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Kathleen Fauerbach, President of Oracle Applications & Technology Users Group (OATUG), shares this message in the introduction to our Spring issue of OATUG's   Insight Magazine , distributed each quarter to our Oracle user members. As a special gift, we at OATUG are sharing this full issue with everyone, both members and nonmembers. We want to give you the chance to review some of the exclusive content you can access once you become a full member of OATUG. For nonmembers, you can subscribe to Oracle-related news updates and more. “It is a big year for EBS users, and one in which we simply cannot sit back and relax. We must move forward, and when ...
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"Knowledge is power," wrote Francis Bacon in his Meditationes Sacrae published in 1597. Thomas Jefferson also referred to this phrase in at least four communications during his political career, equating knowledge not only with power but also with safety, and even happiness. Happiness, maintained Jefferson, could come about through the expanded sense of possibilities and enjoyment that only knowledge can bring. With a nod to these wise men of letters, most of us would agree that indeed "knowledge is power." Knowledge gives us options for how to think of things, options for new and better strategies. Knowledge can provide a greater sense of freedom, ...
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We’ve all been there. Things are humming along, going well – maybe even exceeding-all-expectations-well – and then it happens. The unexpected occurs. Progress screeches to a halt. The success of the endeavor -- and maybe even all the decisions you’ve made and time you’ve already invested – are all suddenly called into question. Those moments, however painful they may be, are often the ones that define us. Those are the moments when we have the choice: do we go back? Or do we go forward? Do we embrace the challenge, engage others, and invite new creative solutions? Or do we retreat to the familiar and return to the status quo? Sometimes, especially in technical ...
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OATUG is Pleased to Announce… Women in Technology (WIT) Award Winner for 2020, Ms. Mia Urman! First awarded in 2019, the Women in Technology (WIT) Recognition Program honors an OATUG member who has demonstrated a passion for helping other women excel in technology-related professions or fields of study and for increasing awareness of women’s accomplishments in technology. Mia has dedicated her career to providing solutions to Oracle applications and technology users. She founded Qesem Consulting and AuraPlayer, and currently serves as AuraPlayer 's CEO. In addition to the years of support she has provided in the technology community, ...
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Alyssa Johnson, OATUG Board Member and Vice President of Enterprise Applications at Keste, got together with Team OATUG to talk about the “hot topics” coming up at COLLABORATE 20 in Las Vegas on April 1 9-23, 2020. OATUG: With so many educational topics, trainings, demos, and insights taught and shared at COLLABORATE, what stands out for attendees and followers of Oracle applications and technology to be most aware of in 2020 ? Alyssa: T he Cloud continues to be a big topic , of course . People are still working to understand, “What are our options?” Many users of EBS, when trying ...
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A  Zen term,  shoshin , refers to what the Japanese call “beginner’s mind , ” written with two Chinese characters,  sho  and  shin . The first pictogram means “first” and the second means “mind-heart.” What does “beginner’s mind” have to do with EBS, you might ask?   If you recall what it was like when you first saw the ocean, or the day you learned how to read, or the exhilaration of riding a bike for the first time, you’ll begin to understand. “Beginner’s mind” is a way of approaching things fresh, anew, and with a rush of appreciation for the sensation and vision of freedom and possibility before you.  With continuous improvement ...
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(Credit: Unsplash ) In 2019, IBM reported that the average cost of a data breach in America had climbed to $8+ million dollars . It’s important to have a comprehensive security strategy to avoid both a breach and its costly repercussions, as well as keeping maintenance dynamic and supportable. Here are five tips to help ensure that your application security strategy is on the right path. 1) Plan Thoroughly One of my favorite quotes of all time is “measure twice, cut once.” (Credit: Unsplash ) With proper planning, you can mitigate security issues down the road. All elements of the application solution and impacts to your network/perimeter ...
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Most companies understand that data is the fuel of their future success. Today’s technologies allow executives to condense vast amounts of data into actionable insights that lead to improved decision-making and bold, strategic thinking. Considering how much emphasis companies are putting on leveraging data, it comes as a surprise to learn that only 27 percent of respondents in a recent survey from the  MIT Sloan Management Review  believe their decision-making is “data-driven,” compared to 38 percent who describe it as “intuitive.” Companies may want to become more data-driven, yet few are succeeding. Oracle EBS users already have powerful tools ...
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Independent financial auditors look for controls over what privileged users do in Oracle E-Business Suite (EBS) and to its database. Privileged users include business support, IT support and database administration staff. They have a high level of skill and are trusted to work on EBS, a critical asset. They have broader “powers” than EBS business users and are subject to fewer EBS application level and database controls. It is important to detect and know what they do, verify their actions are authorized by management and be able to mitigate improper activities, all in a timely manner. These privileged user controls are in the scope of Governance, ...
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Most companies understand that data is the fuel of their future success. Today’s technologies allow executives to condense vast amounts of data into actionable insights that lead to improved decision-making and bold, strategic thinking. Considering how much emphasis companies are putting on leveraging data, it comes as a surprise to learn that only 27 percent of respondents in a recent survey from the  MIT Sloan Management Review  believe their decision-making is “data-driven,” compared to 38 percent who describe it as “intuitive.” Companies may want to become more data-driven, yet few are succeeding. Oracle EBS users already have powerful tools ...
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How many conferences can one business actually justify? If you’re a vendor or consultant, you’ll be eagle-eyed, watching your inbox for the next “big event” in the tech world. But for many application and technology users, the constant stream of conference invitations can be a little overwhelming.  That said, with the rapid pace of change and innovation in the IT world, it's important to take advantage of opportunities to hear directly from our suppliers about their plans for future development and, more importantly, their commitment to supporting existing offerings. It also is hugely valuable to hear from other users of the same systems and learn from ...
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Oracle APEX (Oracle Application Express) makes it possible to rapidly develop and publish complex, database-driven desktop and mobile applications by use of the web browser only. Thanks to its simple, declarative approach, Oracle APEX is especially suited for the rapid, professional development of database-centered web applications. With this tool, the functionality of the Oracle E-Business Suite can be easily extended. An attractive and intuitive UI/UX as well as a short and steep learning curve make Oracle APEX the ideal development tool for database administrators, PL/SQL developers and even functional users with some technical background. There are several ...
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Oracle recently announced the Continuous Innovation model for on-premises Oracle EPM (Hyperion) System 11.2 in June 2019, where Oracle delivers ongoing applications and underlying technology stack updates without a major upgrade. In other words, the new version of on-premises Oracle EPM (Hyperion) is coming out in September 2019! With this new release, Oracle made the commitment to its customers to provide Oracle Premier Support through at least 2030. Importantly, the Oracle Safe Harbor Statement applies for the following information. In the EPM 11.2 release, Oracle Essbase 11.1.2.4 will be used continuously. Foundation services will be ...
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Earlier this year, OATUG announced a name change, introducing the Oracle Applications & Technology Users Group (OATUG).  The rebrand was an important milestone on a larger transformation journey for the organization. The name change was accompanied by the launch of a new website that created an all-new online member experience. OATUG.org now features two new valuable components along with an enhanced member resource: The Hub. The Knowledge Base OATUG Member Directory. Learn more in the digital  OATUG Insight magazine article. Or download the PDF copy . #OA
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More and more businesses are turning to the cloud as a solution for lowering IT costs, increasing productivity and accessing the latest technology. But really, what is the “Cloud”? In the most basic sense, the cloud is the on-demand usage of someone else’s computer resources. Said differently, you are renting the usage of a vendor’s data center, software or other technology, rather than buying. Thus, many of the cloud terms have the tag “as a Service” in their title, e.g., Software as a Service (SaaS), Platform or Infrastructure as a Service (PaaS, IaaS).  Oracle’s offerings cover the full gamut of cloud technology, from ERP (SaaS), ...
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We all become very happy and attached to an application we have spent time creating, developing and improving. What happens when it is time to upgrade that application or completely replace it? This is akin to being asked to replace a beloved family member or pet. It’s only a technological being, but a being you have devoted so much time and attention to that you cannot help feeling attached and bonded to this familiar friend. The replacement decision for new software is more and more moving to a cloud solution. With Oracle Cloud, you need to get comfortable with the tradeoffs, like giving up control of patching and the ability to create back-end hacks ...
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While the U.S. tax landscape has undergone historic changes in the past 18 months, rule transformations moving forward around the world will likely deliver even larger tax compliance challenges in the months and years to come. New, and newly proposed, tax rules and reporting requirements are occurring from Brazil to Bahrain, from Spain to Singapore, and from Turkey to Taiwan. While these new and emerging shifts vary in nature and magnitude, most of the changes ultimately require corporate tax departments to access, analyze and ensure the accuracy of far more data in a quicker manner – much quicker, in many cases. This is certainly the case for the real-time ...
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When the iPhone was introduced in 2007, we had no idea how much life was about to change. In a dozen years, we’ve progressed from basic phones to handheld computer devices with hundreds of apps. We can pay bills, have lunch delivered, schedule a ride; in fact, we do almost everything on our phones except make calls. But the digital age has impacted more than just our cell phones: It’s coming of age for financial reporting as well. From Paper to Digital…to Paper? Financial reporting was first turned on its head with the introduction of Microsoft Excel in 1985. But even thirty plus years later, many executives have not moved past the need for printed ...
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In our previous two blog posts  we learned about the Oracle E-Business Suite 12.2 architectural changes as well as the role that Edition Based Redefinition plays in AD Online Patching (ADOP).  In our final blog post of patching in E-Business Suite 12.2, we’ll take a look at the different phases of the AD Online Patching cycle. From My Oracle Support Doc ID 1583902.1, Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.2: Online Patching FAQ, the online patching cycle consists of the following phases: Prepare a virtual copy (patch edition) of the running application (run edition). Apply patches to the patch edition of the application. Finalize the system ...
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Firstly, what a city for COLLABORATE this year! San Antonio’s Riverwalk transforms a typical mid-sized city into a riot of color, flavor and fun, and gives those of us from overseas some fantastic ideas to bring home to our own river cities. It provides an excellent range of entertainment options too, from the ubiquitous Tex-Mex (and the obligatory 60-oz. margaritas!) to classic English pubs and high-end seafood, all with the backdrop of informative river cruises and lively mariachi bands. The OATUG’s Build-A-Bike was again a fantastic initiative – a great way to meet and connect with other delegates and exhibitors ahead of the conference itself, and ...
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