Did you know there is a quick and easy way to get your current Oracle E-Business Suite (EBS) Output Post Processor (OPP) configurations? Oracle Support provides a BI Publisher (BIP) for EBS Analyzer that includes an entire section with information related to the OPP configuration and also offers some helpful suggestions.The BIP for EBS Analyzer can be installed and executed as a concurrent request, or you can execute it directly from SQL*Plus. Once the BIP Analyzer has been executed in your environment, it will produce a report output in an easily readable HTML format. The initial launching page is a dashboard that includes color coded highlights that provide a summary of where trouble areas might be with your configuration. There are three sections in this report:
"After the application of every patch, old editions accumulate to the point where it begins to effect performance. To work around this, EBS R12.2 AD Online Patching (ADOP) has a feature that allows you to drop the old editions within the database."
Take five with other great tips from OAUG members.For more on EBS R12.2 AD Online Patching, troubleshooting, cleanup operations, purging/dropping old editions …
Oracle Support Functional Analyzers
OAUG eLearning webinar
Hosted by the Customer Support Council
July 28, 2017, 10 a.m. EST
Watch the recorded webinar (member login required).
The Oracle Analyzers for E-Business Suite (EBS) are diagnostic tools that help you identify and resolve issues – sometimes before problems even become apparent or have the opportunity to impact systems. These tools help customers take a proactive approach to preventing problems.
What are the advantages of using Analyzers?
If you're not familiar with Oracle's Analyzers, find out what other OAUG members have to say about them:
As most of you know, in April, the OAUG, Quest and IOUG hosted the annual COLLABORATE conference in Las Vegas, Nevada. What you might not know, is that the OAUG is hosting a month-long Best of COLLABORATE 17 educational series, presented via webinar and beginning in August.
The Best of COLLABORATE 17 – OAUG Forum is a collection of some of the top conference presentations, determined largely by feedback obtained from the surveys completed by session attendees. Team leaders from the OAUG Education Committee review the overall ratings per session along with the attendance numbers to identify the highest-rated and highest-attended conference sessions. The selected sessions represent and address some of the most critical challenges our users community is facing. The content is on point, and it's on the calendar.
What's coming up in week one?
Before documenting requirements, cultivating executive sponsorship and getting to the nuts and bolts of a recent Oracle Sales Cloud solution, we had to overcome some initial concerns and misconceptions.
Three things were top of mind:
How did we resolve concerns to be able to move forward on a cloud implementation with confidence?
Cliff Godwin, Oracle SVP EBS Product Development, has just released a new support timeline that announces Oracle's commitment to release subsequent versions to the EBS 12.2 with premier support being available AT LEAST to 2030.
Great news for EBS customers who are interested in continuing to leverage their current EBS investment.
Recently, an OAUG member submitted a question about establishing a security model to accommodate multiple user hierarchies across two Essbase platforms. I was honored to be tapped as a subject matter expert who could provide assistance.
I thought others might have similar questions or, better yet, have additional ideas regarding Essbase security. So, I'm sharing the Q&A here. If you find this information helpful, please share with others. And be sure to leave a comment if you have experience working with security hierarchies or have additional questions.
You don't have to be a famous entertainer, politician or business leader to have a personal brand. No matter your sphere of influence, the ability to cultivate and convey the unique skills, knowledge and attributes you possess can greatly enhance the impact and results you achieve in your universe.
The positive response to the OAUG's 2016 Year-In-Review video was so strong, we decided to share it with everyone. Last month, the organization showcased the new 5-minute production at the annual Meeting of the OAUG Members during COLLABORATE 17 in Las Vegas. Continue reading and watch the video to see if you agree that 2016 was a great year for members of OAUG! And let us know your thoughts by leaving a comment in the blog post.
One of my favorite events at COLLABORATE is the OAUG Meeting of the Members. And a highlight of that event is the presentation of awards to our superstars – individuals and groups that serve the OAUG community with their outstanding contributions throughout the year.
Last evening, I had the great honor to recognize our 2017 winners (scroll to the end for the photo gallery):
The spring edition of OAUG Insight magazine is available online for OAUG members.
In this issue:
Firefox's recent stable release channel version 52.0 update ends NPAPI plugin support for Java, Microsoft Silverlight and Adobe Acrobat (Adobe Flash is not affected, however, no support end date for this plugin has been communicated). The impact for Oracle E-Business Suite (EBS) customers using Firefox is that even though they have the latest version of Java installed on their system, Firefox will not recognize and load the associated Java plugin.
A morsel of good news for Firefox-EBS users is that a temporary workaround does exist for those who still want to utilize the Firefox browser.
Attending the annual COLLABORATE conference is one of the most talked about experiences each year. The anticipation builds during the months leading up to the event. And, the post-event storytelling and sharing is equally as spirited. Here are some of the things Oracle Applications users are looking to accomplish this year:
Solve a problem.
Everyone is talking about the cloud. But not all organizations are in a position to make a sweeping transition to cloud solutions. Maintaining existing ERP systems is still a reality for many. COLLABORATE 17 offers hundreds of sessions that focus on upgrading or enhancing existing implementations. Plus, you'll be able to meet management from the OracleDigital License Team that supports all customers that continue to invest in on-premises license applications (PeopleSoft, JD Edwards, EBS, etc.).
Plan for the future.
Speaking of cloud, there are more than 400 cloud-related sessions at COLLABORATE 17. Many of these explore how Oracle customers have already extended functionality with cloud solutions or present the key considerations – pros and cons – for helping you plan a move to the cloud. Use the convenient Agenda Builder to browse cloud education sessions and add them to your educational itinerary.
Stay on top of important changes.
COLLABORATE 17 is right around the corner, and we hope we will see you for a week of education and networking. Here are five tips to help energize your professional development efforts at the conference:
Since mid-2014, Oracle has continued to release various smartphone applications that work with Oracle E-Business Suite. To date they have released 22 such applications. They are compatible and backported to work with EBS version 12.1.3. Most of the applications that Oracle has released are surrounding HCM, Financials, Supply Chain and Manufacturing modules. These applications come pre-licensed with the module of the application.
Some of the benefits of rolling out smartphone applications with EBS include:
If you're considering deploying the smartphone applications that run with Oracle E-Business Suite in your organization, continue reading for tips and a short video.
Top stories in the OAUG Support in Focus newsletter from the OAUG Customer Support Council include:Year in Review. Access valuable information and resources, compliments of the OAUG Customer Support Council. Get Accredited. Enhance your knowledge and capabilities with best practices from Oracle product experts. Leverage Oracle's Proactive Support Resources.
The OAUG Support in Focus newsletter is published exclusively for OAUG members. Read December's newsletter.
OAUG eLearning provides free live and recorded educational webinars for OAUG members. Missed a webinar in 2016? Recorded eLearning sessions are available for OAUG members 24/7 through the OAUG eLearning Archive. Take a look at the top five webinars from 2016 to get started:Are Oracle 'On-Premises' ERP Customers Lost in the Cloud? Best of COLLABORATE 16: Flying High in the Cloud Extending Oracle E-Business Suite 12.1.3 With Oracle Application Express 5.0 Basics of eBTax Setup: The Other Bits - Tax Reporting Codes, Tax Zones, Tax Formulas, Reverse Charge Planning Your Upgrade to Oracle E-Business Suite 12.2
eLearning Webinars will start again in 2017. Have a suggestion for a webinar you would like to see? Let us know with our webinar suggestion box.
As this year comes to a close, I’d like to use this opportunity to say my farewells. Farewell to 2016 and my year as OAUG president. Also, I would like to say farewell to the OAUG Board of Directors, staff and members of the OAUG. I am leaving the board but taking with me lots of memories:Serving on the OAUG Board since 2000 with fellow board members who are committed, passionate, wise and exceptional friends. Working with wonderful volunteers who exemplify the mission and vision of the OAUG. Learning from a fantastic group of partners who have always been willing to exhibit, sponsor, present and share their expertise. Aligning with incredible Oracle employees who bring expertise, knowledge and partnership to the OAUG committees, conferences and events. Working with OAUG staff members who make us successful in all of our ventures, from eLearning to COLLABORATE to the Young Professionals Forum to the Star Partners Program and on and on.
The future of the OAUG is a bright one. I’m leaving the OAUG in the capable hands of incoming President Alyssa Johnson and the OAUG’s new Executive Director Al Garver.
Dr. Patricia Dues, OAUG PresidentEmail: : @pdues
In September, Al Garver joined the OAUG as executive director (read the press release). Since that time, Al has worked with the board of directors and executive committee, numerous volunteers and committee leaders, OAUG staff and Oracle employees to understand the OAUG vision and mission and identify areas of strength and future direction.
In a recent conversation with Al, he shared some insights:
The Oracle Applications Users Group's Geographic and Special Interest Groups offer a wide range of topics, regions and products covered. Our Geographic groups span a specific regional area while our Special Interest Groups tend to cover a specific product area or industry. Joining one or a few of these groups can help you share ideas, best practices and network with other Oracle applications users.
Review the complete listing of OAUG Geo & SIG user communities and visit the individual websites. Contact the Geos/SIG manager with any questions.
Dive into a positive, collaborative atmosphere where you can candidly discuss your Oracle Applications implementations, upgrades and cloud opportunities. For one exciting week, the entire OAUG community comes together face to face to share and learn from actual experiences through sessions, panels and networking events. Gain new perspectives and see your work with new eyes! OAUG members enjoy the absolute lowest rates. Register today!
Beth McLaughlin, Dunkin’ Brands, Inc., speaks with Oracle's Nigel Youell about connecting with other Hyperion EPM customers to share information. The OAUG Connection Point® — Hyperion Online can help Hyperion EPM users explore and connect with other users with leaving their desk.
If you’re seeking convenient, online education focused on Oracle Hyperion (EPM), look no further than Connection Point® – Hyperion Online, October 31-November 4, 2016. Get on-demand access to every presentation, expanding your learning range to all 20 sessions. Hear from the experts during five days of training that’s created to fit your schedule. Find the full agenda and register.
The Oracle Applications Users Group (OAUG) Board of Directors provides leadership, influence and guidance to drive and enhance the focus of the OAUG. Newly elected to the 2017 OAUG Board are Bill Dunham, founder and principal owner at OATC, Inc.; Mohan Dutt, senior manager of global technology services at Equinix, Inc.; Kathleen Fauerbach, accounting manager for the City of Las Vegas; Mark Maley, senior business process analyst at GF Central Plastics LLC; and Donna Rosentrater, Oracle solution architect at PAREXEL International Corporation.
Read more in the press release.
Everyone was talking about the cloud at OpenWorld last month. The OAUG is your source for reliable cloud-related information and resources to help you get the answers you need. Here are a few examples of the ways OAUG members can learn from others on the cloud journey:
“There are plenty of best practices for cloning 12.1 and 12.2 Oracle E-Business Suite environments .... Whether you’ve been cloning for years or are just starting, there are always things to learn and new methods to improve your process.”
OAUG members can log in to get the details from Zach May, Cox Enterprises, Inc., in the fall 2016 OAUG Insight magazine. OAUG members may subscribe now to get on the mailing list for the winter edition of OAUG Insight magazine.
"Workflow rules based on job code eliminated rules hardcoded to specific employees, which made it easier to find requisitions and invoices, and cut down on customizations.” - Jason Watkins, Tampa International Airport
Learn more about workflow rules, watch Jason's video:
Take five with more great tips from OAUG members.
Get live, in-person training from recognized Oracle thought leaders including Jeanne Lowell, Vijay Shanmugam, and OAUG experts like John Peters, Jeff Hare and Sandra Vucinic by attending Connection Point® – NorCal. Then, discuss the sessions with your peers as you network throughout the day at The Oracle Conference Center in Redwood Shores, CA.
Find the complete agenda and register.
As a result of several conversations with Oracle during OAUG Customer Support Council calls early in 2016, Oracle developed E-Business Suite Security: Reference Documents and Available Resources (Doc ID 2149625.1) as a collection point for EBS security information.
OAUG Members can finish reading the article and find the reference documents in the September issue of the Support in Focus newsletter. Member login required.
"Our ongoing dialogue with the OAUG Customer Support Council and Board of Directors is invaluable in helping us understand and respond to the needs and concerns of our customers. The extension of Premier Support for EBS 12.1.3 through 2021 that we’re announcing today provides certainty for EBS 12.1.3 customers that they can rely on Premier Support for many years to come, so they can leverage their investments in EBS in whatever ways create the most value for their enterprises.” - Cliff Godwin, Senior Vice President, Oracle E-Business Suite Development
OAUG members can read the entire annoucment in the July special edition of Support in Focus. Member login required.