Monday Mar 31, 2014

Intercompany Program Passing Incorrect CREATED_BY Details to Interfaces

Audit Trails represent chronological recordings of event sequences and keep track of the users involved in specific processes, giving a clear view of all historical details for financial transactions. Details related to id's of the users creating or changing an accounting record are extremely relevant for auditing purposes.

What was reported?

A couple of bugs were discovered with Advanced Global Intercompany System (AGIS) transfers with incorrect CREATED_BY id's for certain processes.

What Processes Were Affected?

The following relevant programs that record user id's were reported to pass incorrect details to other programs and interfaces:

  • Intercompany Import Program (FUNXIMPB)
  • Manual Intercompany Transactions Sweep (FUNPRDSTSB)

Created_by_data sample

How to Address This Issue?

A patching solution is now available for both affected processes!

Keep a Clean Audit Trail linking to correct user id's, Patch Today!

What's NEW? 12.1.3+ E-business Suite Recommended Patch Collection 1!

We are very pleased to announce the availability of E-Business Suite 12.1.3+ Recommended Patch Collection 1 (Patch 17774755).  This Recommended Patch Collection combines recommended patches for EBS 12.1.3 into a single integrated and regression-tested patchset.

Note: Patch 17774755 must be applied into an existing Release 12.1.3 E-Business Suite environment.

For the complete installation steps and Functional information, refer to My Oracle Support Doc ID 1638535.1.

Sunday Mar 30, 2014

New Feature! Balance Intercompany Journals Using Clearing Balancing Segment Value!

Intercompany transactions occur between two related legal entities or between groups in the same legal entity. In Release 12 of Oracle Applications these transactions are split into two different categories, INTERcompany and INTRAcompany.

Intracompany transactions can also be generated within a ledger where there is no legal entity context.

How Did This Work Before?

For 'no legal entity context', only Intracompany journals could be balanced using a clearing balancing segment value, based on Intracompany rules defined.

What's New?

  • R12.1+ Intracompany Rules user interface was enhanced, now allowing users to setup rules at ledger level (no legal entity context) even when the legal entities to balancing segment value associations are defined in the system
  • Balancing code was enhanced to use ledger level balancing rules instead of the Intercompany or Intracompany rules set up at legal entity level
  • Ability to derive different accounts based on the source and category , when ledger level balancing is used
  • Advanced Global Intercompany System(AGIS) functionality will not be affected by this new setup
  • Possible to toggle between old/new functionality through profile options

Fun balance profile option

Interested?  

Review How to Balance Intercompany Journals Using a Clearing Balancing Segment Value(BSV)? (Doc ID 1640618.1) for full details.

Friday Mar 28, 2014

Australia: Workplace Gender Equality Reporting

From the 2013-14 reporting period, the requirements of the 'Workplace Gender Equality Act 2012' (Act) will be fully operational. Employers will be required to complete and submit online:

  • A workplace profile showing the composition of their workforce by gender; employment status; standardized occupational categories for managers and non–managers; for managers, their reporting level to the CEO; and remuneration data for managers and non-managers
  • The reporting questionnaire covering standardized reporting matters under the six gender equality indicator

Reporting period

The reporting period is the 12 month period from 1 April to 31 March annually and reports are due between 1 April and 31 May.

Who needs to report?

All non-public sector employers with 100 or more employees (relevant employers) are required to report to the Workplace Gender Equality Agency (WGEA) annually.
If a relevant employer’s number of employees falls below 100, it must continue to report until its number of employees’ falls below 80.

For more information on reporting requirements and how to submit online please refer to the following website;

  • www.wgea.gov.au

Oracle has released the following patch, which includes functionality for meeting the Workplace Gender Reporting requirement for Australia:

A whitepaper has also been released and is available on My Oracle Support outlining the setup and use of this feature.

Using Additional Currencies for Reporting Purposes in General Ledger

The need to report in additional currencies may occur at any time to satisfy legal, statutory or management supplementary reporting requirements. This is also a good option to be considered if you operate in countries with highly inflationary economies.

In General Ledger this can be accomplished using

  • Reporting Currencies - where the need is to simply maintain transactions in multiple currencies
  • Secondary Ledgers - where the main purpose is to represent transactions in a different accounting method, calendar, currency, chart of accounts

You may configure any of these setup alternatives to comply with your Generally Accepted Accounting Principles circumstances.

Add Secondary Ledger, Why The Primary Ledger is in Use?

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But what if the business requirement comes after your Primary Ledger is already in use?

What would be the impact of such setup changes?

Would this change be permitted? 

The answer is Yes!

We Can accommodate such a change, find out How in

Impact of Newly Added Alternate Ledger Currency(ALC)/Secondary Ledger in Release12 (Doc ID 1479782.1)

This document provides a complete impact analysis for new installs or upgraded instances regarding

  • Business flows
  • Accounting and Reversals
  • Validations
  • Non-upgraded data options

We made it EASY to get meaningful balances in Any Currency, Anytime!


Thursday Mar 27, 2014

Webcast: E-Business Tax (EBTax) Webcast Series April 22 - May 7, 2014

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E-Business Tax Webcast Series: Join us for any or all of our six part series on E-Business Tax!

Webcasts will be held at 11:00 am ET, 9:00 am MT, 4:00 pm GMT, 8:30 pm IST

Check the time in your time zone.



Date
Webcast
Details & Registration
22-Apr-14
Session 1 – Prerequisites for Regime to Rate Flow Creation
Doc ID 1640295.1
23-Apr-14
Session 2 – Basic Overview, Regime To Rate Setup & Transactional Flow
(US Based Setup) From A Financials Perspective
Doc ID 1626097.1
29-Apr-14
Session 3 – Manufacturing Regime to Rate Setup & Transactional Flow (Non-US Based Setup)
Doc ID 1640273.1
30-Apr-14
Session 4 – Advanced Setups From A Financials Perspective
Doc ID 1626088.1
06-May-14
Session 5 – Fiscal Classification Types & Their Creation For Tax Calculation From A Manufacturing Perspective
Doc ID 1640290.1
07-May-14
Session 6 – Migrating from 11i to Release 12
Doc ID 1626087.1

CRM Product Family Latest Patch Information

There have been recent RUP/consolidated patches released for some products in the CRM family. See the table below for recent patching information for the CRM family products. 

Product Details
Reference
Lease and Finance Management Patch 18088536:R12.OKL.B: OLFM : 1213 RUP3 DELTA 19 Doc ID 1622396.1
Core Service
Patch 18265289: 12.1.3::R12.CS.B: 12.1.3:BUG FIXES FOR CS:MARCH'14 RUP PATCH
Doc ID 1608427.1
Installed Base
Patch 17182398:R12.CSI.B: ORACLE INSTALLED BASE 12.1.X CONSOLIDATION Doc ID 1618632.1
Asset Tracking
Patch 17181028:R12.CSE.B: ORACLE ASSET TRACKING 12.1.X CONSOLIDATION Doc ID 1619344.1
Service Contracts
Patch 17155169:R12.OKS.B: Oracle Service Contract Release Update Pack 1 for 12.1.3
Doc ID 1612461.1
Contracts Core
Patch 17755570:R12.OKC.B: 12.1.3 OKC RUP2
Doc ID 1612432.1







The Reference notes, where indicated, provide more information about the patch such as:

  • fixes included
  • new or amended features
  • functional impact
  • testing recommendations
  • instructions for applying the patch. 

Wednesday Mar 26, 2014

Interested in E-Business Tax Integration with General Ledger?

Did you ever consider using Tax Journals feature in General Ledger but felt discouraged by the complex setup required, or simply did not know where to start?  We now have a simple solution for you!

A new Whitepaper was published recently on this topic: 

E-Business Tax Integration with General Ledger in Release 12 (Doc ID 1613279.1)!

This document aims to provide all required setup steps in E-Business Tax and General Ledger with the final purpose of creating Tax Journals in Oracle Applications.

Find step by step details with screenshots and examples regarding setup for:

  • Tax and Tax Regime
  • Tax Jurisdictions
  • Tax Rates and Rules
  • Transactions Processing in General Ledger
  • Useful Standard Reports
  • Table Level Details 

Sample of Tax Setup from the Whitepaper

E-Business Tax permits configuration of taxes according to local tax laws and international requirements. Integration of E-Business Tax with General Ledger allows uniformly using tax configurations for manual journals too.

Don't just READ about this setup, SEE it! 

Tuesday Mar 25, 2014

End of Tax Year Resources for Oracle UK Payroll Customers

For our Oracle UK Payroll customers, the end of the tax year (5 April) is right around the corner!

Here are a few points of reference that we hope you'll find useful.    

Patching

  • UK legislative Changes for end of tax year 2013/14, the start of tax year 2014/15 and the Real Time Information changes effective from April 2014 (Doc ID 1610646.1).
    This document contains the patch information and functional Readme for end of year, start of year, and RTI changes.

  • Oracle 11i Human Resources (HRMS) Mandatory Patches for UK Payroll (Doc ID 472794.1).
  • UK payroll mandatory patches in Oracle EBS R12 (Doc ID 551753.1).
  • UK Payroll Mandatory Patches in Oracle EBS R12.1 (Doc ID 862407.1).

    Refer to these documents for information on the UK mandatory patching requirements.

Other Information

  • EBS HCM : UK TYE SEMINAR 2014 (Doc ID 1620341.1).
    This document provides Transfer of Information presented during customer seminars in February 2014, and contains information relating to processing of End of Year and Start of Year for 2013/14 for UK payroll customers.
  • EBS UK Payroll : Real Time Information (RTI) White Paper and Patch Information (Doc ID 1324671.1).
    This document provides a central location for information related to Real Time Information (RTI). This resource page includes reference to external resources regarding HMRC requirements as well as Oracle resources to aid you in using our products and tools to accomplish the required legislative processing.  This Document is dynamic and it is expected that it is continually updated, as such please monitor this note appropriately.

If you encounter any issues with end of year processing, please raise a Service Request via My Oracle Support with Oracle Payroll Support.

Understanding Encumbrance Accounting in R12

Encumbrance Accounting has always been one of those tricky areas to understand and it is often quite complex and time consuming to resolve issues that arise.  Having a detailed understanding of how Encumbrance Accounting works in General Ledger, Payables and Purchasing will get you on the right track faster.

Recently a new document was created that attempts to pull together all the information that relates to Encumbrance Accounting so that you can understand everything from what it is, to how the applications are setup to use it, to using diagnostic tools and checking patch levels when something doesn't work just how you expect it to.

Please review R12: MASTER TROUBLESHOOTING GUIDE (MTG) for Encumbrance Accounting Issues in Oracle PO and AP (Doc ID 1578275.1) available on MyOracleSupport which discusses the following topics:  

  • What is Encumbrance Accounting
  • How does Encumbrance Accounting work in Oracle?
  • Funds Reservation Statuses on PO Documents
  • Required Setups (GL, AP, PO)
  • Seeded Oracle Reports for Encumbrance Accounting
  • Recommended Patches
  • Diagnostic Tools 
  • Hot Topics
  • More Resources 

One of the additional resources referenced within the above document is R12 Encumbrances Accounting Bulletin (Doc ID 1583781.1).  This interactive document allows you to filter the knowledge based on a topic of choice and includes Encumbrance Transactions for both Accrue on Receipt and at Period End and shows you the transactions you would see and the values of DR and CR that would be inserted into the XLA tables at the various stages.  

Together these two fantastic documents should enlighten the reader and provide a detailed understanding of Encumbrance Accounting in Oracle Applications. 

Monday Mar 24, 2014

E-Business CRM Install Base Analyzer is Now Available!

Oracle Install Base is an item instance life cycle tracking application that facilitates enterprise-wide life cycle item management and tracking capability.  In a typical process flow a sales order is created and shipped, which updates Inventory and creates a new item instance in Install Base (IB). The Inventory update results in a record being placed in the Service Fulfillment Manager (SFM) Event Queue.  If the record is successfully processed the IB tables are updated - if there is an error the record needs to be resolved so that the IB instance can be created and maintained. 

Due to various causes, everything from user setups, code bugs, or wrong data being entered, transactions can be delayed or hindered from updating the Install Base.  This can cause errors and processing delays in other modules such as Asset Tracking, Service, Contracts, Field Service and many other modules that depend on the timely and accurate update of the IB tables. 

Now you can proactively find issues before they impact your business users and customers by utilizing our newest tool -  the IB Analyzer.  See Doc ID 1597450.1 for details and to download the script.

The Install Base Analyzer is designed to make recommendations on best practices and reveal areas of concern based on your current setup and transaction statuses. It can be run manually or as a concurrent request. There are currently 24 checks (more will be added over time) for various areas such as profile and parameter setups, patching level, invalid objects, Event queue message statuses, inconsistent lot and revision control item setups, top transaction error summaries and a number of known errors and their solutions.

IB Analyzer output example

This script is a non-invasive, safe, read-only script that can be run in your Production environment.  The output is in HTML form, is user friendly and easy to navigate.  And best of all, for those problems that are identified, we provide direct links to their known solutions.  

We will continue to improve and update the IB Analyzer as we identify problem trends and common errors.  Please try out the tool and let us know what you think.  We are open to questions, comments, concerns and any ideas for improvement you may have. 

Come and see all that the IB Analyzer (Doc ID 1597450.1) can do for you today and provide us your feedback!


Get Help to Verify Your General Ledger Balances Anytime!

General ledger is the core of accounting information summarizing all financial transactions into accounts and gathering all data into balances that will be used to prepare financial statements or for various other reporting purposes. 

  • Maintaining correct balances is crucial for reporting purposes
  • Financial users may want to verify balances periodically to make sure they are accurate 

In order to gather information needed for analyzing problems related to General Ledger balances, in addition to the usual period closure activities such as running specific diagnostics from Doc ID 1416402.1 that would spot balances issues, you should also consider our Glbalfix - Gl Balances Corruption Script.

We have gathered all the useful information related to Glbalfix script, from installation to detailing all checks performed, preparation and execution along with potential errors and suggestions to spot and eliminate the root cause prior to performing any fix, in this new document:

Glbalfix: GL Balances Corruption Script - Master Note (Doc ID 1563019.2).

Once installed, the script can be safely submitted to run anytime in report mode, to verify the balances only - here's a sample output:

Glbalfix output sample

Remember, running the script does not mean it would change any data, you can use it just to verify the balances are correct! If a problem is detected, you decide further if and when to fix it!

Why don't you give Glbalfix a try?


Friday Mar 21, 2014

Purging Order Management Workflow

For maintaining a healthy workflow environment, the "Purge Order Management Workflow" concurrent request should be scheduled regularly. 

Purge Order Management Workflow Concurrent Program purges workflow items associated with Oracle Order Management, such as OM Order Line and OM Order Header. Unlike the Purge Obsolete Workflow Runtime Data program provided by Oracle Workflow, the Purge Order Management Workflow program purges workflows of closed sales order lines even if the sales order header is still open. It tries to close open workflows in a few very specific cases to make more workflow items eligible for purge. Use this purge program to reduce the size of workflow tables and improve high volume order processing performance.

Information on the use of "Purge Order Management Workflow" concurrent program, to purge closed workflows, specific to Order Management can be found in document: How To Purge Order Management Workflow, Doc ID 878032.1.


Important Message for Australia Oracle Payroll Customers

UPDATE OF PATCHING OVER THE NEXT FEW MONTHS

 As in previous years Oracle will endeavor to have the minimal number of patches over the months leading up to 30 June. However this year as there are a couple of large legislative changes there will be more than in past years.

Changes from 1 July 2014  (Only available on 12.0 & 12.1+ )

 As in previous years there will be a patch released around the end of May early June with changes from 1 July 2014. As these changes are dependent on the May budget exact timing cannot be provided till after the budget.

Current known changes (pending changes in budget) change to Medicare Levy rate and SGC rate (this may delayed for 2 years)

Gender Equality Reporting (Only available on 12.1+ )

An off cycle patch for Gender Equality reporting is scheduled to be available at the end of March. A white paper will be available on My Oracle Support at the same time.

SuperStream (Only available on 12.1+ )

 Oracle has decided to release two patches for SuperStream to allow customers as much time as possible to complete data capture and update their current solution.

Patch 1 – scheduled end of April. This will include data capture and superannuation processing in payroll. A high level solution overview for data capture and processing will be available in the next week or so to provide customers with as much information as possible before patch release.

Patch 2 – scheduled late June. This will include generation of XBRL file. (One XBRL file per super fund will be required)

A white paper will be available on My Oracle Support on the complete SuperStream solution around the end of April

Software developers and super clearing houses/super funds are currently working on a standard CSV file format. If this is finalized in time Oracle will also be providing a CSV file format which will be accepted by a large number of clearing houses and funds. However, the CSV file format can only be accepted for the transitional period by funds. If customers wanted to continue using this format past the transitional period they would require a third party to convert the information to the new SuperStream format.

Please contact your super funds  and clearing houses to see if they will be accepting this file format. The delivery of this is unable to be determined at this point as the ATO is still defining the file format. This may not be available in Oracle till after 1 July 2014.

Oracle will continue to communicate to customers as we move forward. As previously stated customers should be working with their super funds and super clearing houses as SuperStream delivery relies on them as well.


Thursday Mar 20, 2014

Want to See a Use Case for the iProcurement Item Analyzer – Read on!


A user reported they could not find Item f1000 when searching in iProcurement:


So they ran the iP Item Analyzer and we see that the Item did not have the Purchasable field enabled. The results below show the error and the document with the steps to fix it.


Within minutes issue resolved!


This is just one of the many uses of the iP I tem Analyzer, so don’t delay apply it today! Doc ID 1586248.1


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