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Applications 11.0.3

Monday, August 16, 2004

11i Upgrade Project - a move from 11.0.3 to 11.5.9

This post contains a link to the Financial Information Systems Upgrade site at University College London (UCT) and also gives an overview of the upgrade documentation prepared for this organisation.

In a previous post I discussed the Financials Systems Project site at the University College London (UCT). One portion of this site that I think is particularly useful is the section that talks about Upgrading to Version 11i. It provides the following documentation relating to upgrades: -

Business Case

I’m a personal advocate of making sure that a value proposition is prepared for any major IT projects you are going to perfom in your business. This business case contains a summary according to the following points: -

  • Fit with UCL Strategy
  • Demand for change
  • Alternative Options
  • Reasons for the Upgrade
  • Costs
  • Expected Benefits
  • Investment Appraisal

It then provides more detail for the business case and then outlines what Functional and Other improvements will be made. Lastly it speculates as to when Future Upgrades will need to take place.

11i Communications Plan

According to this document: -

The aim of this plan is to identify the stakeholders of the 11i upgrade project, to identify the information needs they have, and to provide a plan to provide up to date and accurate information in the most effective format and medium and in the most timely way.

Clear, timely and effective communications will enable the project team to:

  • Ensure that all principal stakeholders are aware of and in support of the reasons for undertaking the project, have realistic expectations of it and are prepared for it.
  • Communicate information needed by other departments or organisations who are affected by or need to know about the project’s progress towards its outcomes, enable them to prepare (e.g. with appropriate training and equipment) and enlist their support.
  • Communicate to users the direct requirements for using the system.
  • Keep up to date at all times with users’ requirements and make sure the project aims continue to meet these right from the beginning and continue to do so in the light both changes to users’ needs and new information apparent as the project develops.
  • Inform advisors and consultants of the project of all progress and developments so that the best available help can be received when required.
  • Enable appropriate action to be taken on an informed basis by those responsible for managing the project so that appropriate decisions can be made and the best level of support can be offered to the project at the right time and in the right way.

11i Project Initiation Document

This is a fairly comprehensive document and according to the site, it’s purpose is to: -

Define the 11i Upgrade project, to form the basis for its management and to help with the assessment of the project’s overall success. The two primary uses of the PID are:

  • To provide a baseline document against which the Project Board and Project Manager can assess progress, project issues and on-going viability
  • To ensure that the project has a sound basis before asking the Project Board to make any major commitment to this project

The document is structured as follows: -

  1. Background
  2. Business Case
    • Business Case Summary
    • Budget
  3. Project Definition
    • Objectives
    • Scope and Exclusions
    • Project Deliverables
    • Approach
    • Constraints
    • Dependencies
    • Assumptions
  4. Project Plan
    • Project Plan Summary
  5. Project Structure
    • Project Organisation
    • Outline of Roles
    • Project Meeting Structure
  6. Communication Plan
  7. Issue and Risk Logs
  8. Change Control

PC Specification for Version 11i

This document lists the hardware and software requirements for PC’s being used to access Oracle 11i.

Tuesday, August 03, 2004

The Oracle Financial Information Systems (FIS) Project at University College London (UCT)

This post contains a link to the Oracle Financial Information Systems (FIS) website at University College London (UCT) and also mentions the key features of the site.

The Financials Systems Project site at the University College London (UCT) provides readers with a comprehensive understanding of what it takes to implement an Oracle Applications System. The site gives readers a holistic view of all the aspects of Enterprise Systems Implementations. UCT initially implemented the following modules of Oracle Application 11.0.3 and later upgraded to 11i : -

  • General Ledger
  • Accounts Payable
  • Purchase Ordering
  • Accounts Receivable
  • Grants ( including Project Costing and Project Billing)
  • Fixed Assets
  • Inventory

Following is a review of the key areas of the site:

FIS Project

This section of the site provides an overview of what the FIS project and has related information categorised as follows: -

  • Information on the use of the site
  • What is the FIS Project?
  • FIS Team Members
  • Useful Contact Information
  • Migration Plan
  • FIS Service Times
  • FIS Users Group
  • 11.0.3 Enhancement Stage Plan
  • FIS Technical and Business Consultancy 2003
  • Upgrade to Version 11i
  • FIS Newsletters
  • FIS Training Dates

Procedures, User Guides and General Reference

This particular section of the site is probably one of the most useful areas as it contains project documentation which has been categorised in to the following areas: -

  • General Reference and Procedural Notes
  • User Guides for the following modules: -
    • Accounts Payable
    • Accounts Receivable
    • Fixed Assets
    • General Ledger
    • Grants
    • Inventory
    • Purchase Ordering
  • Other User Guides
  • Technical Guidance
  • How To…?

Thursday, July 29, 2004

Download Oracle Documentation

This post contains a link to a site where you can download a comprehensive range of Oracle Documentation.

Certainly I might be stating the obvious but I thought it would be good to have the information on this site. This Oracle Technology Network (OTN) page contains Oracle Documentation for the following key technology areas: -

  • Database
  • Development Tools
  • Data Warehousing and Business Intelligence
  • On Demand
  • System Management
  • Application Server
  • Oracle Collaboration Suite
  • Technologies / Utilities
  • Applications / E-Business Suite

Of interest to Oracle Apps users will be the online documentation CD which can be downloaded for each release of Oracle E-Business Suite from R11 to R11.5.9

Saturday, June 19, 2004

Oracle Documentation for the Enterprise Accounting System (EAS)

The George Washington University has implemented an Enterprise Accounting System (EAS) using Oracle Applications. This post contains links to the business forms, procedure documentation and training materials used in the implementation.

The Universities implementation of an Enterprise Accounting System (EAS) has been very well documented. On this site you will find various business forms, procedure documentation and training materials which I am sure will be helpful to anyone implementing Oracle E-Business Suite.