Saturday, January 5, 2008

Useful Oracle Financials Resources

I am often asked what book to read to learn Oracle Financials, there is no one complete answer, it is so huge an area it is best to start with overviews and dig into details as needed/time available. If you get the concepts right everything else will drop into place much more easily than getting overwhelmed with specific details of how to use every single feature.

Oracle Documentation Set

The first place to start should be the collateral provided by development, there are two new guides introduced for R12 which I think are very good.

Oracle Financials Concepts Guide, Release 12 (Part No. B28873-01)

This is a great guide as it discusses business, acounting and finance concepts and how they map to the Oracle Financials world. I always reccomend that you start with this so you get an overview of the business problems the Financial suite is trying to solve.

Oracle Financials and Oracle Procurement Functional Upgrade Guide: Release 11i to Release 12 (Part No. B31543-01)

Note - This a new type of upgrade guide which discusses functional issues for business users, not to be confused with the technically oriented other upgrade guide. It discusses how existing set up will be upgraded and should be helpful as you plan the impacts to your business and also consider what new features you want to take advantage of in R12.


There are a couple of good books available that you might want to check out.

Oracle E-Business Suite Financials Handbook, Third Edition

fin admin

I have the first edition of this book, it is very readable and goes over the concepts and major features. Not sure what will be in the 3rd Edition which is due out mid January, but I assume it will cover R12.

Oracle E-Business Suite 11i; Implementing Core Financial Applications

susan foster book

There is a book available on google books by Susan Foster that is a few years old now but much of the information is still relevant.

Oracle Technology Network Forums

The financials forum on OTN are packed with useful information and there's a very active community there so questions get answered pretty quickly.


You should also check out the blogs on the blogroll, there's a wealth of tips and tricks and detailed information out there. You might also want to subscribe to this blog.

Are there other useful books, papers, website or resources that you find useful? Let me know in the comments section.


Renjith said...

Hi David,

It would be great if you can tell us from where we can download these docs

Oracle Financials Concepts Guide, Release 12 (Part No. B28873-01)

Oracle Financials and Oracle Procurement Functional Upgrade Guide: Release 11i to Release 12 (Part No. B31543-01)


David Haimes said...


If you google those you should find a download site for them

chandrashekhar said...

Hi David,

Shall be obliged, if you could send useful resources at the user level on A/R, A/P, G/L module, specially related to the master set-up.


C.J Shekhar.

Jigar Shah said...

Is the Oracle E-Business Suite Financials Handbook, ebook available online? If yes, can you forward me the link from where can i download it?

David Haimes said...

As far as I am aware, it is not available for download, I got my hard copy from Amazon

Training said...

Nice article on Oracle Financials resources.

I would like readers to also visit the website It offers video based tutorials on Oracle E-Business Suite.

ezra said...

Hello All:

I know where to download the Oracle Financials documents, but it had took me so much time and effort in locating them.

I have also a copy of the Oracle E-Business Suite Document.

Tarisai said...

Hie, my name is Tarisai and am preparing to be a financials consultant, right now just a beginer, could you please email me the download link for the financials handbook. my email is

David Haimes said...

I don't understand what you mean about a download link. You can buy it easily, I got it from amazon.

TEEJ said...

This link seems to be dead -:( any chance to bring it alive or provide similar links.
•10 Links to get started learning R12 Oracle Financials


Excellent blog well written and very concise!!!

David Haimes said...

The link should be

not sure why, but I can't seem to fix it in the post.

Thanks for your kinds words about the blog, I have a draft 10 useful links... must get that finished soon!

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