Sep 8, 2011

Some challenges

Designing a payroll system for a few million employees. Mapping cash management reconciliation, costing of payments, continuous calculations and voiding of payments on the core process.

May 18, 2011

eBS 12.2 : summer sleep

We went throught the updated RCD docs today on metalink and very little has been added for HCM. Succession planning got some extra features.

For Payroll, they only announced that Enhanced Retropay will be the only supported flavor of Retropay. So when you upgrade to 12.2, and your localisation is not yet on Enhanced Retropay, you have to pay attention.

Apr 24, 2011

Fusion HCM

The radio silence of Oracle around Fusion is over. Last week a webcast explained the Next Generation of Hr software in the cloud.

If the Easter tea leaves are right, Fusion HCM will be available within a few weeks. Fusion Talent management will be Saas-ed by Oracle.

Apr 22, 2011

mission accomplished : apex on apps

Years ago we developed a solution to integrate Apex with Oracle's eBusiness suite.

It worked fine on 11i, and we came with a jsp solution for some of our initial R12 customers.

We had sometimes the "Apex is not supported by Oracle for the EBusiness Suite" discussion.

On the Apex site you can now read the "official" white paper how to integrate Apex on Apps. You should be on a recent 12.1.3, and it requires some patching.

The paper is introduced on David Peake's blog, Apex product manager.

I will blog how it works out, the next time we gonna use the official integrator.

Feb 18, 2011

Upgrade stories : Web Adi again

We had a nasty web ADI issue on a few of the upgraded instances. It worked before, it works on some other R12 instances, but we are not able to make it working again.

It throws all the time "Mail Merge Aborted due to error in creating the Mail Merge Data Source". Nothing in the log files.

Escalated the P2, but no reactions from support side. After some background fighting, a senior support analyst jumped in, and the next day it worked.

The $BNE_TOP/sql/BNENLINS.sql script fixed some NLS data issues in the custom integrator, et voila.

Upgrade stories : Apex integration

The security model in 12.1.3 is a little bit more picky, so we had to add a few more configuration steps to made the secured HR views working again. Without these 2 steps, the secured views returned 0 rows.

First, we registered the APEX_PUBLIC_USER in eBS via the regular Forms, and then a little update was needed to make it working.

update fnd_oracle_userid a
set a.read_only_flag = 'U'
where a.oracle_username = 'APEX_PUBLIC_USER';

Feb 10, 2011

No electricity, but the application is up

Dakar is having more troubles then normal with electricity. Never thought that the SaaS model would be that useful when the light goes out. And the extra battery in the office dies, and the router goes down. But you still can access the application over your smartphone and finish your payroll run.

And hope you can charge your phone's battery some time in the evening ...