Well, it depends. Generally speaking, Oracle provides capabilities to integrate approvals within your business process. However, depending on the module and transaction these capabilities can vary. As an Order to Cash expert, I want to bring some clarity to what the out-of-the-box approval capabilities are within the Quoting and Order Management modules, then go into some of the enhancements I’ve implemented in the past to improve the functionality in some of these areas.
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For those of you who are trying to set the organization context within your SQL sessions or custom programs, there’s a new API you must call in R12.
The previous way of setting organization context in 11i was to execute the following statement:
However, in R12, the new way of setting the organization context is as follows:
The â€˜S’ parameter indicates a single organization context. Replace ORG_ID with the ID of the operating unit you wish to use. You can also set a context for multiple operating units by setting the security profile. This is done by executing the following statement:
Replace SECURITY_PROFILE_ID with the ID of the appropriate security profile. ‘ASO’ represents the application short name associated with the responsibility you’ll be using.
Add comment February 3rd, 2009
Whether you’re implementing a new system or simply changing office procedures, there are five core steps to successfully transforming your business process and implementing change…
Consultants – can’t live with them, can’t live without them. Majority of today’s software implementations require the need for outside consultants for their technology and industry expertise, but the costs of outside consulting can be a hard pill for top executives to swallow. Engaging consulting experts is a necessary evil in ensuring a successful implementation of your ERP system; however, by outsourcing the design process and leveraging your internal IT resources for testing and implementation, you can effectively utilize the strengths of both factions while lowering your outside consulting costs…
Oracle’s Application Implementation Methodology is the “industry standard” for Oracle project management and implementation strategy. The main feature of the AIM software is the documentation templates that are available. I typically do not use all available templates, but there a few key documents such as the BR 100, MD 50, etc. that are handy.
Most Oracle consulting firms do not use AIM as is, but use it as a basis in coming up with their own implementation methodology. Either way, it’s a great tool to keep handy.
These days it’s standard practice for American based companies implementing software systems to send technical development overseas to countries like India, Singapore, and China. If you walk around the corner of your office, you may find a small offshore team crammed into a cubical gathering and reviewing technical requirements to be distributed to resources located on the other side of the world. In almost all cases, the outsourcing model is adopted in an effort to cut down on development costs. On the surface it makes sense – why pay a US based contractor the high salary when an offshore resource can perform the same work for a fraction of the cost? Several years ago, many IT executives considered this question to be a no-brainer and would have immediately adopted the offshore model. But while all their concentration was focused on cutting costs, project managers neglected other important variables in the offshore equation, and as a result there have been few successes and far too many failures in adopting the outsourcing model within the IT industry. If you’re an executive evaluating the cost benefits of the offshore model, there are other factors to take into consideration.
I recently bought a Lenovo IBM ThinkPad T61 notebook pre-installed with Windows XP SP2, Internet Explorer 7, Office 2007, and all the other IBM software bells and whistles. So far I’ve been quite happy with my purchase, however, I was disappointed to find several issues with IE and IBM factory software that caused my Internet Explorer session to crash when attempting to launch Oracle JInitiator. Upon clicking an apps link I get the infamous “Internet Explorer has encountered a problem and needs to close” error…
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5 comments July 17th, 2007
Establishing an integrated business process is one thing – tailoring this process so that the financial results make sense to the organization is another…
The latest Oracle Applications Technology rollup patch released in November 2006 introduces a multitude of fixes and enhancements to core ATG modules (FND, OAM, OWF, FWK, JTT, JTA, TXK, XDO, ECX, EC, AK, ALR, and UMX). The most notable, according to Metalink note 365228.1, are the enhancements to document attachments, Personalizations, and Workflow…
While both applications have evolved to become very powerful tools, I’ve always been amazed about how drastically different the Telesales and Order Management applications have become. You would think that the Telesales quotation screens and the OM order entry screens would have some similarities – maybe even the same application interfaces since the data is so similar. But the reality is that like most Oracle modules, Telesales and Order Management were each independently developed by separate teams several years apart from each other. This leads to the obvious inconsistencies in how each module behaves from a user prospective and discrepancies in how Telesales interfaces to OM in the quotation to order process…
A recent encounter that my current client experienced exemplifies why any corporation of global stature should implement an organized pricing policy…
Adding a Process Integration Team to Your Project Organization
One of the key advantages to Oracle Applications that distinguishes itself from other competitors in the ERP market is its flexibility. In other words, a client implementing Oracle has the ability to pick and choose the functional modules that are specific to their business requirements (for the most part). Combining this modular structure with the flexibility of its application interfaces, reporting tools, database, and workflow driven processes; Oracle becomes a very favorable option to many clients who find themselves limited to what they can do under different applications.
While flexibility is a great advantage – it poses many significant challenges during the implementation process…
Let’s face it; as consultants we may be smart but we don’t know “everything”. And that’s fine – consulting isn’t just about what we know. It’s also about what we’ve experienced and knowing where to look if we don’t have the answers. Most of us have the knowledge and experience, but often don’t have the network or resources to search for the unknown.
Each of us encounters new experiences everyday – so many that often we tend to forget about them. And some of these experiences are valuable not only to you but also to other consultants who encounter the same situations. I created this forum for that very reason. I wanted a place where I could share my client experiences with others in the industry while gaining ideas and different perspectives on the topics I share.
So feel free to browse and contribute! I hope you find this website to be a valuable tool – especially in times where the answer may be out of reach.
“Knowledge is of two kinds. We know a subject ourselves, or we know where we can find information on it.” ~ Samuel Johnson
2 comments July 19th, 2006