Friday Jun 17, 2016

Great content, venue and attendees at HIUG Interact 2016 conference

The Healthcare Industry User Group (HIUG) provided another successful conference this year by hosting Interact 2016.  This week’s conference was held at the beautiful JW Marriott San Antonio Hill Country Resort & Spa in San Antonio Texas.  There were over 600 attendees, of those 183 were attending for the very first time and 5 individuals traveled internationally just to attend this conference.  In total there were 183 sessions given along with 46 participating vendors where attendees could obtain additional information and knowledge. 

There were three very insightful keynotes given.  The first was April Hurless [HIUG Board Member: BI Pillar; AHS BI Architect - Adventist Health System] and Wendy Plante [Senior Director, Finance Enterprise Systems, Integrations & Transformations - NYU Langone Medical Center].  In this keynote April Hurless talked about changing your perception and accepting change.  She was very creative in her approach using a banana split analogy.  She brought back memories for several of us when talking about Farrell’s Ice Cream Parlour and how they had the best banana splits and it was always the place you wanted to go (especially on your birthday).   The second half of the keynote was given by Wendy Plante [Senior Director, Finance Enterprise Systems, Integrations & Transformations - NYU Langone Medical Center].  Wendy used a clever approach to help us understand the value of using PeopleSoft Update Manager (PUM).  She compared the game Tetris to the benefits of PUM.  It was very entertaining and informative session and she wrapped it up with the staggering statistics showing the 70% savings to her company just by embracing the PUM methodology.

The second keynote was all about the Affordable Care Act given by Joel Hinzman [Oracle Senior Director – Government Affairs] and Joel White [Executive Director - Health IT Now Coaltion].  The Affordable Care Act is a very hot topic, not only for the health care industry but all businesses alike.  This was a fascinating (yet a bit unsettling) inside Washington look at the Affordable Care Act and what future changes may be coming our way. 

The final keynote was given by Rod Johnson [GVP - North America ERP, EPM & SCM Apps Sales & Global Cloud - Oracle] and Marc Weintraub [Oracle – Senior Director for PeopleSoft].  Rod and Marc’s message was that regardless if you go to the HCM Cloud or stay on the PeopleSoft application, Oracle has your technology needs covered.  Some of the key takeaways from this session are:

  1. Oracle is totally committed to PeopleSoft, with support until AT LEAST 2027 and continued investment in new capabilities.
  2. While the macro trend shows movement towards cloud applications there are significant opportunities for PeopleSoft customers on their journey towards cloud applications.
  3. Customers can, and should, take advantage of today’s PeopleSoft offering, including:
    • PeopleSoft Fluid User Interface is here to stay, this IS the user experience for PeopleSoft
    • Embedded, actionable analytics
    • Feature/function capabilities using WorkCenters and guided business processes leveraging Activity Guides
  4. Customers have a tremendous opportunity to change how they consume new PeopleSoft capabilities by executing on a PeopleSoft Selective Adoption strategy.
  5. Tremendous cost savings and business value of moving their PeopleSoft applications to the Oracle Cloud (IaaS and PaaS).


The Affordable Care Act took center stage as the number one topic for HCM at this year’s conference.  There were at least 5 sessions fully dedicated to this topic including one given by Kristen Emery [Oracle – Product Management Director].  The attendees in the ACA session represented PeopleSoft Release 9.2 and 9.1 customers using the delivered ACA functionality as well as customers using a third party software (many looking to switch over to the PeopleSoft ACA solution for the next reporting year).   These were all great collaborative sessions sharing success stories along with tips and tricks that can be utilized in the future.

The PeopleSoft team is always excited to show off our newly delivered and planned functionality.  Kristen Emery [Oracle – Product Management Director] and Jeremy Pelley [Oracle – Product Management Director] presented four PeopleSoft sessions between the two of them.  We reviewed how managers are in control of employee changes using Guided Self-Service.  We showed how Time and Labor Auto Enrollment will automatically enroll employees in T&L, assign a schedule, and assign user preferences for new hires and job changes.  We revealed that Payroll has delivered a new mobile paycheck that allows the employees to view the details at a glance with the ability to drill down to obtain more details. We also disclosed that the Recruiting Solutions product has a new improved attachment process.  We also reviewed functionality that crossed products such as the new Simplified Analytics which allows the user to create their own Analytic on-the-fly using Self Service.  This is just to name a few things that were covered.   Customers also got a live demo of functionality not yet released.

Kudos to the HIUG board for providing a great conference. Thank you to all our customers for the feedback you provided us during this week.    Your feedback is important to us to ensure that we build the best product possible. A special thanks to Texas Health Resources, University Health System San Antonio, University of Florida Health, Baylor Scott and White Health, Cape Cod Healthcare, and Main Line Health for sharing their lunch hour or other free time to meet with Oracle representatives.   Anyone interested in participating in a focus group please feel free to reach out to Kristen.Emery@Oracle.com or jeremy.pelley@oracle.com.


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Monday Jun 13, 2016

Lots of Excitement at OHUG 2016

Last week 1,500 customers gathered at the Hyatt Regency in New Orleans for the annual Oracle HCM User Group (OHUG) conference.  New Orleans was a fun venue and great alternative to OHUG's usual host location - Las Vegas.  The OHUG Board and events committee did a fantastic job setting up a conference environment that was collaborative and hospitable.  Our PeopleSoft Product Management team was onsite in full force and had the opportunity to lead 10 sessions on a variety of HCM topics as mentioned in our previous blog.  We also had about 30 insightful, sit down conversations with customers to help them maximize their investment in PeopleSoft, troubleshoot areas of concern or unfamiliarity, and develop a strategy around self service and application maintenance moving forward.  Some of the customers we had conversations with include Aurora Health, United Airlines, Wells Fargo, Houston Methodist, Jack Henry, Red Lobster, Sandia National Labs, BCBS of Michigan, COX Enterprises, Entergy, Boeing, CBRE, among others.

There are three, clear main takeaways from OHUG this year:

  • Despite market momentum around cloud-based solutions, there is still a lot of excitement around customers leveraging PeopleSoft as their core HCM applications
  • Customers are eagerly preparing to deploy Fluid capabilities to their workforce or even extend their current Fluid deployment in other areas of self service
  • Customers are actively working on establishing a maintenance policy and process that is more incremental, while proactively adopting new features we deliver with as little customizations as possible

Russell Broom and Robbin Velayedam hosted a standing room only session focused on how to get started with Fluid.  It was clear from the individual conversations and level of participation that customers are actively looking to deploy Fluid to their workforce as their next phase for maximizing value with PeopleSoft.  Areas around Core HR, Time & Labor, and Payroll appear to be the biggest drivers for deploying Fluid self service, but customers are excited to selectively adopt more Fluid capabilities as we deliver them through product images in the future.  


All but two customers in attendance for our two roadmap sessions were on 9.2.  Some were on image 15, most were on image 9 or later.  It is unprecedented in PeopleSoft history where the majority of customers are on the same release as the Oracle applications Development team.

Customers talked about managing a three-pronged approach to implementing a Selective Adoption strategy with their PeopleSoft environment:  

  • Stay current on PeopleTools - many customers were already on or about to deploy 8.55
  • Get current on the latest HCM application image at least once every 12 - 18 months with the help of Lifecycle Management tools like PeopleSoft Test Framework
  • Get connected with PeopleSoft focus groups and the latest images to adopt new features in their environments faster

During the conference Oracle announced the general availability of the Affordable Care Act Corrections process for 9.2 customers, which rounds out the complete delivered ACA solution for PeopleSoft customers on multiple releases.  We appreciate all the positive feedback provided by customers as they successfully transmitted their ACA files to the IRS and look forward to this upcoming filing season, when we expect customers to switch from their outsourced solution to using PeopleSoft to manage their ACA filings.

Thank you to all the customers, partners, and OHUG members who supported the PeopleSoft track at OHUG 2016.

If you missed OHUG this year, you have other opportunities to catch up on all things PeopleSoft.  For instance, some PeopleSoft HCM team members are in San Antonio this week to meet with customers at the annual Healthcare Industry User Group (HIUG) conference.  Additionally, many team members will be at the Quest Reconnect PeopleSoft conference in Chicago the week of July 18th.  And of course there is Oracle Open World the week of September 18th.  Hope to see you at an upcoming event soon.

To learn how you can get more involved with our focus groups or conference/events, reach out to robbin.velayedam@oracle.com.

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Friday Jun 03, 2016

PeopleSoft at OHUG

The annual Oracle Human Resources User Group (OHUG) conference is just around the corner.  Oracle HR customers will gather next week in New Orleans, Louisiana for OHUG 2016.  Conference attendees will get a download of all the latest innovation for Oracle HR applications - featuring PeopleSoft, Oracle Cloud, and E-Business Suite.


Paco Aubrejuan, Senior Vice President for PeopleSoft Development will kick-off the PeopleSoft track with a session on PeopleSoft Today and Tomorrow, where he will cover all the latest HR technology investments we are making with PeopleTools, Fluid Mobile user experience, and PeopleSoft Cloud computing.  Featured in this session will be Robbin Velayedam, Product Management Director for PeopleSoft HCM providing a product demonstration of the latest fluid-enabled mobile capabilities for PeopleSoft HR employee and manager self-service.

There are a number of engaging customer and partner-led sessions to attend within the five dedicated PeopleSoft tracks available.  Additionally, our team of PeopleSoft Product Management experts will be on hand to present sessions on:

  • PeopleSoft HCM Roadmap
  • Human Resources
  • Payroll for North America
  • Affordable Care Act
  • Talent Management - Recruiting, Performance Management, ELM, Compensation
  • Time & Labor
  • Fluid Employee and Manager Self Service

We are also hosting three separate Meet the Experts sessions.  We invite you to come to these sessions with any questions you have about how PeopleSoft products currently work and will work in the future.  Or feel free to stop by just to say hello.

We will be posting our conference updates on Twitter using #PeopleSoftOHUG, we invite you to use the same hashtag to post your own conference experience with PeopleSoft.  You can also follow the PeopleSoft HCM Product Management team @PeopleSoftHCM

Click this link to register for the conference or view the session list.

'Laissez les bons temps rouler...'

Wednesday May 11, 2016

Tell us About Your Fluid Story

Have you rolled out Fluid to your end users? If so, we'd like to hear about it. We have some unique opportunities to share your Fluid story with our user community and 6,000+ customers worldwide.  Customers are excited about the prospect of deploying Fluid self-service capabilities to their employees and managers as part of their HR modernization initiative.  Learning first hand from what others have done with Fluid helps customers embrace the technology, understand its capabilities and potential, and better envision their future state of a modern, mobile-enabled self-service user experience.

If you are a customer that has deployed or near deployment of Fluid - or a Partner/Implementer helping a customer deploy Fluid - and would like to share your story, please reach out to robbin.velayedam@oracle.com  to learn more about upcoming opportunities.


Friday May 06, 2016

Leverage the Power of Your PeopleSoft Investment With User Conference Participation!!!

As an Oracle PeopleSoft strategy manager of over 10 years, I feel very fortunate to have had opportunities to participate in several dozen user group Oracle-sponsored conferences. Over the years I am able to hear directly from customers how they have optimized and benefited from the use of their PeopleSoft Procurement applications. Conferences are a great way for customers to network with others and build lasting relationships. I have developed some amazing relationships with customers over the years through attending these conferences.

In the area of PeopleSoft Supplier Relationship Management (SRM) / Procurement, there are five large conferences I would like to share with you. If you are a PeopleSoft customer, or work with PeopleSoft customers, these may be of interest to you.

The Alliance Conference is affiliated with the Higher Education / Public Sector User Group (HEUG at www.heug.org). This year, the Alliance 16 Conference was held in Seattle, WA, in March of 2016 where thousands of Oracle PeopleSoft customers participated in educational sessions and Advisory Board meetings. One of the big topics of discussion at this year’s Alliance for PeopleSoft Procurement and Financials customers was PeopleSoft Supplier Registration and Supplier Change Management functionality, including a panel discussion on how a few customers are choosing to implement the new Supplier Registration solution that was delivered in Release 9.2.

The Oracle Collaborate 16 Conference was held in Las Vegas this past April. This conference is jointly presented by the Independent Oracle Users Group (IOUG), the Oracle Applications Users Group (OAUG) and Quest International Users Group (Quest at www.questdirect.org). The majority of the PeopleSoft Procurement related presentations fall within the Quest User Group. This year’s strategy-presented sessions included the PeopleSoft Future Roadmap, PeopleSoft Fluid Applications, and a session on Hidden Gems in PeopleSoft Procurement that received an average of 5 out of 5 stars on session content, as voted by attendees of the session.

PeopleSoft strategy is currently preparing to participate in the upcoming Interact 16 Conference in San Antonio, TX, June 12th through 15th. If you happen to be a PeopleSoft customer in the Healthcare Industry, this conference is for you! It is put together by the Healthcare Industry User Group (HIUG at www.hiug.org) and will be full of sessions geared to helping customers optimize their procurement and supply chain operations using PeopleSoft applications. Customers will be presenting implementation strategies, how they are leveraging certain tools in the products, best practices and much more. PeopleSoft strategy will be presenting and demoing new functionality leveraging the new Fluid and Responsive User Interface and sharing details on the future planned roadmap.

In July, PeopleSoft strategy will be headed to Rosemont, IL, to participate in Oracle’s Reconnect 16 Conference. Reconnect is the PeopleSoft-specific deep-dive conference for technical and functional users within the Quest International Users Group (Quest at www.questdirect.org) community, offering in-depth "how-to" education and networking opportunities across all of PeopleSoft’s key industries. Members of the cross-industry Source to Settlement PeopleSoft User Group (S2S PUG at http://www.questdirect.org/group/ShowGroupFeatures.do?groupId=177152) participate in the Reconnect conference as well. This is another excellent conference full of networking opportunities and presentations from customers and PeopleSoft strategy.

Finally wrapping up the 2016 conference season is Oracle Open World (OOW at www.oracle.com/openworld) in San Francisco in September. This knock-your-socks-off conference includes a PeopleSoft Procurement specific track of sessions. In addition to sessions, you’ll be able to check out Oracle partners and Oracle PeopleSoft product demos run by the experts who helped build the products.

We hope to see you at an upcoming conference soon! 

PUM 17: All PeopleSoft Time and Labor, Big and Small

By now most of you have probably seen the announcements about HCM Update Image 9.2.17, including the video with the new Image Highlights.  If you haven't seen it you can watch it here:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QgSQ6sfhomo.  While this video is great, there is always more to tell that can't fit into those few minutes that we have on an overview video.

Let's start with the big feature, Workforce Availability is for supervisors or managers to monitor their time reporter's time.  The supervisor will be able to see whether a time reporter clocked in late, clocked out early, or didn't take their lunch break.  There are two views, a Daily Time view, and a Weekly Time view.


 The employees can be viewed by categories, such as:

  • Scheduled shows everyone who is scheduled to work that day
  • No Show has punch time reporters who were scheduled but have not reported in
  • Schedule Deviation shows employees who clock in early/late, missed a break or took a short break, or who clocked out early/late
  • Not Scheduled are those employees who were not scheduled to work
  • Elapsed are elapsed time reporters scheduled to work that day
  • Away From Work can hold the four separate sub-categories of Unapproved Absence, Approved Absence, Training, and Comp Time Off.  The Away From Work categories will include Absences both using Base Benefits plans or Absence Management, and the Training items identified can come from either Training Administration or the Enterprise Learning Management system.

The Weekly Time view will only show the Scheduled, Schedule Deviation, and Away From Work categories.  The Weekly Time view also contains Schedule Variance statistics.


 Both views allow the supervisor to drill down to see the underlying reported time detail, as well as giving supervisors the ability to easily navigate to other tasks through the use of related actions.

More information on this feature can be found in the following Video Feature Overview found on our YouTube channel:   https://youtu.be/NNf9gG3mnnw.

Another important feature that is now available is the optimization of the Manage Exceptions user experience.   Now Managers can easily clear time entry exceptions whether they are at their desk or on the go.


The last feature I want to talk about is the Time and Labor User Preferences.  It is moving to a central area which will eventually become the home to all User Preferences in HCM.  To get to it go to the Actions List (otherwise known as the Hamburger menu) in the top right hand corner and select My Preferences.

The General Settings and Time and Labor User Preferences are both now located here, and any new User Preferences for HCM will also be added here.  For your users who work in both FSCM and HCM they will appreciate the fact that the two systems will now be the same when trying to find their User Preferences.  We have also added a new User Preference to default the Time Details section as collapsed or expanded when a user enters the Report Time page.

Although not all of these features are big, or "splashy", I like to think that they will make a difference in your user's PeopleSoft experience, and will also show that PeopleSoft is trying to make our customer's lives easier in lots of ways, big and small. 

Tuesday May 03, 2016

Come and Collaborate with PeopleSoft Customers and Product Experts

The 2016 HR conference season is in full swing.  We saw a combined audience of over 11,000 attendees at Alliance, Oracle HCM World, and Collaborate in March and April alone.  We now turn our attention to the Summer with the following PeopleSoft events:

  • Oracle HR User Group (OHUG) Conference: June 6 – 9  New Orleans, LA
  • Healthcare Industry User Group (Interact) Conference:  June 12 - 15  San Antonio, TX
  • Oracle Open World Latin America Conference:  June 28 - 30  Sao Paulo, Brasil
  • HEUG South Africa Conference:  July 14 - 15  University of Cape Town, South Africa
  • Quest Reconnect Conference:  July 19 – 21   Rosemont (Chicago), IL

    Experiencing these conferences is a great way for you and your colleagues to socialize with and learn from other PeopleSoft customers engaged in similar deployments and activities.  You will see first hand all the latest features PeopleSoft currently has under development.  You will also have direct access to PeopleSoft Product Management team of subject matter experts who can answer your product questions and help you prepare for what's coming next.


    Note that Oracle Open World 2016 is set for Sept 18 – 22 in San Francisco, CA.  The Call for Papers runs through May 9th.  You may use this opportunity to submit a session proposal to be a speaker at Open World in exchange for a free conference pass.

    Do not worry if Open World is not on your radar.  There are other great opportunities available for you to share with the greater PeopleSoft community of customers and users your PeopleSoft success stories around upgrading, selective adoption, or Fluid self service deployments.  Contact Robbin Velayedam directly if you are interested in learning more (robbin.velayedam@oracle.com).

    Wednesday Apr 20, 2016

    Collaborate 2016 - PeopleSoft Customers Buzzing in Las Vegas

    Last week, the Quest International User Group did not disappoint with a busy and eventful Collaborate 2016 at the Mandalay Bay Conference Center in Las Vegas, Nevada.  The 5,700 plus customers in attendance were very engaged and actively contributed to the buzz with PeopleSoft, particularly around the value proposition of upgrading to HCM 9.2 and PeopleTools 8.55.  PeopleSoft customers in attendance was up from last year's conference.  About 70% of the PeopleSoft customers surveyed at the conference were already on 9.2 or in the middle of upgrading. With all the talk about 9.2, there was plenty of focus on how customers are making the most of the PeopleSoft Update Manager tool to selectively adopt new Fluid enabled capabilities, explore new application functionality, and stay current with regulatory/legislative compliance updates such as the Affordable Care Act.  There were also many interesting customer- and partner-led sessions on how to make the most of new 9.2 application features and the new capabilities available with PeopleTools.  Video of the Exhibitor Hall opening up on Day 1 --> https://vimeo.com/questinternational/review/163716762/dcf33ba3fe


    As the conference came to a close, we announced the General Availability of HCM Image #17 available for download from www.peoplesoftinfo.com.  For a video preview of all the features available with Image #17, click on the following video --> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QgSQ6sfhomo

    Just as a reminder for those who missed Collaborate this year, you have a second chance to socialize and connect with other PeopleSoft customers, PeopleSoft subject matter experts, and Product Managers at the Quest RECONNECT conference in Rosemont (Chicago), Illinois July 19th - 21st.  See you there.

    Tuesday Apr 19, 2016

    PeopleSoft delivers new functionality to support the Affordable Care Act


    PeopleSoft continuously provides our customers with new product enhancements and functionality.  Some of the most important functionality that we deliver is to support legislative requirements.  Staying in compliance is essential.  Often times there are huge penalties for non-compliance.  That makes the functionality we deliver even more important.  A recent legislative enhancement that PeopleSoft delivered was functionality to support the Employer Shared Responsibility required by the Affordable Care Act (ACA).   The brand new functionality was designed to support the requirements for the Applicable Large Employer (1094-C and 1095-C) reporting.  This new feature includes functionality in Human Resources, Time and Labor, eBenefits, Base Benefits and Benefits Administration.

    The PeopleSoft ACA solution contains but is not limited to:

    • ACA Employee Eligibility Page to store ACA information at employee level. 
    • The ability to update the employees ACA Eligibility Status automatically at the time of hire.
    • Delivery of the ACA Eligibility Status as a benefit eligibility rule in the Benefits Administration product.
    • The ability to update employee information quickly and easily using an Excel spreadsheet.
    • PeopleSoft Time and Labor queries and analytic reports to help track employee’s hours. 
    • Provides the ability to extract the PeopleSoft data that is necessary for the 1094-C and 1095-C reporting.
    • The capability to load data from third party sources outside of PeopleSoft.
    • The ability to merge the PeopleSoft data with data from third party sources.
    • Online pages to view or manually override the data.
    • History of the changes for audit purposes.
    • The ability to process the 1095-C form both in preliminary and final mode.
    • Administrator view of the 1095-C form online.
    • Ability for the Employee to grant or withdraw consent to receive their Form 1095-C electronically using Employee Self Service.
    • The ability to print the 1095-C forms effortlessly using XMLP PDF process.
    • Provides functionality to create the IRS XML Form Data File and IRS Manifest File. 
    • Offers the Benefits Administrator tools/process to support their IRS AATS communication test.
    • Furnishes the Benefits Administrator with a reissue process for when employees receive the 1095-C form and a change needs to be made prior to submitting the files with the IRS.


    PeopleSoft is currently working on the IRS correction/void/replacement process functionality. Additional functionality will be delivered as the legislative requirements are defined and as they evolve in the coming years.

    The Affordable Care Act is a huge complex initiative. The required data is not always in one location.  That is why PeopleSoft has built this new feature to be not only flexible but functionally complete.  This allows customers to execute the required IRS reporting with ease.  Please see My Oracle Support Document ID 2013421.2 for more information.

    Now Available – HCM Update Image 9.2.17

    We are pleased to announce the availability of the latest Update Image for PeopleSoft HCM.  This image contains many new features and capabilities, across a broad range of products.  Some of the most important items include:
    • Company Directory Enhancements – Improvements include a simplified landing page for the company directory, including Favorites and Recently Viewed employees, a newly designed profile page, filters and facets for quick and easy searching on small devices, and the option to view locations on a map.
    • Manager ‘View As My Team’ – Managers now have the ability to quickly switch their view in the My Team tile to show what one of the managers in their organization will see.  This allows quick and easy access to the direct reports of any manager in your reporting hierarchy, for viewing or taking related actions.
    • Self Service Matrix Teams – Employees can now create and manage matrix teams, of any type, via simple and easy self service available from any device. Team members can be added, and if needed, a hierarchy can be defined within the matrix team.  Additional capabilities include updating information for the matrix team, as well as transferring ownership of the team.
    • Recruiting Solutions Print Enhancements – print applications for one or more candidates, including attachments such as resumes or cover letters.   Print information is completely configurable, including printing for one or more candidates in a single file, which sections of the application to include, print output type (pdf file or report), and more.
    • Workforce Availability – this is a significant new feature for Time & Labor customers, that provides supervisors and managers to track the status of employees from any device, at any time.  Monitor schedules, availability, deviations, and absences, and more.  Contact an employee or take actions such as Replace Schedules, View Timesheets, or Approve Overtime with the related actions immediately available for each employee.
    There are many additional new capabilities available in Update Image 17.  To get a quick overview, we recommend you watch the brand new Image Highlights, PeopleSoft HCM Update Image 17, now available on our YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QgSQ6sfhomo.  This video is the first of it’s kind, providing a quick overview of each of the new features and capabilities delivered in the image.  We will be producing these videos on a regular basis for all of our images.  

    In addition to the video, we recommend you review the Cumulative Features Overview Tool (www.peoplesoftcfotool.com), as well as downloading the Update Image for a complete list of contents and to try out the new features in action.  See the HCM Update Image Home Page on My Oracle Support for instructions and the link to the Update Image.

    Tuesday Mar 15, 2016

    Alliance 2016 - A Huge Success for PeopleSoft Customers

    Last week, more than 4,000 Higher Education and Public Sector customers converged in Seattle, Washington for Alliance 2016 -- one of the largest annual user group conferences for PeopleSoft.  When you consider the high level of attendance, excitement, and engagement with our customers, the conference was a huge success.  Alliance was packed with thought provoking presentations, product demonstrations, and more than 440 sessions for customers to learn about PeopleSoft success stories on 9.2 including, deploying Fluid self-service, adopting new features, and engaging with our team to drive the continued investment and innovation in the products.

    The PeopleSoft HCM Product team kicked things off with the HCM Roadmap session where we learned that more than 60% of the customers in attendance were already live on 9.2, with another 25% currently working on their upgrades.  This underscores the value of the PeopleSoft continuous delivery model, where customers can now expect that every feature shown in our product demos are available to deploy from the latest delivered image or an upcoming image.  Many customers took the opportunity to tell us that they have leveraged continuous delivery for their Fluid self-service rollout, newly deployed WorkCenters, adopting some of the latest HCM features, or for mandatory compliance, security and tax updates.

    A few noteworthy conference highlights include:

       •A packed house for the Recruiting Solutions update, with many stories of successful 9.2 upgrades and implementations, and lots of excitement for the upcoming Fluid Candidate Gateway.

      •A fun and informative update on core Human Resources functionality, which included customer success insights from Sonoma State University and a look the very latest functionality, including enhancements to Guided Self Service 

      •Rich discussions around how customers are rolling out and using the Payroll and Time & Labor WorkCenters

      •Dozens of presentations on topics like Analytics, Position Management, Total Rewards, and many others presented by the PeopleSoft HCM team, partners, and customers

      •Many deep dive discussions in Meet the Experts, Birds of a Feather sessions, one on one meetings, with many new customers joining Focus Groups on their favorite features

      •Strong interest for planning to deploy PeopleSoft Time & Labor and Absence Management

      •Strategic conversations with partners from around the globe who echoed the momentum with PeopleSoft 9.2, Fluid, Selective Adoption, and PeopleSoft on Oracle Cloud

    We took the opportunity at Alliance to formally roll out the PeopleSoft Community Ideas page.  With the Ideas page, customers now have a new and improved way of submitting new product ideas and enhancements with the PeopleSoft Product team, where each idea can be reviewed and voted on by all customers from all industries.  The PeopleSoft product team will monitor the results of the voting for each idea posted for consideration on the overall HCM roadmap.  To start using the Ideas page today, log on to My Oracle Support Communities and search for the Doc ID #2048019.1 for additional details.

    As our team reflects on the conference, the most resounding take-away was the incredibly strong momentum customers are experiencing with HCM 9.2.  There were many stories of successful upgrades, implementations, and rollout of new features and functions.  It was an energizing few days and a great way to kick off the 2016 HCM conference season. Next up is Oracle HCM World in Chicago and Collaborate in Las Vegas.  See you there!

    Thursday Feb 25, 2016

    PeopleSoft on Oracle Cloud

    Extending its commitment to PeopleSoft applications, Oracle announces the availability of PeopleSoft with Oracle Compute Cloud Service on the Oracle Cloud. This new offering enables organizations to increase agility and ensure business continuity while lowering costs and reducing risk.

    The Oracle Compute Cloud Service offers self service provisioning of network, compute, and storage resources, tested with PeopleSoft applications. Subscription based pricing, predictable performance from an optimized hardware infrastructure, and highly secure data center operations provide PeopleSoft customers with a trusted Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) solution. This solution eliminates capital expenditures for hardware, releases internal resources to focus on initiatives that provide competitive advantage, and enhances the operational agility which creates business transformation.

    PeopleSoft customers can take advantage of the cloud by either accessing the latest PeopleSoft innovations in a demo instance available on the Oracle Cloud Marketplace and/or running their PeopleSoft development, test, and production environments on the Oracle Cloud. Customers have shown enormous interest in these opportunities not only for the cost saving realized by outsourcing the management of infrastructure and platforms to Oracle but also the greater business agility that comes from running PeopleSoft on the Oracle Cloud. Customers can immediately access and quickly deploy new, innovative business capabilities while increasing responsiveness to evolving business demands when using the Oracle Cloud. Customers can still extend PeopleSoft as needed to meet their unique business requirements and adopt new capabilities on their terms, determining what to adopt, when they want to.

    By leveraging Oracle Compute Cloud Service/Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) integrated with Oracle’s Database-as-a-Service (DBaaS) customers deploying the PeopleSoft they know and already own to the Oracle Cloud ensure greater business continuity for their organization. They are able to leverage existing business processes and application knowledge as well as retain existing business configuration and critical customizations. All while improving operational efficiency and reliability; minimizing business disruptions. In addition, the flexible scaling of the Oracle Cloud allows customers to react to planned and unplanned usage spikes.

    These real-world business benefits are matched by lower costs and risk associated with deploying PeopleSoft on the Oracle Cloud. By eliminating the impact associated with changing enterprise applications and optimizing their organization’s resources to focus on core competencies, customers are able to lower costs. Additionally, risk is minimized because Oracle keeps your infrastructure technology current in order to mitigate against security threats.

    Where do customers begin? Oracle believes customers will start by moving some of their development and preproduction (e.g. staging and testing) environments into the Oracle Cloud but still run production environments as they do today. There is a tremendous opportunity in reducing the cost and time associated with provisioning and changing environments that are not production. Automation is a key component to effectively leveraging PeopleSoft on the Oracle Cloud. Oracle has automated the deployment and provisioning processes associated with PeopleSoft. Reducing the time it takes to get PeopleSoft up and running from weeks to hours or less. The PeopleSoft Cloud Architecture (PCA) is the umbrella term for the new software innovations that began to be delivered with PeopleTools 8.55. PCA enables customers to automate all the lifecycle management processes associated with PeopleSoft including provisioning of new environments, cloning environments, and replicating configurations.

    Customers interested in this fantastic opportunity should start by visiting the PeopleSoft on Oracle Cloud concept page on the PeopleSoft Information Portal.

    Wednesday Feb 10, 2016

    Introducing Asset Physical Inventory with PeopleSoft Asset Tracking

    Delivered in PeopleSoft Financials and Supply Chain Management (FSCM) Update Image 16, Asset Tracking provides a mobile physical inventory solution within PeopleSoft Asset Management that replaces the need for third-party integrations. The browser-based solution using PeopleSoft’s Fluid User Interface leverages existing, deployed asset tags.

    As physical inventories are conducted, new scan records are added to physical inventory history for reconciliation and review by accounting. This includes any assets found with missing tags, ensuring the accuracy of fixed asset records.

    Asset Tracking not only enables the asset physical inventory business process, but it also provides a means by which to audit asset locations, and general asset searches.

    To learn more about Asset Tracking, please refer to Oracle Support Document 2084823.1 - PeopleSoft Asset Management 9.2.016: Mobile Physical Inventory and Asset Tracking.

    Friday Feb 05, 2016

    PeopleSoft is Recognized as “Best in Klas ERP Software” in Healthcare Industry

    PeopleSoft is recognized as “Best in Klas ERP Software” in Healthcare Industry for 2015/2016  

    Oracle PeopleSoft received exciting news about our efforts in the Healthcare Industry.  KLAS has named Oracle’s PeopleSoft the best ERP software in its "2015/2016 Best in KLAS Awards Report".  The report named top performing companies based on feedback from their customers. The title of Best in KLAS is a highly coveted recognition of outstanding efforts to help healthcare professionals deliver better patient care. It is reserved for vendor solutions that lead the software and services market segments with the broadest operational and clinical impact on healthcare organizations.

    The annual report ranks the best-performing healthcare IT vendors in nearly 100 market segments based on ratings from nearly 20,000 interviews with healthcare providers. The award is based on the overall performance rating calculated from scores based on healthcare providers evaluating the product/vendor in the areas of Product Quality, Sales and Contracting, Implementation and Training, Functionality and Upgrades, Service and Support and more. We are honored to be recognized as the best Healthcare ERP provider for 2015/2016. 

    KLAS is a research and insights firm on a global mission to improve healthcare delivery by amplifying the provider's voice. Working with thousands of healthcare professionals and clinicians, KLAS gathers data and insights on software, services, and medical equipment to deliver timely reports, trends and statistical overviews. The research directly represents the provider voice and acts as a catalyst for improving vendor performance.


    Tuesday Jan 19, 2016

    The IASB Issues Major Revision for Lease Accounting

    After several years and multiple exposure drafts, the International Accounting Standards Board (IASB) on January 13, 2016 issued a new accounting standard for leases, IFRS 16. The new accounting requirements aim to provide a more precise representation of lease assets and liabilities, replacing IAS 17 which was introduced over 30 years ago.

    The IASB estimates that public companies using either the IFRS Standards or US GAAP have around $3.3 trillion (USD) of lease commitments, and over 85% of those commitments do not appear on their balance sheets. A prime example often used where this has significant impact is in the airline industry, where a fleet of leased airplanes may not be reflected on the balance sheet of said airline. IFRS 16 addresses this issue by requiring all leases to be reported on a company’s balance sheet as assets and liabilities. The majority of the changes in the new standard apply to lessee leases, while lessor leases, for the most part, remain similar to the previous standard.

    Within the PeopleSoft Asset Lifecycle Management (ALM) suite, the two affected products are PeopleSoft Asset Management and PeopleSoft Real Estate Management. Our Strategy and Development teams have been working for years on significant enhancements to address the new accounting requirements, and we’ve invested heavily in new product capabilities and functionality that will be critical to any organization adopting the new standard when it goes into effect.

    The IFRS 16 Leases standard is effective on January 1, 2019. Early adoption is allowed for organizations that will be also adopting the new IFRS 15 Revenue Recognition standard, so they can convert at the same time.

    The US Federal Accounting Standards Board (FASB) has not yet updated their site or made an announcement on when they will release their standard (still expected early 2016). The two boards have differed in a few areas, so it will be interesting to see what their final standard will contain in the way of variations.

    For more information, including links to additional information and documentation, please refer to the IASB's press release for the new accounting standard.

    Thursday Jan 07, 2016

    Oracle Lifetime Support Document Updated For PeopleSoft

    Oracle’s strong commitment to invest in and support PeopleSoft has been unwavering for several years. With the January 2016 update to the Oracle Lifetime Support Document Oracle clearly illustrates its commitment to support PeopleSoft HCM and Financials (FMS/ESA/SCM) 9.2 “through at least” December 2027.

    The updated Oracle Lifetime Support Document on page 9 (shown below) clearly documents support for PeopleSoft HCM and Financials (FMS/ESA/SCM) 9.2 applications extended through 2027. At this time that support is in the form of Oracle Premier Support through 2024 with the additional Oracle Extended Support through 2027. What is included in each of these robust levels of support is provided on the Oracle Lifetime Support Policies webpage.


    While Oracle has previously stated support for PeopleSoft HCM and Financials (FMS/ESA/SCM) applications “through at least” December 2027, these updates to the Oracle Lifetime Support Document reflect recent changes in PeopleSoft. Changes to support timelines were driven by Oracle’s Continuous Delivery model for PeopleSoft and the advent of PeopleSoft Selective Adoption. Under Oracle’s Continuous Delivery model, PeopleSoft HCM and Financials (FMS/ESA/SCM) 9.2 applications receive new functionality and enhancements via periodic updates (PeopleSoft Update Images). The result is upgrades to a new release are not required to gain access to new features and Oracle can continue to invest in the existing 9.2 PeopleSoft release.

    Oracle also understands that as time passes and the above dates approach, customers continuing to use PeopleSoft applications will need a better understanding of their support timeline horizons. Recent changes to the Oracle Lifetime Support Document also clarify Oracle’s policy for updating support dates due to Oracle’s Continuous Delivery model. Support dates are evaluated for update annually by Oracle’s PeopleSoft team. Updates to support dates would be extensions. So in the future it is possible that the December 2027 date will be extended by additional years. Support for PeopleSoft applications will be provided through at least the dates listed in the Oracle Lifetime Support Document.


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