Blockchain Sessions at Oracle OpenWorld

Blockchain Sessions at Oracle OpenWorld

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Next week is Oracle OpenWorld our annual conference that will take over San Francisco.  The past few years I have presented a session about Blockchain, but this year I will be presenting Oracle Financials Overview, Strategy and Roadmap
(Wednesday 11:15 AM | Moscone West Room 2006/2008 ) instead.

However there is no need to fear, there are plenty of other sessions to choose form if you are interested in Blockchain, I listed all of them below

  • An Enterprise Digital Transformation Playbook Using IoT, Blockchain, and AI [PRO5788]

    SPEAKERS

    Jai Suri, Senior Director, Product Management, Oracle

    Bhagat Nainani, Group Vice President, Oracle

    Jeff Blattner, Director of IT, Titan International

    • SCHEDULEMonday, September 16, 12:15 PM – 01:00 PM | Moscone West – Room 2012
  • Best Practices for Developing Advanced Blockchain Solutions [TIP3492]

    SPEAKERS

    Deepak Goel, Senior Director, Software Development, Oracle

    Todd Little, Architect, Oracle

    • SCHEDULEThursday, September 19, 01:15 PM – 02:00 PM | Moscone South – Room 210
  • Blockchain and End-to-End Audit Trail Validation with 360kompany [BUS1653]

    SPEAKERS

    Peter Bainbridge-Clayton, CTO, 360kompany AG

    Russell Perry, CEO, kompany (360kompany AG)

    • SCHEDULEMonday, September 16, 02:45 PM – 03:30 PM | Moscone West – Room 3020B
  • Bridge Physical and Digital Retailing with 3D Blockchain [BUS6083]

    SPEAKERS

    Mario Vollbracht, Global Director, Consumer Markets, ISG, Oracle

    Dinesh Dhamija, President & CTO, Smartrac

    • SCHEDULEWednesday, September 18, 11:00 AM – 11:45 AM | Moscone West – Room 3012
  • Containing the Opioid Crisis with Oracle Cloud [CON3379]

    SPEAKERS

    Maharshi Desai, Cloud Solution Hub Senior Manager, Oracle

    Bob Nevins, Director of Health and Human Services Strategy, Oracle

    • SCHEDULETuesday, September 17, 12:30 PM – 01:15 PM | Moscone South – Room 156B
  • Creating Trusted Supply Chain Networks with Oracle Blockchain Platform [HOL5995]

    SPEAKERS

    Deepak Goel, Senior Director, Software Development, Oracle

    Todd Little, Architect, Oracle

    Jared Li, Sr Director Software Development, Oracle

    Brijesh Deo, Principal Member of Technical Staff, Oracle

    Bala Vellanki, Product Management, Oracle

    • SCHEDULEMonday, September 16, 02:30 PM – 03:30 PM | Moscone West – Room 3019
    • SCHEDULEThursday, September 19, 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM | Moscone West – Room 3019
  • Cutting-Edge New Tech in Oracle Database: Microservices, Blockchain, Streaming [CON4669]

    SPEAKERS

    Wei Hu, Senior Vice President, High Availability & Emerging Technologies, Oracle

    • SCHEDULETuesday, September 17, 05:15 PM – 06:00 PM | Moscone South – Room 155D
  • Enterprise Blockchain Is Real: Production Apps on Oracle Blockchain Platform [BUS3490]

    SPEAKERS

    umberto arrighini, CIO, fabbrica d’Armi p. Beretta spa

    Zhu Kuang Lee, Standard Chartered Bank

    Mark Rakhmilevich, Senior Director, Blockchain Product Management, Oracle

    • SCHEDULEThursday, September 19, 12:15 PM – 01:00 PM | Moscone South – Room 152B
  • Exploit Technology Innovations Today with Smarter Enterprise Applications [PRO5699]

    SPEAKERS

    Simon Nicholson, Oracle

    Krishnan Rajan, GVP, Oracle

    Eric Rogge, Product Management, Oracle Digital Assistant, Oracle

    • SCHEDULEThursday, September 19, 09:00 AM – 10:30 AM | Moscone West – Room 2006/2008
  • Extend Oracle SaaS and Design New Experiences with Intelligent Automation [GEN6040]

    SPEAKERS

    Antonia Casamassima, Chief Information Officer, Ferrari S.p.A.

    Salvatore Ancoretti, Head of Customer Marketing, Ferrari spa

    Suhas Uliyar, Vice President, Product Management, Digital Assistant/AI & Integration, Oracle

    • SCHEDULEWednesday, September 18, 11:15 AM – 12:00 PM | Moscone South – Room 207/208
  • How Blockchain Will Revolutionize Multi-Enterprise Supply Chain Networks [CON5793]

    SPEAKERS

    Michael Richter, Director Product Marketing, Emerging Technologies, Oracle

    Prasen Palvankar, Senior Director Product Management, Oracle

    Rajan Kashyap, Head of Solutions and Blockchain Center of Excellence, Birlasoft

    • SCHEDULETuesday, September 17, 04:15 PM – 05:00 PM | Moscone West – Room 2009C
  • How Retailers and Brands Can Take Advantage of Blockchain [CON6098]

    SPEAKERS

    Gerald Poncet, Senior Director, Consumer Markets, Oracle Industry Solutions Group, Oracle

    Nikhil Vadgama, Deputy Director, University College London

    • SCHEDULEWednesday, September 18, 04:45 PM – 05:30 PM | Moscone West – Room 3012
  • Industry 4.0–Based Smart Factory in Action [THT5391]

    SPEAKERS

    Sheetal Prasad, Chief Enterprise Architect, Senior Practice Director, Oracle

    Hemanth Gujjola, Technical Manager, Oracle

    • SCHEDULEMonday, September 16, 02:45 PM – 03:05 PM | The Exchange (Moscone South) – Theater 2
    • SCHEDULEWednesday, September 18, 03:30 PM – 03:50 PM | The Exchange (Moscone South) – Theater 1
  • Making Blockchain a Reality for Retailers and Brands [PAN6099]

    SPEAKERS

    Gerald Poncet, Senior Director, Consumer Markets, Oracle Industry Solutions Group, Oracle

    Lukas Puender, Co-Founder, retraced GmbH

    Nikhil Vadgama, Deputy Director, University College London

    Vojko Kercan, Managing Director, Dhimahi d.o.o.

    • SCHEDULEWednesday, September 18, 09:00 AM – 09:45 AM | Moscone West – Room 3012
  • Modernizing Intercompany Billing Using a Permissioned Blockchain Platform [PAN6441]

    SPEAKERS

    Gary Crisci, Principle Architect, General Electric

    Mark Rakhmilevich, Senior Director, Blockchain Product Management, Oracle

    • SCHEDULEWednesday, September 18, 10:00 AM – 10:45 AM | Moscone South – Room 209
  • Optimize Your Supply Chain Performance with Oracle SCM Cloud [CON4933]

    SPEAKERS

    Rahul Asthana, Senior Director, SCM Product Marketing, Oracle

    • SCHEDULEThursday, September 19, 09:00 AM – 09:45 AM | Moscone West – Room 2011A
  • Oracle Blockchain: Helping Reduce Carbon Emissions and Find the Tastiest Steak [CAS1787]

    SPEAKERS

    Karl O’ Connell, CIO, I.C.B.F.

    • SCHEDULEWednesday, September 18, 10:00 AM – 10:45 AM | Moscone South – Room 152B
  • Oracle Blockchain Platform Integration with OAuth 2.0 [TRN5099]

    SPEAKERS

    Tapas Pramanik, Principal Technical Support Engineer, Oracle

    • SCHEDULEThursday, September 19, 11:15 AM – 12:00 PM | Moscone West – Room 3003
  • Oracle Cloud: The Next Big Things [GEN3248]

    SPEAKERS

    Douglas Johnson-Poensgen, CEO, Circulor

    Ashish Mohindroo, Vice President, Oracle Cloud, Oracle

    Diego Netto, Co-Founder & Chief Technology Officer, Booster

    • JOIN WAITLISTTuesday, September 17, 12:30 PM – 01:15 PM | Moscone South – Room 207/208
  • Payment Modernization with Open and Agile Frameworks [BUS6281]

    SPEAKERS

    Karthick Prasad, Vice President, FSGBU, Oracle

    • SCHEDULEWednesday, September 18, 11:00 AM – 11:45 AM | Moscone West – Room 3004
  • Revolutionizing Finance and Supply Chain Powered by Blockchain [CON6588]

    SPEAKERS

    SHAGUN GOYAL, Oracle Digital Finance and Blockchain Leader, Deloitte Consulting LLP

    Richard Pumphret, Finance & Enterprise Performance Blockchain Leader, Deloitte Consulting LLP

    • SCHEDULEMonday, September 16, 11:15 AM – 12:00 PM | Moscone West – Room 2011B
  • The State of Analytics and Machine Learning [CON5884]

    SPEAKERS

    Shyam Varan Nath, Director IoT & Cloud, BIWA User Group

    Dan Vlamis, CEO – President, Vlamis Software Solutions, Inc.

    • SCHEDULEMonday, September 16, 12:15 PM – 01:00 PM | Moscone West – Room 3016
  • Transformative Potential of Blockchain Technology in Healthcare Payer [CON6175]

    SPEAKERS

    Srini Venkatasanthanam, Vice President, Oracle Health Insurance, Oracle

    Mark Rakhmilevich, Senior Director, Blockchain Product Management, Oracle

    • SCHEDULETuesday, September 17, 04:15 PM – 05:00 PM | Moscone West – Room 3004
  • Trust and Visibility in Business Networks Using Oracle Intelligent Track and Trace [PRO5794]

    SPEAKERS

    Michael Richter, Director Product Marketing, Emerging Technologies, Oracle

    Prasen Palvankar, Senior Director Product Management, Oracle

    • SCHEDULEThursday, September 19, 01:15 PM – 02:00 PM | Moscone West – Room 2000
  • Using Oracle Blockchain to Prove the Ethical Sourcing of Conflict Minerals [CAS2567]

    SPEAKERS

    Douglas Johnson-Poensgen, CEO, Circulor

    • SCHEDULETuesday, September 17, 11:15 AM – 12:00 PM | Moscone West – Room 3007A
  • Using Process Automation and Integration to Manage Blockchain and B2B Transactions [PAN5844]

    SPEAKERS

    Nathan Angstadt, Director Product Management, Oracle

    DIBYA MOHAPATRA, Technical Manager, Avaya Inc.

    Michael Meiner, Director, Product Management, Oracle

    • SCHEDULEThursday, September 19, 11:15 AM – 12:00 PM | Moscone South – Room 210
  • What’s New in Oracle Blockchain Platform [PRO3489]

    SPEAKERS

    Deepak Goel, Senior Director, Software Development, Oracle

    Gary Crisci, Principle Architect, General Electric

    Frank Xiong, GVP, Oracle

    • SCHEDULETuesday, September 17, 12:30 PM – 01:15 PM | Moscone South – Room 213

 

Oracle Joins Hyperledger and my Blockchain Session at Oracle OpenWorld

Blockchain ImageAlthough it was announced in an Oracle blog post a few weeks ago, there was an announcement from Hyperledger today which has been picked up by coindesk and a lot of other news outlets.

I have been working on/with Blockchain or Disitributed Ledger Techncology(DLT)* for some time, as have many, many people inside Oracle.  I have also been talking to A LOT of our customers, because when a technology has the possibility to make huge transformations to the way we do business, collaboration is critical.  I love that I am able to not only be part of the conversation on how the technology evolves, but also how enterprises will be able to benefit from it and how it will impact existing applications and business processes in the short, medium and long term.

I will share some of my work in my session at Oracle OpenWorld in a few weeks, so if you are coming to San Francisco for that, hopefully you’ll join me at the below session (register now in case it gets fully booked)

My OOW17 Blockchain Session

There are plenty of other sessions discussing Blockchain, watch this space for a comprehensive list.

 

*The controversy on what is a Blockchain and what is DLT merits a blog post all of its own.

I’m speaking at Collaborate 17 in Las Vegas

This year will be my sixth year at Collaborate, according to my recollection I first presented there in 2011 and have only missed one year (2013) since then.  It’s going to be a shorter visit than usual, so apologies if I don’t get to connect with you or attend your session.  Here is where you can find me…

Monday

Two of the most knowledgeable speakers you will see are speaking at the same time, there should be a law against it.  I might shuttle between the two, because I don’t want to miss either presentations

2:45 PM– Jasmine H – Mohan Iyer

How do I know where to use – FAH, FAHRCS or SLA?

2: 45 – South Seas I – Thomas Simkiss

Tips and Tricks – Get the most out of Financial Reporting in the Oracle Cloud

4:15 Jasmine H – General Ledger SIG – Always a good knowledgeable crowd.

Tuesday

7am – Morning run

Join myself, Peter Care (@FXLoader) and hopefully quite a few others for as many laps of the Mandalay bay pool complex as you feel up to.  This is now officially an annual tradition, we ought to get OAUG to put it in the agenda.  Best way to blow away the cobwebs and energize yourself for the day ahead.

8:30am – Keynote –  Glenn Finch, IBM

I have been quietly spending a lot of time around blockchain for some time now, so this got my attention.  If you don’t know about blockchain you should, I’m happy to talk about it at any opportunity.  This excerpt from the description should give you an idea how big it really can be

emerging technologies such as Blockchain, Cognitive and Quantum Computing will do more than change our businesses. They will transform industries and create their own ecosystems

Expect to hear more from me about blockchain as the year goes on.

1:30pm – I’m speaking about @FAHRCS

Come see my session – 1:30 PM–2:30 PM South Seas G

How E-Business Suite Customers have achieved modern reporting in the cloud

2:15pm – Fintech Design Jam

I’m a mentor for this two hour Design Jam run by the Applications UX Innovation Events team.  If you have not registered not sure if there is time now, but if you already are I will see you there.  Our goal is to help the teams tell a story about how they would use Fintech in their work, helping them hone in on a manageable 3 minute story showcasing their design.

5pm – airport… (and breathe).

 

Automated Accountants: Personal Assistant Technology

Digital Assistants use context and intelligence to provide a natural interface which increases engagement in enterprise cloud applications.

robot-accountantIn my house, Alexa (aka Amazon Echo) is part of the family.  My young children check the weather whilst eating their breakfast, see how their favorite sports teams are doing, get some jokes, movie times and anything that pops into their head they will just “Ask Alexa”.  They also have a lot of fun seeing how Apple’s Siri and Alexa answer the same questions and which works better for what.  Observing these interactions and interacting myself has been a very good hands on research exercise and I have been thinking for a while of enterprise applications.

We can use personal assistant technology bots to use context and intelligence to provide a natural interface and increase participation in our cloud applications.We can increase participation on two groups of users

  • Casual Users
    • They have infrequent and limited interactions with the applications and do not have the time, or the training and familiarity with the capabilities to participate effectively.  They don’t know what information they can get, never mind how to get it.
  • Power Users
    • For these users it is about reducing the time it takes to do highly repetitive or UI intensive tasks.  This is like me at home getting sports scores or weather from Amazon Echo, I could easily look it up on my phone but it is easier to just say “Alexa, weather” whilst I am pouring my coffee.

I put together a team to enter a hackothon by our UX innovation team last month and we tried to focus on the former use case.  A high level manager who is very busy, runs a team of 50-100 people and manages to budgets but does not have a secretary.  We imagined her wanting to know details of budgets and implemented three flows

  1. Inquiry on remaining budget
  2. Details of who spent a budget on what
  3. Transfer funds from one budget to another (say from travel to computer hardware)

We spent a lot of time trying to make the interactions as natural as possible, so getting the natural language trained correctly was key and we also wanted to use Amazon Echo, IM and SMS messages to interact with the live data in an ERP Cloud environment.

It was a great experience and we learned a lot technically. but probably more of a revelation was the different design strategy for these types of interaction.  The other teams also did some amazing things(read the event review here) so we were pleased to pick up third place overall and the People’s Choice Award (voted on by all the participants).

I fully expect Automated Personal Assistants to be a key interaction model for Enterprise applications going forward, just as we are seeing them start to take off in the consumer space.   Exciting times.

Oracle OpenWorld 2016 My Cloud ERP Sessions

Where to find me and information on Cloud ERP, Accounting Hub and E-Business Suite at Oracle OpenWorld this month.

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    OpenWorld is this month, so time to start planning your agenda.  I’ll be presenting at a few different sessions this year with a focus on Financials Cloud (Part of the ERP Cloud) and E-Business Suite.

    I’m busy preparing for the first two sessions, hope to see you there.  Check out the content catalog for more details and to add them to your agenda.

    How Oracle E-Business Suite Customers Have Achieved Modern Reporting in the Cloud [CON7313]

    David Haimes, Senior Director, Financial Applciations Development, Oracle
    Sara Mannur, Financial Systems Analyst, Niagara Bottling
    This session discusses how to leverage powerful modern reporting tools with no disruption to your existing Oracle E-Business Suite implementation. You will learn the steps required to start using the cloud service. Customers who have implemented Oracle Fusion Accounting Hub Reporting Cloud Service share their implementation experiences and the business benefits they have realized.
    Conference Session
    Tuesday, Sep 20, 12:15 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. | Moscone West—3016

    Oracle ERP Cloud UX Extensibility: From Mystery to Magic [CON7312]

    David Haimes, Senior Director, Financial Applciations Development, Oracle
    Tim Dubois, Senior Director, Applications User Experience, Oracle
    The user experience (UX) design strategy of Oracle Enterprise Resource Planning Cloud (Oracle ERP Cloud)—including financials and product portfolio management—is about simplicity, mobility, and extensibility. Extensibility and admin personalization of Oracle ERP Cloud experiences include a range of tools, from a simplified approach for rebranding the applications, to match your company culture and image to page-level admin personalization and extension, to building your own simplified cloud application in platform as a service using the UX Rapid Development Kit (RDK). In this session, learn about RDK code samples, wireframing tools, and design patterns. Get a view into the RDK roadmap and where Oracle is going next. .
    Conference Session
    Thursday, Sep 22, 1:15 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. | Moscone West—3001

    Meet the Experts: Oracle Financials Cloud [MTE7784]

    Do not miss this opportunity to meet with Oracle Financials Cloud experts—the people who design and build the applications. In this session, you can have discussions regarding the Oracle Applications Cloud strategy and your specific business and IT strategy. The experts are available to discuss the value of the latest releases and share insights into the best path for your enterprise, so come ready with your questions.
    Meet the Experts Session
    Wednesday, Sep 21, 3:00 p.m. – 3:45 p.m. | Moscone West—3001A

Catch Me at Collaborate in Las Vegas

The OAUG Collaborate conference kicks off in Las Vegas on Sunday April 10th.  This conference is organized by Oracle user groups and is packed with content from customers, partners and Oracle have some sessions too.  If you follow this blog you will know I am a big fan of the conference, I learn a lot from our customers and try to give back as much as I can by sharing information and answering questions.  The twitter conversations are already starting, follow #C16LV now and certainly during conference week to see what people are talking about.

I will be presenting a session on Accounting Hub Reporting Cloud Service for Oracle E-Business Suite

1:00 PM–2:00 PM Apr 12, 2016 – South Pacific I

Register now for that one, I will leave plenty of time for questions because this cloud service is generating a lot of buzz.

I will also be at the OAUG GL SIG Meeting 

3:00 PM–4:00 PM Apr 13, 2016 – South Seas J

I’m also planning to attend Meet the Experts: Oracle E-Business Suite Financials 

2:15 PM–3:15 PM Apr 12, 2016 – Breakers G

I will help take questions, you can decide if that qualifies me as an expert or not.

I’ll also be attending Oracle E-Business Suite and Oracle Cloud Solutions: Update, Strategy and Roadmap
Nadia Bendjedou, Sr. Director, Product Strategy, Oracle
Monday, April 11, 2:00 – 3:00 PM – Banyan A

I am combing through the sessions to identify others that I want to go to and learn from, I will share those later, watch this space.

Accounting Hub Reporting Cloud Service

So what is this new service and why was it such a big focus at Oracle OpenWorld this year? We take a quick look at the major benefits and features.

SunburstSo what is this new service and why was it such a big focus at Oracle OpenWorld this year?

  • It’s a very exciting opportunity to experience the powerful Financial Reporting innovations in our Cloud offerings without disruption to your existing ERP investments.
  • It’s a way to take advantage of the Simplified Financials Report Center, optimized for easy access to reports on your choice of mobile device
  • It includes the sunburst data visualization tool, which was my killer demo last week at OpenWorld (see screen shot)
  • It’s a way to move to cloud in an incremental manner, realizing business benefits quickly without disruption to your existing business processes and systems.
  • It has a companion EBusiness Suite feature (available on 12.1.3 and 12.2.4) that will push all your set up and GL Balances to your cloud service and generate reports automatically for you.  Giving you a zero configuration reporting solution for you EBS GL Balances data (watch out for more detailed posts on this soon)
  • It has web services to load General Ledger data from PeopleSoft, JDE Edwards or any other ERP system.
  • It’s a way to get your hands on the Oracle Social Network which is part of the platform our Cloud offerings are built on.

That’s a decent list to start with, but there are a few things that it isn’t which I should call out

  • It is not(yet) the Accounting Hub Integration Platform with all the rule based accounting transformations provided by Subledger Accounting Architecture (SLA)
  • It is not a new name designed to confuse you when we already have Financials Accounting Hub and Fusion Accounting Hub.

Look out for future posts going into more detail, or you can look at the cloud service page, which has important details such as pricing.

Focus on User Groups at Oracle OpenWorld

Anyone who reads my blog regularly might be tired of me praising user groups, but I believe it is worth repeating myself.  The type of information sharing you get from user groups is unique and very valuable, it is important for Oracle to support that, be aware of it, but not interfere.  I have been involved with the Oracle Apps User Group via the GL SIG for several years now but I will never push my agenda, I listen, provide information or presentations that are requested and I learn.  Many of my colleagues will tell you the same.  So Sunday is User Group day at OpenWorld and I look forward to seeing a lot of familiar faces and learning something new.  I have a bit of a schedule crunch this year, 12 months ago I committed to run the 5k “Dolphin Dash” School fundraiser with my 8 year old son, I didn’t think for a minute it would fall on the same date as OpenWorld.  So I have to run a 5k at 9am and then dash into San Francisco to present at the GL SIG for 11am, if I arrive in my running gear, still sweating please accept my apologies.  I will stay around for more of the sessions and always I will be active on twitter, so you can find me that way too.

At the GL SIG I’ll be talking about and briefly showing the new Accounting Hub Reporting Cloud Service, which I am very excited about.  You will also hear from Lakshmi Sampath from Dell about SLA on their upgrade to R12.  The full agenda is below, I hope to see a lot of you there.

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Agenda GL-SIG @ OpenWorld 2014 on Sunday, September 28th, 11.00am
Location – Moscone W – 3005

Agenda

  1. Introduction to the SIG
  2. Proactive support presentation
  3. Sponsor message (Excel4Apps)
  4. Lakshmi (SLA on Upgrade @ Dell)
  5. David Haimes new Accounting Hub Cloud Reporting Service
  6. Open questions

We will be joined by our Oracle colleagues to tell us about ProActive support and their leading practices to deliver content and help to the Oracle user community.
Excel4Apps will be helping us by sponsoring the meeting at this conference.

In the past many oracle apps customers have looked elsewhere for their reporting needs – until now – see a preview of “Accounting Hub Reporting Cloud Service”. See how many finance users are using their favorite tools for reporting – Smartview, Cubes, and related functionality to get their financials.  Fusion Account Hub Reporting Cloud Service is a new subscription service provides out of the box integration with EBS R12 General Ledger for reporting.  This session will provide an introduction to the new service, how it connects, works with EBS data, the reporting capabilities available and what it does and does not support.  Come listen to David Haimes, Senior Director, Financials Product Development t alk about the new service.

Hear what Lakshmi Sampath from Dell has to say about their upgrade to R12. The presentation covers the R12 Upgrade Case-Study at Dell providing details on what happens during upgrade to R12 in various subledgers (PO, AP, AR, PA, FA) with respect to SLA. This presentation will also provide details on strategies for data conversion to SLA model during upgrade, and cover critical lessons learned during the upgrade @ DELL.

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Guest Post: Custom Balancing by 2 segments in EBS R12

Sangeeta
Sangeeta Sameer, IT Leader – Finance, Renewables ERP at GE Power & Water

This is a guest post from Sangeeta Sameer, who worked for Oracle for 6 years before moving on to work for GE where has held a number of senior positions.  She has also joined the board of the OAUG Multinational Special Interest Group.

At the Collaborate 2014 Conference, David Haimes and I presented a custom solution to enable balancing by 2 segments of the Chart of Accounts in Release 12.1.3 of Oracle e-Business Suite. The attached PowerPoint and Paper that we presented describes in detail the requirements and the custom solution.

So when David asked me to write a guest post about this topic, I thought about what else I would include in the paper if we were writing it again. While the paper talks about the requirement to create a balanced Trial Balance by 2 segments, it does not expand on why we need a balanced Trial Balance by 2 segments. Global corporations like General Electric (GE) need better granularity and accountability for the financial performance of their geographical divisions and lines of businesses by being able to create a Balance Sheet at both a Legal Entity/Statutory level and Business Unit/Management Entity level. GE is a Global conglomerate that has diverse businesses operating in a large number of countries. GE needs the ability to create a balanced Trial Balance by the Legal Entity (LE) and the Management Entity (ME) segments in the Chart of Accounts.

The ability to automatically balance by more than one segment is not a new requirement for GE, and I think it would be a requirement for other multinational companies as well. This requirement is explained quite well in Oracle Fusion Applications Enterprise Structures Concepts Guide 11g Release 5 (11.1.5) – Part # E22899-05. See the section titled “Legal Entity and Its Relationship to Balancing Segments”. While Fusion Applications are able to balance by up to 3 segments in the Chart of Accounts, Oracle e-Business Suite (EBS) Applications are able to balance by one segment only.

In prior EBS Release 11i implementations at GE, the requirement to balance by 2 segments was satisfied by developing custom solutions that needed to be re-visited for Release 12. For example, one of the solutions in 11i was for a custom program to bring balancing entries into the Interface Table. With the introduction of SLA in Release 12, this 11i solution was no longer a good one for R12. The solution described in the attached Paper and PowerPoint is a much more robust solution, and is live in Production for 2 different ERP Projects at GE.

The OAUG Multinational Special Interest Group (SIG) is organizing a webinar on June 11th at 10.30 am Pacific (1.30 pm Eastern) on this topic. David and I will repeat the presentation from Collaborate 2014, and look forward to sharing this solution again. The webinar will be one hour long, including 20-25 minutes for Q&A.

The link to register for this webinar is:
https://www4.gotomeeting.com/register/790696327

Report from Collaborate 14, Las Vegas

David in a Suit
Talking Fusion Accounting Hub in a suit

Last month I attended and presented at Collaborate, the largest Oracle conference outside of Open World and one where the agenda is determined by the user community.

I was well organized this year; before I attended the conference I had downloaded the mobile App and started creating a conference agenda, I was a little bit disappointed that I had to manually add sessions I was presenting to my agenda, seems like a missing feature and it did not create the best first impression.  However, I then found the mobile app really good, a lot of discussions, the ability to comment on sessions and all the good social features you would expect.  When the conference got started the gamification they had added (a simple leader board of activity) helped to drive adoption and also caused some controversy, I’ll stay out of that but I would recommend reading Debra Lilley’s thoughts on it.

Throughout the week many people were talking about how several sessions they wanted to attend seemed to be scheduled at the same time. My first thought about this was that they were just making a polite excuse for not attending some of my sessions, but then I did observe the same thing myself.  It is hard having to choose between two or often three very interesting and useful sessions which are on at the same time, it is also tough when attendance at some sessions is lower than they deserve.  However, as I thought more about it, I feel it should be seen as a positive that the quality of the sessions and the presenters was very high.

My session on Fusion Accounting Hub and GLobal Charts of Accounts and Consolidation was on Monday and I had a decent crowd, got through a lot of material and had some really good questions (and I hope the answers were good).  I mentioned on my blog that FAH was the talk of the town based on the number of sessions that were covering it, I certainly spent  lots of time discussing it with people over the course of the conference.  We had a good GL SIG group meeting, I did a few minutes about the management segment and Data Access Sets in EBusiness Suite GL Release 12.  I was surprised that more people were not aware of this very useful feature, maybe I should blog about it (he says, adding it to a long to do list).  My third session was co-presented with Sangeeta Sameer from GE, I have asked Sangeeta to write a guest blog post introducing it, sharing the paper and announcing a webinar repeat of it – watch this space.

Exciting that all the things were, probably the part I enjoyed most was talking to so many people who had implemented or were implementing Cloud ERP Apps.  I had a chance to hear the positive comments and excitement that customers and partners had, but equally chat about where the y had suggestions for improvements.  We have a lot of very experienced, motivated and very smart partners out there and I enjoy every minute talking with them and learning from them, hopefully helping them out with a few tips too.

So next up for me is Open World, I did not make KScope this year, but one day I would like to go there, but for my particular field Collaborate is a must conference and if you have never been I would highly recommend you consider it next year, I will certainly be submitting a paper.