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Auditing Oracle eBusiness Suite Financials

Oracle Auditing Tips


Auditing Oracle eBusiness suite applications is a challenge from both a technical and operational perspective. 

The Oracle E-Business Suite is one of the most complete, integrated business intelligence systems in the world.   It provides an end-to-end view across all lines of business and drive performance with consistent financial and operational information. This suite of applications provides every employee with relevant, complete information tailored to their role. E-Business Suite is a highly adaptable global business platform, that operates globally while complying locally.

This great depth and breadth of capability also results in a system that is very large and complex. Each of the over 70 module within the E-Business Suite can have hundreds of different settings and thousands of different ways to configure. No part of the design, implementation, or use of the system should be taken lightly.


The goal of ERP solutions is to provide an off-the-shelf solution to manage all aspects of a business, everything from manufacturing and inventory to complex financial reporting.


As such, these ERP packages are extremely sophisticated, consisting of millions of lines of computer code and tens of thousands of online screens and reports. When an organization makes a commitment to move their business processes into an ERP package they make a conscious decision to change the way that they do business to accommodate the software.  


Hence, no two implementations of Oracle Financials will be exactly alike, and it is the challenge of the Oracle forensics auditor to fully understand the interface between the functional operations and their customized online application.


Inside Oracle eBusiness Suite financial auditing


Auditing Oracle Financials requires an intimate knowledge of Oracle at several levels:

  • The database layer - An auditor must understand the Oracle schema tables where the relevant financial data is stored, and be able to track changes over time using tools such as Oracle LogMiner.

  • The applications layer - The auditor must be familiar with the functional inputs within all modules of Oracle Financials (e.g. AR, AP. GL), and well as external modules that feed data to the Financials component (e.g. INV, MFG).  To effectively track the evolution of financial statements, the auditor must know the specific screen names and their interfaces to the underlying database structure.

  • The functional layer - It is not uncommon to have external systems which utilize data from Oracle Financials, and the auditor must be able to track-backwards from the audited financial statements, reconstituting the evolution of the document over time.


To understand the forensics involved in a financials audit, it's due diligence to engage professional auditors with qualifications in accounting (normally a licensed CPA) who are vendor certified in Oracle eBusiness suite.


Management due diligence for any Oracle eBusiness Suite implementation audits in the proper allocation of qualified outside experts. It can be considered misfeasance not to carefully vet all outside auditors, and may corporations avoid risk by using companies that publish verifiable resumes.


If you need professional Oracle Financials audits by independent professions, BC offers a full range of Oracle certified experts.


Sample credentials and qualifications:

Donald K. Burleson has a Masters Degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Information Systems from the University of New Mexico.  He has been a full-time database administrator since 1983, serving as a database architect, database administrator and management consultant for many Fortune 50 corporations.  He is a Oracle Certified Professional (OCP) and a Certified Systems Professional (CSP), with a Certificate in Data Processing (CDP) issued by the Institute for Certification of Computer Professionals (ICCP).


He is also am the author of more than 30 books on database technology and was chosen by Oracle Press to write five of their "officially authorized" books on Oracle technology, including the Oracle 10g Application Server Administration Handbook.


He has also served as adjunct professor of Information Systems, teaching more than 50 courses in database and project management in MBA programs for several major universities.  He has also published more than 100 articles for academic journals and mainstream technology magazines including Computerworld, Software magazine the the Journal of Information & Management.



John Hays is an MBA, an Oracle Certified Master in Oracle Applications 11i and a licensed Certified Public Accountant (CPA) with over a decade working for Oracle corporation in Oracle Applications, working with documentation, training and Oracle eBusiness Suite best practices.


John is an Oracle Certified Professional (OCP) with a concentration in Oracle 11i. John authored components of the official Oracle Applications documentation and specializes in Oracle Applications training and financials consulting for Oracle eBusiness suite.




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