Monday Dec 24, 2012

PeopleSoft HCM – End of Year analysis and New Year’s Resolution

Greetings from the PeopleSoft HCM team!    By the end of the year, people usually look back to make an analysis of the year that went by and look forward to establish new goals and objectives for the coming year.  Let’s analyze together the last two years for PeopleSoft HCM and let's talk about our New Year's Resolution.

As probably most of you know (hopefully ALL of you know this by now!) PeopleSoft adopted a Continuous Delivery Model with the 9.1 release.  What that really means is that after a release gets GA  (aka, gets available) we keep delivering new features and capabilities on top of that release until the new major release gets GA. 

We decided to deliver Feature Packs to quicker respond to our Customers requests, while giving them the ultimate choice of how and when they want to deploy their new functionality to their users. 

In December 2010 PeopleSoft HCM delivered the Feature Pack 1 that included new capabilities such as Company Directory, Talent Management integrations (to allow Customers to use PeopleSoft Talent Management 9.1 while staying on PeopleSoft HR Core 9.0 or 8.9) and new XMLP reports among other features. 

In November 2011 we delivered the Feature Pack 2. That feature pack focused on helping managers better perform their day-to-day activities by providing new based search capabilities, new dashboards (Manager Dashboard and Talent Summary), Matrix Organization and Pivot Grids for Operational Analysis. Several other new features were included in that Feature Pack such as Global Payroll SEPA support, Total Rewards analysis, and more. Feature Pack 2 can be seen as our first step to change the way users interact with our PeopleSoft HCM application which will even become more revolutionary, as you will see, with our upcoming 9.2 release.

In September 2012 we delivered our first PeopleSoft HCM Mobile Application: Mobile Company Directory. This mobile application allows employees and managers to get access to contact information and to connect with other employees from wherever they are and whenever needed.  For more information see our Mobile Company Directory blog.

We, the PeopleSoft team,  feel proud of what we have accomplished so far and are glad to see the positive feedback and reaction of our Customers.

The next major milestone for us is the upcoming 9.2 release (targeted for Calendar Year 2013).  We think the 9.2 release will completely change the way users interact with the PeopleSoft HCM system. Through the expanded use of Global Search and related action framework, users will be able to navigate the system in a way they were never able to do before. They will be able to type keywords, go directly to the page or transaction they are looking for (avoiding menu navigation) and take action from where they are.  Users will also count with guided navigation and the system will help them go through the steps to complete specific activities with the objective of minimizing errors or having incomplete tasks/processes.  We are also delivering new dashboards and workcenters so users can more productively work from a central place where they can have all the information they need. 

These are only just some examples of the new 9.2 upcoming features, and we encourage you to read our PeopleSoft HCM 9.2 Release Value Proposition document to learn more about it.

There are many other major deliverables we are planning for 2013, among them:
- New methodology and process to apply maintenance that we consider will be quite unique in the market. With the new update manager tool, there will be no more prerequisite bundles or maintenance packs. Customers will be able to select what fixes/enhancements they want to apply and they will be able to create their own custom package that will contain only the required objects. We expect Customers to see immediate benefits in reduced time and effort for analysis and preparation, patching, and patching verification and validation. For more information read refer to PeopleTools 8.53 RVP document posted on My Oracle Support for more details.
- New integrations with other Oracle products, such as integration with Taleo Recruiting.
- And more …

So … what is our Next Year’s Resolution?  To keep delivering innovation in HCM by listening and delivering value to our Customers. We have hopefully demonstrated by now that we are serious about it.

We wish you all a very Happy Holiday Season and best wishes for the upcoming year!


Tuesday Dec 18, 2012

Fiscal Cliff

As December 31, 2012 quickly approaches, so does the deadline to extend the Bush Era Tax Cuts which were extended under the Budget Control Act of 2011.  PeopleSoft realizes that there may be some customer anxiety over the delayed withholding tables. PeopleSoft is unable to move forward with delivering the tax changes until we get the official ruling and withholding tables from the IRS.  Please be assured that our legislative analysts are in the loop and are monitoring this situation daily.  Any changes will be included in a special posting. We have created a Knowledge Document in My Oracle Support, Document ID 1332295.1 to keep you up to date on the pending changes.

Monday Dec 17, 2012

An Oracle Event for Your Facility & Equipment Maintenance Staff

The 7th Annual Oracle Maintenance Summit will occur February 4 – 6, 2013 at the Hyatt Regency San Francisco. This year, the Maintenance Summit will be one of the major pillars of a larger Oracle Value Chain Summit.

What makes this event different from the other events hosted by Oracle and the PeopleSoft Community’s various user groups is that it is specifically meant to provide a venue for the facility and equipment maintenance community to talk about all things related to maintenance.  Maintenance Planners, Maintenance Schedulers, Vice Presidents and Directors of Physical Plant, Operations Managers, Craft Supervisors, IT management, and IT analysts typically attend this event and find it to be a very valuable experience.

The Maintenance pillar will provide the same atmosphere and opportunity to hear from PeopleSoft Maintenance Management customers, Oracle Product Strategy, and partners, as in past years.  For more information, you can access the registration website for the Value Chain Summit.

For existing PeopleSoft Maintenance Management customers…if you are interested in participating in the PeopleSoft Maintenance Management Focus Group in which Oracle discusses product roadmap topics with the community of customers who have licensed the PeopleSoft Maintenance Management application, please contact Loida.McDearis@oracle.com, Roxanne.Johnson@oracle.com, or Mark.Rosenberg@oracle.com. The Focus Group will meet on February 7th, and attendance is by invitation only.

We look forward to seeing you in San Francisco!

P.S.  The Early Bird registration fee is $195. Register before December 31 to take advantage of this introductory low price, as the registration fee will go up to $295 after that date.

Monday Dec 10, 2012

Quantifying the Value Derived from Your PeopleSoft Implementation

As product strategists, we often receive the question, "What's the value of implementing your PeopleSoft software?" Prospective customers and existing customers alike are compelled to justify the cost of new tools, business process changes, and the business impact associated with adopting the new tools.

In response to this question, we have been working with many of our customers and implementation partners during the past year to obtain metrics that demonstrate the value obtained from an investment in PeopleSoft applications. The great news is that as a result of our quest to identify value achieved, many of our customers began to monitor their businesses differently and more aggressively than in the past, and a number of them informed us that they have some great achievements to share.

For this month, I'll start by pointing out that we have collaborated with one of our implementation partners, Huron Consulting Group, Inc., to articulate the levers for extracting value from implementing the PeopleSoft Grants solution. Typically, education and research institutions, healthcare organizations, and non-profit organizations are the types of enterprises that seek to facilitate and automate research administration business processes with the PeopleSoft Grants solution. If you are interested in understanding the ways in which you can look for value from an implementation, please consider registering for the webcast scheduled for Friday, December 14th at 1pm Central Time in which you'll get to see and hear from our team, Huron Consulting, and one of our leading customers.

In the months ahead, we'll plan to post more information about the value customers have measured and reported to us from their implementations and upgrades.

If you have a great story about return on investment and want to share it, please contact either Roxanne.Johnson@oracle.com  or Mark.Rosenberg@oracle.com. We'd love to hear from you.

Wednesday Dec 05, 2012

Revisiting the Generations

I was asked earlier this year to contribute an article to the IHRIM publication – Workforce Solutions Review. My topic focused on the reality of the Gen Y population 10 years after their entry into the workforce. Below is an excerpt from that article.[Read More]
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