Thursday Jul 30, 2015

BOM Calendar - Is Your MRP Bucket Half Full?

Oracle Master Resource Planning (MRP) uses ‘bucketing’ to help keep control of forecasts for demand for a particular product. The forecasts estimate future demand for items using any combination of historical, statistical, and intuitive forecasting techniques.

The forecasts can be gathered together in Time Buckets. You can forecast with daily buckets in the short term, weekly buckets in the midterm, and periodic buckets in the longer term.

Do you you need to manage your buckets in Calendar Months? What if you expect a bucket to ‘end-date’ on March 31 – but if March 31 is a Wednesday, and the Workday Calendar for “March” runs until Friday April 2? Then requirements from April 1 and 2 will be included in the “March” bucket. Some customers and users want to more closely link the BOM Workday Calendar to the common Calendar in use around the world.

If you would like to manage your buckets in Calendar months, we invite you to vote on Idea 'MRP Bucketing Should Happen For The Monthly BOM Calendar' in the EBS Logistics Communities.



You can also review note, It Is Not Possible To Setup Calendar For Monthly Bucketing (Doc ID 2027380.1).

If you'd like more information on using EBS Communities for Enhancement Requests (Ideas), see note, Oracle E-Business Suite Product Enhancement Request to My Oracle Support Community FAQ (Doc ID 1584210.1).

The power to request enhancements is in your hands, so don't forget to vote if you'd like MRP bucketing to happen for a monthly BOM Calendar.

Monday Jul 20, 2015

Keep Those Sales Orders Flowing

To continue our series on transactions processing, we have some questions for you.

• Are you a power user looking to have a seamless Inventory month end closing?
• Does it seem like every month there is a crisis in your organization because the end users are unable to close the period?
• Have you ever wondered what tools are there to help you troubleshoot stuck sales order transactions?

If the answer is yes to any of these questions, we've got a great training document for you. See, R12 Inventory Sales Order Flow and Troubleshooting (Doc ID 1100764.1).

This document uses different media including a recorded demo to walk an Oracle user through the month end closing process for Inventory Organizations.



The focus of the presentation is to empower any user and/or techno/functional resource about the different options available to identify and correct sales order transactions that are stuck in the Transactions Open Interface.

The presentation will also show you the flow of the My Oracle Support (MOS): Guided Resolution that is offered as you log Service Requests.

Doc ID 1100764.1 is another tool to help keep your transactions processing. As usual, keep tuned in to the Inventory Blog and we will continue to assist in ending your month end headaches.

Monday Jun 29, 2015

Continue Your Work In Process!

In the June 5th post, we discussed "Move Order On Down The Road!" about Pending Transactions related to move orders. Two of many other common Pending Transaction types is a Work In Process (WIP) Completion or a WIP Issue transaction. Pending WIP Completion and Issue transactions can be tricky if you have processing issues. In Support we have seen examples where WIP Completion or Issue transactions have been duplicated, hence creating duplicate WIP Pending Transactions that either won't process or create duplicate Material Transactions historical records. Particularly if the WIP Pending Transactions won't process, they could prevent period close, making them highly visible during month end processing. Don't fret; again The Inventory Social Media Team is here to guide you to a solution.

If you process a lot of WIP Completion and WIP Issue transactions, and you want to check for duplicates, a great place to start diagnosing is note, Duplicate Pending (MMTT) WIP : How To Verify If Pending WIP Completion And Issue Transactions In MMTT Are Duplicates Or Not (Before Resubmitting Or Deleting) (Doc ID 1073279.1).



Doc ID 1073279.1 contains identification sql scripts, root cause analysis, and solution suggestions if you determine you have WIP duplicates. We would also suggest Doc ID 333572.1, which contains an attached Word document which provides details on how to review pending work order transactions; Diagnosing WIP Related Transaction and Data Issues (Doc ID 333572.1).

Duplicate WIP Completion or WIP Issue pending transactions can be tricky, but with the right tools you can turn a period close tsunami into a smooth sailing.

Friday Jun 05, 2015

Move Order On Down The Road!

Is it the end of the month and you are frightened about what you are going to find in your Pending Transactions form? You hesitate to check, but you click “Find” in Pending Transactions, and again there are weird “Allocated” move order lines that seem to happily just sit there. Didn't this happen last month? … Why, why, why won't these move orders resubmit from Pending Transactions!?!? The Inventory Social Media Team is again here with helpful tips to resolve pesky period close stoppers.

For Allocated Move Orders that don't seem to process, we recommend to bookmark note, How to Check the Move Order Status of Pending Transactions (Allocations) Show in Pending Transactions Form (Doc ID 1370430.1). Using Warehouse Management Systems (WMS)? Doc ID 1370430.1 has also got you covered.



Doc ID 1370430.1 will help you find and process Allocated Move Orders. Sometimes you see move order lines in a status 'Allocated' that cannot be processed in the Pending Transactions form. This is situation normal. Processing manual move order lines are as simple as clicking the “Transact” button in Transact Move Orders form.

You'll also see that there are rare examples that are not so ideal. There can be corrupted move order lines related to Closed or Cancelled Move Orders which require different actions. Doc ID 1370430.1 will guide you on how to proceed when data is corrupted, like when move order status is Closed, Cancelled, or Cancelled by Source.

Pending move order transactions do not need to be mysterious. Use Doc ID 1370430.1 and don't let Move Order Allocations roadblock your period close ever again.

Tuesday May 26, 2015

Transactions Resources, Resources, and More Resources

Do you import transactions into EBS Inventory using the Transactions Open Interface functionality? Inventory Support offers many resources to assist in resolving any issues that may occur. One resource the Inventory Social Media team recommends is the diagnostic in note, R12.0.6+ : Inventory Open Interface Transactions Transaction Data Test (Doc ID 732248.1). Want to see all R12 EBS diagnostics? Check out Doc ID 1083807.1. Still on 11i? Check out all the EBS diagnostics in Doc ID 179661.1.

Want more assistance than just a diagnostic? The Inventory Social Media Team is especially excited about the Analyzers being created across Oracle Support and EBS Products that offer warnings, recommendations, and solutions for your data and/or Product set-up. Check out note, Get Proactive with Oracle E-Business Suite - Product Support Analyzer Index (Doc ID 1545562.1).



Existing Analyzers are currently being reformatted into our new and improved standards, so keep a look out for formatting improvements to existing Analyzers, and new Analyzer offerings. By the way, the Inventory Social Media team is particularly proud of the Inventory Analyzer (Doc ID 1499475.1) which has been previously discussed in this blog. So, be sure to use the many Support resources, and let's get those interface transactions processed!

Tuesday May 12, 2015

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.

Friday Apr 17, 2015

Are You Considering Item Web Services for Oracle Product Hub?

Need information on the different item web services available for Oracle Product Hub? Yes? Then we bet your concerned about extracting Product Hub item and structure information because of the complexity of item attributes. Your probably especially concerned if you have a large number of user-defined attributes (UDA's). No Worries. The Inventory Social Media team will again be a beacon.

Oracle Product Hub provides web services for publishing and integration to other external systems, and the functionality has evolved over various releases (12.1.x and higher). It may be overwhelming to review the various options available and select what best suits your business requirements and still stay supported by Oracle. To help out, we suggest Doc ID 1931478.1 which provides a complete discussion on the various options available, tools required, terminology used, supportability moving forward, setup required, limitations and workarounds.



We would also suggest the following brown bags on available features:
OPH: Brownbag on Publication and WebServices [Video] (Doc ID 1613913.1)
PDH/EGO/PIM/OPH: Webinar on Publishing Metadata (Item Catalog Categories, Value Sets and Attribute Groups) from PDH to PDH Instances in R12.2 [Video] (Doc ID 1926970.1)

Keep in mind web services are also available for other publishing entities like Item Catalog Categories and Value Sets. Use the MOS notes like above and implementing item web services may be easier than you think. Cheers!

Tuesday Apr 07, 2015

Eradicate FRM-40654 or FRM-4073 When Updating Your Items

All you needed was to make a small change to one of your Inventory item attributes. Then boom, FRM-40654 foiled your plans. The Inventory Social Media Team understands. Doing a quick search in MOS shows that FRM-40654 or FRM-40735 in the Inventory Item Master or Item Organization screen, can occur because of a many different scenarios. To more quickly resolve your issue, Inventory Support has consolidated solutions for when FRM-40654 or FRM-40735 occurs when updating your items. See note, FRM-40654 or FRM-40735 20001 Errors In The Item Master Or Item Child Organizations Form INVIDITM.fmb (Doc ID 1933028.1).



Doc ID 1933028.1 steps you through troubleshooting the errors including an example on how to update your items using the Item Open Interface. Use Doc ID 1933028.1 to more quickly eradicate FRM-40654 or FRM-40735, and let's get those item attributes updated!

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

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Details & Registration: Doc ID 1290983.1

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!

Thursday Feb 12, 2015

Webcast: How to Process CTO Bills with Warning: The Configured Bills will be Created with Dropped Components

Webcast_icon.jpgWebcast: How to Process CTO Bills with Warning: The Configured Bills will be Created with Dropped Components


Date: February 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 presentation demonstrates how and why the warning message "The configured bill will be created with dropped components" is displayed when configuring an ATO or PTO model in Order Management. A script is provided to help determine the dropped component and its parent bill. In addition, two workarounds are outlined in the event the component was dropped unintentionally.

Topics will include:

  • A script will be provided to help determine the dropped component and its parent bill
  • Two workarounds are outlined in the event the component is dropped unintentionally
  • Tips and Troubleshooting

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Details & Registration: Doc ID 1290983.1

Friday Feb 06, 2015

Cycle Count No Data Found? Find Your Data!

It's a beautiful day. Not a cloud in the sky. It's warm and sunny and everything's right with the world. You leisurely decide to run your Cycle Count Listing Report and oddly enough, the sky starts to darken. Storm clouds gather. The temperature drops. Winds start to blow and...NO DATA FOUND! Nooooo...not the dreaded 'No data Found!' You have an inventory item you know has a scheduled date for today. How can there be no cycle count entry! You feel like the porch light is on but no one is home. Is there a logfile, report, or sql query that can be used to resolve this issue? You wonder where can you find items scheduled for today? How many times was this tested to see if the item should be counted? Are the logfiles annotated? The Inventory Blog Team answers your questions with a yes, Yes, and again, YES! We have the MOS note for you, Investigating Cycle Counting Scheduling Issues (Doc ID 1912738.1). Note 1912738.1 provides information like the constraints placed on creating cycle count entries.



Use the video demonstrations, presentations, and sql scripts in troubleshooting Note 1912738.1, to once again turn those grey skies blue, in your cycle counting day!

Wednesday Jan 28, 2015

Personalize Your Mobile Apps!

Sometimes personalizations make an app feel like your own. Did you know that you can personalize pages in Mobile Supply Chain Applications 12.1+? For more information, see Question 5 in note MSCA Installation Steps / FAQ (Doc ID 274034.1).



So, you're down the road. You decided to personalized your mobile pages and the task is long completed. It really simplifed your processes because it reduced the amount of information that needed to be verified in mobile. You also defaulted some fields based on your facility business rules. The personalizations are working really well. Then one day you need to create a new mobile instance because of changes to mobile apps.  It hits you out-of-the-blue..."how can I find out which mobile pages we personalized?" You cross your fingers that there is a simple process to find mobile personalizations. Well again have no fear, the Inventory Blog Team will point you to the solution.

Mobile personalizations can easily be determine by following the steps in How To Find Out What Mobile Pages Have Been Personalized in Oracle instance (Doc ID 1938009.1). It's that easy. We hope you enjoy the expediency provided by mobile page personalizations!

Tuesday Jan 13, 2015

Easy Assistance for Troubleshooting Issues

As we have discussed in previous blog entries, sometimes it seems like you have to be 'Carnac the Magnificent' when searching for a solution in MyOracle Support (MOS). Besides our previous suggestions on techniques for knowing how to search, sometimes for broad issues, the hardest part of searching is a starting point. Maybe you are having an issue like a problem logging a service request (SR). Maybe you are looking at an issue in your Oracle Database or EBS Product specific area where there are many MOS notes offering solutions. In scenario's like these, the Inventory Blog Team suggests using a Troubleshooting Assistant.  

Troubleshooting Assistants help narrow a search based on a series of questions that guide you to a solution. They are very much like the new 'Guided Resolution' feature that is now available for some SR problem types when logging SR's. They are also available in many different Oracle Product areas, and for many different issues. Wait...what's that? We are divining that you are asking, "How do I find one of these helpful Troubleshooting Assistants?" Well it's very simple oh honorable one. In MyOracle Support (MOS) make sure your Powerview is off, then search using the term ‘Troubleshooting Assistant’. This will return Troubleshooting Assistants across different Product areas. Or use Powerview to search for Troubleshooting Assistants for a specific Product. Or simply select one when you see it during a search in MOS. It's that easy.



Doc ID 1391970.2 above for EBS Inventory/Receiving RVTII-060 errors, is a prime example of a broad issue where there are many possible solutions. The Inventory Blog Team would certainly recommend using this assistant if the RVTII-060 error occurs.

Troubleshooting Assistants are living documents that are regularly updated with recent updated information, so it's helpful to bookmark the docs for future reference. Troubleshooting Assistants are another tool offered by Oracle Support to help with fast and easy solutions, and again, here's to successful searching in MOS!

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