Monday Jul 14, 2014

Eleven Questions to Ask When Tailoring OUM for Your Project

I’ve posted several blogs in the past on tailoring OUM. Here’s one more. As you can see from the title, I call this one Eleven Questions to Ask When Tailoring OUM for Your Project. 

Start with the Core Workflow and adjust it based on the following questions.

  1. Do you need additional Business Requirements (RD) and Requirements Analysis (RA) tasks?  If so, add them.
  2. Are you implementing a custom-off-the-shelf (COTS) product?  If yes, review the Mapping and Configuration (MC) process and add any tasks not already included in the Core Workflow.  If no, remove the Configuration Sub-Flow tasks.
  3. Is there custom work?  If yes, add additional Analysis (AN), Design (DS), Implementation (IM) and Testing (TE) tasks, as appropriate.  If no, you may be able to remove the tasks in the Custom Development Sub-Flow.
  4. What are the Technical Architecture (TA) requirements?  Add TA tasks as appropriate.
  5. Will there be any data conversion?  Add any Data Acquisition and Conversion (CV) tasks as appropriate.
  6. Are there any Performance Management (PT) requirements?  Add PT tasks as appropriate.
  7. What are the Documentation (DO) requirements?  Add DO tasks as appropriate.
  8. What are the Organizational Change Management (OCM) requirements?  Add OCM tasks as appropriate.
  9. What are the Training (TR) requirements?  Add TR tasks as appropriate.
  10. What are the Transition (TS) requirements?  Add TS tasks as appropriate.
  11. What are the Operations and Support (PS) requirements?  Add PS tasks as appropriate.

Now that you’ve identified all the tasks you need, consider how you want to approach your project.  Can you use the traditional OUM WBS approach or do you need to configure your workplan a little differently.  The possibilities are endless, but that’s a discussion for my next blog.

Monday Apr 14, 2014

OUM Support for Cloud Implementations

You’ve heard that the Oracle® Unified Method supports the entire Enterprise IT lifecycle, including support for the successful implementation of every Oracle product, but you may be wondering if that includes support for implementing Oracle Cloud Application Services.

The answer is an unequivocal “Yes”. Since OUM 6.0, the method pack has included the OUM Cloud Application Services Implementation Approach Solution Delivery Guide

What is the OUM Cloud Application Services Implementation Approach?

The Oracle® Unified Method (OUM) Cloud Application Services Implementation Approach is Oracle’s lightweight approach for implementing applications running on a cloud infrastructure. It emphasizes an out-of-the-box approach and adoption of best practices inherent in the application products as a foundational element of the approach.

What does the OUM Cloud Application Services Implementation Approach currently cover?

The OUM Cloud Application Services Implementation Approach is applicable to Oracle Fusion Applications, Oracle Taleo Cloud Service, and Oracle RightNow Cloud Service implementations running on a cloud infrastructure. Support for additional Oracle Cloud Application Services will be included over time.

While the focus of the approach is on the implementation of the standard, out-of-the-box functionality embodied in the products selected for implementation, the approach also includes support for selected additional services, such as integrations, data loads, project-specific documentation, training, etc.

In what form is the OUM Cloud Application Services Implementation Approach Solution Delivery Guide provided?

In the early releases in which it appeared, the Solution Delivery Guide took the form of a PDF document, which contained all of the guidance, but without any templates. In the latest release, OUM 6.2, the Solution Delivery Guide is provided in HTML format with access to templates via links, just like other OUM Views. The PDF version of the Solution Delivery Guide is still included in the method pack, accessible from a separate Resources page, but the same guidance and templates are now available in the familiar HTLM format.

More about the structure of the OUM Cloud Application Services Implementation Approach in my next post.

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