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Thursday, February 09, 2006

Official Oracle Blogs site goes live

It looks like the official Oracle Blogs site has just gone live. I’ve noticed a lot of inbound links coming from the site yesterday.

At this point in time the site pretty much consists of a list of links to Oracle Blogs. Hopefully there’ll be some further development and we’ll see more contributions from Oracle Executives and employees. You can see some of Brian Duff’s comments on this new development here.

ACE Project Issue Tracking Software

On an implementation I’m involved in right now we’re using ACE project as an issue tracker. On most implementations I’ve been on before issues, bugs and problems that weren’t tracked or recorded on the official Project Plan were monitored via a spreadsheet. ACE has enabled us to effectively monitor issues and updates, prioritise them and track their progress via e-mail notifications and various statistics the tool generates. I highly recommend it.

According to the ACE site:

AceProject is the next generation of high-level  project management software solutions for today’s corporations. Improve your organization’s productivity. Get projects done more quickly and intelligently.

From collaboration software to an online planning tool, AceProject lets you manage all kinds of projects within your organization. Use AceProject to plan all stages of software development, implement construction and engineering projects, revamp your web site…your ideas are as good as ours!

AceProject’s useful timesheet module, project calendar and email notification keep both your employees and project managers informed. Moreover, with its Gantt chart, numerous reports and comprehensive statistics, AceProject gives you the big picture on project advancement.

I’m interested to know what other issue tracking tools and software people may be using.

Oracle 11i Test Scripts

I recently uploaded some test scripts for the following modules to the Oracle Apps Forum:

If anyone else has some test scripts they would like to share then please feel free to upload them to the documentation section of the forum.

Sunday, February 05, 2006

Generate your Flexfield documentation

Popay offers a free documentation generator for the flexfields of Oracle’s eBusiness suite. More information can be found on the website, and a sample of the generated output for the hr flexfields of the Vision instance is present.

The Documentool software, free as in beer, consists of two packages, and the flexfield documentation is generated via a concurrent program.

Friday, February 03, 2006

Oracle Navigation and ADI Tip Sheets

Last year I worked with Nici Aldridge on an IMSCAN document management and scanning solution for an Oracle E-Business Suite implementation. Nici is an Oracle Applications Consultant who does quite a substantial amount of Oracle Training - read her profile here. She shared with me some “tip sheets” she has produced for Oracle Applications Navigation and Oracle’s Application Desktop Integrator (ADI). These tips sheets are very short documents which are aimed at providing users with the basic information they need to get started with.

Other tip sheets are available for:

  • Office 2000 - Generic Information for Office 2000
  • Word 2000 - For those converting to Word 2000
  • Outlook 2000 - For those converting to Outlook 2000
  • PowerPoint 2000 - For those converting to PowerPoint 2000
  • PowerPoint for Presenters - Suggestions for using PowerPoint effectively in PC-based presentations
  • Visual Aids - Suggestions for choosing and using visual aids, including PC slides

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