Creating a Supplier Portal using Oracle Content Management and Oracle Integration Cloud
By Hardik Desai, Director, Oracle Services
In today’s fast-paced business environment, suppliers play a crucial role in the success of any organization. A supplier portal allows suppliers to access important information, submit invoices, and view order status, among other things. By creating a supplier portal, organizations can improve communication and collaboration with their suppliers, resulting in cost savings, increased efficiency, and improved supplier satisfaction.
One way to create a supplier portal is by using Oracle Content Management and Oracle Integration Cloud. Oracle Content Management is a web-based content management system that allows users to create and manage content, while Oracle Integration Cloud is a platform for integrating different applications and services. Together, these two solutions can be used to create a supplier portal that integrates with other systems, such as JD Edwards EnterpriseOne (JDE).
Here’s how you can create a supplier portal using Oracle Content Management and Oracle Integration Cloud:
Step One: Set Up Oracle Content Management
The first step is to set up Oracle Content Management. This can be done by creating a new content management system, or by using an existing one. Once set up, you can create folders and documents to store information that suppliers will need to access, such as product catalogs, price lists, and order status.
Figure 1:Folder Structure on OCM
Step 2: Create the Supplier Portal
Next, you can create the supplier portal using Oracle Content Management. This can be done by creating a new web page, or by using an existing one. The supplier portal should provide suppliers with easy access to the information they need, such as product catalogs, price lists, and order status. This can be achieved by using Oracle Content Management which allows creating and managing the web pages, web forms, and the web content.
Figure 2: Supplier Portal Home Page
As a part of the setup, the web pages can be configured to surface the documents uploaded to the OCM document folders. In this case, specific sections are created for Purchase Orders, Invoices and Receipts.
Figure 3: Invoices Stored in OCM Folders, presented on the Supplier Portal
Step 3: Integrate with JDE
To integrate the supplier portal with JDE, you can use Oracle Integration Cloud. This can be done by creating a new integration, or by using an existing one. The integration should connect the supplier portal with JDE, allowing suppliers to view order status and submit invoices directly from the portal. Oracle Integration Cloud provides various integration patterns such as File/FTP, Database, SOAP and REST Web services, JMS, JDBC and more. You can create integration flows for the same.
Figure 4: Purchase Orders Screen with information from JDE
Step 4: Test and Deploy
After the integration is set up, you should test the supplier portal to ensure that it is working properly. This can be achieved by using Oracle Integration Cloud’s built-in testing capabilities. Once you’ve confirmed that everything is working as expected, you can deploy the supplier portal to your production environment.
In conclusion, creating a supplier portal using Oracle Content Management and Oracle Integration Cloud is a powerful way to improve communication and collaboration with your suppliers. By integrating the supplier portal with other systems, such as JDE, you can provide suppliers with real-time access to important information, resulting in cost savings, increased efficiency, and improved supplier satisfaction. Using Oracle Content Management and Oracle Integration Cloud, you can achieve a robust and secure supplier portal.
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