Author Archives: Helene Abrams

Optimizing Cross-validation Rules in General Ledger

Cross-validation rules determine which segment values in your chart of accounts (or other key flexfields) can be used together.  Upon data entry, the rule determines and controls the valid values that may be used in conjunction with other values. This paper shows how to set up Cross-validation rules, discusses the design considerations for your chart […]

Is Your ERP System Killing Your Business

Today’s enterprises are plagued with problems related to making decisions whether to utilize resources to maintain existing IT environments or to initiate change programs that can transform existing systems into new optimized enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems that more adequately support the businesses. Innovation often takes a back seat to maintaining the status quo, a […]

The Bridge to Nowhere

Integration of diverse applications means building bridges that connect one application to another in order to pass data between them. There are several ways of integrating data, from writing code to insert data that is generated in one system into another system to using a hub-type technology with several adaptors that also includes a messaging […]

The Truth, the Whole Truth and Nothing But the Truth

Almost everyone has had some experience during which two or more people have been working on the same task at the same time.  In such cases, it is often hard to determine who has the “master copy” of the project, and changes made by one individual can easily get lost or overwritten by changes made […]

Agility by Design – Finished But Not Done

Part I of this series addressed the requisites of a stable design for enterprise systems that will allow them to remain agile over both the near- and longer-term. It first identified the core building blocks of systems, the metadata, data, and business processes and explained the relationships of those building blocks and the need for complete, […]

Agility by Design – Building Software to Last

Part 1: A Stable Design The implementation of enterprise systems brings with it great promise of better information, consistent systems, and reduced operational costs. Achieving that promise, however, is an immense challenge. Building a cohesive enterprise software environment is extremely complex. Most large companies have hundreds of applications to run their business. Many of the […]

The Oracle Applications “Tax”

The only good thing about the corporate income tax is that a larger tax is a sign of larger revenue. In every company, there is also a “deadweight tax” levied on the company by Oracle® EBS and other ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning) systems. You probably wonder why you’ve never heard of this tax. And you […]

How to Generate FSG Reports – Part II

In the second tip of the Financial Statement Generator (FSG) report series, we continue to explain how FSG reports can be created that are reusable and easy to maintain. The FSG’s are powerful tools that can be used to produce a variety of traditional reports such as balance sheets, profit and loss statements, income statements, […]