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Saturday, November 20, 2004

11.5.10 (11i10) Release and Documentation

11i10 was released by Oracle last week. This post contains the link to the new downloadable documentation CD (note if you have not already done so, you will have to register with OTN).

You can now download the 11.5.10 documentation CD as I understand 11i10 was released last week. It contains documentation according to the following categories: -

  • Technology
  • Intelligence
  • Marketing and Sales
  • Order Management
  • Logistics
  • Supply Chain Planning
  • Procurement
  • Manufacturing
  • Maintenance Management 
  • Service
  • Projects
  • Product Lifecycle Management
  • Financial
  • Human Resources
  • Customer Data Management
  • Interaction Center Technology
  • Communications/Utilities
  • Public Sector University
  • Financial Services
  • Healthcare
  • Aerospace, Defense and Transportation

The zipped documentation file is about 475MB and I understand it explodes to more than 1 CD now. There’s lots of new products and functionality - happy downloading and reading.

Wednesday, September 22, 2004

Oracle E-Business Suite 11.5.10 (11i10) release date

In a previous post I speculated when Oracle Apps R11.5.10 might be coming out, this post provides further clarity on the expected release date.

My previous post on an expected release date for Oracle 11i10 stated that it would be out in November 2004. It seems that this date was correct as an article I read in the UK Computing Magazine recently reported the following: -

Oracle’s new 11i.10 e-business suite will be available in 60 days and will feature over 2,100 enhancements, the company said today at its Oracle Openworld event in London.

Improvements include new industry-specific modules, and horizontal features such as the Daily Business Intelligence module for real-time reporting.

Since Oracle OpenWorld took place two weeks ago it seems reasonable to assume that this new release will be out in November 2004.

Tuesday, September 21, 2004

Oracle E-Business Suite 11.5.10 Documentation

This post directs you to where some good documentation can be found on the new version of Oracle E-Business Suite which is to be released shortly, namely 11i10.

I have over the last week been involved in preparing a proposal for a customer who is planning to implement the new version of Oracle E-Business Suite, namely 11.5.10. I came across some really useful documentation which can be found on Metalink. To find the documentation, log on to the Metalink site, click on the E-Business 11i button then select

Release Content Documents, ‘About’ Documents and Features Summary Matrices

and choose to download 11.5.10 Release Content Documentation (18.56MB).

The documentation pack that you will download contains the information on the following modules: -

  • Healthcare
  • Advanced Planning
    •  
    • Contracts
    • Procurement
    • Projects
    • Sales
    • Service
  • Discrete Manufacturing
    • Complex Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul
    • Configure to Order
    • Cost Management
    • Enterprise Asset Management
    • Flow Manufacturing
    • Item Master and Manufacturing BOM management
    • Project Manufacturing
    • Quality
    • Shop Floor Management
    • Work in Process
  • Financials
  • HRMS
  • Intelligence
    • Balance Scorecard
    • Business Intelligence System (BIS) Purchasing
    • Business Intelligence System (BIS) Service
    • Business Intelligence System (BIS) Service Contracts
    • Enterprise Data Warehousing (EDW) Financials
    • Enterprise Data Warehousing (EDW) Purchasing
    • Intelligence
    • Daily Business Intelligence (DBI) 6.0
    • Daily Business Intelligence (DBI) 7.0
  • Interaction
  • Logistics
    • Inventory
    • Mobile Supply Chain Applications
    • Transportation Execution
    • Transportation Planning
    • Warehouse Management
  • Marketing and Sales
    • iStore
    • Marketing
    • Sales Contracts
    • Sales
  • Order Management
    • Advanced Pricing
    • Configurator
    • iStore
    • Order Management
    • Release Management
    • Shipping Execution
  • Process Manufacturing
    • e-records
    • Cost Management
    • Execution
    • Inventory Control
    • Logistics
    • Planning
    • Product Development
    • Quality Management
    • System Administration
    • Regulatory Management
  • Procurement
    • iProcurement
    • iSupplier Portal
    • Contracts
    • Purchasing
    • Services
    • Sourcing
  • Product Lifecycle Management
  • Projects
    • Grants Accounting
    • Project Contracts
    • Projects
  • Service
    • Advanced Scheduler
    • Depot Repair
    • Field Service
    • Install Base, Enterprise Install Base, Counters
    • Mobile Field Service
    • Mobile Field Service: Wireless and Voice
    • Service Contracts
    • Service
    • Spares Management
  • Student System
  • Technical
    • Applications DBA
    • Oracle Applications Technology

Wednesday, August 11, 2004

Oracle E-Business Suite R11.5.10 (11i.10)

This post contains a short description of what is expected to be released in the next version of Oracle Applications and speculates as to when it might be released.

The Oracle Applications community eagerly awaits the release of 11i10 which was rumoured to be scheduled for release in June 2004. However, it now looks more likely that it will be released closer to November 2004. Don’t expect any official confirmation from Oracle though, I’ve looked for release information on their site and there’s hardly any. Apparently this new release will have dozens of new functions for industries such as manufacturing, health care, aerospace and utilities. It will also include support for transportation planning and transactions based on radio frequency identification tags in manufacturing.

The Fall 2004 Issue of the OAUG Insight Magazine has a short article by John Wookey (Senior Vice President, Applications Development, Oracle) entitled “Oracle E-Business Suite 11.5.10 Powers Revenue Driven Enterprise: New release builds on Oracle Applications foundation to propel higher revenues”. In the article, John talks about how organizations have for several years been focusing on controlling costs and argues that improving economic indicators have now shifted attention towards revenue growth. He states that in 11.5.10, Oracle has oriented their CRM applications capabilities to measurements that reveal what drives revenue and profitability. This helps companies create an information based selling environment with clear visibility into the sales process. The intention of this new release is to create a solution for E-Business Suite Customers that clears the way to building a revenue driven infrastructure, something that is essential for an organizations success.

I would be interested in receiving comments from any readers who have additional information on this release.

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

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