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Finished But Not Done®: How To Succeed in a Rapidly Changing Business Environment
Helene Abrams and Ihtesham Uddin, eprentise

Enterprise applications must continually change in order to support the ongoing business changes of the enterprise. Those required changes are correlated tightly with the company’s organizational states. Since the ERP systems contain the most central data and business processes of the company, their implementation is a focal point for design agility. Many companies reach a stage at which the enterprise application is up and running, the old data has been imported and new data can be entered, and they can treat the implementation as finished. What they have attained at that point is what might be termed “functional capability.” They have finished a vital stage of implementation, but they are not done. They have not transformed the application to meet changing regulatory requirements, changing technologies, entry into new markets or major business changes such as mergers, acquisitions, or divestitures. It is important for companies to understand how the organizational cycles impact the business, and to understanding the business and technology transformation drivers required in each one of these cycles.

Objective 1: Understand organizational states.
Objective 2: Understand realignment in an organization.
Objective 3: Understand transformation in an organization.
Objective 4: Achieve success in organizational realignment and transformation.

Track: General Session (all) 


Implementing a Data-Centric Strategy & Roadmap – Focus on what Really Matters
Peter Aiken, Ph.D., Data Blueprint

Data is the lifeblood of just about every organization and functional area today. As businesses struggle to cope with the data flood, it is even more critical to focus on data as an asset that directly supports business imperatives. Organizations across most industries attempt to address data opportunities (e.g. Big Data) and data challenges (e.g. data quality) to enhance business unit performance. Unfortunately, the results of these efforts frequently fall far below expectations due to haphazard approaches. Overall, poor organizational data management capabilities are the root cause of many of these failures. This webinar covers three lessons (illustrated by examples), which will help you to establish realistic expectations, and help demonstrate the value of this process to both internal and external decision makers.

Objective 1: Organizational thinking must change: Value-added data management practices must be considered and included as a vital part of your business strategy.
Objective 2: Walk before you run with data focused initiatives: Understand and implement necessary data management prerequisites as a foundation, then build upon that foundation.
Objective 3: There are no silver bullets: Tools alone are not the answer. Specifying business requirements, business practices and data governance are almost always more important.

Track: Business Leaders Roundtable

EBS User Management for Dummies: Current Requirements and Features with Grants, Permissions, RBAC and Proxy Users
Susan Behn, Infosemantics, Inc.

Unravel the mysteries of role based access control, grants, and permissions to provide more granular function and data control.  This presentation covers basic Oracle® E-Business Suite user management concepts, how to apply these concepts using real examples, and the required setups in 12.1 and 12.2.  Also covered are the most recent improvements in proxy user functionality to reduce auditor concerns about this functionality.

Objective 1: Explain Role Based Access Control (RBAC), where it is required and where it is optional.
Objective 2: Describe how User Management (UMX) and RBAC work together to mitigate security risks within Release 12.
Objective 3: Show specific recommended examples on how to set up and use some of the key functionality.

Track: Technical EBS

Leasing – Lessor and Lessee – Impacts of IFRS16
Kaylene Bellamy, Oracle Consulting

This session will explain the high-level financial impacts associated with the implementation of IFRS16 for the Lessor and the Lessee. Additionally, this session will share the current expected date for execution, and the retrospective effect IFRS16 will have on financial reporting.

Objective 1: Understand the high level impact of IFRS 16 for the lessor.
Objective 2: Understand the high level impact of IFRS 16 for the lessee.
Objective 3: Show how EBS Financial applications will address IFRS 16.

Track: Business Leaders Roundtable

Karen Brownfield

Workflow Setups that Make a Difference
Karen Brownfield, Infosemantics, Inc.

There are a few advanced, and mostly undocumented, setups that can increase your organization’s use and administration of workflow.  These include: worklist flexfields and custom notification views, exporting notifications to Excel®, assistant administrators, using grants instead of worklist access to see SYSADMIN’s emails, controlling the LOV for the recipient for vacation rules and worklist access (12.2 only). Listen to Oracle® ACE and author explain how to install and use these setups.  Many of these setups are available in R12.1.3, but the presentation will cover new setups available only in R12.2.

Objective 1: Obtain a high level overview of workflow in EBS.
Objective 2: Learn about setups that enhance administrator effectiveness.
Objective 3: Learn about setups that enhance security in managing notifications.

Track: Technical EBS

ConfigSnapshot: Governance, Risk Management and Control
Sponsored by ConfigSnapshot

User access within Oracle® E-Business Suite (EBS) is a complex area, and one where it is not easy using standard functionality to get a clear, concise view of what access users have or see how things change over time. ConfigSnapshot comprehensively addresses this through the provision of a suite of flexible reports: looking at user access from different angles and levels of detail, right down to function level. The change tracking functionality (point to point and full audit) then captures changes to user access, providing control and visibility ongoing. The segregation of duties reporting further analyses the combinations of user access to determine where there are access violations.

Please join ConfigSnapshot for this session, where they will provide a general overview of the many capabilities and business benefits ConfigSnapshot has to offer all users of EBS regardless of the stage in the application lifecycle you are currently in, then focus on change tracking and user access/segregation of duties reporting.

Objective 1: Explain the issues faced relating to E-Business Suite governance, risk management and control.
Objective 2: Discover the tools that can be used for reporting.
Objective 3: Understand change tracking and user access/segregation of duties reporting.

Track: Business Leaders Roundtable

AlexFiteni150Driving Tax Compliance in Real Time
Alex Fiteni, Fiteni Enterprises Inc.

Concerned about how to manage indirect tax compliance in real time? Confused about how to set up tax requirements in tax rules? Confounded by the lack of reporting tools in eBtax? During this session, see how your tax requirements can be linked to e-Business Tax rules and gain actionable compliance reporting and insights in real time using E-Business Tax with the Indirect Tax Auditor toolset.

Objective 1:Provide an overview of the structure of tax rates and rules in EBTax.
Objective 2: Understand the relationship between tax rules and tax requirements.
Objective 3: Gain insights into Key Compliance Indicators in reporting.

Track: EBS Financials

Nine Ways to Design the Ideal COA
Harrison Figura, eprentise

A good chart of accounts (COA) provides flexibility for recording and reporting accounting information, structure for managing business uniformly, and enhanced enterprise communication. There are nine ways to help design the ideal COA in Oracle® E-Business Suite to optimize business growth, create greater flexibility, and minimize back-end accounting maintenance. In this session, we’ll focus on the design techniques to take advantage of the features in Release 12 including subledger accounting and ledger sets that provide an added incentive to adopt a well-designed COA.

Objective 1: List the nine design aspects of a forward-thinking chart of accounts.
Objective 2: Explain how to design a chart of accounts to accommodate future growth.
Objective 3: Describe how a good design enables you to reduce costs, streamline reporting, and provide global visibility.
Objective 4: Identify how to leverage a Global COA and Release 12 features like subledger accounting and ledger sets.

Track: EBS Financials

Karen Kerames 150System Optimization: Key Design Options and Best Practices
Karen Kerames, Assure Consulting

The System Optimization session will present opportunities to improve your operating system with an approach to find and correct inefficiencies, update the business reporting to reflect business operation changes, leverage existing standard functionality, and streamline processes. The presentation includes key design options, best practices, and scenarios demonstrating real life situations. IT and Finance Management professionals will get an overview of the benefits of updating the operating system through discovery and analysis, leading to recommendations for cost savings, improved security, redesigning the chart of accounts, increasing transparency, and accurate and timely financial reports. Lessons learned from multiple upgrades and implementations will be provided – from experience as a former Controller, functional consultant, and project manager.

Objective 1: Maximize functionality – utilize existing standard Oracle® R12 functionality, automate processes, increase transparency, and train users.
Objective 2: Increase return on investment – eliminate non-value added tasks and reduce manual effort to increase productivity.
Objective 3: Reduce cost of ownership – consolidate disparate systems and eliminate redundancy.

Track: Business Leaders Roundtable

Brian Lewis

Going From Public to Private – The Oracle E-Business Suite Challenges
Brian Lewis, eprentise

Companies going from public to private aim to continue operations with minimal disruption, but because the transfer of ownership is still considered a purchase transaction under US GAAP, there are challenges that must be tackled within Oracle E-Business Suite. This session explores case studies of companies that efficiently met their EBS needs for post-privatization, including undergoing calendar changes to address short tax year accounting and revaluing fixed assets to reflect the date of acquisition, all without impacting day-to-day operations.

Objective 1: Understand the EBS implications when going from public to private, and how to address the challenges.
Objective 2: Learn about regulatory reporting requirements when undergoing a public-to-private process.
Objective 3: Discover how to make effective changes in EBS that allow for a smooth transition.

Track: Business Leaders Roundtable

Exploring Oracle Database 12c New Features and Best Practices for Database Developers and DBAs
Sponsored by OAUG

This session will explore new features and best practices for using various key new features and enhancements introduced in Oracle database 12c. The session will include exploring features that can be used to improve language functionality, usability and performance while reducing development time, making development simpler and improving the performance and speed of deployment. Participants will learn new SQL functions, SQL tuning enhancements, table and index enhancements, partitioning enhancements, using invisible columns, improved defaults, statistics improvements and PL/SQL new features.

Objective 1: Explore new features and best practices for using various key new features and enhancements introduced in Oracle database 12c.
Objective 2: Learn how to improve language functionality, usability and performance while reducing development time, making development simpler and improving the performance and speed of deployment.
Objective 3: Discover new SQL functions, SQL tuning enhancements, table and index enhancements, partitioning enhancements, using invisible columns, improved defaults, statistics improvements and PL/SQL new features.

Track: Technical EBS

Procure-to-Pay Maturity: How Does Your Organization Measure Up?
Sponsored by OAUG

Maturity models are innovative tools that help you measure organizational progress toward automation and identify strategies to help reach the next level of automation.This collaborative session will discuss a framework of capabilities across the procure-to-pay process. Developed by procurement experts at Lexmark and significant research in the industry, this model helps you learn how to determine your next best opportunity for improving operational efficiency. Please join us to see how you can put this tool to use to provide you and your team a visual guide on next steps in your procure to pay journey based on your operational goals, not what the industry says you should be doing.

Objective 1: Understand the capabilities across the procure-to-pay process.
Objective 2: Learn how to determine your next best opportunity for improving operational efficiency.
Objective 3: Create a visual guide on next steps in your procure to pay journey based on your operational goals.

Track: EBS Financials

Segregation of Duties Controls in EBS
Skip Straus, Absolute Technologies

Segregation of Duties (SOD) in EBS mitigates financial risks. The auditor’s matrix clearly defines policies, but the EBS access model has twists and turns that make it difficult to know for sure who can do what. Once you know, how do you eliminate SOD violations? An EBS expert describes client SOD projects in the cloud, what can and cannot be done, and how the process continues on premises. The session includes real-world examples of how EBS customers create SOD policies and get compliant.

Objective 1: Identify challenges in setting policies and evaluating access. Can you trust SOD spreadsheets?
Objective 2: Map business activities to EBS users, responsibilities, menus and functions.
Objective 3: Look at processes and software tools that can be cloud-based compared to on-premises.
Objective 4: Analyze the stakeholders and participants in SOD projects, and the timeline for action.
Objective 5: Position SOD controls, set goals, and define success in the larger financial risk framework.

Track: Technical EBS

Mike Swing

ADOP and Customizations – How to Create Custom Cross Edition Triggers
Mike Swing, Trutek

The Release 12.2.5 Upgrade: Online Patching and Customizations: Release 12.2 is the new standard for Oracle® E-Business Suite. What do you need to focus on to complete your 12.2 upgrade? Is it online patching or customizations? Ease your worries by attending this session. We’ll discuss ADOP, the Online Patching Utility, and how to create Online Patch compatible customizations.

Objective 1:  Understand how to modify customizations to make them minimally online patch-compliant or fully online patch-enabled.
Objective 2: Learn about ADOP, the Online Patching Utility, the options and how to use the options.
Objective 3: Examine the required steps to fully enable custom code for online patching, including creating forward cross edition triggers and reverse cross edition triggers.

Track: Technical EBS

Doug Volz

How to Manage the Inventory and Manufacturing Period Close and Remain Sane…
Doug Volz, Douglas Volz Consulting

Do you have recurring issues with month-end close? Do you wish there was a way to make the inventory and manufacturing month-end processes easier? Are you looking for solutions for common discrete and process costing month-end challenges? Based on the highly successful Collaborate Power Hour on Month-End Best Practices, learn about standard features you may have missed, standard and custom multi-organization reporting to speed your close cycle and other tricks and tips to ease the month-end pain.

Objective 1: Learn about the month-end processes for discrete and process cost accounting.
Objective 2: Find out solutions to common challenges, both standard and custom for month-end processes.
Objective 3: Have fun!

Track: EBS Financials

Doug Volz

Who Said Changing Cost Methods with Discrete Costing Can’t Be Done?
Doug Volz, Douglas Volz Consulting

Did your firm implement Oracle® Discrete Costing with Inventory (and perhaps with WIP and/or EAM), and settle on a costing method which was not appropriate for your industry or business situation? Unhappy with the financial consequences, but when you contacted Oracle Support, they told you that the only way forward was to re-implement? Well, that is simply not true!  Learn from leading cost management experts on how you can change your discrete costing method, with limited risk to your business. Three approaches will be discussed, all which have had great success with multiple clients.  And yes, these approaches work for both Release 11i and 12.

Objective 1: Learn how you can change your Discrete Costing Method without re-implementing your inventory organizations.
Objective 2: Find out about approaches you can use which minimize involvement from your technical IT team (uses less SQL then you expect!).
Objective 3: Gain an understanding for how Oracle® Cost Management stores and uses cost information.

Track: EBS Financials