John LaySolution Architect

John serves as a Solution Architect for the Perficient Oracle ERP Practice with 25+ years of experience in Procurement and Supply Chain Systems.

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Defining Purchase Categories

Oracle Cloud offers the concept of Functional Area catalogs that can be leveraged in many areas such as Inventory, Manufacturing, Sales, Purchasing and others for a variety of purposes. Catalogs can also be shared where a single catalog is assigned to multiple functional areas. For this discussion, we will assess only Purchase Categories and possible […]

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Procurement Best Practice – Leveraging Self-Service Requisitions

If you are reading this article I assume you have asked Mr. Google to find a best practice. What you will see is the Top 5 or 7 or 10 best practices for this year or last year or any year. These articles contain many valid ideas and data points that should all be reviewed […]

Self-Service Receipts for Organizations without Inventory Management

Self-Service Procurement provides the capability to shop catalogs, shop external suppliers or marketplace sites, create purchase requests for internal or external sources, approve requests and create receipts. As self-service implies, the user is empowered to perform all transactions related to purchase requests and subsequent receipts. Consequently, ‘My Receipts’ application is structured to present information specific […]

Cloud Procurement Approval Management

Cloud Procurement offers a new interface defining approval workflow for Requisitions, Purchase Documents (Order, Blanket, Contract) and Supplier Management. Approval rules are managed in a user friendly interface that integrates back-end Business Process Management (BPM) while keeping a logical and complete setup in front of the user. While relatively simple to define rules in Approval […]

Goodbye, EBS. Hello, Oracle ERP Cloud!

Oracle E-Business Suite has a deep and successful history across many industries and businesses of varying size. I, for one, have spent more than 15 (Oracle) years using, upgrading, enhancing and implementing new versions, custom components and specialized processes motivated by ever-increasing demands for operational efficiency. In my time spent working with a large variety […]