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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What is Fusion Accounting Hub?

I like the name Fusion Accounting Hub.  I would like it more if it did not cause so much confusion with the E-Business Suite (EBS) Financial Accounting Hub.  So in an effort to clear things up, I’m writing this blog post.

First some history.  When we designed EBS R12 we wanted to have a common accounting engine for all subledgers, so we built Subledger Accounting (SLA).  We also wanted to provide a platform for customers to generate accounting for all their non Oracle Apps transactional systems using a rule based system.  So we created Financial Accounting Hub (FAH) which exposes the SLA rules engine to external systems so you can bring those into EBS and generate the accounting for multiple systems in one place, using standardized, transparent accounting rules.

When we were building Fusion Applications, we wanted to Fuse the market leading Hyperion BI and Financial Reporting features as well as the powerful PeopleSoft Trees* with EBS General Ledger.  We also wanted to provide a way for Peoplesoft, EBS and JDEdwards customers to move to Fusion in an incremental manner, maybe consolidating data from several GL instances into one Fusion system.  The result was Fusion Accounting Hub (FAH).  Oh and we also provided the accounting rules engine for external systems in the Fusion Accounting Hub.

So we ended up with the same ‘Accounting Hub’ name for the Fusion product when it really offers a whole lot more and different options, you can pick and choose what you take advantage of.

So in summary:

  • E-Business Suite Financial Accounting Hub – An accounting integration platform
  • Fusion Accounting Hub – A BI, reporting and consolidation Platform and an Accounting Integration platform

The other great thing about Fusion Accounting Hub is it is a a great way to incrementally move all your financials into Fusion, but that is a topic for another post…

I hope this clarifies, rather than confuses things, but please let me know your questions in the comments section below.

*Actually there are other Peoplesoft features we include, not least of all automatic balancing across multiple chart of account segments.