Thursday Jan 02, 2014

Do you Deal with Supplier Profile Management flows?

Do you Deal with Supplier Profile Management flows?  Well if so, you will want to read this…..

There have been a lot of changes in Release 12 and higher with the integration of Trading Community Architecture (TCA), where supplier data is part of the parties architecture.

See these important references to get the full picture:

  • Doc ID 1591187.1-*Upgrade Issues* Supplier Data Model, Upgrade Scripts and Patches For Data Issues In The Upgrade To 12.X: this note provides a compilation of important references for this data model change (including manuals).
  • Doc ID 1607664.1- Diagrams of TCA - Trading Community Architecture - Data Models Showing Logical Design as Used in Supplier Management:  diagrams showing the data models in 11i and R12 for Supplier Management are shown here.  These diagrams are useful for comparing differences between the releases and understanding the logical data model.  The ERD - Entity Relationship Diagrams - are also provided to clarify the models further.
  • Doc ID 1596801.1- UPGRADE Supplier Data Model From 11i to R12 - List and Description of Scripts Used During Upgrade: obtain details of upgrade scripts used for upgrading supplier data from 11i to R12 to comply with the new data model for supplier data in R12.  This data is used by products from Oracle Applications like iSupplier, Purchasing, iProcurement, Sourcing, Payables, etc.
  • Doc ID 1591190.1- *Upgrade Issues* Supplier Data Issues After Upgrade to 12.X and Generic Data Fix Patches: this document lists the data issues after the upgrade and the generic data fix patches available.

Still have Questions? Access this Procurement community post and, using the reply link, put in your question/comment.

Learn about Late Charges Functionality in Receivables

Late Charges is an area of functionality that has steadily been enhanced since it was first introduced as Finance Charges in Release 11i.  In Release 12, it now includes both interest and penalty charges, and has more flexibility in calculation, documentation and storage of the charges.  Additionally in Release 11i, users had to run the Dunning or Statement process to kick off calculation of finance charges, but in Release 12 late charges is a standalone process.

You can assess late charges against past due debit items for each customer, account, or site.  The calculation of late charges is determined by your late charge policy. You can set up your policy to control various decisions, such as whether you assess late charges, and how those late charges are calculated.  Another step of the setup defines how you want to document your late charges and present them to the customer.  The options are:

  • Adjustments
  • Debit Memos
  • Interest Invoices 

You can customize the way Late Charges are created by defining Interest Tiers and Charge Schedules, then associate these records to the customer profile.  You can define a different late charge policy per customer profile class.  When you assign a customer profile class to a customer, the late charge policy is defaulted to the customer account, but you can change those values.  You can also define a late charge policy at the site level.  Additionally, this functionality allows further customization of calculation based upon transaction types.

Use the Generate Late Charges program to calculate late charges according to your organization's defined late charge policy.  You can submit this program in Draft mode to create a batch of draft late charges that you can first review.  If you wish to amend any of the calculations, or even delete a charge, you can do this via the Late Charges batch screen.  Once you are happy with the final listing of charges, you change the status and mode of the batch and the revised charges will be applied.

Additional Resources

The following documents provide an excellent insight into this functionality:

  • Late Charges Calculation And Set Up: A Guide For Oracle Receivables Users (DocID 1269062.1)
  • How to enable additional debug messages in Generate Late Charges (ARCALATM) (DocID 985589.1)
  • FAQ: Late Charges Problems and Questions (DocID 1325078.1)

Additionally, we recorded a webcast on Late Charges Functionality, which is available for playback   (DocID 740966.1)
- Choose Oracle E-Business Suite in the List of Values
- Choose Financials
Topics included in the Webcast:
  • Overview of Late Charges Functionality
  • Defining Organizational Late Charge Policy
  • Set up Customers & Sites for Late Charges
  • Generate Late Charges
  • Run Diagnostics

Receivables Receipts Workbench Troubleshooting Assistant (Search Helper)

Have you checked out the newly updated AR TroubleShooting Assistant (search helper) for the Receipts Workbench?

Troubleshooting assistants are a user-friendly way of searching the Oracle Knowledge Base based on the problem symptoms, and quickly identifying the appropriate documents to follow to resolve the error.  They are a perfect tool for functional users to troubleshoot their problems, or for those users who may be reluctant to use the standard searching functionality.  Many products in the E-Business Suite have produced troubleshooting assistants for specific areas of functionality, and all follow the same methodology.

The Receivables Receipts Workbench provides a collection of solutions that pertain to the symptoms you indicate.  

For example, let's suppose you are having issues with applying/unapplying receipts.  Simply display the troubleshooting assistant and check the functional area in which you are experiencing the problem within Receipts Workbench, as below:

Once you have identified the functional area, you then select the symptom(s) that most closely describes your issue.  In the example below, you have noticed the following error message when you attempt to apply a receipt.

APP-AR-96024 Account generator is unable to derive information for accounts

If you select a symptom that is closely related to another symptom, even if you haven't selected the related symptom, both symptoms are highlighted in blue to flag the relationship, and to give you the opportunity to further classify and validate your issue.

As you select each symptom, the document with the most appropriate solution is displayed in the 'Solution(s)' column.  You then drill down on each of the displayed documents and review to find the answer to your issue.

Try it and see - it is really easy! 


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