The summer holidays are drawing to a close and it’s back to school for those of you with E-Business HCM/Payroll. This term we tend to focus on planning and applying the annual Oracle HCM roll-up patch!

RUP 7 for release 12.1 was released by Oracle at the end of May 2014 and as ever contains a series of bug fixes, legislative changes and some real functional innovation.

Oracle continues to listen to client requirements and enhance the current applications whilst also developing the next generation Fusion applications. (The HCM Cloud has quarterly major release cycles so being efficient in planning, testing and uptake of enhancements is a key requirement for us Managed Service providers) Back in E-Business, the lifetime support policy provides extended support for 12.1 until December 2019 and 12.2 until September 2021.

A couple of my personal favourites from this RUP are the Payroll Dashboard which I can see adding real value to Payroll Managers; and the Self Service Transaction Monitor which will hopefully end the rummaging around in Workflow Status Monitor to determine exactly where a particular workflow or approval has got to.

The Payroll Dashboard

The Payroll Dashboard consists of two core components Payroll Readiness and Process Monitor.

Process Monitor enables a user to monitor the progress of payroll related process, rollback and retry payroll processes, review assignments in error and payroll messages, it also provides a graphical representation of the number of processes completed, a handy one-stop shop to see where you are in the payroll cycle.

Payroll Readiness enables an administrator to define a series of pre-payroll checks that can be validated prior to running the payroll. These checks could be against particular pre-requisite payroll processes e.g. BEE, OTL time Transfer or Retro a set of concurrent request or a specifically defined custom validation function. This area also provides a quick glance area to monitor assignment statuses.

Self Service Transaction Monitor

The Transaction Monitor feature enables HR professionals, managers and employees to view details of all pending or completed transactions. They can navigate to the details page of the transaction to view approval history, comments and attachments.

As the list of all self-service transactions is available on a single-page, users can efficiently track the status of their transactions.

A busy term for us will see us roll both these features to our client-base, as well as some usability enhancement work, mobile applications and some HCM Cloud to E-Business Financials integration. As ever, a busy time, but hopefully I’ll get an update on some of these great new features in half-term.

Adrian Biddulph

Managing Consultant

Adrian is responsible for the delivery of all things from a HCM technology perspective. Developing add-ons to E-Business Suite and Fusion Applications as well as consulting, managed services and providing strategic advice to a broad range of clients. Adrian’s role is to ensure that Claremont’s clients get the best possible return when using any of Oracle’s HCM suite of products.