Tuesday May 26, 2015

New White Paper on using Forecasting with EAM

We are pleased to announce a new white paper to provide an overview of how Forecasting is used in Enterprise Asset Management. It will show the setups required and discuss the process flow for Forecasting.   The white paper has the following topics:

  • Overview of Forecasting
  • Setups required for Forecasting
  • Process flow using some examples
  • Meter rules and date rules
  • Useful additional information

To download and read the new white paper refer to Doc ID 2012761.1 Use of Forecasting in Enterprise Asset Management.

Thursday May 21, 2015

Receiving Errors When Validating Invoices? APP-PO-14144: PO_ACTIONS-065 CLOSE_AUTO

Are you getting this symptom when attempting to validate invoices?

APP-PO-14144: PO_ACTIONS-065: subroutine CLOSE_AUTO() returned error

Check out these two references:

Doc ID 1987958.1 Attempting to Validate Invoices: APP-PO-14144: PO_ACTIONS-065

Doc ID 1966826.1 Validate Invoice: APP-PO-14144: PO_ACTIONS-065: Subroutine CLOSE_AUTO() returned error

 Need more information?   Post your question in the Procurement Community here.

Wednesday May 20, 2015

Webcast: Getting Started with Document Sequencing in Oracle Receivables

Webcast_icon.jpgGetting Started with Document Sequencing in Oracle Receivables

Date: May 20, 2015 at 11:00 am ET, 8:00 am PT, 3:00 pm GMT, 8:30 pm, India (Mumbai)

This one-hour Advisor Webcast is recommended for functional and technical Receivables users who are interested in the implementation and functionality of document sequencing in the Transactions and Receipts forms.

Topics will include:

  • Automatic numbering versus document sequencing
  • Implementing document sequencing
  • Related tables and data structure
  • Known issues and fixes
  • Troubleshooting tips

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Details & Registration via the My Oracle Support Community thread:  Advisor Webcast On 20-May-15: Getting Started with Document Sequencing in Oracle Receivables

Tuesday May 19, 2015

Webcast: A Diagnosis on OPM - ASCP Data Collection Entities

Webcast_icon.jpgA Diagnosis on OPM - ASCP Data Collection Entities


Date: May 26, 2015 at 11:00 am ET, 8:00 am PT, 3:00 pm GMT, 8:30 pm, India Time (Mumbai)


This one-hour advisor webcast is recommended for technical users, functional users, system administrators, database administrators. This webcast will include the diagnosis of Oracle Process Manufacturing (OPM) to Advanced Supply Chain Planning (ASCP) data collection entities and their flow. You will also gain insight on how to identify any issues on the entities being collected from OPM organizations to ASCP.

Topics will include:

  • Introduction to OPM - ASCP flow
  • Understanding OPM entities for collection
  • Diagnosis of OPM entities during data collection to ASCP

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Details & Registration:  A Diagnosis on OPM - ASCP Data Collection Entities

New and Improved Shipping Execution Analyzer!

A new and improved Shipping Execution Analyzer has been released!  It is easier to read, and easier to locate any areas of concern.


As always, the Shipping Execution Analyzer will assist you with errors in the Shipping Execution application, including:

  • Trips
  • Trip Stops
  • Deliveries and Assignments
  • Delivery Details
  • Freight Setup
  • As well as lists Open Inventory Periods & WMS/OPM Enabled Warehouses

Each script used by this report looks for specific symptoms which have been known to cause problems in the past.  The script can either be run manually in SQL*Plus, or as a concurrent request.  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

Friday May 15, 2015

The Procurement Accrual Accounting Analyzer has been improved!

We just released a new version of the Release 12 EBS Procurement Accrual Accounting Analyzer for Release 12!

Although there has only be one change, its a big one.   Now the analyzer can  identifies write off transactions not transferred to XLA.

Get all the information you need and download the analyzer directly from  Doc ID 1969667.1

And don't forget you have the ability to provide feedback and drive our changes in your direction.  Post your comments to improve the usefulness of this tool in your environment by adding a reply here.

Try this analyzer before logging  a Service Request when you are experiencing accruals issues.

Wednesday May 13, 2015

New and improved Order Management Analyzer!

A new and improved Order Management Analyzer has been released!  It is easier to read, and easier to locate any areas of concern.

As always, the ONT Sales Order Analyzer is a 'Health Check' script which you can proactively use at any time to review the data relating to Sales Orders, including :

  • Sales Order Headers and Lines
  • Workflow Issues
  • Drop / Ship Orders
  • Models and Kits
  • Sets
  • Shipping / Delivery Data

Each script used by this report looks for specific symptoms which have been known to cause problems in the past.  The script can either be run manually in SQL*Plus, or as a concurrent request.  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: Order Management (ONT) Sales Order Analyzer Diagnostic Script, Doc ID 1665244.1.  To see what others are saying about the script or to add a comment/request on the script, go to its' community thread.   

Tuesday May 12, 2015

Webcast: Utilizing API For Pick Release And Ship Confirm

Webcast_icon.jpgUtilizing API For Pick Release And Ship Confirm


Date: May 19, 2015 at 11:00 am ET, 8:00 am PT, 3:00 pm GMT, 8:30 pm, India Time (Mumbai)


This one-hour advisor webcast is recommended for technical users, functional users, system administrators, database administrators, other users who want to gain more understanding on how to utilize Shipping API to perform the pick release and ship confirm process.

Topics will include:

  • What is an API?
  • Sample API code
  • Demonstration

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Webcast: Basic Troubleshooting Information for Duplicate Sales Order Transactions Stuck in Inventory Tables

Webcast_icon.jpgWebcast: Basic Troubleshooting Information for Duplicate Sales Order Transactions Stuck in Inventory Tables


Date: May 20th, 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 advisor webcast is recommended for (technical users, functional users, system administrators, Database Administrators, etc.) who normally work with Inventory Month End Closing process including resolution for stuck transactions in Inventory tables.

Topics will include:

  • Provide basic troubleshooting techniques to identify and fix duplicate sales order transactions between Inventory tables MTL_TRANSACTIONS_INTERFACE, MTL_MATERIAL_TRANSACTIONS_TEMP, and MTL_MATERIAL_TRANSACTIONS
  • Provide information regarding the Root Causes of this data corruption, how to verify your code level and confirm if you area already in a known fixed version, and how to avoid recurrence of this issue
  • Note: This webcast is focus on sales orders and has no affect on Inventory transactions like Miscellaneous Receipts or WIP transactions

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Details & Registration: Doc ID 1290983.1

Friday May 08, 2015

Data Solutions For Your Inventory Items

Does it seem that you sometimes experience what appears to be the same data issues when adding or updating Inventory Items? It's not happenstance. Oracle Product Information Management (PIM) Development and Support have identified certain data corruption scenario's that might be common to certain Inventory Item data. Development and Support have worked together to create, test, and approve Standard Datafixes (SDF's) that can be safely used by PIM and/or Inventory Items Customers, without logging a Service Request. Be sure to bookmark note, FAQ: Item And PIM (APC/PLM) Standard Datafixes (Doc ID 1295001.1).



The note references 7 data issues, identifies if error identification scripts are available for each, let's you know if each issue has a standard datafix and/or a root cause patch, and shows the Product versions covered. You can have confidence using the SDF's because they were thoroughly tested and have Oracle PIM Developments stamp-of-approval. Use the fixes in Doc ID 1295001.1 to limit down time, and let's get those Inventory Items ready for processing.

Wednesday May 06, 2015

Webcast: Understanding the Output of the Discrete Job Value Report

Webcast_icon.jpgUnderstanding the Output of the Discrete Job Value Report


Date: May 12, 2015 at 11:00 am ET, 8:00 am PT, 3:00 pm GMT, 8:30 pm, India Time (Mumbai)


This one-hour advisor webcast is recommended for technical users, functional users, system administrators who are involved in analyzing the cost of Discrete Jobs.

Topics will include:

  • A description of the Discrete Job Value Report
  • Clarification of the different sections of the output of the Discrete Job Value Report
  • Things that could cause variance in a Job
  • An example of variance in a Discrete Job

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Details & Registration:  Understanding the Output of the Discrete Job Value Report on May 12, 2015

Webcast: Demantra Certification. Are you attempting to get certified? Let's walk through the process!

Webcast_icon.jpgDemantra Certification. Are you attempting to get certified? Let's walk through the process!


Date: May 13, 2015 at 11:00 am ET, 8:00 am PT, 3:00 pm GMT, 8:30 pm, India Time (Mumbai)


This one-hour advisor webcast is recommended for all who are considering the Demantra certification test. We will cover a number of topics to steer you in the correct direction for your study efforts leading to the actual test. I cannot guarantee that you will pass but we can make you aware of test topics.

Topics will include:

  • Collaborator Workbench
  • Worksheets
  • Analytical Engine
  • Simulation Engine
  • Forecast Tree
  • Business Modeler
  • Data Model
  • Workflow Manager and Workflows
  • Member Management
  • Chaining
  • Series
  • Levels
  • Methods
  • User Security
  • Main Data Tables
  • Modules (Components)
  • Oracle Database
  • Middleware/Client info
  • EBS Modules
  • JDE, Siebel and Legacy systems
  • Installation
  • Product Architecture
  • SQL Tools and Programming Language
  • Collections and Load Data

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Details & Registration:  Demantra Certification. Are you attempting to get certified? Let's walk through the process! on May 13, 2015

Thursday Apr 30, 2015

Critical Update to the EBS Procurement Approvals Analyzer (Version 200.3)

Today we have released a new version of the EBS Procurement Approval Analyzer.  Its not that we want to keep you dba's busy but there were some critical updates that necessitated this change.

In the new version 200.3 we have modified for the following errors in the analyzer output.

Under the Approver checks:
- Error:This employee is not assigned to any active applications user.
- Error:This employee does not exist in the workflow tables (WF_USERS)
- Warning:There is a loop in the employee/supervisor hierarchy   

In the Document Manager Errors section:
-ORA-01403: no data found error in R12.2 in the "Document Manager Errors" section

Download version 200.3 today here!

Thursday Apr 23, 2015

So really why should I apply the March 2015 12.1.3: Procurement Family Update - Rollup Patch?

Well for one thing there have been great improvements to the Purchasing Document Open Interface (PDOI) for 12.1.3, but additionally check out all the improvements in the iProcurement, Sourcing, Purchasing and SLM areas, as listed below.  Scared applying these big rollup patches?  Well don't be! run the Patch Wizard and you'll most likely find that the impact to your system is far less.  Get all the information on this patch including a link to the patch wizard via Doc ID 1468883.1.

Feature Name Description

iProcurement

Requisition Update API

The Requisition Update API enables users to update multiple requisitions one at a time.  Using the Requisition Update API, users can update requisition information (such as header,lines, distributions) and can also add new lines to the requisition. Users can update incomplete and approved requisitions (provided the approved requisitions are not associated to a purchase order).

Autowrap for Requisition Description

The Requisition Line Details page enables you to enter a Requisition Description. You can enter a long description that will be autowrapped and will be easily readable, instead of your having to scroll to the left or right to see the requisition description.

Content Zone Enhancements

The categories or supplier columns in a Content Zone in iProcurement was previously limited. Users needed to define multiple content zones for this reason. This has now been extended and users can enter or define categories or suppliers in a single Content Zone.

Change Reason added to Change History page

When a Change Order is initiated, the Change History page displays a Reason column to enable the user to enter a reason for the changes made to the requisition.

Search Capability in Smart Forms

The iProcurement Catalog Administrator can search for one or more smart forms using the Search button for Smart Forms. The Search parameters are: Smart Form Name, Operating Unit, Item Type, Stores. The Add Another dropdown enables you to select other search criteria.

Returning Requisition Lines In the Demand Workbench (Oracle Purchasing), if a requisition has multiple lines and the buyer returns a requisition line, only that line is returned instead of the entire requisition. The remaining lines are available to autocreate purchase orders and are available in the Demand Workbench. The returned lines go back to iProcurement.
Reminder Notifications for Requisitions with AME setup The modified Approval Management Engine (AME) Approval process in the Requisition Approval Workflow enables you to send reminder notifications to approvers during the requisition approval process.
Contract Number Parsing in CXML Shopping Cart The system parses 3 new extrinsic elements  (buyerContractLineNumber, buyerContractNumber and  supplierContractNumber) to support the contract numbers in CXML. The supplier is able to send these details in the cXML during Punchout.(similar to the native XML format) so that this item gets linked to the contract in the requisition line created.

Purchasing

GBPAs and POs in Supplier Scheduling Supplier Scheduling enables viewing expected deliveries based on shipping schedules and planning schedules, for the standard purchase orders created that refer to Global Blanket Purchase Agreements (GBPAs).

ASL API Enhancements

The Approved Supplier List (ASL) API enables users to create, update, and delete approved supplier lists in bulk.

Using the API, users can create an ASL with details that include type, commodity, item details and key attributes such as supplier, site, operating unit, and manufacturer. Other ASL attributes that can be created include plan schedule, shipping schedule, delivery calendar, ASL capacity, and tolerance information.

Cancel Backing Requisitions from a Complex PO Users can select or unselect the Cancel Requisition option on the page, and re-create the demand if the backing requisition is not canceled.

Sourcing

Dynamic Questionnaire The Requirements section is used to gather information from the suppliers in a negotiation document. The Requirements section now has a hierarchy, where dependent requirements are included. Based on the supplier response, the subsequent question(s) change dynamically for the supplier. There is a two-level hierarchy of dependent questions for every questionnaire. The advantage is that no superfluous questions are asked of the supplier during the questionnaire. The questionnaire will come up with different question set combinations, depending on how the supplier responds in the initial question(s).
Create Negotiation: Supplier Page Enhancements

The Supplier tab in the Create Negotiation page has been enhanced with the following features:

  • ability to sort by supplier
  • ability to delete some or all suppliers
  • removal of duplicate suppliers when a reusable list is added to the supplier invitation list
Buyers can Edit Approved Negotiation Documents

Approved or Draft Negotiation documents can be edited by buyers.

Buyer's Manager can be Removed from Collaboration Team A buyer can delete his manager who was added to the collaboration team members. This removal can take place when the document has a status of Draft or is Published. Using the Manage Collaboration Team option, buyers can remove their managers from the negotiation approval process.

Supplier Lifecycle Management

Prequalification Template

During the supplier prequalification and registration process, buyers often find that they need to gather further information from the supplier. This can be due to incomplete entry of the registration form, outdated information, inadequate information given by suppliers, attaching a non-specific information gathering form for supplier responses by the buyer, etc.

The Supplier Registration page enables buyers to quickly scan the supplier responses. However, it is cumbersome for buyers to attach a prequalification template that is completely relevant to the supplier's profile. Additionally, only one template can be attached to the Supplier Registration process at a time. In order to address these issues, the buyer can now do the following:

  • The buyer administrator can link one or more questionnaire lists to a profile attribute. Questionnaire Lists are attached to Profile Attributes using the Profile Extension page.
  • When a supplier registers, the system will retrieve the appropriate questionnaire list based on the supplier attributes that are found in the supplier registration page, as part of the supplier responses.
  • The buyer can now select one or more questionnaire lists and send the selected lists to the supplier for gathering supplier responses and further information.
Streamline Supplier Registration Approval Process

With the streamlined supplier registration approval process, users can:

  • Ask suppliers to provide more information by selecting the Use the Supplier to Provide Details action in the actions drop down list in the Supplier Request Review page.
  • Use the New Supplier Registration Process page to register a new supplier. Three new buttons are available on this page: Cancel, Save and Continue, Send Invitation to Supplier. Users can click Save and Continue to save the supplier information and take the requester to the next page (New Supplier Request) where the user can enter additional information and select actions such as Register, Save, Cancel. Send Invitation to Supplier saves the information and sends an invitation notification to the supplier to register. The status of the request is now Supplier to Provide Details.
  • Enter profile attributes: Buyers and suppliers are required to enter User Defined Attributes (UDA).  When the requester selects the Send Invitation to Supplier action in the request review page, all the mandatory UDA attributes to be entered by the user are validated and appropriate errors message will be displayed to the requester in case he has missed any such UDA.
  • Send the Pre-Qualification Questionnaire: The user sends an invitation to register to the supplier. Then the Action Required: Please fill out the Supplier pre – qualification questionnaire notification is sent to the supplier.
Update Submitted Evaluation The system enables buyers to update previously submitted evaluations. Additionally, a warning message is sent to the evaluation team member who attempts to update an evaluation for an Assessment, for which the scoring is locked.
Also users can send email notifications to various stakeholders (including evaluation teams) using Online Discussions, so that the administrator can inform / remind the team members of important dates such as Lock Scoring Date, date of completion of Assessment, etc.
Oracle iSupplier Portal: Supplier Registration related Enhancements

The following enhancements are related to the supplier registration process:

  • The prospective supplier registration approval notification page displays status history and notification history. When the buyer approves or rejects a prospective supplier, the system notifies the supplier. If rejected, the system informs the supplier the reason for rejection, which is captured in Note to Supplier. In this scenario, rejection is permanent and cannot be revoked. If the administrator does not want to reject and would like to send it back to the supplier to update their request / enter additional information, administrators can use Return to Supplier after entering a note to the supplier.
  • As a buyer you can add a new approver or an FYI approver during the supplier registration process, using the Manage Approvals action. As a current approver you can also add a new approver or an FYI approver during the supplier registration approval process, using the Manage Approvals action. Both buyer and current approver need to note that they can only add a new approver or an FYI approver only after current approver group(s), and not before or between current approver group(s).
  • The Approval History link in the Supplier Profile page (Quick Update page), displays the supplier registration approval history. If there is no approval history for the supplier, an appropriate message displays to tell the user that no approval history has been found for the supplier. The Approval History page enables internal users to track the history of supplier records, such as who approved or rejected the supplier and when.
Oracle Supplier Lifecycle Management Enhancements

Several improvements have been made to the Supplier Lifecycle Management (SLM) user interface, functions and features. Key reasons for improving and enhancing the SLM product:

  • Ease of use for users and administrators
  • Removal of unrequired Sourcing flows and functions
  • Streamlining of SLM flows with simplified user interfaces and logical arrangement of tabs/sub-tabs/menus/functions

Major changes include:

1. Functionality changes: The Supplier Qualification and Evaluation menu is now removed from the Supplier Management Administrator/User responsibility. This menu enabled the user to navigate to the Sourcing home page, where the user could select the relevant option to create an RFI. Now, using the Supplier Management Administrator responsibility, the user can see the pages/regions belonging to the Supplier Qualification and Evaluation menu. This is visible to users by selecting the Supplier Home menu option that opens the Home page > Suppliers tab. The Home page now retain the existing features related to supplier search and supplier creation.

2. Nomenclature changes: New terminology introduced that is specific to SLM. Examples of such changes in all pages including notifications are:

  • Negotiation is now called Assessments
  • Requirements are now called Questions
  • Requirement Lists are now termed Questionnaires

Assessment creation now requires a template.

The Enable as Supplier button is available on the Supplier’s Home page.

The Register New Supplier button is available only if either iSupplier Portal is installed and/or Supplier Lifecycle Management is enabled.

Tuesday Apr 21, 2015

Webcast: Pick Release Move Order Related To OPM Production Batches

Webcast_icon.jpgWebcast: Pick Release Move Order Related To OPM Production Batches


Date: April 28, 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.

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