Features of Version 5
• New zero client install
• New calculation engine
• New functions
• New customizable drill layouts
• New custom field definitions
• New expand and explode
• New wizards
• New ribbon toolbar
• Roaming user profiles
• New Java-based platform
Main Benefits for IT
• No client install required
• No client connection URLs
• No client version upgrades
• Reduce FSG/Report Manager
• Universal license key
• Enhanced profile options
• Insert own SQL to create
custom fields on drill down
Main Benefits for Users
• Faster reporting
• Faster drill downs
• More refresh user control
• More intuitive, less training
• Customer-definable drill fields
GL Wand 5*
GL Wand 5 has taken the best functional elements from its incredibly
successful predecessor and wrapped them into a completely new Java-
based framework. Designed exclusively for the strengths of an Oracle
environment, GL Wand 5 is about ease of use, ease of deployment,
flexibility, and speed of refresh and drill downs.
GL Wand 5 empowers end users by offering a powerful Excel® frontend
to their Oracle E-Business Suite (EBS) data, but without the efforts of end-
user software management. Users will launch GL Wand 5 from within their
secure Oracle EBS environment and automatically gain access to the new
GL Wand ribbon for Excel® 2007 to 2013. Users will immediately experience
enhanced control over cell refreshes and should experience significant
improvements in refresh rates, especially for refreshes from the new
in-memory database cache.
Drill down functionality has been completely redeveloped so users should
experience significant gains in drill performance, especially on Balance
and Journal drill downs encompassing thousands of rows. Customizing drill
layouts has never been easier and drill layouts can now include graphs and
formula as well as custom fields. Custom fields can be added to drill layouts
by having an administrator configure the required custom field definition.
Roaming users will notice their personalized application settings follow the
logon they use and not the PC, thereby further increasing productivity of
today’s mobile workforce.
First time users will be met with new, intuitive Wizards to help create Get
Balance formula and advanced users will appreciate the Wizard access
to configure advanced functions, like fetching balances for specific
Account Combinations or applying Descriptive Flexfield Criteria to a Get
Balance function, which is far easier than ever before possible in GL Wand.
2003 - 2010
New Pre-release Available:
GL Wand 5 & Budget Wand 5
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of Excel-based reporting, inquiry, and
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and SAP. Designed for finance
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Wand, Reports Wand, and Budget
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More Features in GL Wand 5
User Interface Improvements
• All lists of values now feature a filter
function to assist with finding values
and can be sorted by any column.
More Reports in Report Wizard
• To get users started with GL Wand,
additional example reports are
now available such as Balance
Sheet and Profit and Loss reports.
Reports Distribution Manager (RDM)
• Formerly known as Report Manager,
RDM features additional flexibility
and is now available as a separate
product. Reports can now be
automatically emailed eliminating
the need for users to click “send”
in Microsoft Outlook. You can also
now choose email addresses from
your Outlook contact list.
Use Excel During Calculations
• Now you can continue using Excel
while the GL Wand calculation
runs. You can even minimize the
calculation window so that it is out
of your way.
GL Wand 5 Continued
IT Departments will be able to complete a rapid installation on their existing
Oracle Application server themselves and then share that application with
authorized users via a simple Oracle Responsibility.
Mass deployment of the GL Wand functionality to remote user locations
is now easy. IT managers will no longer have to be concerned over
version discrepancies or rolling out updates as the central Java app will
automatically ensure compatibility with each logon.
System Administrator Options
• All options and settings related to all the products are now managed
direct from the Excel based user interface including assigning
products to users.
• The Excel4apps Wands administrator does not need to be an Oracle
System Administrator. There is no longer a requirement to maintain
any settings in Oracle profile options.
• Permission to maintain these options can be assigned to one or more
user accounts, and these users do not need to be users of any of the
products, thus saving on a user license.
• The Excel4apps Wands license key is also maintained in this same user
interface and there is now just one license key for all your licensed
• There are a number of options that can be defaulted by the
Excel4apps Wands administrator and they can optionally be locked
so that users cannot override the defaults set centrally.
• The special delimiter characters used in the product can now be
customised to work around a situation where the default delimiters
clash with characters used in your segment values.
New Function Wizard Dialogs
• Easy to use wizards to create any of the functions
• Provides lists of values for all parameters and allows linking the
parameter to an Excel cell.
• Edit an existing function using the wizards
• Advanced functionality like the DFF and account combinations
options for the Get Balance function can also be created in the
wizard making these advanced features easier to learn and use.
The budget upload process is now more streamlined and faster. You can
optionally create the required account combinations during the load
process rather than needing to ensure that they exist before hand.
*Pre-Release currently excludes Reports Wand.
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