Setting up Mobile Timecards for Oracle E-Business Suite

Setting up Mobile Timecards for Oracle E-Business Suite

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From October 2014, Oracle has made available several mobile applications for Oracle E-Business Suite releases 12.1.3 and beyond. One of these applications is the Timecard app. (see figure 1) [1]. In this blogpost i'll show you how to set op this Mobile Timecard app for Oracle E-Business Suite. 

Figure 1: EBS Timecards mobile application [3]

Set up and deployment EBS Mobile Apps: Timecards

Oracle’s mobile apps are available at no additional cost. However, some steps have to be performed to enable usage of these apps.

  1. Patching server
  2. Configuration of Mobile Apps in Oracle EBS
  3. Assigning roles/responsibilities to users
  4. Download and configure mobile apps on device

Which patches to use, can be found on my oracle support. For release 12.2 you can for instance use Doc ID: 1311068.1

Configure Mobile Timecards App on EBS Server

After patching we need to perform some configuration to enable users to start using the Oracle EBS mobile applications. For some mobile applications there is additional setup to be performed.

An overview of all mobile app specific setup you can find on my oracle support at note: 1641772.1. In this article I will set up the Timecard app (also see note: 1671889.1). 

First we set up and enable the mobile app itself. For that, we need to use the ‘Mobile Applications Manager’ responsibility. User SYSADMIN will have this responsibility assigned, but one can assign this to another user in User Management. Add this role: UMX|FND_MBL_ROLE_ADMIN to get access to the ‘Mobile Applications Manager’.

Figure 2: Mobile Applications Manager showing several Mobile apps

Now, search for the Time cards App:

Figure 3: search for the Timecard app

Click at the configure link, and set the status to ‘Enabled’. Keep everything default and click at ‘Save and Generate Files’ or ‘Apply’ depending on your release

Figure 4: Configuration of the Timecard app

Please note the 'Service endpoint' is defaulted to a Profile Options APPS_FRAMEWORK_AGENT. It points to the location from which the mobile app can get its configuration. In the main window, click at the ‘Configuration File’ link next to the just enabled Timecard app (see figure 5). This file is downloaded by the mobile app once it connects. [2]

Figure 5: Timecard app configuration file

Assigning roles and responsibilities to users

To enable specific users to access the mobile apps, they have to be assigned the appropriate role in E-Business Suite User Management. Most mobile apps have app-specific roles. Only users with these roles can have access to that specific app:

Mobile Time Entry
OLM Learner Mobile Application Role
Access Role for Person Directory Mobile App
iProcurement Mobile App Enquiry Role
Purchasing Mobile App Role

Note: Oracle Mobile Approvals does not have an app-specific access role

Vision environment

For our Mobile Time Entry example we thus need to add the UMX|HXC_MBL_TIME_ENTRY role. Because we are using a 'vision environment', we could be lazy and just use the seeded OTL responsibilities such as ‘Self Service Time and Expenses’. All Oracle’s seeded OTL time entry responsibilities inherit the ‘Mobile Time Entry’ role (for example figure 6). Thus assigning ‘Self Service Time and Expenses’ to any user would suffice.

Figure 6: user management overview of seeded responsibility Self Service Time and Expenses

However, for custom responsibilities and roles we need to add the Mobile Time Entry role ourselves (see figure 7): 

  1. In User Management: go to 'Roles & Role Inheritance'
  2. Query the responsibility, click at 'hierarchy'
  3. Add node, and add role ‘Mobile Time Entry’
Figure 7: adding Mobile Time Entry role to custom responsibility

In case you are also using a custom menu (instead of seeded OTL menu): add ‘Mobile Time Entry’ as a submenu of your custom one [2].

Configuring timecard layouts

The Timecard Mobile app will support the following timecard layouts out of the box (see figure 8). If a specific user however uses a different timecard layout, you need to run a concurrent program to enable that the specific timecard layout to be used in the Mobile app.

Figure 8: Seeded timecard layouts ready for use out of the box

Run the Concurrent Program: “OTL: Upgrade Layouts for Mobile Time Entry” and select the Self Service timecard layout attached to the employee. In addition LOV’s need to be set up for each layout attribute (Project, task, type, cost center, etc.). For detailed descriptions on this process please check Oracle support note Doc ID 1671889.1. 

Figure 9: running the OTL: opgrade layouts for Mobile Time Entry to mobile enable specific OTL layout

If this has not been run, you can find the following error message trying to log in: “Invalid Setup: XXX Timecard Layout”

Download and configure mobile app

Application patching and setup completed, now the time has come to download the Mobile Timecard app from Google Play or App Store.

Figure 10: Timecard for EBS in Google Play

Setup EBS endpoint URL

Once downloaded we need to setup the EBS endpoint URL. For this we’ve entered the same URL as specified in the APPS_FRAMEWORK_AGENT (see figure 4 and 5).

However, when we try to login as the user we have just set up, it fails. We forgot to be on the corporate network first. For this we are going to use a VPN connection. To establish VPN on an Android device we have installed “OpenVPN Connect” from the Google Play Store.

Figure 11: OpenVPN Connect in Google Play

After logging onto our corporate network the Timecard App started working properly [3, 4].

Stay tuned...

In my next blogpost I will discuss customization of these mobile applications and creating entirely new mobile apps for Oracle E-Business Suite. Stay tuned!


[1] Oracle E-Business Suite Powers the Mobile Workforce with 14 Smartphone Applications

[2] Oracle® E-Business Suite Mobile Apps Administrator's Guide

[3] Timecards for EBS

[4] OpenVPN Connect

Richard Velden
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Oracle Fusion Middleware Developer at Qualogy. Specializes in integration and cloud development using Oracle technologies such as: SOA Suite, Service Bus, Integration and Process Cloud.

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  1. om 08:08

    Hi Richard,
    I have applied all the server side patches for mobile timecards for ebs 12.1.3 .Enabled the configuration. Created a user and gave him OTL related responsibilities (OTL%) but when we put the username and its password in the timecards apps , the app just minimizes/stops and throws us out to the home screen. What am I missing here? Any idea. Please help .I need to submit the POC for my organization

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