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Awarded for participating in the 2021 Oracle Database 21c Competition 

Thanks to Oracle Dev Gym for awarding me Database Innovator Badge 2021 for participating in the 2021 Oracle Database 21c Competition.

 
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Posted by on July 1, 2022 in General, Oracle, PL/SQL

 

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Thanks to Oracle Dev Gym for Recognition and mention in your blog

Thanks to Oracle Dev Gym and Chris Saxon for recognising and mentioning me in your blog post.

The post was in reference to my participation in the Annual Database Championship 2021 and Annual Logic Championship 2021 (post for championship result is here)

 
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Posted by on March 1, 2022 in General, Oracle, PL/SQL

 

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Website for Mahawar Vijay & Co – vijaymahawar.com launched

Last updated on October 25th, 2021 at 03:56 pm

Excited to announce the launch of Mahawar Vijay & Co website – http://www.vijaymahawar.com

#newproject #newwebsitelaunch #datascience #plsql #sql #python #transitionplanning

 
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Posted by on October 15, 2021 in Data Science, DBA, General, Marketing, Oracle, PL/SQL

 

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Project Accounting(PA) to Predictive Analytics – Part I

Last updated on October 14th, 2021 at 05:47 pm

Oracle E-Business Suite (Previously known as Oracle Apps) is one of Oracle Corp.’s major product lines. Also known as Oracle EBS, it is an integrated set of business applications for automating:

  • Oracle Financials
  • Oracle Human Resource Management System (HRMS)
  • Oracle Logistics
  • Oracle Supply Chain Management (SCM) Applications
  • Oracle Order Management (OM)
  • Oracle Transportation Management
  • Oracle Warehouse Management System
  • Oracle Customer Relationship Management (CRM), etc.

Below is the Oracle Fusion Application Product Families:

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Notably, TCA (Trading Community Architecture) is used to store information of Banks, Customers and Suppliers – click here for more detail on this.

The focus of this article is on one integral suite called Oracle Projects (Oracle Project Accounting or in short called PA suite).

What is Project Accounting (PA)?

The Project Accounting (PA) suite provides timely and detailed solutions to project managers as well as the finance groups. The details give you improved visibility to project revenues, work breakdown structures, invoice accountability and overall profitability to any project. With the Project Accounting Module you can:

Step 1: Define statuses of any project

Step 2: Maintain draft, baseline and original versions of the project budget

Step 3: Utilize the power of a flexible work breakdown structure and provide accurate and up to date information to finance and the project managers regarding spend rates and burdened costs for materials or labor.

Step 4, Step 5 and Step 6: Put the power of data into the hands of the project managers.

Project Accounting - Step 4-5-6

Here is a very short video from YouTube which gives overview on Oracle Projects

Basic terminologies of PA:

Project: A project is a primary unit of work that can be broken down into one or more tasks.

Task: It is the small unit of work created under the project against which transaction can be created. Note: we cannot create transaction/expenditure items directly on the project, hence it is mandatory for each project to have at least one task.

 Project Classes: Oracle PA has provided three pre defined project classes.

  • Indirect projects – Track overhead activities and costs of the organization. Note: Does not generate revenue and invoicing process.
  • Capital projects – Track asset development activities and costs, and costs are capitalized as one or more assets.
  • Contract projects – Contract projects created with external customer to track cost, revenue, and billing.

Project Type:

The project type controls how Oracle Project Foundation creates and processes projects, and is a primary classification for the projects your business manages. You must set up at least one project type to create projects. You must set up project types for each operating unit.

  •  Examples of Indirect project: Admin Project, Transport Facility etc.
  • Example of Contract project: External Project, Intercompany project etc.

Expenditure category: It is the category created to classify the different types of cost an organization may incur.

Revenue category: It is the category created to classify the different types of revenue an organization may earn.

Expenditure type: It is the identification of cost that is associated to an expenditure item.It is assigned to the expenditure category and revenue category during the setups.

Expenditure class: It is the classification for an expenditure type as how the expenditure type can be used to create transaction. When an expenditure type is classified for a certain type then only those expenditure class transactions are allowed to enter.

 In Oracle Project Costing we have predefined expenditure classes.

Labor:

Straight Time: For standard time entry. We use the cost rate multiple with number of hours.

Overtime: Labor cost calculated using a premium cost rate multiplied by hours.

Non-labor project costs:

Expense Reports – Expense reports from Oracle Payables or Oracle Internet Expenses. You cannot enter expense reports directly into Oracle Project Costing. Expense reports that you import into Oracle Project Costing must be fully accounted prior to import.

Usages – You must specify the non-labor resource for every usage item you charge to a project. For each expenditure type classified by a Usage expenditure type class, you also define non-labor resources and organizations that own each non-labor resource.

Supplier Invoices – Supplier invoices, discounts, and payments from Oracle Payables or an external system, and receipt accruals from Oracle Purchasing.

Miscellaneous Transaction – Miscellaneous Transactions are used to track miscellaneous project costs. Examples of uses for miscellaneous transactions are:

  • Fixed assets depreciation
  • Allocations
  • Interest charges

Burden Transaction – Burden transactions track burden costs that are calculated in an external system or calculated by Oracle Project Costing as separate, summarized transactions. These costs are created as a separate expenditure item that has a burdened cost amount, but has a quantity and raw cost value of zero. You can adjust burden transactions that are not system-generated.

Work In Process – You use this expenditure type class for Oracle Project Manufacturing WIP transactions that you interface from Manufacturing to Oracle Project Costing. You can also use this expenditure type class when you import other manufacturing costs via Transaction Import or when you enter transactions via pre-approved batch entry.

Inventory – This expenditure type class is used for the following transactions:

  • Oracle Project Manufacturing transactions that you import from Manufacturing or Oracle Inventory.
  • Oracle Inventory Issues and Receipts that you import from Oracle Inventory in a manufacturing or non-manufacturing installation.

Example:

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In the above examples for line number 1, time can be entered for expenditure type “Standard_Time”. 

Similarly for line number 2 & 4 the respective expenditure class transactions can be entered.

For line number 3 supplier invoices & expense reports can be entered as it has been classified for two different classes.

Types of Currencies

Transaction amounts are stored in the following currencies:

  • Transaction Currency: The currency in which a project transaction occurs.
  • Expenditure Functional Currency: The functional currency of the expenditure operating unit.
  • Project Functional Currency: The functional currency of the operating unit that owns the project.
  • Project Currency: The user–defined project currency.

When you enter transactions in a currency that is different from functional currency or project currency, Oracle Project Costing must convert the transaction amount to the functional and project currencies. To convert transaction currencies, Oracle Project Costing must first determine the exchange rate type and exchange rate date.

 Task Type:

  • Billable Item: It is a functionality associated at the task level identifying the expenditure items created against the task to be billed to the client.
  • Non Billable Item: It is functionality associated at the task level identifying the expenditure items created on the task is only to record the cost incurred against it.

Note: We can adjust the task at the expenditure item window to make the non billable as billable and vice versa. This is called as expenditure item adjustments.

Employee/Job bill rate Override: Incase a different rate needs to be updated for a particular job or employee the same can be updated at the project or task level.

The employee name needs to be entered along with the bill rate, currency and period applicable. The rate at the task level overwrites the rates at the project level and the rates at the project level overwrites the rate of the bill rate schedule attached at the project level.

Cost rate: It is the rate defined at the job or employee level to derive at the basic cost for a particular expenditure item. The cost rate scheduled are defined in the OU functional currency.

The cost rate can be defined at two levels:

  • In the setups -> Expenditure -> Rate schedule.
  • Overrides: Labor Costing Overrides

( Navigation: PA Responsibility->Setup->Costing->Labor->Labor Costing Overrides.)

Bill rate: It is the rate defined at the job or employee level to derive at an amount which will be billed to the client.

The bill rate can be defined at two levels:

  1. In the setups -> Expenditure -> Rate schedule.
  2. Overrides: At the project level as employee or job override.
  •  For employee override: Navigation: Project -> Options -> – Bill Rates and Discount Overrides -> Employee Bill Rate and Discount Overrides
  •  For job override: Navigation: Project -> Options ->  Bill Rates and Discount Overrides -> Job Bill Rate and Discount Overrides

Transfer Price Rules and Schedule: Transfer price rules control the calculation of transfer prices for labor and non-labor cross charged transactions. To drive transfer price calculation for cross charge transactions between the provider and receiver, use the Transfer Price Schedule window to assign labor or non-labor (or both) transfer price rules to the provider and receiver pair on a schedule line

ICB: It is a process, where we have different legal entities involved, and the OUs under these LE owns the employees and projects.

  • The OU to which the employee is assigned is called PROVIDER OU.
  • The OU to which owns the project is called RECEIVER OU.

 Note: In ICB process, an internal invoice is generated in provider OU.

Borrowed And Lent: It is a process, where we have one legal entity involved, and the OUs under the LE owns the employees and projects. The employee and project can be in the same OU or different OU but the LE has to be same.

Note: No internal invoice is generated in B&L process, only accounting happens to post cost.

Labor: When an employee enters time on a specific project it is known as charging efforts of the employee on the project for a given time frame. This time further has some cost defined to calculate the actual cost incurred by the employees on the project.

The calculation process of the raw cost for such labor/time entered is called as Labor Cost.

The time can be entered via a third party tool or via the PA pre approved batch.

 Overtime – Labor cost calculated using a premium cost rate multiplied by hours.

Non labor expenditure types: The expenditure items created via supplier invoices or expense reports are called as non labor expenditure types. The expenditure types created need to be added in the non labor expenditure schedules.

Navigation: PA -> Setups -> Expenditure -> Rate schedule.

To be continued …

References:

https://docs.oracle.com/cd/E28271_01/fusionapps.1111/e15525/intro.htm (Oracle Documentation)

https://knoworacle.wordpress.com/2014/08/26/r12-oracle-project-accounting-few-basic-concepts/

https://pushpal.wordpress.com/2012/10/02/23/ (TCA – Trading Community Architecture)

 
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Posted by on January 21, 2020 in Oracle

 

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Completed training on “Oracle Database 12c R2: Advanced PL/SQL”

Last updated on October 14th, 2021 at 05:47 pm

Dear Friends,
I am glad to share with you all that I completed the training on demand on “Oracle Database 12c R2: Advanced PL/SQL”.
Thanks to Oracle University and my faculty Brent Dayley for providing this training on demand.
Oracle Advanced PL/SQL in Oracle 12c R2
The training covered important features in Oracle PL/SQL in 12c R2 version. It was well designed and gave a good head-start from the technical perspective.

I would also like to thank Oracle University which provides wonderful platform for such courses.

My detailed resume can be found here.

Cheers!
Vijay

 
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Posted by on January 2, 2020 in Oracle, PL/SQL

 

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Completed Oracle Apps R12 Technical Training

Last updated on June 3rd, 2018 at 11:11 pm

Dear Friends,
Its pleasure to inform you all that I completed Oracle Apps R12 Technical Training. It was an online training session by Sridevi Koduru.
The training material and sessions were very clear and to the point! It was well designed and gave a good head-start in Oracle Apps Financials from the technical perspective.

Oracle Apps R12 Technical Training

Oracle Apps R12 Technical Training

I would also like to thank Udemy which provides wonderful platform for such courses. #BeAble

My detailed resume can be found here.

Cheers!
Vijay

 
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Posted by on April 17, 2018 in Finance, General, Oracle, PL/SQL

 

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Secured 27th position in Annual Logic Championship for 2015

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I am delighted to share with you that I have secured 27th position in Annual Logic Championship for 2015 🙂

The championship was organised by Oracle PL/SQL Challenge. The championship was held on invitation only basis. There were 41 participants from across the world. Below is the result of the championship.

Secured 27th Position in Annual 2015 Logic Championship

Secured 27th Position in Annual 2015 Logic Championship

The number next to the name represents the number of times the player has participated in a championship. Thanks Oracle and PL/SQL Challenge for the public recognition of my accomplishment.

Here is the link to the webpage which shows my accomplishment. The link to my public profile on Oracle PL/SQL Challenge is here.

Cheers!
Vijay

 
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Posted by on March 21, 2016 in General, Oracle, PL/SQL

 

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Awarded “High Ranking in Month” by Oracle PL/SQL Challenge

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I am ecstatic to share with you that I have been awarded by Oracle PL/SQL Challenge, an online website which offers a daily quiz on Oracle PL/SQL. The website has  quickly attracted over 1,000 daily players, making it one of the most active PL/SQL-related websites on the Internet.

I am awarded for “High Ranking in Month” for September 2015 and November 2015 in their competition “I Love Logic“.

High Ranking in Month for November 2015

High Ranking in Nov 2015

High Ranking in Month for September 2015

High Ranking in Sep 2015

Public recognition of accomplishment on PLSQL Challenge website

Accomplishment
The number next to my name shows my points on website till date.

Its an honour to win this award among 1400 active participants from across the globe 🙂 Thanks Oracle and PL/SQL Challenge for the public recognition of my accomplishment 🙂

Here is the link to the webpage which shows my accomplishment. The link to my public profile on Oracle PL/SQL Challenge is here.

Cheers!
Vijay Mahawar

 
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Posted by on December 12, 2015 in Oracle, PL/SQL

 

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More minds meet at Sangam 2015…

Diary on Sangam’15
21st, 22nd Nov 2015 at Hyderabad International Convention Centre, HITEC City, Hyderabad, India

In the recently concluded two day Oracle conference – Sangam 2015, there were more number of attendees than last year (Sangam 2014). Sangam – An annual conference for Oracle Technologist across India is organised by AIOUG (All India Oracle Users Group) and aptly has tagline of ‘meeting of minds…’.

It was a privilege to attend such a large scale event for third consecutive year. It was an honour to get in touch with the Oracle ACE and Oracle ACE Directors and hear them speak in front of august gathering. There were numerous sessions lined-up as always. I am sharing sessions attended by me during the two days conference in brief.

Day 1: 21st November 2015

Tim Hall – Oracle ACE Director (Day 1 | Day 2) – It was treat to hear him again and his session on Oracle 12c Consolidations and pros/cons was very relevant and updated.

Kamran Agayev – Oracle Certified Master – His session on “Oracle 12c ASM new features” with webetorial was very crisp and provided lot of insights into the world of Oracle 12c for ASM.

Aman Sharma – Oracle ACE – His session on “Oracle RAC Node Eviction” was overwhelming and demonstrated his expertise in the RAC yet again. It was very useful.

Anju Garg – her session on Oracle ACFS High Availability over NFS Service was enthralling and was studded with illustrations. It was good to know that ACFS now supports all types of files.

Day 2: 22nd November 2015

Oracle VM and Oracle Linux – Kamal Dodeja (Sales Consulting Manager) and Ritesh Kumar (Senior Technical Consultant) from Oracle India Pvt. Ltd. – Their session on Oracle Linux and Oracle VM was primarily revolving around the Technical features offered by Oracle Linux and Oracle VM and concluded with the pricing details.
I had previously blogged about installation of Oracle VM, Oracle Linux and Installation of Oracle 12c on Oracle Enterprise Linux which is available here.
One interesting takeaway from this session of theirs was ksplice – which actually provides high availability and reduces downtime. Overview, Downloads and Documentation on ksplice is available at OTN here. It was a strategic acquisition made by Oracle in 2011. This enables important kernel patches to be applied without reboot or without bringing down any application services in Oracle Linux.

Debaditya Chatterjee – Product Manager Oracle USA – Oracle Database In-Memory Options – It was a good review of Oracle In-Memory database which was delivered by Maria Colgan in the last edition of Sangam. His session focused on the what’s and why’s of Oracle In-Memory database.

Satyendra Pasalpudi – Oracle ACE Director – His session on “Oracle Cloud DBA” showcased the next thing from Oracle – Oracle Cloud. The session was mainly for DBAs.

The conference closed with a motivational speech by “Dr. Rajdeep Manwani” – who shared his priceless life experiences about hard-work, patience, perseverance, failure, success and imaginary finishing line in marathon when most of the contestant gives up.

Thanks to AIOUG and Oracle Technology Network (OTN) for organising such events and providing Oracle fraternity in India a splendid opportunity to hear the speakers from elite Oracle community 🙂

Cheers!
Vijay Mahawar

 
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Posted by on November 23, 2015 in DBA, Oracle, PL/SQL

 

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Installation of Oracle 12c on Oracle Enterprise Linux 7

Last updated on December 15th, 2014 at 04:44 am

Dear Friends,
I had installed Oracle 12c database on Oracle Enterprise Linux 7 yesterday. I am sharing my steps which I had taken for installation. Hope you find this helpful.

Step 1: Download the OEL7 ISO for 64 bit from Oracle Edelivery (V46135-01.iso and V46138-01.iso)

Step 2: Open Virtual Box and Create New Virtual Machine choosing the OS option as Other Linux -> Oracle 64-bit.

Step 3: Point the CD/DVD to the ISO image downloaded from Edelivery site

Step 4: Change the boot sequence to CD/DVD, Hard Disk

Step 5: Create a shared folder with auto mount and read only option and point it to the setup location on the host machine.

Step 6: Start the Virtual Machine and follow the steps.

Step 7: Install Additional Guest Image – This will enable to access the shared folder on host machine.

Step 8: Install the RPM mentioned in the appendix section of this article.

Step 9: Copy the Oracle 12c database setup from the shared folder on host to the /u01 directory.

Step 10: Refer my previous blog post on installation steps here.

Installation Steps in OEL7

Installation Steps in OEL7

 

Login Screen in OEL7

Login Screen in OEL7

 

OEM Database Express 12c - Login Screen

OEM Database Express 12c – Login Screen

 

OEM Database Express 12c - Performance Hub

OEM Database Express 12c – Performance Hub

Some Points to remember:

1. Installation Guide by Tim Hall is available here – This contains tips to troubleshoot certain installation errors.

2. Useful article on OTN can be found here.

3. Installation Guide at Oracle Docs which I found useful is here

Appendix:

Download the rpm for oracle-rdbms-server-12cR1-preinstall-1.0-1.el7.x86_64.rpm from here

Download adobe flash player for Firefox browser, this will be required for the Oracle EM Database Express 12c. (flash-plugin-11.2.202.411-release.x86_64.rpm)

 
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Posted by on November 15, 2014 in DBA, Oracle

 

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