Wednesday Dec 18, 2013

Use Approvals Management Engine for Approval Mechanism of Order Lines

In R12.2.2, Order Management integrates with Oracle Approval Management (AME) to leverage the robust capabilities of the approval rules engine to dynamically determine the list of approvers for Quotes, Sales Agreements and Returns (RMA). Order Management has been integrated with Oracle Approval Management for the workflow "Negotiation Flow - Generic with Approval" and "Order Flow - Mixed or Return with Approval" to provide an additional option to use Approvals Management Engine (AME) for the approval mechanism of order lines with the above work flows.

You can enable this option by selecting the Use Approvals Management Engine check box on the Order Management Transaction Types window. For the AME enabled transactions, Order Management utilizes the AME capabilities of a central business rules repository and a common execution engine, to manage approvals for its business processes.

AME repository has been enhanced to include certain OM specific attributes on which rules can be defined. Such seeded attributes are:

  • Header Level - Customer (Sold To Customer), Customer Category (of Sold To Customer), Order Type and Ordered Amount
  • Line level - Line Type, Item, Quantity, Line Amount and Line Discount Percent

Key benefits of this integration are:
  • You can use seeded as well as custom attributes to create AME conditions and rules.
  • AME dynamically determines the list of approvers based on conditions and rules.
  • You can define the approval process with Serial or Parallel Approvals. In the case of Parallel Approvals, additional options such as “First Responder Wins” and ”Consensus” are available to choose from when defining the approval rules.
  • With this new feature, Order Management leverages AME to dynamically generate the list of approvers based on attribute values, conditions, approval types and approval group.
  • In addition, centralizing storage of approval policies in AME improves audit and accountability. Moreover, the new capabilities can be rapidly and easily implemented in AME.

For additional R12.2.2 new features, please review Oracle Order Management Release Notes for Release 12.2.2 (Doc ID 1377743.1)

Tuesday Sep 25, 2012

Don’t miss the Procurement Webcast for AME on October 30th, 2012

Procurement support is pleased to announce a new webcast covering the topic ‘Approval Management Engine (AME) Setup, Use and Troubleshooting’.  This one hour session will include the topics:

· Basic Setup: Setup and how the default approval list is built in AME

· Diagnostic Steps: Running the Test Workbench and accessing and review of Log Files, approval workflow and debug

·  Example of an AME setup to include defining attributes, conditions, action types and rules

A short, live demonstration and question and answer period will be included.

October 30, 2012 at 3:00 pm Cario / 1:00 pm London / 06:00 am Pacific / 7:00 am Mountain / 9:00 am Eastern

From MyOracleSupport see Doc ID  1456150.1 for further details and sign up.

Thursday May 31, 2012

AME : How to Diagnose Issues With the Default Approver List in Purchasing When Using Approvals Management

Do you need help in understanding the concepts or how to setup the Approval Management Engine (AME) for requisition approvals? See the new diagnostic Note 1437183.1 'AME : How to Diagnose Issues With the Default Approver List in Purchasing When Using Approvals Management'.

AME is designed to generate the approval list according to the conditions and rules you define in the setup. This troubleshooting guide will help you understand how AME builds the default approval list for Purchasing and help users find solutions for scenarios where the approval list fails to be generated.

Follow along with the logical steps for troubleshooting.  The note first reviews how to generate the AME Setup report.   For example in the note we see a fragment of the setup report. Notice it has different sections for each one of the setup categories including attributes, conditions, rules, action types, approval groups etc. 

How the default approval list is built in AME is then reviewed, followed by the logical steps for diagnosing issues.  The diagnostic steps include how to run the Test Workbench, as well as how to obtain valuable debug and exception information.  Then follow along using the steps to build a simple test case to sharpen your understanding.


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