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Wednesday, August 11, 2004

Improving the Transparency and Auditability of your Corporation with Oracle E-Business Suite

This post reviews a presentation given at the Oracle OpenWorld Melbourne 2004 Conference by Folia Grace, Product Director, Enterprise Resource Planning, Oracle Corporation.

This presentation, entitled Improve the Transparency and Auditability of your Corporation (2.10MB), attracted my interest primarily because it had some information on Enterprise Planning Budgeting which I understand is destined to replace Oracle Financial Analyzer (OFA). The presentation begins by outlining what transparency and auditability involves, namely: -

  • Auditability of Financial Results
  • Auditability of the Process underlying those results
  • Clarity of results and processes to all stakeholders:
    • Owners
    • Customers
    • Suppliers
    • Employees

It states that having access to information is not what’s most important, it’s whether the information is useful that counts. The main portion of the presentation relates to how you can use Oracle Applications to improve efficiency, control and data transparency. Efficiency is achieved by the Oracle Information Architecture which has the following characteristics: -

 

Unified Data Model


The Unified Data Model provides a single definition of customers, suppliers, partners, employees, and business events. This single source of truth, throughout the organisation, means that the information customers use to make decisions is accurate and timely.

Global


Global means that all data, worldwide, are consolidated into a single instance. The Oracle E-Business Suite handles multiple currencies, languages and different security needs of different countries. This means that costs are reduced, by consolidation of data centre’s and data administration, and the quality of the information is improved.

The presenter goes on to highlight how Controls are improved by using: -

  • the Interface Data Transformer (IDT)
  • Business Events
  • the Currency Rates Manager
  • the Global Intercompany System and
  • Journal Approvals workflow

Data Transparency is said to be achieved by the following Oracle Reporting and Analysis Tools: -

  • Daily Operational Management Reporting - DBI: Pre-built role-based BI portal pages and management reports, drill-downs, simplified architecture
  • Financial Reporting and Analysis - EPB, FSG: Integrated Financial Reporting and Analysis with drill-down.
  • Planning, Budgeting and Forecasting - EPB: Streamlined enterprise planning and budgeting, on-going performance monitoring

The Key Benefits of Enterprise Planning and Budgeting are stated as: -

  • Fully integrated financial reporting, analysis, consolidation, planning, budgeting, and forecasting processes
  • ‘Real-time’ post from GL
  • Advanced multi-dimensional, multi-level reporting UI in html and export in Excel
  • Easy reporting with different hierarchy versions
  • Full drilldown to source transaction details

The presentation has some nice EPB screen shots which is the first time I have actually seen what the application might look like - until now all I’ve heard was the usual marketing talk. I wonder how easy it is to get it working. I would be interested in receiving any comments from readers and authors that relate to EPB, especially those who might be involved in the early adopter or beta programme for this particular product.

Tuesday, July 27, 2004

Oracle OpenWorld in Shanghai, China - presentations and white papers now available

This post takes a look at the key areas covered in the Oracle OpenWorld China conference and also reviews the presentations and white papers delivered for some of the Oracle E-Business Suite 11i Tracks. There were more than 150 sessions going on at the conference so there’s no shortage of reading material.

The Oracle OpenWorld China conference came to a close last week and the presentations and white papers are now available for download in PPT and Word format (nice for those who like to copy and paste). Most of the areas presented on were not really Apps related but for those that were, I will be preparing a review of some of the presentations during the week. The following is a list of the solution areas presented on as well as the number of presentations for each area: -

  • Security and Identity Management - 4
  • High Availability - 11
  • Performance and Scalability - 31
  • Management - 35
  • Content Management and Collaboration - 8
  • Business Intelligence - 21
  • Portals and Wireless - 9
  • Linux - 5
  • Integration and Web Services - 9
  • Application Development - 22
  • Corporate Governance - 9
  • Small and Mid-Size Business - 6
  • Corporate Performance Management - 7
  • On Demand - 4

Sunday, July 25, 2004

New Oracle Presentations from the OpenWorld Conference in Melbourne

After a bit of a wait it now seems that the Oracle OpenWorld Melbourne Presentations are now available in pdf format (sorry to those people who like copying and pasting). This post lists the key areas covered and also reviews the presentations delivered for some of the Oracle E-Business Suite 11i Tracks.

You can download presentations for the Oracle OpenWorld Australia and New Zealand Conference here. According to the site: -

There were over 100 Sessions to choose from over the course of the OpenWorld conference. They were delivered via 10 concurrent Tracks - focussing on Oracle’s entire range of business solutions and technologies.

Following is a complete listing of all the tracks as well as some personal reviews I have prepared: -

Keynote Presentations

Charles Phillips presentation on Creating Corporate Value - Information Matters contains a short but interesting look at Oracle’s financial performance. I was interested to see that Oracle Applications Sales have grown by 4% in the last 12 months. The competitors didn’t do so well - SAP (-6%), Peoplesoft (-17%), Siebel (-31%). The only software company beating Oracle’s operating profit margins is Microsoft. I must be in the right business - at least for now anyway! The session goes on to discuss the Oracle Strategy a large component of which seems to be helping organizations Standardize IT in the following areas: -

  • Processes 
  • Data
  • Architecture
  • Infrastructure

Keith Kellogg’s presentation on Oracle’s Perspective on Homeland Security gives a nice high level view of the

Oracle E-Security Suite

solution bundle.

The presentation I like the most was by John Wookey on the Information Driven Organization. Firstly it ask’s the question, what defines the information driven organization - to which the answer is: -

  • Alignment - encourage behaviour that supports organizational objectives through communication, consistency and incentives.
  • Effectiveness - drive enerprise information and enterprise business processes into every aspect of your business.
  • Collaberation - coordinate processes across direct, partner, supplier and online channels through distributed access, integrated processes and shared information.

He then defines the Oracle Solution for the Information Driven Organization by outlining the key features of the new 11i release (namely 11i.10 or 11.5.10) which are: -

  • Integrated Business Driven Intelligence
  • Continued Aggressive product extensions
  • Best in Proven Technology
  • Broad Industry Investments
  • Opening of the E-Business Suite: -
    • Integration Services
    • Customer Data Hub

The presentation outlines Oracle Solutions for Specific Industries and then goes on to explain the three paths to higher quality information, which are: -

  1. Full E-Business Suite right away - best information, lowest cost.
  2. E-Business Suite with Integration to Legacy Apps - More graceful on-ramp to E-Business Suite.
  3. Data Hub - Retain Legacy Apps; benefit from single data model.

I like the presentation because although it does mention Oracle Specific Solutions, it gives a good idea of what organizations are trying to achieve and how IT is helping them meet their business goals.

Oracle Database 10g - Tracks A & B

Oracle Application Server 10g and Application Development - Tracks A & B

Oracle Collaboration Suite Track

Business Intelligence & Data Warehousing Track

Enterprise Resource Management - (Oracle E-Business Suite 11i) - Tracks A & B

Certainly the best presentation in this category was The Enterprise Iceberg - a hidden resource or a hazard to business by John Julian. The presentation relates to the University Systems Project (named Themis) undertaken at the University of Melbourne. It’s quite a lengthy presentation but makes good reading and will provide you with a really good understanding of all aspects of ERP implementation. The presentation begins with a project overview and states why the University needed to change. One of the strong points of the presentation is that it clearly outlines the hardware and software architecture being used. A comprehensive listing of all the costs involved as well as the quantifiable benefits is also given. Lastly, the presentation mentions how you can avoid implementation disaster and goes on to mention several good books that you can read relating to enterprise systems implementations.

A presentation I was certainly interested in reading was E-Business Suite Special Edition - benefits for small and medium sized enterprises. Oracle E-Business Suite Special Edition is Oracle’s Packaged Solution for midsize businesses. Key features are: -

  • Pre-configured E-Business Suite 11i modules (packaged but tailorable)
  • Rapid, fixed price, fixed scope implementation
  • Ready to expand when you are 

The presentation contains a case study for Sunny Queen (Pty) Ltd - the largest egg supplier in Queensland. I’m hoping at a later point to try and provide readers with a bit more information on this release, in the mean time you can read more about E-Business Suite Special Edition at this Oracle Page

Another presentation of interest was Leadership in Leasing by Brett Kennedy. The presentation discussed the leasing industry in Australia, the leasing lifecycle and the platform and then finally took a look at the Oracle Lease Management Solution. I was interested in the presentation primarily because I didn’t realise Oracle had a solution for Lease Management. After reading the presentation it became clear to me that this was only released in 11.5.8. The presentation states Oracle’s commitment to leasing as follows: -

  • First Production Release 11.5.8, Dec 2002
    • Joint Development with GE
  • Current Release 11.5.9
    • New functionality - syndications, asset terminations. Multi-GAAP
  • Australian Launch of Lease Management, Feb 2004
    • Local Training, Implementation and Support Capability
  • Next Major Release 11.5.10, due mid 2004
  • Significant Resources
    •  
    • Effort has been underway since 1999
    • Deep Leasing Experience on Oracle Development Team
    • Many Enhancements to Existing Products
    • Significant Investment by Oracle Consulting and Partners Since Inception

I liked the Value Proposition slide which had an interesting “graph” and states: -

A lease management solution delivers significant profitability improvement, through cost reduction and better operational control, scale economies for future growth and reductions in the cost of capital.

The presentation also clearly outlines the lease business flows.

I was interested to see the screen shots of the Oracle Lease Management solution as most of the interface seem to be web based (using Java Server Pages - JSP’s) which makes me think that Oracle is moving more towards a web based solution than using forms. The very last section of the presentation also has some cool looking Oracle Discoverer reports.

Customer Relationship Management - (Oracle E-Business Suite 11i) Track

Supply Chain Management - (Oracle E-Business Suite 11i) Track

Wednesday, July 07, 2004

Oracle Applications User Group (OAUG) Connection Point 2004 Conference Sessions now available

This post contains details of what sessions will be taking place at the OAUG Connection Point 2004 Conference in Orlando, Florida

The OAUG has just released a listing of the training sessions, presentations and panel sessions that will be delivered at Connection Point 2004. According to the OAUG: -

“This year’s event schedule has been revised to afford you more advocacy, educational and networking opportunities! Don’t miss your opportunity to:

  • EXPERIENCE over 200 sessions, including presentations, Q & As, Panels, Workshops and training sessions.
  • DISCOVER complementary vendor products and services in the Exhibit Hall.
  • EXAMINE Applications and solutions in the Hands-on Demo Area.
  • INTERACT with Special Interest and Geographic User Group members.
  • OBTAIN CPE Credits for Financial and Human Resource track sessions”.

If you plan to attend the conference or are just interested in what topics are spoken on at the conference then read more on the sessions here.

Monday, July 05, 2004

Upcoming Oracle Conferences and Events July 2004 - December 2004

This post contains details of various Oracle Applications Conferences and Events taking place in the next 6 months.

Oracle OpenWorld

I spoke at Appsworld both this year and last year and have to say that as a speaker it’s one of the best conferences to attend - they treat you really well (you have your own speaker lounge) and the numbers attending the presentations are high (+/-150, depending on the topic). Oracle has decided to merge AppsWorld (which has more of a functional focus) and OracleWorld (which has previously had a rather technical orientation) in to an event called Oracle OpenWorld. This means that Oracle OpenWorld should be the ideal IT conference to attend for any prospective or existing Oracle users, be they technical or functional. If you don’t manage to attend the events in person you can always visit OpenWorld Online to take a look at keynotes, sessions, photo galleries and online demos. Details of the individual events are as follows: -

Melbourne 7th - 9th July 2004, Melbourne Convention Centre

According to Oracle: -

“Oracle OpenWorld, Melbourne 2004, is Australasia’s premier conference and exhibition for business decision-makers, IT management, line of business managers and Oracle users. Designed for Oracle customers and partners, and for all leading organisations in Australia and New Zealand with enterprise information management needs”.

Shanghai 19th - 22nd July 2004, Shanghai International Convention Centre

According to Oracle: -

“Oracle OpenWorld is the premier Oracle conference and exhibition for business decision-makers, IT management, and line of business managers and users. OpenWorld is a unique program that allows you to gain insights from Oracle management, product development, Oracle customers, and industry experts all during one week this July in Shanghai, China”.

Seoul 1st - 2nd September 2004, Coex Convention Centre

London 6th - 8th September 2004, Excel Conference Centre

The site states: -

“Join us this September as Oracle launches the Oracle OpenWorld European conference series in London, England. The Oracle OpenWorld conference and exhibitions are designed for both business and IT professionals and will provide you with key information and strategies to help you improve processes and manage your most critical information assets”.

Amsterdam 22nd - 24th September 2004, Amsterdam RAI

Milan 28th - 30th September 2004, Fiera Milano Congressi

Munich 5th - 7th October 2004, ICM - Internationales Congress Centre Munchen

Sao Paolo 26th - 28th October 2004, Transamerica Expo Centre

Mumbai 1st - 3rd November 2004, The Hilton Towers

San Fransisco 5th - 9th December 2004, Moscone Centre

According to the site: -

“OracleWorld, the world’s largest conference and exhibition dedicated to Oracle technology and Oracle AppsWorld, the world’s largest conference dedicated to Oracle E-Business Suite applications are joining together in San Francisco this December to create a new conference called Oracle OpenWorld.

By joining the two conferences Oracle will be able to present the complete Oracle story - Oracle’s Information Architecture. Oracle Information Architecture provides secure access to your most critical information assets and allows for you to know more about your customers so you can make the right business decisions at the right time”.

Oracle Applications User Group (OAUG)

Connection Point 2004 - The point of contact September 12 - 15, 2004 Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Hotel Orlando, Florida, USA

According to the site: -

“OAUG Connection Point 2004 — The Point of Contact will provide you with an unparalleled educational and networking environment and will be attended by users of Oracle applications who are seeking to maximize their knowledge, experience and understanding of the applications that they use to run their businesses.

OAUG Connection Point 2004 will feature multiple tracks and more than 200 sessions that will provide the latest information on how to:

  • Increase your quality of service.
  • Strengthen your architecture for maximum performance.
  • Minimize IT cost”.

You can also “Optimize your Oracle Applications with OAUG eLearning - efficient, effective education in an onsite environment.”

I spoke at Connection Point 2003 and have to say that this was certainly one of the best Oracle Conferences I’ve been to. From a user perspective there are a vast number of presentations and training sessions to attend. From a speaker perspective it’s nice to have a large audience to speak to - had 250 people at my training session.

United Kingdom Oracle User Group (UKOUG)

Birmingham 1st - 3rd November 2004, International Convention Centre (ICC)

The theme of the conference this year is this year is “Striking the right note with Oracle”. According to their site: -

“This year UKOUG 2004 will be having a musical theme. A harmonious group is really only the sum of its constituent parts. The ability of the players and the instruments they use, along with the coordination of a conductor combine to make a product that others desire. A company cannot survive without the knowledge and skills of it’s staff, who come together to create a greater understanding Oracle”.

I spoke at this conference in 2002. It’s a really good conference to attend but the orientation of the conference is more technical than functional - they have 1 day functional and 2 day technical. Hopefully as E-Business Suite gains momentum there will be more functional content.

South African Oracle User Group (SAOUG)

Sun City 17th - 19th October 2004

The theme of the conference this year is “Delivering to the CIO’s agenda”.

I spoke at this conference in 2003, like the UKOUG it is very technically orientated. Living right next door to South Africa I’ve come to know the market there a bit and have to say that the conferences technical orientation is related to the market being that way. There’s not very much going on with Oracle Apps in South Africa - that is when compared to the database/technical side. Decided to give the conference a miss this year as I’m intending to move to the UK in September.

In Closing…..

As far as I know the call for papers is closed for all of these conferences. I submitted papers for Oracle Openworld London, Amsterdam and Milan as well as for Connection Point 2004 and the UKOUG in Birmingham. All my papers were rejected for Connection Point 2004 so I guess it wasn’t meant to be :-(

I would be interested in getting conference “evaluations” from any attendess or speakers so please make any useful comments or assessments on this post. In addition to this, if you happen to be attending any one of these conferences and would like to blog about your daily experiences at a conference then let me know.

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