Since I dedicated my last article to what Oracle is doing for JD Edwards World, let’s switch gears this week to discuss what EnterpriseOne customers are getting from the software giant. May was a fairly fruitful month for this community, as Oracle announced two significant enhancements. Here are the details on both announcements.

A New Financial Management and Compliance Console

After months of previews, Oracle has delivered the Financial Management and Compliance Console for JD Edwards EnterpriseOne. The application aggregates financial information from operational tables and delivers it to the console via a star schema data structure. The aggregated information includes 47 pre-defined metrics covering areas such as cash flow, liquidity ratios, actual vs. plan, profitability ratios, and accounts payable/receivable.

The console also offers seven categories of compliance alerts to monitor changes in credit limits, expense management, and write-off settings, among other areas. Since the console is role-based, companies can customize it so that employees only see the information they need to see. In addition, Oracle is welcoming its partners to extend the console with industry-specific content. Several partners have already taken the company up on its offer.

A screen shot of the Financial Management and Compliance Console

The Financial Management and Compliance Console is currently available for customers running EnterpriseOne 8.11 SP1 and 8.12. You can download the ASU for the console from the Oracle E-Delivery web site. Check out the minimum technical requirements beforehand to make sure your site is ready.


Support for IBM i 6.1

A month ago, sources close to Oracle and IBM told us that EnterpriseOne would soon be validated on the latest release of the IBM System i operating system. The release was formerly known as i5/OS V6R1, but IBM has renamed it to IBM i 6.1.

Last week, Oracle announced the validation of EnterpriseOne on IBM i 6.1. The company now supports the operating system release on EnterpriseOne Tools 8.97 Update 1, which runs with EnterpriseOne 8.9 and above. While that leaves OneWorld Xe and EnterpriseOne 8.0 out in the cold for now, Oracle plans to support IBM i 6.1 on these releases in the future. For more details on system requirements, check out this page on the Customer Connection web site.

One More Thing!

While I’ve got you thinking about EnterpriseOne enhancements, be aware that Oracle is now accepting applications from customers and partners who want to participate in beta tests for EnterpriseOne Tools 8.98. The upcoming release will feature enhancements in areas such as batch process management, security, and the overall usability of the web interface. To learn more, check out the EnterpriseOne Tools 8.98 Beta Testing Program Information document.