Module: INV, BOM, OM, Depot Repair
skill area: Manufacturing and Distribution
Current: Zensar Technologies, Pune, India
Past: Mahindra & Mahindra Nashik, Valley Gauges, Pune.
Ans: I was in Manhindra and Mahindra, Nashik for some days as a Trainee Engineer. After Engineering I joined Valley Gauges in Pune. In 2005 I joined Symbiosis for doing full time MBA in IT. After MBA I joined Zensar Technologies, Pune. In Zensar I am working as a Oracle Apps Associate Consultant. The project I am working in has only one Functional person and that’s me, so I need to handle all the issues irrespective of the module or domain. I am getting very wide exposure to the system in this project.
2. If any professional want to become functional consultant (either in manufacturing or financials), how she/he should take it and go ahead?
Ans: Anybody who wants to be a functional consultant in any domain has to have the knowledge of the processes followed in that particular domain. For example a Finance consultant has to know the accounting entries, details of P/L, Balance sheet etc and a Manufacturing consultant must know how material flows on the shop floor, how material is managed, classified, located, controlled as well as process to fulfill the order etc. The list of things one must know is unlimited but to start one shall know the basic standard processes followed in the particular functional area.
3. Give some commonly used Functional Concepts/ Questions in Oracle Applications’ Manufacturing Modules.
Ans: I do not a great experience of taking / giving interviews, still I can try list down some points. But the questions definitely flow on the basis of past experience and the requirement of the client.
· Types of transactions, actions associated with the transaction.
o E.g. Sub-inventory transfer, Sales order issue, PO receipt, etc
o Actions associated will the accounting entries, change in on-hand, sub-inventory valuation, etc.
· Order-to-cash cycle
· Organization structure
· What are the various intra-operation steps?
o Queue, run, to move, reject, scrap
· What are the different types of Bill of Material?
o Standard, Model, Option class, Planning, Product Family
· What are the item attributes for an item to enter the sales order?
o Customer ordered, Customer order enabled, OE transactable.
· What is a modifier?
o Modifiers enable you to set up price adjustments (for example, discounts and surcharges), benefits (for example, free goods, coupons) and freight and special charges that the pricing engine applies immediately to pricing requests or accrues for later disbursement.
· MRP, MPS, MDS
· Use of Bill of Material.
I will try to list down more questions modules / process wise at add it to my blog i.e. http://functionalguy.blogspot.com/
4. What Oracle Configurator module does what the general feature and how it used in Oracle Applications.
Ans: Oracle Configurator is the product from Oracle which gives you the flexibility to configure the BOM at the time of entering as order as per the customer requirement. You don’t need to defined deferent combination of your offerings prior the order. It saves times, maintenance cost etc. To use this in Oracle Apps you need to do some setups which are summarized at http://functionalguy.blogspot.com/2008/04/setup-for-oracle-configurator.html if one needs to use complex logic to define the dependencies of the option selected then he/she can go for Oracle Configurator Developer for the complex logic.
5. What is Kanban method, how it used and implement in Oracle Inventory. What are the other related concepts with kanban and oracle inventory?
Ans: Kanban is a material control / management system, which is a part of Lean manufacturing. In this kanban cards are used to show status (Empty / Full) of the bin carries components. Once the bin become empty the process to fulfill it starts. For more details please visit http://functionalguy.blogspot.com/2007/04/kanban-introduction-and-benefits.html
6. Your advice/ Suggestion for Oracle Technical and Functional Professions
Ans: I can’t give suggestions just like that. Improvement comes with time and combination of success and failure.
7. Your feedback on Knoworacle.wordpress.com
Ans: I really appreciate your efforts towards this blog. It is well manages and in the easy language to understand. You are also planning to start free on-demand training through your blog is appreciable. One more thing which I liked is you are coming-up with the T-shirt with your blog’s logo and name. Great work, please keep-up and let me know in case I can help you.
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