The Beauty of Oracle’s Web Enabled Applications
Richard Byrom
Oracle Applications Consultant
UKOUG November 2004
Agenda
•Problem Statement
•Solution
•Oracle’s Response
•Conclusion
•Questions & Answers
Problem Statement
•Disparate Reporting
Solutions
•Application Fragmentation
•Data Separation – non
relational
•Lack of Standardisation
•Local as opposed to shared
working environments
Reports and
Intelligence Tools
Applications
Database
Solution – Web Services
•Applications on Demand
•Secure and Universal Access
•Business Integration
Applications
Database
Web
Reports and
Intelligence Tools
The Oracle Information Architecture
•Unified data model
•Accessible by anyone, with any device
•Global
•Configurable
•Open
Oracle Product Specific Solutions
• This presentation will look at Web ADI, Web OFA/EPB
and Web Discoverer
• It’s primary purpose is to encourage attendees to look
at having all of these products running via a single web
interface through 11i E-Business Suite.
Web ADI – Product Roadmap
Web ADI
•Journal Wizard – Released
•Asset Wizard – Assets Team
•Inventory Wizard – Assets Team
•Budget Wizard – Patch Set E
Report Manager
•Report Submission and Publishing – Patch Set G
•Report Wizard – Patch Set H
•Analysis Wizard – Patch Set H
Web ADI – Journal Creation
Web ADI – Coming in 11.5.10
General Ledger
•Upload daily rates
•Upload and download historical rates
•Upload Journals
Financials Intelligence
Upload budget and forecast information
Web ADI – Coming in 11.5.10
Project Accounting
•Download lists of projects, issues and change
documents
•Download and upload budget and forecast information
Student Systems
•Download student lists
•Download and upload unit grades and assessment item
outcomes
•Download and upload progression outcomes
Web ADI – Coming in 11.5.10
Engineering Online
Download and upload items in the engineering Catalog
Sales Compensation
Download commission statement
Internal Controls Manager
Upload all risk library objects – processes,
risks, controls, and audit procedures
Web ADI – Coming in 11.5.10
Public Sector Financials International
Download and upload Inflation Accounting data
Trade Management
•Create resale data (point of sales or indirect
•sales data)
•Customer or partner claim reason codes
•Upload customer or partner claims
Web ADI - Internet Computing Architecture
2 Tier
Application
Application
Application
Application
X
3 Tier
Database
Application
Application
Browser
Java
Browser
Application Server
Web ADI – Installation Setup
Metalink
•Download and install Patch Set C 2819091
•Download and install Rollup Patch 5 3624372
•Both of these patches are included in 11.5.10
Setup
In the System Administrator responsibility give yourself
the Web ADI Responsibility – this will give you three
menus
•Create Document
•Create Layout
•Create Mapping
What is OFA?
Oracle Financial Analyzer is a pre-packaged Online
Analytical Processing (OLAP) application built with a
Visual Basic front-end and an Oracle Express multidimensional data structure back-end. It is tightly
integrated with Oracle General Ledger.
Financial Analyzer Highlights
• Intuitive, easy information access
• OFA is an “End-User Managed” Application
• Utilizes Oracle Express, a specialized OLAP database designed
for powerful analysis, fast reporting, computations and modeling
• Robust Data Security by user at several levels:
 Financial Data Item (locking Actuals, Budget, etc.)
 Dimension level (e.g. CCtr)
• Deployment Architecture Flexibility
 centralized (server based), distributed, stand alone
• Integrated with Oracle GL via GL Link, but can run independently
Oracle Financial Analyzer - Interface
The Financial Analyzer Web interface provides access to reports,
graphs, and data entry forms through a Web browser.
Benefits of Web Publishing
•Uses standard browser - no client s/w
•Currently no license fee for web-only users
•Accesses the Shared database
 Simplifies administration
 Minimizes disk usage
•Tremendous flexibility in distributing specific slices of
data to subsets of users
Limitations of Web Publishing
•Provides read-only access
•Calculated rows & columns do not display
 Calculated FDIs and Models can be substituted
•Numeric scaling does not work
•Various formatting features do not work
•Licensing rules may change
Oracle Financial Analyzer – Setup Information
System Requirements
In addition to the standard Financial Analyzer server components,
the following server components must be installed:
•Express Server, including Oracle Express Web Agent. The
following configuration options must be selected in Express
Configuration Manager:
 The Web Authentication Type property on the Web Agent tab
must be set to BASIC
 The Require Password Encryption property on the Security tab
must be set to NO
•A supported Web server such as Apache
Oracle Financial Analyzer – Set up steps
Browser requirements
Users must have the appropriate browser installed on
the PC.
User requirements
To access Financial Analyzer through the Web interface,
you must have a valid user ID. You must also be set up
as a user in Financial Analyzer.
Methods of Access
Financial Analyzer can be configured for direct access,
or for access through Oracle Applications.
OFA – architecture
Application Server
Browser
OFA/Express Server
Express
Database
Oracle GL
EBS Database
OFA/Express Client
Enterprise Planning and Budgeting
• Product to be released end of
September, 2004
• Delivered as part of Oracle
Applications, but can be run
standalone
• Delivered as a patch to Oracle
Applications 11.5.9
Included as part of the rapid
install for 11.5.10
• Backports of EPB to 11.5.8 or
earlier are not feasible
• Requires Oracle9i Database
9.2.0.5 plus OLAP Option
• If a customer has 10.7 or 11.0.x
or no Oracle Applications, then
the product can be a standalone
solution
Migration From OFA and OSA
•OFA and OSA 6.4 will be supported until mid 2008
with error correction support until end of 2006
•Oracle will provide a migration path for existing
customers of OFA and OSA to migrate their
implementations to EPB
•Migration paper on
http://www.oracle.com/applications/cpm
Migration Data Flow
Oracle9i
OFA/OSA
Express
databases
APPS Security
3. Map users to Apps security
Tables
BI Beans Repository
Tables
OLAP
Analytic Workspace
2. Map documents, folders,
saved selections to BI Beans
EPB Schema
Interface Tables
1. Map dimensions and variables
to standard schema for EPB
EPB Tables
Oracle Discoverer Features
Oracle Discoverer Components
Discoverer Plus http://hostname.domain/discwb4/html/english/welcome.htm
A web-based development tool used to access the EUL to
create and modify workbooks.
Discoverer Viewer
Discoverer Viewer - http://hostname.domain/discoverer4i/viewer
 Oracle Discoverer 4i Viewer is a tool for viewing workbooks
created by users of the client/server or web versions of
Discoverer Plus.
 Oracle Discoverer 4i Viewer can also be used to integrate
database output into a web site and portal and is easily
customized to conform to a particular web site look and feel, or
to build custom Discoverer applications for the web.
Oracle Discoverer Features Matrix
F u n c t io n
De s kt o p P lu s V ie w e r
P o rt le t s
C re a t e / E d it Q u e ry
Y es
Y e s No
No
V ie w Q u e ry W it h Dy n a m ic Da t a
Y es
Y es Y es
No
V ie w Q u e ry W it h S n a p s h o t Da t a
No
No
Y es
B I Be a n s Ba s e d C h a rt in g
No
Y es Y es
Y es
E x p o rt T o M ic ro s o f t E xc e l
Y es
Y es Y es
No
De liv e ra b le A s P o rt le t
No
No
Y es
In t e g ra t e d W it h O ra c le S in g le S ig n - O n
No
Y es Y es
Y es
C re a t e W o r ks h e e t P a ra m e t e rs
Y es
Y e s No
No
A p p ly P a ra m e t e rs T o W o rks h e e t
Y es
Y e s No
No
C re a t e / E d it C o n d it io n s
Y es
Y e s No
No
C re a t e / E d it C a lc u la t io n s
Y es
Y e s No
No
S a v e T h e W o rkb o o k
Y es
Y e s No
No
No
No
Oracle Discoverer – Web limitations
Features Not Available Made Available in
Query Building
Subqueries
Find in Item Navigator
Oracle 9iAS Discoverer 9i (9.0.2)
Reporting
Find / Find Next
Undo/Redo Support
Schedule Workbooks
Oracle9iAS Discoverer 9i (9.0.2)
Create / Edit title
Oracle9iAS Discoverer 10g (9.0.4)
Exception formatting
Improved Printing
On going improvements to be made
Select / select all
Cut / copy / paste
Item formatting
Export to Reports in XML Oracle9iAS Discoverer 9i (9.0.2)
Item properties
Analysis
Interactive pivot
Drill to detail
Drill Dialog
Drill to BLOB
Workbooks
Save/open to/from file
Discoverer Plus Architecture
Source: Oracle Discoverer 4i Configuration Guide for Oracle9i Application Server
Discoverer Viewer Architecture
Source: Oracle Discoverer 4i Configuration Guide for Oracle9i Application Server
Discoverer Viewer – take the guided tour
http://www.oracle.com/technology/products/discoverer/fil
es/viewlets/9iAS_Disco_viewer_part1_viewlet.html
Oracle Discoverer - Setup
Metalink Note 146468.1
Single Sign-On
•Build a portal or information gateway for all of your
products
•OFA, Discoverer and ADI can be run from the Apps
logon page.
•Where separate roles exist linkage should be
maintained
Conclusions
• Web Services provide you with Platform independent
solutions for your application and reporting needs.
• Use the Oracle Tools together to support your
strategy.
• Oracle’s web strategy and associated products allow
you to adopt a web services strategy in your
organisation.
Speaker Information
Name: Richard Byrom
e-mail: [email protected]
[email protected]
Company: Thales Information Systems
Web Site: http://www.thales-is.com
http://www.richardbyrom.com
Mobile: +44-7976123106
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