Four Questions on Implementing Oracle in Asia Pacific

Oracle Asia Pacific
Last week we had our webcast “Overcoming Business Complexity in Asia Pacific with Oracle E-Business Suite”. Today we are bringing you a transcript of the Q&A session that followed the presentation. Click here if you are interested in downloading our webcast recording.

What are some key factors or challenges Oracle implementations face in Asia?
The key factor to Oracle APAC project implantations is building a team whose members should not only be able to understand and roll out the Oracle standard operation and solution, but also understand local people's culture and the legal requirements. Finding a solution to cater to those requirements while keeping the global solution template intact is usually essential.

 As to challenges, the major challenge for implementing Oracle in Asia Pacific, regardless of the country, is adapting to various people's culture while also keeping aligned with the project timeline, scope and objectives. For example, since in Asia the cultural differences between countries are huge, some people are more aggressive and take ownership of the business process while some are not so aggressive. This requires a project management team who can make the extra effort to coordinate and collaborate to keep the project on time and within budget.

5 Red Flags that You Need to Move On

Deciding whether to keep going with your relationship or to move on is a difficult task, especially when talking about the relationship you’ve been having for a certain period of time with your version of Oracle E-Business Suite.

Surely after years of working together you’ve come to accept flaws and mannerisms. You’ve invested a lot of time, resources and effort to make things work in the best way possible, and for some time they did. But at some point you’ve come to realize that the relationship you’ve been maintaining all this time is no longer good for you or your company.

So how do you know it’s time for a change? Here are some red flags that could help you realize you need to move on:

 1) Problems on a daily basis (Performance issues)
Almost every day you are dealing with problems and glitches, even for minor processes you get into messy and exhausting discussions. Things don’t seem to work out as they should; processes are not flowing as smoothly as you wish. To address this you start building workarounds, exceptions, spreadsheets, emails and other components, creating a complex, hard-to-manage IT environment that drains resources and brain power.

Marching towards Collaborate: Week 3 Editing & Testing Q & A Session

User Productivity Kit
Thanks to everyone who joined us for Week 3 of Marching towards Collaborate with Oracle UPK! During the past week we covered a variety of topics, ranging from Creating Customized Publishing Settings to Integrating UPK into Testing Suites and more.

As promised during the webcast, the answers to all of the questions asked during this past week are posted below. Be sure to tune in again next week to learn about Knowledge Center.

Monday 16th: Creating a Customized Publishing Category

Can more than one publishing category be applied at once?

No, only one category can be applied at a time.

Oracle UPK Test It! Mode Now Tracked

Oracle User Productivity Kit (UPK) offers a single source recording process. Once the content is recorded it offers multiple assets that can be deployed and shared. Today our experts bring you a review of the outputs which are beneficial to create a positive impact when we are using UPK for testing. With the new enablement pack UPK can track the results from the Test It! Mode!

There are some questions that testers and developers would like to know to understand better the new functionality and leverage UPK to its full potential:
  • Where do we track it?
  • How does the tracking occur?
  • What benefits is this going to bring to my company’s testing exercises?
UPK has a special liaison with Knowledge Center, the learning management system that allows companies to deploy global learning materials and measure their employees’ competencies and skills. With the new Enablement Pack, the Knowledge Center itself is able to store, track data, and generate reports to guarantee the maximization of testing efforts. 

20 Answers that Will Help You Shake the Load Off Your Testing

Last week we had our webcast “Shake the Load Off Your Testing with Oracle Application Testing Suite”. The webcast was very successful, thanks in large part to the insight provided by Oracle’s Mikael Fries. Today we bring you the QA session transcript:

If we have a heavily customized implementation of iStore, would that be considered a custom web app or an Oracle Application (as far as licensing)?
Regardless of whether it is heavily customized or plain vanilla, if it's a part of EBS, you should use the Oracle Apps license.

Is the licensing based on the number of users you need?   
Yes. If you test Oracle Apps, you only license based on the number of VU. If you test non-Oracle applications, you license based on the number of VU + the number of Processors you have on the controller server.

How is the EBS functional testing tool licensed? Is it by module?
EBS Functional Testing Tool license is not based on modules but it is based on named users.