Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Key Differences Between AIM and OUM

If you already used AIM's methodology in your projects you will not find a very big difference, majority of task and deliverable remain same, but they reclassified under different Process. Lets take a quick look, if you take first on Phases then AIM was based out of 6 phases where as OUM only 5.
When you compare the process ,12 Processes was mentioned in AIM , where as 14 process is documented in OUM (Implement Focus) as per list and figure below. 
OUM is prepared in such a way to speak universal language in all their approach towards  Phases, Process and Templates. Now you can have one methodology to implement any kind of software product, those can be within the umbrella of oracle or even out of that. Following OUM will be more than sufficient to plan and process with a project. 
Phase Difference: 
AIM & OUM Phases:

AIM Process:

1.     Project Management
2.     Business Process architecture
3.     Business Requirement Definition
4.     Business Requirement Mapping
5.     Application & Technical architecture
6.     Module Design & Build
7.     Data Conversion
8.     Documentation
9.     Business System Testing
10.   Performance Testing
11.   Adoption & Learning
     12.   Production migration. 

OUM Process:

1.             Business Requirements
2.     Requirements Analysis
3.     Analysis
4.     Design
5.     Implementation
6.     Testing
7.     Performance Management
8.     Technical Architecture
9.     Data Acquisition and Conversion
10.   Documentation
11.   Organizational Change Management
12.   Training
13.   Transition
     14.   Operations and Support

Even though there are more than 200 deliverable available with OUM,  there are certain deliverable that are most required to progress through the project, some of them are :

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Different phases and processes of AIM

Phases :
  1.  Definition
  2.  Operation Analysis
  3.  Solution Design
  4.  Build
  5.  Transition, And
  6.  Production

Processes :
  1. Project Management
  2. Business Process Mapping
  3. Application and Technical Architecture
  4. Module Design and Build
  5. Data Conversion
  6. Documentation
  7. Business System Testing
  8. performance Testing
  9. Adoption and Learning
  10. Production Migration

Standard templates are different depending upon the independent Phase and Process again depending upon the business requirement. (RD 20, RD 50, MD50,MD60,MD70,TE40,BP80,BR100,BR110 etc..)

Thanks & Regards,
S.Grace Paul Regan

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Oracle Unified Method (OUM)

Oracle is evolving the Oracle Unified Method (OUM) to achieve the vision of supporting the entire Enterprise IT Lifecycle, including support for the successful implementation of every Oracle product. OUM replaces the Legacy Methods, such as AIM Advantage, AIM for Business Flows, EMM Advantage, PeopleSoft's Compass, and Siebel's Results Roadmap. Oracle PartnerNetwork (OPN) Diamond, Platinum, and Gold Partners are encouraged to transition to OUM.
OUM provides an implementation approach that is rapid, broadly adaptive, and business-focused. OUM includes a comprehensive project and program management framework and materials to support Oracle's growing focus on enterprise-level IT strategy, architecture, and governance.
OUM includes three Focus Areas – Manage, Envision, and Implement. OUM's Manage focus area provides a framework in which all types of projects can be planned, estimated, controlled, and completed in a consistent manner. OUM’s Envision focus area deals with development and maintenance of enterprise level IT strategy, architecture, and governance. Envision also assists in the transition from enterprise-level planning and strategy activities to the identification and initiation of specific projects. The Implement focus area provides a framework to develop and implement Oracle-based business solutions with precise development and rapid deployment.

The diagram below shows how the Envision, Manage, and Implement focus areas fit together to form OUM:

OUM Approach

OUM is built on five main principles derived from the Unified Process, the Dynamic Systems Development Method (DSDM), and Oracle's existing methods. Those are:

  • Iterative and Incremental
  • Business Process and Use Case-Driven
  • Architecture-Centric
  • Flexible and Scalable
  • Risk-Focused

Why Use OUM?
  • More Focused Effort
  • Built-In Flexibility 
  • Saves Time 
  • Higher Quality 
  • More Cost Effective 
  • Reduce Project Risk 

  • Iterations/Increments/Releases
  • Activities
  • Work Products

  • If you are a OPN member you can download the latest updated version of OUM from the link below
    Password to open the ZIP file will be provided on the same page. 

    Thanks & Regards,
    S.Grace Paul Regan

    Sunday, April 6, 2008

    Oracle Application Implementation Method (AIM)

    Dear All,
    I would like to share the Implementation Phase in a Oracle implementation project as I get lot of queries regarding the Phases of Implementation as per Oracle AIM. 1.Definition 2.Operation Analysis 3.Solution Design 4.Build 5.Transition 6.Production Process Overviews - Tasks & Deliverable
    [BP] Business Process Architecture
    [RD] Business Requirements Definition
    [BR] Business Requirements Mapping
    [TA] Application and Technical Architecture
    [MD] Module Design and Build
    [CV] Data Conversion
    [DO] Documentation
    [TE] Business System Testing
    [PT] Performance Testing
    [AP] Adoption and Learning
    [PM] Production Migration
    There are several deliverable from Oracle to deliver at the time of Implementation, But to provide all those documents is not required for Sensible Project.
    To my understanding required documents needed to be delivered are
    RD - 20 -Requirement Gathering document
    BP - 80 or 90 - Future Business Mapping Document
    MD - 50 - Functional Specification for Application Customization.
    MD - 70 - Technical Specification for Customization.
    CV-40-CV-60 - Data Collection Template
    UAT - Training Scripts TA - Training Documents
    BR - 100 Application Setup Documents
    Its better if you have the AIM document generator with you. So that you can have all the document Templates handy. If I have my own server , I would post the AIM Document generator software too.
    Thanks & Regards,
    S.Grace Paul Regan.

    Saturday, April 5, 2008

    Organization Setup

    Organization Setup Steps Follow the below steps in the order listed. These are the MINIMUM steps necessary to successfully define an Organization for the Oracle Inventory module. Further information on these steps and other optional steps can be found in the Oracle Manufacturing Implementation Manual under Inventory Setup.

    1. Define your set of books (GL function)

    2. Define your Key Flexfields in the following order.

    a. Navigate to Setup /Flexfields / Key. b. Setup the System Items, Item Categories, Item Catalog Group, Stock Locators, Account Alias and Sales Order flexfields.

    3. Define locations (used for a variety of functions including receiving and default delivery locations). Note: If you populate the organization field of this form it will only show on the LOV for that organization.

    4. Define a workday calendar, also called the manufacturing calendar. Eachorganization references this calendar for planning and scheduling activities. Optionally; define the calendar exceptions sets. Once this is completed, click on 'Special' and Build the calendar. It is suggested that the calendar start on the first day of the work week. For example, if the primary work schedule consists of working Monday through Friday with Saturday and Sunday off, then make the start date on the calendar coincide with a Monday date and end with a Sunday date. Note: A calendar must have at least 1 shift and 1 workday pattern defined. Use the Dates button to review the calendar for accuracy before building it.

    5. Define organizations. Assign and enable the appropriate Organization classifications to each organization defined (based on the desired structure). Note: Must have at least 1 INV and 1 GRE/Legal entity Organization. The Business Group classification should not be used unless multi-org functionality will be used.

    6. Complete the minimum required 'other' information for each classification selected.

    a. GRE/Legal entity: must define an employer identification number and Set of Books.

    b. Operating Unit: must define a legal entity. Operating Units are optional.

    c. Inventory Org:

    i)Accounting information: Set of Books (SOB), Legal Entity,Operating unit (dependant).

    ii) Inventory information: Org code, Item Master Org, and calendar, costing Org and method, and Account information (this is located in the costing, inter-org, and other accounts zones), other settings are optional based on the features the customer intends to use.

    iii) The Receiving and Customer/Supplier information are optional.

    7. Define the Unit of Measure classes. Then define the Units of Measure. Thendefine the Unit of Measure conversions for the application. Note: Each class can only have one (l) base unit of measure. Base units of measure should generally be the smallest unit of measure in the class. Units of measure should have a logical connection to the class they are assigned. When disabling Units of Measure, disable the conversions first, then the Unit of Measure. I it is a base unit, the class should be disabled also. Caution, once an item has been defined in the Item Master, the primary unit of measure for that item cannot be modified.

    8. Define subinventories that represent the physical or logical locations for items within an org.anization. Must complete name and description. All otherinformation is optional based on what features of the application will be used. At least one subinventory per Organization must be defined.

    9. The remaining Organization setup sections are optional, depending on what features and modules will be utilized. a. Define locators that represent storage structures (for example, aisles or bins) within subinventories. b. Define Shipping Networks and Methods to facilitate Inter-Org Transfers. c. Define Freight Carriers. d. Define Organization Access. If any access information for an organization is defined in this screen, access MUST be defined for ALL responsibilities that require access to that organization. Failure to do this will cause the unlisted responsibilities to no longer function in that organization! e. Define Inter-Company Relations for inter-company functionality. Once these steps are completed the Organization is setup and usable. The user should then proceed with setting up the rest of the inventory system. See the Oracle Manufacturing Implementation guide, or the Oracle Inventory User's guide for instructions on setting up Items, Categories, Costs, Transaction Defaults, and other features of the Oracle Inventory system. It is always advisable to consult Oracle Worldwide Support Services or Oracle Metalink for the current critical patch list for the Inventory Module prior to implementing a new Inventory system.

    Profile Options

    HR:User Type = HR User This allows the Inventory responsibility to complete the organization setup.

    HR:Business Group= {the users Business Group name}(Setup Business Group by default)This points the responsibility to the appropriate Business Group. When multipleBusiness Groups are defined, each responsibility must be associated with one and ONLY one Business Group. A responsibility cannot see organization data from morethan one Business Group.

    MO:Operating Unit= {the users Operating Unit name}Used primarily in a multi-org environment. This points the responsibility to the appropriate Operating unit. Set the site level to the default operating unit. If there is more than one Operating unit defined, this profile must be set at the responsibility level for each responsibility.

    Thanks & Regards,

    S.Grace Paul Regan.

    Friday, April 4, 2008

    Oracle Application User Creation

    I have attached a small video secession of User Creation and Responsibility addition in Oracle Application using sys-admin responsibility.
    Click Me - User Creation and Responsibility Addition Video Secession
    Any comments or up-dates can be mailed to :, Help this free learning link grow and reach the needy with your valuable comments.
    Thanks & Regards,
    S.Grace Paul Regan.

    Thursday, April 3, 2008

    AIM Document Generator

    Dear All,
    At last I was able to upload the AIM document generator of Oracle. From now on you can create your own AIM document from the baseline document provided from oracle.
    Click Me - Oracle AIM document tool set
    If you have any difficulties in downloading the tool, Please do mail me immediately.
    Thanks & Regards,
    S.Grace Paul Regan