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!

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!

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!

Tuesday Jan 06, 2015

Logistics and Inventory Consolidated RUP11 Patches Released

Logistics Consolidated RUP11 (VERSION 12.1.1 TO 12.1.3 [RELEASE 12.1]) Patch 20187263 R12.WMS.B.delta.11 has been released. For non-WMS (Inventory Only) Customers, Inventory Consolidated RUP11 (VERSION 12.1.1 TO 12.1.3 [RELEASE 12.1]) Patch 20187255 R12.INV.B.delta.11 is also now available.

Remember to keep up with your RUP patches in order to reduce outages, improve User productivity, and decrease total cost of ownership of the Oracle EBS Inventory Modules. The Inventory Support Team mantra; keeping on the latest rollup patch is the fastest way to avoid SR's and to get fixes for known issues. Avoid SR's by staying on the latest RUP.

The latest RUP's:

Product Release Latest Released RUP Patch Release Date
WMS

 R12.1  Patch 20187263 Logistics Consolidated RUP11 (VERSION 12.1.1 TO 12.1.3 [RELEASE 12.1])
 December 2014
 R11.5.10  Patch 10129740 WMS RUP 20  February 2011
INV & RCV

 R12.1  Patch 20187255 Inventory Consolidated RUP11 (VERSION 12.1.1 TO 12.1.3 [RELEASE 12.1])  December 2014
 R12.0  Patch 8478486 INV and Receiving (PO): Release 12.0, Rollup Patch 7 (12.0.7)  July 2009
 R11.5.10  Patch 10111967 INV Rollup 23  July 2011
PIM

 R12.1  Patch 16226394:R12.EGO.C PIM 12.1.3.2 RUP CONSOLIDATION
 September 2013
 R12.0 8445429:R12.EGO.A R12 RUP7 PIM PATCHSET (Standalone patch only on top of 12.0.6 (6728000))
 July 2009
 R11.5.10  ROLLUP PATCH E22 (This is the last 11.5.10 rollup patch for PLM.E)
 January 2011

Reference the following resources for the above information and full RUP details, to help keep up with RUP's:
  • INV/WMS/RCV Family Patch Release History / Patchsets / RUPs (Doc ID 726226.1)
  • How To Determine the Product Information Management (PIM) Patchset and Rollup Patch Version (Doc ID 414470.1)
  • Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12 Release Update Pack (RUP) (Doc ID 423541.1)

Monday Dec 22, 2014

A Needle In A Haystack? Not So Fast My Friend!

We commiserate – “I know I found a MOS document in a previous search, why can’t I find it now?” “I can’t be the first person with this search criteria, why isn’t my search returning helpful results?” “I forgot what the acronym APC stands for – how can I be sure I’m getting relevant results for my problem  in APC?” Well, the Inventory Blog Team is right there with you. Searching in My Oracle Support (MOS) can seem like a challenge. But we also know that understanding how to search can be the difference between a quick answer, solution, or...the opposite if you don't know how to search. Lets shed some light.

Every member of Oracle Support that contributes to the knowledge base works hard to provide accurate concise information that can be found quickly and efficiently. We also know that having a high quality knowledge base is only one side of the equation when it comes to finding solutions. Knowing how to search can complete the equation. Whether you're a Customer, Consultant, or even an Oracle Support Engineer, we all benefit when it comes to knowing how to search MOS effectively. Knowing the search tools, along with key searching tips while using the tools, can greatly improve your search results. One highly recommended document to learn more about MOS searching is note MOS: Find Answers. Resolve Issues - Searching Effectively in My Oracle Support (Doc ID 1622660.1). Doc ID 1622660.1 provides key tips like how to use PowerView to refine your search at the Product level.



We especially suggest reviewing the Search Tips, Search Results and Refine Search Results sections of Doc ID 1622660.1. These sections particularly provide helpful searching tips and information to more quickly find solutions.

Remember, knowing how to search is an important key to unlocking MOS solutions. Here's to your next successful MOS search.

Monday Dec 08, 2014

EU You Need Movement Statistics!

For you non-legal experts out there, did you know that trade statistics reporting is a legal requirement in the European Union (EU)? With that requirement in mind, is your company about to start operations between or within the EU? And/or have you recently implemented Oracle EBS R12 and are looking for advice in how to perform the business cycle of producing, reviewing, validating, and approving the reporting of Intrastat/Extrastat movement of materials in the EU? If you answered yes to any of the these questions, Oracle EBS offers a comprehensive solution for your movement statistics reporting needs as part of the Oracle Supply Chain Globalization solution.

Use EBS Movement Statistics for:
  • Collecting and recording movement of materials across International borders- specific to the EU.
  • Compliance with EU Trade statistics reporting and satisfies the ESL declaration of goods sold within the EU to other VAT registered customers within the EU.
  • To review and finalize the movement statistics entered for receipts, shipments, and other material transactions. You can report by specific legal entity, type of movement, and calendar period. You can also choose whether to freeze the information for official reporting. You can choose between summary, detail, and country-specific formats.
For key information on Movement Statistics in R12, see Oracle Supply Chain Globalization - Movement Statistics in R12 - Brown Bag Presentation (Doc ID 1644961.1)

Doc ID 1644961.1 provides easy to understand information like the Movement Statistics simplified model:

Doc ID 1644961.1 also includes helpful information like a recorded demo with complete flow from set-ups to reporting and troubleshooting tips. Use resources like Doc ID 1644961.1 and let Oracle Supply Chain Globalization be your key to opening Movement Statistics solutions!

Sunday Nov 23, 2014

The Power to Request Enhancements!

Is there a feature you would like added to Inventory or Inventory Items? Tired of logging Service Requests with Support to request product enhancements? Well those days are over. You can now submit Enhancement Requests (ER's) for Logistics (Inventory) and/or Inventory Items (APC/PLM/PIM) directly in their respective Communities.

How does it work? First go to the Logistics or Inventory Items (APC/PLM/PIM) Communities.

Then to start an enhancement request, click on 'Create an idea': 



Then, to track and keep tabs on your idea and other ER's, click on 'Top Ideas'. While there, be sure to use the power of democracy and vote for your preferred ideas.


The new ER ability in Communities is the quickest way to get your ideas directly in front of Inventory and PIM Development. Top voted ideas float to the top and certainly draw more attention. As always, Oracle puts you, the Customer, in the forefront. Adding ER's to the Communities now gives you the power over your ER's. Please help us in tracking features that are important to you. Also, for more information on ER's to Communities, see note Oracle E-Business Suite Product Enhancement Request to My Oracle Support Community FAQ (Doc ID 1584210.1).

Thursday Nov 06, 2014

Inventory Consignment Gets More Flexible In Release 12.2

For you Inventory Consignment Users, we have great news! Consignment enhancements in Release 12.2 have made using the consignment feature easier with more flexibility. Check out the 'Transfer To Consigned For Implicit Consumption' feature. Oracle's User Communities have been asking for this ability and now it's available. It provides the power to give back consigned material.



Another valuable feature is the 'Automatic WIP Return' (available in Release 12.2.4) which allows the automatic return of material on a WIP return. For the full details on the new consignment features, visit note New Feature / Enhancement Request Implemented: Consumption To Consigned For Implicit Consumption (Doc ID 1938948.1). These enhancements will truly expand your consignment abilities. Enjoy, and happy consigning!

Wednesday Oct 29, 2014

Webcast: Inventory Period Close - Stuck Transactions

Webcast_icon.jpgWebcast: Inventory Period Close - Stuck Transactions


Date: November 5th, 2014 at 1:00 pm ET, 12:00 pm CT, 11:00 am MT, 10:00 am PT, 6:00 pm, GMT Summer Time (London, GMT+01:00)


This one-hour session is recommended for technical and functional Users who want to learn more about the standard datafixes available for the Inventory Module. The Standard Datafix Note 568012.1 outlines over 2 dozen data issues and their solutions. Newly created content includes the datafix directly downloadable from Note for more rapid resolution. The new datafix notes include an identify script, root-cause patches check, backup script and datafix.

Topics will include:

  • Overview of Common Datafixes in Inventory
  • Most Common Data Issues
  • Applying Common Data Fixes
  • Avoiding the Issue in the Future with Root Cause Patches
  • A short live demonstration will walk thru an example data issue and fix

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Details & Registration: Doc ID 1290983.1

Wednesday Sep 10, 2014

Logistics and Inventory Consolidated RUP10 Patches Released

Logistics Consolidated RUP10 (VERSION 12.1.1 TO 12.1.3 [RELEASE 12.1]) Patch 19447782 R12.WMS.B.delta.10 has been released. For non-WMS (Inventory Only) Customers, Inventory Consolidated RUP10 (VERSION 12.1.1 TO 12.1.3 [RELEASE 12.1]) Patch 19447776 R12.INV.B.delta.10 is also now available.

Remember to keep up with your RUP patches in order to reduce outages, improve User productivity, and decrease total cost of ownership of the Oracle EBS Inventory Modules. The Inventory Support Team mantra; keeping on the latest rollup patch is the fastest way to avoid SR's and to get fixes for known issues. Avoid SR's by staying on the latest RUP.

The latest RUP's:

Product Release Latest Released RUP Patch Release Date
WMS

 R12.1  Patch 19447782 Logistics Consolidated RUP10 (VERSION 12.1.1 TO 12.1.3 [RELEASE 12.1])
 August 2014
 R11.5.10  Patch 10129740 WMS RUP 20  February 2011
INV & RCV

 R12.1  Patch 19447776 Inventory Consolidated RUP10 (VERSION 12.1.1 TO 12.1.3 [RELEASE 12.1])  August 2014
 R12.0  Patch 8478486 INV and Receiving (PO): Release 12.0, Rollup Patch 7 (12.0.7)  July 2009
 R11.5.10  Patch 10111967 INV Rollup 23  July 2011
PIM

 R12.1  Patch 16226394:R12.EGO.C PIM 12.1.3.2 RUP CONSOLIDATION
 September 2013
 R12.0 8445429:R12.EGO.A R12 RUP7 PIM PATCHSET (Standalone patch only on top of 12.0.6 (6728000))
 July 2009
 R11.5.10  ROLLUP PATCH E22 (This is the last 11.5.10 rollup patch for PLM.E)
 January 2011

Reference the following resources for the above information and full RUP details, to help keep up with RUP's:
  • INV/WMS/RCV Family Patch Release History / Patchsets / RUPs (Doc ID 726226.1)
  • How To Determine the Product Information Management (PIM) Patchset and Rollup Patch Version (Doc ID 414470.1)
  • Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12 Release Update Pack (RUP) (Doc ID 423541.1)

Thursday Jul 03, 2014

Use the New Inventory API to make Cycle Counting Easier

So, when processing your cycle counts, have you ever wondered if there is an application programming interface (API) to add to or update your ABC Group Items? If you're on EBS Inventory release 12.2, the answer is a resounding YES! Use Doc ID 1680388.1 - New R12.2 ABC Codes API to add or update ABC Group Items, to get information on the new API, including files added, required setup, helper sql's, and a quick demo video:


With the new API INV_ABC_ASSIGNMENTS_PUB.CREATE_ABC_ASSIGNMENTS, getting a new item into a cycle count has never been easier. We hope you enjoy the API and happy cycle counting!

Wednesday Jun 18, 2014

What R12 Diagnostics are Available for Inventory?

Imagine a scenario...Inventory period close is fast approaching and you conduct your regular run of the Inventory Analyzer Doc ID 1499475.1 to check the health of your Inventory transactions. The Inventory Analyzer does it's job and identifies records existing with data issues. You're at the point where the Inventory Analyzer has given you a lot of valuable information, including solutions to resolve issues, however you decide you want more detailed information about the transaction records before moving forward. You would like to look specifically at the transactions open interface and pending transactions areas and get more detailed information, including what inventory items are associated with the transactions. You wonder what additional tools are available to collect the information you're looking for? One fantastic resource is the Diagnostics Test Catalog for 12.1.3 and Above Doc ID 1083807.1. The R12 diagnostics catalog allows you to collect detailed information for many areas of your Inventory  environment (as well as many other areas of most EBS Products and R12.2). Access Doc ID 1083807.1, click on the 'Oracle Inventory Management' link, and view the Oracle Inventory Management (INV) diagnostics available in the diagnostics catalog.



Once you've scrolled down, like in the example above, you can take advantage of the Inventory Transactions diagnostics, as well as any of the other diagnostics available for Inventory (and there are many). Keep in mind that the diagnostic catalog should already be part of your EBS environment, but if it is not, the catalog can be added via Doc ID 167000.1 E-Business Suite Diagnostics Installation Guide.

So, be sure to use Oracle E-Business Suite Diagnostics as an additional tool to help troubleshoot problems or issues to proactively help resolve situations in your environment, especially before period close.

Tuesday Jun 17, 2014

Wave Planning with Oracle Warehouse Management

Webcast_icon.jpgWebcast: Wave Planning with Oracle Warehouse Management


Date: June 25, 2014 at 1:00 pm ET, 12:00 pm CT, 11:00 am MT, 10:00 am PT, 6:00 pm, GMT Summer Time (London, GMT+01:00)


This one-hour session is recommended for business and technical users who are looking for a deeper understanding and best practices of Wave Planning capabilities in Oracle Warehouse Management. This session will highlight the features and capabilities around wave planning, how to manage outbound fulfillment in the most efficient manner and seamless integration of wave planning with Oracle Warehouse Management Extensions for Oracle Endeca.

Topics will include:

  • Features overview and deep dive on wave planning.
  • Effectively manage outbound fulfillment.
  • Simulate, plan and execute waves using available labor.
  • Seamless integration with Endeca for wave planning and execution.

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Details & Registration: Doc ID 1290983.1

Thursday May 15, 2014

May 28th Webcast: Oracle Product Hub - Publication & Webservices

Webcast_icon.jpgWebcast: Oracle Product Hub - Publication & Webservices


Date: May 28, 2014 at 1:00 pm ET, 12:00 pm CT, 11:00 am MT, 10:00 am PT, 6:00 pm, GMT Summer Time (London, GMT+01:00)


This one-hour session is recommended for technical and functional users who are trying to understand, What are the OPH web services available, how these help with integration and the way these are implemented in Product Data Hub. Publishing and web services are the two concepts that help integrate the OPH to other systems. Publishing provides for means to convey messages to interested target systems and web services can be used to extract the relevant information.

This presentation covers both Publication Web Service available from Integrated SOA Gateway and ODI Based web services (Item, Structure, Item Catalog Category and ValueSet web services). It covers the setup of these web services, how to publish information and invoke web services to extract information.

Topics will include:

  • Overview
  • Setup
  • Process Flow
  • Troubleshooting
  • References
  • Additional Information

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Details & Registration: Doc ID 1290983.1

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