Project teams hire consultants of two types
- Functional consultants/Business Analysts (B.A.’s)
- Technical Consultants
Functional Consultants or B.A.’s are the liaison between the project team and the business. They gather and analyze the requirements, design, configure & test the solution, and support the business once the project has gone live.
Technical Consultants allow the project to implement customized functionality; to adjust Oracle standard features to suit the business requirement.
There is a third type of consultant, who has a combination of functional and technical skills. The “Hybrid” consultant is becoming more valuable to projects, as there is a significant gap between a pure technical and functional consultant. Hybrid consultants bridge this gap increasing effective communication between the teams. The diagrams below displays the typical Oracle eBusiness Consultant Skillsets. It’s useful to review the next diagrams to see where your skill set could place you on a project team.
The following diagrams illustrate the common skill-sets of functional and technical consultants. Over time a consultant may pick up skills in both areas, but the project team will generally hire a person for a “Functional” or “Technical” role.
Technical skills include:
The application is delivered with a number of standard reports, which will meet most business requirements. Once an additional requirement has been agreed, the Technical consultant decides if an existing report can be modified, or if a new report is required.
An interface transmits data from one system to another. The technical consultant builds the architecture so that the required data can be successfully transmitted and understood by both the sending and receiving systems.
Many of the Oracle EBusiness suite transaction flows are now controlled by a Workflow. Oracle standard workflows are designed to implement most common business flows. If a new requirement in this area is identified, the technical consultant modifies the workflow to manage the new requirement, and ensures no impact on standard transaction flow.
XML is used in Oracle Ebusiness suite to create reports & to transmit data according to document standards. These standards specify a message architecture to describing an object, and allow more efficient communication between systems. For instance the Open Applications Group Integration Specification(OAGIS) specifies message architectures called Business Object Documents(BOD’s) that define the fields contained in a sales order, for example. Once an XML message meeting this sales order message architecture is created, it can be transmitted and understood by different systems in an Oracle supply chain.
When a business is migrated to Oracle, historical data is required in the new Oracle application. This data can be defined as master data (customers, vendors etc), or transactional data (historical invoices, purchase orders). Import of these data types into the new system allows the system users to leave the old system behind. Conversion specifies what data types need to be imported, what range of each data type will be imported, how the import will be achieved, and how the results will be validated.
Business intelligence Tools
BI tools allow the collection and display of correct information to a business audience. Data is typically reported, summarized, analyzed & distributed to various business users. The information provided is then used to enable business decision-making. Technical consultants provide the architecture and design the reports to meet the business requirements.
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