Solve your Integration Problems with Oracle SOA Suite QA Transcript

Last week at IT Convergence we had our webcast: “Solve your Integration Problems with Oracle SOA Suite using ITC's Optimized Re-usable Framework”. Today we’re bringing you a transcript of the Q&A session that followed the presentation.

Do you recommend using e-commerce gateway for enabling EDI with Oracle E-Business Suite?

E-commerce gateway, called EDI gateway, is a framework that comes with EBS that lets you expose EDI messages. E-commerce gateway doesn’t have its own translation capabilities, so you’d need an additional external translator – it’s not full capability so you’d need something like SOA Suite to enable it. Something to note is that E-commerce gateway was really intended for legacy EDI use, where you exchange flat files, so it wouldn’t be an Oracle best practice to use it – it’s a legacy tool for backward compatibility.

Business Analytics on the Go: Oracle BI Webcast Q&A Transcript

Oracle Mobile Apps
Last week we had our very successful webcast: “Business Analytics On The Go: A CFO’s Perspective.” Once again, we’d like to give a shout out to Cindy Torres, IT Director at Oxbow Group, who shared her experience on their Oracle Mobile BI/ OBIEE integration. Since we had a few questions that we could not answer live due to time restrictions, today we’re posting the transcript and extra questions that were part of the QA section of the webcast.

Is there any pre-requisite training required for business users before they get trained on Mobile Apps Designer so they can produce reports compatible with mobile?
Yes, when discussing the mobile apps designer we need to understand the terminology and how the elements are laid out. We expect the users to be proficient in using the analysis editor in Oracle BI. So if they are familiar with creating analysis reports, ad-hoc reports using the subject areas in BI. So yes, they would need the Oracle BI End-User standard training.

Running Scripts in OATS without Manual Intervention

We get a lot of questions related to OATS. A recent question was “Can OATS scripts run in the background to avoid manual intervention?” Our Testing Consultant, Sai Prabha answered the question in the following blogpost where she talks about testing, scheduling tests in OATS and running scripts in OTM.

Testing and its Importance

Testing helps us identify the root cause errors and helps us prevent them. Testing also helps in finding defects and bugs before the system gets in to production and goes live. But does testing provide us processes and control procedures to control bugs? Absolutely! Not only does testing help identify bugs but also goes into finding the root cause so that it can be minimized.

In any generic functional testing, when we automate a script, we view the application running at the time of script execution. This let’s us see the current screens and also the point at which the scenario failed (if a failure occurs). OATS (Oracle Application testing Suite) has a special feature where testing execution provides the ability to create test sets, specify which tests to run and execute tests at a scheduled date and time with minimal human effort. How does one do it? We have the answers!

Marching towards Collaborate: Week 4 Knowledge Center

Thanks to everyone who joined us for Week 4 of Marching towards Collaborate with UPK! During the past week we covered a variety of topics, ranging from Managing Users and Creating Knowledge Paths to Deploying Content to Knowledge Center and more. As promised during the webcast, the answers to all of the questions asked during this past week are posted below.

Monday, March 23: Creating and Managing Users

Can Knowledge Center only be used for UPK Content?
No, most content that is SCORM compliant can be deployed to Knowledge Center.

Can Knowledge Center be used for anything besides training?
Yes, in addition to training Knowledge Center can be used to house and share business process documents, compliance documentation, business life cycle documentation and as a manual testing tracking suite. 

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.