Thursday Jul 03, 2014

New Release of the PO Approval Analyzer!

Version 120.18 has just been released for the Approval Analyzer in Doc ID 1525670.1.

Following are a few of the improvements that have been included:

  • Expansion of checks for Document Manager Error #3 issues
  • Inclusion of Open Document State error in 12.1

If you haven’t discovered the PO Approval Analyzer yet what are you waiting for!

The PO Approval Analyzer diagnostic can be run proactively to check your Purchasing documents for known issues so it’s great to use before or after an upgrade.

Or run it re-actively on a single document that is stuck in the approval process. And don’t forget the analyzer can be used on standard approval or the Approval Management Engine (AME) approvals.

So make sure and get the new version of the PO Approval Analyzer today! Follow the simple steps in Doc ID 1525670.1 to run the diagnostic and your dba can set it up so users can run it from Reports>Run.

 Still have questions on the Analyzer? Post your comment in the Procurement Community Thread linked here:

Wednesday Jun 18, 2014

New Patch Released for iSupplier Portal/Supplier Lifecycle Management (SLM)

R12 Patch 18920290:R12.POS.B  has just been released and is available in My Oracle Support for  iSupplier Portal/Supplier Lifecycle Management (SLM).

In Oracle iSupplier Portal/SLM, this patch resolves the issues in the Supplier Registration and Approval Process and includes the fixes from Rollup Patch (RUP) 17525552:R12.PRC_PF.B.

Following are some of the major fixes:

1. Error when trying to attach PRE_QUALIFICATION RFI template to Supplier Registration Request
2. Unable to register new supplier or invite supplier to register
3. Issue of Approval sequence not displayed when request in DRAFT and RIF_SUPPLIER status
4. Supplier unable to submit the RFI response, receiving error 'your company has been deactivated'
5. Build failure for POSSPAPM.WFT UPGRADE
6. Unable to submit prospective supplier registration as RFI response not submitted

See the readme for a list of all changes and any necessary patching information!

Thursday Jun 12, 2014

Do You Use Oracle Exchange? Read This Important Information!

Any change required on the Oracle Exchange instance (e.g.: SSL certificates, patches, datafix, etc.)  is required to be executed first in the Test Exchange.  This can also be applicable to issues where clients are using Oracle iProcurement and Oracle Fusion Self Service Procurement for Punchout to and via Oracle Exchange.

See the details today in Doc ID 1681121.1 -  Oracle Exchange Requirements

Wednesday Jun 11, 2014

Hot off the Presses! The June 2014 Procurement News Collection Is Now Available

Welcome To The June 2014 Procurement News Collection

If you missed the last couple editions of the newsletter, then you will notice that our layout has changed.

We want you to get the latest product news as it becomes available. So we have moved our newsletter-type articles to the Oracle EBS Support Blog where we post new product news regularly.

This newsletter is now a 'News Collection' which will provide you with an easy reference to the articles that have been blogged since the previous edition.  Check it out here!

Thursday Jun 05, 2014

Problems with Ranking when Using Sourcing Rules And ASLs From Blanket Agreements?

Are you using Sourcing Rules and Approved Supplier List with Blanket Purchase Agreements (BPA) and it seems like Ranking is not working correctly?

For example: 

  • The Sourcing Rule being used, has effective dates from 01-APR to 31-MAR for 2013, 2014 and 2015.
  • One BPA is defined for Supplier A, which was originally set to Rank 1 with 100% allocation.
  • A new BPA was created for the same item and with same effective dates as the current BPA.
  • The BPA is for a different Supplier.
  • When Generate Sourcing Rules is run it adds the new BPA/Supplier to the Sourcing rule, but its added as Rank 1, with the old rule changed to Rank 2.

For complete information refer to  Doc ID 1678447.1 Generate Sourcing Rules And ASLs From Blanket Agreements Ranking not Behaving As Expected.

Still have Questions? Access the Procurement Community and, using the 'Start a Discussion' link, post your question.

Wednesday Jun 04, 2014

Struggling with errors on POS_SUPPLIER_SEARCH_INDEX.sql when applying a Procurement Patch?

Check out this new note (Doc ID 1677737.1)  - How to troubleshoot issues on script POS_SUPPLIER_SEARCH_INDEX.sql which helps you troubleshoot and resolve this common error on patch application:

ORA-20000: possearchindex.sql(500): ORA-20000: Exception at
POS_SUPPLIER_SEARCH_INDEX_PKG.create_index(1800): ORA-20000: Exception at
POS_SUPPLIER_SEARCH_INDEX_PKG.create_index(1800): ORA-29855: error occurred in
the execution of ODCIINDEXCREATE routine
ORA-20000: Oracle Text error:
DRG-10502: index POS_SUPPLIER_SEARCH_INDEX does not exist
DRG-11135: feature not generally available

Wednesday May 21, 2014

Wishing There Was More Information on Oracle Contract Lifecycle Management (CLM) for Procurement?

Well wait no longer!  Check out this wealth of information just released for CLM:

 Doc ID
FAQ: CLM - Contract Lifecycle Management Reports
1601060.1 FAQ: CLM Warrants and Electronic Signatures
FAQ: CLM for Public Sector Workload Assignments and PALT - Procurement Action Lead Time - Tracking
1624262.1 FAQ: CLM Modifications Enhancements
Contract Closeout Enhancements
1641747.1 FAQ: CLM for Public Sector FPDS-NG, Funding a Modification From a Requisition
1601521.1 FAQ: CLM Vendor Eligibility Check - EPLS
1601538.1 FAQ: CLM Use of Clause Logic Service on Solicitations
1638766.1 FAQ: CLM for Public Sector - WDOL Integration
1628199.1 FAQ: CLM for Public Sector - Undefinitzed Contract Actions
1633472.1 FAQ - CLM: Payment Instruction and Payment Term
FAQ - CLM: Event Base Delivery
FAQ - PAR - Post Award Requests
FAQ: CLM Use of Contract Closeout
FAQ - MIPR - Military Interdepartmental Purchase Request
FAQ: CLM Protest Tracking
FAQ: CLM Workflow Assignments and Option Enhancements
FAQ: CLM Implement and Use Autocreate Grouping and PR Line With No Distributions
FAQ: CLM Concurrent Modifications
CLM for Public Sector - Contracts File
CLM for Public Sector - Enhancements to Procurement Contracts
CLM for Public Sector - Integration with EDA and ACRN Support
FAQ: CLM for Public Sector - Interface With External System: ORCA
FAQ: CLM for Public Sector - Interface With External System: FedBizOpps
FAQ - CLM Line Type and Structure Changes
FAQ: CLM Novation and Multi-Modifications
FAQ: CLM Support for Global Change and GL Date Defaulting
FAQ: CLM System Generated Description
FAQ: CLM Contract Lifecycle Management for Public Sector Solicitation Offer and Enhancements
Troubleshooting - CLM Contract Lifecycle Management for Public Sector Solicitation Offer
FAQ: CLM Contract Lifecycle Management for Public Sector - Umbrella Program
FAQ: Contract Lifecycle Management (CLM) - Unsolicited Lines

Thursday May 08, 2014

Visit our Consolidated List of iSupplier Portal Code Fixes

This new document contains a consolidated list of code fixes for iSupplier Portal. The note lists the following details for the fix in a tabular format, including:

    Bug Number
    Description of issue
    Patch Fix
    and whether the fix is included in a Procurement Rollup Patch (RUP)

The table is further sectioned by release, starting with 12.1.3 down to 11i.  Visit Doc ID 1668113.1 today!

Friday May 02, 2014

Procurement Enhancement Request Community

There has been a good deal of activity in the Enhancement Request (ER) Community which is being piloted in Procurement.  Please join your peers to vote on ERs you would like to see included in the product.  For new enhancements you no longer need to log a Service Request with Procurement support. Go directly to the ER Community here, choose 'Start a discussion' and submit your request. This allows you the ability to request, track and have other users vote on your ER.  Additionally the ER Community allows an open channel between customers, Development and Product Management.  Don't miss the items under the Featured Content section to see what ERs are planned for inclusion and have been released.  Start participating in this active community today!

Thursday Apr 24, 2014

So I heard about the R12.1.3+ EBS Wide RPC, how is that different than the 12.1.3 Procurement Rollup Patches?

For 12.1.3 most of us follow Doc ID 1468883.1 and apply the current Procurement Rollup Patch (RUP) listed, but lately there has been a lot of information being circulated about the Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.1.3+ Recommended Patch Collection 1 (RPC1).

The last RUP for Oracle Procurement was released in January 2014 (18120913:R12.PRC_PF.B) and the good news it is included in the new RPC1!  So if you are running R12.1.3 but have not yet applied the January 2014 RUP that is specific for Procurement then you can instead choose to apply this latest R12.1.3+ patch.  RPC1 includes rollup patches for many of our Product Family groups in the EBusiness Suite like ATG, CRM, HRMS, Supply Chain Management and more!

Applying this patch in a single downtime patching window saves effort and time, rather than applying each recommended patch individually.

For more information on the R12.1.3+  RPC please refer to Doc ID 1638535.1 - Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.1.3+ Recommended Patch Collection 1 (RPC1)

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

Tuesday Mar 18, 2014

Check Out the ERs Included in the 12.1.3 January 2014 Rollup Patch (RUP) 18120913!

Click here to see all the Enhancement Requests (ERs) that have been included in the 12.1.3 January 2014 Rollup Patch (RUP) 18120913:R12.PRC_PF.B.

 Following is just a little snippet from the link:

Tuesday Mar 11, 2014

Planned Enhancement Requests for Inclusion in the Procurement Application Suite

The Procurement Development team is pleased to announce the first round of 'PLANNED' Enhancement Requests (ERs) for inclusion in the Procurement Suite of Applications.  Development selected these ERs based on Community Voting, number of Customers attached to the ER as a result of Service Requests (SRs) logged, and feasibility for implementation. The SRs were used in this selection process since this ER Community is only 4 months new.  Future ER selection will be based solely on the 'Voting' contained within this community space. 

To see a list of these ERs and for more information : click here

Thursday Mar 06, 2014

Did You Know? Here’s just a few reasons why you should apply the new 12.1.3 Procurement RUP Patch

The new 12.1.3 Procurement Rollup Patch (RUP) 18120913:R12.PRC_PF.B offers so much more than just a cumulative collection of bug fixes.   Here’s just a few reasons you should apply this patch:

•    Extensive improvements to the Buyer Work Center (BWC) searching, preferences and Blanket Purchase Agreement (BPA) Lead Time are included
•    Enhancements to the Purchasing Document Open Interface (PDOI) in the area of document creation and referencing, Advance Pricing and more
•    Includes all fixes for iSupplier Portal, Sourcing & Supplier Lifecycle Management (SLM) Rollup Patch :17525552:R12.PRC_PF.B detailed in Note 1591198.1
•    Includes all the fixes for the Purchasing Approvals Rollup Patch : 16932593:R12.PO.B which includes AME and is detailed in Note 1567464.1

For all the information you need to know about the new RUP see Doc ID 1468883.1.  Now I know RUPs contain several hundred files, but the impact on your system is most likely far less. Patches contain hard-prerequisites that are intended to make a patch work on a very low code baseline.  So in this note there is a link to the Patch Wizard which will provide a detailed impact analysis for the RUP. The analysis gives you an idea of how the patch application will impact your environment.

So don’t delay apply Patch 18120913:R12.PRC_PF.B Today!

Monday Feb 10, 2014

Urgent! Change in the HTTP Proxy Service Used for OSN - Oracle Supplier Network Starting February 16th

Oracle Supplier Network currently uses the HTTP Proxy service - - for document delivery.  The proxy service is due to be decommissioned on 16th Feb 2014 at 10:00 AM GMT and a new proxy service hosted by Oracle Managed Cloud Services - - will be used instead.

What does this mean for Oracle Supplier Network customers?

Outbound requests from Oracle HTTP Server mid-tiers should go through the OnDemand HTTP proxy services, and, which are the BIG-IP virtual servers that load balance the actual physical devices.

To ensure continued connectivity, the subnets for the new proxy service must be allowed access in customer's firewall.  Please see 'What are the IP Addresses for OSN' (Doc ID 435409.1) for a listing of the required subnets.  You may open the firewall to receive requests from the subnets mentioned in the note.

These configuration changes need to be done by 16th Feb 2014, 10:00 AM GMT.  If you do not complete these changes before the mentioned time, the documents delivered by Oracle Supplier Network might fail to reach your ERP system."

For more information see the Procurement Community thread: 'Urgent!!! FAQ - Change in the HTTP Proxy Service Used for Oracle Supplier Network (Doc ID 1620906.1)'.


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