First with Oracle Fusion HCM
Profource is one of the first users of Fusion Applications in the Benelux region. With this deployment we will not only improve our own internal business processes, but we will also gain the necessary experience and insights to guide our customers during their implementation process. Our Fusion Apps project team will keep you posted on their findings through our blog. This time one of our colleagues will tell you something about Fusion HCM – Human Capital Management.
Recently we started with the set-up of Fusion HCM. We are currently deploying Fusion HCM release 4. One of the first things you have to start with in Fusion HCM is to set up the organizational structure of your company. Oracle developed the Enterprise Structure Configurator (ESC) to deploy your organization in a quick method.
Enterprise Structure Configurator
Quick should be the way, however we discovered a bug in the Enterprise Structure Configurator. As one of our consultants was in Redwood Shores in January of this year, we were able to meet the HCM Development team to discuss this issue. They explained that for Release 4, 5 and 6 there is a problem with the use of the enterprise configuration scope variable, but the workaround is quite simple.
In the Functional Set-Up manager the ESC task list consists of one scope setting and four tasks:
- Define Initial Configuration – scope setting task
- Establish Enterprise Structures
- Establish Job and Position Structures
- Review Enterprise Configuration
- Load Enterprise Configuration
The scope setting task (Define Initial configuration) should not be used in this case. It can lead to errors and is not required for the proper functioning of Enterprise Structure Configurator. Instead, you should start with the Establish Enterprise Structures task. Oracle was not able to remove the first task in Release 4, 5 or 6 but you should ignore it. From release 7 a simplified process will become available according to HCM Development. By the middle of 2013 this should be fixed.
However before you’re going to use the ESC, first check if there is a seeded enterprise available which came up with the installation. This because you can only have one Enterprise in Fusion HCM. It doesn’t matter if you run on premise or on a Cloud environment.
You can check if there is an enterprise available, to perform a query on the PER_ENTERPRISES table. If there is already a seeded enterprise, you can update this via the task manage Enterprise HCM Information (see figure 1). From this menu (Define Organization Structures) you can also set up locations, divisions, departments and department trees.
Using the Enterprise Structure Configurator
As mentioned before, the scope setting task (Define Initial configuration) should not be used if you use version 4, 5 or 6. It can lead to errors and is not required for the proper functioning of Enterprise Structure Configurator. Instead, you should start with the Establish Enterprise Structures task (see figure 2).
Strange is that when you are searching for this issue on Oracle Support you don’t find this issue, neither the workaround. Talking to the right people seems to help.
This article is published in February 2013, as part of the Fusion Applications blog of Profource
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