Campus Solutions Tools Adoption Policy
By Mohit Phogat on Jan 25, 2012
We understand in release pattern of PeopleSoft Campus Solutions, termed as 'Continuous Delivery Model' under which two functionality-rich packs are released each year - called Feature Packs.
Though functionalities will arrive on scheduled times, what about technology? How and when do one upgrade?
Lets talk of Campus Solutions Tools Adoption Policy:
PeopleTools releases occur approximately every twelve (12) months. Standard Support starts with “General Availability” (GA) and is in effect for each release until 12 months following the next release of PeopleTools, followed by an additional 12 months of Critical Patch Support; this means that each Tools release is supported for approximately 36 months.
Traditionally, PeopleSoft applications required customers to upgrade their PeopleTools (PT) version as part of a major application upgrade. In response to customer demand, Oracle made two significant changes:
- PeopleTools releases became backwards compatible to enable previous application releases to take advantage of new features and functions delivered with each new versions of PeopleTools.
- Campus Solutions (CS) adopted a “Continuous Delivery” model, built upon the 9.0 release, that delivers enhancements and new products without requiring the traditional major release upgrade.
You may want to have a look at Knowledge Document ID [1348959.1] for more information on PeopleTools Support Policy.
Campus Solutions continuous delivery model releases 2 bundles each year. Without major CS application releases forcing a common PeopleTools upgrade and baseline, CS Application Development needed to determine a point in time to start delivering enhancements to customers using new PT features.
Working with the HEUG Technical Advisory Group (TAG), the PeopleTools and Campus Solutions development teams have defined a PeopleTools adoption policy that provides reasonable options for customers to stay current on PT, while adopting new features in CS.
This new policy builds upon the Tools 8.50 minimum requirement for Campus Solutions that was instituted in July 2011. The policy basically states that Campus Solutions customers will need to proceed with a Tools upgrade no later than 24 months after a specific Tools release becomes generally available. This approach has some built in flexibility for customers, but also allows the CS product to incorporate, over time, new capabilities that are delivered in PeopleTools releases.