Announcing new and updated Documentation for Oracle Cruise, Hotels, Food & Beverage, and Retail solutions

Documentation in Oracle Retail Allocation 13.3

Randy Kapelke
Director, Global Content

The 13.3 release of Oracle Retail Allocation represents a significantly improved solution, helping retailers determine the inventory requirements at the item, store, and week level using real-time inventory information. This release focused on enhancements related to front-end usability and a better user experience. In addition, the release featured numerous technical and integration enhancements. 

Highlighted End User Documentation Enhancements

Oracle Retail Allocation User Guide
This document's structure was updated to reflect the changes in the user interface.

  • Two new chapters, Introducing the Common User Interface and Understanding the Allocation User Interface were introduced to explain the user interface controls. The Understanding the Allocation User Interface chapter describes the various parts of the allocation workspace and explains how to use worksheets and quick create allocation features.
  • The Create an Allocation chapter was replaced with a new chapter, Creating Standard Allocations. This chapter explains the steps involved in creating and calculating a standard allocation.
  • The Creating Scheduled Allocations chapter was updated to include Worksheets used for creating allocations. 
  • The Maintain What-If Allocations chapter was replaced with Creating What-If Allocations.
  • The Maintain an Allocation chapter was replaced with Managing Allocations. This chapter describes the various editing operations you can perform on an allocation.
  • The Allocation Details chapter was removed and the Assortment View and Final Allocation information was updated and moved to the Managing Allocations chapter. 
  • The Size Profiles chapter was removed and its content moved to the Managing Foundation Data chapter.
  • The Managing Foundation Data chapter explains how to manage policy templates, location groups, size profiles, and system options.
  • In addition to updates mentioned above, the following features were added in all the chapters related to creating allocations: Support for Single Parent/Multi Diff/Multi Size Packs, Worksheets to create allocations, ability to select Inventory Buckets, spread demand mode, Fashion Group Allocation for multiple stores, select seasonal size profile data, freeze logic, pack rounding, and quick location add. 

Oracle Retail Allocation 13.3/Merchandising Operations Management 13.2.5 Implementation Guide

  • The Oracle Retail Allocation chapter was updated to include information regarding policies and allocation templates. In addition, a new section for System Options was added.

Oracle Retail Allocation User Interface Administration Guide
This entirely new document describes operations an administrator can perform to configure and manage the user interface and its security. The document includes the following information:

  • Introduction to the WebCenter Portal Administration Console
    The WebCenter Portal Administration Console offers several administration pages that enable authenticated administrators to perform common administrative duties, including:
    • Configuring Page Templates and Skins
    • Modifying the Navigation Model(s)
    • Modifying the Resource Catalog
    • Creating Task Flows at Runtime
    • Managing Users and Granting Application Roles
    • Managing and Configuring External Applications
  • Configuring Page Templates and Skins
    Applicable Oracle Retail applications are packaged with two page templates and three skins. Page templates are used to maintain a consistent branding and layout for all pages within an application as well as common branding and layout for all applications in a suite of applications. A skin is used to define the appearance of an Oracle ADF web application in a manner similar to cascading style sheets (CSS). Page templates and skins work together to control the layout and appearance of application pages.
  • Modifying the Navigation Models
    The navigation model defines a navigational structure and keeps track of navigational data. A navigation model can consist of a variety of resources, such as task flows, pages, external links, and others.
  • Creating Task Flows at Run Time
    Task flows are reusable building blocks developed using the Oracle Application Developer Framework (ADF). Rather than developing an application as a single large JSF page flow, application developers break up page design into a collection of reusable task flows. Oracle Retail Allocation was developed using task flows. The application's resource catalog is configured with additional task flows that can be added at run time. Using Oracle Composer, you can edit the application page from either the WebCenter Portal Administration Console or from the Edit Current Page menu item on the application's main page.

Oracle Retail Allocation Operations Guide
The following enhancements were made to this document:

  • Backend System Administration and Configuration chapter
    Steps to configure dynamic logging in WebLogic have been added.
  • Functional Design chapter
    The Net Need at Store Level Calculation section now includes an updated stock on-hand calculation.
  • Java Batch Process chapter
    The AllocationAutoScheduleBatch batch job has been renamed ScheduledAllocationBatchClient. Running the AllocScheduleBatch has been updated. Rule Level On Hand (RLOH) batch information has been added.
  • Internationalization chapter
    Internationalization is the process of creating software that can be translated easily. Changes to the code are not specific to any particular market. Allocation has been internationalized to support multiple languages. This section describes configuration settings and features of the software that ensure that the base application can handle multiple languages.
  • Implementing Functional Security chapter
    This new chapter discusses the Allocation functional security and the components used to implement it. The chapter includes the following sections:
    • Introduction to Retail Roles
    • Retail Role Hierarchy
    • Default Security Reference Implementation
    • Extending the Default Security Reference Implementation 

List of End User Documents in Allocation, Release 13.3

The following documents are included in Release 13.3:

  • Oracle Retail Allocation Release Notes
  • Oracle Retail Allocation Installation Guide
  • Oracle Retail Allocation Online Help and User Guide
  • Oracle Retail Allocation User Interface Administration Guide
  • Oracle Retail Allocation Data Model
  • Oracle Retail Allocation Operations Guide
  • Oracle Retail Allocation Licensing Information Guide
  • Oracle Retail Merchandising Batch Schedule 
  • Oracle Retail Merchandising Implementation Guide

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