Oracle User Productivity Kit: Training, Testing and Beyond

Until now, Oracle’s User Productivity Kit has primarily been utilized within the Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) industry as a training tool. What about leveraging UPK’s key features to assess a project’s early lifecycle through testing? What about enhancing end-user adoption and ensuring a successful application implementation? When fully leveraged, UPK can lower development costs dramatically and increase ROI of enterprise applications within organizations.

The fact that Oracle UPK publishes more than 15 different outputs through only one single authoring session provides organizations with standardized content in multiple assets proved to be valuable throughout the entire project’s lifecycle. Today our practice experts bring you four key areas where UPK can be an invaluable asset to your organization.

Oracle Mobile Apps Webcast: Your Questions Answered

Oracle Mobile Applications
Last week we had our webcast: “Take Oracle E-Business Suite in Your Pocket – Mobile Apps Will Free You Up!” and we had more questions in the Q&A session that we could answer live. Today we’re bringing you a transcript and some bonus questions.

Can we use or create Mobile Apps without Endeca or any other separately licensed products?
Endeca is a licensed product, so you if you have it, it will work fine on a tablet or mobile device, and you can also customize Endeca Extensions for Oracle E-Business Suite. What this brings is a set of pre-built components for EBS. Of course you can also customize your Endeca, changing the structure, the filters, or sources depending on your business needs.

In terms of creating a Mobile Application, this was always an alternative that you could have pursued but now with the mobile applications provided by Oracle for free unless there’s a very specific requirement that cannot be fulfilled by the existing applications then there’s no need for building one.

Sky Rocket User Productivity for Testing and Training with Oracle UPK - Q&A Transcript

Last week we had our Oracle User Productivity Kit webcast “Sky Rocket User Productivity for Testing and Training” and we had more questions than we could answer live. Today we’re bringing you a transcript of the Q&A Session.

Can you use Oracle UPK to record Oracle Mobile Apps?
UPK can record any web-based applications and even conceptual topics like leveraging old power-point training materials or explaining a plastic manufacturing process, but if the intention is using the UPK developer tool in a mobile device, Oracle has not yet created a mobile version for this, unfortunately.  

Is there any documentation with this overview available?
Please check out our UPK for testing blog entry. The entry is also available in Spanish and Portuguese.

What is the main difference between the Test Document and the Test Result output?
The biggest difference is usage. The Test Document is used for User Acceptance Testing, the Test Result document is used during the testing process, having the recorder on, if you encounter an error, at that point you’d stop the recording and publish the Test Results. This is valuable because you have the process document of what you tested, the screenshot, version control, who it was done by, time, date stamp etc. So you can use this information to send to the team who is fixing and recreating issues. Many people do this manually – screenshot, copy-past into an email, etc. but it’s difficult to remember the 25 steps they might have taken to get there. So this is much more efficient.

6 Success Factors You Need to Know before Starting an Oracle Project in China

Implementing Oracle E-Business Suite in China can be a very consuming project in terms of time, money and resources. IT Convergence has been serving the Chinese market for 13 years, successfully helping hundreds of organizations implement their Oracle EBS solution. Regardless of whether you perform the implementation internally or outsource it, our experience shows that there are 6 critical factors to consider in order to ensure success:

1) Effective Management
Effective Management means having a team of knowledgeable executives who not only have technical management skills, but also are fully aware of the drastic cultural differences between the US and Chinese workplaces. For example, the concept of saving face, or Mianzi(面子), is extremely important. Face has to do with the image or credibility of the person you are doing business with and in China practices, negotiations must be done in a way to ensure that the other party saves face, or credibility, even if negotiations do not end successfully.

New in Oracle UPK Randomized Question Pools within Assessments

One of the main challenges when creating effective training content is to identify the exact skills and gaps in your workforce, and be able to provide the type of training needed to meet the required skills and performance levels.

Everyone thinks of Oracle User Productivity Kit (UPK) as a tool that documents business processes, but it is also a valuable asset to assess the competency of your company workforce and create effective training materials. With UPK trainers can not only assess the end-users transactionally through the Know It! Mode but also conceptually with the assessment feature.

UPK provides multiple options that help build effective end-users’ assessment: