Elire News

Month: April 2018

RECAP: COLLABORATE 18 in Las Vegas!

April 27th, 2018

RECAP: COLLABORATE 18 in Las Vegas!

Thank you to all who joined us in Las Vegas for COLLABORATE 18! We always love connecting with our clients, the Quest International Users Group and OAUG Communities, and other PeopleSoft Experts!

Elire was honored to present ten sessions on Oracle Cloud, Lease Administration, Peoplesoft 9.2 Upgrades, AP Automation, PeopleSoft on Oracle Cloud, and Treasury! For a complete list of our sessions, click here

Aside from Sessions, the Elire team exhibited at Booth #730 to answer questions and connect users with our Subject Matter Experts. 

If you missed us at the booth or would like to set up a follow up, contact [email protected]

We look forward to seeing everyone at COLLABORATE 19 in San Antonio, TX!

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PeopleSoft Lease Administration and Lease Accounting Updates

April 6th, 2018

PeopleSoft Lease Administration and Lease Accounting Updates

As a part of the new FASB and IASB regulations for Lease Accounting, Oracle PeopleSoft has developed a four-phase release of new and updated functionality to consolidate Asset Management and Lease Administration Leases into a single data structure. Lease Administration (formerly Real Estate Management) enables users to manage the entire lease lifecycle from planning and acquisition through lease expiration. Lease payments interface to payables, receivable to billing, and accounting entries to general ledger. In a recent PeopleSoft Talk, Marc Weintraub spoke with Loida Chez, Product Strategy Director for PeopleSoft ALM to detail these phases.

Phase 1 and 2 were a foundation to deliver functionality for leasing guidance

Phase 3 and 4 have new functionality to address debits and credits, as well as consolidate leases into single data structure.

Phase 1 – Image 10 (Foundation)

  • Extended enterprise wide frameworks to Real Estate Management
  • Tighter integration with Asset Management

Phase 2 – Image 19 (Foundation)

  • Real Estate Management extended to allow for leasing of property and equipment, finance and operating

Phase 3 – Image 24 (Lessee Accounting)

  • Multi-asset leases
  • Dynamic lease classification at Asset level
  • More precise data capture of financial terms
  • Allocation of lease payments

Phase 4 – Image 27 (Migration and Transition)

  • Introduction of Asset Management’s share product functionality with Lease Administration
  • Activity Guide – Migrate Asset Management leases to common lease data structure
  • Transition to new FASB and IASB leasing guide

Shared product functionality is huge, but is not Lease Administration. The following are not included:

  • Receivables/Lessor Leases
  • Operating Expenses/CAM
  • Security Deposits
  • Clauses
  • Options & Critical Dats
  • Site Selection & Acquisition

To utilize share functionality, utilize the following information detailed in the PeopleSoft Lease Accounting overview.

This shared functionality relates to core accounting requirements for payables leases. Shared product functionality does not require a Lease Administration license.

The first step to using the shared product functionality is migrating your AM to the Lease Administration data structure. A new Activity Guide enables you to perform all migration tasks. Select the Asset Management Lease data migration tasks from the left panel. They are divided into three phases – Initial Assessment of AM, Pre-migration Configuration, and Migration Process. Selecting the initial assessment allows you to review current assets. Since AM now shares functionality with LA, you have to configure common components including amendment types, role types, routing codes, and other configurations like Business Units. The tasks in the Pre-Migration section guide you through configuration changes required for migration. Once these are completed you are ready to migrate.

From the migration process section, you’ll migration AM leases to the LA data structure and review leases online after migration.

The activity guide serves as point to complete transition to the new accounting guidance.

Select “Preparing to Transition to the New Standard” to view guidance and with analytics review expected costs of operating leased assets on transition date.

Finally, you’ll update to “Transition to the new standard” to capitalize operating leases, transition leases to new accounting guidance, and transition to the corresponding straight-line schedule.

Learn more about Elire’s Lease Administration Services here.

For more information on how Lease Administration or to speak with our Lease Administration team, email Practice Lead, Carlos Conde, at [email protected].

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PeopleSoft Image 27 Highlights

April 6th, 2018

PeopleSoft Image 27 Highlights

Mid-March, PeopleSoft Released highly anticipated Image 27 which included the following new functionality and enhancements:

Expanded eProcurement Fluid Requisition Capabilities (0:20) – Define default field values for a requisition and add a one time shipping address for a requisition. Mass Changes allows you to modify multiple requisitions at one time. You can also now view, copy, and print for requisitions 

Fluid Purchase Order Acknowledgements (1:41) – PeopleSoft has expanded the comprehensive supplier secure portal feature, including POA functionality, and configurable “My Preferences” page to prioritize and respond to POAs.

Bank Transfer Center in Fluid (3:28) – PeopleSoft added the Bank Transfer tile to the Cash Management Fluid Homepage to update existing bank transfer details and create new bank transfers. You can update details only if the status of the Transfer is “new.” In update mode – BU, Transfer type, and ID type are not editable. 

Lease Accounting Phase 4 (5:13) – Lease Accounting Phase Four shares Lease Functionality between Asset Management (AM) and Lease Administration (LA), allowing AM users to use LA functionality delivered in the previous three phases. This functionality address core accounting requirements for Payables leases. A new activity guide is available to perform all tasks for performing the migration. The Guided Migration Process Activity Guide enables you to perform migration tasks necessary  for utilizing the new accounting standard, including preparing to Transition to the New Standard, and Transition. 

Asset Profile Inactivation (6:25)  Asset Profile is used to add assets to the system with pre-defined depreciation and tax criteria for a specific asset type. With Image 27, PeopleSoft added the status field to the profile definition field. You can mark an asset profile active or inactive. This prevents obsolete assets from populating an asset with incorrect criteria and depreciation values.

Calculating Taxes when Saving Invoice (7:11) – PeopleSoft Billing allows you to calculate taxes from the invoice page without having to navigate to the summary page. The Calculate taxes icon is not available for invoices that have a status of “invoiced” or “final.”

Courtesy Copy of Consolidated Invoices (8:01) – PeopleSoft Billing provides the capability to have courtesy copy addresses on consolidated headers. You can select the copy address link to access the create consolidated addresses page.

Component Keyword Search for Grants and Contracts (8:33) – Image 27 provides new search capabilities for award and contract general components using Elasticsearch, including keyword search across contract and award attributes. 

Accounting Tag in General Ledger Journal (9:23) – Accounting Tag, a centralized and standardized accounting definition, is designed for financial products in fluid and classic plus. It is a simplified method to manage and maintain accounting data. With Image 27 – PSFT extends the use of Accounting tags, replacing speed types when enabled, for Online Journal Entry, Budget Journal Entry, and Journal Excel Spreadsheet Upload.

SAM Revised General Services Administration Requirements (10:07) – PeopleSoft expands the system for award management leveraging the new SAM taxpayer Name Field from the inbound interface field. Select the user taxpayer name for alternate withholding on the federal processing options page, this allows PSFT system to update the supplier withholding information if it is different from the legal business name.

Activating Contract and Upgrade Bill Plans en Masse (11:00) – Two new actionable exception reports have been added to “My Work” on the Contracts Work Center, Contracts for Activation, and Invalid Billing Plans, allowing you to take action on an individual update or take actions en masse. 

Additional Features:

  • ISO 2022 – Customer Credit Transfer Initiation for Switzerland
  • Electronic Submission of Invoices for Italy
  • Prepaid Enhancement for GST

For more information check out the PeopleSoft Youtube Channel!

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Ask the Expert: Reporting with Oracle Cloud

April 4th, 2018

Ask the Expert: Reporting with Oracle Cloud

So you’re considering or have made the move to the cloud – how do you ensure your reporting needs meet compliance standards and internal requirements? We asked Elire Cloud Consultant, Karen Costakes, what are best practices for effective reporting with Oracle Cloud, and what common obstacles organizations face. Here is what she had to say:

 

More information on Common Obstacles:

  • Identifying where data lives in OTBI or BI Publisher can be a challenge. There is not transparency into how data populates the front-end screens, and as such, thorough testing and validation of report results is critical
  • Understanding security roles necessary to view results in OTBI varies by Subject Area and can take some time to understand and provision. Use Oracle’s “OTBI Subject Area Documentation” to better understand how each specific Subject Area is built and the required security for the subject area
  • Not all fields a user can see on the front end are available in OTBI Subject Areas. Oracle is continuing to develop Subject Areas, but creating a report in BI Publisher may be the workaround if the field is needed. By opening enhancement request for key fields that are unavailable, users can help make OTBI an even more robust business intelligence tool

Interested in learning more? Register for Karen’s webinar on April 17th here

 

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COLLABORATE 18 – Why YOU should attend!

April 4th, 2018

COLLABORATE 18 – Why YOU should attend!

ONE event. NUMEROUS takeaways to help drive results for your business all year long! COLLABORATE 18 is the premier, user-led, technology and applications forum for the Oracle community. Produced by three independent user groups, IOUG, OAUG and Quest, COLLABORATE 18 is your event – created by users for users.

• 1,200+ sessions and panels packed with customers sharing their stories, case studies and practical “how-to” content • Community-sourced education led by experts – for everyone, at every stage of their technology journey

• Breaking product news, roadmaps and insider information from Oracle executive management and developers

• Education and training for functional, technical and hybrid users

• Access to hundreds of other customers across industries to build your personal and professional network, including special interest group (SIG) meetings, geographic networking events and receptions

• An Exhibitor Showcase packed with products and solutions providers who can help you solve your specific challenges

• Unique events such as the Women in Technology Forum—connect with key women who are examples of success in a fast-changing environment

Team Elire will be at Booth #730 as well as presenting a variety of sessions on Lease Administration, Oracle Cloud HCM and ERP, 9.2 Upgrades, and MORE! 

Read more about our COLLABORATE presence here!

Ready to access a wealth of information to help you navigate your technology journey? COLLABORATE 18 takes place April 22-26, 2018, at Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada.  Select the user group most closely aligned with your interests at www.attendcollaborate.com.

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