A day in the life of an Oracle Applications Consultant


Tuesday, October 03, 2006

Countdown to Oracle Open World: Hotels and Schedules

With all of the acquisitions Oracle has done over the past twelve plus months, this year’s Oracle Open World Conference is certain to set new records in both attendance and presentations.

I’ve heard rumors that San Francisco can expect around 40,000 Oracle aficionados to descend upon the Bay Area later this month.  The magnitude of the event became apparent to me as I attempted to book hotel accommodations.  Unless I want to lose some serious weight this October, I’ll have to rely on the Oracle supplied transportation as my hotel is 15 miles from the Moscone Convention Center.  The only hotels available within walking distance were well into $400 per night - something the expense account won’t tolerate (thanks iExpenses!).  The moral of the story:  If you haven’t booked your accommodation, you should do so soon… and bring your walking shoes.

Now that I’ve got a place to hang my hat, I’ll need to sort out my schedule for attending sessions.  Fortunately, Oracle has provided a handy Session Builder which allows attendees to build, modify, print, email, and even export your schedule to a PDA.  This year’s conference boasts over 1,400 sessions across four distinct tracks including Applications, Technology, Solutions, and Industries.  The difficulty I’m having right now is trying to figure out how to be in multiple places at the same time.  Given my background and interest in both Oracle Technology and Oracle Applications, there are moments when I’ll need to flip a coin to determine which session to attend when conflicts arise.  If only I could develop a cloning script for myself.

Take a look at the Content Catalog to review the sessions available for Open World 2006.  Once I’ve sorted my schedule, I’ll post it to the blog.  In the interim, if you’re having a hard time wading through all the content, perhaps these recommendations from Mark Rittman and Steven Chan can help you decide.  Much like the hotels, the sessions are filling up fast, so be sure to compile your Open World agenda via the schedule builder as soon as possible to ensure you have a seat.

Be sure to check back on a regular basis for future posts as Oracle Open World 2006 approaches, and post a comment to let us know your thoughts on this year’s conference.  Hope to see you in San Francisco!

Saturday, September 23, 2006

Global Oracle User Groups Calendar of Events

I just came across this really good calendar of events at the Oracle User Groups Center. It’s a comprehensive listing of all the Oracle User Groups Events and Conferences taking place around the globe up to April 2007.

Friday, July 14, 2006

Oracle 11i E-Business Suite Essentials for Implementers

I’ve recently written a couple of posts on the new certification track for Oracle Applications that has just been released. I’ve ordered the Oracle 11i e-Business Suite Essentials for Implementers Self-Study CD Course which is designed for the first exam (Exam #1Z0-200) in the Financials certification track. The course consists of two CD-ROM’s produced by Thomson Netg and wanted to let you know my first impressions of the course material.

I have to say that I’m quite impressed with the training material. Unfortunately, I don’t have any other material of a similar nature (from an Oracle perspective) to compare it with. However, I’ve found it to be a very good introduction to the high level concepts relating to implementation. In particular, although I’ve been implementing Oracle E-Business Suite for about 5 years now I’ve pretty much stuck to the functional side of things and I found that this provides you with a good understanding of the technical architecture and concepts. Course Topics are as follows:

Oracle 11i e-Business Suite Essentials for Implementers Part 1

Oracle E-Business Suite Essentials Part1

Oracle 11i Architecture

  • Business and Technical Architecture

Shared Entities and Integration Points

  • Shared Entities and Suite Products

Multi-Org Fundamentals

  • Multi-Org: Introduction
  • Multi-Org: Application

Oracle 11i System Administration

  • Application Security Overview
  • Defining Users
  • Creating Responsibilities
  • Menus and Forms

Oracle 11i e-Business Suite Essentials for Implementers Part 2

Oracle E-Business Suite Essentials Part 2

Flexfields Fundamentals

  • Flexfields: Concepts
  • Value Sets
  • Key Flexfields
  • Descriptive Flexfields

Workflow Fundamentals

  • Workflow: Introduction
  • Workflow: Components
  • Workflow: Business Event System

Alerts Fundamentals

  • Alerts: Introduction

At the end of each course topic there are self assessment questions which are helpful in determining whether you’ve learnt enough to be ready for the exam. I wouldn’t hesitate in recommending this CD based learning to anyone who wants to learn more about Oracle Financials. If you would like to ask me any further questions about the content please add your comments. BTW, I’m not prepared to burn copies of the CD for anyone so please don’t ask!!

Thursday, June 29, 2006

Oracle E-Business Suite 11i Certification Program now available

Oracle has just released the details of their new certification programme. According to their certification page:

Based on version 11i of Oracle’s applications and Oracle University E-Business Suite curriculum, application certification requires the successful completion of a series of rigorous online and proctored exams that include real world scenario based questions. The program enables Applications professionals to pursue three certification paths: Oracle 11i Financials Certified Professional Consultant, Oracle 11i Supply Chain Certified Professional Consultant, and Oracle 11i Applications Technology Certified Professional Administrator.

Each path validates and recognizes specific areas of competency within Oracle E-Business Suite 11i applications, usage, and concepts. Application Professionals who earn an E-Business certification credential have the proven skills and training that helps keep projects on time and on budget and leads to a quicker return on investment for customers ultimately improving likelihood of successful product implementations.

I’ve just ordered and received the first CD in the certification series, namely 11i E-Business Suite Essentials for Implementers and will be providing you with some insights into what’s in the training kit shortly.

Sunday, June 18, 2006

AUSOUG/OAUG 2006 Conference Series - Call for Papers

The Australian Oracle User Group (AUSOUG) and the Oracle Applications User Group (OAUG) invites all Users and Suppliers of Oracle related products and services to submit papers for presentation at AUSOUG/ OAUG’s National Conference Series for 2006.

We are continuing our acclaimed National Conference Series known as “Oracle with 20:20 Foresight” with a Theme of “Fusing IT with Business Strategies”.  The dates and venues are Melbourne 2 - 3/11/06 at the Melbourne Convention Centre and Perth 8 - 9/11/06 at the Hyatt.  The number of attendees is anticipated to be in excess of 1,000 Oracle Users and the capability of reaching an audience of in excess of 4,000 Oracle users.

The AUSOUG & OAUG Events committee are now calling for outlines from interested users, business and IT professionals to present relevant papers, training and demonstrations along the lines of our conference theme. Presentations should provide topical, engaging information relevant to the Oracle influenced professional Business and IT community. If you are interested in presenting at one or more of the conferences, please select the “Call for Presentations and Training”
link at, submit as much detail as required to describe your paper, and we will work with you to bring this presentation to market. Submitted papers will be judged on the basis of significance, relevance, correctness, originality, and clarity.

Please feel free to submit papers on any Oracle interest areas.
Topics we are particularly interested in hearing from this year:

  • Database
  • Developer; Forms, JDeveloper, J2EE, JSF, XML, Web Services, BPEL, SOA, Hubs, .Net, and Fusion Middleware
  • App’s; all incl GL, AR, AP, HR, Payroll, CRM,
  • Higher Education
  • Spatial
  • Oracle eBusiness suite, Seibel and Retek, HR
  • Management
  • Tools & Security

The deadline for the call for papers is Monday 14th August. Papers submitted before this date will receive favourable attention from the committee. Any papers submitted after this date may not be included in the conference series. Accept or decline notification will be sent on Friday 1st September.

If you have any questions regards the 2006 Conference Series, AUSOUG committee members are happy to assist.  Please send queries to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

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