Advanced Global Intercompany System R12 White Paper

There is a white paper available on metalink (metalink note 418649.1) that describes in detail each set up step you need to perform to set up AGIS.  It is a very nice document with screen shots to show you every step of the way and there are also some viewlets that show you the set up in progress.

This is a pretty good starting point if you are setting up AGIS

Intercompany Session at Oracle Open World

The content catalog is available so you can go and search for sessions.

There’s an Intercompany session (S299151), it is not scheduled yet and as I am one of the presenters I can tell you it definitely isn’t written yet, next week I’ll get started on that with my copresenter from strategy, Helle.  the details of the session are below.  If you have any suggestions about what we should cover, how we might cover it or anything else for the session it would be great to hear from you – add them to the comments and let’s see if we can try and tailor the presentation to the audience a little.

Session ID: S299151
Session Title: Are Intercompany Processing and Reconciliation Currently a Pain Point for Your Enterprise?
Session Abstract: Having problems reconciling your intercompany activity? Would you like better documentation and visibility into your various intercompany activities? Are acquisitions or changing legal structures making intercompany processing more expensive and time-consuming? Attend this session, which discusses and demos capabilities of Oracle Advanced Global Intercompany System in Release 12 and implementation options such as using this application as a standalone hub for all your intercompany activity across multiple ERP instances from multiple vendors.
Track: APPLICATIONS, Oracle E-Business Suite
Focus Areas: Not Applicable
Session Type: Conference Session
Product Area: Financial Management
Duration: 60 minutes
Room: Rm 2006
Speaker(s)/Company: David Haimes, Oracle.; Helle Hennings, Oracle

R12 Best Practices White Paper

I noticed today on Stephen Chan’s blog that this White Paper is available on metalink

Best Practices for Adopting Oracle E-Business Suite, Release 12 (Metalink Note 580299.1)

I haven’t reviewed the document yet, despite there being a section on AGIS. As soon as I resolve the problem I’m having with my metalink login I will take a look. I understand it was pulled together by Anne Carlson, who I know reads this blog becasue she mailed me just today with a question about it, I’m hoping some of the useful posts from this blog made the cut.

I want to use this opportunity to plug two other guides that are new in R12 and I highly recommend you read if you are looking at upgrading to R12.

Oracle Financials Concepts Guide, Release 12 (Part No. B28873-01

Oracle Financials and Oracle Procurement Functional Upgrade Guide: Release 11i to Release 12 (Part No. B31543-01)

I discuss them a little more along with a few other resources in this post.

UPDATE (June 16th):

I reviewed the White Paper and the AGIS section is fairly sparse – I will be contacting the author to try and get more detail in there.

However on the whole I think it’s a great document and essential reading for anyone looking to implement  or upgrade to R12.  Now if we can just publish that information on a blog, then we’ll truly have a living document, I’ll ask that question of the document owners.

What does that radio button do?

I try to be clever and/or funny by putting a cryptic title for my posts, I think it’s my attempt to make Financial Software sound fun, perky and exciting (which it is of course). Probably the real result is for some people to get here from google (or Yahoo – do they still do search?) and be very disappointed, in fact they are probably hitting the back button right now. WordPress can show me what searches people did that got them to my page and without going into the details let me tell you that my posts about the Intercompany Periods feature (why do I need another Period?) and my musings about clearing my desk to move office (Cleaning out my Closet?) have probably been read by many confused young people and I apologize to them if they are now here reading this too. Right now those of you who know this is a blog about Oracle Financials are probably wondering when they can stop skimming the preamble and I might get to something of use or interest, so without further ado…

I was working with some AGIS users creating an Intercompany transaction from the entry screen when somebody asked “What does that radio button do?” I realized nobody in the room fully understood the feature. Continue reading

Financial Services Accounting Hub (FSAH)

Financial Services Accounting Hub or FSAH (pronounced F-saa apparently) is a great product and is not only for Financial Services companies either, I understand we’ll sell it to anyone.

From a (very) high level perspective it allows you to use Oracle SLA and GL to perform the accounting for third party applications. Companies the Financial services industry tend to build a lot of highly complex applications (e.g. loan systems, trading systems) in house, but they want the final accounting of transactions form these disparate system to end up in the same place and it will be nice if they can re-use the same accounting rules too. Continue reading

AGIS Out of the Box

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When I was about 10 years old I got a new electric train set for Christmas, but before I got to play with it I had to pinch a plug from one of my siblings toys and fit the only available (and dangerously mismatched) fuse in it. Then I had to read a complicated set of instructions to assemble a delicate set of parts and it was a minor miracle that I had it working before the New Year.

Now when I buy something new, the first thing I do is open the box, turn it on and press buttons to work out how to use it, if I get stuck I maybe look to see if they have a quick start guide. Consumer goods manufacturers make things very intuitive and ready to work right out of the box these days and we have grown to expect that. Remember that iMac add? step 1: plug into power, step 2: plug into a phone line, step 3: – there is no step 3! Wow can I have an ERP system like that please?

When designing AGIS for R12 we tried to minimize the time it would take to get started entering transactions in an initiative we internally called ‘AGIS out of the Box’. I have to give credit to this idea to my former bosses Joe and Terrance for initiating this, but the whole team stopped, sat down and thought about what we could do to allow users to open the box and start using AGIS right away.

We came up with a few ideas

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Intercompany Invoicing in AGIS

One of the key features introduced with the new Advanced Global Intercompany (AGIS) in R12 of Oracle E-Business Suite is the ability to create documentation for Intercompany transactions. The correct documentation is required in many countries for Intercompany trading, this essentially means I need to provide a Receivables Invoice for the Legal Entity Providing the goods or service and a payables invoice for the receiving Legal Entity. These invoices should have any taxes that are applicable in the jurisdictions, for that type of service.

We do not firce you to create invoices for all Intercompany Activity, you can still create just a GL Journal entry if you prefer. The AGIS transactions flow is illustrated in the diagram below.

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You can see that we check if invoices are required and there are two places that we look for that. Continue reading