Revision History

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

The new functionality referenced in this document may not be immediately available to you if your organization has chosen not to receive optional monthly updates.  Rest assured you will receive the new functionality in the next quarterly update which is required and cumulative. Quarterly updates are applied in February, May, August, and November.

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Date

Feature

Notes

06 OCT 2017

Oracle Sales Cloud Mobile: Call Report Customization

Delivered new feature in update 10 (October), which will also be included in the November quarterly update.

06 OCT 2017

Oracle Sales Cloud Mobile: Dynamic Layouts by Country

Delivered new feature in update 10 (October), which will also be included in the Novemer quarterly update.

06 OCT 2017

Oracle Sales Cloud Mobile: Complete Offline Read and Write

Delivered new feature in update 10 (October), which will also be included in the Novemer quarterly update.

06 OCT 2017

Oracle Sales Cloud Mobile: Navigation Panel Customization

Delivered new feature in update 10 (October), which will also be included in the Novemer quarterly update.

05 MAY 2017

Configuration and Customization: Public Unique Identifiers (PUId) and Document Sequence Numbers: Object Specific PUID

Delivered new product in the May quarterly update.

06 FEB 2017

Communications: Fraud Profile Management

Delivered new feature in the February quarterly update.

05 DEC 2016

Created initial document.

Oracle Sales Cloud Overview

Oracle’s customer experience suite is an end-to-end cloud solution that includes a number of best-in-breed Customer Experience (CX) applications that are highly rated by analysts in their respective categories. With sales, marketing, service, CPQ, commerce and social along with hundreds of applications available on the Oracle Cloud Marketplace, Oracle CX is a complete, innovative and proven solution that supports all stages of the customer lifecycle.

Oracle Sales Cloud is an integral part of Oracle’s complete CX suite, closely integrated with other Oracle CX applications and enhanced by strong Customer Data Management (CDM), Sales Performance Management (SPM), and Partner Relationship Management (PRM) capabilities. Sales Cloud’s full range of innovative capabilities provide business intelligence, productivity and flexibility with an easy-to-use interface. Oracle’s proven global infrastructure, platform capabilities and applied industry expertise make Sales Cloud an even more compelling solution.

Oracle Sales Cloud Release 12 includes new innovations that boost sales reps' productivity and support complete mobility. Whether working from a phone or tablet device, sales reps, channel account managers and partner reps can use the new Oracle CX Enterprise Mobile app to manage daily tasks and critical sales activities, gain deep insights into team or partner performance and nurture customer relationships. The new Mobile App Composer makes it easy to customize and extend the application to meet the unique needs of any organization.

Introduced with Release 12, Oracle Engagement Cloud combines Oracle’s sales and service capabilities in one offering with a unique combination of sales automation, service request management and knowledge management. Oracle Engagement Cloud improves customer satisfaction and loyalty, while enabling up-sell opportunities, particularly for organizations engaged in high-touch and high-value customer engagements.

Oracle continues to invest in industry-specific solutions. Release 12 includes a new industry solution for Higher Education institutions and a new mobile app for retail sales reps in the Consumer Goods industry. For the Financial Services industry, the addition of Oracle Engagement Cloud enables bankers to manage customer service issues and improve their customers’ experience. Further integration with Siebel CRM provides reps in the Communications industry with the ability to create financial profiles and associate billing profiles with customers.

Mobile

Sales teams can increase their productivity while in and away from the office using their smartphone or tablet. Release 12 brings more options with the newly released Oracle CX Enterprise Mobile app. The new Oracle Sales Cloud Enterprise Mobile app is a smarter, faster and easier to use mobile app for reps, managers, partner reps and channel managers.

Oracle continues to support the classic mobile app, Oracle Sales Cloud Mobile, while encouraging sales teams to review and consider transitioning to the Oracle CX Enterprise Mobile app.

To begin using Release 12 mobile apps, download the latest version from the Apple App Store (iOS) or Google Play (Android).

Oracle CX Enterprise Mobile

The Oracle CX Enterprise Mobile app enables sales reps, channel account managers and partner sales reps to effectively manage their day and nurture customer relationships using a smartphone or tablet. With a task-based user interface and built-in analytics, the Enterprise Mobile app guides daily sales activities and offers an array of smart mobile options that allow sales reps to do the following with ease:

Furthermore, channel account managers and partner sales reps can do the following:

Mobile App Composer

Customize the Enterprise Mobile app using Mobile App Composer, a new administration module within Application Composer. Mobile App Composer provides an array of configuration options that allow implementation consultants and administrators to do the following:

Oracle Sales Cloud Mobile

For Release 12, the classic mobile app, Oracle Sales Cloud Mobile, offers enhancements for sales teams. To take advantage of mobile innovations, enable greater usability and boost productivity for your mobile sales team, review and consider transitioning to the Oracle CX Enterprise Mobile app.

Assets Subtab

See a complete view of accounts, including assets. From the new Assets subtab on the Account details page in the Oracle Sales Cloud Mobile app, you can do the following:

Default Saved Search for Lists

Designate a default saved search to define the default list of records shown on account, contact, opportunity and other object pages within the Oracle Sales Cloud Mobile app. Saved searches on mobile pages operate in the same way as saved searches on simplified pages, allowing you to use default searches as well as show or hide a saved search.

Call Report Customization

Customize call report create and edit views used in the Oracle CX Cloud Mobile app. Using Mobile App Composer, you can add or remove standard or custom fields and include custom objects related to the Activity object.

Dynamic Layouts by Country

Define country-specific page layouts for the Oracle CX Cloud Mobile App. Reps will see the appropriate page layout in the mobile app, based on their country preference setting in Oracle Sales Cloud.

Complete Offline Read and Write

Use the Oracle CX Cloud Mobile Application in areas with poor or no network connectivity. You can view records from Sales Cloud or Engagement Cloud which are stored locally on your smartphone. You can also create or update contacts, opportunities or custom objects. When you reconnect to the network, all offline changes are then synced to Oracle Sales Cloud.

The data stored by the Oracle CX Cloud Mobile application is stored secured and associated to logged-in user. If your business requires that a different user be able to access the data on the device, the user must have privileged access granted through the security console. If a different user without privileged access attempts to log into the device, then all data on the device will be erased.

Navigation Panel Customization

Customize the navigation panel in Oracle CX Cloud Mobile. You can add new menu items or remove existing menu items that appear on the side navigation panel.

Sales Analytics

Oracle Sales Cloud offers embedded sales analytics to drive business decisions, identify key events, guide sales activities and improve deal performance. Release 12 extends core sales analytics capabilities with additional reporting options and subject areas, new prebuilt reports and additional analytics pages on the configurable sales homepage.

View important sales analytics enhancements in the Core Sales Force Automation, Engagement Cloud and Partner Relationship Management sections of this document.

Data Visualization

Enable self service exploration of data for all business users and analysts without the involvement of IT. Oracle Data Visualization connects data from Oracle’s cloud applications, on premises or 3rd party applications, and spreadsheets, enabling quick access to multiple data sets. Sales executives, managers and even reps can simply drag and drop to see their data visualized automatically and can use filters and search to gain detailed insights. With storytelling and narration capabilities, team members can share their findings so others can understand and build upon the insights to tell their own stories and increase the collective analysis.

Additional Analytics Pages

Embed analytics content and build dashboards onto additional real estate on the Oracle Sales Cloud homepage. Sales administrators can create up to five additional pages with embedded analytics content and grant access to each page by job role. The layout of each page can be customized to include a single report, multiple reports, or an entire dashboard. Sales Administrators can enable or disable analytics pages and corresponding navigation links.

Hierarchical Dimensions for Sales Reports

Combine standard and custom subject areas and summarize hierarchical dimensions associated to primary sales objects, including accounts, partners, resources, and territories.  Combined reports enriched with hierarchy data offer advanced insights.  For example, a report combining custom order history information and account data can now rollup information for all of the organizations associated with the account.

Core Sales Force Automation

Core Sales Force Automation (SFA) enhancements are designed to meet the essential needs of sales reps and sales managers and give them access to customer and sales information. Release 12 empowers sales reps and sales managers with tools for greater efficiency such as task templates for activities and mass update for leads and opportunities. A new analytics subtab for activities and new forecasting reports offer greater access to information. Additional content types for Sales Lightbox give sales reps the opportunity to share more content and sell more effectively.

Quotes and Orders

Access quotes and orders associated to accounts and opportunities in Oracle Sales Cloud with CPQ Cloud integration.

Subtab Customization

Tailor the related Quotes list and subtab on the accounts and opportunities pages based on user role or an advanced expression. For example, the Quotes list may be configured to display a selected set of columns for sales reps and display a different set of columns for channel account managers. In addition, sales administrators can use advanced logic to control the layout of the Quotes subtab. For example, administrators can configure the page layout to hide the Create Quote button when an opportunity is closed.

Accounts, Contacts and Households

Build solid business relationships with a complete and accurate view of your accounts, contacts and households.

Additional Names

View and edit additional names for accounts and contacts using Oracle Sales Cloud’s simplified pages. Additional names include legal name or abbreviated name for companies and preferred name for contacts.

Auxiliary Classification

Assign account, contact or household classifications with greater flexibility using Oracle Sales Cloud’s simplified pages. In complex sales enterprises, different lines of business often use different classifications to segment customers for their specific sales purposes. Sales reps can now select up to three different classifications for accounts, contacts and households. Sales administrators can use the classification values for automated territory assignment.

Analytics Subtabs for Contacts

View contact-related reports directly on the Contacts home page. Three, new analytics subtabs for Contacts pages offer insights that are particularly useful for business-to-consumer sales. You can add the additional subtabs to the Contacts home page and can use Page Composer to populate the subtabs with reports.

Web Service Enhancements for Industry and Organization Types

Use a single Web service call to manage multiple values for industry and organization types and classifications. New enhancements enable integrators to use the SOAP or REST service framework to do the following:

Calendar and Activities

See all of your activities in one place and quickly add appointments, create tasks and log calls related to your accounts, contacts, households, partners, leads and opportunities.

Activity Task Templates

Leverage defined task templates to create multiple tasks with one click. You can set up task templates and expose the ‘Create Tasks from a Template’ option on the Activities subtab for opportunities.

Analytics Subtabs for Activities

View activity-related reports directly on the Activities home page. Three new analytics subtabs are now available for activities. You can add the subtabs to the Activities home page and can use Page Composer to populate the subtabs with reports.

Social Collaboration for Activities

Collaborate with your team to join, view and participate in conversations related to any activity, including call reports, tasks and appointments. With Oracle Social Network integration, you can share call reports and details of upcoming events, collaborate on tasks and drill down to see important details.

Notifications for Task and Appointment Owners

Receive notifications when you change tasks and appointments that you own. A new profile option offers notifications for owner-initiated changes and includes an option to send an email that includes an .ics calendar attachment to keep external calendars synchronized.

Leads

Manage the entire life cycle of sales leads from the initial contact to conversion.

Mass Lead Update

Update multiple leads at once using Oracle Sales Cloud’s simplified pages. From the leads list, sales reps can now update up to four attributes on multiple leads with a single operation.

Configure Mass Actions

Show, hide or reorder the mass actions that appear on the Leads list page. Mass actions offer the option to act on multiple leads at once, for instance accept, reject, assign or update the selected leads.

Opportunities

Track the full life cycle of an opportunity, from creation through every stage until it's closed.

Territories List

View assigned territories and associated territory team members on the opportunity team using Oracle Sales Cloud’s simplified pages.

Manual Territory Assignment

Sales administrators can manually assign a sales rep’s territory to an opportunity line when the territory is not assigned automatically. Manual assignment allows sales reps to forecast an opportunity immediately while the territory setup is being reviewed and updated.

Mass Opportunity Update

Update multiple opportunities at once using Oracle Sales Cloud’s simplified pages. From the opportunities list, sales reps can now update up to four attributes on multiple opportunities with a single operation.

Sales Forecasting

View, manage and submit forecasts from your desktop or mobile devices. Embedded analytics provide information that you can use to improve the accuracy of your forecasts.

Trend Graph

See the trend of forecasted and won revenue over time and compare it to quota. The Trend graph can be displayed on the Forecasts home page.

Sales Rep Adjustments

Allow sales reps to make revenue or quantity adjustments to forecast items within their territory. The option to allow sales reps to make adjustments requires a one-time configuration during the initial setup. Only sales managers can make adjustments at the territory or product level.

Dropped Items

View all of the items that have been manually excluded from the forecast, despite meeting the pre-configured criteria for inclusion in the forecast. Sales reps and sales managers can view dropped items and can add the items back into the forecast, if necessary.

Switch Forecast

Save navigation time and effort by switching to the previous or next forecast from the forecast details page.

Switch Currency

Change the forecast currency directly from the forecast details page. A drop-down list accessible from the Actions menu allows sales reps and sales manager to easily select the appropriate forecast currency while viewing the forecast. The selected currency will remain in effect for as long as the user remains in the context of the forecast details page.

The switch currency option does not extend to any custom reports embedded in the forecasting details page.

Adjustment Notes

Add and edit notes to explain forecast adjustments. Sales reps and sales managers can add notes at the item or territory level. Each note shows the author and timestamp. Adjustment notes added by sales reps or sales managers at a lower level in the territory hierarchy can be viewed by individuals at the parent or ancestor territory levels.

Forecast Impersonation

Sales managers and sales administrators can now edit forecasts for subordinate territories as if they were the owner of that territory. The forecast territory owner can see any edits made to the subordinate forecast through impersonation but they can’t see edits made to a higher-level territory forecast.

Sales Lightbox

Sales Lightbox provides a library of presentation slides and other content. Sales teams can create and assemble new presentations from multiple slides or access other content using a simple shopping cart experience.

Additional Content Types

Share additional content through Sales Lightbox. Release 12 expands content options beyond presentation slides. You can now upload, view, download, share and search HTML5 microsites, PDF documents and images (JPG and PNG file types).

Products and Promotions

Create a catalog of products for sales reps to select from when they enter opportunities and leads.

Browse Product Catalog

Find relevant products by browsing through the product hierarchy. Search capabilities also allow sales reps to find products by keyword.

Price Book Export

Export price book information for import into other applications for closer integration and seamless workflow between applications.

RESTful Web Services for Product Groups

Integrate with external systems and manage the sales catalog without accessing the user interface. New, RESTful Web services for product groups allow you to create, modify and delete product groups, associate sub-groups or products with a product group, and read or retrieve published versions of product group information using Web services.

Productivity Apps for Email

With Oracle Sales Cloud for Outlook, IBM Notes, and Gmail, you can access Oracle Sales Cloud data within your email application. Release 12 offers new integration with Google Gmail and new enhancements to Oracle Sales Cloud for Outlook.

Oracle Sales Cloud for Gmail Preview

The preview version of Oracle Sales Cloud for Gmail enables sales professionals to manage their emails, contacts and appointments from within Google Gmail and share data easily with Sales Cloud.  

Contacts and Appointments

Maintain Oracle Sales Cloud contacts and appointments from within Google Gmail. Using Oracle Sales Cloud for Gmail, sales reps and sales managers can:

Shared Emails with Attachments

Select emails to be saved as activity tasks in Oracle Sales Cloud and link emails to corresponding accounts, opportunities or leads. When saved, key email details such as subject, body and attachments are preserved within the task record in Oracle Sales Cloud.

Easy Deployment and Upgrades

Receive automatic upgrades for Oracle Sales Cloud for Gmail. Oracle Sales Cloud for Gmail uses Chrome browser extensions, available for installation from the Chrome Web store. When you use those extensions, upgrades are automatically applied to the Oracle Sales Cloud for Gmail Chrome extension.

Oracle Sales Cloud for Outlook

Oracle Sales Cloud for Outlook enables sales professionals to manage their Sales Cloud contacts, tasks, appointments, accounts, leads and opportunities from within Microsoft Outlook.  

Sandbox

Implement and test your Outlook customizations within a sandbox without impacting other users. When all changes are complete and accurate, you can publish the sandbox for all users.

Cascading Fixed Choice Lists

Add fixed choice lists with cascading dependencies to Outlook. Cascading choice lists allow you to create a custom field with a fixed list of choices. You can then add another, dependent fixed choice list that shows different values based on the selection made in the first choice list.

Increased Description Size

Save and view longer email messages within Oracle Sales Cloud. The size of email and activities description fields has been increased from 4,000 characters to 32,000 characters.

Mandatory Addresses

Make address completion mandatory within Oracle Sales Cloud for Outlook. Using Application Composer you can designate account address fields as required fields.

Oracle Engagement Cloud

Oracle Engagement Cloud combines Oracle’s sales and service capabilities in one solution with a unique combination of sales automation, service request management and knowledge management. Using Engagement Cloud, sales and service professionals can deliver consistent answers to customer questions and ensure that issues are resolved efficiently and effectively. Organizations can improve customer satisfaction and loyalty while enabling up-sell opportunities, particularly for high-touch and high-value customer engagements.

Service organizations can create a custom hierarchy of categories and product groups to classify service requests for easy search, assignment and reporting.

As with any standard object, you can use Application Composer to configure and customize the Service Request object to include custom fields and relationships, customize business logic and configure page layouts.

Service Queues

Define any number of queues to organize your service requests and associate your service resources with each queue. Configurable assignment rules offer the option to automatically assign service requests to the appropriate queue. When a service request is assigned to a queue, any available resource associated with the queue can search for and view open service requests, take ownership and begin resolving the issue. Internal resources can update the queue and status as they work through the service request with the customer.

Knowledge for Service Requests

Author, revise and publish knowledge articles to help resolve service requests. Knowledge authors can create content in multiple languages and can categorize knowledge articles by product and category to improve search. Article versioning allows the author to review previous versions of an article and compare the current version side by side with a previous version.

After articles are published, sales and service reps can:

Service-Related Product Catalogs

Create a service-specific catalog to identify the product groups and products that can be associated with service requests. The new Service product catalog option makes it possible to display a different set of items than the sales catalog. When sales and service reps associate product groups or products to a service request, the product selector shows only those products defined under the service product catalog, providing a simpler hierarchy to navigate.

Prebuilt Service Request Reports

Gain visibility into customer service activity with new, prebuilt infolets and detailed reports. The following reports provide valuable information about service trends and critical issues:

Analytics Subject Areas for Service Requests

Build custom reports that enable your organization to measure customer and partner service request activity. This release introduces three new real-time subject areas:

Service Requests for Partner Relationship Management

Using Oracle Partner Relationship Management and service requests, partners can view service requests for their partner account in a list and submit new service requests to the brand owner to get deal support or raise questions. Partners can also act as intermediaries by opening service requests on an end-customer’s behalf. Channel account managers can see partner service requests and can disposition them efficiently, either by responding directly to the partner contact or by assigning the issue to another resource for resolution.

Partner Relationship Management

Oracle streamlines partner relationship management (PRM) and indirect sales processes to increase the value of the partner network. With Release 12, partners can convert qualified leads to deal registrations. Prebuilt reports for channel managers and new analytics subject areas offer more insight into sales channels.

Lead-to-Deal Conversion

Allow partners to claim and qualify leads in Oracle Sales Cloud and then convert qualified leads to deal registrations that both partners and channel account managers can access. Upon conversion, lead details are copied over to the deal registration and deals are associated with the lead, where they are viewable from the Lead Deal subtab.

Prebuilt Reports for Channel Managers

Track and manage Marketing Development Funds (MDF), business plans and budgets using prebuilt reports designed specifically for channel account managers and channel sales managers.

Each report offers two role-specific versions. Channel account managers see the data specific to their partners. Channel sales managers see data for their assigned partners as well as the partners assigned to their team members.

Analytics Subject Areas for PRM

Build custom reports that offer insight into your organization’s partner programs, business plans and Marketing Development Funds (MDF), as well as better visibility into opportunities to partners.

Sales Contracts

Oracle Contracts provides a comprehensive solution for managing sales contracts. Release 12 provides a new, modern user interface that makes it easier to create and manage contracts. Oracle Social Network integration facilitates team collaboration during contract negotiations. Web services enhancements offer closer integration with other systems.

Simplified User Experience for Contracts

Create and manage contracts efficiently using Oracle Sales Cloud’s refreshed contracts interface. The new UI provides a clean, modern user experience with redesigned components and fewer nested borders and lines.

Social Collaboration for Contracts

Collaborate with your team to solve contract issues and track past conversations directly from the contract. With Oracle Social Network integration, you can initiate a conversation, view existing conversations, and invite other participants into the conversations while editing a contract. You can also add documents to the conversation and allow other participants to review, edit and comment on them. Related conversations about the same contract can be initiated with a separate set of members.

Variable Value Change Summary

Make informed approval decisions with insight into potentially critical changes made during the amendment process. The Contract Amendment Summary now highlights changes made to the values of variables embedded within the clause language, in addition to changes made to the clauses and sections of the structured terms.

Approvals for Legal Language Modifications

Include contract approvers in the approval process only when there are new or modified contract terms. An enhanced approval workflow makes it possible to route contracts to reviewers who must approve the legal language only when there is a change to contract terms.

Contract Expert Rule Reactivation

Revise and reactivate disabled contract expert rules and then use those rules to select contract terms templates and clauses and drive policy deviations. The capability to reinstate rules with their original rule names is helpful for reporting across business units.

Attachments through Web Services

Store and retrieve attachments to contracts using Web services. Terms and conditions and other contract documents now flow through the approval process with sales contracts created via Web Services. The documents must be stored as attachments and categorized as a Primary Contract Document, Supporting Document, Approval Abstract, Contract Image or Contract.

Name Parameters in Web Services

Use contract Web services with object names rather than ID numbers as part of the input payload to simplify the process and save time. For example, you have the option to use the party name instead of party ID.

Support for Microsoft 2013

Use Microsoft Word 2013 to author and edit contract terms. You can download terms and conditions to Word, edit, and then upload the updated text back to Sales Cloud. You can also use Microsoft Word to edit clause text for the Terms Library while offline.

Sales Performance Management

Sales Performance Management (SPM) enables companies to improve sales effectiveness, streamline incentive compensation and achieve targeted revenue goals. With Release 12, quota and territory management has been enhanced with easy-to-use pages and new reporting options. Objectives-based performance incentives, a credit eligibility research assistant and many other enhancements enable organizations to effectively manage incentive plans and reduce administrative costs.

Quotas

Define sales goals to align with top-down sales objectives based on revenue or product groups, set quotas, and track sales performance against these objectives.

Enhanced Date Validation

Set quotas for periods prior to the resource start date or territory quota start date. Date validation is now optional, which allows sales teams to allocate quotas for the current fiscal year regardless of when sales people and their territories were created.

Custom Reports on Quota Pages

Embed custom reports within quota management pages and pass the territory or resource context to the custom reports. With embedded reports, sales managers gain valuable insights in the context of their work.

Streamlined Quota Allocation

Allocate annual and period territory quotas using Oracle Sales Cloud’s simplified pages. With a single action, organizations with simple quota allocation needs can publish both annual and period quotas and copy territory quota information to resources.

Territory Management

Set up sales territory models efficiently and evaluate the effectiveness of your territories to increase sales performance.

Territory Metrics Enhancements

Use the following enhancements to more effectively balance and analyze territories:

Incentive Compensation

Incentive Compensation empowers organizations to streamline the rollout of new plan initiatives, provides productivity tools to reduce administrative costs and presents relevant business insights to drive sales performance.

Objectives-Based Performance Incentives

Implement variable pay compensation plans to offer objectives-based performance incentives. Also referred to as Management by Objectives (MBO) plans, objectives-based performance incentives help organizations manage the entire lifecycle including the definition of measurable objectives, plan design and distribution, objective performance scoring, and incentive credit and earnings calculation. Objectives-based performance incentives can be used when the sales cycle is long, to launch new products, to promote best practices, and to offer incentives for participants that are not directly tied to sales, such as customer service agents.

Participant Performance Subject Area

Design business intelligence reports using the new Participant Performance subject area. This new subject area combines metrics previously offered in multiple subject areas.

Research Assistant

Troubleshoot credit eligibility errors and test incentive compensations plans using the new Research Assistant. Plan administrators can use the Research Assistant to test incentive compensation plans before copying them to production. Incentive compensation managers and analysts can analyze any ongoing issues to resolve them quickly. Using the Research Assistant, you can:

Consolidated Transaction Processing

Submit one process to manage the full transaction lifecycle. From collecting transactions, crediting, classification, all the way through calculation, this one process will automatically select and submit the required processes for your business unit, deploy rules and plans, import pending files for currency conversion rates and participant goals, and compile statistics for display in the Credit and Earnings work area.

Transaction Staging Table Data Purge

Purge transactional staging table data when you run all transaction processes. You can also clear invalid transaction data in the staging table periodically to keep the data tables clean.

Analyst Groups

Expand participant coverage using analyst groups. Previously analysts could only access those participants directly assigned to them or all participants in the business unit. Analyst groups provide a middle ground where a group of analysts can manage a group of participants. With access to the Participant Snapshot and Payment work areas, analysts can manage participant information, initiate and resolve disputes, and create and adjust paysheets for any participant assigned to the analysts in their group.

Audit Reports

Review changes made to many of the Incentive Compensation business objects. You can enable auditing for a period of time and can indicate which attributes will be tracked. The internal auditor can review the audit reports for the following:

Paysheet Notes

Add a series of detailed notes to paysheets. In addition to adding simple comments, you can now carry on a conversation, record more detailed explanations for adjusting or holding payable items, or record your review thoughts. Each note includes the author, note type and comments, a private or public indicator and the date.

Additional Attributes for Payment Export

Include newly available attributes in your payment export or use them as filter criteria. Newly available attributes include payment batch name, pay group name and participant date-effective attributes enabled through flexfields.

Plan Document Assignment at the Plan Level

Assign a plan document template at the plan level in order to tailor plan documents for specific plans. When the plan is routed for acceptance, the plan document generates based on the BI Publisher template assigned to the plan. If a majority of the plans use the same plan document template, you can set a default template for your business unit.

Participant Type Error Correction

Correct the participant type value using the Import and Update Participant Details option. The Participant Type column is now available on the Import and Update Participant Details template so you can correct errors in the participant type field. Simply add the participant information and the correct participant type value to the source file using the template and import.

Customer Data Management

Oracle Customer Data Management allows organizations to consolidate and maintain a best version customer profile that sales reps and sales managers can trust. Release 12 brings greater security for personally identifiable information with additional security for select attributes, global data enrichment, and additional data management enhancements.

Personally Identifiable Information

Data or information that is used to uniquely identify, contact or locate a person is called Personally Identifiable Information (PII). This includes data such as social security number, home address, bank account numbers, phone numbers and more. To help organizations meet legal regulations, limit liability and safeguard personal reputations, Oracle provides a method to protect this confidential and sensitive information and prevent unauthorized use. Additional security for PII includes specific privileges to secure select attributes. Organizations can now add view or manage privileges to job roles within the security console as needed. Having one privilege for each of the following attributes prevents inappropriate access or data use:

Global Data Enrichment

Oracle Data as a Service (DaaS) now offers global company and contact data for Oracle’s existing set of United States companies and contacts. Sales reps can now enrich non-United States contacts and accounts in real time and sales administrators can run batch enrichment using bulk import and export templates. Oracle DaaS uses Dun & Bradstreet as the primary source for enrichment with data for more than 200 countries.

Account and Contact Profile History

Audit changes to account or contact records from the Party Center on the Profile History page. Oracle Customer Data Management captures changes to account or contact profile data, including login, date, source system, old value and new value.

Multiple Duplicate Identification Requests

Manage multiple duplicates at once by selecting one or more duplicate identification requests for processing using manual review or auto merge. You can manage duplicate identification requests within the Duplicate Identification work area.

CX Industry Solutions

Oracle CX industry solutions leverage the Oracle CX Cloud Suite and Unified CX Platform to address distinct industry-specific requirements. Powerful, preconfigured industry solutions are currently available for High Tech and Manufacturing, Financial Services, Consumer Goods, Communications, and now, Higher Education. With Release 12, Oracle is introducing a new industry solution for Higher Education institutions and offering expanded capabilities for each industry solution. Sales reps in the Consumer Goods industry can now extend their reach with a powerful Retail Execution mobile app. For the Financial Services industry, the addition of Oracle Engagement Cloud enables bankers to manage customer service issues and improve their customers’ experience. Further integration with Siebel CRM gives reps in the Communications industry the ability to create financial profiles and associate billing profiles for customers.

Industry-Specific Summary Boxes

Create custom summary boxes for industry-specific objects and incorporate them into the configurable overview pages for accounts, contacts, households and partners. All available top-level industry objects and industry-specific child objects for account, contacts, households, and partners can be used for summary boxes.

High Tech and Manufacturing

Oracle CX for High Tech and Manufacturing – Sales Cloud helps global manufacturers sell effectively and manage both direct and channel sales processes with streamlined lead-to-quote-to-order sales execution for direct and partner sales forces. A task-based mobile solution enables sales reps to share sales activities and increase productivity. Channel account managers can plan and monitor channel activity using account planning, partner incentives, and partner loyalty programs. Partners can participate in manufacturer marketing, incentive and loyalty programs, receive qualified leads, leverage content and templates and access the breadth of product knowledge available to manufacturers.

Opportunity Hierarchy

Organize opportunities into a hierarchical structure to manage complex, multi-phase and cross-divisional sales initiatives. Opportunity hierarchies support an unlimited number of children and ancestry.

Financial Services

Oracle CX for Financial Services – Sales Cloud provides a complete view of customer information, including financial data and interactions that bankers can use to build a personalized relationship with each customer and offer financial products and services that best suit a customer’s unique needs. Offered with Release 12, the addition of Oracle Engagement Cloud allows banks to manage customer service issues and improve their customers experience.

Engagement Cloud Integration

Manage customer service issues and deliver positive customer experience. Oracle Engagement Cloud extends Oracle CX for Financial Services with service request management and knowledge management capabilities that enable financial institutions to better serve customers.

For more information about the capabilities offered, see the Oracle Engagement Cloud section of this document.

Top 5 Products Reports

Gain insight into the top five financial products for open leads and open opportunities. The Top 5 Products reports are now available for the Banker and Bank Manager dashboards.

Needs Analysis

Assess customer needs and recommend financial products based on the customer’s financial situation using Needs Analysis. In Release 12, Needs Analysis is available from the leads and opportunities pages. Bankers can conduct needs analysis interviews during lead qualification and then access those interviews throughout the opportunity management process.

Usability Enhancements

Increase user adoption with a simple and seamless user experience. Release 12 offers greater usability with the following enhancements:

Consumer Goods

Oracle CX for Consumer Goods – Sales Cloud is a comprehensive industry solution that includes retail execution management and tools for retail execution specifically designed for retail sales reps. Release 12 offers enhancements to the retail execution management solution, a new Retail Execution Mobile app designed for Android devices and updates to the Retail Execution Tablet App designed for iPads.

Retail Execution Management

The retail execution management solution enables sales administrators and managers to set up and manage the products, price books, inventories, survey templates, store visit tasks and store visit appointments required for merchandising and direct store delivery.

Dynamic Survey Templates and Survey Results

Create dynamic account and promotion audit survey templates and associated them with individual accounts using Oracle Policy Automation Cloud. Sales reps can view and complete surveys within the Retail Execution Tablet App and Retail Execution Mobile App during store visits. Sales managers and account managers can view survey results within the Oracle Sales Cloud Web application.

Direct Store Delivery

To enable and support direct store delivery for sales reps using the Retail Execution Tablet App and Retail Execution Mobile App, sales administrators and managers can do the following in the Web application:

Retail Execution Mobile App

Available in both online and offline modes, the new Retail Execution Mobile App helps retail sales reps manage merchandising and direct store delivery processes. Using their Android mobile devices with the Retail Execution Mobile App, retail sales reps can do the following:

You can use Application Composer to extend the mobile app by defining and exposing custom objects and fields.

Retail Execution Tablet App

Available in both online and offline modes, the enhanced Retail Execution Tablet App helps retail sales reps do the following to manage key processes:

You can use Application Composer to extend the tablet app by defining and exposing custom objects and fields.

Account and Promotion Surveys

Create and manage survey templates using Oracle Policy Automation Cloud. Retail sales reps can complete surveys using the Retail Execution Tablet App and the Retail Execution Mobile App during retail store visits. Surveys can be used for in-store assessments to analyze new product launch performance, verify product placement, and audit promotion compliance.

For each survey, you can:

Account 360 Infolets

Gain valuable intelligence during a store visit. Available within the Retail Execution Tablet App and the Retail Execution Mobile App, the following series of new infolets offer quick snapshots related to accounts:

Communications

Oracle CX for Communications – Sales Cloud is a comprehensive and integrated industry solution for communications service providers that increases sales force adoption with an easy-to-use interface tailored for sales reps and sales executives. The solution includes best practice industry processes, pre-built industry extensions and integrations and analytics. With Release 12, sales teams can track billing and financial details for their customers. Billing and Financial profiles are essential to back-end core billing and payment processing systems and are needed to verify customer credit ratings. Siebel customers can accelerate their digital and cloud transformation with the addition of new integrations. In addition, Oracle CX for Communications now allows updates to existing opportunities in Oracle Sales Cloud from quotes in the Siebel application.

Fraud Profile Management

Create a fraud profile for an account. Fraud may happen during the usage of services, such as unauthorized or excessive calls or unusually large bill amounts. The Fraud profile allows sales reps to set fraud thresholds on behalf of the customer. When exceeded, the threshold triggers a fraud alert.

Financial Profile Management

Create a financial profile for an account that contains the bank account information, credit rating, and DUNS number. Financial Profile information, such as account name and DUNS number, can be passed to third-party credit check systems for credit verification.

Billing Profile

Associate billing profiles with an account to streamline the customer experience. Billing profiles contain information, such as billing frequency, bill type, and billing cycle, that can be viewed by sales teams and passed to back office systems for bill processing. Accounts can have one or more associated billing profiles, with one marked as the primary billing profile.

Integrations With Siebel CRM

Oracle CX for Communications offers streamlined sales processes through integration with Siebel CRM. Release 12 offers enhancements to those pre-built integrations.

Shared Addresses

Use the same address for multiple accounts and contacts. New identifiers and cross referencing capabilities make it possible to share addresses for accounts and contacts between Siebel CRM and Oracle Sales Cloud. When you create or update accounts or contacts in Siebel CRM or Oracle Sales Cloud, the information is synchronized between the two applications and the location ID is stored for cross reference.

Quote-to-Opportunity Updates

Get the most updated quote information from Siebel. During update operations, details from Siebel quotes now update Oracle Sales Cloud opportunities automatically.

Higher Education

Higher Education institutions must deliver modern, consumer-like experiences that match the way today’s students interact and engage with one another. Oracle CX for Higher Education includes social media tools, personalized and individualized inquiry management, and immediate access to information and resources. Today’s institutions of Higher Education must implement solutions that build relationships with students and all constituents, rather than simply processing transactions.

Student Recruiting

Attract and enroll the right students: students who will participate, thrive and continue on to graduate and grow into successful, engaged and generous alumni. Oracle Student Recruiting is a comprehensive solution designed to provide the modern capabilities that institutions need to recruit targeted students.

Outreach and Engagement Campaigns

Generate personalized and targeted multi-channel outreach and marketing campaigns. Campaigns can be used to promote the institution, publicize programs and encourage eligible prospects to apply and enroll at the institution. Lead scoring and digital profiles enable recruiters to provide personalized follow-up.

Social Listening and Engagement

Monitor thousands of social media sites, including Twitter, Facebook, and blogs, to discover what is being said about your institution. The ability to filter posts and comments provides specific, granular feedback and enables institutions to monitor posts about peer or competitor institutions. Admissions recruiters can route relevant posts to others in the institution for follow-up and can use social data to further refine and target outreach campaigns.

Inquiry Management

Enable individualized follow-up with qualified prospects by creating a comprehensive view of prospects and their various relationships. Each prospect can have multiple inquiry records with a corresponding academic background and interests and can be associated with other individuals and organizations. Prospects can be automatically assigned to recruiters and territories based upon the prospect’s interests. Online collaboration tools facilitate team recruiting efforts across organization boundaries. Online qualification templates provide step-by-step guidance for recruiters as they assess and qualify their recruits and move them further along the pipeline toward application.

Organization Management

Manage relationships with a variety of external organizations, such as high schools and other feeder organizations. Track contacts and relationships, plan recruiting activities and monitor pipeline and success rates for the organization. Recruiters can record notes from recruiting visits and other activities at the organization for future outreach. Territory management capabilities allow institutions to automatically assign recruiters to organizations based on geography or other organization data.

Calendars and Activities

Track activities, events and appointments for individual recruiters as well as teams using a fully-integrated calendar. Recruiters can choose to synchronize the calendar with Outlook and Gmail to keep schedules coordinated as they plan activities and events. An integrated map allows recruiters to locate and invite nearby contacts to participate in scheduled events at targeted visit locations.

Configuration and Customization

Oracle's standards-based, open, flexible and unified CX platform makes it easy for developers to rapidly build and deploy a wide variety of applications or to integrate with and extend Oracle Sales Cloud. Release 12 offers seamless upgrades, streamlined custom object creation, custom subject area enhancements, and additional customization options for Oracle Sales Cloud pages. Object workflow enhancements make it possible to send BCC notifications, specify approvers dynamically, and set primary contacts for tasks. Public event support and additional RESTful Web services provide tools to built custom integration flows.

Application Composer

Oracle Sales Cloud Application Composer is a tool that enables you to extend and customize the application to meet the unique needs of your business.

Enhanced Upgrades

Oracle continues to enhance the upgrade process to offer seamless upgrades that preserve all user interface customizations. For pages that are not customized, sales reps and sales managers will automatically see standard layouts with all the latest enhancements Oracle releases. The following enhancements simplify the upgrade process:

Dynamic List Pages

Build dynamic lists for different roles to offer sales reps, sales managers and others the fields and data they need on the list page.

Actions Overflow

Add any number of custom buttons to any customizable page. A new overflow icon provides access to buttons that are hidden because of the length and number of buttons on the page.

Grant Default Access to Custom Objects

Streamline custom object creation and testing using the new Custom Objects Administration role. New security guidelines require that you clone seeded roles and then use cloned custom roles for security customizations. The Custom Objects Administration role is a dynamically-generated custom role that has default access to all custom objects. Assigning this role to the CRM application administrator streamlines the testing of Application Composer changes and custom object runtime pages without the need for additional security configurations.

Access Parent Data in Custom Subtabs

Make field values from a parent object available to the After Create trigger for related custom objects. The values from the parent record are set as default values when sales reps or sales managers create a new record from the subtab.

Quick Navigation Using Recent Items

Navigate seamlessly between run-time pages and design-time pages in Application Composer using the Favorites and Recent Items menu.

Custom Subject Area Enhancements

Take advantage of more comprehensive reporting with the following enhancements to custom subject areas:

Object Workflow Enhancements

Object workflow enhancements make it possible to send BCC notifications, specify approvers dynamically and set primary contacts for tasks

BCC Notifications

Send email notifications without exposing email addresses to other email recipients using new object workflows that enable BCC notifications.

Dynamic Approvers for Approval Flows

Specify approvers for approval flows by passing resources related to the record to the Approvers input within the approvals composite. You can pass resources dynamically from the Created By field, the Last Updated By field, or other custom fields that store the approvers’ globally unique identifiers or names. You can also add specific resources by using names.

Set Primary Contact for Tasks

Specify the primary contact for new tasks using object workflows. You can select the primary contact for a task by using any of the following methods:

Integrations

In addition to providing a wide set of prebuilt integrations, Oracle also provides an extensive set of tools and capabilities for building custom integration flows.

Public Event Support

Integrate Oracle Sales Cloud with other customer experience and on-premises applications. In addition to Oracle Sales Cloud’s core integration capabilities such as Web services and file import and export, you can build integrations using Oracle’s Integration Cloud Service (ICS). To communicate with ICS, CRUD operations in Oracle Sales Cloud now raise public events that invoke integration flows in ICS. Events for ICS integrations are available for the following Oracle Sales Cloud objects:

RESTful Web Services

Build custom applications, such as mobile apps or custom UIs, and integrate with a wid array of applications using RESTful Web services. New RESTful Web service APIs for Oracle Sales Cloud make it possible to do the following:

Public Unique Identifiers (PUID) and Document Sequence Numbers

Oracle Sales Cloud generates a unique 15-digit identifier (UID) for each row in the database. However users cannot easily read or use UIDs because of their length and complexity. The Public Unique ID is a more user-friendly, alphanumeric ID that is generated by the document sequencing feature.

Object Specific PUID

A new setup task has been added that will allow administrators to configure their own PUID patterns for the following objects:

When creating custom PUID patterns for these objects administrators can configure custom prefixes and select from a wide range of radix values (this controls the alphanumeric sequence portion of the PUID)

Setup and Maintenance

Oracle’s Setup and Maintenance tools have been updated for Release 12 to offer simplified import for accounts and contacts with new seeded templates. Enhanced logs and diagnostics for import operations and additional import options for custom objects and relationships streamline implementation and integration.

File-Based Data Import

Import data from external sources using CSV or XML files.

Seeded Templates for Account and Contact Import

Quickly import accounts and contacts into Oracle Sales Cloud using seeded templates for a variety of uses:

Enhanced Logging and Diagnostics

Resolve import errors using the following enhanced diagnostic capabilities:

Import for Custom Many-to-Many Relationships

Manage the relationships between records using the import process. By importing records with source and target identifier values, you can create a link between related records defined in Application Composer.

Alternate Keys for Custom Objects

Use record name values as keys when you update existing custom object records. Using the record name field as a key offers increased control over the key value and simplifies updates for future import operations.

Enhanced Email Notifications

Receive an email notification when import and export activities are completed. Email notifications are now available for all importable and exportable objects. A notification is sent by default to the user who submitted the import or export. Detailed status information included in the email notifications makes it easier for you to determine which steps, if any, are necessary to complete the import or export.

Common Technologies and User Experience

At Oracle, delivering products that reflect a superior and secure user experience is the result of an enormous investment. To understand your pain points, we spent countless hours examining how people like you actually work and use our enterprise applications. We then work closely with product management, security experts, strategy, and development to design innovative applications that help you to be more productive, secure, efficient, and effective.

User Experience

Oracle’s focus on providing an exceptional user experience pervades the Oracle Applications Cloud. Creating a compelling, pleasing user interface (UI) that provides only what you need, when you need it is of the highest priority.

End User Personalization of the Navigator and Springboard

Personalize the Navigator and springboard to show or hide the Navigator menu items or springboard icons for navigation. Changes impact only the user making the personalization and are preserved across sessions.

Pagination Dots

Enhance the home page experience by embedding full-page business intelligence dashboards. You can use these additional dashboard pages for a specific role, enhanced analytics insight, and more.

Announcements Preview

Preview your announcements before posting them to the Announcements panel on the home page.

Notification Actions

Enhance your bell notifications dialog box to include custom and system actions.

Large Icons

Choose small or large springboard icons to enhance the user experience. Using Oracle’s modern cloud extensibility tools you can now configure the user experience and enhance readability.

Applications Security

Oracle Fusion Applications Security provides a single console where IT Security Managers and Administrators can perform various functions including user lifecycle management, role definition, security policy management (both functional and data), role hierarchy maintenance, username and password policy administration, and certificate management. The console also enables users to simulate the effect of security changes, to run security reports, and download a connector for integration with Microsoft Active Directory.

In Release 12, Oracle Fusion Applications Security offers several new capabilities that offer customers the following benefits:

Administrators can also tailor username and password generation by choosing from a list of shipped policies.

User Account Management

Create, manage and assign user accounts using the Security Console. You can also search, retrieve, and manage user accounts automatically created for employees, contingent workers, supplier contacts or partner contacts.

Administrator Password Management

Manage passwords of other user accounts as an administrator. You can auto-generate or manually enter a password for a user account. You can also define password lifecycle and complexity policies. Passwords will be automatically validated against these policies.

User Password Management (Self-Service)

Manage your own user account password. Your password will be automatically validated against the defined password lifecycle and complexity policies.

User Account Locking

Lock user accounts as an administrator. If you lock a user account, you will be temporarily preventing the user from logging in with that user account. You can also unlock a locked user account.

Enhanced Role Visualization

View only certain components of a role in the graphic visualizer. You can view only the privileges, aggregate privileges or roles assigned to a role. You can also view the graphic visualizer in full screen mode and pan over a specific region in the graph.

For complex roles, these features enable you to reduce the amount of information visualized and to focus on the area within the role hierarchy that requires your attention.

Tabular Role Hierarchy View

View role hierarchies in a tabular view. You can switch between the graphic visualizer view and the tabular view. You can also export the data you view in the tabular view.

Search in Role Hierarchy Visualization

Search and quickly locate security artifacts (nodes) in the role hierarchy visualization. You can search for privileges, roles or users in the visualization.

User Name Generation Rules

Define user name generation rules that will be used to auto-generate the user name when a user is created. You can define user name generation rules to be based on the user’s first and last names, first initial plus last name, e-mail or person or party number. You can also choose to use a system generated user name if the rule fails to generate a user name.

Password Policies

Define policies for password management. These policies can define the duration for various password lifecycle events like password expiration and password warning generation. You can also set the complexity of generated passwords by choosing from a pre-defined list of rules.

Notification Templates

Define custom notification templates for your user account life cycle events. You can also use pre-defined notification templates. These templates will be used to generate notifications for events like user account created, user password reset and user password expiry warning.

Upgrade-Safe Management of Factory Shipped Roles

Identify a predefined (factory shipped) Oracle role when viewing the role. Predefined Oracle roles are locked and you cannot customize the Oracle delivered functional and data security policies associated with these roles. You can, however, add data security policies to these roles.

Bridge for Microsoft Active Directory

Simplify Single Sign-On with Microsoft Active Directory by downloading and installing the Active Directory Bridge from the Security Console. Automatically synchronize user account information between Oracle Fusion Applications Security and Microsoft Active Directory.

User Password Changes Audit Report

Generate a report that lists password changes made by users. The report can be generated for changes made by specific users or for all changes made during a specific period.

Integrate Custom Identity Management Solution

Integrate optionally with your Identity Management solution for user and role management using industry standard System for Cross-domain Identity Management (SCIM) REST APIs and ATOM feeds.

Password Reset

Enhanced password reset flow. Now a notification email will be sent to the user who requests a password reset. The user will be required to click on this link within a specific period of time to change the password. This replaces the previous flow where users were required to answer a series of challenge questions to reset the password.

Security Console

Streamline use of some of the functionality that you have used in the past with the Security Console. The Security Console now includes the following functionality:

Resources are now granted through privilege and are no longer granted directly to Roles.

Oracle Social Network

Oracle Social Network is a secure enterprise collaboration and social networking solution for business. With Oracle Social Network, individuals can stay informed of business activities and drive productivity with purposeful social networking. Oracle Social Network provides a unique experience that includes integration with enterprise applications and business process that drives adoption and participation for increased productivity.

Web Client Replaced by Social PlugIn

The Oracle Social Network web client has been replaced by the Social Plugin. This is the same user interface that is used in Oracle Applications Cloud. The Social Plugin also works well on mobile devices, so that users do not necessarily need to download the Oracle Social Network mobile app to use social features on their phones or tablets.

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