Friday May 11, 2012

'Workspaces' - A boon for institutions

With a PeopleTools 8.50 license, you are able to install and configure a PeopleSoft Enterprise Portal database to host collaborative services to be integrated with your PeopleSoft applications. Within the PeopleSoft Enterprise Portal you may use Collaborative Workspaces and any functionality that is delivered out of the box within a Collaborative Workspace. Specifically, this entitles you to use:

  • Thirteen workspace modules and associated pagelets: Wiki Content, Welcome, Discussions, Documents, Blogs, Links, Action Item Lists, Calendar, Members, Related Data, Polls, Browse Workspaces, Administration
  • Workspace branding
  • Workspace content as feeds
  • Workspace search
  • Workspace tagging
  • Integration with external email and calendar systems through delivered pagelets
  • Related links from and to PeopleSoft application pages and components
  • Related discussions from PeopleSoft application pages and components
  • Resource Finder within a workspace
  • Task and worklist integration through delivered pagelets

Though a list mentioned above is pretty much, but how does one actually take benefit from it?

So, this is what one of my customer is doing:

  • They have allowed the creation of workspace to faculties and student alike.
  • With this, students can create groups (sharing files and documents). Needless to say, the file size (< 4MB, etc.) and the format (only .doc, .xls, etc.) can be restricted here.
  • Similarly, faculty can create groups (and they have mapped groups to the classes they teach). So, if a faculty is teaching 4 courses in the session, he/she creates 4 workspaces and gives rights to all the student who are enrolled in his/her class. The benefits that are reaped could extend to assignment disbursement, assignment collection, calendar sharing, notices, announcements, alerts, faculty blog, etc. for that specific class/course.
  • The utility has also been extended to the administration/management where they collaborate over a workspaces and capture aspects like minutes of meetings,  policy documents, etc. over one place. A big expensive DMS (Document Management System) can be avoided for such simple needs.

Additional Features - Complete Functionality Dictionary

Feature packs refer to new functionality including relevant new and updated 'existing' features that have been released after the GA of Campus Solutions Release 9.0. Since they come every six months, I thought it would be good to put all in one place so that it can become a reference point for our stakeholders.

The table has two columns - The 'Document Link' column has a hyperlink to the documentation of the feature released, which is described in the 'Description' column.

Hope this comes of help...

Document Link

Description

Feature Pack 1 Note:844587.1 Affiliations and Constituent Web Services (CWS)
Feature Pack 2 Note:968171.1 CRM for Higher Education, GL Integration, and Electronic Payment Integration
Feature Pack 3 Note:1155793.1 Admissions Application Web Services (AAWS)
Feature Pack 4 Note:1259484.1 Campus Solutions (CS) to Human Capital Managment (HCM) Integration
Additional Features January 2011 Note:1282397.1

AAWS Application Fee
Direct Deposit Through AP Refunding

Additional Features April 2011 Note:1314754.1 Campus Community : 3C Delete Policy Manager
Student Administration Integration Pack (SAIP) : Ad Hoc Section Association
Financial Aid : Loan Start and End Dates
Student Records : Graduation Processing
Student Records : Post Enrollment Requirements Checking (PERC)
Additional Features July 2011 Note:1342836.1

Student Administration Integration Pack (SAIP): LIS 2.0 Compliance
PEAM: Program Definition and Enrollment
PEAM: Activity Management Framework
Enrollment Web Services

Additional Features October 2011 Note:1371376.1 Enrollment Web Services
Additional Features January 2012 Note:1400708.1

Student Administration Integration Pack (SAIP): Section Based Integration Dating
PEAM: Activity Management
PEAM: Program Definition and Management
PEAM: Program Planning and Enrollment
Research Tracking and Thesis Management
Research Tracking Evaluation Management
Enrollment Web Services

Additional Features April 2012 Note:1453127.1

PEAM: Activity Management
PEAM: Program Definition and Management
PEAM: Program Planning and Enrollment
Research Tracking and Thesis Management
Enrollment Web Services

All about Campus' Additional Features (Continuous Delivery Model)

Is Campus Solutions delivering a 9.1 application release?

Campus Solutions is not delivering a 9.1 application release along with the other Enterprise Peoplesoft Product Lines:

New features and functionality will be delivered via Campus Solutions "Feature Packs" 1-2 times per year.

  • There will be no 9.1 Peoplebooks content.
  • There are no 9.1 upgrade scripts from Campus Solutions 8.9 or 9.0 to HCM 9.1.
  • CS objects remain in the HCM 9.1 database for now, but are no longer active or supported.

What upgrade paths are supported for customers who wish to upgrade to the latest releases of CS and HCM?

If a customer is currently using HCM in a stand-alone database instance, they will be able to upgrade to HCM 9.1 using one of the supported upgrade paths posted to My Oracle Support.

If a customer is in a combined HR/CS database instance on CS 8.9, the supported upgrade path is as follows:

1. Upgrade HRMS to 9.1
2. Upgrade CS to 9.0

If a customer is in a combined HR/CS 9.0 database instance, the supported upgrade path is to upgrade to HRMS 9.1 in a separate instance. CS will remain on release 9.0, and new features/functions will be delivered via Feature Packs/Additional Features.

Where can I find the HCM 9.1 upgrade scripts?


The upgrade scripts are posted to My Oracle Support as follows:

Where can I find more information on specific Feature Packs that have already been delivered for Campus Solutions 9.0?

Please see the following documents on My Oracle Support:

  • PeopleSoft Enterprise Campus Solutions 9.0 Feature Pack 1 Release Value Proposition [ID 833963.1]
  • PeopleSoft Enterprise Campus Solutions 9.0 Feature Pack 2 Release Value Proposition [ID 967415.]
  • PeopleSoft Enterprise Campus Solutions 9.0 Feature Pack 3 Release Value Proposition [ID 1134435.1]
    PeopleSoft Enterprise Campus Solutions 9.0 Feature Pack 4 Release Value Proposition
    [ID 1225247.1]
  • PeopleSoft Enterprise Campus Solutions 9.0 Additional Features January 2011 Release Value Proposition [ID 1278039.1]*

* Please note name change from "Feature Pack" to "Additional Features"

  • PeopleSoft Enterprise Campus Solutions 9.0 Feature Pack 1 [ID 844587.1]
  • PeopleSoft Enterprise Campus Solutions 9.0 Feature Pack 2 [ID 968171.1]
  • CS Bundle #18 Functional Documentation for Campus Solutions 9.0 & Feature Pack 3 [ID 1155793.1]
  • Feature Pack 4  Campus Solutions (CS) to Human Capital Management (HCM) Integration [ID1259484.1
  • Additional Features January 2011 AAWS Application Fee Direct Deposit Through AP Refunding [ID 1282397.1]*

* Please note name change from "Feature Pack" to "Additional Features"

  • PeopleSoft Enterprise Campus Solutions 9.0 Documentation Home Page [ID 751540.1]


How will Feature Packs impact the application of  CS maintenance?

All Feature packs will be rolled into subsequent CS bundles. CS bundles will continue to be rolled into regularly scheduled HR/CS Maintenance Packs.  For more information, please see  the Campus Solutions 9.0 Maintenance Guidelines
[ID 703646.1].

For additional information on Campus Solutions 9.0, please visit the Enterprise PeopleSoft Campus Solutions 9.0 Information Center [ID 975038.1].

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