Oracle A.I.M. Methodology – template list

Oracle A.I.M. Methodology encompasses a project management methodology with documentation templates that support the life cycle of an implementation. The life cycle methodology and documentation templates allows A.I.M. to be a very useful tool for managing implementation projects successfully. This is a depiction of the A.I.M. methodology life cycle:

Application Implementation Method is a proven approach for all the activities required to implement oracle applications. there are eleven processes of implementation.

1. Business Process Architecture [BP] – This phase outlines:

  • Existing Business Practices
  • Catalog change practices
  • Leading practices
  • Future practices
BP.010 Define Business and Process StrategyBP.020 Catalog and Analyze Potential Changes
BP.030 Determine Data Gathering Requirements
BP.040 Develop Current Process Model
BP.050 Review Leading Practices
BP.060 Develop High-Level Process Vision

BP.070 Develop High-Level Process Design

BP.080 Develop Future Process Model

BP.090 Document Business Procedure

2. Business Requirement Definition [RD] This phase explains about the initial baseline questionnaire and gathering of requirements.

RD.010 Identify Current Financial and Operating Structure RD.020 Conduct Current Business Baseline RD.030 Establish Process and Mapping Summary RD.040 Gather Business Volumes and Metrics RD.050 Gather Business Requirements RD.060 Determine Audit and Control Requirements RD.070 Identify Business Availability Requirements RD.080 Identify Reporting and Information Access Requirements

3. Business Requirement Mapping [BR]In this phase the requirements of business are matched with the standard functionality of the oracle applications.

BR.010 Analyze High-Level GapsBR.020 Prepare mapping environment
BR.030 Map Business requirements
BR.040 Map Business Data
BR.050 Conduct Integration Fit Analysis
BR.060 Create Information Model

BR.070 Create Reporting Fit Analysis

BR.080 Test Business Solutions

BR.090 Confirm Integrated Business Solutions

BR.100 Define Applications Setup

BR.110 Define security Profiles

4. Application and Technical Architecture [TA]This outlines the infrastructure requirements to implement oracle applications.

TA.010 Define Architecture Requirements and StrategyTA.020 Identify Current Technical Architecture
TA.030 Develop Preliminary Conceptual Architecture
TA.040 Define Application Architecture
TA.050 Define System Availability Strategy
TA.060 Define Reporting and Information Access Strategy

TA.070 Revise Conceptual Architecture

TA.080 Define Application Security Architecture

TA.090 Define Application and Database Server Architecture

TA.100 Define and Propose Architecture Subsystems

TA.110 Define System Capacity Plan

TA.120 Define Platform and Network Architecture

TA.130 Define Application Deployment Plan

TA.140 Assess Performance Risks

TA.150 Define System Management Procedures

5. Build and Module Design [MD]This phase emphasizes the development of new functionality (customization) required by the client. It mainly details how to design the required forms, database and reports.

MD.010 Define Application Extension StrategyMD.020 Define and estimate application extensions
MD.030 Define design standards
MD.040 Define Build Standards
MD.050 Create Application extensions functional design
MD.060 Design Database extensions

MD.070 Create Application extensions technical design

MD.080 Review functional and Technical designs

MD.090 Prepare Development environment

MD.100 Create Database extensions

MD.110 Create Application extension modules

MD.120 Create Installation routines

6. Data Conversion [CV]Data Conversion is the process of converting or transferring the data from legacy system to oracle applications. Ex. Transferring customer records from the legacy to the Customer Master.

CV.010 Define data conversion requirements and strategyCV.020 Define Conversion standards
CV.030 Prepare conversion environment
CV.040 Perform conversion data mapping
CV.050 Define manual conversion procedures
CV.060 Design conversion programs

CV.070 Prepare conversion test plans

CV.080 Develop conversion programs

CV.090 Perform conversion unit tests

CV.100 Perform conversion business objects

CV.110 Perform conversion validation tests

CV.120 Install conversion programs

CV.130 Convert and verify data

7. Documentation [DO]Documentation prepared per module that includes user guides and implementation manuals.

DO.010 Define documentation requirements and strategyDO.020 Define Documentation standards and procedures
DO.030 Prepare glossary
DO.040 Prepare documentation environment
DO.050 Produce documentation prototypes and templates
DO.060 Publish user reference manual

DO.070 Publish user guide

DO.080 Publish technical reference manual

DO.090 Publish system management guide

8. Business System Testing [TE]A process of validating the setup’s and functionality by QA(functional consultant) to certify status.

TE.010 Define testing requirements and strategyTE.020 Develop unit test script
TE.030 Develop link test script
TE.040 Develop system test script
TE.050 Develop systems integration test script
TE.060 Prepare testing environments

TE.070 Perform unit test

TE.080 Perform link test

TE.090 perform installation test

TE.100 Prepare key users for testing

TE.110 Perform system test

TE.120 Perform systems integration test

TE.130 Perform Acceptance test

9. Performance Testing [PT] Performance testing is the evaluation of transactions saving time, transaction retrieval times, workflow background process, database performance, etc

PT.010 – Define Performance Testing StrategyPT.020 – Identify Performance Test Scenarios
PT.030 – Identify Performance Test Transaction
PT.040 – Create Performance Test Scripts
PT.050 – Design Performance Test Transaction Programs
PT.060 – Design Performance Test Data

PT.070 – Design Test Database Load Programs

PT.080 – Create Performance Test TransactionPrograms

PT.090 – Create Test Database Load Programs

PT.100 – Construct Performance Test Database

PT.110 – Prepare Performance Test Environment

PT.120 – Execute Performance Test

10. Adoption and Learning [AP]This phase explains the removal of the legacy system and oracle application roll out enterprise wide.

AP.010 – Define Executive Project StrategyAP.020 – Conduct Initial Project Team Orientation
AP.030 – Develop Project Team Learning Plan
AP.040 – Prepare Project Team Learning Environment
AP.050 – Conduct Project Team Learning Events
AP.060 – Develop Business Unit Managers’Readiness Plan

AP.070 – Develop Project Readiness Roadmap

AP.080 – Develop and Execute CommunicationCampaign

AP.090 – Develop Managers’ Readiness Plan

AP.100 – Identify Business Process Impact onOrganization

AP.110 – Align Human Performance SupportSystems

AP.120 – Align Information Technology Groups

AP.130 – Conduct User Learning Needs Analysis

AP.140 – Develop User Learning Plan

AP.150 – Develop User Learningware

AP.160 – Prepare User Learning Environment

AP.170 – Conduct User Learning Events

AP.180 – Conduct Effectiveness Assessment

11. Production Migration [PM]The process of “decommissioning” of legacy system and the usage(adoption) of oracle application system.

PM.010 – Define Transition Strategy

PM.020 – Design Production Support Infrastructure

PM.030 – Develop Transition and Contingency Plan

PM.040 – Prepare Production Environment

PM.050 – Set Up Applications

PM.060 – Implement Production Support Infrastructure

PM.070 – Verify Production Readiness

PM.080 – Begin Production

PM.090 – Measure System Performance

PM.100 – Maintain System

PM.110 – Refine Production System

PM.120 – Decommission Former Systems

PM.130 – Propose Future Business Direction

PM.140 – Propose Future Technical Direction

thanks – Shivmohan Purohit

Deleting a Schedules Request

How to delete the saved schedules, which were saved from the ‘Schedules’ tab of the ‘Submit Request’ window.
There is no standard functionality to delete any saved schedule.

The saved schedules are being stored in the table fnd_conc_release_classes_vl.
Select release_class_id, application_id, release_class_name schedule_name,
description, class_type schedule_type
from fnd_conc_release_classes_vl
where owner_req_id is null
and enabled_flag != ‘N’
and nvl(start_date_active,sysdate) <= sysdate
and nvl(end_date_active, sysdate) >= sysdate
order by release_class_name

If you want to delete any saved schedule from the LOV, then you can perform any of the following:
Delete the row from the table FND_CONC_RELEASE_CLASSES_VL for the saved schedule.
It will be better to update the ENABLED_FLAG = ‘N’ for the saved schedule instead of deleting the row from the table FND_CONC_RELEASE_CLASSES_VL.

thanks – shivmohan

Oracle Interview Questions – Oracle Forms – Custom Development – FAQ

What is the ICX: Forms Launcher system profile option for?

This profile option is used by the Self Service Web Applications Personal Home Page (also known as ICX) to determine the base URL needed to launch an application, which in this case is a Forms application.

What should ICX: Forms Launcher be set to?

ICX: Forms Launcher –is set to ?http://machine_name:port/dev60cgi/f60cgi?. In Apps release 11i you can add some parameters to this URL to enable some Forms features like tracing.

FORMS60_TIMEOUT is an environment setting that determines the maximum idle time (in minutes) before f60webmx shuts down.  Note that it will only terminate an idle middle tier process, i.e. one which is waiting for the "next message" from the client. If the middle tier process is running a transaction or waiting for a query to complete it will not have take effect.

How do you enable Forms Runtime Diagnostics (FRD) in Apps?
To enable Forms Runtime Diagnostics (FRD):

– login to Apps as sysadmin
– click on Profile/System
– add the following to the end of its value at user level:

Note that like any Apps profiles you can do this on various levels e.g. site, user, etc. so that you target your FRD accordingly. Also be aware that FRD incurs significant overhead to Apps processing so disable it when not in use

How do you generate Apps Forms modules or FMB files?
Oftentimes as part of upgrading Forms or modifying a Form module or applying a patch modifying a Form module, you would encounter an issue that would necessitate manually regenerating the Forms module executable or FMX file. To do this you issue the following command:

f60gen module=form_name.fmb userid=apps/apps output_file=form_name.fmx module_type=form batch=yes compile_all=special

How do you generate Apps Forms library modules or PLL files?
To do this you issue the following command:

f60gen module=library_name.pll userid=apps/apps module_type=library batch=yes compile_all=special

How do you generate Apps Forms menu modules or MMB files?
Note that there is only one menu for Apps so it is rare that you need to regenerate the menu. To do this you issue the following command:

f60gen module=FNDMENU.mmb userid=apps/apps output_file=FNDMENU.mmx module_type=menu batch=yes compile_all=special

What is the sequence in which Forms resolves program unit calls?
Forms will attempt to resolve a program unit call in the following sequence:

Program Units node
Forms Library

Where can you find the source Forms modules for Apps?
Apps places all its source (FMB) files in the $AU_TOP/forms/<language> directory whereas the FMX files reside in their respective $PRODUCT_TOP/forms/<language> directory. On the other hand, all menu (MMB, MMX) and library (PLL and PLX) files are copied to the $AU_TOP/resource directory.

How can you find the version of Forms in Apps?
Once you are in an Apps form …

click on Help
click on About Oracle Applications

information is under the Current Form section. The Form Name corresponds to the FMB and FMX file for that form.  The Form Version corresponds to the release level of that form.

How can I open an Apps form in Forms Builder

If you want to open a product specific form, make sure you have all its associated forms and libraries copied over.  Since it is quite difficult to pinpoint exactly what this is, its best to just copy over the entire contents of $AU_TOP/forms/<language> and $AU_TOP/resource.

How can you confirm the version of the FMX or FMB file?
Oftentimes, once you determine the version and name of the current form you want to peek into the internal workings of the actual form itself. To ensure that you are peeking at the right release of the FMB file you can do the following:

$adident Header FNDSCSGN.fmb

If you simply copy the form over to a a machine that does not have Apps installed, you will run into is a lot of FRM-18108: "Failed to load the following objects" errors.  This is because an Apps form is usually dependent on a host of other forms, libaries and menus.

If you want to open the TEMPLATE.fmb form, make sure you have the following forms, libraries, copied over as well from the $AU_TOP/forms/<language> and $AU_TOP/resource directories:


What is a Forms Builder node?

    A Forms Builder node refers to the leaves and branches of its Object Navigator. The Object Navigator provides a hierarchical display of the objects in a Form modules.

       +Attached Libraries
       +Data Blocks
       +Object Groups
       +Pop Up Menus
       +Program Units
       +Property Classes
       +Record Groups
       +Visual Attributes
    +PL/SQL Libraries
    +Object Libraries
    +Built-In Packages
    +Database Objects

    Objects are grouped under their respective nodes. For example, all of the windows defined in a form module appear under the Windows node; all the LOVs defined in the form module appearunder the LOVs node and all the program units appear under the Program Units node.  It is important to familiarize yourself with this in case you need to navigate within an Apps form during the course of debugging a problem.



How To Customize Standard Oracle Application Using Custom Library – custom.pll

There are numerous scenarios for each customer to customize the standard Application. The following sample code demonstrate how to pop up an error message when customer business validation fails.
This note provides a detail steps for customizing the standard application using custom library.

The code attached here will validate number of digits entered in Customer PO Number field from the sales order form. If the number of digits exceeds 3 digits an error message needs to be populated.

  1. Take a back up of custom.pll and custom.plx from $AU_TOP/resource
  2. Have custom.pll, appcore.pll and appcore2.pll copied over to your local folder. The best method is to just copy the entire contents of $AU_TOP/resource
  3. Open CUSTOM.pll in Oracle Forms Developer
  4. Attach appcore2.pll to the custom library
  5. Modify the text of the CUSTOM package body in the appropriate section as below
  6. Save your changes and use the Oracle Forms Compiler program to generate a custom.plx file for the CUSTOM library
  7. Exit from Oracle Forms Developer.
  8. Verify that your file generated successfully. If path name is left blank the file will be generated in c:\orawin\bin (or platform equivalent). Move it to AU_TOP/resource.
  9. Retry it out from the Oracle Applications Navigator.


Modify the code CUSTOM package body as follows in the appropriate sections

procedure event(event_name varchar2) is
form_name varchar2(30) := name_in(‘system.current_form’);
block_name varchar2(30) := name_in(‘system.cursor_block’);
item_name varchar2(30) := name_in(‘system.cursor_item’); 
if (form_name = ‘OEXOEORD’and block_name = ‘ORDER’) then
   if LENGTH(name_in(‘ORDER.CUST_PO_NUMBER’)) > 3 then
     fnd_message.set_name(‘FND’,’Cust PO Number should be less than 4 digits’);
   End if;
End if;
End Event;


If the customer PO Number in sales order form has less than 4 digits the form will not populate any error message. If the customer po number field has more than for 3 digits the error message will be populated.

Retry it from following steps:

1. Open the Application Navigator 
2. Navigate to Order Management Responsibility 
3. Open the Sales Order Form 
4. Enter the values in Custom PO Number field with 4 digits
5. While navigating to next field the following error message pops up   

Cust PO Number should be less than 4 digits

How To Make All The Responsibilities Read Only For A User

Here is a sample code could be used to make all the responsibilities read only for a specific user. I am sure we can use it in different variations.

1. Open the Custom.pll in the Form Builder.
2.Add the following sample code in the Procedure Event for the event WHEN-NEW-FORM-INSTANCE
3.Compile the Custom.pll and place under the directory $AU_TOP/resource

COPY(‘Entering app_form.query_only_mode.’,’global.frd_debug’);
formname := NAME_IN(‘system.current_form’);
blockname := GET_FORM_PROPERY(formname, FIRST_BLOCK);
WHILE (blockname is not null) LOOP
blockname := GET_BLOCK_PROPERTY(blockname, NEXTBLOCK);
END query_only_mode;

The above code will make all the Responsibilities read only for a specific user.

It will fundamentally make all the form functions to behave as passing the parameter QUERY_ONLY.

Sample PLSQL Code to Call Submit Program using FND_SUBMIT API

I am sure you like to test your program or need to run them in batch mode/ back end. here is a sample, you can use them using sql*plus or any editor.

This sample code will call "Submit Accounting" (Program short name is "ARACCPB ") in Release 12 using FND_REQUEST.SUBMIT_REQUEST API
Submit Accounting will in turn spawn Create Accounting (XLAACCPB) which will create Accounting for Entities as on a given date,calls Accounting Program (XLAACCUP ) and can transfer the data to GL (based on parameters).
This will help users to use this code to control the Accounting process programmatically.

First find out user_id and RESPONSIBILITY_ID through which you will submit the program to set the context :

WHERE USER_NAME = ‘&user_name’)




v_request_id VARCHAR2(100) ;

— Fnd_Global.apps_initialize(userId,responsibilityId,applicationId)
— replace the following code with correct value as get from sql above

v_request_id := FND_REQUEST.SUBMIT_REQUEST (‘AR’, — Application short name
‘ARACCPB’, — Program short name
”, — description (Not require)
”, — start_time (start immediately)
FALSE,– sub_request (default FALSE)
— Next is the parameters list of ARACCPB
‘S’, — 1st parameter (Print Format = Summary)
2, — 2nd paramter Maximum Number of Workers
60, — Interval(default value 60)
180, — Max wait (default value 180)
”, — p_request_id (default NULL)
”, — p_entity_id (default NULL)
222, — p_src_app (222 is Application id for AR)
222, — p_app (222 is Application id for AR)
‘Y’, — Dummy Parameter 0
1, — Ledger_id of Vision Operations
”, — Process Category NULL
to_char(sysdate,’YYYY/MM/DD HH24:MI:SS’), — End date
‘Y’, — Create Accounting (Y:Yes / N:No)
‘Y’, — Dummy Parameter 1
‘F’, –Accounting Mode (F:Final / D:Draft)
‘Y’, — Dummy Parameter 2
‘N’, –Errors Only No
‘S’, — Report (S:Summary / D:Detail / N:No Report)
‘Y’, — Transfer to GL (Y:Yes / N:No)
‘Y’, –Dummy Parameter 3
‘Y’, — Post to GL (Y:Yes / N:No)
”, — GL Batch Name
2, –Mixed Currency Precision
”, — Valuation Method (default NULL)
”, — (default NULL)
”, — (default NULL)
”, — (default NULL)
”, — (default NULL)
”, — (default NULL)
”, — (default NULL)
‘N’, — User Transaction Identifiers flag
‘No’, — Translated value for ‘Include User Transaction Identifiers’ flag
CHR(0) — End of parameters

dbms_output.put_line(‘Request submitted. ID = ‘ || v_request_id);
commit ;
when others then
dbms_output.put_line(‘Request set submission failed – unknown error: ‘ || sqlerrm);

You may get output with the request Id as
Request submitted. ID = 4559840
In case of error/failure, you will get sql error message.