Some say change is hard. I say it depends on where you were and where you’re going. Take Oracle’s new R11, for example. Where we are coming from is R10, which had some great attributes. You might even say that R10 was comfortable and easy to maneuver for clients. But R11 will be even better. R11 may make some people a little uncomfortable at first (you know, the “change is hard” thing) but in the end you may find that you’re welcoming the new release with open arms.
Each week I will cover a new fact about Oracle’s R11. These facts will speak only to the Financials side. Be patient…if you like these, there may be others to come. (That’s my teaser to keep your interest.)
Although the new home page was first available in R10, it now includes pagination control. This home page provides easy access to perform your regular work functions, as well as your work-related conversations and announcements. The pagination control also gives you access to Infolets, relating to general accounting, budgets or cash management activities. These Infolets allow the user to access detailed information at-a-glance by using three different methods: by using the arrow in lower corner of the Infolet, clicking the center of the Infolet or hovering over the Infolet.
Two other new features are accessing Infotiles and the Panel Drawer. Infotiles allow information to be scanned in greater detail. Users who need to access information in a repetitive, focused manner will benefit from these Infotiles. The user can quickly gather information and scan for details, regardless of the data size. Infotiles are available in the Assets, Accounts Payable, Billing and Expenses areas.
The Panel Drawer is found on the right side of the page and may have one or more vertical tabs. Through these vertical tabs, the user can access different features such as searching and running reports, quickly and easily. The user may do these tasks directly from any screen without navigating through different roles or hierarchies, or by leaving the current application. By default, the panel drawer is collapsed, but by simply clicking on the icons, the user can access the panel drawer.