Articles tagged with: oracle methodology

Centralized Documentation for All Oracle Products

on Wednesday, 01 April 2015. Posted in General - Misc. Tips, Blog

Centralized Documentation for All Oracle Products

I should know get less calls/email on where can i find .... :)

Oracle has centralized all product documentation within the oracle support website.

Once logged in, Select the Knowledge tab and then select online documentation.

My thoughts it's quite simple and intuitive and some other benefits include

- Comprehensive centralized documentation on (, No need for Oracle clients to copy onto internal work repositories.

- Accurate and continuously updated official information all within the same location.

- This easy access to documents supports collaboration between many project users. The centralized location of documents also promotes easy distribution of documents to users on your project.

This action from Oracle, helps simplify the overall customer experience. This type of centralized user design model (one stop shop) is gaining traction and should be part of corporate strategy in helping to simplify corporate processes.



Don’t panic if your on release 11 here is the official timeline for your Oracle EBS products, brief explanation

on Thursday, 21 November 2013. Posted in Blog

Don’t panic if your on release 11 here is the official timeline for your Oracle EBS products, brief explanation

Yesterday, received an email from an EBS client that is headquartered in France and they run EBS R11.5.10 in production and they advised me they received an email notification from Oracle that version 11.5.10 Extended support ends on November 30, 2013.

Inquired and yes completely true, but it know falls in the category called sustaining support which means as long as you have your license of your Oracle product you will get technical support, online access to the support tools and knowledge base, and access to all the fixes, updates and critical patch updates that are available.

A month ago met another client in the US (multi-billion dollar company) that is running 11.5.8 and they get the necessary support to run their Oracle products. They just began last month their upgrade path project to Release 12.

If your on Release 11 make sure you start planning for Release 12.

4 reasons, why:


  1. Multiple 3R Analysis tools currently available: Replace, Retrofit or Rewrite Analysis of all your custom objects including the level of effort to migrate to R12 exist and available on the market.
  2. Release 12 is rich in functionalities compared to R11
  3. Upgrading to Oracle R12 provides the opportunity to streamline Finance, HR, and other back office processes that have become a necessity for companies to stay ahead in the race for greater profits.
  4. Also Release 12 extended de-supports ends far far away in September 2021


These are my thoughts, like usual please share your ideas,

Oracle Fusion Application Documentation Release 7

on Friday, 05 July 2013. Posted in General - Misc. Tips

Oracle Fusion Application Documentation Release 7

Use this page to access the latest Oracle Fusion Applications documentation and how to make the most of the help embedded within the application pages.

Oracle Fusion Applications Release 7 Documentation

Lessons Learned the hard way from a failed project – Do we learn from our mistakes

on Friday, 19 April 2013. Posted in SOA


People learn best from failure. It drives lessons home like nothing else. Here is an email from a reader:

From: *********** [mailto:***********]
Sent: April 16, 2013 6:33 PM
To: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Subject: Building a Centralized Architecture


Dear Alex,

Pursuant to our telephone conversation today, I did some internal research and we are mostly an Oracle ERP,EPM, (back office applications) with Microsoft and Linux OS, and SalesForce as our CRM. Our companies strategy changed to a more centralized vision, mostly because some big IT projects being executed by us the business went really bad.

The following products ***** finance, procurement, hrms functionalities were not functioning for days.*********

Top management reacted and shutdown these initiatives.The cost was many millions but an excellent lesson learned, for all of us.

Top 4 points: 1- We hired the wrong consultants friendships with management existed that flawed results 2- Groupthink no one dared to challenge status quo, all of us did not foster diverse thinking 3- Project management provided too much of a rosy picture on status reports. 4- Fingerpointing existed and we lacked project members having the walk the talk attitude.

We had to rollback to our previous systems, and then the project was stopped.

My question, we are looking to purchase an architecture methodology mostly to help the organizations grow from our slip-ups we are starting with our SOA approach, governance and SOA operations.

We are looking at Zachman, Gartners, Oracle or TOGAF. Can you provide us your viewpoint on which methodology would you use knowing abit our environment and company.




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 The lessons learned for all of us, in my view are as follows:

 1-      Sometimes you think you are so good and so far ahead of the curve that you fall right off the edge

2-      When a project is obviously doomed to failure, get out sooner rather than later.

3-      A square peg in a round hole won't fit any better as time goes on. Problems that go unaddressed will only get worse, not better, over time.


Here is my top 10 advice in an enterprise project environments with high stakes involved:

  1. Hire to elevate knowledge
  2. Stick to the facts always decide with data
  3. Respect your team and make it fun
  4. Listen, learn and execute
  5. Try simplicity every time - while it may sound easy, it's the hardest thing to practice and will force you to get creative every time
  6. Avoid buzzwords
  7. Forego your ego
  8. Walk the talk
  9. Enthusiasm is always infectious
  10. Never give up, nothing is impossible

My view on the SOA Architecture Methodology question

Often the most difficult and important task that any corporation must perform is to select and implement an all-encompassing architecture methodology.

My view all 4 architecture methodologies mentioned above (Zachman, TOGAF, Gartner and Oracle) offer a sound basis to build your company architecture methodology. The only tip ‘never take it as is always customize it to your corporations culture’.

In this case the corporation is in 10 countries and has revenues of about 130 million dollars. In my view they should go with Oracle’s Methodology since they’re back office applications are 90% Oracle based and it was given to them for free. By the way the Oracle architecture methodology in my view is inspired by the TOGAF Methodology.

When it comes to OUM (Oracles Unified Method) The SOA core workflow view answers their requirements .The SOA Workflow View is used to help organizations to execute projects within a SOA environment .

Here is an overall diagram: reference OUM Methodology – SOA Core Workflow View

 SOA Core Workflow VIEW - OUM

Overall, my view is that starting an enterprise project is not like everything else. Nothing important is all that easy. Work hard, Learn from mistakes, Be Optimistic, Try again and Face your fears.

As per SOA methodology, reflect on your corporation’s culture and take into consideration the internal decision making process and vision as per vendor neutrality.

Like always share your thoughts and experiences

OUM differs from the AIM Methodology

on Tuesday, 01 January 2013. Posted in Business Analysis, Blog

A person asked a very good question at this year’s OpenWorld, how OUM differs from AIM in term of methodology and deliverables?

AIM retirement date was January 31, 2011.  Going forward, OUM supersedes AIM.

One of the big advantages it know entails BI and EPM projects within the methodology and follows Oracle’s strategy  to bring all applications under the same methodology and in v5.3 it know includes PeopleSoft, JDE and Siebel products.

OUM is an iterative methodology it follows best practices. An iterative approach embraces requirements change by building processes into the project that allow for refining requirements while also maintaining a strong focus on cost and scope containment.

Since OUM is an iterative approach to implementing software systems, it is essential that practitioners first understand the concepts of iterations “Think a little - do a little. Think a little more – do a little more.”

Below is OUM Implement Core Workflow View was created to identify the core tasks within the Implement Focus Area. This view should serve to accelerate the understanding of OUM by new practitioners and help to keep project teams focused on these tasks. The delta with AIM is of medium complexity.




OUM emphasis in on a graphical representation, this is done intentionally since we all know that text can be misinterpreted. Below is an example that comes with the System Context template of OUM (Deliverable RD.005)



The Above System Context Diagram is a graphical representation depicting the boundary of the system and its association with external entities called actors.  An actor can be one of 4 types (i.e., human, another system, a clock representing a time-based event, or a hardware device).  These actors have the ability of sending or receiving information and/or events into or out of the system.  The key information represented on the association line between the actor and the system is at a summary-level and shows an arrow indicating the direction of the information flow.

Oracle Partners meeting the access requirements described (You must be an Oracle Gold partner unlike AIM were it was readily available) to obtain the OUM materials.  To access the method pack, related collateral, and training courses:  

  1. Go to the OPN Portal.
  2. Select the “Partners (Login Required)” tab.
  3. Login using the your OPN Portal username and 12 digit PIN.
  4. Select the “Engage with Oracle” tab.
  5. From the Engage with Oracle page,  select the appropriate <Knowledge Zone Category Name> tab.
  6. From the <Knowledge Zone Category Name> tab, select the appropriate “Knowledge Zone”.
  7. From the <Knowledge Zone Name> page, select the “Implement” tab.
  8. From the Implement tab, scroll to the bottom of the page and select “Access more”.
  9. From the <Knowledge Zone Name> page, scroll down to the PRODUCT INFORMATION section.
  10.  Locate the “Methodology” or “Methodologies” sub-section.
  11.  Select the “Oracle Unified Method (OUM)” link to access and download the materials mentioned above

The zip file is encrypted.  Please send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to request the password.  Please be aware that it may take a few days for the OPN team to process your request. 


OUM obliges a standardization of implementations across all Oracle products a good thing in my view , you can also tailor OUM to support your specific project situation. With its ready-made templates, guidelines, and scalable work breakdown structure,the emphasis on graphical representation and the iterative approach are the main improvements over AIM. 








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