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Wednesday, January 05, 2005

Oracle OpenWorld Amsterdam Presentations available for download

OpenWorld Amsterdam took place some time ago (September 2004) but I never pointed out on this blog where you can download the presentations from so here goes.

You can obtain a listing of the presentations and associated abstracts here or go straight to the downloads page. There are some really good ppt’s here for anyone with a functional or technical interest in Oracle Products and Software.

Since I’m more functionally oriented a selection of the ones I found quite interesting are: -

Wednesday, December 08, 2004

Release 11.5.10 Financials - New Features

Two weeks ago I spoke at the Atlanta Oracle Applications User Group meeting and also attended a breakout session headed up by Karen Brownfield of Solution Beacon which discussed the new features in 11.5.10. This post contains the presentation which Karen kindly agreed for me to upload and also has links to other sources of information on 11.5.10. 

The presentation in question was presented at the OAUG Connection Point 2004 Conference and I thought it would be useful to share it with readers of the blog. It covers the following areas of Financials: -

  • Payables
  • Internet Expenses
  • Cash Management
  • Property Manager
  • Assets
  • iAssets
  • Receivables
  • Bill Presentment
  • Advanced Collections
  • iReceivables
  • General Ledger
  • Enterprise Budgeting and Planning

Credits for the preparation of this presentation on Release 11.5.10 Financials New Features should go to the following: -

Additionally, you can visit the Oracle 11i10 page for various presentations and videos on the latest release of Oracle E-Business Suite 11i.

Friday, September 10, 2004

Oracle Applications Auditing and Security Best Practices

This post points you to a site that has some really good presentations and white papers related to auditing and securing Oracle E-Business Suite and provides some related links.

Having been an Auditor/Accountant in a former life, I always try to make certain that when implementing an ERP system I take into account security issues and also ensure that the system can be audited by both internal and external parties. Oracle has many built in auditing and security features, but in my experience, people do not make appropriate use of them because they are not aware they exist or they do not have the time or budget to implement them. Personally, I believe awareness of the capabilities of Oracle E-Business Suite is the starting point towards ensuring system security and auditability. Hence, it’s always nice to come across some information which can give you new ideas as to what approach you should take when implementing such a system.

A really good site that I have come across which has some superb white papers and related information on Oracle Applications auditing and security is Integrigy. According to their site: -

Integrigy Corporation is a leader in application security for large enterprise, mission critical applications. Our application vulnerability assessment tool, AppSentry, assists companies in securing their largest and most important applications. Integrigy Consulting offers security assessment services for leading ERP and CRM applications.

Key Oracle Applications papers and presentations on auditing and security that you can download are as follows: -

The resources section of the site is also quite good since it not only includes white papers but also security alerts, advisories and notes, analysis and tools and scripts . There is also a quarterly newsletter published which keeps you up to date with Security Issues around Oracle Applications.

Other Resources

  • Best Practices for Securing Oracle E-Business Suite – Metalink Note ID 189367.1
  • Best Practices For Securing Oracle E-Business Suite 11i For Internet Access – Metalink Note ID 229335.1
  • 11i: A Guide to Understanding and Implementing SSL for Oracle Applications – Metalink Note ID 123718.1
  • Oracle Applications 11i System Administrator’s Guide
  • Oracle Security Alertshttp://technet.oracle.com

Friday, August 27, 2004

University of Florida ERP Implementation - Bridges

This post contains a review of the University of Florida Bridges site which contains some useful documentation and training material on the implementation of Enterprise Systems.

The University of Florida has a really good site called "Bridges" which provides documentation and training material relating to the implementation of systems in their organisation.

According to their site: -

UF Bridges is a multi-year project to replace the University’s current computer systems with new Web-based, integrated systems that provide real-time information and improve university business processes. This is known as an Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) solution. The University purchased ERP software from PeopleSoft for its financial, human resources, payroll and student administration functions, and enterprise data warehouse and reporting functions from Cognos (a PeopleSoft partner).

Although the solutions being implemented at this University are not Oracle Applications related I thought the site would be helpful for the following reasons: -

  1. It provides some good examples of the type of documentation and training material that should be prepared when implementing Enterprise Systems.
  2. The documentation and training material will provide readers with a good understanding of the business processes for each of the functional areas within an organisation (e.g. Finance, HRMS)
  3. There are various presentations available that give an idea of the issues that one needs to think about when implementing ERP systems.
  4. The site provides a good example of how to effectively manage the knowledge gained in an organisation as a result of such an implementation.

The training section is probably the most useful area of this site. It provides instructions guides, classroom training presentations and handouts, classes on video and web tutorials which cover the following functional areas: -

  • Enterprise Reporting
  • Finance
    •  
    • Overviews
    • Core User
    • Customer Relations
    • General Ledger/Budgets
    • Purchasing and Payables
      •  
      • Requisitions
      • Change Requests
      • Receiving
      • Vouchers
      • Procurement Card (PCard)
    • Sponsored Programs
    • Travel and Expense
  • Human Resource Management Systems
    •  
    • Hiring
      • Staff, OPS and Student Positions
      • Faculty Positions
    • Position and Job Actions
    • Distributions and Pay
    • Reporting Time
    • Using Leave
    • Approving Time and Leave
    • Workflow

Within the training section there are also some really good Project Presentations. Highlights are as follows: -

Tuesday, August 24, 2004

Oracle Partner Feature - IT Convergence

This post contains a review of the IT Convergence web site and highlights some useful downloads they have.

I recently came across the IT Convergence web site where they have some useful white papers to download. IT Convergence is an Oracle Partner and according to their site: -

IT Convergence is an e-Business consulting firm. We provide an entire range of services from initial business analysis and project planning, to full suite implementation and staff augmentation. We offer complete solutions for the implementation, upgrade, or customization of Enterprise Resource Planning systems. To help you manage the entire applications lifecycle, IT Convergence offers customized training for every skill level—given on-site, in a classroom, or remotely via the Internet. Our remote support services can assist your company with all types of technical and functional needs.

We put intensive effort in selecting only the best consultants to deliver superior services. We support the development of their skills through training and special courses, enabling consistent performance on the job. Our people bring years of experience working for top companies in numerous industries, including Finance, Manufacturing, Pharmaceuticals, Higher Education, Government, Telecommunications, and Semiconductor.

The company has it’s headquarters in California and has offices in the following locations worldwide: -

  • Madison, USA
  • New York, USA
  • Chicago, USA
  • Mexico
  • Singapore
  • Philippines
  • Buenos Aires, Argentina
  • London, UK
  • Shanghai, China

Highlights of Oracle white papers you can download from this site are as follows: -

You can also download a presentation they delivered at an Outsourcing SIG meeting held at Appsworld in January 2004 entitled Choosing a Hosting Provider - Suggestions and Solutions (269KB) by Oscar Villalvazo, ISS Practice Manager.

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