has put together an informative Amis Blog article on a
private session he'd recently on Enterprise Planning & Budgeting.
A lot of what's in it I covered in my previous
"Under The Covers With Enterprise Planning & Budgeting"
article but there's some interesting new points that Lucas comes
benefits an organisation will get from using EPB will be larger
as the organsation is bigger and more complex. One could almost
say: only for real enterprises with complex business models and
distributed workflows around planning and budgetting will EPB
really pay off
It is very
much to be seen whether EPB will be used by organisation that do
not make use of Oracle Apps (the Oracle EBusiness Suite). If
these organisations go through the trouble of extracting data
from their own data warehouse to provide to the data loader APIs
of the CPM (the foundation for all Analytical Applications
offered by Oracle) they can benefit from the EPB capabilities
for Planning and Budgetting. Oracle Apps has standard
out-of-the-box processes to upload relevant data to CPM.
Technology: EPB is a browser based application, built with
Oracle UIX frontend technology (rendering pretty rich HTML
interfaces). I like web-architectures in general: distributing
EPB is no more difficult than emailing a url, which is great.
However, HTML - even UIX based lacks the direct interactivity
and seemingly smart interfaces that can be developed using real
rich GUIs (such as Java Applets). I am not sure whether HTML
currently offers the best user experience for EPB. I was
confused by many of the screens and relatively simple tasks
seemed to take many user actions as well as (partial) server
roundtrips. EPB uses the OLAP engine in the Oracle 9iR2
Edition RDBMS (which is shipped with EPB). It creates Analytic
Workspaces based on a single Shared Analytical Workspace
created from the relational data in the CPM - for various
processes in EPB. Once a user starts working on a scenario or
creating her or his own budget, EPB will create a Personal
Analytical Workspace behind the scenes. Once the user is done
and the results can be merged into the general budget, this
Personal AW is removed after having been merged into the Process
AW. The workflow is implemented using Oracle Workflow the
PL/SQL based engine that is heavily used by Oracle Apps.
EPB can be
installed stand-alone as well as integrated with the Oracle
E-Business Suite (release 11.5.10 or later). If you install EPB
stand-alone (also for Oracle Apps users with an older version
than 11.5.10), you have to also install a substantial part of
the Oracle Apps 11.5.10 Foundation which amounts to some 4 Gb
in supporting framework.
Proof of Concept going using actual Customer Data will take no
more than a couple of days (assuming the customer has Oracle
Apps). That is to say: after two days, the customer will see his
own data in EPB. Typically a full Proof of Concept configuring
a real Business Process and talking through the details will
take something like two weeks. The EPB training that will
allow students to configure business processes in EPB, do some
administration and simply use the product will probably take
four days. The training should be available this Spring
(beta-runs have already taken place).
Oracle Discoverer OLAP (the Drake release) is expected two weeks
after OOW - that means just before Christmas."
about the time required to do a proof of concept is particularly
interesting, and I'll be keeping a look out for the user
training which should be out early next year. A good posting by