At our visit to Collaborate this year, the annual Oracle Applications Users Group and Quest Conference, we gathered great intel on what’s in the pipeline for Oracle E-Business Suite (EBS) and PeopleSoft users. Collaborate17 demonstrated Oracle’s commitment to supporting past EBS and PeopleSoft versions, while also making it easier to step up to the Cloud and better analyze Big Data. With both platforms, however, gaps remain in easy reporting offerings. In this blog, we’ll take a look at some of the developments we saw at Collaborate for EBS, while our next blog will explore PeopleSoft enhancements.
With extended support of Oracle Business Intelligence Discoverer ending this June, some organizations still have their heads in the sand when it comes to replacing the popular reporting tool. While some companies are staying with unsupported Discoverer for now, others are moving to recommended Oracle successors like Oracle Business Intelligence Enterprise Edition (OBIEE). Each option comes with hidden costs.
As CFOs start calling plays for the 2017 business game, they’re naming better reporting and analysis as a top improvement goal. In a recent survey of 380 finance executives, more than 70 percent say supporting decision-making is their number-one priority this year. Over 90 percent say they need to do more with existing financial and operations data to help top management make informed decisions. If your company uses Oracle E-Business Suite (EBS), there’s a looming tackle that could keep you from crossing the goal line of improved reporting and analysis: Oracle’s June 2017 suspension of extended support for its Business Intelligence Discoverer reporting tool.
User interfaces for ERP reporting tools are most often built with IT staff in mind – not the end user. In a recent survey of ERP user satisfaction, almost half of the approximately 1,500 respondents said they needed easier access to information, with 35% indicating that access to information takes too long. For users of Oracle E-Business Suite (EBS), data access is about to get a bit more difficult now that the company has phased out the Oracle Discoverer product, which many customers had used for reporting.
Each year as we attend COLLABORATE, the annual Oracle Applications Users Group conference, we anticipate checking the reporting pain scale of this large group and advising on how to alleviate the aches. Our team also appreciates the opportunity to attend sessions and hear what’s coming from Oracle so we can respond to any new offerings that might simplify or complicate reporting or other processes like budgeting and journal loading.