Oracle Business Approvals for Managers Now Available for iPhone

[January 28, 2009 Update:  Added information on where to download this software]

business approvals for managers iphone-expense-report-screenshot.png

As an enthusiastic Apple iPhone user, I am very pleased to see that our Applications Unlimited team has released their newest iPhone application:  Oracle Business Approvals for Managers.  This free (!) iPhone application allows managers to handle pending E-Business Suite actions related to expense reports, purchase order requisitions, human resources vacancies, and HR job offers.  Managers can use this mobile app to evaluate pending EBS approvals, request more information, and approve or reject pending requests.

This iPhone app builds on the Oracle Business Indicators iPhone application.  Oracle Business Approvals for Managers provides optional access to analytic reports related to the type of approval that users are reviewing.  This configuration retrieves data from Oracle Business Intelligence Enterprise Edition Plus (OBIEE) or Oracle Business Intelligence Applications.  All communications are secured via SSL encryption and may be optionally integrated with Oracle Identity Management components, too.

iPhone + Apps R12 Integration Architecture

There's a lot of technical wizardry going on under the surface: 

iphone-bus-approvals-arch.png

As you can see from the architecture diagram, this application requires the following prerequisites:

  • Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12 version 12.0.4 and higher
  • Oracle SOA Suite 10.1.3.3 and higher
  • Oracle Business Intelligence Enterprise Edition Plus (if you wish to use the optional OBIEE reports)

The Oracle SOA Suite, running on the Oracle application server, uses BPEL to handle the main worklist functionality and the subsequent back-end integration with Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.  Web Service calls are intercepted and authenticated by the Oracle Web Service Manager (OWSM).  It uses the Oracle Application Adapter for its integration with the E-Business Suite.   In addition, if access to analytic reports is enabled, Oracle BI EE Plus handles the request for business intelligence data that supports each worklist item.

For complete details about configuration and features, see:

A Word About Licencing

Although the iPhone app itself is free from the Apple iTunes store, Oracle Business Approvals for Managers requires licensing of a server product called Oracle Business Approvals Connector for Managers.  This connector provides secure integration with Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12 using Oracle SOA Suite and the optional OBIEE technologies.  This connector can be licensed directly from Oracle.

Downloading this software

  1. Go to http://edelivery.oracle.com
  2. Click Continue on the welcome screen.
  3. Fill out the form and check the boxes for the export restrictions.
  4. Select Product Pack "E-Business Suite" and either platform of "Linux x86" or "Microsoft Windows (32-bit)". Click Go.
  5. Click on the link towards the bottom of the page for "Oracle Business Approvals Connector for Managers 1.0 Media Pack for Linux x86" or "Oracle Business Approvals Connector for Managers 1.0 Media Pack for Microsoft Windows (32-bit)"
  6. There will be downloads for:
  • Oracle Business Approvals Connector for Managers 1.0
  • Oracle Business Approvals Connector for Managers 1.0 : Required Oracle EBS 12.0 patch
  • Oracle SOA Suite 10g (10.1.3.1.0) (32-bit) (CD)
  • Oracle Application Server 10g (10.1.3.3.0) Patch set (32-bit) (CD)

Feedback is Welcome

Like the previously-announced Oracle Business Indicators app, this application breaks new ground for mobile support for the E-Business Suite.  I know that our Applications Unlimited development team is eager to hear your feedback about this product.  If you post any comments or questions here, I'll make sure that they're passed directly to that team.

Comments:

Steven,

You've got to be crazy happy over this one. Now, if Floyd and I could just get VMWare to work with Visio and Projects, Apple would be the only way to go...:-)

Good stuff.

thx,
John

Posted by John Stouffer on November 13, 2008 at 09:08 PM PST #

Hi, John,

My private exchanges with Floyd suggest that he's switched back from VMWare Fusion 1.1.3. I'm running that older version, too (2.0 didn't pass muster).

I don't have any trouble with either Visio or Projects under VMWare. Might it be a PEBKAC issue? ;-)

Regards,
Steven

Posted by Steven Chan on November 14, 2008 at 02:06 AM PST #

Steven -

This is very cool stuff! Do you know if there are any plans for a Blackberry flavor of Oracle Business Indicators and Business Approvals?

Thanks in advance,
Robin

Posted by Robin Reese on November 16, 2008 at 09:49 PM PST #

Hi, Robin,

Yes, this is very cool -- the static descriptions don't do justice to the real experience of using this firsthand.

I don't think that the team that owns this product has any immediate plans to port this to the Blackberry platform. This product has been expressly developed to take advantage of the iPhone's built-in features such as pinch-zooming, tap-zoom, graphics rendering, and so on. I suspect that it would be a real challenge to duplicate that user experience on the Blackberry.

Regards,
Steven

Posted by Steven Chan on November 17, 2008 at 02:02 AM PST #

Steven,

Business Approvals for Managers is not quite free, the BPEL Connector is a licensed component.

Bob

Posted by Bob Jones on November 18, 2008 at 06:40 AM PST #

hi i am using i-Mate windows mobile. shall i use E Business Approval for Manager. Please let me know.

Posted by sangi on November 18, 2008 at 12:43 PM PST #

Bob,

Yes, I've noted that in the "A Word About Licencing" section already. The client is free; the back-end connector requires a licence.

Regards,
Steven

Posted by Steven Chan on November 19, 2008 at 12:43 AM PST #

Hi, Sangi,

This product isn't available for Windows Mobile-based devices. This application runs only on the Apple iPhone.

Regards,
Steven

Posted by Steven Chan on November 19, 2008 at 12:44 AM PST #

Hi,

can somebody bail me out on PO/requisition approval on blackberry. My management has given me the project and I am at cross road. We have done all the patching on EBS but the approval is not yet working on blackbbery, what can I d?.

Thanks

Posted by Oseni Yaya Ayokanmi on November 26, 2008 at 06:57 PM PST #

Hi, Oseni,

I don't have any ideas as to why this isn't working. I'd recommend logging a formal Service Request via Oracle Metalink to get one of our Support engineers engaged.

Regards,
Steven

Posted by Steven Chan on December 01, 2008 at 04:45 AM PST #

Hi, Oseni..

I am also working on the same task...

can you please help me if u have solution...

Posted by Ravi Thota on March 21, 2009 at 08:30 PM PDT #

H, Ravi,

If you're having trouble approving Workflow Notifications on Blackberry devices, I'd recommend logging a formal Service Request via Metalink to get one of our Procurement specialists engaged.

Regards,
Steven

Posted by Steven Chan on March 24, 2009 at 06:02 AM PDT #

It is working now. We used blackberry BES and BIS.

Posted by Oseni Yaya Ayokanmi on March 26, 2009 at 12:39 AM PDT #

Can someone give me some details on approvals using blackberry approvals for purchase orders and requistion approvals

regards
senapathy

Posted by Senapathy on June 17, 2009 at 08:08 PM PDT #

Hello, Senapathy,

I'm not a Purchasing or or Requisitions specialist, so I'm forced to theorize on first principles here. If either of those two products can generate emails via Workflow for requesting approvals from end-users, then those emails can be approved or rejected using any standard HTML-compliant mail application. This should include Blackberry devices and other mobile mail clients.

If you want a definitive reply for those products specifically, your best bet would be to log a formal Service Request via My Oracle Support (formerly Metalink) to get one of our specialists engaged.

Regards,
Steven

Posted by Steven Chan on June 23, 2009 at 04:37 AM PDT #

Hey guys,

I stumbled upon this, and realize that some posts are relatively old, but those of you who may be interested in completing and approving Oracle E-business Suite tasks on your BlackBerry should take a look at Groveware's Mobile Task Manager application.

http://www.groveware.com/index.php/oraclemtm

This application connects to E-business Suite in a very similar fashion to how the iPhone does it. Take a look and hopefully it's what you guys are looking for.

Posted by Murilo Guimaraes on December 09, 2009 at 12:42 AM PST #

Hi Steven, I have a customer in the UK that is interested iPhone applications for the ebusiness Suite but would like to know what is included with each of the applications. Do you know if there are any user guides showing the available functionality
Thanks very much

Posted by Ian Howard on December 23, 2009 at 12:58 AM PST #

Hi, Ian,

The User Guide and Configuration Guide (links above) are the only detailed documentation I'm aware of for this product. You can find the Datasheet and FAQ on the "Business Approvals for Managers" website, too.

Regards,
Steven

Posted by Steven Chan on December 28, 2009 at 04:43 AM PST #

Hi Steven,

Is The Business approval for managers applications also valid for 12.1.1 Oracle Applications - I know when it came out 12.1.1 and above was not out only the 12.0.3

thanks,

Posted by Jean Jerzak on January 20, 2010 at 06:37 AM PST #

Hi, Jean,

The prerequisites state, "12.0.4 and higher." I do not know whether the Business Approvals for Managers team has explicitly tested their app with 12.1.1, but the latter should be supported.

I don't have a lot of visibility into that team's certification activities, so if you wish a definitive answer, your best bet would be to log a formal Service Request via My Oracle Support (formerly Metalink) to get one of those specialists engaged.

Regards,
Steven

Posted by Steven Chan on January 21, 2010 at 05:42 AM PST #

We are installing Oracle Business Approvals Connector for Manager on R12.1.1
For that I have to install Oracle Application Server Adapter as perquisite.
I need your help to get the software of Oracle Application Server Adapter .Where i can find that

Posted by Sumir on January 27, 2010 at 06:02 AM PST #

Hi, Sumir,

You can find Fusion Middleware downloads here:

http://www.oracle.com/technology/software/index.html

If you have trouble with installing Fusion Middleware, your best bet would be to log a formal Service Request via My Oracle Support (formerly Metalink) to get one of our specialists engaged.

Regards,
Steven

Posted by Steven Chan on February 05, 2010 at 06:32 AM PST #

Hi Steven,

I gather from the blog that the pre-req for Oracle business approvals for Managers is version 12.

We are on 11.5.10 and am currently exploring the Business Approval for Mgrs. Is there any other alternative for 11.5.10 customers to use this apps.

Regards
Kishore

Posted by Kishore Yalamarty on September 06, 2010 at 09:43 PM PDT #

Hi, Kishore,

Yes, that's right. I don't know of any Oracle E-Business Suite Release 11i-equivalent for this functionality.

Regards,
Steven

Posted by Steven Chan on September 07, 2010 at 02:15 AM PDT #

Dear Steven,

My company would like to do the iPhone - Oracle Apps Intergration. I've been doing some reading on this. Could you please let me know if there is any setup required from the Oracle Applications perspective ( like some server setup or something that needs to be done by logging into the application and then setting it up.)

I'm aware that some setup needs to be done from Oracle SOA suite. (BPEL).

Thanks in advance,

Pooja

Posted by Pooja on September 12, 2010 at 05:14 PM PDT #

Dear Pooja,

I'm afraid that I don't have any hands-on experience with the setup for this particular product. I'd recommend reviewing the Configuration Guide linked above for details about the setup process. If you have any questions after going through that guide, Your best bet would be to log a formal Service Request via My Oracle Support (formerly Metalink) to get of our specialists engaged.

Regards,
Steven

Posted by Steven Chan on September 13, 2010 at 01:21 AM PDT #

Dear Steven,

I have a question from a client. They would like to know benefits from using Business Approval Connector for Managers.
Is there sense to use it without Business Approvals for Managers?

I wonder if Business Approval Connector for Managers is a server part of a solution why it's metric in E-Business Suite price list is "Application User".

Can a client use this application as an alternative to approval functionality in core applications (Financials, Purchasing)?

Could you, please, check links to Guides you put above. I failed to get them.

Best regards, Natalia

Posted by Natalia on December 01, 2010 at 06:14 PM PST #

Dear Natalia,

Thanks for letting me know about the links. OTN changed their back-end solution and broke them. I've updated the links to the latest locations.

I'm afraid that I don't have sufficient background with the Business Approvals for Managers product to discuss its capabilities to the extent you need. I'll send you an email to help you get connected to that product team directly.

Regards,
Steven

Posted by Steven Chan on December 02, 2010 at 01:42 AM PST #

Hi Natalia,
The connector is a group of BPEL processes that are deployed on the soa suite as web services.

the Business Approvals for Managers client s.w is designed to communicate with the connector to read and respond to notifications.

Regards

Mohamed Sayed

Posted by Mohamed Sayed on January 07, 2011 at 05:49 PM PST #

Any plans to move any EBS capabilities to the Android platform? We are rolling out 12.1.3 right now, and my users are loving their Droid X's :)

Posted by SteveM on February 09, 2011 at 11:58 PM PST #

Hi, Steve,

We're working through some options to support mobile devices more broadly. See:

Using Mobile Devices with Oracle E-Business Suite

http://blogs.oracle.com/stevenChan/2010/01/mobile_devices_ebs.html

Regards,
Steven

Posted by Steven Chan on February 10, 2011 at 01:42 AM PST #

Dear Steven,
I am working with the Oracle Business Approval for managers and I used the config pdf to guide me and after the setup of the oracle SOA 10.1.3.3 and I deployed the BPEL process using ANT command and when I Initiate the processes I find different error message :
e.g: VacancyRetrieval process I find this output :
<Faulthttp://xmlns.oracle.com/VacancyRetrievalhttp://schemas.xmlsoap.org/soap/envelope/>
<faultcode>client:InvalidServiceProviderFault</faultcode>
<faultstring>business exception</faultstring>
<faultactor>cx-fault-actor</faultactor>
<detail>
<Faulthttp://xmlns.oracle.com/bpel/aubi/mobile/Faults>
<Referencehttp://xmlns.oracle.com/bpel/aubi/mobile/Faults>
<ProcessId>VacancyRetrieval</ProcessId>
<InstanceId>130006</InstanceId>
</Reference>
<FaultMessage>
<Code>3</Code>
<Text>Invalid Service Provider</Text>
</FaultMessage>
</Fault>
</detail>
</Fault>
I hope to help me .
Thanks in advance

Posted by guest on June 13, 2011 at 01:22 AM PDT #

Hello, Guest,

I'm sorry to hear that you've encountered an issue with this setup step.

We can provide general conceptual guidance here, but I'm afraid that this blog isn't the best place to get technical support for specific issues like the one that you're working through.

Your best bet would be to log a formal Service Request via My Oracle Support (formerly Metalink) to get one of our specialists engaged.

Please feel free to forward your Service Request number to me if it gets stuck in the support process for some reason.

Regards,
Steven

Posted by Steven Chan on June 13, 2011 at 02:02 AM PDT #

Dear Steven,
Thanks for your care to reply , and I will submit my issue to Oracle support , and I will provide you the SR number .
____________________
Zaki

Posted by Zaki on June 13, 2011 at 06:39 PM PDT #

Dear Steven

We are using Oracle APPS R12.1.1 on Oracle Solaris Sparc 64bit, but you mentioned the download link for "Oracle Business Approvals Connector for Managers" for Linux and Windows

is there any download link for Oracle Solaris Sparc 64bit?
thanks

Posted by guest on February 21, 2012 at 02:53 AM PST #

Dear Guest,

We're channelling all porting-related requirements through our sales teams. Can you you follow up with your Oracle account manager with this porting request?

Regards,
Steven

Posted by Steven Chan on February 21, 2012 at 08:58 AM PST #

hi

Dear Steven Chan

our organization is using EBS12.1.3(64-bit) on RedHat Linux 5.6(64-bit), we want to know that if this Iphone app supports 64-bit system or when it will be available/applicable for 64-bit systems.

Khalid

Posted by guest on February 22, 2012 at 01:03 AM PST #

Hi, Khalid,

I'll need to check our certification for that platform. We're channelling all porting-related requirements through our sales teams. Can you you follow up with your Oracle account manager with this question?

Regards,
Steven

Posted by Steven Chan on February 22, 2012 at 12:41 PM PST #

We're trying to install "Oracle Business Approvals for Managers". I could see all configuration steps related to SOA suite, Connectors and Adapters in the links mentioned in this blog. But my question is, are there any configuration steps on the EBS application side to enable the "worklist" of this mobile app for the user logging in through mobile? If so, how to enable the worklist from EBS application side?
We're using EBS R12.1.3

Posted by Divya on August 07, 2012 at 09:45 AM PDT #

Hello, Divya,

Sorry for the delay in responding to this.

The Business Approvals for Managers app requires additional licencing for the E-Business Suite-side components, as well as for the required Fusion Middleware components. You can follow up with your Oracle account manager to discuss licencing terms for those components.

Regards,
Steven

Posted by Steven Chan on August 22, 2012 at 12:21 PM PDT #

Hi Steven,
We have a few customers that are very interested in this type of functionality. They would love this app.
Do you know if there are any references customers using this app?
Do you have a possible roadmap for this app.

Regards
Nishen

Posted by Nishen on March 13, 2013 at 12:45 AM PDT #

Hi, Nishen,

I'm afraid that I don't have visibility into customer references.

We're working on the next generation of this app right now; stay tuned.

Regards,
Steven

Posted by Steven Chan on March 13, 2013 at 08:19 AM PDT #

Hi Steve,

Not able to see this link.

http://blogs.oracle.com/stevenChan/2010/01/mobile_devices_ebs.html

Please provide the updated one.

2. Whats the approx cost for licensing of the

Oracle Business Approvals Connector for Managers

regards
Ashish

Posted by Ashish on April 04, 2013 at 07:38 AM PDT #

Hi, Ashish,

That article's URL has changed to:

https://blogs.oracle.com/stevenChan/entry/mobile_devices_ebs

You might also be interested in this one:

https://blogs.oracle.com/stevenChan/entry/safari_apple_ipads_certified_with

I'm in development and don't have training in licencing. You can contact your Oracle account manager if you questions about licencing and pricing.

Regards,
Steven

Posted by Steven Chan on April 05, 2013 at 10:51 AM PDT #

Hi,

We have EBS 12.1.3 version on Linux x86-64 and we're going to install "Oracle Business Approvals for Managers", but it´s for linux 32bits, can be installed with out problems?

Thanks,
Jackson

Posted by guest on May 17, 2013 at 09:59 AM PDT #

Hi Steve,

Can be install the "Oracle Business Approvals for Managers" in a different physical server from EBS server?

Thanks,
Jackson

Thanks,
Jackson

Posted by guest on May 17, 2013 at 10:03 AM PDT #

Jackson,
I believe there may be some restrictions to install Business Approval Connectors on Linux64 since it requires SOA Suite which may in turn be platform dependent. For the server side, these components don't have to be installed on the same machine than E-Business Suite. For more details, check Note 1476753.1.
You may want to follow up with Oracle support to validate the Linux64 vs Linux32 requirements.

Posted by Max Arderius on May 20, 2013 at 07:53 AM PDT #

Hi,

If we have this App on iPhone do we have to connect to VPN for getting notifications on the device??

Posted by guest on January 09, 2014 at 11:24 AM PST #

Guest, It depends. Before you can use the App, your administrator must configure Oracle Business Approvals Connector for Managers and provide you the endpoint URL used to connect to the Oracle Business Approvals Connector for Managers Web services on the Oracle SOA Suite server.
If this URL is internal, you most likely will need a VPN connection. If the URL is available externally then you won't need VPN.

Posted by Max Arderius on January 13, 2014 at 01:56 PM PST #

Hello Steve,

My management is expecting this kind of tool for the EBS R12 approval notifications. I have gone thru' applicable documents and understood that it runs op top of SOA Suite 10g.

Our env. details are:
Oracle DB 11g, Oracle SOA/Middleware 11g, Oracle R12 12.1.x series.

Below are my concerns:
1) Is these approval notifications comes along with the attachments (for Ex. if I have leave application with medical leave certificate attachment or Expense report with bill attachment). Can the managers review the attachments and approve upon?

2) Since the above documents speaks about SOA Suite 10g, could you please help me to understand feasibility to use 11g SOA/Middleware for the same.

Thanks in advance,
Manny

Posted by Manny on February 17, 2014 at 02:02 AM PST #

Hello, Manny,

We're working on a next-generation version of our Approvals app. I'll post details in a blog article as soon as possible. Stay tuned.

Regards,
Steven

Posted by Steven Chan on March 12, 2014 at 10:04 AM PDT #

Dear Mr.Steven,

May I ask about the case with Andoid systems as of today?

Regards,
Akram Nour

Posted by Akram on April 26, 2014 at 10:51 PM PDT #

Dear Akram,

We plan to certify Android (as well as iOS) with our upcoming mobile apps.

What Android versions and devices are you deploying in your organisation?

Regards,
Steven

Posted by Steven Chan on April 28, 2014 at 09:02 AM PDT #

Hi,

Any update about the next-generation version of our Approvals app???

Regards,
Yousuf

Posted by guest on July 16, 2014 at 04:30 AM PDT #

Hi, Yousuf,

See this latest article:

Mobile Apps for Oracle E-Business Suite
https://blogs.oracle.com/stevenChan/entry/mobile_apps_ebs

Regards,
Steven

Posted by Steven Chan on August 22, 2014 at 09:18 AM PDT #

Hi Stephen,

Does this application support electronic signatures?. ESignature in EBS as you maybe aware requires an approval and then a signature using user id/password

Regards

Sankar

Posted by Sankar Karuppasamy on November 25, 2014 at 03:10 PM PST #

Sankar, Business Approvals for Managers does not support eSignatures. Note that this app has been replaced by the new Mobile Approvals available in the App Store:

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/oracle-approvals-for-oracle/id882764656?mt=8

Our development team is analyzing the feasibility of implementing this feature in Mobile Approvals, however due to Oracle's revenue recognition guidelines, we can not specify any release dates at this time.

Posted by Max Arderius on December 01, 2014 at 11:26 AM PST #

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