12:35 – 1:25 pm ET
System 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.
1:35 – 2:25 pm ET
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.
12:35 – 1:25 pm ET
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.
3:05 – 3:55 pm ET
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.