Overview of User Profiles
A user profile is a collection of changeable options that affect the way your applications run. Oracle Applications establishes a value for each option in a user's profile when the user logs on or changes responsibility. Oracle Applications provides these options so that you can alter the behavior of your applications to suit your own preferences.
Oracle Applications uses a set of user profile options that are common to all the application products. In addition, each application product has its own unique set of user profile options. The reference guide for your application contains a complete list and a description of each user profile option that is specific to your application.
User profile options can be set at one or more of four levels: Site, Application, Responsibility, and User. Your system administrator can set default option values at any of these levels.
Basic Business Needs
Oracle Applications user profiles help you satisfy the following business needs. You should be able to:
- Set options that affect your application's behavior to your preference
- Modify product-specific variables that affect the functionality of your application to suit your business environment
User Profile Hierarchy
Oracle Applications treats user profile levels as a hierarchy, where User is the highest level of the hierarchy, followed by Responsibility, Application, and at the lowest level, Site. Each user profile option ordinarily exists at each level. For example, Oracle Applications provides a Site-level Printer option, an Application-level Printer option, and so on. Oracle Applications enforces the level hierarchy to ensure that a higher-level option value overrides a lower-level value. For example, if your Site-level Printer value is "New York", but your User-level Printer value is "Boston", you can be assured that your reports print to the Boston printer.