Informatica Command-line Programs

Frequently used Informatica Programs are:

  • pmcmd – used to manage workflows, such as starting, stopping and scheduling
  • pmrep – used to perform PowerCenter Repository administration tasks, such as update repository information and perform repository functions
  • infacmd – used to administer Informatica application services
  • infasetup – used to administer Informatica domain and nodes
  • pmpasswd – used to encrypt passwords for use in parameter files or environment variables

Command-line and Interactive Execution
All 5 programs (pmcmd, pmrep, infacmd, infasetup, and pmpasswd) can be executed in Command-line mode.
Three of them (pmcmd, pmrep and infacmd) can be executed in Interactive mode.

Program Locations
All programs except infasetup are located in [InformaticaInstallDirectory]/server/bin.  infasetup is located in [InformaticaInstallDirectory]/server.

Below is a table that summarizes the features/usage of each of these programs into one location:



Informatica Transformations Frequently used in OBIA

These are some of the Informatica transformations that are frequently used in Oracle Business Intelligence Applications (OBIA).  The OBIA SDE and SIL mappings used to load the Oracle Business Analytics Warehouse (OBAW) are built using these and other transformations.

1. Source Qualifier
The Source Qualifier transformation is used to bring data from one or more tables from the same source into the mapping.  If being used for more than one table, then a join condition needs to be defined between the tables.  The typical naming convention for a Source Qualifier transformation is SQ_* or sq_*.

2. Joiner
The Joiner transformation is used to join tables in different data sources.  The typical naming convention for a Joiner transformation is JNR_* or jnr_*.

3. Expression
The Expression transformation is used to perform simple row-based calculations or derivations.  The typical naming convention for an Expression transformation is EXP_* or exp_*.

4. Filter
The Filter transformation is similar to a where clause in SQL – it adds a conditional filter to the data passing through the mapping.  The typical naming convention for a Filter transformation is FIL_* or fil_*.

5. Aggregator
The Aggregator transformation is used to perform aggregate calculations on the data passing through the mapping, for example, performing a sum or max.  The typical naming convention for an Aggregator transformation is AGG_* or agg_*.

6. Lookup
The Lookup transformation is used to lookup values based on another known/submitted value, and pass the looked up value into the mapping.  There are 2 types of Lookups – connected and unconnected.  The typical naming convention for a Lookup transformation is LKP_* or lkp_*.

7. Update Strategy
The Update Strategy transformation is used to determine and perform the appropriate course of action for data in the mapping.  Based on the determined state of the data, the transformation is used to insert, update, delete or reject records.  The typical naming convention for an Update Strategy transformation is UPD_* or upd_*.

Components of Oracle Business Intelligence Applications (OBIA)

The Oracle Business Intelligence Applications (OBIA) is made up of a number of components that are brought together to create a great prebuilt BI solution.  The components can be categorized into 4 major components.

1. Prebuilt reports and dashboard content + Embedded dashboard/report building tool
This prebuilt content is contained in the Oracle BI Presentation Services Catalog, and some of the content is built on the Oracle BI Repository metadata.
The tools include Dashboard Editor and Answers.

2. Prebuilt metadata content (Oracle BI Server Repository) + Administration Tool      
This metadata content is contained in the Oracle Business Intelligence Applications repository file (EnterpriseBusinessAnalytics.rpd).
This content is built and administered using the BI Administration Tool, and is built from the metadata in the OBAW.

3. Oracle Business Analytics Warehouse
The prebuilt data warehouse that holds data extracted, transformed, and loaded from the transactional sources.  The OBAW contains best-practice star-schemas and conforming dimensions.

4. Prebuilt ETL processes and tools
Prebuilt Informatica content + Embedded Informatica ETL Tool
+ Prebuilt DAC metadata repository files + Embedded DAC Tool
Informatica is a third-party application that performs the extract, transform, and load operations for the Data Warehouse.  The Informatica content includes Extract-Transform-Load (ETL) repository objects, such as mappings, sessions, and workflows, and is contained in the Informatica repository file (Oracle_BI_DW_Base.rep).
The DAC is a tool that is used for setup, configuration, administration, and monitoring of data warehouse processes.  The DAC content includes repository objects such as tables, subject areas, execution plans, and tasks, and is contained in XML files.
These tools and processes together extract data from sources, such as Oracle EBS or PeopleSoft, and load the data into the OBAW.

Oracle Peoplesoft Accounts Payable Data model and dataflow

This is a simplified Peoplesoft Accounts Payable data flow and data model. The purpose is to provide a basic understanding of the key tables and how data flows through the module.  Understanding the key tables and the data flow is helpful when creating metrics and reports in tools such as OBIEE or when working with OBIA Financial Analytics, and particularly, with the Accounts Payable dashboard, reports and metrics.

When a voucher is created, the information is recorded in the VOUCHER, VOUCHER_LINE and DISTRIB_LINE tables. 

When payments are created for the vouchers, the information is recorded in the PAYMENT_TBL and PYMNT_VCHR_XREF tables.  The PYMNT_VCHR_XREF table provides a bridge between voucher and payment tables.

When a voucher is posted and when a payment is posted, accounting entries are generated and recorded in VCHR_ACCTG_LINE.

Payments are of course made to vendors.  Vendor primary information is stored in the VENDOR table, but there are many more vendor related tables.


Accounts Payable key table descriptions

VOUCHER AP Voucher Header Table. This Table provides the Invoice Header Information and the Accounting Information as displayed on the Voucher. Budget Checking Exceptions can also be identified on this table.
VOUCHER_LINE AP Voucher Line Table. This Table provides the individual line information for each invoice including description, quantity, unit of measure, unit amount, and extended amount. You can have multiple VOUCHER_LINE to each VOUCHER.
DISTRIB_LINE AP Voucher Distribution Table. This Table provides the Invoice accounting line distribution detail. Budget Checking Exceptions can also be identified on this table. You can have multiple DISTRIB_LINE to each VOUCHER_LINE.
VCHR_ACCTG_LINE AP Accounting Entries. This Table contains all transactions that are journal generated.
PYMNT_VCHR_XREF Voucher Scheduled Payment Table. This Table is often used as a link between the Voucher and the Payment Tables.
PAYMENT_TBL AP Disbursements Table. The Primary Table that the Payments are recorded against at time of the PayCycle Manager.
PYMNT_XREF_VW AP Payment Voucher Information. The View is designed to link the Voucher ID with the Payment Reference.
VENDOR Vendor Header Table. This Table represents the high-level Header information related to a specific vendor.
VENDOR_ADDR Vendor Address Table
VNDR_ADDR_PHN Vendor Address Phone Table
VENDOR_LOC Vendor Location Table
VENDOR_CNTCT Vendor Contact Detail Table
VENDOR_PAY Vendor Payment Defaults
VENDOR_WTHD Vendor Withholding Table
VENDOR_WTHD_JUR Vendor Withholding Jurisdiction Table

Oracle PeopleSoft General Ledger data model and data flow

The PeopleSoft General Ledger is a module in the Oracle PeopleSoft Enterprise suite of applications. This post gives a brief overview of the data flow and data model of PeopleSoft General Ledger.  General Ledger applications are generally a central point for key financial reporting and this is also the case for PeopleSoft applications.

Oracle Business Intelligence Applications (OBIA) offers pre-built integration with Oracle Peoplesoft Enterprise, and the tables here are some of the source tables for Oracle Business Intelligence Application Financial Analytics.


Data is brought into the GL Journal Header (JRNL_HEADER) and Journal Lines (JRNL_LN) tables via a number of methods – spreadsheet template import, flat-file import, or via a load process from other PeopleSoft modules.  There are multiple Journal Lines for each Journal Header.

The Journals are edited, and when valid, they can be Posted.  The Posting creates records in the Ledger table (LEDGER).  Ledger data is a common source for reporting – for example, P&L and Balance Sheet reporting will be done against Ledger data.

Some supporting tables for the GL module are:
GL_ACCOUNT_TBL:  contains the value and description of Account values
PRODUCT:   contains the value and description of Product values
DEPT_TBL: contains the value and description of Department values
BUS_UNIT_TBL_GL:  contains the value and description of Business Unit values
ACCT_TYPE_TBL:  contains the descriptions of Account Types – Asset, Liability, Equity, Expense, Revenue

Oracle EBS Receivables Data Flow and Data Model

The Accounts Receivable function is responsible for managing outgoing invoices to customers who purchased goods or services, and the collection and application of all payments, including payments for invoices.  The Oracle Receivables module (a part of the Oracle EBS Financials Suite) helps the Accounts Receivable departments to manage this function effectively and efficiently.

This post describes a summary of the Oracle Receivables data model and data flow.  Some of these tables are source tables for the Oracle Business Intelligence Applications – Financial Analytics module, specifically providing information for the Payabales dashboard.


To be in the position where you need to handle and process a payment in Receivables, you need to have a buyer/payer (most times this is a customer but there are exceptions). Customer records are stored in the HZ_CUST_ACCOUNTS and HZ_PARTIES tables.  Each customer needs to have a site (a location/address of business) for which information is stored in HZ_CUST_ACCT_SITES_ALL and HZ_PARTY_SITES_ALL.

When a customer purchases goods or services from your company, an invoice is generated for the customer.  These invoice transactions are recorded in RA_CUSTOMER_TRX_ALL (invoice headers) and RA_CUSTOMER_TRX_LINES_ALL (invoice lines).

When the customer makes a payment, this generates new transactions.  These are recorded in AR_CASH_RECEIPTS_ALL and AR_CASH_RECEIPT_HISTORY.  If there is adjustment to an invoice, this is recorded in AR_ADJUSTMENTS.

Sometimes payments are received in batches, where a single payment is for multiple invoices.  These batch payments have records in AR_BATCHES.

The AR_PAYMENT_SCHEDULE table holds one record per payment.  Therefore, for payments that pay an invoice in full, there will only be one record related to that invoice.  However, if payments for an invoice are broken up into a payment plan, or if a partial payment is received for an invoice, additional records will be generated in this table for each payment.

I mentioned above that “most times payments are from customers, but there are exceptions”. An example of an exception is “payment from a bank for interest earned”.  The payment is not from a customer and it’s not for goods/services provided.  These types of payments are recorded in AR_MISC_CASH_DISTRIBUTIONS.

These transactions affect accounting which will eventually make their way to the GL (when the Receivables Transfer to GL program is run). The accounting transactions are generated in RA_CUST_TRX_LINE_GL_DIST and AR_RECEIVABLE_APPLICATIONS.

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.


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.