC_PF.B today!

Need Help? Post your questions to the Procurement Community

Wednesday Mar 11, 2015

Webcast: Inventory Sales Order Flow and Troubleshooting – R12

Webcast_icon.jpgWebcast: Inventory Sales Order Flow and Troubleshooting – R12

Date: March 18th, 2015 at 11:00 am ET, 10:00 am CT, 9:00 am MT, 8:00 am PT, 5:00 pm CET, 9:30pm IST

This one-hour adviser webcast is recommended for Order Management and Inventory technical and functional Users. We will review the sales order data flow from Order Management into Inventory with focus on R12, for a Discrete Inventory Org (non WMS enabled). Will provide basic troubleshooting techniques for stuck sales order type transactions in the MTL_TRANSACTIONS_INTERFACE (MTI) and review some of the diagnostics used by Oracle Inventory Support to troubleshoot stuck sales order records during regular daily and monthly end business cycles.

Topics will include:

  • Overview
  • Process Flow
  • Troubleshooting
  • Demonstration
  • Diagnostics: Tools Available
  • References

Details & Registration: Doc ID 1290983.1

ORAchk is Now Available for Download!

The new ORAchk release is now available to download.

New Features in ORAchk

Broader Linux Support

ORAchk now includes new support for both Linux on System Z and Oracle Enterprise Linux 7.

Deeper Product Support

ORAchk now supports upgrade checks for, enabling you to do pre and post upgrade checking for Oracle Database to avoid the most common upgrade problems.

ORAchk now supports ASM checks and patch recommendations for single instance databases as well as the already supported RAC instances.

ORAchk can now query details related to the OS resource consumption of different GoldenGate processes, identifying any components using excessive resources. It also identifies if GoldenGate is configured to avoid known performance problems.

Oracle Enterprise Manager Agent support has now been added to the existing support for Enterprise Manager Repository checks. The agent checks now appear in a new “Enterprise Manager” section of the report. With the new EM 12c Agent checks, you will quickly identify common EM Agent configuration mistakes that if undetected can result in poor performance or a failure to run the Agent process.

New Report Section “Findings Needing Further Review”

There are certain things ORAchk can only do a partial check for, where a complete check requires information outside the scope of the machine or that require other customer specific knowledge. These partially identified checks now appear in the new section marked “Findings needing further review”. If you review these checks and verify they are not problematic you can choose to exclude them in the same way as any other checks, see Document 1268927.2 for further details.

Improved Health Score Calculation

The ORAchk Health Score calculation has been improved with version Certain INFO level checks, which only communicate best practice and do not confirm a problem in your environment, no longer deduct points from your health score. This means that if you follow the recommended advice for excluding any non relevant “Findings needing further review” then a health score of 100 is now obtainable.

Over 60 New Health Checks

This release of ORAchk adds new checks for some of the most impactful problems seen to Oracle Customer Support specifically in the areas of:

  • Database performance, install, scalability & ASM
  • Cross stack checks for Oracle Applications running on Solaris & Oracle Hardware
  • Enterprise Manager Agents performance and failure to run
  • Oracle EBS Accounts Payables

For more details and to download the latest release of ORAchk see Document 1268927.2

Monday Mar 09, 2015

Mandatory Post Patch Required for Fixed Assets Feb 2015 RPC

UPDATE 3/23/2015: Fixed Assets Development has now combined the two patches (the former RPC and the mandatory post-RPC) into one patch. They have re-released the Feb 2015 FA RPC under this new, combined patch.  The new RPC patch number is 20687418:R12.FA.B.

IMPORTANT UPDATE 3/13/2015: Fixed Assets Development will be combining these two patches (the RPC and the mandatory post-RPC) into one patch. They will re-release the Feb 2015 FA RPC under this new patch number. Watch this blog for the announcement of that new RPC patch number, when released. Thanks!

There is now a mandatory post-RPC patch (Patch 20530852 - Do Not Allow Changes To Other Financial Details Along With Depreciate Flag) for Fixed Assets that has to be applied after the Fixed Assets Feb 2015 RPC.  Development discovered an issue due to the fix made in 19933377:R12.FA.B, which has now been obsoleted, but was included in the RPC.  The issue in that bug was certain valid transactions were not allowed to go through.  However, after the fix, transactions that should be prevented also got through.  These transactions will cause data corruption in the product.  The issue typically occurs when customers change multiple fields when performing an adjustment such as depreciate flag and cost, but this could be any combination of multiple changes during a single adjustment transaction.

The Readme for the RPC - R12.1: Fixed Assets Recommended Patch Collection, Feb 2015  (Doc ID 1983884.1) has been updated to reflect this mandatory patch.  If you have downloaded the Fixed Assets Feb RPC Patch 20183189, please also download, test and apply the post-requisite Patch 20530852.

Webcast: Understanding &Troubleshooting Receipts APIs In Oracle Accounts Receivable

Webcast_icon.jpgDate: March 19, 2015 at 11:00 am ET, 8:00 am PT, 3:00 pm GMT, 8:30 pm, India (Mumbai)

Application Programming Interfaces (APIs) extend the existing functionality of creating & manipulating receipts through standard Oracle Receivables Receipts forms and Lockboxes. This one-hour Advisor Webcast is recommended for Accounts Receivable technical and functional users who need to create and apply receipts using Receipts APIs.

Topics will include:

  • API Overview
  • Receipts APIs
  • Review API script section
  • Execution of Receipts APIs
  • Troubleshooting Receipts API issues

Details & Registration via the My Oracle Support Community thread:  Advisor Webcast On 19-Mar-15: Understanding &Troubleshooting Receipts APIs In Oracle Accounts Receivable

Thursday Mar 05, 2015

Free Training Delivered by Product Experts!!!

Are you a current Oracle EBS Customer? Do you prefer training from Product experts on your own timetable? Would you like to suggest a training topic? If you answered YES! to these questions, we have the training for you. Logistics Product Support delivers Webcast/Webinars every month on key topics, common issues and new features. See, Oracle Inventory, Product Information Management and Warehouse Management Teams Informational Webcast Series (Doc ID 1290983.1).

If you miss a live Webcast, no worries. The Webcasts are recorded and available for viewing at your leisure. As usual, keep an eye on the Inventory Blog. We'll keep you updated on the latest Webcasts scheduled.

Also see Doc ID 1290983.1 to suggest topics that you would like to see as a Webcast. All suggestions are compiled and the most requested topics are at the top-of-the-list for future Webcasts.

Don't miss this opportunity. Suggest a new topic and view the Webcasts available today!

Tuesday Mar 03, 2015

R12: Important Enhancement: ON-THE-FLY SLA Upgrade of Historical SLA Distributions--BATCH MODE!

Previous Announcement

In September of 2014 we announced the release of an important new enhancement in Oracle Payables that would allow you to transparently upgrade upstream 11i transactions from periods which had not been upgraded for Subledger Accounting (SLA), and which would negatively affect the accounting of dependent downstream transactions--without needing to apply the SLA Hot Patch or run the SLA: Upgrade Historical Subledger Transaction Accounting program.

The details and important benefits of that critical release and how it works can be found in detail in this blog post from back in Nov-14.

The only limitation to the functionality released back then was that it was only available when accounting transactions in "Online Mode". Now we are happy to announce that the second phase of this enhancement is also available.

Release of Phase 2

On 06-Feb-2015, the "Batch Mode" version of this enhancement was released via patch 20427746.  This patch introduces an entirely new concurrent process: "Payables Upgrade SLA Distributions for Historical Referenced Transactions". This process should be run in tandem with the "Create Accounting" program. It can be run independently prior to running "Create Accounting", or they can be run together as a request set.

Payables Upgrade SLA Distributions for Historical Referenced Transactions Concurrent Program

The parameters of the new program are similar to those used by the "Create Accounting" process to identify unaccounted events to process.

  •  Ledger
  •  Process Category
  •  Start Date
  •  End Date
  •  Batch Size
When run, the new program will identify all of the historical upstream transactions which would affect your unaccounted events, and upgrade them on the fly as required to prevent any errors when the "Create Accounting" program subsequently runs.

The original note describing the online version of the enhancement "R12: Important Enhancement ON-THE-FLY Upgrade of Historical SLA Distributions" (Doc ID 1938253.1) has been updated to provide additional information about the batch mode version of this enhancement.

If you have any questions or comments on this new functionality please post in the dedicated Payables Community thread

Friday Feb 27, 2015

Just Released - EBS Financials February 2015 Recommended Patch Collections (RPCs)

Oracle E-Business Suite (EBS) Financials Development has just released February 2015 Recommended Patch Collections (RPCs) for the following products:
  • Cash Management
  • Collections
  • E-Business Tax & E-Business Tax Reporting Ledger
  • Financials Common Modules
  • Financials for India
  • Fixed Assets
  • General Ledger & FSG Drill Down
  • Internet Expenses
  • iReceivables
  • Loans
  • Payables
    • Core, Non-Federal
    • Core, Federal
    • iSupplier
    • Workflow & Pcard
  • Payments
  • Receivables
  • Sub-Ledger Accounting
  • Treasury   
For details and the complete list of available RPCs for Oracle EBS Financials, please see Doc ID 954704.1, EBS: R12.1 Oracle Financials Recommended Patch Collection (RPC). 

Tuesday Feb 24, 2015

Announcing Oracle Global Trade Management (GTM) Community

Oracle Global Trade Management (GTM) is a unique global compliance solution that allows companies of all sizes and in all geographies to centrally manage their global trade operations. And, since it was developed as an integrated component of Oracle’s Logistics Suite, GTM enables companies to optimize, automate, and monitor cross border transactions in ways that were not before available from best of breed software providers.

The Oracle Global Trade Management (MOSC) community is for discussions pertaining to the Oracle Global Trade Management product suite and for the Oracle Global Trade Management Cloud service offering.

Discussions related to the Oracle Transportation Management product suite can still be found in the Oracle Transportation Management community.

Monday Feb 23, 2015

Webcast: Oracle Time and Labor (OTL) Timecard Layout Configuration

Webcast_icon.jpgWebcast: Oracle Time and Labor (OTL) Timecard Layout Configuration

Date: February 25, 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 OTL Webcast provides you with general guidance related to timecard layout customization with detailed examples from some of Oracle Support’s finest HCM support analysts. This one-hour advisor webcast is recommended for technical users, functional users and system administrators who are working in Oracle Time and Labor.

1. How to add new LOV field to Payroll Timecard
2. How to Remove a Custom/Seeded Field from the Timecard
3. How to add new Choice List filed to Payroll Timecard

Registration: Interested in attending? Visit the My Oracle Support HCM Webcast Note: 1455851.1 to sign up for this webcast.

View the Advisor Webcasts: Current Schedule and Archived Recordings here.

Friday Feb 20, 2015

Internal Requisition, Internal Sales Order Change Management

Changes to quantity and dates on an Internal Sales Order are allowed in 12.1.1+. These changes are automatically propagated to the corresponding Internal Requisition.

Similarly, cancellations on Internal Sales Orders are propagated to the corresponding Internal Requisition and priorities are propagated from Internal Requisition to Internal Sales Orders.

You can also assign different order types to an Internal Sales Order, while creating it from an Internal Requisition.  You can also leverage the Defaulting Rules of Order management to default a suitable Order Type, according to your business process.

For a complete detailed flow from setup to process, review New Features 12.1.1 Internal Requisition Internal Sales Order Change Management, Doc ID 854051.1.

Wednesday Feb 18, 2015

Webcast: Setup and Integration of Work in Process with Oracle Quality

Webcast_icon.jpgWebcast: Setup and Integration of Work in Process with Oracle Quality

Date: February 25, 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 advisor webcast is recommended for technical users, functional users, system administrators, database administrators who want to learn more about the setup and integration of Oracle Work In Process and Oracle Quality. During this one hour session you will create a collection plan, enable it for move transactions, create a discrete job, and perform the move transaction for the job by entering Quality results, reviewing the Quality results, Closing the work order and reviewing the material transactions. The summary will include additional resources related to this topic.

Registration: Webcast: Setup and Integration of Work in Process with Oracle Quality

View the Advisor Webcasts: Current Schedule and Archived Recordings here.

Tuesday Feb 17, 2015

New Shipping Execution Analyzer!!

The new Shipping Execution Analyzer has been released to assist you with errors in the Shipping Execution application!  It is a 'Health Check' script which you can proactively use at any time to review the data relating to Shipping, including :
  • Trips
  • Trip Stops
  • Deliveries and Assignments
  • Delivery Details
  • Freight Setup
  • As well as lists Open Inventory Periods & WMS/OPM Enabled Warehouses

The script may be run safely at any time.   No data is created, updated, or deleted by this script.

To download the script, go to R12: Shipping Execution (WSH) Analyzer Diagnostic Script, Doc ID 1947935.1.  To see what others are saying about the script or to add a comment / request on the script, go to its' community thread

Webcast: Oracle Time and Labor Timecard Layout Configuration

Check out this upcoming Advisor Webcast for Oracle Time and Labor!

ADVISOR WEBCAST:  OTL Timecard Layout Configuration

Wednesday, February 25, 2015 - 8:00 am PT, 4:00 pm GMT Time (London, GMT), 9:30 pm India Time (Mumbai)

This OTL Timecard Layout Configuration Webcast provides you with general guidance related to Timecard Layout Customization with detailed examples.  This one-hour advisor webcast is recommended for technical users, functional users and system administrators who are working in Oracle Time and Labor.

Topics include:
OTL Timecard Layout Configuration
What can be customized in a Timecard Layout
      1. How to add new LOV field to Payroll Timecard
      2. How to Remove a Custom/Seeded Field from the Timecard
      3. How to add new Choice List filed to Payroll Timecard

For Registration information and to view all upcoming and archived Advisor Webcasts, go to the My Oracle Support Note 740966.1.



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