Monday Feb 10, 2014

Additional Enhancements in 12.1.3: Procurement iSupplier Portal, Sourcing and Supplier Lifecycle Management (SLM) Rollup Patch: 17525552:R12.PRC_PF.B

Did you see these new additions to Doc ID 1591198.1, section Enhancements introduced in Patch 17525552:R12.PRC_PF.B?  Along with the rest of the enhancements the following information has been appended:

 Functional Area
Previous Behavior
Enhanced Behavior
Send Pre – Qualification Questionnaire  When action ‘Send Pre – Qualification Questionnaire’ is taken,  the notification that is sent to the supplier will be ‘Action Required: Please fill out the Supplier pre – qualification questionnaire’.  In the new process an ‘Invitation to Register’ should be first sent to the supplier, followed then by an ‘Action Required: Please fill out the Supplier pre – qualification questionnaire’ notification. This will be less confusing for the supplier to first see the invitation and then the notification for questionnaire.
Supplier Registration Actions  Buyer uses Notify button to ask any information from the supplier.  The ‘Notify’ button has been converted to ‘Supplier to Provide Details’ action in actions dropdown in Supplier request review page. 
During registration process, there won’t be any action like 'Supplier to Provide details’; instead there is 'Send Invitation to Supplier’. But after registration is complete, during the approval process, the buyer/approver will have the action 'Supplier to Provide details'.
New Supplier Registration Process  After the internal user clicks on ‘Register New Supplier’ button, the user will be guided to ‘Suppliers: Register New Supplier’ page. This page presently has only two buttons – ‘Cancel’ and ‘Save & Continue’.

 As per the new process this page will have three buttons – ‘Cancel’, ‘Send Invitation to Supplier’ and ‘Save Continue’. The buttons are described below:

  •  Save & Continue: This button will save the information and take the requester to the next page - 'New Supplier Request' page where user can then enter more information and take actions such as 'Register, Save, Cancel' etc.
    Note - this button will neither send any invitation to the supplier nor will it change the status of the request. i.e.., it keeps the request in DRAFT mode.
  • Send Invitation to Supplier (New Button): This button will save the information and sends an invitation notification to the supplier to register.  It additionally changes the status of the request to 'Supplier to provide details'.
Entering Profile Attributes  Currently all UDAs display in the same page, then it requires the buyer to also enter mandatory UDAs specific to supplier.

 When the requester takes action 'Send Invitation to Supplier' on request review page (not on the request creation page), all the mandatory UDAs to be entered by the internal user will be validated and error messages will be displayed. The request is sent to the supplier only if all the mandatory UDAs are entered by the internal user. To achieve this, UDA pages are segregated to 'attributes to be entered by supplier' and 'attributes to be entered by buyer'.

Wednesday Jan 29, 2014

New Release of the PO Approval Analyzer – Now Includes AME!

Version 120.15 has just been released for the Approval Analyzer in Doc ID 1525670.1.  It now includes improvements to formatting, with your document information listed first and proactive information following.  Most importantly, if you are using the Approval Management Engine (AME), the analyzer now includes checks for both Purchase Orders and Requisitions.   Get information you would normally have to obtain from the AME Test Workbench to include:
  •     AME Setup information
  •     Rules (including Conditions and Actions)
  •     Attributes and  Action Types
  •     User friendly error messages will be displayed on the AME Approvers list (when there are setup issues); for example:

AME error message

AME package versions are included and much more.  Obtain the PO Approval Analyzer at Doc ID 1525670.1.

Still have questions on the Analyzer?  Post your comment in the Procurement Community thread here: New Release of the PO Approval Analyzer – Now Includes AME!

Wednesday Jan 22, 2014

R12 Master Generic Data Fix Diagnostic for Purchase Orders and Requisitions

Do you wish you could proactively check your Purchasing documents for known data integrity issues or is there a Purchasing document you are having problems with?

Well, visit Doc ID1474734.1 for the R12 Master Generic Data Fix Diagnostic for Purchase Orders and Requisitions.  Running this one script identifies known data integrity issues within the Purchasing application (for example errors with cancel and close and unit of measure issues) where there are often generic data fixes (GDFs) already available.  The script will produce an HTML output report of all known problems relating to the purchasing transactions created in the specified date range, along with information on notes and/or data-fix patches which are already be available to resolve the data issues.

The following data checks are included:
  • Document type records with null ORG ID.
  • Synchronization issues with archive tables.
  • Quantity billed/amount billed mismatch in purchase order shipments and distributions.
  • Purchase orders with a mismatch of quantity billed or amount billed between the shipment or distribution and the invoice distribution.
  • Purchase order shipments eligible to be closed.
  • Outstanding supply/demand for non-existing or cancelled requisition lines.
  • Fully received internal requisitions continue to show as pending supply.
  • Approved requisitions not available in Autocreate form after associated purchase order is deleted.
  • Purchase orders with unit of measure (UOM) mismatch between Lines and Shipments.
  • Canceled purchase orders in Requires Reapproval status.
  • Tax exception 023 (ORA-00001: unique constraint (ZX.ZX_LINES_DET_FACTORS_U1) violated) when approving.
  • Purchase order with authorization_status = 'REQUIRES_REAPPROVAL' rather than 'REQUIRES REAPPROVAL'.
  • Foreign currency autocreated purchase orders have inverse rate.
  • Purchase order ship-to organization does not match distribution deliver-to organization.
  • Requisition distribution line associated to multiple PO distribution lines.
Don’t delay make Doc ID1474734.1 part of your routine Procurement procedures today!

Thursday Jan 16, 2014

Procurement Accounting - Don’t Delay, Be Proactive and Apply These Necessary Patches

Are you using procurement accounting processes?  Then don’t delay, be proactive and apply these necessary patches to avoid known issues.

So many known issues have been resolved by applying the collection of recommended patches in Doc ID 1594111.1.  Procurement, Costing, Payables and SLA Development teams have collaborated to give you this consolidated list.  Now I know you're thinking that it requires a lot of effort to apply big patches, but while a patch may contain several hundred files, 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 there is a link to the Patch Wizard so you can perform an impact analysis.   So if you are using Procurement Accounting Flows (Encumbrance and Accruals) make sure and review the note where the steps are clear and to the point:

Don’t delay check out Doc ID 1594111.1 today!

Monday Jan 13, 2014

Don’t Miss the February 18th Webcast for iProcurement With Oracle Endeca Integration


Webcast: Enhance User Experience in iProcurement with Oracle Endeca Integration

Date: February 18, 2014 at 2:00pm GMT, 9:00am EST, 7:00am MST, 4:00pm Egypt

Oracle Endeca combined with Oracle E-Business suite provides best-in-class technology and applications for unstructured data management, guided navigation solutions, business intelligence and web commerce.  In this webcast we will see an overview of the technical and functional architecture of Oracle Endeca with the Oracle Manufacturing modules. A demonstration will show how this integration enhances the user experience in manufacturing modules such as iProcurement.  A case study using iProcurement and Oracle Endeca Guided Search will show how a Requestor can contribute to increased cost-savings by expanding negotiated prices, handling huge data volume, value additions, productivity improvement and minimizing time for Procurement while procuring goods .

Topics will include:

  • Help the business in Simplicity of Search Facted Navigation Visual Analytics
  • Walk-up easy to use - derived from 10 years of e-commerce user experience
  • Easy to use huge volume of data with minimal infrastructure
  • Eliminate customization and minimize the time to procurement process

Don’t delay sign up today!


Details and Registration: Doc ID 1611242.1

Thursday Jan 02, 2014

Do you Deal with Supplier Profile Management flows?

Do you Deal with Supplier Profile Management flows?  Well if so, you will want to read this…..

There have been a lot of changes in Release 12 and higher with the integration of Trading Community Architecture (TCA), where supplier data is part of the parties architecture.

See these important references to get the full picture:

  • Doc ID 1591187.1-*Upgrade Issues* Supplier Data Model, Upgrade Scripts and Patches For Data Issues In The Upgrade To 12.X: this note provides a compilation of important references for this data model change (including manuals).
  • Doc ID 1607664.1- Diagrams of TCA - Trading Community Architecture - Data Models Showing Logical Design as Used in Supplier Management:  diagrams showing the data models in 11i and R12 for Supplier Management are shown here.  These diagrams are useful for comparing differences between the releases and understanding the logical data model.  The ERD - Entity Relationship Diagrams - are also provided to clarify the models further.
  • Doc ID 1596801.1- UPGRADE Supplier Data Model From 11i to R12 - List and Description of Scripts Used During Upgrade: obtain details of upgrade scripts used for upgrading supplier data from 11i to R12 to comply with the new data model for supplier data in R12.  This data is used by products from Oracle Applications like iSupplier, Purchasing, iProcurement, Sourcing, Payables, etc.
  • Doc ID 1591190.1- *Upgrade Issues* Supplier Data Issues After Upgrade to 12.X and Generic Data Fix Patches: this document lists the data issues after the upgrade and the generic data fix patches available.

Still have Questions? Access this Procurement community post and, using the reply link, put in your question/comment.

Friday Dec 27, 2013

Wondering Why There Hasn't Been a New 12.1.3 Procurement Rollup Patch (RUP) Recently?

So are you keeping an eye on Doc ID 1468883.1 and wondering why there has not been a new 12.1.3 RUP released since March 2013 Patch 15843459:R12.PRC_PF.B?

Instead of releasing all-encompassing RUPs, Procurement Development has been focusing on specific areas.  Visit Doc ID 1468883.1 the ‘Additional Recommended Patching’ section to see the patching available for the following areas:
  • iSupplier Portal, Sourcing and Supplier Lifecycle Management
  • Purchasing Approvals (including AME)
  • Procurement Accounting Processes

These patches are designed to be applied on top of Patch 15843459.

Visit Doc ID 1468883.1 ‘Additional Recommended Patching’ section today for details!

Tuesday Dec 10, 2013

Seeking Feedback: Procurement Mobile Applications: What features would you like to see included in a Mobile Solution?

As development works to enhance and expand the Procurement Suite of applications, we are interested in getting your thoughts around some of the features under discussion currently within the Development organization for Procurement mobile applications. 

Please note: these solutions are currently NOT available and will NOT be included in the immediate Roadmap.

Development would simply like to hear from you on whether a Mobile Solution makes sense for your business, and if it does, what would you be looking for in a Mobile solution?

Go to the link here to read more information and post your comments: Seeking Feedback: Procurement Mobile Applications: What features would you like to see included in a Mobile Solution?

Please share with us, we want to hear from you!  Let's get a discussion going on Mobile!!!

Monday Dec 09, 2013

Recommended Patching for Release 12 Procurement Accounting Processes

Not sure what patches you need to apply to optimize your Procurement Accounting processes and avoid known issues?  Well Doc ID 1594111.1 makes it easy for you.  Follow the steps in the ‘Recommended Patching Steps’ section to get the patches for all product groups including Purchasing, Payables, SLA and Costing that impact your Procurement Accounting Flows.   The note additionally provides information on who should apply the patching and how to perform an impact analysis, as well as any known issues you should be aware of.

Thursday Nov 14, 2013

One-Stop Shop for Supplier Lifecycle Management (SLM) and Supplier Hub Information

Visit our one-stop shop for Supplier Lifecycle Management (SLM) and Supplier Hub Information!

Doc ID 1398323.1 is a master reference note for SLM and Supplier Hub, the following listed categories contain information where issues arise frequently. 

Match the issue you are facing against the category and review the linked documents for potential solution.   Get the latest patching news to optimize use, see the Enhancement Requests logged and much, much more.

Click here to visit Doc ID 1398323.1.

Tuesday Nov 05, 2013

Learn More About the PO Approvals Analyzer

You may think that the PO Approvals Analyzer for Release 12 is only for diagnosing problems when you have a single Purchase Order or Requisition stuck in process, but it offers valuable information to keep your Procurement environment healthy.  Consider this:.
  •     The analyzer will list all Procurement critical patches that have not been applied.
  •     It will provide Procurement invalid objects with error messages and provides solutions.
  •     Validations of setup and database conditions for example max extents and space issues.
Also the analyzer can be run on all Purchasing documents starting from a date you enter.  This multiple document check provides validations on:
  •     Data corruption issues.
  •     Workflow errors with generic messages i.e. document manager errors.
  •     Documents with workflows in error that cannot be progressed via the application.

And, unlike other diagnostics, the analyzer provides known solutions to the problems indicated!

So access the Analyzer today and run it on your instance!  Access it now via Doc ID 1525670.1.

Friday Oct 25, 2013

New RUP Patch for iSupplier Portal, Sourcing and Supplier Lifecycle Management (SLM)

Just released - the 12.1.3 Rollup (RUP) Patch 17525552:R12.PRC_PF.B for iSupplier Portal, Sourcing and Supplier Lifecycle Management (SLM).

Who should apply this patch?

Anyone that is on Release 12.1.3 and is using  iSupplier Portal, Sourcing or Supplier Lifecycle Management (SLM) functionality.

The following areas have had major fixes:

  • Prospective Supplier Guided Navigation: The train-navigation is introduced for prospective supplier registration so that prospective suppliers can see all steps needed to successfully register themselves.
  • Supplier Registration Workflow Enhancement: With this release, provided the Approval Management Engine (AME) action required notifications for supplier approval, so that all workflow related features can be enabled. Vacation rules can be set, approvals can be forwarded and more information can be requested through the notification itself.  Additionally AME parallel Approval support for Supplier Registration approvals has been added.
  • Reinstate Supplier Request: Allow buyer to reopen/reinstate the rejected supplier. Supplier is able to access their previously rejected registration again and make changes and resubmit request.
  • Contact Address Association: The prospective supplier is allowed to associate addresses with contacts (including Primary) during the prospective supplier registration process.
  • Primary Contact Enhancement: The prospective supplier can be registered without creating a user account for the primary contact.
  • Mandatory Attributes: In the negotiation requirement creation page, the lookup meaning of 'Internal' has been changed to 'Internal Optional', and a new lookup value with meaning as 'Internal Required' has been added. The values available in the 'Type' dropdown now are Display Only, Internal Optional, Internal Required, Supplier Optional and Supplier Required.  So now during supplier evaluations, internal user response can be set as mandatory by using Internal Required type during requirement creation.
  • Notifications to Supplier:  When the supplier saves and submits their supplier registration request, then a notification with a registration status page link will be sent for further access.  When the buyer approves, rejects or returns the request, the supplier will be notified in an email with the current status.
There are also 10 major enhancements included in this RUP.

For information about this RUP; including, the fixes and enhancements included, how to access and apply the patch, performing an impact analysis on your system, and testing recommendations, see Doc ID 1591198.1Don’t delay apply the patch today!

Thursday Oct 17, 2013

Have You Visited the New Procurement Enhancement Request Community?

Have you visited the new Procurement Enhancement Request Community yet?  If not, we strongly encourage you to visit this site to vote on current Enhancement Requests (ERs) available through the ‘Quick Preview of Voting List’.  You can also vote on any ER currently displayed.  Have an ER that is not listed?  Simply add it by creating a thread stating the ER and any detailed information you would like to include.  If the ER already exists in the database, we will add the ER # to the thread so that development can provide updates around the requested ERs.

This community is your one-stop source for all Enhancement information.  It is being monitored regularly by development and soon we will be posting some updates around some of the top voted Enhancement Requests.  Know that your vote counts!  By voting, you will bring forward those ERs that impact the Procurement Suite's value and usability.  Is your request industry specific?  Let us know by posting this information in the body of the thread.  We have a team monitoring these ERs and will be happy to highlight industry specific ERs to ensure they also get equal visibility!

Coming Soon:  A list of the Top implemented ERs!  Development has been working hard to make improvements to the Procurement Suite of Products and they want you to know about them!  Until then, check out the Best Practices Section for some key ERs and how they can help your company secure the most value from your implementation!!

What you need to know:

  • The Procurement Enhancement Requests Community is your 1-stop shop for the latest information on Enhancements!
  • The Community allows you to vote on ERs bringing visibility to the collective audience interest in value and usability recommendations.
  • Your place to submit any new enhancement requests.
  • Get the latest on top Procurement Enhancement Requests (ERs) - know when an improvement is PLANNED, COMING SOON, and DELIVERED.
  • This Community is owned and managed by the Oracle Procurement Development team!

Let your voice be heard by telling us what you want to see implemented in the Procurement Suite.

Wednesday Oct 16, 2013

Hot Off the Presses! Get Your Release of the October Procurement Newsletter!

Get all the recent news and featured topics for the Procurement modules including Purchasing, iProcurement, Sourcing and iSupplier. Find out what Procurement experts are recommending to prevent and resolve issues.  Important links are also included.  The October newsletter features articles on:

  • The new Procurement Enhancement Request Community
  • Procurement Community Development Corner
  • Updated version of the PO Approvals Analyzer
  • Uploading Files

And there is much more…..

Newsletter document

Access the newsletter now: Doc ID 111111.1

Monday Oct 07, 2013

What Are The Top ERs in Buyer Work Center?

Would you like to know the disposition of the Top Buyer Work Center (BWC) Enhancement Requests?

Check out Doc ID 1584755.1 which reports on Top BWC Enhancement Requests (ER) that have been implemented, are planned to be implemented within 12 months, or are future planned (part of Development's road map but there is presently no specific implementation date).  These Enhancement Requests are considered 'Top' ERs because they have the highest number of client requests.

See valuable information about fixes, workarounds and more (Doc ID 1584755.1).


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