Thursday Apr 02, 2015

Webcast: Project Manufacturing Costing

Webcast_icon.jpgWebcast: Project Manufacturing Costing

Date: April 6, 2015 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, and other users work with Project Manufacturing transaction types that need to be cost collected and passed to Projects. A focus will be on eligible and non eligible transaction types that might pass to Projects.

Registration: Webcast: Project Manufacturing Costing

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

Webcast: Demantra Debugging Using Proactive Services Tools Plus Latest Tips and Tricks

Webcast_icon.jpgWebcast: Demantra Debugging Using Proactive Services Tools Plus Latest Tips and Tricks

Date: April 8, 2015 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 Users, Functional Super Users, System Administrators, Junior DBAs who develop and/or manage data movement into and out of Demantra. During this webcast Jeff will review Log Parser V1, performance and setup analyzer V3 and the latest known tips.

Registration: Webcast: Demantra Debugging Using Proactive Services Tools Plus Latest Tips and Tricks

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

Periodic Average Costing Data Collection Scripts and Process Flow

We are extremely pleased to announce the Data Collection Scripts and Process Flow for Periodic Average Costing (PAC IPAC) – Cost Management (Doc ID 1928724.1) has been released.

Customers will find relevant information related to Periodic Average Costing processes.

Periodic Average Costing is an option that enables customers to value inventory on a periodic basis.  Periodic Average Costing is relevant for customers with fiscal inventory reporting requirement as it is invoice-based and allows you to include additional invoiced charges in the cost of the item. 

Periodic Average Costing is also used by customers who want invoice-price based valuation of their inventory to set standards or to update their perpetual costs.  An approach to inventory valuation in which variable costs and a portion of fixed costs are assigned to each unit of production.

Wednesday Apr 01, 2015

The EBS iProcurement Item Analyzer Has A Whole New Look and Feel!

We are pleased to announce a new version (200.1) of the EBS iProcurement Item Analyzer has been released.  The iProcurement Item analyzer still provides the best place to discover why items are not available in iProcurement; but now it has a  nicer look and feel, providing a very user friendly output.  Check it out in Doc ID 1586248.1.

The EBS iProcurement Item Analyzer Analyzer scans your 'Product' footprint, configuration, environment, and transactional data.   For areas of concern, the output will provide recommendations to prevent future issues and point to existing solutions for uncovered problems.  Most existing solutions can be implemented without logging a Service Request.

 Join our discussion today on the new analyzer and provide your feedback here

Tuesday Mar 31, 2015

Where to Find Product Documentation for General Ledger?

We know that having reliable Documentation available is crucial for anyone interested to use Oracle Applications; business users, developers, consultants, system administrators, in short - everyone using it needs to know how it works, understand the expected functionalities and design, keep track of changes. 

We heard you asking for direct links to Online Documentation, as browsing through My Oracle Support portal  may be inconvenient at times for a business user. 

We responded to this request - Product Documentation for General Ledger and Electronic Technical Reference Manual are both available online, there is no need for an account, password or browsing multiple pages.

Online Documentation

It is so simple!

Find out more today! Documentation - General Ledger Manuals and eTRM (Doc ID 66935.1)

Balances Corruption Fix Script (GLBALFIX) Now Available for Parameters Including Special Characters

General Ledger Balances Corruption Fix script -known as GLBALFIX- was provided by Development to help safely detect or fix corrupted actual balances. This script basically rebuilds the balances based on the posted journal lines.

We have briefly presented the script to customers in a previous blog article which is still available here

This easy-to-use script could not be used for cases where the input parameters such as ledgers or calendar periods included special characters (arabic, german, polish and so on).

New version available!

Development recently released a new version of GLBALFIX script which will addres special characters cases

Did you have this concern before?

Just check: GLBALFIX errors when Input Parameters Contain Special Characters (Doc ID 1958420.1)

Do you suspect balances corruption? Do not hesitate, get help today!

General Ledger Recommended Patch Collection Released Recently!

Recommended Patch Collections (RPC's) are released by Development periodically with the main purpose of providing a compact, reliable collection of relevant product patches that would address the main and most oftenly reported issues.

With a relatively small footprint, RPC's deliver solutions to address critical issues that could otherwise affect important business processes and flows.

Which Patches?

Patch 20251722:R12.GL.B: R12.1 General Ledger Recommended Patch Collection, February 2015

Patch 20255342:R12.RG.B: R12.1 General Ledger Recommended Patch Collection(FSG), February 2015 

What do they bring?

Solutions for multiple functional areas, addressing Bugs related to: 

  • Standard reports
  • Consolidation
  • Revaluation 
  • Financial Statement Generator Reports (FSG)
  • Drilldown
  • Gl Setup and Performance

I want more! 

Thank you, please review this document providing all the additional details you may need: 

General Ledger Recommended Patch Collection (GL RPC) Feburary 2015 (Doc ID 1982728.1

Be Proactive! Don't wait to have a problem, Prevent it from occurring!  

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

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