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Accelerate and Simplify Oracle EBS Data loading

If you’re using Oracle e-Business Suite (Oracle EBS), More4apps improves the data loading process substantially

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Oracle Data Loading The Smart Way

How Important is Data Accuracy to Your Business?

Allowing poor-quality data to enter your organizational systems is an expensive mistake to make. According to research group Gartner, it could cost your business up to 12.8 million dollars per year.

If you’re using Oracle EBS, you’ll already know that it’s a powerful data management tool. But are you aware of its limitations? Despite its many benefits, the EBS user interface is inefficient when entering and updating mass data loads. Simply put – important and extracting information becomes an onerous task.

Making a commitment to improving data quality can have a positive impact on your top and bottom-line results. But what is the best way to achieve better data quality in Oracle EBS? 

With several different options available, we’ve weighed up the pros and cons for each in our latest whitepaper. Understanding the positive and negative aspects of each solution is important to ensure you choose the option that best meets the needs of your business when working with Oracle EBS. 

In this blog post, we provide an overview of the solutions available and explain how More4apps can help to improve the Oracle data loading process for your business.

Free Solutions

Web ADI is included with your Oracle EBS license and is pre-installed on your Oracle system; However, it does need installing on the user’s PC.

This is a self-service Oracle application. It is included as part of EBS and processing is managed by the server, meaning there is no need to install any additional software to enable its use. It includes a selection of ready-packaged and customizable solutions. Using it makes data inputting easier because it allows End Users to complete EBS tasks using familiar programs such as Excel and Word.

However, Web ADI does not offer the level of functionality required by most businesses. It includes more than 300 seeded templates, but these are not specific to the unique needs of your business.

Custom-Built Solutions

Bulk loaders such as SQL*Loader and APEX can handle millions of data lines with supporting PL/SQL scripts. But building them can be very time-consuming and they need specialist ongoing maintenance. That means you’ll need to employ skilled developers with the relevant knowledge and experience.

Finding a suitable developer can be tricky. EBS was first launched over 20 years’ ago, so the people who worked on early implementations may not be available. If you do manage to find someone, they will expect a high rate of pay in exchange for their expertise.

Another problem with custom development is that it is insecure and unaudited. It requires many hand-offs and exchanges between the developer and End User, adding even more delays to the data processing timeline.

Third-Party Software Solutions

Dataloader

Dataloader offers two variants; one free and one paid-for. Most organizations are happy with the free version and use its basic keyboard stroke emulation functionality. It is ideal for small data loads, but it does require babysitting and has a tendency to continue running even if it hits an error. In some cases, this will create invalid data.

The paid-for version has some better features, including the ability to record transactions to play back. It is also much faster. However, it requires the setup of Samba drives or FTP to get the loads to run.

Getting the right data in the spreadsheet format is tricky and time consuming, whichever version you choose.

More4apps

More4apps makes Oracle EBS more accessible, meaning you can utilize its full functionality.

Our solutions allow organizations to integrate their familiar Excel spreadsheets with Oracle EBS. That means you can load data more efficiently, meaning that the ERP becomes a single source of robust data.

But why should you choose More4apps? We’ve been a trusted Oracle partner for more than 20 years. We have 34,000 users all over the world, and we’re proud of our reputation as a market leader for Oracle spreadsheet loading tools.

Our specialist software has been designed with Oracle EBS End Users in mind. Our products will help you to upload and download data more efficiently, saving you time and money.

Each of our products is built in Microsoft Excel. Our solutions are designed to work in harmony with Oracle EBS, all within the familiar interface of Microsoft Excel and leveraging Oracle’s mid-tier for connectivity. With Excel as the main interface, chances are training or onboarding will be unnecessary as End Users are already familiar with the MS tool. However, if training is needed, we can do that too via simple, quick, focused sessions. IT Managers can also have peace of mind knowing that we support quick and simple training for users.

Our solutions empower data owners to carry out mass data uploads and updates. They retain ownership and control of their data, instead of being reliant on a member of the IT team. Our software consists of feature-rich toolsets specifically designed for end-users.

EBS Toolbox

Our products enable End Users to own the entire data loading process, without needing any knowledge of API’s. Data is transferred effortlessly between Excel and Oracle. The EBS Toolbox will help your organization by saving time and reducing errors which ultimately lead to improved overall business performance. 

How Do More4apps Solutions Benefit Key Stakeholders?

Investing in a solution from More4apps promotes the following business benefits:

For Senior Managers:

  • Decision making is supported by highly reliable, accurate data
  • Improved efficiency within the data entry team, meaning reduced costs in terms of headcount
  • Faster processing times for important business operating procedures
  • Improved return on investment from Oracle

For the IT Team:

  • Releases IT specialist’s time to provide support with more technical tasks
  • Enables stakeholders to better utilize Oracle systems, meaning fewer queries to IT Team
  • Positively impacts data quality, governance, and security
  • Improves audit quality across the organization

For Management:

  • Reduces the amount of time spent on routine data processing, releasing more time for other important work to be completed
  • Improves accuracy and offers the ability to easily detect and resolve data quality issues and errors
  • Improves audit trail
  • Allows employees to spend more time analysing data and taking appropriate action, rather than being focussed only on data entry

For the End User:

  • Enables users to complete their data inputting work more quickly and easily, using a familiar program
  • Removes the need to work with Oracle forms which are not user-friendly
  • Easier to detect and amend errors or omissions in the data
  • Enables users to work in an environment they are familiar with reducing the need for additional training

Conclusion

Every organization is under pressure to save time and increase revenue. Eliminating inefficiencies in operational areas such as IT is vital. 

When considering ways to improve efficiency, business leaders may discuss moving tasks away from the IT department or sourcing cheaper technology solutions. Whilst these are valid considerations, they must never compromise the integrity of the ERP or incur excessive time or money to implement. 

Each of the data loading solutions has its own merits. So why should you choose More4apps for your business?

More4apps products are focused on improving the End User’s experience. That means they are designed to be simple, user-friendly and quick to implement. 

Why do we choose to work with the End User in mind? They are the people who know the data better than anyone else. So we think empowering them is an important part of ensuring high-quality data is entered in accordance with organizational timescales. 

Empowering the End User to deal with the end-to-end data loading process means skilled IT staff can focus on more technical tasks.

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