Revision History

This document will continue to evolve as existing sections change and new information is added. All updates appear in the following table:

Date Feature Notes
23 JAN 2018

BMQL Enhancements to Support JOIN Clauses

Revised Document. Corrected feature description.

17 JAN 2018   Created initial document.

Overview

This guide outlines the information you need to know about new or improved functionality in this update.

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Oracle CPQ Cloud

Oracle Configure, Price, and Quote (CPQ) Cloud enables companies to streamline the entire opportunity-to-quote-to-order process, including product selection, configuration, pricing, quoting, ordering, and approval workflows. CPQ Cloud provides a flexible, scalable, enterprise-ready solution ideal for companies of all sizes that sell products and services across direct, indirect, and e-commerce sales channels.

Modern User Experience

Leverage the rich interface and interactive capabilities available in CPQ Cloud to provide an intuitive selling experience using the Oracle Alta UI enhancements available in the 18A release.

Oracle Alta UI Enhancements

Alta UI is a design system that delivers modern, simple, and more engaging UIs across Oracle's web-based and mobile applications. Alta is the new standard for Oracle applications and Oracle Cloud-based services.

Introduced in CPQ Cloud 2017 R2, the Alta Responsive Transaction UI provides sales users with an improved user experience by focusing on fewer elements and a cleaner design aimed at accelerating performance and information delivery. As part of continuing improvements to the Alta Responsive Transaction UI, the following enhancements are available in CPQ Cloud Release 18A:

Enterprise Platform

Cater to the need by large, complex enterprises for a robust, integrated, and performant platform using the following CPQ Cloud 18A features:

Product Eligibility

Customers can add parts to a Transaction in a variety of ways including via Recommended Item Rules, BOM Mapping Rules, Part Search, Multi-Part Search, Quick Keys, and API calls. Eligibility refers to the parts to which customers either have or do not have access. In CPQ Cloud Release 18A, administrators can use Eligibility Rules to define the parts available to specific customers. When sales users add parts to a Transaction using any of the available methods, they can only view and add the parts available to the Transaction's customer.

CPQ Cloud Release 18A allows administrators to do the following:

Subscription Ordering

Introduced in CPQ Cloud 2017 R2, the Alta Responsive Transaction UI provides sales users with an improved user experience by focusing on fewer elements and a cleaner design aimed at accelerating performance and information delivery. As part of continuing improvements, CPQ Cloud Release 18A allows customers to use the following Subscription Ordering functions when the Alta Responsive Transaction UI is enabled:

Migration Center Enhancements

In 2017 R2, CPQ Cloud introduced granular migration of Configuration Product Lines and Models. CPQ Cloud Release 18A extends this functionality by supporting the migration of Configuration rules and attributes. Administrators can navigate within Product Families, Product Lines, or Models and select elements they wish to migrate.

In addition to granular Configuration enhancements, CPQ Cloud Release 18A delivers Cross Version Migration. Cross Version Migration allows partners to develop and distribute CPQ Cloud content to other versions with compatible features. This enhancement reduces the requirement to maintain multiple version-specific packages. By removing the version restriction, packages become a more valuable feature.

CPQ Cloud Release 18A also provides the functionality to cancel in-progress migrations. This feature allows administrators to abort a large migration rather than waiting for it to finish and reverting to a snapshot.

BMQL Enhancements to Support JOIN Clauses

CPQ Cloud Release 18A provides BMQL JOIN clause functionality to enhance the power and usefulness of CPQ data tables. BMQL now supports SQL syntax for JOIN clauses, the existing ORDER BY operation has been enhanced to allow joined columns, and aliasing is now supported in SELECT and FROM clauses.

Single Select Pick List Enhancements

A Single Select Pick List (SSPL) is an attribute type created in Configuration for Text, Integer, and Float data types. Administrators manage the value for a Single Select Pick List attribute within a defined resource (e.g. Data Tables or Configuration arrays). As part of continuous improvements to Single Select Pick Lists, administrators can use Single Select Pick List attributes in the following ways:

Document Designer Enhancements

Document Designer is a drag and drop tool for creating and administering document templates. As part of continuing improvements to Document Designer, the following enhancements are available in CPQ Cloud Release 18A.

Integrated Solutions

Leverage the power of CPQ Cloud by integrating with other software applications. CPQ Cloud administrators can use the following pre-defined integrations to build a strong Oracle Cloud suite:

Oracle Contract Cloud

CPQ Cloud currently allows customers to perform certain contract management activities such as contract generation, negotiation of terms, and electronic signature for contract documents. CPQ Cloud Release 18A enables integration with Contracts Cloud to provide a comprehensive Contract Lifecycle Management solution.

Oracle Contracts Cloud has extensive functionality that supports the legal definition, negotiation (redlining), execution, and ongoing management of contracts. The CPQ Cloud - Contracts Cloud integration allows customers to create and manage legal aspects of a Transaction and maintain the contract throughout its lifecycle, long after the initial Transaction that created the contract is completed. The integration also provides the ability to generate and preview the contracts created in Enterprise Contracts seamlessly within the CPQ application via Web service calls.

Microsoft Dynamics 365 Integration

CPQ Cloud Release 17D introduced initial functionality to support a BML-based integration with Microsoft Dynamics 365, including the ability to use a BML function to retrieve a user's OAuth security token during a Dynamics 365 integrated session. Release 17D also provided a CPQ Cloud and Microsoft Dynamics 365 user integration, supporting the use of Microsoft Azure Active Directory to grant application access to user data.

To further support the Dynamics 365 integration, CPQ Cloud Release 18A provides the following:

OAuth-Based REST API Authentication with IDCS Integration

In 2017 R2, CPQ Cloud introduced integration with Oracle Identity Cloud Service (IDCS), an integrated identity management solution. The integration simplifies meeting the identity services requirements common to Enterprise customers. With the integration, administrators delegate user management activities such as user creation, activation, and password management to IDCS. The integration minimizes the risk of profile duplication and streamlines administrator and user tasks. CPQ Cloud 18A delivers modern and secure OAuth-based authentication for all CPQ Cloud REST APIs used in IDCS Integrations.

Commerce Cloud Integration Enhancements

Self-service users in Commerce Cloud can configure complex products for purchase in Commerce Cloud using the CPQ Cloud Configurator. In addition, they can request a CPQ Cloud quote, thereby initiating a CPQ Cloud Transaction that a sales specialist can modify, reconfigure, or discount. As part of continuing improvements to the integration, the following enhancements are available in CPQ Cloud Release 18A:

Differentiate

Pioneer the next generation selling platform using the CPQ Cloud 18A System Configuration enhancements.

System Configuration Enhancements

System Configuration refers to the manner in which customers use CPQ Cloud to configure and bundle the product or series of products they wish to sell using a group of models that together define an entire system. The ability to display BOM Mapping Rule items in Configuration, define BOM hierarchy child items as models, and reconfigure child models were enhancements introduced in previous releases to support System Configuration. Release 17D introduced BML functions to access attribute values for configured system models and provided the ability to build cross-model restrictions or rules using advanced BML functions.

As in prior releases, a BOM instance refers to a set of products that customers buy together on a quote. When independent models from the same or different product families or product lines are part of a single BOM instance, there are typically relationships among these models. CPQ Cloud Release 18A simplifies referencing cross-model attributes within the same product family. When adding attribute references to an advanced BML function, view folders for each model in a BOM hierarchy. Upon expanding a folder, the model and its associated line-level attributes are displayed if the BOM model is in the same product family as the rule.

Additional CPQ Cloud Enhancements

The CPQ Cloud Release 18A release introduces the following enhancements to improve performance and simplify CPQ Cloud integrations.