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Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Oracle Financials Applications Consulting

Oracle Financial Applications Functional ConsultingI recently came across the Oracle Financial Applications Consulting site and thought I would give it a mention since there’s some downloads on the site which I believe would be useful to readers. The about section of the site has the following to say about the founder:

The Orafinapps was formed by Daniel North in 2005 to provide Oracle Financials consulting services and solutions. The business has recently been rebranded in order to emphasise its core skills and to provide a strong platform to attract new business and share skills, tools and experiences with others in the Oracle Financials community

Daniel is a principal level ex-Oracle UK consultant with an Accounting & Finance degree and considerable experience of large multi-country projects over the last 10 years of implementing Oracle Financials.

He is a skilled and effective applications consultant, who brings with him a great deal of international experience, strong communication skills with the drive and enthusiasm to get results quickly. He has continually demonstrated his ability to adapt to new and challenging environments whilst maintaining consistently high standards of professionalism.

 Daniel offers services in the following areas:

The sites Knowledge Base has a number of downloads which are categorised as follows:

Oracle Financials Implementation and User Guides

A collection of Oracle Financials related material used for implemetation and training purposes. Current sub categories include the following:

  • FSG Reporting
    • FSG User Manual
    • FSG Training
    • FSG Report Writing Guidelines and Strategy
    • FSG Overview spreadsheet
    • Links to FSG SQL scripts
    • FSG Hits and Tips such as writing continental Europe style balance sheets
  • Accounting for Currency - General Ledger currency information surrounding the treatment of foreign currency and the handling of revaluations and translations. 
  • Country Specific Localization Guides - A collection of country specific setup documents, solution proposals and user guides.

A collection of Oracle Financials Tools

Oracle Financials Project Plans, Scope Documentations, Functional, Configuration Documents, Dataload Classic .dld files & Dataload Professional Files .fld

  • Project Management Tools
    • Go Live Criteria Check List Go/No Go
    • Oracle Financials Consultant Interview Questions

The Largest Collection of Free Oracle Financials Scripts on the Internet

The scripts can be downloaded and used  free of charge subject to the following:

  • All scripts have been written for use on Oracle R11i ( 11.5.5 to 11.5.10 ) although untested they may work on other verstions and should be run using a tool such as TOAD or similar. 
  • They should be submitted with read only sql account under the APPS schema. 
  • Always run scripts first on a test system after taking a full system back and only run them in a production system once you have tested and undertaken your own peer review.

Scripts are available in the following areas: -

  • System Administrator SQL Scripts
    • Concurrent Request Running Times
    • Users of a concurrent request including parameters
  • General Ledger SQL Scripts
    • GL : ADI Opening Balances
    • GL : Autopost Definitions
    • GL : CoA Parent Accounts
    • GL : CoA Segment Qualifiers
    • GL : CoA Structure
    • GL : CoA Values
    • GL : Code Combinations
    • GL : Consolidation Mapping
    • GL : Cross Validation Rules (CVR) Line Detail, Summary Overview & Common Configuration Errors
    • GL : Distinct accounts by GL Source
    • GL : Entered Currency by Month
    • GL : FSG Reports. Column Sets, Row Sets, Content Sets, Row Orders
    • GL : GL Interface snapshot across books & GL Interface Details
    • GL : Journal Lines including Reference fields
    • GL : Journal Category & Source Combinations Used
    • GL : Journal Headers & Batches
    • GL : Journal Line based Trial Balance
    • GL : Mass Allocation Formula
    • GL : Period Statuses
    • GL : Security Rule Assignments & Security Rule Definitions
    • GL : Set of Books configuration
    • GL : Summary Account Template
    • GL : Trial Balance from GL Balances
  • DataLoad .dld SQL Scripts
  • Includes the following Dataload scripts that output data in a .dld dataload classic format to extract configuration from one environment to load into the next using dataload classic. This eliminates the need to manually review and update you .dld spreadsheets and files.

    • Dataload .dld GL Cross Validation Rules
    • Dataload Professional .fld : Daily Rates load
    • GL : Mass Allocation Migration Script in Dataload Professional FLD format
    • GL : Mass Allocation Rule Migration Script in Dataload Classic Format

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Richard Byrom Consulting

Last year I left my permanent job and I am now going to be contracting as an Independent Oracle Applications Consultant and Solutions Architect. I’ve formed Richard Byrom consulting and the consulting tab on my site outlines the type of services I intend to provide which can broadly be categorised into the following areas: -

  • Bids and Proposals
  • Business Consulting and Analysis
  • Information Technology (IT) Strategy
  • Solutions Architecting
  • Enterprise Resource Plannning (ERP) Implementations
  • Writing and Presenting

I’m looking forward to this particular venture and am interested to see what its like working as an Independent contractor. I also see it as an opportunity to breath some life back into my blogs. If you’re interested in my services or want to talk to me about potentially working together then please don’t hesitate to contact me.

Saturday, November 24, 2007

Oracle Events Google Mashup

I discovered the Oracle Events web site the other day which I thought was a very good way of keeping us up to date of all Oracle events going on around the globe.

It has a Google Mashup which combines event information with the worldwide location as illustrated below.

Oracle Events Google Mashup

You can search events by keyword or view in person and web event information by applying the following filters:

  • Date
  • Language
  • Target Audience
  • Database
  • Middleware
  • Applications
  • Industries
  • Service

I also like the fact there’s an RSS feed for the events. What would make this service even better is an iCAL file that you could use to import the events into an Outlook or web based calendar service

Tuesday, February 27, 2007

Oracle E-Business Suite R12 Vision Instance

If you haven’t yet been able to play on Release 12 of Oracle EBS, now is your chance. Solution Beacon now has a Release 12 instance (12.0.0 Vision Installation from Media Pack/10.2.0) of the Oracle Vision Test System publicly available.

Release 12 no longer uses JInitiator for forms access so take note of the following note posted on the Solution Beacon site relating to browser settings:

The Release 12 Vision environment uses the same underlying java framework as normal Oracle Applications Release 12. In Release 12 the Oracle JInitiator plug-in required by Release 11i is no longer used. Instead, the default JVM installed by Java 5.0 is used. If you do not already have Java 5.0 installed, it will be installed automatically when accessing Forms mode the first time. In order to allow the Java 5.0 plugin to be installed automatically, click Tools->Internet Options->Security->Trusted Sites. Then, click on the “Sites…” button. Enter *.solutionbeacon.net in the “Add this Web site the the zone” field and click Add. Make sure that “Require server verification (https: ) for all sites in this zone” is unchecked.

We have had many users send us email requesting help with getting the Oracle Forms mode interface to work. In most cases we have found the problem is due to popup blocking software. Before sending us an email requesting help, check to be sure that you do not have popup blocking software enabled. The Oracle Forms mode interface needs to open several additional browser windows and if it is blocked, Oracle Forms will fail to load.

 

Oracle E-Business Suite R12 Vision Login

Tuesday, February 13, 2007

Oracle Fusion Middleware:  Who Stole Mark Drake?

For a not so technical but far more entertaining introduction to Oracle Fusion Middleware, take a look at the suspense thriller “Who Stole Mark Drake?”.

Posted By: Michael Siebert

Who Stole Mark Drake

The folks at Oracle Studios have been hard at work, setting the stage for a modern game of stolen identity.  Starring a cast of international cyber cops and robbers, this 11 minute whodunnit tale takes you on a global journey across several time zones and continents.  Now I won’t spoil the ending, but I will tell you it

doesn’t

end with Larry firing a few RPG’s from his Italian jet fighter into an abandoned warehouse filled with eBay scammers (perhaps Oracle Game Studios can work on that one).  It probably won’t win any Academy Awards either - although the soundtrack isn’t too shabby.  It will, however, give you a good introduction to the various products and components of Oracle Fusion Middleware and how it all came together to answer the question of “Who Stole Mark Drake?”.  After the film is over and you’ve regained your composure, be sure to go through the nine “Debrief Videos” , each of which answers various questions about how the mystery was solved through the use of Oracle technologies such as the Customer Data Hub, BPEL Process Manager and BAM, and Oracle Identity Management to name a few.

If you’re like me, you’ve made a commitment for 2007 to better understand Oracle Fusion.  But what is Fusion?  Applications?  Architecture?  Middleware?  Actually, it can be all of these.  The good news is that there is plenty of information out there to help us sort through the confusion about Fusion.  I’ll be focusing on the trials and tribulations of my journey to better understand the various concepts, products, and components of Oracle Fusion in future posts.  Until then, grab some popcorn and enjoy the show!

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