And General Ledger too

It’s been a busy week for me and I have a lot of homework to get through this weekend. I was asked to take on the General Ledger(GL) product ‘ownership’ in addition to Legal Entity and Intercompany.

I am a little uncomfortable calling myself owner of products, we use this to mean that the product management team and development team report to you. However I don’t own anything, I didn’t buy the product (like customers) I don’t own the source code (that would be the Oracle shareholders) I would say it is more like stewardship of the product.  However the fact of the matter is, I am the one people come looking for when there is a problem!

Taking on General Ledger is a big deal, it’s the oldest of the Oracle Apps and has a huge existing user base. Given the close integration of Intercompany and LE with GL it is a good fit to have all three I have a reasonable knowledge of the product and have worked with the development team a lot over the years. The development team I have inherited are very strong, so I’m looking forward to working with them. I’m also looking forward to getting my arms around the product and plan for Fusion.

The net result is I’m going to be very busy, but I am determined to keep the blogging going and I hope I will have some new insight into GL that I can share over the coming months.

Author: David Haimes

I'm Senior Director in the Oracle Research and Development Organization, with close to 20 years working in various roles on the development of the Financial Management product suite.  Since the summer of 2016 my focus is exclusively on working with customers and longer-term design work, particularly around next-generation functional and technical architecture. My task is to figure out NOW what the financial management system of the next 3, 5 or more years should look like and start working toward it.  At the moment the majority of my time is spent working on Blockchain or Distributed Ledger Technologies (DLT), leading the effort for all of SaaS applications.  I'm also interested in AI, Machine Learning and new UX and interaction paradigms such as chat bots. I started out in Oracle UK and found my way out to Oracle's Redwood Shores, California HQ in May 2000.  My previous role was product owner for Fusion Accounting Hub, General Ledger, Intercompany and Legal Entity products in Oracle Fusion Financials and eBusiness Suite General Ledger. I have also worked on EMEA Globalizations, Federal and Public Sector Financials, XML Payments and a variety of projects on other products down the years.

7 thoughts on “And General Ledger too”

  1. Jake
    General Ledger 2.0 has a nice sound to it and I have been giving it thought.

    There are challenges in socializing my financial results before reporting them to the Wall Street


  2. David,

    You are right to suggest that “ownership” really means “on whom to apportion blame” but since a lot in life is knowing who to blame, congratulations on making things easier for the rest of us by taking more blame.
    I’m pretty sure you are also now benefactor of an even larger customer group since GL is one of our largest installed products. More customers = more blog readers = more reasons to blog. Keep up the good work!



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