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Overview_of_Essentials_for_Implementers

    Architecture Overview

    Overview

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Architecture Overview

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Architecture Overview

    Architecture Overview

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Objectives

    Objectives

    After completing this lesson, you should be able to do

    the following:

    Describe the 11i eBusinessSuite architecture

    Describe the major components of the

    architecture

    Describe "Why" this knowledge is important

    Use your knowledge of architecture to understand

    the underlying technology.

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Understanding the 11i Architecture

    Understanding the 11i Architecture

    Business Architecture

    Technical Architecture

Understanding the 11i Architecture

    It is easy to jump right to the technical architecture of the 11i eBusiness Suite. In fact, most presentations on the 11i architecture that you see will do just that. But, the technical architecture is only important in supporting the business needs of the 11i eBusiness Suite. The business architecture supports the business needs of the company. This may seem to just be a marketing issue. However, in an integrated eBusiness Suite, the software must support the business needs by being engineered to support those business needs from the start. It is only after the business needs have been addressed, that the technical architecture can be determined. In most cases, the technical architecture will be dictated by the business needs. If you don’t use this engineering approach, your technical architecture will dictate the business needs you can fulfill.

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The Business Architecture of 11i

    The Business Architecture of 11i

    Modern Foundation

    Complete

    End-to-end Integration

    Global

    Rapid Implementation

The Business Architecture of 11i

    The 11i eBusiness Suite has five principals that drive its Business Architecture. That architecture is driven around supporting and fulfilling business needs. Those principals are as follows:

    1. The 11i eBusiness Suite is built on a "modern foundation."

    What this means is that Oracle is putting all of its new 11i development into open, scalable standards. These standards include using Java/J2EE, HTML, Javascript, Internet-accessibility, and centralized management.

    2. The 11i eBusiness Suite is the first complete eBusiness system.

    The 11i eBusiness Suite provides a complete enterprise-wide manufacturing, supply chain management, financial, project, human resource management, marketing, sales and service process solution. Because of that completeness, it is able to deliver a full 360 degree view of the company.

    3. 11i provides its completeness in a fully end-to-end integrated package. This is crucial to understanding the architecture. 11i's integration is engineered into the product. It is not realized through systems integration/customizations.

    4. 11i is fully globalized.

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    11i is accessible via global networks. It accommodates multiple languages and currencies. It support international features like flexible date formats and multiple radix support. And, it supports data in the Unicode Character Set (UTF-8). And it has accounting and business localizations built into it.

    5. 11i brings considerable tools to the implementation task.

    These tools include a rapid installation tool, patch application tools, and a host of configuration files and customizable help files to allow the customer to configure the system to meet their needs. All of these tools help significant reduce implementation time.

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The Technical Architecture of 11i

    The Technical Architecture of 11i

    Forms-based

    Self-service (HTML/JSPs)

    Business Intelligence

    Mobile

The Technical Architecture of 11i

    The 11i technical architecture is a direct response to the business needs. In supporting the business needs, 11i has developed 4 architectural modes to support the users. Those 4 architectural modes are accessed and controlled through the Personal Home Page (PHP) or Portal.

    PHP becomes the gateway through which the user has rights to access all the information to which they have been granted access. This greatly simplifies the administration tasks associated with 11i, and greatly reduces its operational costs.

    The architectural modes equate to common classes of users. Forms-based users are typically people involved in the transactional operations of the organization. They are typically full-time users who need and demand a robust, full-featured interface.

    Self-service users are typically infrequent users that want their interface with 11i to be as simple and quick as possible. This class of user is typically the most numerous class of user in the instance.

    Business intelligence users are typically senior executives who want a simple to use interface that can be used to reveal critical business information. By utilizing a browser, the business

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    intelligence products eliminate the need for the users to learn a new system. If they are familiar with browsing, they know the basics of the business intelligence interface. Finally, mobile users cover a surprisingly large range of users whose jobs are likely to keep them away from a readily available, network-connected computer. These users can range from sales people to inventory folks. By utilizing the mobile interface, they are able to send and receive information at points where it is important and convenient for them. Note:

    As of the writing of this course, CRM is not fully integrated into the PHP / Portal for single sign-on. Some of this is due to the nature of access to CRM products (e.g., mobile access). Where possible, CRM uses single sign-on, but it is not always possible.

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Basic Technical Architecture of 11i

Basic Technical Architecture of 11i

    This diagram represents the basic technical architecture of 11i. It is not the common diagram you will see associated with 11i's architecture, but it is a useful starting point for our discussion. As a diagram, it is dense with details that require explanation and discussion. Any computer system can be described as 2 things, data and programs. In the 11i system, the programs responsible for inputting, outputting, manipulating, and/or transforming the data are written in numerous formats, including HTML, C, PL/SQL, Java, Javascript, Java Server Pages, Oracle Forms 6i, Oracle Reports 6i, and several other methods. On the input side, 11i can receive data from multiple sources including browsers, legacy systems/databases, and others. On the output side, 11i can send data to browsers, printers, executive information systems, and other output devices.

    The data itself resides on a central repository, which makes it widely available throughout the organization. More than just a central repository, 11i's integration makes this the only repository. It is only by utilizing this sole repository that 11i is able to achieve the level of integration that it does.

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