Oracle 20B: Release Notes

Oracle 20B: Release Notes

Supply Chain Management Cloud
(& Procurement) Key Themes (20b)

The theme for 20b looks set to offer customers
significant enhancements and improvements to usability and workflow of the
applications stack that should improve day-to-day user productivity, focused on
driving collaboration between the client, suppliers & 3PL’s and inter-app
connections with IoT.

Clients should, as always, revisit existing extensions
and middleware across their enterprise to explore 20b’s potential in their
business processes and to keep updated with their relevant 3P partners news
feeds as they explore the 20b offerings into their own product updates. This,
of course,  is in addition to reviewing all newly enabled or opt-in
functionality against today’s and tomorrow’s future-state business processes
and finally to ensure they complete stringent core business process regression

  • A focus on supplier/3PL collaborations, communicative & action based with B2B messaging, OBN connections and inter-app interactions with product, purchasing & sourcing enhancements.
  • Significant progression starting to develop for IoT Production Cloud now ‘push’ enabled with select SCM apps & now fully synchronized with Manufacturing cloud. 
  • Procurement introduces enhancements to workflows for maintenance & manufacturing cloud work order related purchasing & offers improvements to contracts.
  • Product Lifecycle Management gets a significant overhaul with a new UI interface, introducing ‘clipboard’ (drag & drop functionality) & workflow/approval improvements.
  • Supply Chain Planning introduces additional dimensions for segregation for planning purposes, Engineer-to-order statistical demand modelling and ‘constraint’ parameters for manufacturing lead times that inform all planning models where items are used.
  • In addition there are a number of practical, simple & useful workflow improvements to increase accuracy & efficiency in Inventory, Manufacturing & Procurement applications.

Oracle Recruiting Cloud – Key Themes (20B)

Oracle Recruiting
Cloud continues to develop and deliver at pace and the enhancements that are
available in 20B continue this theme. The main focus continues to be around
delivering tools that enable recruiters to add value to talent acquisition
whilst providing candidates a modern hiring experience.

The 20B
enhancements are a welcome addition to the product and will enable talent
acquisition professionals and candidates to begin to enrich and configure the
product to the needs of the organisation whilst retaining best practice.

Key Enhancements

  • Candidate applications to track more diversity and disability

    • This is a key area for any recruitment team to be able to report on
      candidate demographics in order to drive recruitment strategies and hire
      decisions. Being able to ask relevant questions of candidates allows a better
      hiring experience tailored to the needs of the candidate, whilst remaining
      compliant with hiring strategies and legislative demands.
  • Candidate data disposal.
    • In a world where data security is extremely important to both
      organisations and customers, Oracle Recruiting Cloud ensure that this information
      is accessible and managed easily in line with your information management
      policies. Candidate details are masked in key areas of the product whilst
      administrators can configure the data disposal to meet organisations data
      protection and GDPR requirements.
  • Enhanced candidate searching.
    • Recruiters and talent acquisition professionals can now use advanced
      searches to find their target audience
  • Requisitions and Offer can respect the hiring status of the position
    • The system can now be configured to only show recruiters and hiring
      managers requisitions that are approved for hiring. This means that only
      positions approved to hire are visible when creating requisitions. This takes
      the human effort and possibility for error out of the equation and ensures that
      the hiring teams are promoting requisitions and offers that are factored in the
      budget and workforce strategy.
  • Double opt in for candidates
    • This feature allows candidates to sign up for functionality (job alerts,
      communications etc.) without having to give their details up front. However, to
      ensure that their data is secure and their transactions are their own double
      opt in uses multi factor authentication to check personal details and
      confirmation of actions.
  • Save Draft Applications
    • This is key functionality that will really allow candidates to apply on
      the go. This enhancement will allow candidate to start their application on the
      commute to work or while out with friends and complete any outstanding
      attachments or details back at home on a laptop, tablet or other device.
  • Automatically open job requisitions for posting
    • One a requisition is approved this enhancement allows requisitions to be
      automatically be opened for sourcing and posted to a career site if required.
      This removes further transactional effort by recruiters and hiring managers to
      allow value to be added to other stages in the hiring process.

This is just a snapshot of the enhancements planned for the 20B release with many more in the pipeline. If anybody would like further information, release notes or readiness training support documents then please do get in touch.

Oracle Core HR – Key Themes (20B)

Oracle Global HR continues to develop and deliver at pace and the
enhancements that are available in 20B continue this theme. The main focus continues
to be around delivering tools that enable human resource professionals to add
value to the hire to retire journey whilst providing them a modern digital
customer experience.

The 20B enhancements are a welcome addition to the product and will enable
HR professionals to configure the product to the needs of the organisation
whilst retaining best practice and benefitting from even further efficiencies
of Oracle Cloud

Key Enhancements

  • Lookup for Gender field changed from system to
    user –
    is a key enhancement to the product in relation to Equality, Diversity and
    Inclusion reporting in the UK. In the past the gender field in Oracle HR
    has been limited to system values of male and female which is not how the world
    associates themselves in the area of gender. In the 20B release Oracle HR
    allows employees and candidates in Oracle Recruiting Cloud to classify the
    gender they identify with. This allows the HR solution to be more in line
    with the world of HR and embrace Diversity and Inclusion.
  • Deep link to a checklist task from calendar
    – In
    order to make checklists work easier and to help employees in busy work
    environments it is now possible to place tasks into an email calendar with
    a deep link back into the system to complete tasks. This will allow a
    joined up approach to connect HCM and email to enable efficiencies and
    save time.
  • Improved Areas of Responsibility user
    experience through responsibility templates
    – Area of responsibility
    templates allow you to create a simple, less-cluttered responsibility
    description and scope once, and use it multiple times. Templates can be
    defined independently from representatives and can also support different
    scope patterns as an organisation requires. You will now be able to create
    Areas of Responsibility templates to quickly create and assign
  • Position Management (Profiles in Position
    Details) –
    Profiles help to identify
    the qualifications and skills required for a position within the
    organisation. You can now associate profiles with a position on the
    Position Details, Request a New Position and Position Change pages. This
    makes it easier to connect Core HR with Talent and Oracle Recruiting Cloud
    whereby skills and qualifications are captured against the profile on a
  • Send Changes to Employee Photos for Approval –
    A new approval rule has been delivered in 20B
    to enable review of changes of employee photos in the system. This feature
    allows an organisation to check, where needed, that photos are compliant
    with organisation standards. If a photo is delated and a new one is
    uploaded the original approval is withdrawn and the new approval takes

Automatically store
checklist task attachments in document of records –
This is another feature that saves time and removes
duplication out of the hire or retire process. When a candidate or employee
provides an attachment to a checklist this can now be identified to save into
the correct area of the employee document or records.

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