R12 Federal Financials Subledger Accounting Teardown Webinar, 10-Aug, 9:00am ET

Posted on 25-Jul-12. Filed under: Events, R12 | Tags: , , , , |

OAUG has invited me to present as part of their upcoming Best of COLLABORATE ’12 Educational Series.  I’ll be delivering the R12 Federal Financials Subledger Accounting Teardown presentation via Webinar on Friday, August 10th, starting at 9AM EDT.  This presentation is a deep-dive into most of the key SLA concepts that support the R12 Federal Financials SLA accounting engine.  My goal is to share what I’ve learned through 1 1/2 years of supporting one of the most complex Federal R12 upgrades to-date, now live for 5+ months.

Here’s the presentation agenda:

This is free for all OAUG ( members.  Additional information and registration details are at:

The slides of the presentation are available under the Federal Presentations/WhitePapers tab of the blog.  I’d recommend trying to take some time to review the slides before-hand, especially if you are not already familiar with SLA.  I have a lot of content packed into the presentation (hey I try to make the most of your time! LoL), so if you are already somewhat familiar with the content beforehand, it will probably help you absorb more during the webinar and be able to follow specific areas of interest.

I hope you’ll be able to attend.

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Oracle Spring ’12 Federal Development Update

Posted on 20-Apr-12. Filed under: Enhancements, Events, News, R12 | Tags: , , , , , , , , |

I didn’t attend, but there was an Oracle Federal Financial Briefing on 17-Apr in Reston where information was shared about some of the upcoming GTAS enhancements and target patch release dates.  Personally, besides focusing on our Fed R12.1.3 stabilization efforts on my current gig, I’m working to get smart on some of the basics associated with GTAS, the upcoming 6-digit USSGL standard and new Federal Accounting/System process changes associated.

As soon as we can get our hands on these new GTAS patches, we need to jump on them to start understanding some of the impacts to our EBS environments in further detail.  As the Federal E-Business Suite community, we don’t really have much time to be able digest, test and prepare for these changes.  First required reporting cycle for GTAS is after Nov FY13 month-end (Calendar Nov 2012) and the fact that GTAS will only accept Bulk File feeds (i.e. no pencil whipping any numbers like with FACTS today), means we’ve got to be ready with this stuff working.  If anyone is looking for more info from Treasury on GTAS, you can find it here.

For R12 Fed Financials Installs who jumped on the CGAC & FV 90000001 patches early (me and my local Denver Federal Financials Shared Service provider!), at least we have that piece behind us.  But certainly there is more coming, especially for all the agencies still on 11i.

Here’s the link to the deck I scored:

Oracle Federal Financials Spring ’12 Development Update

If you’ve been following the twitter feed, you know I’m heading to Collaborate ’12 to present two Federal Financials R12 sessions and catch-up on as much news/info as I can there.  The FED Sig meeting is on Monday, maybe that will help.  Keep watch on the twitter feed for anything I pick up relevant to the Federal EBS community.

If anyone has any comments or knowledge to share that you feel would help spread key info, please don’t hesitate to comment.


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Oracle Contract Lifecycle Management Webcast – November 4th

Posted on 13-Oct-10. Filed under: Enhancements, Events, News, Procurement | Tags: , , |

If you’re like me and September was blur due to the Federal Year-End, you might have missed that the long-awaited Contract Lifecycle Management for Public Sector (CLM) was officially released by Oracle in early September, as part of E-Business Suite 12.1.3.  Oracle and CACI have teamed up over the past few years to develop this new offering focused on finally providing an integrated, full end-to-end procurement solution in the E-Business Suite that meets Federal Contracting needs.  CLM is built on top of the EBS Advanced Procurement Suite and provides a host of additional Federal-specific functionality required and/or typically desired by the Federal Contracting community.

Here are links to two Oracle/CACI Press Releases on the new CLM product.  Press Release 1. Press Release 2.

Here is the link to the Oracle DataSheet on the new CLM product.

To help spread the word, Oracle & CACI are hosting a webcast on the new CLM offering on Thursday, November 4th at 2pm Eastern.   Click here for the Oracle Event registration page.

When Googling for any CLM-related news, I also noticed a few YouTube videos have been posted, so I thought I’d have a little fun & embed those links as well for anyone interested.


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Quick Collaborate ’10 Update

Posted on 20-Apr-10. Filed under: Events, News, Procurement, R12, Year End |

The trip was quick, but I enjoyed getting a quick taste of Collaborate ’10.  Thanks to all those who attended my presentation bright and early on Monday morning.  I have uploaded the slides from my presentation here for reference:  Finally Federal!  Exploring Projects Release 12.1.

I was able to catch the FedSig meeting where I got my first chance to see the Contract Lifecycle Management (CLM) product live.  The presentation included a demonstration of core R12 Advance Procurement Suite (APS) functionality with the CLM features integrated in.  I thought the CLM demo team did a good job and certainly were well-versed in Federal (including DoD) Contracting business processes.  For anyone interested in CLM, be sure to get up to speed on the core R12 APS functionality available, which you could start doing now.  That will serve as a good baseline for understanding the additional features that the CLM product provides when available.  There is a good amount of documentation on R12 APS functionality available online and feel free to check out my Collaborate ’09 Presentation on the APS functionality I thought would be most relevant to the Federal Community.  CLM is said to be available “Calendar Year 2010”, when R12.1.3 is released.  The 12.1 Release Content Documents have been updated to include 12.1.3 features, which makes me think 12.1.3 may not be too far off, although the Procurement RCD doesn’t include anything about CLM.

I also attended another Projects Federal Accounting features session by Neeraj Garg of Project Partners, where I picked up a few pieces of info that I hadn’t figured out yet on the R12.1 projects functionality.  He did a great job.

It was evident from the Cliff Godwin Oracle Apps Strategy Session & the Financials Road Map Session, that Oracle is going to start turning up the pressure to upgrade from 11i10.  Extended support for 11i10 ends in 2013 and Oracle is strongly suggesting to get moving on the R12 upgrade planning/execution.

Another quick nugget: there are a few new pieces of Federal functionality planned for 12.1.3 as documented in the updated Financials 12.1 RCD (Note: 561580.1).  It looks like the Federal Year-End process is being enhanced to better support Pre-Closing Entries and some enhancements to the CCR integration functionality are included.

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Collaborate ’10 Federal Sessions

Posted on 8-Apr-10. Filed under: Events | Tags: , |

For those going out to Vegas in a week, it looks like we’ve again got a number of sessions focused on Federal topics and/or involving Federal Customers.  Based on a quick search of the OAUG Agenda Builder using the keyword ‘Federal’, here’s what’s on tap:

Sunday 4/18:

11:00 – 11:15  How to Use Oracle’s Federal Administrator Module to Reconcile Debt Balances Transferred to Treasury (Tom Sherman, The Presidio Trust)

1:00 – 3:00  OAUG Federal SIG Meeting (Ed Willey+)

Monday 4/19:

8:00-9:00  Finally Federal!  Exploring Projects Release 12.1 (Larry Baugh, Independent)

10:45-11:45 Improved Federal Accounting with Oracle Projects Release 12.1.1+ (Neeraj Garg, Project Partners LLC)

Thursday 4/22:

8:30-9:30  How Business Intelligence Will Reduce Healthcare Costs and Improve Outcomes (Joan Lugo, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services)

12:15 – 1:15 Providing a Robust Data Archive Solution for the Largest Global Healthcare Payer (Jay Joshi, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services)

A bit more detail including session abstracts and room locations is available in the Collaborate Agenda Builder online.

I’m definitely looking forward to the SIG meeting as the focus is on the Contract Lifecycle Management (CLM) product being released w/12.1.3, including a live demo.  Ed has asked that anyone planning to attend the FedSig to please register at: so he can make sure enough space is available.

I’m still putting a bit more content into my presentation and I will post the slides here in a week or so.  Unfortunately for me, I probably will just be in Vegas Sunday & Monday as we’re going live on my current project 1-May.  I don’t have much free time since I seem to be in the middle of pretty much everything associated with our conversion.  But I’m looking forward to catching the CLM presentation, the Monday Oracle Keynote & few other presentations I can drop in on.

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Circuit: A new 3-day Oracle User Group event in the Mid-Atlantic Region

Posted on 14-Jun-09. Filed under: Events | Tags: , , , , |

The DC Oracle Apps Users Group (EBS, etc.) and the Mid Atlantic Regional Users Group (Peoplesoft, JD Edwards, etc.) are hosting a new 3-day Quest/OAUG event in DC, Nov 18-20.  The conference is at the Gaylord National Hotel and Convention Center.  Read the info on the conference here.

The organizers are currently looking for presentations and proposals are being accepted through June 18.  Presentation proposal info is available at the conference site link.  The event is not specific to Federal, although due to its DC home, Ed Willey (Oracle FedSig chair) has worked to get a Federal track at the conference.  He is asking for as many Federal-related papers as possible to fill-out the track and also working with Oracle-Federal to get some potential content from them.  Exhibit Space and Sponsorships are available for vendors.

I’ll have to check & see if I could make it out there for the conference.  Currently, the conference dates correspond with our major go-live on my USAF DEAMS project, so it might be tough, but we’ll see.

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Collaborate ’09 Recap – A Federal Spin

Posted on 12-May-09. Filed under: Events, News, R12 | Tags: , , , , , |

Now that I’m back in Denver, here’s a recap from the Collaborate ’09 conference in Orlando that I thought would be helpful to share.  I definitely enjoyed seeing friends, meeting new ones and taking in as much information as I could during the conference.  Being responsible for three different presentations was a bit more than I would have preferred (especially with a newborn and a 3 year-old at home, along with supporting a pretty demanding project cutting into the prep time), but it seemed that the presentations went well and were favorably accepted.  Thanks to everyone who came to them and please don’t hesitate to contact me with any follow-up questions.  The presentations are available here.

Here’s an attempt at sharing some of the past week’s events, announcements and information of Federal relevance (with a few other items) that I picked up.  The link to the Oracle Collaborate 09 Media Kit, which provides press-releases and additional info on a number of these items is available here.

E-Business Suite 12.1 Released – 12.1 (12.1.1) was made Generally Available on Monday, May 4th.  12.1 brings a variety of new capabilities to the table, but for the Federal community, the biggest news with 12.1 is the important step forward in the long awaited “Projects Federalization“.  12.1 now provides the capability to create the required USSGL Budgetary postings from PA Agreements/Fundings, Revenue and Costs.  Projects has never provided USSGL Transaction Codes or any other solution for creating these entries and this gap has been a long-time Federal Top-Ten enhancement request.

Other top 12.1 new features include:


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Federal Financials SIG OAUG Collaborate ’09 meeting

Posted on 1-May-09. Filed under: Events | Tags: |

The Oracle Federal Financials Special Interest Group (FED SIG) is meeting in Orlando.  However the meeting details are not appearing on the Collaborate ’09 schedule, since it seems to be a late addition to the agenda.

Here are the details and agenda:

When:  Tuesday, May 5 from 2:00pm – 3:00pm

Where:  Peabody, room Bayhill 1 (Mezzanine Level)  (THANK YOU!  to Susan Logan of Oracle for making arrangements on the room for FED SIG to meet)

This will be an informal meeting.  We will use this opportunity for networking and discuss the following Items:
1) Oracle design on CGAC in R12:  Oracle provided the web conference to FED SIG last April 1, 2009.   Oracle has indicated FED SIG can provide feedback to them on the design until May 15, 2009.

2) Handling of Withholding Tax in Oracle
a)30% for Foreign vendors effective immediately
b) 3% effective 2012 for all vendors who received payments from Fed Agencies for goods and services which are tax reportable.
c)28% if vendor did not match IRS TIN

3) iSupplier:  Best practice and Federal rules about modification of the vendors intent as imported on the invoice

4) Other items relevant to Federal Agencies as time permits.

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Webinar on NoetixViews for Oracle U.S. Federal Financials Available for Replay

Posted on 1-May-09. Filed under: BI, Events | Tags: , , |

If you were interested in attending the webinar on the new NoetixViews for Federal Financials, but weren’t able to sit in on it this week, Noetix has made it available for download here.  The webinar includes live demos.  I sat in on the call and I thought it was a good presentation.  Noetix has developed and is now offering 35 Federal-specific views (of course, some provide a lot more value than others) in addition to their many other standard Oracle E-Business Suite views.  The views are based on both 11i and R12 accounting architectures, so R12 Federal customers can benefit from the increased capabilities that SLA brings to the table, while 11i customers can still get value from the offering.  Any real-solid Federal Financials consultant could develop most of what they’ve got so far, but I think they’ve put together a good starting baseline of views that an agency can simply purchase instead of needing to develop in-house and maintain.  Potentially, the offering could also be expanded/extended in the future to include even more views.  The status of funds views provides real-time capability, which shows that Noetix has done their homework to understand what’s going on underneath the covers of Oracle Fed Financials (e.g. merging funds available balances from gl_balances and gl_bc_packets together to give a real-time picture).

Noetix’s web-page on the Federal Financials offering is here.

I was impressed by the work that went into putting the help documentation together on these views and fields.  While help documentation is often an afterthought, Noetix, seemed to put a decent amount of time into explaining each view and each field within the view.  So then users who are working to create reports on the views (whether in Discoverer, OBIEE, or other BI tool) can get a good understanding of what the view and data elements are going to provide them in the report.  Noetix’s goal is to make life easier for query users and thus the reason for the focus on providing good documentation, as obviously that is key in helping the users better understand the fields they need to complete their report objectives (versus having like 2 people in the organization who can really build reports, because no-one else understands the data good enough).

I’ve also got a copy of the static PowerPoint presentation here if you’d be interested in looking at that also.

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NoetixViews for Federal Financials Web-Seminar 4/28

Posted on 21-Apr-09. Filed under: Events, News | Tags: , , |

I had previously posted about the release of NoetixViews for Federal Financials here.  The previously scheduled web-seminar seems to have been rescheduled to 28 April.  Details on the web-seminar are here.

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