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Oracle EBS Payables Data Flow and Data Model

This post gives a quick overview of Oracle Payables data flow and data model for some of the most used tables in the module. This is not a complete coverage of the topic but aims to give a general idea of how records are stored in and moves through the module.

OraclePayablesDataflowDataModel

In Oracle Payables, before an AP transaction can be generated, a supplier must exist in the system.  When suppliers are created, records are created in AP_SUPPLIERS and AP_SUPPLIER_SITES.  Invoices are saved in AP_INVOICES (invoice header records) and AP_INVOICE_LINES (invoice lines records).

Payments generate records in AP_INVOICE_PAYMENTS and AP_PAYMENTS_SCHEDULE.  These tables will have 1 record for an invoice if the invoice is paid using a single payment, but will have multiple records for an invoice if the invoice is paid in installments or with more than one payment.

When an invoice is approved and when it is paid, accounting transactions are generated.  These transactions make their way to the GL_INTERFACE table via Payables Transfer to GL process.  In addition to interfacing with GL, Payables also interfaces with many other Oracle modules, such as, Purchasing, Assets, Projects, Inventory, and others (but will not be covered in this post).

Invoices can be entered into Oracle Payables from external systems via the AP_INVOICE_INTERFACE and AP_INVOICES_LINES_INTERFACE tables.  When the Payables Open Interface Import program is run, the records are brought into the regular header and lines tables (AP_INVOICE and AP_INVOICE_LINES).

When payments are made, the information about the payment is recorded in AP_CHECKS.

These are some of the sources for the star-schemas (dimension and fact tables) used in Oracle Business Intelligence Applications (OBIA) Financials module, and in particular, the Payables dashboard and analyses.

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Oracle EBS General Ledger data flow and data model

In just about any ERP financial accounting system, including Oracle EBS General Ledger, the General Ledger module is integrated with other modules, such as Accounts Payable and Accounts Receivable.  The General Ledger will collect and store financial activity information from the other modules, and will be the module that best reflects the overall financial condition of the company. Because of this, the General Ledger is typically heavily used for financial reporting from OBIEE, OBIA, or other tools.

This post aims to provide a quick overview of the data model of Oracle EBS General Ledger and the data flow within the module.

Oracle General Ledger is a part of the Oracle E-Business Suite Financials Application.  Many of the other Oracle Applications modules are integrated with Oracle General Ledger, and send transactions to the General Ledger in the form of journals.

For example, when a company receives an invoice, the transaction is entered into Oracle Payables; and then when the invoice is paid, another transaction is generated in Oracle Payables. There could be tens, hundreds or even thousands of these transactions per day.  This activity is recorded in the Oracle General Ledger in the form of journals.

Similarly, when a company makes a sale, and then when payment is received for that sale, those transactions are recorded in the Oracle Receivables module, and the transactions are also passed on to the Oracle General Ledger with the Transfer program.

Below is a diagram of Oracle General Ledger’s data flow and some of the key tables in the data model.

OracleGL_DataFlow

Oracle EBS Modules and External Systems populate the GL_INTERFACE table through the Transfer program and Load programs respectively.  The Journal Import Process takes those records and loads them into the GL_JE_BATCHES, GL_JE_HEADER and GL_JE_LINES tables. The Posting Process calculates and loads balances from those records into the GL_BALANCES table.

The tables covered here are some of the sources for the OBIA star schemas (fact and dimension tables) used in OBIA Financials, and in particular, the General Ledger dashboard and analyses.

GL_INTERFACE This table holds financial transactions   (journals) transferred from other Oracle Applications modules and external   systems.
GL_JE_BATCHES This table identifies a “batch” of   journals that are related and processed together. Each batch contains one or   more journals.
GL_JE_HEADER Each journal has one journal header   and one record this table
GL_JE_LINES Each journal has one or more journal   lines and are tied together by the journal header

Some other important supporting tables in the GL data model include:

GL_CODE_COMBINATIONS This is the Accounting Flexfield table   and it stores the chart of accounts values, and so the table contains the   valid GL account combinations allowed in the system, along with other   relevant information about the accounts.
GL_LEDGERS This table stores all the Ledgers and   Ledger Sets in the Oracle GL system
GL_PERIODS This   table stores information   about the accounting periods defined in the Oracle GL system. Each row contains   information such as, start date, end date of the period, the period type, the   fiscal year, and the period number.
FND_CURRIENCIES This table stores the list of valid   currencies to be used in Oracle Applications

Oracle E-Business Suite (EBS) Foundation Tables

This post is simply a list of Oracle E-Business Suite (EBS) Foundation tables. The Foundation tables contain data that relate to the entire suite of applications – they are not specific to any one module.

Some foundation tables are used in Oracle BI Applications (OBIA), for example, the FND_USER, FND_USER_RESP_GROUPS, and FND_RESPONSIBILITY_VL tables are used in security-related Initialization Blocks.

In general, it’s good to be familiar with these tables when working on OBIEE projects with EBS as a source system.

Foundation Table Purpose
FND_APPLICATION Stores applications registered with Oracle Application Object Library.
FND_APPLICATION_TL Stores translated information about all the applications registered with Oracle Application Object Library.
FND_APP_SERVERS This table will track the servers used by the E-Business Suite system.
FND_ATTACHED_DOCUMENTS Stores information relating a document to an application entity.
FND_CONCURRENT_PROCESSES Stores information about concurrent managers.
FND_CONCURRENT_PROCESSORS Stores information about immediate (subroutine) concurrent program libraries.
FND_CONCURRENT_PROGRAMS Stores information about concurrent programs. Each row includes a name and description of the concurrent program.
FND_CONCURRENT_PROGRAMS_TL Stores translated information about concurrent programs in each of the installed languages.
FND_CONCURRENT_QUEUES Stores information about concurrent managers.
FND_CONCURRENT_QUEUE_SIZE Stores information about the number of requests a concurrent manager can process at once, according to its work shift.
FND_CONCURRENT_REQUESTS Stores information about individual concurrent requests.
FND_CONCURRENT_REQUEST_CLASS Stores information about concurrent request types.
FND_CONC_REQ_OUTPUTS This table stores output files created by Concurrent Request.
FND_CURRENCIES Stores information about currencies.
FND_DATABASES It tracks the databases employed by the eBusiness suite. This table stores information about the database that is not instance specific.
FND_DATABASE_INSTANCES Stores instance specific information. Every database has one or more instance.
FND_DESCRIPTIVE_FLEXS Stores setup information about descriptive flexfields.
FND_DESCRIPTIVE_FLEXS_TL Stores translated setup information about descriptive flexfields.
FND_DOCUMENTS Stores language-independent information about a document.
FND_EXECUTABLES Stores information about concurrent program executables.
FND_FLEX_VALUES Stores valid values for key and descriptive flexfield segments.
FND_FLEX_VALUE_SETS Stores information about the value sets used by both key and descriptive flexfields.
FND_LANGUAGES Stores information regarding languages and dialects.
FND_MENUS It lists the menus that appear in the Navigate Window, as determined by the System Administrator when defining responsibilities for function security.
FND_MENUS_TL Stores translated information about the menus in FND_MENUS.
FND_MENU_ENTRIES Stores information about individual entries in the menus in FND_MENUS.
FND_PROFILE_OPTIONS Stores information about user profile options.
FND_REQUEST_GROUPS Stores information about report security groups.
FND_REQUEST_SETS Stores information about report sets.
FND_RESPONSIBILITY Stores information about responsibilities. Each row includes the name and description of the responsibility, the application it belongs to, and values that identify the main menu, and the first form that it uses.
FND_RESPONSIBILITY_TL Stores translated information about responsibilities.
FND_RESP_FUNCTIONS Stores security exclusion rules for function security menus. Security exclusion rules are lists of functions and menus inaccessible to a particular responsibility.
FND_SECURITY_GROUPS Stores information about security groups used to partition data in a Service Bureau architecture.
FND_SEQUENCES Stores information about the registered sequences in your applications.
FND_TABLES Stores information about the registered tables in your applications.
FND_TERRITORIES Stores information for countries, alternatively known as territories.
FND_USER Stores information about application users.
FND_VIEWS Stores information about the registered views in your applications.
FND_USER_RESPONSIBILITY  
FND_RESPONSIBILITY_VL  
FND_ORACLE_USERID  
FND_DATA_GROUP_UNITS  

Oracle E-Business Suite (EBS) List of Flexfields

This post is simply a table listing of the Key Flexfields (KFFs) in Oracle E-Business Suite (EBS) (aka Oracle Applications). The table contains the flexfields, along with their Code, Owning Application and base table. 

Flexfields are commonly used in OBIEE reporting for EBS source systems. Flexfields are also an integral part of the Oracle Business Analytics Warehouse (OBAW) data model. It is worthwhile to be familiar with them.

  Name Code Owning Application Table Name
1 Account Aliases MDSP Oracle Inventory MTL_GENERIC_DISPOSITIONS
2 Accounting Flexfield GL# Oracle General Ledger GL_CODE_COMBINATIONS
3 Activity Flexfield FEAC Enterprise Performance Foundation  
4 AHL Route AHLR Complex Maintenance, Repair, and Overhaul  
5 Asset Key Flexfield KEY# Oracle Assets FA_ASSET_KEYWORDS
6 Bank Details KeyFlexField BANK Oracle Payroll PAY_EXTERNAL_ACCOUNTS
7 CAGR Flexfield CAGR Oracle Human Resources  
8 Category Flexfield CAT# Oracle Assets FA_CATEGORIES
9 Competence Flexfield CMP Oracle Human Resources  
10 Cost Allocation Flexfield COST Oracle Payroll PAY_COST_ALLOCATION_KEYFLEX
11 Grade Flexfield GRD Oracle Human Resources PER_GRADE_DEFINITIONS
12 Item Catalogs MICG Oracle Inventory MTL_ITEM_CATALOG_GROUPS
13 Item Categories MCAT Oracle Inventory MTL_CATEGORIES
14 Job Flexfield JOB Oracle Human Resources PER_JOB_DEFINITIONS
15 Location Flexfield LOC# Oracle Assets FA_LOCATIONS
16 Oracle Service Item Flexfield SERV Oracle Inventory MTL_SYSTEM_ITEMS
17 People Group Flexfield GRP Oracle Payroll PAY_PEOPLE_GROUPS
18 Personal Analysis Flexfield PEA Oracle Human Resources PER_ANALYSIS_CRITERIA
19 Position Flexfield POS Oracle Human Resources PER_POSITION_DEFINITIONS
20 Public Sector Budgeting BPS Oracle Public Sector Budgeting  
21 Sales Orders MKTS Oracle Inventory SALES_ORDER_ID
22 Sales Tax Location Flexfield RLOC Oracle Receivables AR_LOCATION_COMBINATIONS
23 Soft Coded KeyFlexfield SCL Oracle Human Resources HR_SOFT_CODING_KEYFLEX
24 Stock Locators MTLL Oracle Inventory MTL_ITEM_LOCATIONS
25 System Items MSTK Oracle Inventory MTL_SYSTEM_ITEMS
26 Territory Flexfield CT# Oracle Receivables RA_TERRITORIES
27 Training Resources RES Oracle Learning Management  

Forgot weblogic user password – How to reset the weblogic user

If you have forgotten your weblogic user password, and would like to reset the user, this post might help…

One of my colleagues could not remember the password for his weblogic user in his local OBIEE installation, and asked for my assistance.  I did not know how to go about resetting the password, and so I had to search for a solution. 

After trying the steps from a few different posts related to this issue, the steps in the post found here worked.

I made a few minor modifications and copied the steps here for your convenience.

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Note: This process will remove all users created in WebLogic’s embedded LDAP server and there will only be one user (which will act as superuser) after doing below steps.

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Steps to recreate weblogic superuser (when password of existing user is forgotten)

1.      Shutdown WebLogic Server (If Running) – Optional Step

2. Login to WebLogic Server and set environment variable

cd $DOMAIN_HOME/bin   (where DOMAIN_HOME is the directory in which your domain exists, default value is $MW_HOME/user_projects/domain/base_domain), and execute the following …

. ./setDomainEnv.sh (Linux/Unix)  -or- setDomainEnv.cmd (Windows)

 

3. Create an initialization file using the following command. (Note the DOT at end of this command)

java weblogic.security.utils.AdminAccount <weblogic_username> <weblogic_user_password> . 

For Example – (Note the DOT at end of this command):

java weblogic.security.utils.AdminAccount weblogic welcome1 .

This will create file  DefaultAuthenticatorInit.ldift in directory from which you executed this command .

 

4. Rename the original file DefaultAuthenticatormyrealmInit.ldift in the $DOMAIN_HOME/security/ (for example, rename to ORIG_DefaultAuthenticatormyrealmInit.ldift) and replace it with the new DefaultAuthenticatorInit.ldift generated in step 3

 

5. Rename the data directory under $DOMAIN_HOME/servers/<serverName>/data (for example, rename it to another directory like data.bak – the data directory contains files related to embedded LDAP and role mapping file).

Perform the above for the Admin Server, that is, where <serverName> is AdminServer; and then repeat the step for the managed server(s).

Repeat this step for all managed servers which are part of this domain.

Note: This step will remove all existing users/groups from WebLogic’s embedded LDAP server (recreate these users/groups in setp8)

 

6. Recreate the boot.properites file under $DOMAIN_HOME/servers/<serverName>/security with username and password created in step 3 above.  The contents of the file will be like this …
USERNAME=weblogic
PASSWORD=welcome1

As before, perform the above for the Admin Server, that is, where <serverName> is AdminServer; and then repeat the step for the managed server(s).

Repeat this step for all managed servers which are part of this domain.

 

7. Start (or restart) Admin Server and test if you can login to WebLogic Console using the new username and password. Access the WebLogic Console from a URL similar to this: http://<server>:7001/console

 

8. Recreate any users/groups (which were part of default authenticator prior to new super user creation) or import existing users (from WebLogic’s servers embedded LDAP server backup)

OBIEE 11.1.1.6.7 and 11.1.1.6.8 released

OBIEE 11.1.1.6.7 Bundle Patch and 11.1.1.6.8 Patch Set were released in December 2012 and February 2013 respectively. Check out the release summaries below.  You will need an Oracle ID to access the links (in case you do not have one, it’s a free sign up).

Happy Patching!

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OBIEE 11.1.1.6.8

The Business Intelligence Enterprise Edition 11.1.1.6.8 patch set was released in Feb-13 and available to download from  My Oracle Support.

Per the patch readme: 

  • This patch set is available for all customers who are using Oracle Business Intelligence Enterprise Edition 11.1.1.6.0, 11.1.1.6.1, 11.1.1.6.2, 11.1.1.6.2 BP1, 11.1.1.6.4, 11.1.1.6.5, 11.1.1.6.6 and 11.1.1.6.7. 
  • Oracle Exalytics customers must only install this Oracle Business Intelligence patch set if it is certified for the specific Oracle Exalytics patch or patch set update that they are applying. For more information see Oracle Fusion Middleware Installation and Administration Guide for Oracle Exalytics In-Memory Machine and the Oracle Exalytics certification information.

The Oracle Business Intelligence 11.1.1.6.8 patch set is comprised of the following patches:

  • 1 of 7 – Oracle Business Intelligence Installer [ Patch 16094198]
  • 2 of 7 – Oracle Real Time Decisions [Patch 16094192]
  • 3 of 7 – Oracle Business Intelligence Publisher [Patch 16080520]
  • 4 of 7 – Oracle Business Intelligence ADF Components [Patch 16094205]
  • 5 of 7 – Enterprise Performance Management Components Installed from BI Installer 11.1.1.6.x. [Patch 16094211]
  • 6 of 7 – Oracle Business Intelligence [Patch 16067995]
  • 7 of 7 – Oracle Business Intelligence Platform Client Installers and MapViewer [Patch 16097082]

Note:

  • The Readme files for the above patches describe the bugs fixed in each patch, and any known bugs with the patch.
  • This patch is cumulative, and therefore, contains all of the fixes included in the earlier 11.1.1.6.2, 11.1.1.6.4, 11.1.1.6.5, 11.1.1.6.6 and 11.1.1.6.7 patch sets.
  • However, lists of fixes from included patch sets need to be looked up in the respective patches’ readme files, and are not included in the above patches’ readme files.
  • The instructions to apply the above patches are identical, and are contained in the readme file for Patch 16094198.
  • The readme documentation states to apply Patch 13952743 for JDeveloper

OBIEE 11.1.1.6.7

Oracle Business Intelligence Enterprise Edition (OBIEE) 11.1.1.6.7 Bundle Patch was released Dec-12.

  • the bundle patch is now available for download from  My Oracle Support.
  • this bundle patch includes 63 bug fixes.
  • it is cumulative (includes everything in 11.1.1.6.1, 11.1.1.6.2, 11.1.1.6.2BP1, 11.1.1.6.4, 11.1.1.6.5 and 11.1.1.6.6).

The Oracle Business Intelligence 11.1.1.6.7 patch set is comprised of the following patches:

  • 1 of 7 – Oracle Business Intelligence Installer [Patch 15959887]
  • 2 of 7 – Oracle Real Time Decisions [Patch 15959877]
  • 3 of 7 – Oracle Business Intelligence Publisher [Patch 15929063]
  • 4 of 7 – Oracle Business Intelligence ADF Components [Patch 15959899]
  • 5 of 7 – Enterprise Performance Management Components Installed from BI Installer 11.1.1.6.x [Patch 15959861]
  • 6 of 7 – Oracle Business Intelligence [Patch 15894670]
  • 7 of 7 – Oracle Business Intelligence Platform Client Installers and MapViewer [Patch 15959917

Oracle Business Intelligence Applications (OBIA) 7.9.6.4 Released

Oracle has released OBIA 7.9.6.4, and it has some significant improvements.  Check out the summary below. You will need an Oracle ID to access the links (if you don’t have one, it’s a free sign up).

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Oracle BI Applications 7.9.6.4, featuring further integration of two new BI Applications, is now available.

The products, which became first available in OBIA 7.9.6.3 Extension Pack release, now have significantly enhanced dashboards, reports and subject areas, and now have been completely integrated to the Oracle BI Applications including a unified data model and conformed RPD, DAC and INFA repositories.  In addition, they now also support an expanded BI Applications Certification Matrix.

Existing customers that have not yet deployed should consider 7.9.6.4 instead of the 7.9.6.3 Extension Pack Release.

  • Oracle Manufacturing Analytics, part of the Oracle BI Applications product family, helps discrete and process manufacturing organizations optimize their supply networks by integrating data from across the enterprise value chain, thereby enabling executives, operations managers, cost accountants and production supervisors to make informed and actionable decisions related to manufacturing execution.  The application includes 21 analytical subject areas that are leveraged to deliver 32 dashboard pages that consist of more than 200 pre-built reports.
  • Oracle Enterprise Asset Management Analytics, part of the Oracle BI Applications product family, offers complete and enhanced visibility to enterprise-wide maintenance information. Pre-built reports covering Maintenance History, Maintenance Cost Analysis and Maintenance Work Orders, provide Maintenance Managers information to maximize performance, identify potential issues much in advance, and address them before they escalate into serious problems. The application includes 11 analytical subject areas that are leveraged to deliver 26 dashboard pages that consist of more than 200 pre-built reports.

Highlights of the Oracle BI Applications 7.9.6.4 Release:

  • New Application – Oracle Manufacturing Analytics with pre-built adapters for EBS Process Manufacturing R12.x and EBS Discrete Manufacturing R12.x and 11.5.10
  • New Application – Oracle Enterprise Asset Management Analytics with pre-built adapters for EBS R12.x, EBS 11.5.10 and IBM Maximo 7.5
  • Universal Adapter to extend the capability to other source systems
  • Certified for OBIEE 11g
  • Certified for Exalytics
  • Certified for DAC 11g including support for Exalytics / Times Ten, Patching Framework, Dual ETL Support and many other performance enhancements
  • Native support for mobile and tablet devices
  • Localized in 28 languages
  • Supported on Oracle, SQL Server, DB2 and Teradata DB

Additional related information is available via:

  • Getting Started With Oracle Business Intelligence Applications 7.9.6.4 [Doc ID 1527634.1]
  • OBIA 7.9.6.4: Bugs Fixed in 7.9.6.4 (Doc ID 1528774.1)
  • Oracle Business Intelligence Applications ETL Data Lineage Guide Release 7.9.6.4 [Doc ID 1527475.1]