Like thousands of organizations worldwide, American Tire Distributors (ATD) has built its business practices around Oracle E-Business Suite. And like many Oracle E-Business Suite customers, ATD is taking advantage of significant new features and functionality by upgrading to Oracle E-Business Suite 12.
Oracle E-Business Suite 12, first available in January 2007, included architectural improvements to Oracle Financials to support global and shared-service operations, improve operational efficiencies, and reduce risk. Specifically, it introduced a new centralized architecture that standardizes and simplifies the financial infrastructure across an entire enterprise. Its subledger accounting, ledgers, and ledger sets ensure adherence to a single set of accounting rules across an enterprise while supporting faster, simpler period-end closings.
Oracle E-Business Suite 12.1, released in May 2009, enhanced other areas including the human resources, projects, service management, procurement, supply chain management, and master data management modules. Enhancements in Oracle E-Business Suite 12.1 include support for high-volume warehouse operations, including demand-based forward pick replenishment; sourcing enhancements to streamline sourcing processes, enforce compliance, reduce risk, and achieve savings; and the ability to view fully loaded estimated costs (including transportation, duties, and taxes) across the complete supply chain using Oracle Landed Cost Management.
Organizations with field service operations can leverage improved dispatch center operations, more-effective scheduling of technicians, and streamlined service request creation and management in Oracle E-Business Suite 12.1. Supply, demand, and design chains were optimized with the new value chain planning capabilities in Oracle’s supply chain management solutions, and deduplication and merging were added to Oracle’s master data management solutions. Usability was improved across the board, with mouse-over and pop-up selection, inline editing of attachments, look-ahead searching, and the ability to embed rich content such as business intelligence reports and dashboards.
“We continue to add new functionality to Oracle E-Business Suite 12.1 on a regular basis through easy-to-consume release update packs,” says Ognjen Pavlovic, vice president of Oracle E-Business Suite product strategy. “Oracle E-Business Suite 12.1.3, available in August 2010, combines statutory and regulatory updates with other enhancements across all product areas.”
Pavlovic notes that Oracle E-Business Suite 11i Release 11.5.10, the terminal release of Oracle E-Business Suite 11i, will transition from Premier Support to Extended Support in November 2010. After three years in Extended Support, Oracle E-Business Suite 11i Release 11.5.10 will enter Sustaining Support.
“If you are still on Oracle E-Business Suite 11i, Oracle recommends that you plan and execute your Oracle E-Business Suite 12.1 upgrade within the support window,” Pavlovic says.