Cummins Turns to Noetix to Solve their Oracle Reporting Challenges

Srini Chavali from Cummins, Inc. shares how Noetix ensures that multiple versions of Oracle E-Business Suite can be seamlessly upgraded, allowing end users to quickly and easily access their data.

Cummins, a global power leader made up of complementary business units that design, manufacture, distribute, and service engines and related technologies, uses Noetix across 17 instances of the Oracle E-Business Suite for mission critical real-time operational reporting.

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Measuring data governance programs

Assessing the impact of any program or initiative requires measurement of outcomes to determine progress toward objectives.  While this may be a blinding glimpse of the obvious, we have to ask ourselves “what is the desired outcome that we want to achieve” before we can decide what to measure and how to measure it.  This is especially true in regard to data governance programs.  When we think about measuring the effectiveness of data governance programs, we can think about it across multiple dimensions. Each of these dimensions provides insight into a different aspect of the enterprise that the program touches. Read more

Government Agencies Solve Decision Support Challenges with Noetix

In 2010, the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) issued a memorandum mandating improvements in key deliverables of financial system modernization projects, including decision support. OMB’s guidance, coupled with significant complexities and changes in Oracle applications, are causing government agencies to rethink their data access and delivery strategy – particularly those agencies that are considering implementing or upgrading to Oracle E-Business Suite Release 12.

Agencies like the Social Security Administration (SSA) are turning to Noetix for simplified data access to operational data sources. Noetix translates the complexity of the data sources into easy-to-use reporting objects or business views and significantly improves visibility and usability of real-time data, empowering non technical users to create and publish operational reports with little or no training.

For example, SSA chose Noetix software to automatically handle the conversions and database re-mappings required with new Oracle applications releases. With support from Noetix, SSA had the tools and technology required to meet deadlines and stay ahead of schedule during a recent migration to Oracle Release 12. Today, about 165 end users from SSA’s centralized accounting department use Noetix for ad hoc queries to develop their own financial reports. They now have secure access to additional data in cross-functional reports that they were not able to view using Oracle Discoverer.

Noetix provides agency analysts and related professionals an easier means to create, modify, and maintain operational reports without asking for technical assistance, reducing report development costs by as much as 70 percent.

For more information on Noetix Government Solutions including what’s new in OMB mandates and how Noetix can help customers navigate Oracle application upgrades, view Noetix’s On Demand Web Seminar, “Agencies Solve Decision Support Challenges with Noetix.”

United States Constitution and Data Governance

In 1787, there was such a thing called “The United States of America”, but it didn’t have a lot of power. The real power was held by the 13 former colonies, or states, each of which is a sovereign nation with its own laws, currency, and taxes. The United States of America was formed 6 years before that, driven by the need to fight a common enemy: Great Britain. So it had an army. Plus, it could negotiate treaties with other countries. But that was about the extent of its power. Read more

Noetix 2010 – A Year in Review

Despite persistent worldwide economic challenges, Noetix kicked-off 2010 with record profitability in the first half, and continued to add industry leading names to the customer portfolio throughout the rest of the year.

Noetix received numerous corporate awards during the year including a finalist nomination for the 2010 Stevie American Business Awards in the Best Overall Company of the Year with up to 2,500 employees category, and inclusion in listings such as Seattle Business Magazine’s Best Companies to Work For in Washington, KMWorld’s 100 Companies that Matter in Knowledge Management, and King County’s Best Workplaces for Recycling and Waste Reduction.

Noetix products also created a well-deserved buzz. Noetix Analytics, earning KMWorld’s 2010 “Trend-Setting Product of the Year” award, delivers strategic reporting solutions to customers along with a whole host of packaged analytical applications.

In addition to providing ongoing product enhancements, Noetix Engineering introduced the next-generation operational reporting solution for Oracle E-Business Suite – NoetixViews, which now includes global views for Oracle Financials, U.S. Federal Financials, Supply Chain, Discrete Manufacturing, Projects, and Enterprise Asset Management. This new offering joins the previously released global views for Oracle’s Human Resource Management System application suite, Process Manufacturing and Service suites, and Advanced Supply Chain Planning.

We look forward to this new year with hope for continued economic recovery. Noetix remains steadfast in its dedication to helping maximize the investments that your organization has made in our products, as well as enterprise applications and BI tools.

Noetix Search: An Essential Tool for Accessing Your Noetix Data

Are you wondering what exactly Noetix Search is used for? Let’s start with some background: NoetixViews and Noetix Analytics both provide incredibly rich data models for helping you get to your data. You can build transactional and operational reports with NoetixViews, as well as multi-dimensional analysis and dashboards with Noetix Analytics.

One of the challenges, because the models have so much content, is finding the right objects to serve as the basis of your report. Which view should I use? What relationship set has the right fields for my dashboard?

This is exactly the problem Noetix Search is designed to solve. Noetix Search provides a familiar, easy-to-use interface that allows you to look through all the Noetix content to find what you need. You can browse through your views and analytics using a hierarchy based on subject areas – Payables, Receivables, Inventory, Projects, or whatever functional areas you have. You can also search, just like you do in Google, simply by entering a few keywords.

Once Noetix Search finds something that might be a good match, it presents a detailed page with all the relevant information that you need to understand how to use it. For a Noetix view, that page includes descriptions of all of the view’s columns, some questions you can answer using the view, lists of related views, a list of all the Oracle database tables used by the view, and more. For Noetix Analytics, the detail page shows all of the fields, all of the tables (including the join definitions between them), a diagram of the star schema, and more.

For any report author, Noetix Search is an essential tool that unlocks the full value of the other Noetix products. For more detailed information on Noetix Search, view this short On Demand Demo.

What does the statement, “NoetixViews automatically matches my ‘unique configuration’ of Oracle E-Business Suite,” really mean?

QUESTION:  What does the statement, “NoetixViews automatically matches my ‘unique configuration’ of Oracle E-Business Suite,” really mean?

ANSWER:  NoetixViews software creates database views that are automatically generated by patented technology called Noetix MetaBuilder. This technology scans through the setup details of an Oracle E-Business Suite (EBS) installation, discovers how EBS has been configured, and uses that information to create custom views that match the configuration.

The most common (and most obvious) setup details that Noetix MetaBuilder detects are Key Flexfields (KFFs) and Descriptive Flexfields (DFFs). All of the structures that have been defined for your KFFs and the segments and qualifiers that are defined for each structure are detected and used to expose those KFF segments as columns in the views that are generated. In a similar manner, the attributes you’ve defined in your DFFs become columns in the generated views. Noetix MetaBuilder even recognizes context-sensitive DFFs and maps them appropriately into the views it creates.

Beyond flexfields, there are many other configuration details that Noetix MetaBuilder detects and uses to modify the views that it generates. Here are a few of the most common examples:

  • Multiple Currencies – If multiple currencies are enabled, NoetixViews will show monetary amounts in both transaction currency and base currency.
  • Credit Card Information – In different versions of EBS R12 (12.1, 12.1.1, 12.1.2), Oracle has changed the way credit card information is stored. NoetixViews automatically detects the current version and automatically retrieves the credit card details so that they are displayed properly.
  • Trading Community Architecture – Oracle Trading Community Architecture (TCA) is a data model for managing complex information about customers, including organizations, locations, and the network of hierarchical relationships among them. TCA was first used in Oracle Accounts Receivable v 11.5, and has been broadly expanded in R12. NoetixViews automatically detects the version of EBS and incorporates TCA appropriately throughout its views.

There are many other setup details detected. NoetixViews includes literally hundreds of “profile options” – configuration settings that control the behavior of Noetix MetaBuilder so that it generates views that match your configuration of EBS. The value to you is clear – you can be confident that the views that are generated for you will return data correctly because they match the way your installation of Oracle EBS is storing that data.

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