By Peter Parks, Vice President of Product Management
Speaking broadly, there are two types of users in a VMS.
- The transactional users: requesters, approvers, MSP, suppliers and workers
- The reporting users: different levels of management within the client
Transactional users leverage the full functionality of the VMS and often benefit from the traditional user interface that gives them access to the rich feature set.
Reporting users, those leveraging the analytics and metrics being produced by the Business Intelligence (BI) engine, have less demanding user interface requirements. The data is key, and it can usually be presented in a relatively simple format. The information being conveyed is very powerful in the insight it provides, but it usually is contained in graphs and tables.
Reporting users would greatly benefit from mobile interaction with the VMS. Reports and valuable analytical insights can be consumed on the go - completely viewable in a mobile format (provided the VMS has the capability to deliver the content in a user friendly manner).
Through Oracle's Mobile BI apps we can do just that. These apps are built to give mobile users, both phone and tablet, access to the full features of our BI offering, including:
- Proactive detection and alerts
- Ad-hoc query
- Actionable analytics
All with direct links into the data behind the report.
Mobile BI has been an excellent foundation for our fully mobile experience. We continue to build on this foundation with each successive release, which will eventually enable all user types to interact with our system anywhere, anytime. We already deliver the benefits of mobility to our clients' management and decision makers.
Can you imagine the value this mobile capability could bring to you and your company? It's here and there is more to come, so stay tuned.
Contact us to learn more about our exciting mobile BI capabilities and the benefits it can bring to your company.
By Edward Jackson, President
The rebel. The loner. The tough guy in the cool black leather jacket that ekes an attitude of not giving a sniff about anyone. Whether we admit it or not, we all have some form of admiration for the ones that stand out alone as bold and separate. However, the 'cool' factor is very fleeting as the tedium of isolation consumes day after day. In today's networked and collaborative world, stand alone is, well…lonely.
That is why we believe our concept of 'Embedded VMS' will stand out. We know our large corporate customers have substantial investments into their ERP procurement, financials and HR systems. Why should our customers not be able to have VMS embedded within their ERP stack just like all the other modules that comprise their ERP stack? We think they should!
- Embedded transactions from req to PO to payment? Check!
- Embedded BI mingled with other financial and HR BI content? Check!
- True seamless user experience with federated content all within their ERP system? Delivered.
For too long, many vendors have talked about how easily and 'seamlessly' they integrate with ERP. Beautiful power points are shown of complex integration solved with a mere box, arrow and target box. However, we know the reality is that when the slide-ware goes away and the realities of complex integration come to bear, these VMS systems get deployed as stand alone with integrations sitting in the proverbial 'parking lot'.
If you are tired of boxes and arrows or 'APIs' that require you to code to, let us show you a proof of concept of true embedded VMS within Oracle E-Business Suite and PeopleSoft Enterprise delivered with Oracle OBIEE to OBIEE. Schedule a session here.