Friday Oct 17, 2014

New Simplified Home Page in EBS 12.2.4

One of the most visible (and colorful!) user interface enhancements for Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.2.4 is the new simplified home page:

OA Framework-based simplified home page with six colorful favorites icons

In my previous posts, I discussed the new skin and enhancements to tables in Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.2.4.  Now let's look at the new simplified home page.

Enabling the Simplified Home Page

When you first install or upgrade to Release 12.2.4, you will see the home page as it appeared in previous versions of Release 12.2 (configurable home page with tree-based navigator).  The "Self Service Personal Home Page Mode" profile must be set to "Framework Simplified" so you can see the new simplified home page.  The profile option can be set at multiple levels by the system administrator, including at the individual user level.

For more on the various home page styles available, see:

Adding Favorites

If a user already has favorites defined from a previous version of Oracle E-Business Suite, those favorites will appear automatically. If a particular function has a special icon already associated with it, that icon will appear.  Otherwise, a default icon will appear.

Each user adds their own favorites, just as with previous versions of Oracle E-Business Suite.  Adding favorites is easy: just click on the Add to Favorites icon, search for and select the function you want, click on Add to Favorites, and apply your changes. 

Manage Favorites page showing "Apprais" and "Manager Self-Service" as search criteria

You can change the text of your favorites to anything you want using the Favorite field in the bottom table on the Manage Favorites page. You can also rearrange your favorites here in the Manage Favorites page by moving them up and down relative to other favorites.

If you want to change existing favorites, select the Add to Favorites icon again.

Announcements Region

The Announcements region provides a space for site-level announcements.  An administrator can modify the announcements using administrator personalization.

Using the Simplified Home Page

 You can use the favorites icons to get to your favorite pages directly and easily.  If you need to get to other pages or forms that you do not have as favorites, you can still get to those through your usual responsibilities by using the drop-down menu available from the Navigator (compass) link in the global header at the top of the home page.  Likewise, you can also see your favorites in list form by clicking on the Favorites (star) icon at the top of the page.

Home page showing the drop-down Navigator menu

The new simplified home page got a lot of favorable attention when we showed it at Oracle OpenWorld a few weeks ago. We hope you like it too!

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Wednesday Aug 27, 2014

New User Interface Features in Release 12.2.4

As I wrote several months ago,  we have been working on a major refresh of the Oracle E-Business Suite user interface.  Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.2.4 makes a big jump in our user interface.  Here are some of the new features you will see after upgrading to Release 12.2.4:
  • New skin
  • Rich table interactions
  • Simplified home page
  • Support for gestures on tablets

This is the first in a series of articles detailing these new user interface features.

The most obvious user interface change for this release is our new skin for both desktops and tablets.  The new skin provides a cleaner look and feel in Oracle Application Framework-based pages, with responsive features that give you more space for controlling the application with your fingers on a tablet while saving space on a desktop.  Here is the new look on a tablet and on a desktop:

New look on iPad

EBS new look on laptop in Firefox browser

We now have a streamlined touch-oriented, icon-based global header (the top navigation bar on the page). Users can choose whether to display icons, text links, or both by setting a user preference. This feature is one of the results of the usability testing we did last year, where we got user feedback for fine tuning the new look and feel.

Setting Your Display Preference

To change the display settings of the icons in the header, simply select Preferences from the Settings menu (gear icon):

Select Preferences from Settings menu

Then you see the Preferences Page:

Preferences Page

In the "Visual" region, "Page Header Display Style" field, select the choice you want:

  • Both Links and Icons
  • Icons Only
  • Links Only

Display style list

Apply your changes, and you're done! 

Here is how the "Links Only" style looks:

Links Only style of header

Here is how the "Both Links and Icons" style looks:

Both Links and Icons display style

We hope you like the new look!

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Thursday Mar 01, 2012

Webcast Replay Available: Usability Best Practices for Oracle E-Business Suite

I am pleased to release the replay and presentation for the latest ATG Live Webcast:Screenshot of Usability Best Practices

Usability Best Practices for Oracle E-Business Suite (Presentation)

Sara Woodhull, Principal Product Manager discussed the best practices for improving the usability of Oracle E-Business Suite. This discussion included discussion of new user interface features that you can use when extending or customizing E-Business Suite.

Finding other recorded ATG webcasts

The catalog of ATG Live Webcast replays, presentations, and all ATG training materials is available in this blog's Webcasts and Training section.

Friday Feb 10, 2012

ATG Live Webcast: Usability Best Practices for Oracle E-Business Suite

The latest version of Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.1.3 includes new user interface features that you can use when extending or customizing EBS for your own specific requirements.  I'm pleased to announce an upcoming webcast that provides guidance on the best ways of enhancing the usability of your customizations and extensions.  Here's the next installment of our ATG Live Webcast series on Feb. 16, 2012:

Usability Best Practices for Oracle E-Business Suite

Join Sara Woodhull, Principal Product Manager, for this wide-ranging discussion on best practices for improving the usability of Oracle E-Business Suite.

The agenda for the Usability Best Practices for Oracle E-Business Suite webcast includes the following topics:

  • Top Three Ways to Improve EBS Usability
  • Why Upgrading Improves Usability
  • Personalize Oracle E-Business Suite for Maximum Usability

Date:               Thursday, February 16, 2012
Time:              8:00 AM - 9:00 AM Pacific Standard Time
Presenter:     Sara Woodhull, Principal Product Manager

Webcast Registration Link (Preregistration is optional but encouraged)

To hear the audio feed:
    Domestic Participant Dial-In Number:           1-877-697-8128
    International Participant Dial-In Number:      1-706-634-9568
    Dial-In Passcode:                                              99332

To see the presentation:
    The Direct Access Web Conference details are:
    Website URL: https://ouweb.webex.com
    Meeting Number:  591287627

If you miss the webcast, or you have missed any webcast, don't worry -- we'll post links to the recording as soon as it's available from Oracle University.  You can monitor this blog for pointers to the replay. And, you can find our archive of our past webcasts and training here.

If you have any questions or comments, feel free to email Bill Sawyer (Senior Manager, Applications Technology Curriculum) at BilldotSawyer-AT-Oracle-DOT-com.

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