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Thursday, July 22, 2004

WebDesignBlog - a new blog by Richard Byrom

This post contains details of a new blog dedicated to the design and build of Web Sites.

I’ve just launched a new block called WebDesignBlog - a definitive guide to designing and building web sites. The purpose of the blog is to create a web log and portal that is dedicated to the designing and building of web sites. Having been involved in the set up of my own web sites for the past year or so I decided to create a blog which could transfer the knowledge that I have gained to other members of the web community. There are certainly many sites which can give you information on designing web sites, however, I have not come across many blogs that can give you this type of information - hence I decided to start one.

Should you wish to participate in the blog either as an author or simply by being a reader, please register and let me know to what extent you would like to participate.

Wednesday, July 21, 2004

New Oracle Tutor, OPM, Order Management and Logistics Author

This post contains details of a new author that has joined OracleAppsBlog who has experience in the areas of Oracle Tutor, Process Manufacturing, Order Management and Logistics

Chris Killington - a technical writer and consultant who works directly for companies implementing Oracle 11i Tutor, as well as a Tutor Trainer/Consultant/Technical Writer for Oracle Corporation (when required) - has joined OracleAppsBlog as an author. He has worked in the Process Manufacturing, Airline and Education industries using the Tutor methodology to identify business processes, documenting them in the Tutor format, creating student guides, building online document repositories and conducting end user training. Chris has also worked as an OPM4.10.10 Order Management and Logistics consultant in Malaysia, and Order Management Consultant in China.

His Tutor experience spans 5 years. In this time Chris has implemented Tutor in Australia, New Zealand, China and Malaysia and has used the courseware output, from these implementations, to ‘speed up’ the learning curve for implementation teams in Europe and the United states.

I wanted to welcome Chris to the Blog and introduce him to all the other members. It’s not often you come across someone with experience in Oracle Tutor and I am sure his contributions in this area will be very useful to readers.

You can read Chris’ membership profile here or if you’re a member you can e-mail Chris via the profile e-mail console.

Friday, July 16, 2004

Online Business Office Environment at Yale University

This post takes a look at the Online Business Office Environment at Yale University, an ideal place for implementors of ERP systems to take a look at what types of documentation should be prepared when undertaking an implementation.

Recently I discovered the Online Business Office Environment (OBOE) Site at Yale University. I felt it’s the type of site that would give implementors of ERP Systems an idea of what types of documentation would need to be prepared. The thing I’ve always believed with ERP systems is that clients, implementors or consultants do not make enough effort to document the processes. Even if the processes are documented, the knowledge of how the new process is executed is not adequately transferred to those making use of them. Placing this information online and updating it frequently is one way of resolving these issues. It also ensures that continuous learning and education on systems and processes within the organisation is undertaken. Below I have highlighted the two major sub-sections of the Online Business Office Environment and provided a brief summary of what’s available in these particular areas. I am sure the information contained on this site will prove useful to implementors of Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) systems and in particular Oracle Applications.

Learning Modules

This section contains user guides, training scenarios, tutorials and presentations for each of the following functional areas.

  • Procurement
    • i-procurement
    • VIP - Contract Purchases
    • WIP - Web Invoice Payment
    • SWAP - Simple Web Allocation Process
    • General Procurement
  • General Accounting
    • Journal Staging Area (JSA)
    • Custom Commitments
    • Receipt Identification Form (RIF)
    • Labor Distribution (LD)
  • FPM - Financial Planning and Management
    • Data Warehousing Portal
    • Budgeting - with Oracle Financial Analyzer (OFA)
    • HR/LD/Payroll Reporting Using DataWarehouse Portal and Brio BUG
  • Other Training
    • System & Technology Access Request Tool (START)
    • Training Management System (TMS)
  • Human Resources and Payroll
    • KRONOS Time Keeping System
    • C & T Payroll (Casual and Temps)
    • Casual and Student Payroll
    • Casual Hiring

Policies, Procedures, Forms and Guides

This section of the site contains policies, procedures, forms and guides for the following functional areas: -

There’s plenty of good reading material on this site - enjoy browsing it!

Thursday, July 15, 2004

Pre-Validate PSB Worksheet Option now available for Oracle Position Budgeting

This post discussses the pre-validate worksheet option for position budgeting which is now available in the Define Worksheet Form.

Recently when defining a PSB Worksheet I noticed that on the Define Worksheet Form (Form Name: PSBWCDWS) there is now a "Pre-Validate" button. The button is positioned on the bottom left hand side of the form and can only be used if you have checked the "Budget by Position" checkbox and specified a Position Extract (refer to Fig.1). I was curious to know what this button was all about as I hadn’t noticed it before and after some investigation discovered that it was a new feature released as a result of an enhancement request per bug no. 324574 on Metalink.

Figure 1: The Define Worksheet Form in PSB with the “Pre-Validate” Button

The Define Worksheet Form in Public Sector Budgeting - version 11.5.44

The Pre-Validate worksheet option is meant to proactively validate position records before starting the worksheet creation process. In other words, before starting the worksheet creation process you can separately validate whether the positions have the correct salary information and distributions for the worksheet. Previously there was no option to perform a separate validation of the positions outside of the worksheet creation process. This meant that one would have to run a potentially long worksheet creation process to determine whether the position information was correct. 

By clicking the pre-validate button two concurrent requests are launched, namely: -

  1. Validate Worksheet
  2. Position Worksheet Exception Report (Validation Results Report)

The Position Worksheet Exception report lists all the problematic position records. After you have eliminated any potential problems with the position information you can then run the worksheet creation process.

In order to "install" the Pre-Validate Button you will need to load Minipack J for PSB which will deliver the new version (11.5.44) of the Define Worksheet form.

Tuesday, July 13, 2004

New Oracle Process Manufacturing, Discrete Manufacturing and Enterprise Asset Management Contributor

This post contains details of a new author who has joined OracleAppsBlog and will be blogging under the Process Manufacturing, Discrete Manufacturing and Enterprise Asset Management Categories

Lokesh Tayal who is working as the Head of an Oracle Applications Group in one of the largest corporate houses in Dubai, is joining OracleAppsBlog. He will be blogging under the categories of Process Manufacturing, Discrete Manufacturing and Enterprise Asset Management. Lokesh and his team are implementing Oracle E-Business suite in nine group companies. Previously, he has worked with one of the largest Oracle Apps practices in the Asia Pacific.

Lokesh has rich experience in Oracle Enterprise Asset Management (eAM), Oracle Process Manufacturing (OPM), Discrete Manufacturing, Supply Chain and Project Management and has been working with Oracle Apps for the last seven years. He has been focusing on Oracle eAM for the past two years. Lokesh is a member of the Oracle eAM Customer Advisory Board and actively participates in defining this products future enhancements. He has implemented Oracle Apps in the Telecoms, Airline, Fast Moving Consumer Goods (FMCG), Real Estate, Metal and Plastic Manufacturing Sectors. You can read Lokeshes membership profile here or if you’re a member you can e-mail Lokesh via the profile e-mail console.

I wanted to welcome Lokesh to the Blog and introduce him to all the other members. I am sure his experience will add some interesting and useful content to the blog.

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