Wednesday Mar 23, 2016

Now Available: Approvals for EBS 1.4.0 for iOS and Android

Oracle E-Business Suite Development is pleased to announce updates for Oracle E-Business Suite smartphone apps. These updates are delivered as part of Oracle E-Business Suite Mobile Release 5, which supports both Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.1.3 and 12.2.3 and beyond.  Oracle E-Business Suite Mobile Release 5 is a coordinated release of 17 Oracle E-Business Suite mobile apps, excluding Mobile Expenses and Mobile Field Service, which have their own off-cycle releases.  

For more details on these updates for each app, see specifics below and the Oracle E-Business Suite Mobile Apps Release Notes available from MOS Note 1641772.1.

What's New?

Approvals for EBS smartphone app includes following new features in this release:

  1. *New approval types for these functional areas: Channel Revenue Management (claims, budgets, and offers), Human Resources (absences and learning including class enrollments and certification subscriptions), Inventory (move orders), Maintenance (work orders, work requests, and work permits), Order Management (RMAs, sales agreements, and quotes), and Quoting (quotes)
  2. *Ability to view attachments for approval requests
  3. *Ability to add custom workflows
  4. Enhanced Pending Approvals by Type page:
    1. Improved approval type icons (achromatic icons)
    2. Real-time pending approvals count
    3. Dynamically show only those approval types with pending approvals
  5. Improved subject card view in the Details page
  6. Enhanced refresh interaction using a Pull to Refresh gesture in place of the Sync icon
  7. Mobile Foundation:
    1. *User installation and usage metrics for administrators
    2. Updated look and feel for selected app interactions
    3. Technical updates with u" class="bki-span">ptake of Oracle Mobile Application Framework (MAF) 2.2.2

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; such features are marked with an asterisk (*).

See My Oracle Support Note 1641772.1 at https://support.oracle.com

New Feature Highlights

New Approval Types, Enhanced Approval Types Page

New seeded approval types are added for core functional areas such as Human Resources, Channel Revenue Management, Order Management and Maintenance. Pending Approvals by Type page that provides easy way to filter approvals based on approval types is also enhanced to use improved icons and real-time count of pending approvals for each approval type.

Custom Approvals

Until Oracle E-Business Suite Mobile Release 4.0 (Approvals for EBS 1.3.0), only seeded approval types were supported in the app. Starting Mobile Release 5.0 (Approvals for EBS 1.4.0), Customers can add their own approvals to the mobile app using a simple developer configuration.

Oracle Workflow provides a new tool called Approvals Data Services Framework that helps a developer perform following steps to include custom approvals in the mobile app starting Mobile Release 5.0.

  1. Design Approvals Content
  2. Configure Approvals Metadata
  3. Test Approvals Data Services
  4. Create Approval Type
  5. Use from Approvals for EBS App

Refer to chapter Configuring Messages for Oracle Mobile Approvals for Oracle E-Business Suite in Oracle Workflow Developer Guide. Although this link points to Oracle E-Business Suite 12.2, the same instructions apply for Oracle E-Business Suite 12.1 with Mobile Release 5.0.

View Attachments

Ability to view attachments for an approval from the mobile app is one of the very critical features. This provides ability for the approver to review app relevant approval content before making a decision on the go. Approvals for EBS smartphone app consolidates all attachment content that were displayed on the Worklist web pages under Attachments and Related Applications regions and shows them in one single Attachments page.


Pull Down to Refresh

In Pending Approvals page, the refresh icon on the header is now removed to introduce a more intuitive "Pull Down to Refresh" gesture. This is a common gesture used in many consumer apps such as email. To use this feature, press on the Pending Approvals page, drag down and release to trigger refresh of the page.

Enhanced Subject Card

In order to improve the content in details pages, the default notification header attributes such as Sender, Sent Date, Due Date, Notification ID are moved from the body of the page to within the Subject card. The Sender, Sent Date are displayed above the Subject, similar to how it is shown in Pending Approvals page. The Due Date is shown below the Subject as number of days that the approval becomes due in.

References

  1. Oracle Mobile Approvals for Oracle E-Business Suite Release Notes (MOS Doc ID 1642423.1)
  2. Oracle E-Business Suite Mobile Foundation Release Notes (MOS Doc ID 1642431.1)
  3. Oracle E-Business Suite Mobile Apps, Release 12.1 and 12.2 Documentation Index (MOS Doc ID 1641772.1)
  4. Transfer of Information (TOI) Online Training
  5. Search for Oracle EBS Mobile Apps on App Store using ‘Oracle EBS America’

Wednesday Nov 18, 2015

Approvals for EBS 1.3.0 for iOS and Android is now available

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, timecards, item changes, Supplier Invoices, and more.

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. 


What's New in Version 1.3.0

  • Support for enterprise distribution
  • Customization support for corporate branding
  • Mobile application management (MAM) support with Oracle Mobile Security Suite (OMSS), including single sign-on
  • Support for Web SSO authentication to delegate authentication to Oracle Access Manager (OAM)
  • New approval types: Timecards, Item Changes, and Supplier Invoices
  • Enhanced data layout
  • Improved approvals filtering
  • Translations in 10 additional languages including Brazilian Portuguese, Canadian French, Dutch, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Latin American Spanish, Simplified Chinese, and Spanish.

For more information on how to use Mobile Approvals, please refer to the following document:

References

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Update

New versions of the smartphone app Approvals for EBS has been released. Refer to following posts.

Please go to the blog post for latest version of Approvals app and post your comments.

Wednesday Aug 06, 2014

Now Available: Oracle Mobile Approvals for iOS - Version 1.0.0

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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.

Availability

Client

Oracle Mobile Approvals for Oracle E-Business Suite 1.0.0 is available on Apple's iTunes 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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Update

New versions of the smartphone app Approvals for EBS has been released. Refer to following posts.

Please go to the blog post for latest version of Approvals app and post your comments.

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