Thursday Aug 07, 2014

Introducing the Trading Community Architecture APIs Information Center

Thinker1.jpgHave you been trying to find your way around the Trading Community Architecture (TCA) Application Programme Interfaces (APIs)?  Ever wanted to gain a 'top-down' perspective on what they are, how do they work, what procedures are called, examples of code, any alternatives etc?  

Oracle Proactive Support is pleased to announce that we have updated our knowledge content in this area, and we would love you to take a look at some of our latest and greatest documents on this topic.

The best place to start is our NEW Trading Community Architecture Information Centre on APIs DocID 1637029.2.  This will guide you to the latest and most up to date knowledge on the following topics:

  •  TCA API overview
  • Setup 
    • Setup considerations
    • Guide to customer setup via TCA APIs
  • Sample API Code in the following formats
    • SQLPlus
    • Java
    • Business Objects
  • Technical Information including
    • Technical overview
    • Listing of white papers
    • Listings of process and procedures
    • Descriptions of tables affected
  • Troubleshooting 
    • Known issues
    • How to debug and run trace on APIs
    • Open enhancement requests
Check out Trading Community Architecture Information Centre on APIs DocID 1637029.2

We hope you will find this new document a great resource in compiling all the necessary information for TCA APIs.  We'd love to hear what you think about this, and would really appreciate your feedback!

Value Chain Planning, Advanced Supply Chain Planning, and Inventory Optimization Safety Stock

Webcast_icon.jpgWebcast: Value Chain Planning, Advanced Supply Chain Planning, and Inventory Optimization Safety Stock

Date: August 14, 2014 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 Intermediate System Administrators and Functional Planners who want to gain a better understanding of how Oracle processes safety stock within Advanced Supply Chain Planning (ASCP) and Inventory Optimization (IO). We will discuss details concerning the setup, operation and nuances of ASCP and IO safety stock.

Topics will include:

  • What is Safety Stock
  • Specifying Safety Stock Levels
  • Using Inventory Optimization
  • Difference between Transient and Non-transient safety stock
  • Planning Phases for Safety Stock
  • Netting
  • Pegging Planning Phase for Safety Stock
  • Scheduling Planning Phase for Safety Stock
  • Interpreting Safety Stock Pegging in Plan results
  • Issues in Safety Stock Modeling, Debugging and possible solutions
  • IO Processing

Details & Registration: Doc ID 1684348.1

Use the Item Open Interface to Quickly Add or Update Inventory Items

WHAT, time is of the essence when creating your Inventory items!?!? You need to create items, update existing items, item revisions, or update an item attribute from one value to another, posthaste? No worries, Oracle Inventory has the exact functionality needed in the Item Open Interface (IOI). See document How to use the Item Open Interface (Doc ID 1457314.1).

The IOI process is used to create new items and/or update existing item attribute(s). You have the ability to use templates for mass changes or simply change individual attributes. The IOI process can be especially helpful when loading items during a new install or when upgrading.

Doc ID 1457314.1 and the IOI provide ultra helpful item information like the minimum number of columns needed to create an item:

This is just the tiny tip of the iceberg on how this amazing process can increase the speed of updating your items. For full details see Doc ID 1457314.1. Using the IOI process will have you looking like an items update expert in no time at all! Make importing and/or updating your Inventory items an enjoyable process by using the Item Open Interface!

So How is Everyone Doing Submitting Enhancements in the Procurement Community?

Hopefully by now you know that if you want to submit an Enhancement Request (ER) for the Procurement product you need to go directly to the Procurement Community. You no longer need to submit Service Requests with Procurement support to request ERs. But with all the recent changes in the Communities did you know there is no longer a separate Procurement Enhancement Request Community?  That was a pilot and because logging ERs direct in the Community was such a success, in our new release of My Oracle Support (late July 2014) enhancements have been moved over to the general Procurement Community in the Idea space.  So from now on if you want to submit, vote, or find out about the status of an Enhancement Request (Idea) go directly to the Procurement Community. Then click on 'Create an Idea' from the main page of the Procurement Community to request a new Idea:  

Or select the Content link, and Ideas tab to view and participate on all ERs where you can drill down on the ERs you are interested in.

And don't forget to VOTE!!!! on the Ideas you would like to see incorporated, as this will help direct Development to the Top Ideas.


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