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NCOAUG 2011 Winter

by Ravi Sagaram,PMP, Motorola Solutions Inc.
Agenda
Summary on R12.1.2 including 12.1.1
Summary on R12.1.3
New Features in R12.1.2 including R12.1.1

New Features in R12.1.3
Questions and Answers
Summary on R12.1.2 (Including R12.1.1)
Module

Key Enhancements

OM, Shipping and
Pricing

• Copy Function enhancements in Sales Order
• Copy Functionality across OUs
• Creating Multiple copies of an order
• Copying shipsets and fulfillment sets
• Navigation to the new order after copy
• Population of current order number in the „Get Header level info from‟ on copy
• Enhancement to Hold Sources in OM
• Progress Work flow for OM headers and lines after release of hold
• Mass Change function in quick sales order form
• Enhancement to Mass Changes on Order entry form
• Enhancements to High Volume Order Import
• Two new Seeded RMA workflows
• Credit Overshipped quantities for RMA
• Shipping tolerances
• Pricing Performance

Purchasing

• Coordination between IR and ISO on changes
• Mass Change Functionality of buyer on PO, PO Requisition and IR
• Mass Closing of PO

SLA

• Program to initialize historic transactions for proper reconciliation in newly created sub ledgers

Financials

• GL enhancements – Enhancement to FSG
• AP enhancements -- Changing the supplier bank account on unpaid invoices
• AR enhancements -- Defaulting customer bank AC on inidentified receipts

Inventory

• New Material Status for Onhand quantities

Fusion Configurator
engine

• New Configurator engine provides better numerical handling, defaulting and auto config
completion features. The engine is based on new Java technology
Summary on R12.1.3
Module

Enhancements

General

• Changes to Look and feel
• Search Feature
• Navigator in Self Service Page

New Features in Quoting

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New Features in Financials

• Some new features were introduced in Collections, Credit Management, SLA and
Legal Entity configurator

Application Technology

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Internationalization

• Enabling of new languages/Additional languages without applying NLS Patches.

Enhancements to Copy Functionality in Quoting
Changing customer on an existing quote
Creation of a new template from an existing quote
Other Quoting features

Flex Field Validation
Delivery Options feature in concurrent programs
enhancements to Key Flexfield Cross-Validatio Rules Report enhancements
Support the oracle 11g case sensitive passwords
Performance improvement of AutoConfig
Autoconfig support for the 11g Scan Listener feature
Automated deployment of forms ear file
R12.1.1, R12.1.2 OM Copy Features
You

can copy orders across OUs when
you turn on Multi Org Access Control

Display

You

new order after copy as default

can create multiple copies of sales
order in single copy function
R12.1.1, R12.1.2 OM Copy Features (contd..)
While copying

lines on to a new
sales order, the order number is
defaulted from the source order
into the field „Get Header Level info
From‟
R12.1.1, R12.1.2 OM Copy Features (contd..)
Fulfillment

Sets and Ship/Arrival
Sets can be copied on the lines
from the source line
Copy

Complete Configuration can
be automatically checked while
copying the sales order by setting
the OM System Parameter „Default
value for Action - Copy Complete
Configuration‟ to Yes
R12.1.1, R12.1.2 OM Hold Sources
Additional Attributes

are available
for Hold Criteria while creating Hold
Source
The

additional attributes are
Order

Type

Line Type
Price

List

Creation
Sales

Date

Channel Code

Deliver

to Site

Payment Type
Shipping
Top

Method code

Model

Project

Number

Transaction Currency

Code
Hold

Sources can be applied
across OUs
Progress WF after hold release
Order

and line Work flow can be
progressed automatically after
releasing the hold
Enhancements to Quick Sales order form
Enhancements

are made to the
quick sales order form.
Mass Change functionality is
added.
Enhancements to Mass Change in SO
Cascading of

order header
attributes from headers to lines
functionality is extended to mass
change of order headers
Enhancements to High Volume Order Import
High

Volume Order Import is
enhanced with additional
parameters to process tax and
configurations
A public API

has been provided
for repricing the order
New Workflows for RMA
Two

New line level workflows are
provided for RMA
Return

with receipt and Approval

Return

with Receipt

There

is no invoicing in both these
line types
New Features for RMA
RMA creation

has been enhanced
to enter shipped quantity on the
sales order instead of booked
quantity. This is useful where
overshipment is done on the sales
order. This can be done by
selecting system parameter
„Overshipment Invoice Basis‟ to
„Invoice Shipped Quantity‟
If

you select „Invoice Ordered
Quantity‟ then RMA can be entered
for booked quantity only as in
R12.0.6
R12.1.1 Coordination of Changes between IR and ISO
Synchronization of a line cancellation on IR with ISO

Changes

to IR will be syncronized to ISO
after ISO is created. Changes like Request
date, quantity or cancelling IR or line after
approval of IR can be synchronized to ISO.
Similarly

Quantity, Schedule ship date,
arrival date or cancelling ISO is
synchronized to IR
Schedule

Ship Date on ISO and Arrival
date on IR can be sysnchronized by setting
the profile „POR: Sync up Need by date on
IR with OM‟
If

a line on ISO is partially shipped,
leaving the balance quantity back ordered,
then the line on IR will be split accordingly.
R12.1.1 Coordination to Changes in IR and ISO
Synchronization of change in QTY on IR with ISO
Original Qty on IR was 10. Out of that Qty 1 was shipped on ISO
Now Modify the QTY to 8 on IR

The Order Line went on „Internal Requisition‟ hold till the IR was
approved by WF Background Process

If

the quantity on the IR is changed, then
the line on ISO will go on „Internal
Requisition Approval‟ hold till the changes
to IR are approved using WF.
R12.1.1 Coordination to Changes in IR and ISO
Synchronization of change in QTY on IR with ISO

Once

the IR is approved, then the hold on
the ISO line is released and the quantity on
ISO is sysnchronized accordingly .
However,

adding new lines to IR cannot
be synchronized to ISO
IC

invoices can be viewed from order
organizer
ISOs

Types

QTY on the ISO was automatically
synchronized

can be created with different Order
R12.1 Enhancements to Shipping
Incremental Shipping for overshipment and under
shipment tolerances
When

the overshipment and undershipment tolerances are set, then the sales order line can be shipped incrementally
multiple times until the maximum shipment quantity is reached. In prior release, the remainder unpicked quantity is
cancelled when the tolerances are met.
Shipping

tolerances can be specified for sales order lines to control the minimum and maximum acceptable quantities. These
can be controlled using profile options OM: Under Shipment Tolerance and OM: Over Shipment Tolerance. These can be
setup at the item level, customer, shipping tolerances form and in the sales order form
R12.1.2 Enhancements to Pricing
Performance of

pricing engine is
improved by a pattern based
search feature. The feature can be
turned on using a profile „QP:
Pattern Search‟. You can do this for
Modifiers or price lists or both.
After

the profile is set, Run a one
time concurrent Program „QP:
Pattern Upgrade‟ from Oracle
Pricing Manager to upgrade all the
existing setups to the new format
This

should enhance the
performance of the pricing engine.
R12.1.1 and R12.1.2 SLA enhancements
When

you create new sub ledgers for reporting currencies, a new concurrent program „SLA Secondary/ALC Ledger Historic
Upgrade‟ is provided to initialise the historical transactions for proper reconciliation. This program retroactively posts historical
accounting data from primarly ledgers to the newly created secondary or reporting currency ledgers.
A new

report „Subledger Accounting Rules Detail
Listing Report‟ is provided to list the information
about accounting rules defined for a SLA. You can
review the setup details for a given application for
the following
Jourmal Line
Journal Line
Account

Definition

Type

Derivation Rule

Journal Header
Journal Line

Description

Description
R12.1.1 and R12.1.2 GL enhancements
FSG

has been enhanced with a content set. When the page expand option is selected, then each value in the content set
can be seen in a separate tab in excel workbook. Content sets are like row sets and they replace the definition of row set
dynamically and generate 100s of similar reports in a single run.
FSG

reports can be published in Excel
R12.1.1 and R12.1.2 AP enhancements
When

the suppliers bank account is changed, then AP will automatically update remit to bank account on unpaid and partially
paid invoices without manual update to each invoice.
R12.1.1 and R12.1.2 AR enhancements
Defaulting customer

bank account info on unidentified receipts is provided. The MICR that comes in the lockbox file is used
to derive the customer account and is defaulted on unidentified receipts.
R12.1.1 and R12.1.2 PO enhancements
MASS CHANGE FUNCTIONALITY

A Concurrent

Program „Mass Update of
Purchasing Documents‟ is provided to mass
update Buyer, Approver, and deliver to person on
all on Purchase Order or Blanket Purchase
Agreement or Contract Purchase Agreement or
Planned PO
A Similar

concurrent Program ‟Mass Update of
Requisitions‟ is provided for updating PO
requisitions and Internal Rerquisitions too.
A new

concurrent Program „Mass Close of
Purchasing Documents‟ is provided for mass
closing Purchase documents that have been fully
processed but are not closed. This can be used
for standard Purchase Order or Blanket Purchase
Agreement or Contract Purchase Agreement or
Planned PO
R12.1.1 and R12.1.2 PO enhancements
Enhancents to Advanced Pricing in PO for increased
flexibility to buyer to view and apply pricing

Users

can view the modifier information for a PO

Users

can view the pre calculated pricing
adjustments applied by pricing engine on a PO
Manually

enter a modifier, change the modifier
rate and recalculate the price.
R12.1.1 Inventory enhancements
On hand Material Status
A new

status called „Material Status‟ for onhand balance is introduced. This is like Item status control for items.

With this

feature, you can tag the onhand quantities to different material status like good, broken, Expired, Inspected etc.
and control the material movement and transactions like reservable, transactable. This avoids setting up sub inventories for
different status of onhand quantities
The

feature can be enabled on org parameters form for the existing inventory orgs using the concurrent program „Activate
On Hand level Material Status Tracking‟ and then by specifying the inventory Orgs and default on hand status.
For

new inventory Orgs, this can be set up at the setup of inventory orgs. The status of the onhand is the cumulative
status of lot, sub inventory and serial control
R12.1.1 New Fusion Engine for configurator
Fusion Configurator Engine features
A new
It

fusion configurator engine was introduced in R12.1.1

is based on constraint based technology. It is written in Java Language

It

provided improved numerical functionality. You can define equations using relational operators. You can specify the
minimum and maximum numerical ranges (ex hard disk range, memory range or number of hard drives etc. )
The

end user will have the new feature to Auto Complete the configuration just by selecting the config features they want
and then by hitting the finish button leaving the remaining work to the configurator engine to decide on the remaining
options required for the valid configuration.
Existing
Profile

models may be converted to use new engine

CZ: Enable Configurator Engine indicates which engine to be used

The

Profile value Original Indicates that the existing engine will be used for the existing configurations. When the profile
is set to Fusion, then the new fusion engine will be used for the configurations. When the profile is set to Both, then user
will get an option to use which configuration to be used for new models based on the configuration preferences.
Use

the model configuration utility concurrent program to convert the existing models.
Oracle Release 12.1.3 Home Page Look
Home Page Look is changed. You see this page after you log into the applications. The responsibilities, main menus and
sub menus are shown as expandable list in the left side pane and the work list is show in a bigger right side pane.

12.1.3
Oracle Release 12.1.3 Search Feature
Intellisense Searching was introduced in the application. This is enabled in the HTML pages where magnify glass is
shown. This is like the suggested list that pops up when you are typing a search word in Google
R12.1.3 – Navigator in Self Service page
You can now navigate to other responsibilities from the self service pages using Navigator
Drop down Lists on the self service pages have been marked with a down arrow next to the List
R 12.1.3 Flex Field Segment Validation
The flexfield segment setup forms for both key and descriptive flexfields are enhanced to provide field-level validation of
the segment name fields so that the user receives immediate feedback on invalid segment names.

12.1.3

12.1.2
Delivery Options for Conc Requests
When submitting concurrent requests, users can now choose to have the request output delivered using BI Publisher's
Delivery Manager. The output can be automatically emailed, faxed, sent to an IPP printer, or delivered using FTP or
SFTP.
Cross Validation Violation Rule Enhancement
Users have the option to run this report for just one cross-validation rule at a time to test if the specific rule is set up
correctly, by seeing which existing combinations violate the specific rule. In Previous releases, users can run for all the
rules at once.
R12.1.3 Quote -- Copy Functionality
Users can copy a quote to a customer different from the one on the original quote. The user can also specify which quote
attributes should be copied to the newly created quote
R12.1.3 Quote – Change Customer on an existing quote
You can change the customer on the quote.
Quote – Create a template from an existing quote
You can create a template from the existing quote. Also you can use a template from any OU to create a quote.
R12.1.3 Feature – Oracle Quoting
Business Needs
Configurator enhancements
(HTML UI only)

Usability enhancements
(HTML UI only)
Apply quote templates
from different operating
units

QA Check framework (HTML
UI only)

R12.1.3 Solution
Currently, the effective date for a model configuration in the quote is the creation date
of the model configuration and cannot be changed. The creation date of a model
configuration is the date when the model was initially configured in the quote.
Subsequently, if there are changes to the configuration rules or the Bill of Materials for
the model item, then these changes are not available when the user reconfigures the
model item. This enhancement allows the effective date to be the current date or the
creation date of the model configuration. Additional flexibility is provided for
customers who wish to write their own rule for determining the effective date. Users
can also manually check the validity of the model configurations in the quote during
the quote lifecycle.
Quotes and quote templates are inherently striped by the operating unit.
Currently, the quoting user cannot apply a quote template from an operating that is
different from the quote operating unit. This enhancement removes this restriction and
provides a larger library of quote templates to choose from. This promotes better
reuse of the quote templates.
Currently, quoting validates the quote prior to quote transitions such as approval
submission and place order. Users cannot easily add custom validation checks prior
to the key quote transitions. The QA Check framework allows business process
owners to define custom business rule validations that need to be automatically
performed prior to key quote actions. Based on the outcome of the business rule
validations, the user is either allowed to perform the quote action or prevented from
doing so. The quoting user can also manually invoke the QA check during the quote
lifecycle to preemptively fix any errors prior to the automatic validation checks.
R12.1.3 Feature – Oracle Quoting (contd..)
Business Needs
Service reference for
serviceable item in the
Install Base for the End
Customer
(HTML UI only)

Allow Service item to point to
a serviceable item in the
product catalog
(HTML UI only)

R12.1.3 Solution
In a business relationship where a company sells to a distributor who ultimately
resells an item to an end user, there is a need to quote a service contract to the end
user. Currently, the service reference for a serviceable item in the Install Base must
Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.1 Release Content Document Oracle Quoting 23
be owned by the Sold To customer on the quote. This does not work well for reseller
scenarios where the Sold To Customer is not the same as the End Customer. The
item in the Install Base is associated with the End Customer not the Sold To
Customer. This enhancement allows the Quoting user to specify a service reference
for a serviceable item in the Install Base for the End Customer on the quote.

In Quoting, you can quote a service long after the original purchase. In such a
scenario, the service item on the quote must point to the serviceable item in the Install
base. In reseller scenarios, there is a need to create separate quotes, one quote for
the serviceable item and a second quote for the service item. Each of the two quotes
may be created by different resellers. Since the first quote has not been fulfilled, the
service item on the second quote cannot reference the serviceable item in the Install
Base. This enhancement allows the service item to point to a serviceable item from
the Product Catalog. The service item can be priced based on the price for the
serviceable item in the Product Catalog. After the order for the first quote is fulfilled,
the second quote is changed so the service item points to the serviceable item in the
Install Base. Subsequently, the second quote can be placed as an order.
R12.1.3 Feature – Order Management
Business Needs

International Trade
Managenment Adapter
Enhancements for Global
Trade Management
(GTM)

R12.1.3 Solution
Enhancements in Global Trade Management (GTM) Supports master data
synchronization of items; Supports master data synchronization of parties
between EBS and GTS, Sends an expanded number of party types etc. to GTM
from EBS.
R12.1.3 Feature – Shipping Execution
Business Needs
Fulfillment Batches for
Distributed Warehouse
Management System

R12.1.3 Solution
Delivery details can now be grouped into fulfillment batches based on the
criteria selected in the 'Create Shipment Batches for Fulfillment' concurrent
program. The fulfillment batches can then be sent as a shipment request to the
Distributed Warehouse Management Systems (e.g. Oracle EBS WMS deployed
in Distributed/LSP Mode) for execution. The Distributed Warehouse
Management System will need to send the shipment advice once the shipment
request is processed and executed.
R12.1.3 Feature – Advanced Pricing
R12.1.3 Feature – Configurator
R12.1.3 Feature – Oracle Advanced Collections
Business Needs

Staged Dunning

R12.1.3 Solution
In addition to the Aged Dunning method that is based on a customer‟s oldest aged
invoice, Collections organizations may now use Staged Dunning method. The Staged
Dunning method ensures the dunning notices set to a customer automatically
incremented based on the collection score and pre-defined number of days between
letters being sent.
R12.1.3 Feature – Oracle Credit Management
Business Needs
Configurable Analyst
Assignment Rules

R12.1.3 Solution
In addition to the seeded assignment rules, Oracle Credit Management can now
assign credit analyst to case folders based on user-defined assignment rules and
parameters.
This offers greater flexibility in addressing customer specific work load management
needs.
R12.1.3 Feature – Oracle Legal Entity Configurator
Business Needs
Enhanced Legal Address

R12.1.3 Solution
In prior releases, when defining the address for a new legal entity, users could only
select from existing locations identified as legal addresses. Users can now select any
existing location as an address for a legal entity.
R12.1.3 Feature – Oracle SLA
Business Needs
New Control Accounts
Qualifier

R12.1.3 Solution
“Restrict Manual Journals” has been added as a new qualifier on the natural account
segment to provide users the ability to specify the control accounts that do not require
third party detail for posting.

Navigation 
Setup 
Financials  Flex
Fields  Key 
Values and query
for str and
accounting
segment
R12.1.3 Oracle Receivables
R12.1.1, 12,1.2, R12.1.3 Application Technology
Oracle E-Business Suite uses the following major technology components in Release 12.1.1, R12.1.2, R12.1.3

Oracle Technology

Most Recent Version
Included in or Certified
with 12.1.1

Most Recent Version
Included in or Certified
with 12.1.2

Most Recent Version
Included in or Certified
with 12.1.3

Oracle Database 11g

11.1.0.7

11.2

11.2

Oracle Database 10gR2

10.2.0.3

10.2.0.5(Certified for upgrading
customers)

10.2.0.5(Certified for upgrading
customers)

XDK for the Database Tier

11.1.0.7

Matches the Database version
as indicated above

Matches the Database version as
indicated above

Oracle Applications server (for
Application Tier forms and Reports)

10.1.2.3

10.1.2.3

10.1.2.3

Oracle Applications server (for
Application Tier java code and Oracle
Applications Frame work)

10.1.3.4

10.1.3.5

10.1.3.5

XDK for the Application Tier

10.1.3.4

10.1.3.5

10.1.3.5

Oracle HTTP Server

10.1.3.4

10.1.3.5

10.1.3.5

Oracle HTTP Client

10.1.3.4

10.1.3.5

10.1.3.5

OJSP

10.1.3.54(based on JSP
2.0 Specification)

10.1.3.5 (based on JSP 2.0
Specification)

10.1.3.5 (based on JSP 2.0
Specification)
R12.1.1,R12.1.2, R12.1.3 Application Technology (Contd..)
Oracle Technology
(Third Party Technology)

Version for
R12.1.1

Most Recent Certified
version for 12.1.2

Java SE Development Kit – JDK( for Application Tier Java Code and Oracle
Applications Frame work)

6.0

6.0

Java SE Development Kit – JDK( for Concurrent Processing Tier)

6.0

6.0

Native Java Plug – in (for client side java code running in the Browsers)

6.0

6.0 –Included in Rapid
Install;
Most recent certified
5.0 – supported for
version for 12.1.2
upgrading

Oracle Technology
(Technology Components Delivered in APPL_TOP)

Version for
R12.1.1

Oracle JDeveloper runtime libraries

10.1.3

10.1.3

Oracle BI Beans

3.1.1.7

3.1.1.10

Oracle Thin JDBC Drivers ( for Application Tier Java Code)

11.1.0.7

11.2

Oracle Technology
(Externally Installed Oracle Technology)

Version for
R12.1.1

Most recent certified
version for 12.1.2

Oracle Portal

10.1.4.2

11.1.1.2

Oracle Single Sign-on/Oracle Internet Directory

10.1.4.3

11.1.1.0

Oracle Discoverer

10.1.2.3

11.1.1.2

Oracle Collaboration Suite

10.1.2

10.1.2
R12.1.3 Application Technology (contd…)
Oracle Technology
(Externally Installed Oracle Technology)

Version for R12.1.1

Version Included in or
Certified with 12.1.x

Oracle Access Manager

N/A

10.1.4.3

Oracle BI Enterprise edition

10.1.3.4

10.1.3.4

Oracle Web Center

10.1.3.4

11.1.1.2

Oracle BPEL Manager Process Manager

10.1.3.4

11.1.1.2

Oracle Secure Enterprise Search

10.1.8.4

11g

Oracle Enterprise Manager

10.2.0.2

10.2.0.2
R12.1.3 Application Technology (Contd..)
Business Needs
AutoConfig Performance
Improvements under
Technology Configuration

R12.1.3 Solution
AutoConfig performance has been improved significantly by implementing the
parallelization of jobs executed within a product top. Also the longest running scripts
have been modified to significantly increase their execution performance.

AutoConfig support for the
11g Scan Listener feature
under Technology
Configuration

This feature allows customers to take advantage of the 11gR2 database scan listener
feature without manual modifications to tns/dbc file.

Automated deployment of
forms ear file under
Technology Configuration

Previously whenever the forms ear file was patched in the 10.1.2 Oracle Home,
customer had to redeploy it manually to the 10.1.3 Oracle Home. In Release 12.1.3,
this process has been automated assuring that the customer will not experience
forms execution problems due to an obsolete forms executable.
R12.1.3 Application Technology (Contd..)
Business Needs
Lightweight MLS for
Internationalization

iSetup MLS for
Internationalization

Improved MLS Export
Functionality in Oracle
Application Framework
for Internationalization

Oracle Application
Framework Rich UI BiDirectional Support for
Internationalization

R12.1.3 Solution
The Lightweight MLS feature, new in Release 12.1.3, allows additional languages to
be enabled without the need to apply the corresponding NLS patches. In previous
releases, it was necessary to apply the relevant NLS patches before additional
languages could be used.
Oracle iSetup MLS offers greater flexibility in Release 12.1.3 with the ability to move
data across systems with different sets of installed languages. Customers can choose
to move data of all configured languages from a source system to a target system at
once, or they can choose to move data of one installed language or a subset of
installed languages from the source to the target.
Continuing on the theme of improving multilingual support (MLS) in Oracle EBusiness Suite, Oracle Application Framework export functionality is improved to
allow users to Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.1 Release Content Document
Internationalization 10
choose between UnicodeLittle or UTF-8 encoding for their exported files. They can
also choose between a comma or tab as the delimiter value between the exported
values.
This flexibility allows users to address limitation in older releases of Microsoft Excel
with regard to lack of UTF-8 support or the mishandling of files containing commaseparated values in Unicode.
New rich UI components, released in 12.1.2, now support Bi-Directional languages
such as Arabic and Hebrew.
R12.1.3 Application Technology (Contd..)
Business Needs
Concurrent Processing
Integration with Oracle
Business Intelligence
Publisher Delivery
Manager under AOL

Oracle Applications Support
for 11g Case Sensitive
Database Passwords
under AOL

R12.1.3 Solution
When submitting concurrent requests, users can now choose to have the request
output delivered using BI Publisher's Delivery Manager. The output can be
automatically emailed, faxed, sent to an IPP printer, or delivered using FTP or SFTP.
With this release, the Oracle Application Object Library (AOL) is enhanced to support
Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.1 Release Content Document Oracle
Application Framework 15 the Oracle Database 11g case-sensitive database
passwords feature for database user authentication. In previous releases, Oracle EBusiness Suite database passwords were not case-sensitive. Support for casesensitive database passwords provides for more secure Oracle E-Business Suite
schema passwords. This feature is not enabled by default and its use is optional. To
enable case-sensitive database passwords, the database administrator (DBA) must
perform the appropriate setup steps.
R12.1.3 Application Technology (Contd..)
Business Needs
FNDMENU Diagnostics
Menu Security Enhancement
under AOL

Database Connection
Tagging under AOL

Opening Portlet Links in a
New Window

In-Context Diagnostics under
Diagnostics

R12.1.3 Solution
This enhancement removes the challenge for the APPS password when trying to
access submenus under the Diagnostics menu. Access to the Diagnostics submenus
is controlled by the „Utilities: Diagnostics‟ profile option and standard E-Business
Suite function security. When the user selects a menu item, Oracle Application Object
Library checks whether the submenu items are granted to the current responsibility. If
the „Utilities: Diagnostics‟ profile option is set to No and the end user has not been
granted the securing function for the menu item, an error message is displayed.
Additionally, this enhancement provides a read-only mode for the Examine menu, the
Item Properties window, and the Forms Personalization form.
This feature provides users with an ability to tag database connections with module
and context specific attributes. The feature offers several session attributes that allow
applications to record the current user, code module and business action that a
connection is being used for. Populating these attributes helps users track metrics
required for Audit control, resource allocation, and problem diagnosis.
Links within an Oracle E-Business Suite Oracle Application Framework portlet can
now be opened in a new browser window. This feature allows the base portal or
Oracle WebCenter page to be in context while drilldown links open content in a
separate window. All Oracle E-Business Suite content will launch into a single
window.
In-context Diagnostics uses the inline pop-up feature in Oracle Application
Framework to enable a user to enter input for a diagnostic test, execute it, and view
the result or report, all from the current product page, without navigating to the
Diagnostics screens to run the test.
R12.1.3 Application Technology (Contd..)
Business Needs
Repository Management
Security for Oracle Reports

Notification Mailer - SMTP
Authentication in
Workflow

R12.1.3 Solution
Additional security capabilities have been added to the Oracle Report Manager
Repository to restrict individual user actions on folders and documents. A new user
interface lets you define the users who have viewer and owner privileges for a folder
or document. Users must have either viewer or owner privilege to view a secured
folder or document. Only users with owner privileges can perform actions such as
updating, Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.1 Release Content Document Oracle
User Management (UMX) 34
moving, archiving, deleting, or creating a menu item for a secured folder or document,
or publishing reports or adding subfolders within a secured folder.
You can use Repository security for reports that do not use the user to value, flexfield
This feature provides users methods, as to alternative to creating menu items to
segment, or custom securitywith an ability an tag database connections with module
and context specific attributes. The Repository security session attributes that
control access to those reports.The feature offers severalfeature can help reduceallow
applications overhead when you need to secure large numbers of reports because
maintenanceto record the current user, code module and business action that a
connection is being used for. Populating these attributes helps users track metrics
you can publish multiple reports to the same secured folder, instead of having to
required for Audit menu resource allocation,
creating individualcontrol,items for each report.and problem diagnosis.
The Oracle Workflow notification mailer now supports SMTP authentication, enabling
customers to use the notification mailer with their enterprise SMTP servers that are
configured for SMTP authentication. Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.1 Release
Content Document Oracle Workflow 38
SMTP authentication requires the sender to authenticate by identifying itself to the
mail server. After successful authentication, the mail server grants transmission of the
sender‟s emails. SMTP authentication can be used to allow legitimate users to relay
mail while denying relay service to unauthorized users, such as spammers. Oracle
Workflow currently supports the PLAIN, LOGIN, and DIGST-MD5 authentication
mechanisms. Administrators can enter the user name and password that the
notification mailer should use for authentication in either the basic or advanced
configuration pages for the mailer.
Oracle R12.1.2 and R12.1.3 features
Oracle R12.1.2 and R12.1.3 features
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Oracle R12.1.2 and R12.1.3 features

  • 1. NCOAUG 2011 Winter by Ravi Sagaram,PMP, Motorola Solutions Inc.
  • 2. Agenda Summary on R12.1.2 including 12.1.1 Summary on R12.1.3 New Features in R12.1.2 including R12.1.1 New Features in R12.1.3 Questions and Answers
  • 3. Summary on R12.1.2 (Including R12.1.1) Module Key Enhancements OM, Shipping and Pricing • Copy Function enhancements in Sales Order • Copy Functionality across OUs • Creating Multiple copies of an order • Copying shipsets and fulfillment sets • Navigation to the new order after copy • Population of current order number in the „Get Header level info from‟ on copy • Enhancement to Hold Sources in OM • Progress Work flow for OM headers and lines after release of hold • Mass Change function in quick sales order form • Enhancement to Mass Changes on Order entry form • Enhancements to High Volume Order Import • Two new Seeded RMA workflows • Credit Overshipped quantities for RMA • Shipping tolerances • Pricing Performance Purchasing • Coordination between IR and ISO on changes • Mass Change Functionality of buyer on PO, PO Requisition and IR • Mass Closing of PO SLA • Program to initialize historic transactions for proper reconciliation in newly created sub ledgers Financials • GL enhancements – Enhancement to FSG • AP enhancements -- Changing the supplier bank account on unpaid invoices • AR enhancements -- Defaulting customer bank AC on inidentified receipts Inventory • New Material Status for Onhand quantities Fusion Configurator engine • New Configurator engine provides better numerical handling, defaulting and auto config completion features. The engine is based on new Java technology
  • 4. Summary on R12.1.3 Module Enhancements General • Changes to Look and feel • Search Feature • Navigator in Self Service Page New Features in Quoting • • • • New Features in Financials • Some new features were introduced in Collections, Credit Management, SLA and Legal Entity configurator Application Technology • • • • • • • Internationalization • Enabling of new languages/Additional languages without applying NLS Patches. Enhancements to Copy Functionality in Quoting Changing customer on an existing quote Creation of a new template from an existing quote Other Quoting features Flex Field Validation Delivery Options feature in concurrent programs enhancements to Key Flexfield Cross-Validatio Rules Report enhancements Support the oracle 11g case sensitive passwords Performance improvement of AutoConfig Autoconfig support for the 11g Scan Listener feature Automated deployment of forms ear file
  • 5.
  • 6. R12.1.1, R12.1.2 OM Copy Features You can copy orders across OUs when you turn on Multi Org Access Control Display You new order after copy as default can create multiple copies of sales order in single copy function
  • 7. R12.1.1, R12.1.2 OM Copy Features (contd..) While copying lines on to a new sales order, the order number is defaulted from the source order into the field „Get Header Level info From‟
  • 8. R12.1.1, R12.1.2 OM Copy Features (contd..) Fulfillment Sets and Ship/Arrival Sets can be copied on the lines from the source line Copy Complete Configuration can be automatically checked while copying the sales order by setting the OM System Parameter „Default value for Action - Copy Complete Configuration‟ to Yes
  • 9. R12.1.1, R12.1.2 OM Hold Sources Additional Attributes are available for Hold Criteria while creating Hold Source The additional attributes are Order Type Line Type Price List Creation Sales Date Channel Code Deliver to Site Payment Type Shipping Top Method code Model Project Number Transaction Currency Code Hold Sources can be applied across OUs
  • 10. Progress WF after hold release Order and line Work flow can be progressed automatically after releasing the hold
  • 11. Enhancements to Quick Sales order form Enhancements are made to the quick sales order form. Mass Change functionality is added.
  • 12. Enhancements to Mass Change in SO Cascading of order header attributes from headers to lines functionality is extended to mass change of order headers
  • 13. Enhancements to High Volume Order Import High Volume Order Import is enhanced with additional parameters to process tax and configurations A public API has been provided for repricing the order
  • 14. New Workflows for RMA Two New line level workflows are provided for RMA Return with receipt and Approval Return with Receipt There is no invoicing in both these line types
  • 15. New Features for RMA RMA creation has been enhanced to enter shipped quantity on the sales order instead of booked quantity. This is useful where overshipment is done on the sales order. This can be done by selecting system parameter „Overshipment Invoice Basis‟ to „Invoice Shipped Quantity‟ If you select „Invoice Ordered Quantity‟ then RMA can be entered for booked quantity only as in R12.0.6
  • 16. R12.1.1 Coordination of Changes between IR and ISO Synchronization of a line cancellation on IR with ISO Changes to IR will be syncronized to ISO after ISO is created. Changes like Request date, quantity or cancelling IR or line after approval of IR can be synchronized to ISO. Similarly Quantity, Schedule ship date, arrival date or cancelling ISO is synchronized to IR Schedule Ship Date on ISO and Arrival date on IR can be sysnchronized by setting the profile „POR: Sync up Need by date on IR with OM‟ If a line on ISO is partially shipped, leaving the balance quantity back ordered, then the line on IR will be split accordingly.
  • 17. R12.1.1 Coordination to Changes in IR and ISO Synchronization of change in QTY on IR with ISO Original Qty on IR was 10. Out of that Qty 1 was shipped on ISO Now Modify the QTY to 8 on IR The Order Line went on „Internal Requisition‟ hold till the IR was approved by WF Background Process If the quantity on the IR is changed, then the line on ISO will go on „Internal Requisition Approval‟ hold till the changes to IR are approved using WF.
  • 18. R12.1.1 Coordination to Changes in IR and ISO Synchronization of change in QTY on IR with ISO Once the IR is approved, then the hold on the ISO line is released and the quantity on ISO is sysnchronized accordingly . However, adding new lines to IR cannot be synchronized to ISO IC invoices can be viewed from order organizer ISOs Types QTY on the ISO was automatically synchronized can be created with different Order
  • 19. R12.1 Enhancements to Shipping Incremental Shipping for overshipment and under shipment tolerances When the overshipment and undershipment tolerances are set, then the sales order line can be shipped incrementally multiple times until the maximum shipment quantity is reached. In prior release, the remainder unpicked quantity is cancelled when the tolerances are met. Shipping tolerances can be specified for sales order lines to control the minimum and maximum acceptable quantities. These can be controlled using profile options OM: Under Shipment Tolerance and OM: Over Shipment Tolerance. These can be setup at the item level, customer, shipping tolerances form and in the sales order form
  • 20. R12.1.2 Enhancements to Pricing Performance of pricing engine is improved by a pattern based search feature. The feature can be turned on using a profile „QP: Pattern Search‟. You can do this for Modifiers or price lists or both. After the profile is set, Run a one time concurrent Program „QP: Pattern Upgrade‟ from Oracle Pricing Manager to upgrade all the existing setups to the new format This should enhance the performance of the pricing engine.
  • 21. R12.1.1 and R12.1.2 SLA enhancements When you create new sub ledgers for reporting currencies, a new concurrent program „SLA Secondary/ALC Ledger Historic Upgrade‟ is provided to initialise the historical transactions for proper reconciliation. This program retroactively posts historical accounting data from primarly ledgers to the newly created secondary or reporting currency ledgers. A new report „Subledger Accounting Rules Detail Listing Report‟ is provided to list the information about accounting rules defined for a SLA. You can review the setup details for a given application for the following Jourmal Line Journal Line Account Definition Type Derivation Rule Journal Header Journal Line Description Description
  • 22. R12.1.1 and R12.1.2 GL enhancements FSG has been enhanced with a content set. When the page expand option is selected, then each value in the content set can be seen in a separate tab in excel workbook. Content sets are like row sets and they replace the definition of row set dynamically and generate 100s of similar reports in a single run. FSG reports can be published in Excel
  • 23. R12.1.1 and R12.1.2 AP enhancements When the suppliers bank account is changed, then AP will automatically update remit to bank account on unpaid and partially paid invoices without manual update to each invoice.
  • 24. R12.1.1 and R12.1.2 AR enhancements Defaulting customer bank account info on unidentified receipts is provided. The MICR that comes in the lockbox file is used to derive the customer account and is defaulted on unidentified receipts.
  • 25. R12.1.1 and R12.1.2 PO enhancements MASS CHANGE FUNCTIONALITY A Concurrent Program „Mass Update of Purchasing Documents‟ is provided to mass update Buyer, Approver, and deliver to person on all on Purchase Order or Blanket Purchase Agreement or Contract Purchase Agreement or Planned PO A Similar concurrent Program ‟Mass Update of Requisitions‟ is provided for updating PO requisitions and Internal Rerquisitions too. A new concurrent Program „Mass Close of Purchasing Documents‟ is provided for mass closing Purchase documents that have been fully processed but are not closed. This can be used for standard Purchase Order or Blanket Purchase Agreement or Contract Purchase Agreement or Planned PO
  • 26. R12.1.1 and R12.1.2 PO enhancements Enhancents to Advanced Pricing in PO for increased flexibility to buyer to view and apply pricing Users can view the modifier information for a PO Users can view the pre calculated pricing adjustments applied by pricing engine on a PO Manually enter a modifier, change the modifier rate and recalculate the price.
  • 27. R12.1.1 Inventory enhancements On hand Material Status A new status called „Material Status‟ for onhand balance is introduced. This is like Item status control for items. With this feature, you can tag the onhand quantities to different material status like good, broken, Expired, Inspected etc. and control the material movement and transactions like reservable, transactable. This avoids setting up sub inventories for different status of onhand quantities The feature can be enabled on org parameters form for the existing inventory orgs using the concurrent program „Activate On Hand level Material Status Tracking‟ and then by specifying the inventory Orgs and default on hand status. For new inventory Orgs, this can be set up at the setup of inventory orgs. The status of the onhand is the cumulative status of lot, sub inventory and serial control
  • 28. R12.1.1 New Fusion Engine for configurator Fusion Configurator Engine features A new It fusion configurator engine was introduced in R12.1.1 is based on constraint based technology. It is written in Java Language It provided improved numerical functionality. You can define equations using relational operators. You can specify the minimum and maximum numerical ranges (ex hard disk range, memory range or number of hard drives etc. ) The end user will have the new feature to Auto Complete the configuration just by selecting the config features they want and then by hitting the finish button leaving the remaining work to the configurator engine to decide on the remaining options required for the valid configuration. Existing Profile models may be converted to use new engine CZ: Enable Configurator Engine indicates which engine to be used The Profile value Original Indicates that the existing engine will be used for the existing configurations. When the profile is set to Fusion, then the new fusion engine will be used for the configurations. When the profile is set to Both, then user will get an option to use which configuration to be used for new models based on the configuration preferences. Use the model configuration utility concurrent program to convert the existing models.
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  • 30. Oracle Release 12.1.3 Home Page Look Home Page Look is changed. You see this page after you log into the applications. The responsibilities, main menus and sub menus are shown as expandable list in the left side pane and the work list is show in a bigger right side pane. 12.1.3
  • 31. Oracle Release 12.1.3 Search Feature Intellisense Searching was introduced in the application. This is enabled in the HTML pages where magnify glass is shown. This is like the suggested list that pops up when you are typing a search word in Google
  • 32. R12.1.3 – Navigator in Self Service page You can now navigate to other responsibilities from the self service pages using Navigator Drop down Lists on the self service pages have been marked with a down arrow next to the List
  • 33. R 12.1.3 Flex Field Segment Validation The flexfield segment setup forms for both key and descriptive flexfields are enhanced to provide field-level validation of the segment name fields so that the user receives immediate feedback on invalid segment names. 12.1.3 12.1.2
  • 34. Delivery Options for Conc Requests When submitting concurrent requests, users can now choose to have the request output delivered using BI Publisher's Delivery Manager. The output can be automatically emailed, faxed, sent to an IPP printer, or delivered using FTP or SFTP.
  • 35. Cross Validation Violation Rule Enhancement Users have the option to run this report for just one cross-validation rule at a time to test if the specific rule is set up correctly, by seeing which existing combinations violate the specific rule. In Previous releases, users can run for all the rules at once.
  • 36. R12.1.3 Quote -- Copy Functionality Users can copy a quote to a customer different from the one on the original quote. The user can also specify which quote attributes should be copied to the newly created quote
  • 37. R12.1.3 Quote – Change Customer on an existing quote You can change the customer on the quote.
  • 38. Quote – Create a template from an existing quote You can create a template from the existing quote. Also you can use a template from any OU to create a quote.
  • 39. R12.1.3 Feature – Oracle Quoting Business Needs Configurator enhancements (HTML UI only) Usability enhancements (HTML UI only) Apply quote templates from different operating units QA Check framework (HTML UI only) R12.1.3 Solution Currently, the effective date for a model configuration in the quote is the creation date of the model configuration and cannot be changed. The creation date of a model configuration is the date when the model was initially configured in the quote. Subsequently, if there are changes to the configuration rules or the Bill of Materials for the model item, then these changes are not available when the user reconfigures the model item. This enhancement allows the effective date to be the current date or the creation date of the model configuration. Additional flexibility is provided for customers who wish to write their own rule for determining the effective date. Users can also manually check the validity of the model configurations in the quote during the quote lifecycle. Quotes and quote templates are inherently striped by the operating unit. Currently, the quoting user cannot apply a quote template from an operating that is different from the quote operating unit. This enhancement removes this restriction and provides a larger library of quote templates to choose from. This promotes better reuse of the quote templates. Currently, quoting validates the quote prior to quote transitions such as approval submission and place order. Users cannot easily add custom validation checks prior to the key quote transitions. The QA Check framework allows business process owners to define custom business rule validations that need to be automatically performed prior to key quote actions. Based on the outcome of the business rule validations, the user is either allowed to perform the quote action or prevented from doing so. The quoting user can also manually invoke the QA check during the quote lifecycle to preemptively fix any errors prior to the automatic validation checks.
  • 40. R12.1.3 Feature – Oracle Quoting (contd..) Business Needs Service reference for serviceable item in the Install Base for the End Customer (HTML UI only) Allow Service item to point to a serviceable item in the product catalog (HTML UI only) R12.1.3 Solution In a business relationship where a company sells to a distributor who ultimately resells an item to an end user, there is a need to quote a service contract to the end user. Currently, the service reference for a serviceable item in the Install Base must Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.1 Release Content Document Oracle Quoting 23 be owned by the Sold To customer on the quote. This does not work well for reseller scenarios where the Sold To Customer is not the same as the End Customer. The item in the Install Base is associated with the End Customer not the Sold To Customer. This enhancement allows the Quoting user to specify a service reference for a serviceable item in the Install Base for the End Customer on the quote. In Quoting, you can quote a service long after the original purchase. In such a scenario, the service item on the quote must point to the serviceable item in the Install base. In reseller scenarios, there is a need to create separate quotes, one quote for the serviceable item and a second quote for the service item. Each of the two quotes may be created by different resellers. Since the first quote has not been fulfilled, the service item on the second quote cannot reference the serviceable item in the Install Base. This enhancement allows the service item to point to a serviceable item from the Product Catalog. The service item can be priced based on the price for the serviceable item in the Product Catalog. After the order for the first quote is fulfilled, the second quote is changed so the service item points to the serviceable item in the Install Base. Subsequently, the second quote can be placed as an order.
  • 41. R12.1.3 Feature – Order Management Business Needs International Trade Managenment Adapter Enhancements for Global Trade Management (GTM) R12.1.3 Solution Enhancements in Global Trade Management (GTM) Supports master data synchronization of items; Supports master data synchronization of parties between EBS and GTS, Sends an expanded number of party types etc. to GTM from EBS.
  • 42. R12.1.3 Feature – Shipping Execution Business Needs Fulfillment Batches for Distributed Warehouse Management System R12.1.3 Solution Delivery details can now be grouped into fulfillment batches based on the criteria selected in the 'Create Shipment Batches for Fulfillment' concurrent program. The fulfillment batches can then be sent as a shipment request to the Distributed Warehouse Management Systems (e.g. Oracle EBS WMS deployed in Distributed/LSP Mode) for execution. The Distributed Warehouse Management System will need to send the shipment advice once the shipment request is processed and executed.
  • 43. R12.1.3 Feature – Advanced Pricing
  • 44. R12.1.3 Feature – Configurator
  • 45. R12.1.3 Feature – Oracle Advanced Collections Business Needs Staged Dunning R12.1.3 Solution In addition to the Aged Dunning method that is based on a customer‟s oldest aged invoice, Collections organizations may now use Staged Dunning method. The Staged Dunning method ensures the dunning notices set to a customer automatically incremented based on the collection score and pre-defined number of days between letters being sent.
  • 46. R12.1.3 Feature – Oracle Credit Management Business Needs Configurable Analyst Assignment Rules R12.1.3 Solution In addition to the seeded assignment rules, Oracle Credit Management can now assign credit analyst to case folders based on user-defined assignment rules and parameters. This offers greater flexibility in addressing customer specific work load management needs.
  • 47. R12.1.3 Feature – Oracle Legal Entity Configurator Business Needs Enhanced Legal Address R12.1.3 Solution In prior releases, when defining the address for a new legal entity, users could only select from existing locations identified as legal addresses. Users can now select any existing location as an address for a legal entity.
  • 48. R12.1.3 Feature – Oracle SLA Business Needs New Control Accounts Qualifier R12.1.3 Solution “Restrict Manual Journals” has been added as a new qualifier on the natural account segment to provide users the ability to specify the control accounts that do not require third party detail for posting. Navigation  Setup  Financials  Flex Fields  Key  Values and query for str and accounting segment
  • 50. R12.1.1, 12,1.2, R12.1.3 Application Technology Oracle E-Business Suite uses the following major technology components in Release 12.1.1, R12.1.2, R12.1.3 Oracle Technology Most Recent Version Included in or Certified with 12.1.1 Most Recent Version Included in or Certified with 12.1.2 Most Recent Version Included in or Certified with 12.1.3 Oracle Database 11g 11.1.0.7 11.2 11.2 Oracle Database 10gR2 10.2.0.3 10.2.0.5(Certified for upgrading customers) 10.2.0.5(Certified for upgrading customers) XDK for the Database Tier 11.1.0.7 Matches the Database version as indicated above Matches the Database version as indicated above Oracle Applications server (for Application Tier forms and Reports) 10.1.2.3 10.1.2.3 10.1.2.3 Oracle Applications server (for Application Tier java code and Oracle Applications Frame work) 10.1.3.4 10.1.3.5 10.1.3.5 XDK for the Application Tier 10.1.3.4 10.1.3.5 10.1.3.5 Oracle HTTP Server 10.1.3.4 10.1.3.5 10.1.3.5 Oracle HTTP Client 10.1.3.4 10.1.3.5 10.1.3.5 OJSP 10.1.3.54(based on JSP 2.0 Specification) 10.1.3.5 (based on JSP 2.0 Specification) 10.1.3.5 (based on JSP 2.0 Specification)
  • 51. R12.1.1,R12.1.2, R12.1.3 Application Technology (Contd..) Oracle Technology (Third Party Technology) Version for R12.1.1 Most Recent Certified version for 12.1.2 Java SE Development Kit – JDK( for Application Tier Java Code and Oracle Applications Frame work) 6.0 6.0 Java SE Development Kit – JDK( for Concurrent Processing Tier) 6.0 6.0 Native Java Plug – in (for client side java code running in the Browsers) 6.0 6.0 –Included in Rapid Install; Most recent certified 5.0 – supported for version for 12.1.2 upgrading Oracle Technology (Technology Components Delivered in APPL_TOP) Version for R12.1.1 Oracle JDeveloper runtime libraries 10.1.3 10.1.3 Oracle BI Beans 3.1.1.7 3.1.1.10 Oracle Thin JDBC Drivers ( for Application Tier Java Code) 11.1.0.7 11.2 Oracle Technology (Externally Installed Oracle Technology) Version for R12.1.1 Most recent certified version for 12.1.2 Oracle Portal 10.1.4.2 11.1.1.2 Oracle Single Sign-on/Oracle Internet Directory 10.1.4.3 11.1.1.0 Oracle Discoverer 10.1.2.3 11.1.1.2 Oracle Collaboration Suite 10.1.2 10.1.2
  • 52. R12.1.3 Application Technology (contd…) Oracle Technology (Externally Installed Oracle Technology) Version for R12.1.1 Version Included in or Certified with 12.1.x Oracle Access Manager N/A 10.1.4.3 Oracle BI Enterprise edition 10.1.3.4 10.1.3.4 Oracle Web Center 10.1.3.4 11.1.1.2 Oracle BPEL Manager Process Manager 10.1.3.4 11.1.1.2 Oracle Secure Enterprise Search 10.1.8.4 11g Oracle Enterprise Manager 10.2.0.2 10.2.0.2
  • 53. R12.1.3 Application Technology (Contd..) Business Needs AutoConfig Performance Improvements under Technology Configuration R12.1.3 Solution AutoConfig performance has been improved significantly by implementing the parallelization of jobs executed within a product top. Also the longest running scripts have been modified to significantly increase their execution performance. AutoConfig support for the 11g Scan Listener feature under Technology Configuration This feature allows customers to take advantage of the 11gR2 database scan listener feature without manual modifications to tns/dbc file. Automated deployment of forms ear file under Technology Configuration Previously whenever the forms ear file was patched in the 10.1.2 Oracle Home, customer had to redeploy it manually to the 10.1.3 Oracle Home. In Release 12.1.3, this process has been automated assuring that the customer will not experience forms execution problems due to an obsolete forms executable.
  • 54. R12.1.3 Application Technology (Contd..) Business Needs Lightweight MLS for Internationalization iSetup MLS for Internationalization Improved MLS Export Functionality in Oracle Application Framework for Internationalization Oracle Application Framework Rich UI BiDirectional Support for Internationalization R12.1.3 Solution The Lightweight MLS feature, new in Release 12.1.3, allows additional languages to be enabled without the need to apply the corresponding NLS patches. In previous releases, it was necessary to apply the relevant NLS patches before additional languages could be used. Oracle iSetup MLS offers greater flexibility in Release 12.1.3 with the ability to move data across systems with different sets of installed languages. Customers can choose to move data of all configured languages from a source system to a target system at once, or they can choose to move data of one installed language or a subset of installed languages from the source to the target. Continuing on the theme of improving multilingual support (MLS) in Oracle EBusiness Suite, Oracle Application Framework export functionality is improved to allow users to Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.1 Release Content Document Internationalization 10 choose between UnicodeLittle or UTF-8 encoding for their exported files. They can also choose between a comma or tab as the delimiter value between the exported values. This flexibility allows users to address limitation in older releases of Microsoft Excel with regard to lack of UTF-8 support or the mishandling of files containing commaseparated values in Unicode. New rich UI components, released in 12.1.2, now support Bi-Directional languages such as Arabic and Hebrew.
  • 55. R12.1.3 Application Technology (Contd..) Business Needs Concurrent Processing Integration with Oracle Business Intelligence Publisher Delivery Manager under AOL Oracle Applications Support for 11g Case Sensitive Database Passwords under AOL R12.1.3 Solution When submitting concurrent requests, users can now choose to have the request output delivered using BI Publisher's Delivery Manager. The output can be automatically emailed, faxed, sent to an IPP printer, or delivered using FTP or SFTP. With this release, the Oracle Application Object Library (AOL) is enhanced to support Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.1 Release Content Document Oracle Application Framework 15 the Oracle Database 11g case-sensitive database passwords feature for database user authentication. In previous releases, Oracle EBusiness Suite database passwords were not case-sensitive. Support for casesensitive database passwords provides for more secure Oracle E-Business Suite schema passwords. This feature is not enabled by default and its use is optional. To enable case-sensitive database passwords, the database administrator (DBA) must perform the appropriate setup steps.
  • 56. R12.1.3 Application Technology (Contd..) Business Needs FNDMENU Diagnostics Menu Security Enhancement under AOL Database Connection Tagging under AOL Opening Portlet Links in a New Window In-Context Diagnostics under Diagnostics R12.1.3 Solution This enhancement removes the challenge for the APPS password when trying to access submenus under the Diagnostics menu. Access to the Diagnostics submenus is controlled by the „Utilities: Diagnostics‟ profile option and standard E-Business Suite function security. When the user selects a menu item, Oracle Application Object Library checks whether the submenu items are granted to the current responsibility. If the „Utilities: Diagnostics‟ profile option is set to No and the end user has not been granted the securing function for the menu item, an error message is displayed. Additionally, this enhancement provides a read-only mode for the Examine menu, the Item Properties window, and the Forms Personalization form. This feature provides users with an ability to tag database connections with module and context specific attributes. The feature offers several session attributes that allow applications to record the current user, code module and business action that a connection is being used for. Populating these attributes helps users track metrics required for Audit control, resource allocation, and problem diagnosis. Links within an Oracle E-Business Suite Oracle Application Framework portlet can now be opened in a new browser window. This feature allows the base portal or Oracle WebCenter page to be in context while drilldown links open content in a separate window. All Oracle E-Business Suite content will launch into a single window. In-context Diagnostics uses the inline pop-up feature in Oracle Application Framework to enable a user to enter input for a diagnostic test, execute it, and view the result or report, all from the current product page, without navigating to the Diagnostics screens to run the test.
  • 57. R12.1.3 Application Technology (Contd..) Business Needs Repository Management Security for Oracle Reports Notification Mailer - SMTP Authentication in Workflow R12.1.3 Solution Additional security capabilities have been added to the Oracle Report Manager Repository to restrict individual user actions on folders and documents. A new user interface lets you define the users who have viewer and owner privileges for a folder or document. Users must have either viewer or owner privilege to view a secured folder or document. Only users with owner privileges can perform actions such as updating, Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.1 Release Content Document Oracle User Management (UMX) 34 moving, archiving, deleting, or creating a menu item for a secured folder or document, or publishing reports or adding subfolders within a secured folder. You can use Repository security for reports that do not use the user to value, flexfield This feature provides users methods, as to alternative to creating menu items to segment, or custom securitywith an ability an tag database connections with module and context specific attributes. The Repository security session attributes that control access to those reports.The feature offers severalfeature can help reduceallow applications overhead when you need to secure large numbers of reports because maintenanceto record the current user, code module and business action that a connection is being used for. Populating these attributes helps users track metrics you can publish multiple reports to the same secured folder, instead of having to required for Audit menu resource allocation, creating individualcontrol,items for each report.and problem diagnosis. The Oracle Workflow notification mailer now supports SMTP authentication, enabling customers to use the notification mailer with their enterprise SMTP servers that are configured for SMTP authentication. Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.1 Release Content Document Oracle Workflow 38 SMTP authentication requires the sender to authenticate by identifying itself to the mail server. After successful authentication, the mail server grants transmission of the sender‟s emails. SMTP authentication can be used to allow legitimate users to relay mail while denying relay service to unauthorized users, such as spammers. Oracle Workflow currently supports the PLAIN, LOGIN, and DIGST-MD5 authentication mechanisms. Administrators can enter the user name and password that the notification mailer should use for authentication in either the basic or advanced configuration pages for the mailer.