Problem Statement•Disparate Reporting Reports and Solutions Intelligence Tools•Application Fragmentation•Data Separation – non Applications relational•Lack of Standardisation•Local as opposed to shared Database working environments
Solution – Web Services•Applications on Demand•Secure and Universal Access•Business Integration Reports and Intelligence Tools Web Applications Database
The Oracle Information Architecture•Unified data model•Accessible by anyone, with any device•Global•Configurable•Open
Oracle Product Specific Solutions• This presentation will look at Web ADI, Web OFA/EPB and Web Discoverer• It’s primary purpose is to encourage attendees to look at having all of these products running via a single web interface through 11i E-Business Suite.
Web ADI – Product RoadmapWeb ADI•Journal Wizard – Released•Asset Wizard – Assets Team•Inventory Wizard – Assets Team•Budget Wizard – Patch Set EReport Manager•Report Submission and Publishing – Patch Set G•Report Wizard – Patch Set H•Analysis Wizard – Patch Set H
Web ADI – Coming in 11.5.10General Ledger•Upload daily rates•Upload and download historical rates•Upload JournalsFinancials IntelligenceUpload budget and forecast information
Web ADI – Coming in 11.5.10Project Accounting•Download lists of projects, issues and change documents•Download and upload budget and forecast informationStudent Systems•Download student lists•Download and upload unit grades and assessment item outcomes•Download and upload progression outcomes
Web ADI – Coming in 11.5.10Engineering OnlineDownload and upload items in the engineering CatalogSales CompensationDownload commission statementInternal Controls ManagerUpload all risk library objects – processes,risks, controls, and audit procedures
Web ADI – Coming in 11.5.10Public Sector Financials InternationalDownload and upload Inflation Accounting dataTrade Management•Create resale data (point of sales or indirect•sales data)•Customer or partner claim reason codes•Upload customer or partner claims
Web ADI - Internet Computing Architecture Application2 Tier Application Application Application Application X3 Tier Database Application Application Browser Java Application Server Browser
Web ADI – Installation SetupMetalink•Download and install Patch Set C 2819091•Download and install Rollup Patch 5 3624372•Both of these patches are included in 11.5.10SetupIn the System Administrator responsibility give yourselfthe Web ADI Responsibility – this will give you threemenus•Create Document•Create Layout•Create Mapping
What is OFA?Oracle Financial Analyzer is a pre-packaged OnlineAnalytical Processing (OLAP) application built with aVisual Basic front-end and an Oracle Express multi-dimensional data structure back-end. It is tightlyintegrated with Oracle General Ledger.
Financial Analyzer Highlights• Intuitive, easy information access• OFA is an “End-User Managed” Application• Utilizes Oracle Express, a specialized OLAP database designed for powerful analysis, fast reporting, computations and modeling• Robust Data Security by user at several levels: Financial Data Item (locking Actuals, Budget, etc.) Dimension level (e.g. CCtr)• Deployment Architecture Flexibility centralized (server based), distributed, stand alone• Integrated with Oracle GL via GL Link, but can run independently
Oracle Financial Analyzer - InterfaceThe Financial Analyzer Web interface provides access to reports,graphs, and data entry forms through a Web browser.
Benefits of Web Publishing•Uses standard browser - no client s/w•Currently no license fee for web-only users•Accesses the Shared database Simplifies administration Minimizes disk usage•Tremendous flexibility in distributing specific slices of data to subsets of users
Limitations of Web Publishing•Provides read-only access•Calculated rows & columns do not display Calculated FDIs and Models can be substituted•Numeric scaling does not work•Various formatting features do not work•Licensing rules may change
Oracle Financial Analyzer – Setup InformationSystem RequirementsIn addition to the standard Financial Analyzer server components,the following server components must be installed:•Express Server, including Oracle Express Web Agent. Thefollowing configuration options must be selected in ExpressConfiguration Manager: The Web Authentication Type property on the Web Agent tab must be set to BASIC The Require Password Encryption property on the Security tab must be set to NO•A supported Web server such as Apache
Oracle Financial Analyzer – Set up stepsBrowser requirementsUsers must have the appropriate browser installed onthe PC.User requirementsTo access Financial Analyzer through the Webinterface, you must have a valid user ID. You must alsobe set up as a user in Financial Analyzer.Methods of AccessFinancial Analyzer can be configured for direct access,or for access through Oracle Applications.
OFA – architecture OFA/Express Server OFA/Express ClientBrowser Application Server Express Database Oracle GL EBS Database
Enterprise Planning and Budgeting• Product to be released end of September, 2004• Delivered as part of Oracle Applications, but can be run standalone• Delivered as a patch to Oracle Applications 11.5.9 Included as part of the rapid install for 11.5.10• Backports of EPB to 11.5.8 or earlier are not feasible• Requires Oracle9i Database 126.96.36.199 plus OLAP Option• If a customer has 10.7 or 11.0.x or no Oracle Applications, then the product can be a standalone solution
Migration From OFA and OSA•OFA and OSA 6.4 will be supported until mid 2008 with error correction support until end of 2006•Oracle will provide a migration path for existing customers of OFA and OSA to migrate their implementations to EPB•Migration paper on http://www.oracle.com/applications/cpm
Migration Data Flow Oracle9iOFA/OSA APPS Security Express Tablesdatabases 3. Map users to Apps security BI Beans Repository OLAP Tables Analytic Workspace 2. Map documents, folders, saved selections to BI Beans EPB Schema Interface Tables EPB Tables 1. Map dimensions and variables to standard schema for EPB
Oracle Discoverer ComponentsDiscoverer Plus -http://hostname.domain/discwb4/html/english/welcome.htmA web-based development tool used to access the EUL tocreate and modify workbooks.
Discoverer ViewerDiscoverer Viewer - http://hostname.domain/discoverer4i/viewer Oracle Discoverer 4i Viewer is a tool for viewing workbooks created by users of the client/server or web versions of Discoverer Plus. Oracle Discoverer 4i Viewer can also be used to integrate database output into a web site and portal and is easily customized to conform to a particular web site look and feel, or to build custom Discoverer applications for the web.
Oracle Discoverer Features MatrixFunction Desktop Plus Viewer PortletsCreate / Edit Query Yes Yes No NoView Query With Dynamic Data Yes Yes Yes NoView Query With Sna pshot Data No No No YesBI Beans Based Charting No Yes Yes YesExport To Microsoft Excel Yes Yes Yes NoDeliverable As Portlet No No No YesIntegrated With Oracle Single Sign-On No Yes Yes YesCreate Worksheet Parameters Yes Yes No NoApply Para meters To Worksheet Yes Yes No NoCreate / Edit Conditions Yes Yes No NoCreate / Edit Calculations Yes Yes No NoSave The Workbook Yes Yes No No
Oracle Discoverer – Web limitationsFeatures Not Available Made Available in Query BuildingSubqueriesFind in Item Navigator Oracle 9iAS Discoverer 9i (9.0.2) ReportingFind / Find NextUndo/Redo SupportSchedule Workbooks Oracle9iAS Discoverer 9i (9.0.2)Create / Edit title Oracle9iAS Discoverer 10g (9.0.4)Exception formattingImproved Printing On going improvements to be madeSelect / select allCut / copy / pasteItem formattingExport to Reports in XML Oracle9iAS Discoverer 9i (9.0.2)Item properties AnalysisInteractive pivotDrill to detailDrill DialogDrill to BLOB WorkbooksSave/open to/from file
Discoverer Plus ArchitectureSource: Oracle Discoverer 4i Configuration Guide for Oracle9i Application Server
Discoverer Viewer ArchitectureSource: Oracle Discoverer 4i Configuration Guide for Oracle9i Application Server
Discoverer Viewer – take the guided tourhttp://www.oracle.com/technology/products/discoverer/files/viewlets/9iAS_Disco_viewer_part1_viewlet.html
Single Sign-On•Build a portal or information gateway for all of your products•OFA, Discoverer and ADI can be run from the Apps logon page.•Where separate roles exist linkage should be maintained
Conclusions• Web Services provide you with Platform independent solutions for your application and reporting needs.• Use the Oracle Tools together to support your strategy.• Oracle’s web strategy and associated products allow you to adopt a web services strategy in your organisation.