Monday Mar 23, 2015

Mobile App for Approvals for EBS 1.2.0 on iOS and Android

Reposting below for another cool new mobile app from Oracle, which btw, was built using Oracle Mobile Application Framework. Follow us @OracleMobile

About

Oracle Mobile Approvals for Oracle E-Business Suite lets you respond on-the-go to your pending approval requests. From your phone, anywhere and anytime, take quick action on approval requests for expenses, requisitions, purchase orders, recruitment vacancies and offers, and more.

- Quickly filter approval requests by sender or subject
- Review at a glance header and line item details, action history, and comments
- Approve or reject with or without comments, or request more information

Oracle Mobile Approvals for Oracle E-Business Suite is compatible with Oracle E-Business Suite 12.1.3 and 12.2.3 and above. To use this app, you must be a user of Oracle E-Business Suite, with mobile services configured on the server side by your administrator. For information on how to configure mobile services on the server and for app-specific information, see My Oracle Support Note 1641772.1 at https://support.oracle.com.

Availability

Client

Oracle Mobile Approvals for Oracle E-Business Suite 1.2.0 is available on Apple's iTunes Store and Google Play Store for download.


This app works against Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.1.3 and above and 12.2.3 and above.

Server

Oracle Mobile Approvals requires set up on Oracle E-Business Suite instance to support connections from the mobile app. Following patches are required to be applied.

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Additional Resources

Monday Jan 05, 2015

New Version of Mobile App for Oracle E-Business Suite

Cross-posting from Vijay Shanmugam

What's New?

A new version (1.1.0) of Approvals for EBS smartphone app is available on Apple App Store. This new version provides following updates:

  •  Improvements to login and configuration flow
  • Ability to change server URL without reinstalling the app.
  • *Diagnostics improvements.
  • After updating to version 1.1.0, you are required to reconfigure the app to implement the configuration and login improvements included in this version.
Note: The latest app version will work with earlier server-side patches. However, the latest server-side patches must be applied to enable new features and fixes that require those patches, marked by an asterisk (*).

For more information on these updates, see My Oracle Support Note 1641772.1 at https://support.oracle.com.

Support for Demilitarized Zone (DMZ)

If your mobile users need to access the Oracle E-Business Suite mobile apps over the Internet, your Oracle E-Business Suite environment must be set up in a DMZ configuration.

  • For DMZ configuration instructions on Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.1, see Document 380490.1.

  • For DMZ configuration instructions on Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.2, see Document 1375670.1.

Additionally, when setting up the configuration file for your mobile app as described in Section 2.2.1, ensure that the service endpoint (or server host URL in Oracle E-Business Suite Mobile Foundation releases earlier than Release 2.1) is set to your external web entry point.

Tuesday Oct 28, 2014

Innovation Award Winner Grupo Farmacos on Platform Optimization Documentary Webcast

How Grupo Farmacos Achieved Cost Control and Operational Efficiency

Date: Tuesday, October 28, 2014
Time: 10:00 AM PT / 1:00 PM ET

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Grupo Farmacos is the leading distributor of medical equipment and medicine in Mexico, and services customers across the public and private sectors. In order to support its diverse business operations, the company built a high-performance virtualized infrastructure in the cloud. Join this live webcast for an in-depth look at how Grupo Farmacos implemented Oracle’s engineered systems and middleware to:

  • Consolidate its architecture to control costs and improve IT efficiency
  • Support high-volume transactions and ensure high availability of critical Oracle applications
  • Leverage common, SOA-based integration architecture for Oracle and third-party applications

Note that the same registration link will host the on-demand webcast replay and a bonus implementation whitepaper. 

Speakers:

Alfredo Funes
Chief Information Officer
Grupo Farmacos
Elias Solomon
Corporate Vice President
Grupo Farmacos
Yoav Eilat
Director of Product Marketing
Oracle Fusion Middleware
Oracle

Alfredo Medina
Customer Service and Delivery Manager
Oracle Latin America, Oracle 

Tuesday Oct 21, 2014

Coming from OOW - Automating Financial Processes in PeopleSoft, E-Business Suite

At Oracle OpenWorld earlier this month, I had the opportunity to moderate a customer panel to discuss how to automate financial processes for Oracle E-Business Suite and Oracle PeopleSoft in a scalable, efficient manner.

The panel was aimed at Application IT as well as Line of Business attendees who are looking to undertake similar implementations. With that in mind, our invitations to speaker panelists were rather deliberate. Not only did we have representation across industry and geography, our panelists' roles within their organizations were different enoguh to provide  both technical and business perspectives. For our panel, we had Michael Stevens who is the Financial Services Initiative Lead at Lend Lease Corporation based in Australia, Doris Wilson from National Express Corporation (NEC) who represented the Application IT side of the house on our panel and Michael LaPlante, Director of Business Process Improvement at National Academy of Sciences (NAS) based in Washington DC.

The business drivers for the three were industry centric. Lend Lease has offices all around the world and because of their business, they need to ensure expedient processing of supplier invoices. Different geographies for Lend Lease meant different invoice templates so it was important to find a solution to reconcile structured and unstructured data. The company went with Oracle WebCenter Capture to scan the invoices, WebCenter Forms recognition to reconcile structured and unstructured data from the invoices while storing the electronic content with WebCenter Content complete with data sync with Oracle E-Business Suite. To enable integration and smoother process management, the company has implemented Oracle SOA Suite. Michael is currently globe-trotting to take these regional implementations live, keeping in mind the regulatory nuances for each region.

Doris did confirm that the implementation request and the solution selection was directed by her finance team counterparts. But to ensure that the implementation was consistent with Oracle E-Business Suite (EBS) and the rest of the applications infrastructure at NEC, Doris and her team got involved. The company needed to minimize paper invoices and automate invoice processing so they could free up their resources to do more meaningful work. The company uses Oracle E-Business Suite extensively for most of its operational needs. Oracle WebCenter Suite and Oracle SOA Suite were the obvious choices given the interoperability and proven integration. With the implementation, NEC was able to automate one of the most tedious processes in their company's finance operations, eliminating the need to even have handwritten signatures and GL account coding. The digital invoice images were then clipped to invoice in EBS making tracking and processing faster and relatively easy while giving visibility to AP liability dollars at month-end. And final resource investment count: 5.5!

NAS is not your typical organization with a not so typical vendor and customer model. True to its distinction, Michael LaPlante and team approached this project quite scientifically. A thorough analysis helped them select which financial processes when automated would provide the most (and near term) return on investment. Invoice processing won hands down. NAS implemented Oracle Webcenter and Oracle BPM Suite to automate invoice processing for PeopleSoft. The project took 13 months to implement with the company hitting the break-even point within 11 months, savings coming in the form of time investment of 8 full time employees! The biggest hurdle for them - change management. Once they got their users on the standardized approval process flow, it was relatively smooth sailing from there on. The ROI increases with every workflow process they now add after AP. Aside from savings in disk storage and offsite storage costs, the company is realizing significant efficiencies in searches, reporting and of course having better visibility. With that under their belt, the NAS team may be looking at tackling the HR processes next.

The three customers on the panel discussed leveraging middleware technologies to complement with EBS or PeopleSoft implementation to automate financial processes and extend the value of their existing investments. That's AppAdvantage; that's technology at work.

The panelists experiences were rather rich and the session provided valuable insights. Hope you found the summary useful as well. If you need more information and have follow up questions, do reach out to use and we will aim to get you answers as quickly as possible.


Tuesday Oct 14, 2014

Highlights from OOW: Bringing Applications and Middleware Together

One of the key sessions discussing the value of middleware at this year’s Oracle OpenWorld was Group Vice President, Amit Zavery’s General Session: Enabling Applications for Cloud, Mobile and Beyond.

The Oracle executive stressed how digital technologies have completely disrupted the way we do business today and how the very same technologies present unique business opportunities that were unheard of just a few years back. For example, a recent survey showed that 74% of customers use 3 or more channels to engage with a business to discuss service issues. And that 70% of the buying cycle takes place before a customer engages with a live sales person meaning the customer does research/comparisons/due diligence based on the information available off the various channels even before he/she directly communicates with a sales person. The engagement model has changed and not just for our customers. Think about it. When was the last time you picked up the phone to call helpdesk to reset your password on a portal or a website? Or, are you still carrying a mobile phone for work and another for your personal use or are those one and the same? Whether you are in the customer, partner or an employee role, your expectations on how you interact with a business (B2B or B2C) have completely changed and businesses are either meeting those and succeeding (a la Amazon) or they are left biting the dirt (Amazon’s initial rival, Borders).

In this session, Amit discusses how technology can play a key role in getting the business digital ready. For that to happen, the applications infrastructure needs to be modernized; it needs to be renovated for the digital future. But rather than throwing away what you already have, Amit outlines an architectural framework to modernizing the infrastructure while leveraging the existing investments. He discusses the role middleware services can play to add capabilities and extensions to your existing applications to allow them to adopt social, mobile, cloud and IoT.

Amit was joined on stage by IT executives from Ricoh Americas and The Sherwin Williams Company. Ricoh’s CIO, Balaji Rangaswamy discussed how they are using the integration service to enable mobile customer service, a self-service portal for dealers and how the same integration service is also allowing their SaaS Salesforce Applications to connect with their On-Premise E-Business Suite application to provide their dealers and salesteam with the information they need to be successful. Incidentally, Ricoh is also a great example of how they have enabled employee social collaboration on the same integration foundation.

Sherwin Williams’ lead architect, Biplab Roy underscored the need for IT to provide the optimization and consolidation platform to keep the operational costs down, drive business efficiencies and enable high performance of its business critical applications to provide stable business operations. The company relied on Oracle Exalogic to do so and have since seen tremendous performance gains.

At Oracle we are learning from our customer experiences as well as their evolving business requirements. AppAdvantage is a direct result of those learnings and where possible, we try and showcase customer use cases, experiences and lessons learned. If you missed Amit’s session at Oracle OpenWorld or are keen to know more and see how you can adopt digital technologies while leveraging your existing investments, we recommend you join as at an Oracle Day event coming to a city near you. And, as always, we look forward to hearing from you via blog, twitter @OracleMiddle or on Facebook.

Monday Sep 08, 2014

Don't Forget: Siram Documentary Airs Tomorrow

A quick reminder, the documentary webcast with Siram, Italy - a leading energy services management company, airs tomorrow, Tue, September 9 at 10 am Pacific. Catch the conversation between the IT leaders and have the experts walk you through Siram's IT footprint and logical architecture that brought them success in business process orchestration and end-to-end management. Learn how they automated their Request for Tender process and reaped both tangible and even some unexpected benefits.

Oracle AppAdvantage IT Leader Series
Siram Achieves Business Process Agility
Tuesday, Sep 9 @ 10 am PT/1 pm ET/ 5 pm GMT
Register today



Thursday Sep 04, 2014

Video trailer: Siram Tackles Commercial Efficiency with EBS and BPM

Here's a sneak preview of what is in store for you on the live webcast scheduled for next week.

Oracle AppAdvantage IT Leader Series
Siram Achieves Business Process Agility
Tuesday, Sep 9 @ 10 am PT/1 pm ET/ 5 pm GMT
Register today

Friday Aug 29, 2014

You are Invited -Siram, Italy Shares Their Success Story on Business Process Agility

Siram Achieves Commercial Efficiency with Improved Business Process

Oracle Corporation
Siram Achieves Commercial Efficiency with Improved Business Process

Learn How Siram Maximized Its

Business Process Agility with Oracle AppAdvantage

Join us for this webcast and learn how Siram, a major energy services management company based in Italy, is leveraging the Oracle AppAdvantage pace-layered architecture—powered by Oracle Fusion Middleware—to streamline, automate, and drive interdepartment efficiencies for a more agile business management process.

Siram interview The webcast features an onsite conversation with Oracle’s Regis Louis and the Siram team about Siram's business challenges and solutions, as well as an in-depth IT architecture walkthrough.

Learn how Siram is able to:

  • Provide flexible, paperless, and streamlined request for proposal (RFP) process management across business departments
  • Offer complete transparency and visibility for end-to-end processes
  • Achieve greater operational and commercial efficiency for faster processes and time to market
  • Enable cross-application process orchestration with proven interoperability among Oracle Business Process Management Suite, Oracle E-Business Suite, and other technologies

Register now for this webcast.

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Experts are on hand for a live Q&A.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014
10 a.m. PT / 1 p.m. ET

Presented by:

Regis Louis

Regis Louis

Vice President, EMEA Product Management, Oracle


Giovanni Patella

Giovanni Patella

Director of Information Systems and CIO, Siram


Robert Ferrari

Roberto Ferrari

ICT Business and Control Area Manager, Siram


Cristian Silipigni

Cristian Silipigni

Principal Sales Consultant, BPM and SOA, Oracle

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Thursday Aug 21, 2014

Announcing the Next AppAdvantage IT Leader Documentary

Close on the heels of the very successful launch of Oracle BPM 12c, we are so excited to be announcing the next video in the Oracle AppAdvantage IT Leaders Series. As you know, the Oracle AppAdvantage IT Leaders Series profiles a successful executive in an industry leading organization that has embarked on a business transformation or platform modernization journey by taking full advantage of the Oracle AppAdvantage pace layered architecture.

Tune in on Tuesday, September 9th at 10 am Pacific/1 pm Eastern to catch our IT executive, Regis Louis in an in-depth conversation with IT executives from Siram S.p.a., a major energy services management company in Italy. The documentary will explore how the company is doing process orchestration and business process management to build inter-department collaboration, maintain data integrity and offer complete transparency throughout their Request for Proposal (RFP) process. Oracle’s technology expert will then do a comprehensive walk-through of Siram’s IT model, the various components and how Oracle Fusion Middleware technologies are enabling their Oracle E-Business Suite processes.

Experts will be at hand to answer your questions live. Check out this live documentary webcast and find out how organizations like yours are building business agility leveraging existing investments in Oracle Applications.

Register today. And if you are on twitter, send your questions to @OracleMiddle with #ITLeader, #AppAdvantage. We look forward to connecting with you on Tue, Sep 9.

Siram Achieves Commercial Efficiency with Improved Business Process Agility

Date: Tuesday, September 9, 2014
Time: 10:00 AM PT / 1:00 PM ET

Wednesday Aug 20, 2014

In Technology, Ignorance is NOT Bliss

Author: Debra Lilley, ACE Director, UK

Proof I’m not technical - 

I’ve just finished a Latin America tour with OTN and a funny thing happened that I want to share with you; because it is quite a good analogy for how many of us use technology today and you know how I love analogies.

In Costa Rica we had a really long journey up through the mountains to where our conference was to be. The road was windy and narrow and once it got dark there was no scenery to see, boredom set in. At one stage I looked at my watch to see the time, but in the dark I couldn’t make it out, so I thought I would be clever and use the torch in my smartphone! Even though as soon as I switched on the phone it showed the time, I ignored it and used the torch to read my watch.

That’s us when we pay maintenance on software, ask for enhancements, and either chose not to upgrade or as I have seen so many times, upgrade but don’t use the new features. I know there are always other factors not least the upgrade costs themselves but in the later releases of all the Oracle family of applications Oracle have done a lot to make the interoperability of them with Oracle Fusion Middleware more successful and in many cases for the first time. My heritage is Oracle E Business Suite (EBS) and the availability of Oracle Weblogic for EBS is fantastic for an Oracle powered organisation that can move away from supporting multiple flavours of application server. The same release made available  - the no downtime patching that Oracle Database 11g introduced with Edition Based Redefinition.

I am not saying you must use these features but you must be aware of what each release of your application brings and make a business based decision as to whether it is for you or not. I like to have a simple spreadsheet of features with no-value, nice-to-have, must-have ratings, but make the spreadsheet cumulative so that when you do upgrade you have all the features listed you previously didn’t take up. That way you can avoid the ‘using your phone to read your watch’ scenario.

About the Author:

Debra Lilley, Fusion Champion, UKOUG Board Member, Fusion User Experience Advocate and ACE Director.

Lilley has 18 years experience with Oracle Applications, with E Business Suite since 9.4.1, moving to Business Intelligence Team Lead and Oracle Alliance Director. She has spoken at over 100 conferences worldwide and posts at debrasoraclethoughts  

Tuesday Oct 02, 2012

Recap: Why Fusion Middleware matters to Oracle Applications and Fusion Applications customers?

Did you miss this general session on Monday morning presented by Amit Zavery, VP of Oracle Fusion Middleware Product Management? There will be a recording made available shortly and in the meanwhile, here is a recap. Amit presented 5 strategies customers can leverage today to extend their applications.


Figure 1: 5 Oracle Fusion Middleware strategies to extend Oracle Applications & Oracle Fusion Apps

1. Engage Everyone – Provide intuitive and social experience for application users using Oracle WebCenter

2. Extend Enterprise – Extend Oracle Applications to mobile devices using Oracle ADF Mobile

3. Orchestrate Processes – Automate key organization processes across on-premise & cloud applications using Oracle BPM Suite & Oracle SOA Suite

4. Secure the core – Provide single sign-on and self-service provisioning across multiple apps using Oracle Identity Management

5. Optimize Performance – Leverage Exalogic stack to consolidate multiple instance and improve performance of Oracle Applications

Session included 3 demonstrations to illustrate these strategies.

1. First demo highlighted significance of mobile applications for unlocking existing investment in Applications such as EBS. Using a native iPhone application interacting with e-Business Suite, demo showed how expense approval can be mobile enabled with enhanced visibility using BI dashboards.

2. Second demo showed how you can extend a banking process in Siebel and Oracle Policy Automation with Oracle BPM Suite.Process starts in Siebel with a customer requesting a loan, and then jumps to OPA for loan recommendations and decision making and loan processing with approvals in handled in BPM Suite. Once approvals are completed Siebel is updated to complete the process.

3. Final demo showcased FMW components inside Fusion Applications, specifically WebCenter.

Boeing, Underwriter Laboratories and Electronic Arts joined this quest and discussed 3 different approaches of leveraging Fusion Middleware stack to maximize their investment in Oracle Applications and/or Fusion Applications technology. Let’s briefly review what these customers shared during the session:

1. Extend Fusion Applications

We know that Oracle Fusion Middleware is the underlying technology infrastructure for Oracle Fusion Applications. Architecturally, Oracle Fusion Apps leverages several components of Oracle Fusion Middleware from Oracle WebCenter for rich collaborative interface, Oracle SOA Suite & Oracle BPM Suite for orchestrating key underlying processes to Oracle BIEE for dash boarding and analytics. Boeing talked about how they are using Oracle BPM Suite 11g, a key component of Oracle Fusion Middleware with Oracle Fusion Apps to transform their supply chain.

Tim Murnin, Director of Supply Chain talked about Boeing’s 5 year supply chain transformation journey. Boeing’s Integrated and Information Management division began with automation of critical RFQ process using Oracle BPM Suite. This 1st phase resulted in 38% reduction in labor costs for RFP. As a next step in this effort, Boeing is now creating a platform to enable electronic Order Management. Fusion Apps are playing a significant role in this phase. Boeing has gone live with Oracle Fusion Product Hub and efforts are underway with Oracle Fusion Distributed Order Orchestration (DOO). So, where does Oracle BPM Suite 11g fit in this equation? Let me explain. Business processes within Fusion Apps are designed using 2 standards: Business Process Execution Language (BPEL) and Business Process Modeling Notation (BPMN). These processes can be easily configured using declarative set of tools. Boeing leverages Oracle BPM Suite 11g (which supports BPMN 2.0) and Oracle SOA Suite (which supports BPEL) to “extend” these applications. Traditionally, customizations are done within an app using native technologies. But, instead of making process changes within Fusion Apps, Boeing has taken an approach of building “extensions” layer on top of the application.


Fig 2: Boeing’s use of Oracle BPM Suite to orchestrate key supply chain processes across Fusion Apps

2. Maximize Oracle Applications investment

Fusion Middleware appeals not only to Fusion Apps customers, but is also leveraged by Oracle E-Business Suite, PeopleSoft, Siebel and JD Edwards customers
significantly. Using Oracle BPM Suite and Oracle SOA Suite is the recommended extension strategy for Oracle Fusion Apps and Oracle Applications Unlimited
customers. Electronic Arts, E-Business Suite customer, spoke about their strategy to transform their order-to-cash process using Oracle SOA Suite,
Oracle Foundation Packs and Oracle BAM. 

Udesh Naicker, Sr Director of IT at Elecronic Arts (EA), discussed how growth of social and digital gaming had started to put tremendous pressure on EA’s existing IT infrastructure. He discussed the challenge with millions of micro-transactions coming from several sources – Microsoft Xbox, Paypal, several service providers. EA found Order-2-Cash processes stretched to their limits. They lacked visibility into these transactions across the entire value chain.

EA began by consolidating their E-Business Suite R11 instances into single E-Business Suite R12. EA needed to cater to a variety of service requirements, connectivity methods, file formats, and information latency. Their integration strategy was tactical, i.e., using file uploads, TIBCO, SQL scripts. After consolidating E-Business suite, EA standardized their integration approach with Oracle SOA Suite and Oracle AIA Foundation Pack. Oracle SOA Suite is the platform used to extend E-Business Suite R12 and standardize 60+ interfaces across several heterogeneous systems including PeopleSoft, Demantra, SF.com, Workday, and Managed EDI services spanning on-premise, hosted and cloud applications.

EA believes that Oracle SOA Suite 11g based extension strategy has helped significantly in the followings ways:

- It helped them keep customizations out of E-Business Suite, thereby keeping EBS R12 vanilla and upgrade safe

- Developers are now proficient in technology which is also leveraged by Fusion Apps. This has helped them prepare for adoption of Fusion Apps in the future


Fig 3: Using Oracle SOA Suite & Oracle e-Business Suite, Electronic Arts built new platform for order processing

3. Consolidate apps and improve scalability

Exalogic is an optimal platform for customers to consolidate their application deployments and enhance performance. Underwriter Laboratories talked about their strategy to run their mission critical applications including e-Business Suite on Exalogic.

Christian Anschuetz, CIO of Underwriter Laboratories (UL) shared how UL is on a growth path - $1B to $2.5B in 5 years- and planning a significant business transformation from a not-for-profit to a for-profit business. To support this growth, UL is planning to simplify its IT environment and the deployment complexity associated with ERP applications and technology it runs on.

Their current applications were deployed on variety of hardware platforms and lacked comprehensive disaster recovery architecture. UL embarked on a mission to deploy E-Business Suite on Exalogic. UL’s solution is unique because it is one of the first to deploy a large number of Oracle applications and related Fusion Middleware technologies (SOA, BI, Analytical Applications AIA Foundation Pack and AIA EBS to Siebel UCM prebuilt integration) on the combined Exalogic and Exadata environment. UL is planning to move to a virtualized architecture toward the end of 2012 to securely host external facing applications like iStore


Fig 4: Underwrites Labs deployed e-Business Suite on Exalogic to achieve performance gains

Key takeaways are:

- Fusion Middleware platform is certified with major Oracle Applications Unlimited offerings. Fusion Middleware is the underlying technological infrastructure for Fusion Apps

- Customers choose Oracle Fusion Middleware to extend their applications (Apps Unlimited or Fusion Apps) to keep applications upgrade safe and prepare for Fusion Apps

- Exalogic is an optimum platform to consolidate applications deployments and enhance performance

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