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September 25, 2012

Oracle E-Business suite on Exadata - A Reality

Guest post by
Vinayak Gangadhar Kurdekar, Technology Lead, Infosys

 

Exadata when it was launched by Oracle a couple of years back initially created a sensation in the market as a hardware platform engineered by Oracle in collaboration with HP for hosting large databases. Later as time progressed and technology matured, Exadata became synonymous as a machine that provided extreme performance and scalability for both OLTP and datawarehouse applications.  Both Oracle developer and DBA community had the impression that Exadata has been mainly developed for hosting databases with large amount of data typically seen in a datawarehouse environment and were not aware if oracle's E-Business suite of applications can be hosted on Exadata. The answer is yes; currently Oracle E-business suite release 11i with 11gR2 database is certified with Oracle Exadata V2 machine. Oracle is currently working on the certification of the E-Business suite release 12 on exadata and the same should be available in the near future.

Oracle E-Business suite benefits from a host of the exadata machine's features like fast CPU's, abundant memory, preconfigured cluster database, smart flash cache and very fast I/O capabilities. In addition to the Oracle 11gR2 high availability features like cluster database, flash back database and oracle secure backup which were already available on Exadata as a database only feature, the E-business suite high availability features like load balancing of forms and web servers and parallel concurrent processing can be configured on Exadata to provide a maximum availability architecture solution to customers.

E-Business suite workloads are typically characterized by high CPU and memory utilization which benefit from exadata machine's fast processors built on the Intel platform. I/O intensive operations like batch jobs and backups that are normally run during non-peak hours benefit from the high I/O bandwidth and throughput capacity of the exadata machine. Exadata smart flash cache feature can be used to cache frequently used tables providing dramatic performance improvements. Advanced compression option is another feature of 11gR2 database that can be used with E-Business Suite to not only increase resource utilization but also substantially reduce storage costs and network bandwidth requirements without compromising on the performance. RMAN binary compression packaged with 11gR2 database can be used to significantly reduce the database backup size. Last but not the least, inorder to maximize memory usage in E-Business Suite environment huge pages can be configured in Linux kernel so that the entire SGA of the E-Business Suite instance fits in the huge page.

Apart from fresh installation of the E-Business suite on exadata machine, existing E-Business suite environments can be migrated to the Exadata V2 machine.  This can be achieved in 2 different ways depending on the characteristics of the source server where the E-Business suite instance is currently hosted. The migration options available currently can be broadly classified into 2 categories:

  1. Physical migration using Data guard physical standby, transportable database and rapid clone.
  2. Logical migration using the oracle data pump technology.

At the time of writing this article, these technologies are yet to mature and as customer acceptance grows with benchmarks being developed and set, we can see more action in days to come.

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September 17, 2012

Oracle Fusion Procurement - Empowering Procurement Function (Part -1)

Guest post by
Sirish Newlay, Consultant, Infosys

 

Purchasing department in an enterprise has taken a center stage in the recent years with more and more enterprises investing hugely to make sure they buy the best, at the best and from the best it becomes immensely important for buyers to make sure they are abreast with latest trend in the procurement world.

Also the race to remain on top has made a great impact in way procurement business functions align with other business functions in an enterprise today and in future for example looking ahead in time with expansion of procurement scope we see importance of rethinking talent management. From financial perspective we see a high dependency on costing methodologies.
In this blog, I provide an overview of "Oracle Fusion Procurement" application and briefly discuss the recent procurement industry trends and in the Part-2, I will provide our point of view regarding how Oracle Fusion Procurement and its capabilities cater to the recent procurement trends.

Oracle Fusion Applications Procurement11g Release1 module footprint:

  • Self Service Procurement
  • Purchasing
  • Sourcing
  • Procurement Contracts
  • iSupplier Model

Industry Trends

  • Upbeat Involvement
    Procurement is taking a more proactive role with regards to spending being done within the enterprise, forecasting and administration. For an enterprise it become necessary to have spends data at fingertips to make informed sourcing decisions. This in return also helps all stakeholders keep an upfront planning ultimately leading to better budgeting and a much stronger intra-organization relationships.
  • De-scoping procurement
    Expansion is the key today. Procurement has grown off ages and broken traditional barriers of being limited to just mere purchasing for fulfilling departmental needs. Today the magnitude of internal as well external purchasing within an enterprise is remarkable. We look at handling of global portfolios in procurement today. Procurement has been strategically more planned now with penetration into non-traditional fields like marketing, legal and services.
  • Generation Y Procurement
    Talent management is closely related to all departments in an enterprise. It is believed that enterprise comprises of people, processes and technology. But with procurement focus to build future organizations talent is the new basis for growth. Procurement enterprises are looking at creative ways of attracting, retaining and motivating workforce. It is becoming vital to separate strategic from tactical work to help employees pay more focus on strategic element of business functions.
  • Future: Virtual Procurement Organization
    "Doing more with less" is the norm today across the globe. Procurement is bound to evolve into a mix of strategic In-House resources and On-Demand transactional resources. And this is being highly supported by automation being brought in by advent of technology. Thrust on standardization and concept of outsourcing.
  • Sustainability with Procurement
    This is an extension to the "Green Procurement" that we discussed in our last edition. While buying from vendors today most of the purchasing leads give weight to sustainable factors before awarding a deal. And this becomes immensely important in today's eco-green initiative across the globe.

The above discussed industry trends in the procurement sphere can be very well addressed by Oracle Fusion Procurement applications and my next blog will discuss this aspect.

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Oracle Fusion Supply Chain Management - Transforming Business Operations (Part-1)

Guest post by
Rajesh Rajagopalan, Senior Consultant, Infosys

 

Supply chain management is a core function of any organization which sells/buys/utilizes products and services. It empowers an organization to work on margin improvisation and improve on working capital. However, organizations in a quest to satisfy customer requirement, may end up piling up stocks, build redundancy in spare parts or consumables. An effective supply chain solution in an organization must address this in every aspect like stock procurement plan, stock rotation, demand planning, fulfillment and warehouse operations.

In this blog, I provide an overview of Oracle supply chain management of Oracle Fusion suite and briefly touch upon the supply chain industry trends. In the next part, I will bring forward our point of view on how Oracle Fusion supply chain management caters to these industry needs.

Oracle Fusion Supply Chain Management 11g Release1 includes the following modules:

  • Oracle Fusion Distributed Order Orchestration (DOO)
  • Oracle Fusion Product Master Data Management (PIM)
  • Oracle Fusion Logistics includes Inventory, Shipping and Receiving
  • Oracle Fusion Costing

Industry Trends

Highlighted are key drivers which have significant impact on Supply Chain function-

  • Distributed Warehouse Solution
    In current scenario for manufacturing industries, it is imperative that acquisitions/mergers will keep happening. Comes with it are Order Orchestration and Order Promising complication in sourcing of materials and the logistics handling to customers, that needs to happen from multiple locations spread across Geography's and systems.
  • Intuitive and Unified Interface for Order Capture
    Global Organizations have demand from Order entry UI to cater unique requirements apart from standard fields to capture. Globalization efforts by end-user organizations require more robust, integrated Supply chain Planning processes across more complex networks at a regional or a global level. 
    These unique requirements may be organization specific data like online information like the last quote given to the customer, previously known margin approved for that customer, a configuration previously ordered by the customer and the vendor from which the components are procured.
  • Intuitive Movement towards effective Master Data Management, Electronic data handling of item attributes
    Today, Organizations having different disparate systems operate with different product information across the globe. Organizations face difficulty in effectively managing the product attributes, which demands the need on more robust MDM system that is capable to provide user friendly attribute definition, security in maintaining the values.
  • Better Repair and return process with global sourcing of Parts
    Global sourcing of spare parts brings forth the challenge to maintain the link between the spare part and the final product sold.  The requirement from the ERP solution is to provide a "Bills of material" of the spare parts at the time of recording the repair or return order for an assembly.
  • Tighter Integration between sales opportunistic demands to supply chain planning
    There is a growing need in the industry that the sales forecasts captured are imported to the sales operations planning systems so that there is a seamless flow of data. A better picture from both sales (demand) and planning (supply) is needed that will go long way in performing supply chain management of a business.

Discussed above are the industry trends in the supply chain management sphere. In part-2, I will discuss how Oracle Fusion Supply Chain Management Applications would stack up with the above Industry Trends.

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