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Oracle EBS End-Year Tips

Oracle EBS Year-End Tips

jcoreil November 21, 2023 0 Comments

Managing Oracle E-Business Suite (EBS) effectively at the end of the year is crucial for financial reporting, compliance, and planning. Here are some Oracle EBS year-end tips for a company running Oracle E-Business Suite from a financial and inventory standpoint:

Financial Standpoint:

  • Close Periods Promptly:
    • In Oracle EBS, use the General Ledger module to run the “Close Process” in Oracle General Ledger. Ensure that all subledgers are closed before running the close process. Perform reconciliation between subledger balances and General Ledger balances using tools like the Subledger Period Close Exception Report.
    • Importance: Timely period closure ensures accurate financial reporting. It prevents unauthorized transactions and maintains data integrity. Closed periods also facilitate a smooth transition to the next reporting period and align with regulatory compliance requirements.
  • Reconcile Subledgers:
    • Leverage Oracle Subledger Accounting (SLA) to reconcile detailed subledger transactions with General Ledger entries. Use SLA reports and diagnostics to identify and resolve reconciliation discrepancies.
    • Importance: Reconciliation ensures that financial data is consistent across subledgers and the general ledger. It provides a comprehensive view of financial transactions, enhances transparency, and reduces the risk of errors or discrepancies in financial statements.
  • Review and Adjust Accruals:
    • Utilize Oracle EBS’s Accrual Reconciliation feature to review and reconcile accrual accounts. Make adjustments using Journal Entry features within Oracle General Ledger and maintain an audit trail for compliance purposes.
    • Importance: Accurate accruals reflect the company’s financial position. Reviewing and adjusting accruals ensures that financial statements accurately represent liabilities and expenses, contributing to more precise financial analysis and decision-making.
  • Run Financial Reports:
    • Oracle EBS provides a robust set of financial reporting tools. Leverage Financial Statement Generator (FSG) for customized financial reports. Explore Oracle Business Intelligence Publisher (BI Publisher) for advanced reporting and distribution capabilities.
    • Importance: Financial reports are essential for stakeholders to assess the company’s performance. Generating accurate and timely reports using Oracle EBS enables informed decision-making, supports compliance, and satisfies reporting requirements for internal and external stakeholders.
  • Tax Compliance:
    • Oracle EBS has Tax Manager and Oracle Financials for tax-related transactions. Ensure that tax codes, rates, and rules are up to date. Run the Tax Detail Report for a comprehensive view of tax transactions.
    • Importance: Tax compliance is critical for avoiding penalties and legal issues. Ensuring accurate tax-related transactions in Oracle EBS helps the company meet its tax obligations, provides transparency in financial statements, and facilitates a smooth tax audit process.
  • Asset Depreciation:
    • Oracle Assets module manages asset depreciation. Run the Depreciation Expense Report and Asset Book to review and validate depreciation calculations. Adjust depreciation methods and conventions as needed.
    • Importance: Accurate asset depreciation impacts financial statements and tax liabilities. Reviewing and adjusting asset depreciation in Oracle EBS ensures compliance with accounting standards, optimizes tax planning, and provides an accurate representation of the company’s asset values.

Inventory Standpoint:

  • Physical Inventory Count:
    • Utilize Oracle Inventory’s Physical Inventory module for counting and reconciling physical inventory. Run the Physical Inventory Reconciliation Report to identify and resolve discrepancies. Adjust inventory quantities using Inventory transactions.
    • Importance: Physical inventory accuracy is crucial for financial and operational integrity. Conducting regular physical inventory counts in Oracle Inventory helps identify discrepancies, prevent stockouts, and ensures that financial statements reflect the true value of inventory.
  • Cycle Counts:
    • Set up and manage cycle counts using Oracle Cycle Count functionality. Leverage Cycle Count reports to monitor and analyze cycle count performance. Use ABC Analysis to prioritize items for cycle counting based on value and activity.
    • Importance: Cycle counting enhances inventory accuracy throughout the year. Regular cycle counts in Oracle EBS help identify and correct discrepancies promptly, reducing the risk of stockouts or overstock situations and improving overall inventory management efficiency.
  • Obsolete or Slow-Moving Inventory:
    • Oracle Inventory provides an ABC Analysis feature. Classify items based on usage and value, and identify slow-moving or obsolete items. Use Inventory Aging Reports to identify items with low turnover.
    • Importance: Managing obsolete or slow-moving inventory optimizes working capital and warehouse space. Oracle EBS tools help identify such items, allowing the company to make informed decisions on liquidation, discounts, or reevaluation of procurement strategies.
  • Safety Stock Review:
    • Oracle Inventory uses Min-Max planning and Safety Stock features. Review and adjust safety stock levels using the Min-Max Planning Report and Safety Stock Analysis Report. Consider running the Order Recommendation program for optimized replenishment suggestions.
    • Importance: Optimizing safety stock levels in Oracle Inventory prevents stockouts and excess inventory. A balanced safety stock ensures efficient order fulfillment, minimizes carrying costs, and contributes to overall supply chain efficiency.
  • Supplier and Vendor Reviews:
    • Oracle Purchasing and Oracle Payables modules manage supplier relationships. Review supplier performance using Supplier Performance Analysis reports. Negotiate terms and discounts based on Purchase Order and Invoice Analysis reports.
    • Importance: Supplier relationships impact procurement costs and efficiency. Regular reviews in Oracle Purchasing and Payables enable negotiations for better terms, discounts, and improved supplier performance, ultimately contributing to cost savings and operational efficiency.
  • Work Order and Production Review:
    • Oracle Work in Process (WIP) and Oracle Manufacturing modules handle work orders and production. Review open work orders and production schedules. Adjust production plans using the Manufacturing Work Orders Inquiry and Material Requirements Planning (MRP) reports.
    • Importance: Efficient work order and production planning are essential for meeting customer demand. Reviewing open work orders in Oracle WIP and Manufacturing modules ensures production alignment with demand forecasts, minimizing lead times, and optimizing resource utilization.
  • Warehouse Organization:
    • Oracle Warehouse Management (WMS) features help optimize warehouse layouts. Utilize features like Directed Picking and Packing to improve efficiency. Run reports such as Pick Slip Confirm and Ship Confirm to track and verify warehouse activities.
    • Importance: Well-organized warehouses enhance operational efficiency. Optimizing layouts and using Oracle WMS features improve picking and packing processes, reducing errors, and enhancing overall inventory management efficiency.

General Tips:

  • Backup Data:
    • Oracle EBS provides tools for database backups and recovery. Use Oracle Recovery Manager (RMAN) for database backups. Ensure that the backup strategy includes both database and application data.
    • Importance: Data loss can be catastrophic. Regular backups using Oracle RMAN ensure data recovery in case of system failures, errors, or other unforeseen circumstances, safeguarding critical business information.
  • User Training:
    • Develop custom training materials based on Oracle User Productivity Kit (UPK). Use Oracle Tutor to create in-application guidance for end-users. Consider conducting training sessions using Oracle Learning Management.
    • Importance: Well-trained users maximize the benefits of Oracle EBS. Training using tools like Oracle UPK ensures that users understand system features and processes, reducing errors, and increasing overall productivity.
  • Software Updates and Patches:
    • Oracle provides periodic updates and patches for EBS. Utilize Oracle’s AutoPatch tool for applying patches. Regularly check Oracle Support for the latest updates and patches relevant to your EBS version.
    • Importance: Keeping Oracle EBS up-to-date enhances security and functionality. Regularly applying updates and patches using Oracle AutoPatch addresses known issues, improves system stability, and ensures compatibility with the latest technologies.
  • Documentation:
    • Use Oracle Application Documentation as a reference for year-end processes. Maintain documentation using tools like Oracle UPK for step-by-step process guides and Oracle Document Management for storing and organizing documents.
    • Importance: Comprehensive documentation supports audit readiness and knowledge transfer. Using tools like Oracle UPK and Document Management ensures that processes, configurations, and procedures are well-documented, reducing the risk of errors and facilitating compliance.
  • Communication:
    • Leverage Oracle Workflow and Oracle Alert features for automated communication and notifications. Implement workflow notifications to alert stakeholders of critical activities and ensure a streamlined communication process.
    • Importance: Effective communication is essential for coordinated year-end processes. Oracle Workflow and Alert features automate communication, ensuring that stakeholders are informed of critical activities, reducing delays, and enhancing collaboration across departments.

By incorporating these Oracle EBS End-Year Tips into your year-end processes, you can optimize the use of Oracle E-Business Suite for financial and inventory management, ensuring accuracy, compliance, and efficiency. Additional information on our services and more Oracle EBS Year-End Tips can be found here.

Jonathan Coreil, CEO

Jonathan Coreil is the founder and CEO of Adjacent Solutions. During his experience developing and leading successful Client Success Management teams, he discovered an emerging need to provide companies with specialized technical tools and dedicated talent using Oracle technology and founded Adjacent Solutions. Today, Adjacent Solutions has grown to a leading onshore Oracle solutions integrator and managed services provider in the Dallas-Ft. Worth Metroplex. For questions or to share blog ideas you’d like to see, please email us at