A day in the life of an Oracle Applications Consultant


Wednesday, September 21, 2005

Download Oracle OpenWorld San Francisco presentations

Although I’m not physically present at Oracle OpenWorld San Francisco it’s nice to be able to follow what’s happening through OpenWorld online where you can view keynotes, sessions, online demos, webcams and the photo gallery. The blog center also provides some interesting analysis and commentary.

I’ve noticed a couple of people linking to presentations and was frustrated that I couldn’t access them as a username and password was required. Little did I realise that there is a publicly available username and password.

Featured Applications Tracks at OpenWorld this year are:

  • Applications Strategy
  • Applications Technology
  • Corporate Performance Management
  • Customer Data Management
  • Financials
  • Fulfillment
  • Human Resources
  • Maintenance
  • Manufacturing
  • PIM Data Hub and PLM
  • Procurement
  • Projects
  • Sales and Marketing
  • Service
  • Supply Chain Planning

The Content catalog has a comprehensive listing of presentations that you can download. Use the following username and password:

username: cboracle
password: oraclec6

You should also check out the Oracle OpenWorld archives where you can download presentations from previous events.

There’s really enough presentations to keep you busy until OpenWorld 2006. I’m going to try and come up with a listing of the best ones I come across.

Friday, September 09, 2005

Oracle to Podcast from Oracle OpenWorld San Francisco 2005

In a recent press release, Oracle has announced they will be podcasting at the Oracle OpenWorld Conference in San Francisco. This means Customers, Partners and Developers will be able to download and listen to valuable content anytime, anywhere

According to the press release:

For the first time ever, content will be available via podcasting at the upcoming Oracle OpenWorld San Francisco conference, Sept. 17 - 22, 2005 at Moscone Center. The Oracle OpenWorld podcasts will deliver news and information about each daily theme including Oracle Fusion Middleware, Oracle Applications and Oracle Database and Grid technologies. Attendees will be able to download audio programming and store content for future use and those who are not able to attend the show benefit from access to valuable, relevant information.

Oracle already offers a series of podcasts on its OTN (Oracle Technology Network) website - called Oracle OTN TechCasts - as part of a broader effort to communicate directly to its developer and DBA community on a variety of current and technical topics. Interviews with executives such as Vice President of Product Strategy Ken Jacobs and Senior Director of Product Management Roel Stalman are currently available via podcast through the Oracle OTN website or audio portals such as iTunes.

During Oracle OpenWorld, Oracle will conduct interviews with technology experts that will be syndicated through the OTN TechCasts RSS feed. By subscribing to this feed, users will be able to download these podcasts in the common MP3 audio format via iTunes 4.9 or podcast clients such as iPodder or Doppler to portable music players free of charge. Users can subscribe to the OTN TechCasts feed - or download standalone MP3 podcasts- from the OTN website at

“Oracle is one of the first companies to bring podcasting to a conference to reach audiences who may not have been able to attend,” said Senior Vice President Oracle Worldwide Marketing Judy Sim. “Also, the breadth of information available at Oracle OpenWorld will be extensive. By podcasting, OpenWorld attendees will be able to listen to relevant content long after the show is over.”

More on this announcement at the official OTN Blog.

Since I’m not going to be at the conference this year, I’m looking forward to monitoring as much as much of the activity as I can online and this announcement is a really good one.

Wednesday, June 22, 2005

UKOUG Conference Presentations - Oracle Tutor and 11.5.10

I’ve been accepted to present two papers at the upcoming UKOUG conference being held from the 31st of October - 2nd November 2005. Details are as follows: -

My first presentation is entitled Maximise your Return on Implementation Investment with Oracle Tutor
Date: Monday 31 October 2005
Time: 17:20 for 45 minutes
Topic: General - Applications
Stream: Oracle Applications


The corporate functions of any business consist of Commerce, Knowledge Management and Business Operations. This presentation will identify how implementing Oracle Tutor adds value to each of the functions mentioned, hence increasing the Return on Investment for your implementation.

Firstly, the standard Tutor procedure documents and business forms will be analysed and discussed. Secondly, the ability to customise procedure documentation and to create personalised training material will be shown. Lastly, the use of the Authoring tool to create customised help will be discussed and demonstrated. At each stage of the analysis the presenter will highlight new functionality that has been introduced to the product as well as provide advice based on implementation experiences.

I’ve got a particularly good slot for my second presentation which is entitled Oracle Financials 11.5.10 - new features and upgrade considerations

Date: Tuesday 1 November 2005
Time: 9:00 for 60 minutes
Topic: Oracle Financials
Stream: Oracle Applications


This presentation will discuss new features released in Oracle Financials 11.5.10. The modules under discussion will be Payables, Receivables, Cash Management, Fixed Assets, General Ledger, Internet Expenses and Property Manager. The presenter will provide a high level overview of the new features and then discuss the various considerations organisations should make when upgrading to this new release.

Hope to meet you there!!

Tuesday, April 26, 2005

Software 2005 Conference - more on Project Fusion?

The conference kicks off today at the Santa Clara Convention Center in California. I understand Charles Phillips, Oracle’s President, will be speaking there so hopefully we’ll get to hear more on Project Fusion, Oracle’s effort to merge the JD Edwards, Peoplesoft and Oracle EBS Software.

According to the organiser’s, , this event is the largest conference for software executives. They also state that the event is a vendor-neutral forum where all software business leaders could candidly debate strategic issues, share ideas and opinions - all for the common good of the industry. At the conference Industry leaders will share their perspectives on the building blocks of an organization’s lifecycle - from funding to launch to growth to liquidity. Attendees will gain a year’s worth of knowledge under one roof in just two days.

I’ve mailed a couple of speakers and attendees to see if we can get the low down on Charles Phillips speech as well as some pics of the conference. In the mean time I’ve listed below the Keynotes, Speakers, Moderators, Panelists and provided links to other blog posts on the conference: -


  • Scott Cook, Chairman Executive Committee, Intuit
  • Jim Goodnight, Chairman & CEO, SAS
  • Scott Kriens, Chairman & CEO, Juniper Networks
  • Roger McNamee, Co-founder and general partner of Integral Capital Partners, Silver Lake Partners, and Elevation Partners
  • Charles Phillips, President, Oracle
  • S. Ramadorai, Managing Director, Tata Consultancy Services
  • Shane Robison, Executive Vice President and Chief Strategy and Technology Officer, Hewlett-Packard Company

You’ll find for each of these speakers on the conference site. I quoted Charles Phillips Biography as it’s the first time I’ve read it and have to say it’s quite impressive:

Charles Phillips is President of Oracle Corporation and a member of the Board of Directors. He is responsible for global field operations including consulting, marketing, sales, alliances and channels, and customer programs, as well as corporate strategy. Prior to joining Oracle, Mr. Phillips was a Managing Director with Morgan Stanley in its technology group. Prior to his career on Wall Street, Mr. Phillips was a Captain in the United States Marine Corps. Mr. Phillips holds a BS in Computer Science from the United States Air Force Academy, an MBA from Hampton University, and a JD from New York Law School and is a member of the bar in Washington D.C. and Georgia. Mr. Phillips is on the boards of Viacom Corporation, Jazz at Lincoln Center in New York City, and New York Law School.


  • James Bedard, President & CEO, Aberdeen Group
  • Neil Cameron, Chief Information Officer of Unilever PLC and Unilever NV
  • Jim Cashman, President & CEO, ANSYS
  • Joseph R. Cleveland, Chief Information Officer, Lockheed Martin Corporation, President, Lockheed Martin Enterprise Information Systems
  • Mike Greenough, President, Chairman, and Chief Executive Officer, SSA Global™ Executive Management
  • Quentin Hardy, Silicon Valley Bureau Chief, Forbes Magazine
  • Erik Keller, Principal, Wapiti
  • David Kirkpatrick, Technology Editor Fortune
  • Amnon Landan, CEO, Mercury Interactive
  • John S Leggate, CBE CIO and Group Vice President, BP
  • Bernard Liautaud, Chairman & CEO, Business Objects
  • Jorge Lopez, Vice President, Gartner G2
  • Iain Morris, Senior Vice President, Personal Connectivity Solutions Group, AMD
  • Nicholas Negroponte, Professor MIT & Chairman MIT Media Laboratory
  • Teresa Peters, Executive Director,
  • Bruce Richardson, Senior VP, AMR Research
  • John Rymer, Vice-President, Forrester Research
  • Brian Turchin, President, Cape Horn Strategies
  • Ernest M. von Simson, Senior Partner, Ostriker von Simson
  • David Watson, Vice President & CTO, Kaiser Permanente Information Technology

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Thursday, April 14, 2005

SAOUG 2005 Conference - call for papers now open

I recently stumbled across the announcement that the call for papers at the South African Oracle User Group (SAOUG) Conference is now open. This post contains details of the conference and paper submission guidelines and advice.

I was interested to see that this year the South African Oracle User Group Conference is being held at Caesars in Johannesburg. In all the years I’ve been implementing Oracle the conferences have always been held at Sun City so it’s nice that they’ve changed to a different venue this year.

According to the conference page on the SAOUG site, this years conference theme is ‘Mind The Gap’, which is much more than just a warning about the ‘gap’ between a carriage and the platform that you will hear at the London underground, in this case it also refers to the ‘gap’ where failure to integrate IT systems into the organisation’s culture is proven to be extremely dangerous.

The site also states: -

The theme and focus of this year’s event will be on:

  • Aligning business strategies with IT
  • How to bridge the gap from strategy to implementation
  • Closing the gap between Business & IT
  • Closing the gap between Oracle functionality and application in the business environment

Paper Submission Guidelines, Advice and Examples

The call for papers closes on the 6th of May 2005. You will find that the SAOUG requires more detailed abstracts than other conferences, like the UKOUG. This year, the paper submission requirements are as follows: -

  • An abstract of 200 - 300 words to fit on one page (For use in selecting presentation)
  • A précis of approximately 40- 50 words. If selected, the information will be used in conference promotional literature and the conference brochure
  • Speaker biographical information 40 - 50 words
  • Concise details of previous speaking experience
  • Signed and completed application form
  • If selected, a colour photograph of the presenter(s) will be required
  • Your presentation must be of benefit to the Oracle user and not used for marketing purposes
  • Presentations on site should be in PowerPoint format or similar. No presentations based on Overhead projector slides will be accepted

I spoke at the SAOUG Conference in 2003 on Designing an effective Chart of Accounts Structure with Oracle Applications and below I’ve given below an example of 2 of the 7 abstracts that I submitted to the conference organiser’s. You can also download my full listing of abstracts for this conference on my personal site. If you’ve ever spoken at an Oracle conference and are reading this post I would certainly be interested in posting your abstracts on this blog so that other readers can benefit by seeing a variety of examples.

Designing an effective Chart of Accounts Structure with Oracle Applications

An abstract of 100 – 250 words to fit on one page

This session will cover why an effective chart of accounts should be designed and then looks at how the unique capabilities of the Oracle Applications system enable the organisation to achieve an effective chart of accounts design.

The speaker will propose that a 3-step process be used to design your chart of accounts. Firstly generic design issues should be considered. These are issues that would normally be considered when designing charts of account irrespective of the system type. The main idea presented here will be that the reporting requirements of the organisation should drive the design of the chart of accounts design and not the other way around.

Secondly specific organisation, industry and country factors should be considered when designing the chart of accounts. Different types of organisations will all use different chart of account structures as a result of varying reporting requirements. There may also be within certain industries standards that are generally accepted and practised. Government regulations within certain countries can also dictate how accounts are to be structured.

Lastly, a large portion of the discussion will focus on the functionality that Oracle Applications offers to users and how this meets the business requirements. Topics of discussion will be the set of books and segment structure, security rules and cross validation. Advice and examples will be disseminated to attendees’ throughout the presentation based on implementation experiences.

A précis of approximately 40 words

An effective chart of accounts design can have a significant impact on the success of any applications implementation. This presentation covers why an effective chart of accounts should be designed and looks at how the unique capabilities of the Oracle Applications system can enable organisations to achieve an effective chart of accounts design.

Implementation Guidelines and Best Practises for Oracle Public Sector Budgeting

An abstract of 100 – 250 words to fit on one page

Oracle Public Sector Budgeting is a proactive management application designed to support the unique requirements of public sector entities. In this first part of this session the speaker will present a conceptual framework and set of best practises for budgeting in the Public Sector Organisations. This will entail a presentation to the attendees of the processes for each “business” area and the relevant people who should be involved at each stage.

The second half of this presentation will identify how the unique capabilities of the Oracle system should be utilised so as to achieve implementation success. Here a high level overview of the Oracle processes for each module will be mapped against the set of best practices outlined in the first part of the presentation. At each stage of the presentation new product features will be outlined and implementation examples and experiences will be related.

A précis of approximately 40 words

The first part of this session will present a conceptual framework and set of best practises for budgeting in Public Sector Organisations. The speaker will then highlight how these practises can be attained using the unique capabilities of the Oracle Public Sector Budgeting System.

Speaker Biographical Information

An example of the biography I submitted is as follows: -

Richard Byrom is an Oracle Applications Consultant with RPC Data Ltd., an Oracle Certified Advantage Partner located in Botswana. He has seven years of experience consulting for various professional firms within the Southern Africa Region. Richard has designed E-Business Strategies as well as performed Executive Information Systems, Business Intelligence and ERP implementations within a number of different industries using several different software products and platforms.

An accounting background has enabled him to understand the complexities involved in implementing financial systems. Richard has also presented papers at numerous national and international conferences and contributes to leading journals. He can be contacted at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

Concise details of previous speaking experience

This is an example of how I specified what my speaking experience was: -

Organisation: Oracle

Presented the following papers in January 2003 to Appsworld San Diego, California: -

  • Get More Out Of 11i With Oracle ADI
  • Designing An Effective Chart Of Accounts Structure Using Oracle Applications
  • It’s Month End, Now Comes The Reconciliation Crunch!

Organisation: UK Oracle User Group

  • Published Article in March 2003 issue of Oracle Scene “Enhance your project documentation process with AIM.”
  • Paper in 2002 – “Designing an Effective Chart of Accounts Structure with Oracle Applications.”
  • Published Article in December 2002 issue of Oracle Scene “It’s Month End, Now Comes The Reconciliation Crunch!”

Organisation: RPC Data (Oracle Certified Advantage Partner)

  • Pre-Sales Presentations for Oracle Discover, Applications Desktop Integrator, Oracle Financial Analyzer and E-business Suite
  • Paper in 2002 at the 13th check seminar in Botswana – “Oracle General Ledger Interface with Human Resources”
  • Paper in 2002 to the members of the Botswana Institute of Accountants – “How ERP systems add value to the Procurement Process”
  • Training Courses for Oracle E-Business Suite

Organisation: PricewaterhouseCoopers

  • Presentation of Financial Consolidation system to the Management of TA Holdings Zimbabwe
  • BaaN Financials presentation to the management of Anglo American Head Office Zimbabwe
  • BaaN Cash Management and Financial Statements presentation to the management of Mazoe Citrus Estates Zimbabwe.
  • BaaN Financials presentation to the management of Zimbabwe Newspapers
  • Training Courses for BaaN Financials in all Financials Modules

Organisation: Deloitte and Touche – Business Development Services

  • Executive Information Systems presentation to the Divisions of Delta Corporation in Zimbabwe
  • Executive Information Systems presentation at the Delta Management Development programme in Zimbabwe
  • Training Courses for Executive Information System

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