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Implementing Oracle WMS/MSCA in a Wireless

7 Steps to the Finish Line
OAUG OATS Conference
Worcester, MA
June 2003
Teresa K. Purdy
Oracle Practice Director
Datavision, Inc.

12 years in business
120 Employees
Corporate office in Warminster, PA
International offices in United
Kingdom and Australia
Global Sales and Service

We evaluate, implement, and support

leading technologies for Global 2000
and emerging companies.

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Oracle Practice Credentials

• Oracle Applications User

• Utilize mobile data collection with Oracle
Applications internally
• Oracle Partner
• WMS Beta Testing Participant with Oracle
WMS Development
• Maintain a WMS/MSCA development
• Leadership in the OAUG WMS/MSCA SIG

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Introduction to Oracle WMS/MSCA
Full Integration = No Middleware

• Business logic remains within the enterprise server

• Data integrity preserved

• Data redundancy eliminated

• Database synchronization eliminated

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Standard Desktop Interface

UI Manufacturing
UI Quality
Browser Forms E-Business
UI Server Inventory Suite
UI Shipping
UI Receiving

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Mobile Interface
Mobile support for existing desktop
UI Manufacturing
UI Quality
Browser Mobile
Forms E-Business
UI Server Inventory
Server Suite
UI Shipping
UI Receiving

Oracle MSCA
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Oracle MSCA & WMS Incremental Functionality

!LPN Based Receipts !Rules Based Allocation
!Mobile User Interface !Task Type Assignment
!Rules Based Put Away !Cartonization
!Rules Based Cost Groups !Pick Methodologies
!Auto Assign Status & Attributes !Task Split & Merge
!Task Dispatching
!LPN Based Picking
!Dock Appointments
!LPN Based Shipping

New Entities : Rules Engine, LPN’s, Tasks

WMS Installed, WMS Org

New Entities : Cost Groups, Material Status, Lot/Serial Attributes

WMS Installed, Inv Org

Mobile (RF) Transaction & Barcode Support

Mobile Transaction Server, Mobile Applications Framework, New UI
!Receipt Routing !Pick Release
!Direct !Release Rules

!Standard !Release Sequence Rules


!Inspection !Pick Slip Grouping Rules

!Inspection with Oracle Quality !Pick Confirm
!Inbound ASN !Ship Confirm
Oracle Mobile Applications
Oracle Mobile Applications Architecture

Application /
Server Data Base
RF Base
RF Device (Router) LAN or WAN
Telnet over TCP/IP SQL Net

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Mobile Transaction Server (MTS)

• SOFTWARE, not hardware

• Supports both WMS and MSCA
• Adheres to IEEE 802.11b
• Device independent
• Scalable over multiple servers
• “Forms Server” for data collection devices

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Telnet Session Mirroring on the Desktop

• Allows the Telnet session to be viewed from a

desktop or other Telnet client

• Facilitates user training and performance monitoring

• Enables remote trouble shooting and support

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Label Printing with Oracle

Label Design Format 3rd Party Software

Oracle Labeling Setup

Label Print Requested

Oracle MSCA
Printer/Format Assigned

Oracle Created XML Request

Label Printing 3rd Party Software

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Example Label Types

• LPN – LPN information

• LPN Content – LPN plus content information
• LPN Summary – Nested LPN contents summarized
• Material – Item, quantity, lot, etc.
• Serial – Material plus serial number
• Location – Subinventory / Locator
• Shipping – Customer / Address
• Shipping Contents – Shipping plus content
• WIP Content – WIP job content

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Functionality Demonstration
Oracle WMS/MSCA Login Screen

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Main Menu (Inbound)

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Inbound Process - Receiving a PO

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Inbound Process – PO and Line

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Inbound Process – LPN Assignment

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Inbound Process – Optional Details

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7 Steps Methodology

• One Step at a Time

• Build on Your Strengths
• Take Advantage of the Best Technology
• Master the Basics
• Control Risks
• Train for the Event
• Who Has Your Back?

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Step 1: One Step at a Time

• A comprehensive wireless data collection

integration plan should be developed in
conjunction with end user input.

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Integration Process Map
• Review Current Network
Information Perform Site
• Review Functional Requirements
Gathering Survey and
• Develop Future Requirements
Security Analysis Can include:
• Software Installation
Configuration and
& Configuration
• TE Modifications
Site Survey and
• Mobile Screen
Security Analysis Security Analysis
Reports to Customer
Integration of
Labeling Software
and Hardware
Hardware / Device
Hardware Procurement
and Selection
• Completed at
Integration of Labeling Datavision
Hardware and Software Customer Site Device
• Shipped to Customer
(if required for Pilot) Preparation Configuration
prior to installation

Business Process
Mapping WLAN WLAN Installation
Installation includes installation of Optional
the Security Solution Key:

Install CRP
Knowledge (Optional Anchor Leg Services
Transfer and have a dotted line border.)
Device Training

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Step 1: One Step at a Time

• The foundation of the application

implementation is having the software up and
running on your network and data collection
devices without errors.

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Wireless LAN Configuration

RF Base Server
RF (Router) LAN or WAN
Device Telnet over TCP/IP SQL Net

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Step 2: Build on Your Strengths

• “Inventory” your business practices.

• Match them against “best” practices.
• Deploy seeded Oracle WMS/MSCA
functionality and flexibility, including–
– Predefined forms
– Data Field Identifiers (DFI’s)
– Adaptive forms based on item type and setup

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Step 2: Customize if Required

• Oracle WMS/MSCA’s Java and PL/SQL

architecture allows for the customization of
the application to mirror your best business
practices, if necessary
• Customizations can include
– Changing the order of the fields in the display or
other display modifications (JAVA customization)
– Adding information fields into the display or other
data customizations

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Customization Process
MSCA Telnet Server Process
CLASSPATH variable
Mobile Device
Application /
Middle Tier
Telnet over Customizations
Standard Functionality

Access Point Tier

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Customized Slides Example
Form: ITEM PO form (Receiving -> Receipts -> Item PO)

Standard Functionality Customization


Customization Description: re-label the “Supplier Item” field to “X Ref”

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Step 3: Take Advantage of the Best Technology

• Build your wireless automated data collection

system with the best pieces available
• The 802.11b standard or WIFI allows for
interoperability between different
manufacturers devices, allowing you to select
the best devices for every situation in your
business environment, regardless of the
• Be satisfied with nothing less than best-of-
breed hardware selections
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Best of Breed Hardware Options

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Step 4: Master the Basics

• Accurate barcode printing and labeling is the

foundation to any automated data collection
• The integration of barcodes into your existing
business environment and processes requires
careful planning and expertise

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Barcoding Basics – Breaking It Down

• Integrating barcode printers

• Integrating barcode printing software
• Developing a barcode labeling system for
labeling items, LPNs, and locations
• “Installing” internal barcode labels and
placards on warehouse infrastructure
• Compliance Labeling

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Label Printing Software Integration
1) WMS/MSCA user triggers a 3) Printing process waits and executes
print request print requests as they come in,
executing the XML data contents

Label Printing Module

(can co-exist with Oracle
database or externally on
another server)
Wireless LAN
XML data transfer Print Request over TCP/IP 4) Print request is
over TCP/IP submitted to the
printer using the
template as designed
Oracle ERP System in the Label Module

2) XML data is
LAN/WLAN and in Oracle
generated, per
business rules
(via Java Classes
and PL/SQL)

WMS: Label Print Mode

Synchronous or Label Printers
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“Decorating the Warehouse”

• Sight Survey / Analysis – identifying locations

• Functional requirements review

• Testing with hardware

• Size, material, symbology determination

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“Decorating” continued

• Quote provided for the manufacturing

process. Includes materials, printing, hanging

• Quote acceptance – Proofs provided for

further testing on site

• Installation
– Entire process take approximately 4 weeks

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Step 5: Control Risks

• Security flaws for 802.11b WEP encryption

have been publicized in the press
• Two primary security concerns
– Data Privacy (encryption)
– Network Access
• No one solution is a “best fit”
• Layered solution is recommended

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Security Options

W lessss No
rhhoooodd Security
WEP 128

Door is locked
Door is open

VPN 1i
ALARM FIPS 140 Dynamic WEP 128

R ionn
L hss

Hardened Security Slide 39

Active Security
Step 6: Train for the Event

• Change can be intimidating

• Solid end-user training and testing programs
are essential to building acceptance and
excitement for your new solution
• As an transaction execution system,
WMS/MSCA is mission critical
• End User failure means that Operations fails

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Types of Training Most Needed

• Technical Training for IT staff and internal

Help Desk
• Application Training and Certification for
Super Users and End Users
• Device Training and Trouble Shooting for
Managers/Super Users
• Device Training for End Users

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WMS/MSCA Conference Room Pilot

• Allows for validation of solution

• Extended hands-on with hardware/application to
clarify form factor and functionality requirements
• Opportunity for technical staff to gain experience
with system and hardware
• Opportunity to for end-users to gain experience
• Ability to analyze end users’ skill gaps for training
• Provides “Sandbox” to define areas for customization
or procedural modifications

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WMS/MSCA Pilot Kit Components

• Wireless Access Point

• 2 Portable Data Terminals (PDTs)
• Omni-directional Antenna
• Power Supplies
• Hardware Setup
• Software Setup and Training
• Available Options
– Label Printing: Printer, Software, Software Integration
– Help Desk Support
– Project Management
– End User Documentation

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Step 7: Who Has Your Back?

• Develop post-implementation support

• A single point of contact for all of your service
issues will minimize “finger-pointing” and
eliminate confusion

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Post-Installation Services

• Help Desk (24 x 7 Service available)

• Depot Repair Services
• Hot Spares Program
• Asset Tracking
• Network Monitoring
• Customer Care Center Gateway

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Customer Care Center Gateway

• Internet Portal
• View equipment by serial
number, model number or
• Search the complete support
and repair history for any
• Monitor the performance
statistics of your wireless
• Seamless integration with
your company’s help desk
• Customized Knowledge-Base

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Thank you!

• Contact:
– Teresa Purdy tpurdy@datavision.com

• Datavision Oracle Practice:


• To join the OAUG WMS/MSCA SIG:


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Presented at OAUG OATS 2003