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Discover the Advantages of Having Global Views from Angles for Oracle 

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January 5, 2023

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The move to the cloud continues at a fast pace and if your organization embraces the future of operational reporting, then you need a plan to ensure consistent enterprise-wide reporting during your cloud journey.

A top challenge of cloud migration is the need to produce consolidated reporting and analytics that cover all your Oracle ERP instances. Whether from your Oracle ERP Cloud or EBS (on-premises or cloud), you must have the ability to efficiently transform that data into a format that works for your BI tools — for true, enterprise-wide reporting.

If you are not familiar with Global Views from Angles for Oracle, follow along to understand how this function can deliver the enterprise-wide cloud reporting you need.

Reporting Challenges Using Multiple Versions of Your Data

As you migrate to the cloud, you may find yourself running multiple versions of Oracle ERPs from the process of upgrading many sites to the most recent Oracle release. With so many disparate sources of information joining the various tables is difficult, prohibiting end-users from accessing information required for reporting purposes. This is an issue you can resolve with Global Views.

Simplify Tables With Views

Angles for Oracle ERP transforms data to be sent to a BI tool through a reporting construct we call a “View”. Views are used for developing reports against your Oracle database. Views hide database complexity by joining together related tables to present a comprehensive picture of any given subject area. A report with multiple columns from a single View may draw data from many different tables.

Working with a View is easier and less error-prone than working directly with Oracle tables. Each View comes with an essay that fully describes the data it returns, as well as hints on how to build reports. This, and descriptions for each column in the View, helps users determine which View will best meet their needs. The View essays, column descriptions, and hints are easy to access through Angles Hub. Hub also includes information about pre-defined connections between Views, the underlying Oracle tables of each View, and more.

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Standard vs Global Views

First introduced as NoetixViews, Standard Views simplified access to data because they were automatically configured to support customer-specific setups, including key and descriptive flexfields. When Oracle introduced its EBusiness Suite changes, Views aimed to protect reports from breaking by remapping to the new database structure.

Standard Views

Standard Views are perfect for analyzing smaller data sets. But because their processes are inextricably linked to a single ERP instance, Standard Views can be inefficient in consolidating data from multiple systems.

Global Views

Global Views were built to remedy the limitations of Standard Views, delivering:

  • Enterprise-wide reporting: Data from all business entities is accessible from each Global View.
  • Row-level security: Oracle E-Business Suite user data privileges are leveraged to restrict the data returned by Global Views, regardless of the BI tool.
  • Drillable parent-child hierarchies: Use the parent-child hierarchies on segments of your chart of accounts to create drillable financial reports.
  • Rapid Implementation: Fast installations and regenerations mean rapid deployment of upgrades, enhancements, and customizations.

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Global Views Boost Enterprise Operational Reporting

Enterprise Reporting

Global Views represent the smallest-ever footprint of Angles Views while maintaining unparalleled coverage of Oracle E-Business Suite and Oracle Cloud Applications. Global Views delivers a single set of views for each system, a single source of truth.

Global Views deliver data from all your Oracle ERP instances, covering every business group, ledger, operating unit, and inventory organization. This offers you a robust foundation for standardized, enterprise-wide reporting. A report based on Global Views can be shared with anyone in the enterprise and row-level security will assure that they only see relevant information.

Row-level Security

Oracle ERP customers invest significant time and effort setting up and maintaining data access privileges. Row-level security in Global Views applies this investment to your reporting. Angles applies associated data privileges to Global Views, ensuring that users only access the data they are supposed to.

Drillable Parent-Child Hierarchies

Global Views are even more powerful if you have already set up the accounting parent-child hierarchies for your Oracle ERP financial statements. With Global Views, you can use those very same structures to create analytical reports in your favorite BI tool. Start at the highest level with fully rolled up balances, journal line, or transaction amounts and drill down to the next level of your hierarchy in just a few clicks. Continue drilling down, or drill back up and choose another hierarchy branch to analyze. Use a combination of hierarchies, such as a cost center hierarchy and a natural account hierarchy, to create pivot tables for multi-dimensional analysis.

Enhanced Key Flexfield Support

Global Views untangle the complex internal storage of key flexfields by replacing generic Oracle column names with your key segment names. Additionally, Global Views return data for the special segment qualifier columns of the Accounting key flexfield. Global Views include the Balancing, Cost Center, Natural Account, and Intercompany segment qualifier columns, making it easy for developers to write accounting reports and users to understand the data in these reports.

Thrive in the Cloud with Global Views

Global Views is the perfect tool to support your organization’s cloud journey. As teams like yours consider multi-cloud or hybrid setups, factor in that:

  • Global Views streamlines operational reporting needs across an enterprise-wide cloud environment. Gain real-time access to all your enterprise data regardless of its source.
  • Global Views enable your team to combine data from multiple ERPs into a single format that can easily be consumed by the BI tool of your choice – increasing the speed, accuracy and depth of your visualizations and reporting.

These features reduce the time generating custom reports by 90%. Global Views give users access to any number of Oracle ERP instances, whether on-premises, cloud or hybrid. This streamlined environment ensures all users see the same data – a single source of the truth. Users can pivot the same reports to view the information in various ways. This reduction in the number of reports is more manageable and simplifies the upgrade process and monthly maintenance.

Learn more about Global Views here, and see how Angles for Oracle’s Global Views can help transform your operational reporting out of the status quo today.

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