Monday Apr 21, 2014

COLLABORATE 14 PeopleSoft Recap

COLLABORATE 14 just took place on Monday, April 17 – Friday, April 11 in Las Vegas, NV.  It was another successful event driven by the Oracle user groups of: Quest International Users Group, the Oracle Applications Users Group (OAUG), and Independent Oracle Users Group (IOUG).  The event had approximately 6,000 total attendees with nearly 1,250 sessions and panels packed with first-hand experiences, case studies, and practical “how-to” content.  PeopleSoft content was delivered through the Quest International Users Group with over 170 PeopleSoft-centric sessions.  That included over 60 PeopleSoft customer led sessions and over 45 Oracle led sessions.

Most PeopleSoft conference participants attended Paco Aubrejuan’s (Oracle Senior Vice President, PeopleSoft Development) PeopleSoft General Session: PeopleSoft Update and Roadmap (Session ID: 109590). With an audience of over 400 people, Paco discussed how Oracle’s investments in PeopleSoft applications have transformed PeopleSoft into a modern enterprise software solution by providing:

  • A consumer internet user experience
  • Intuitive, process oriented business flows
  • Contextual, information delivery
  • Simplified productivity
  • The enablement of a mobile workforce
  • The ability to easily adopt and manage changes

The highlight of Paco’s session was the live demonstration of the new PeopleSoft Fluid User Interface (UI). The new PeopleSoft Fluid UI enables the delivery of PeopleSoft applications in a modern, intuitive, and personalizable way across multiple devices (tablets, smart phones, and desktops) regardless of operating system. Using the latest state-of-the-art technologies like HTML5 and CCS3 incorporated into the next PeopleTools release (PeopleTools 8.54), the new PeopleSoft Fluid UI is delivered via a device’s browser. It is responsive to a device’s form factor – this means application screens can be optimized to different sized devices and render the most appropriate information in a dynamic manner. In his PeopleSoft General Session: Technology Update and Roadmap session (Session ID: 108630), Jeff Robbins (Oracle Senior Director, PeopleTools Strategy) continued the discussion on how PeopleSoft truly is a state-of-the-art solution and how PeopleTools drives PeopleSoft innovation. Check out the PeopleSoft Talk with Jeff on the Power of PeopleTools.

Leaders from Oracle’s PeopleSoft product management and development team were on hand and conveyed the value of PeopleSoft 9.2 as well as the future investment strategy for PeopleSoft. A large number of PeopleSoft conference attendees indicated they were live or moving to PeopleSoft 9.2, illustrating the continued and growing excitement for the PeopleSoft 9.2 release. One force driving that excitement is the PeopleSoft Update Manager (PUM). The PeopleSoft Update Manager revolutionizes how Oracle delivers new PeopleSoft capabilities and maintenance. With it, customers can self-select the changes they want to apply on their schedule. This enables customers to get more value from their PeopleSoft solutions at a lower cost via a new PeopleSoft delivery model. Michael Krajicek (Oracle Senior Director, PeopleSoft Architecture Development) got into the details of PUM during the Optimizing Maintenance Strategies Using PeopleSoft Update Manager session (Session ID: 108520).

This conference wasn’t just about PeopleSoft and what it can do. A significant number of sessions also shared how PeopleSoft customers can gain additional value from the rich portfolio of Oracle applications. From UPK and GRC Advanced Controls to Hyperion and Webcenter, Oracle product experts discussed the integration of these solutions to PeopleSoft and customer successes in these areas. All-in-all there was fantastic content for PeopleSoft customers delivered by Oracle, partners, and customers as well. Conference attendees can access uploaded session content here (conference login required). Mark your calendars for COLLABORATE 15 being held Sunday, April 12 – Thursday, April 116 in Las Vegas, NV.

Friday Apr 18, 2014

PeopleSoft 2014 EMEA Tour

In four days, Jeff Robbins (Senior Director, PeopleSoft Product Strategy) and I visited four cities in four separate European countries as part of our annual PeopleSoft EMEA tour. Events in each city were attended by enthusiastic PeopleSoft customers. We shared with them a consistent message that conveyed:

  • Oracle continues to invest in PeopleSoft
  • Oracle’s investments in PeopleSoft enable it to address customers’ needs for modern enterprise software
  • Capabilities like the PeopleSoft Fluid UI and PeopleSoft Update Manager define PeopleSoft as a ‘state of the art’ solution set
  • PeopleSoft and Oracle Cloud solutions are intended to complement one another
  • Only Oracle provides PeopleSoft customers a flexible path to the cloud based on their needs and their timing

The first stop in the PeopleSoft 2014 EMEA Tour was in the Netherlands.  There, the Oracle Benelux User Group (OBUG) hosted the event aboard the S.S. Rotterdam with over 100 attendees.  At this event, attendees also heard from CGI as they shared their PeopleSoft 9.2 upgrade plans that include incorporating their acquisition of Logica.  From there, the tour visited the United Kingdom; about 100 attendees participated in UKOUG EMEA PeopleSoft Roadshow at the Oracle London City Office.  Oxfam (check out Graham Smith's blog on their upgrade), Hays, and Greene King (a net-new PeopleSoft customer), spoke at the event about their PeopleSoft 9.2 deployments and usage of PeopleSoft Update Manager.  Duncan Davies of Succeed Consultancy (the partner who implemented at Greene King) summarized the event extraordinarily well in his blog.  In France, the PeopleSoft 2014 EMEA Tour was part of an Oracle Users Day (Journee Utliisateurs) that included PeopleSoft, JD Edwards, and eBusiness Suite content.    Lastly, the PeopleSoft 2014 EMEA Tour visited Spain.  There the local Spanish user group – Círculo de Usuarios de Oracle de España (CUORE) supported a lively event that included a focus on how the PeopleSoft team delivers local legal and regulatory requirements.

All in all it was a fantastic tour. It is an amazing opportunity to share the PeopleSoft team’s key messages with customers, listen to their feedback, and hear about their successes with PeopleSoft. I am already looking forward to next year’s tour.

Wednesday Apr 02, 2014

PeopleSoft @ Alliance 14

The Higher Education User Group (HEUG) Alliance 14 conference took place in Las Vegas, NV last month and was a roaring success. Over 4,250 attendees participated in the event which is focused on Higher Education and Public Sector institutions using Oracle applications and technology. The vast majority of attendees at the event are PeopleSoft applications customers.  The event kicked off with some major announcements from Oracle about its continued and committed investment in the Higher Education industry.  These announcements were:

  • Planned future release of a PeopleSoft Campus Solutions 9.2
  • Development of a totally new, cloud-based student information system
  • Continued enhancement of Oracle ERP Cloud solutions to address the industry specific requirements of Higher Education institutions

I had the distinct pleasure of sitting down with Mark Armstrong, Oracle's Vice President of Higher Eduction development to discuss these announcements in an exclusive PeopleSoft Talk interview.

In addition to these key announcements, the Alliance conference featured over 400 sessions were delivered by customers and partners with Oracle leading over 75 sessions focused on PeopleSoft. Jeff Robbins’ (Senior Director PeopleTools Strategy) “PeopleSoft General Session: Technology Update and Roadmap” session was the PeopleSoft highlight of the event with over 2,000 attendees. Other key Oracle led PeopleSoft sessions included:

  • What's New in PeopleSoft Human Capital Management 9.2 and Beyond by John Webb and Maria Ana Santiago
  • PeopleSoft Financials 9.2 Value & Roadmap: Do Much More with Less by Amira Morcos
  • PeopleSoft Supplier Lifecycle Management 9.2 and Beyond by Alexandra Dhillon
  • PeopleSoft Grants, Contracts, Projects 9.2 Value and Roadmap by Melanie Stapelman
  • PeopleSoft New User Experience and Mobile Applications by Maria Ana Santiago
  • Optimizing Maintenance Strategies Using PeopleSoft Update Manager by Mike Krajicek

The Alliance conference is always a great opportunity for the PeopleSoft team to interact with customers and listen to their feedback. This year the team met with dozens of customers and the overwhelming sentiment was the investments Oracle is making in PeopleSoft are the right ones and are adding value to their organizations. Customer’s expressed to the PeopleSoft team that what’s already been delivered in PeopleSoft 9.2 are “really good solutions”. One customer went as far to say, “The Activity Guide is the single biggest feature for them in their PeopleSoft 9.2 upgrade.” The newly redesigned user interface and marketplace integrations in PeopleSoft eProcurement 9.2 drew praise from customers. End users can intuitively requisition goods and seamlessly search marketplace items with supported integration to partner solutions.

Customer attendees at Alliance 14 also shared with the PeopleSoft team their efforts to expand the use of mobile solutions within PeopleSoft. There was a lot of discussion surrounding how to deliver PeopleSoft via a more modern, intuitive, and responsive user interface. Alliance 14 attendees look forward to when they can get the power of PeopleSoft into the hands of people on their campuses including Principal Investigators and Project Managers. In addition to mobility, Supplier Lifecycle Management (SLM) is an important focus area for the Higher Education and Public Sector customers who attend Alliance conferences as it is for many other PeopleSoft customers. Event attendees are happy with the PeopleSoft capabilities for self-service supplier onboarding already delivered in PeopleSoft 9.2. Customers shared with us their desire to see these capabilities expanded on in the future.

Legislative changes were also hot topics of discussion and feedback during the conference. These ranged from topics like DOMA, ACA, and OFCCP to the growing need for greater transparency in how institutions track and report funds. Attendees were pleased to see the PeopleSoft team led sessions addressing these topics. Furthermore customers were happy to see the PeopleSoft team’s heavy focus on increasing the flexibility of PeopleSoft applications allowing them to adapt their processes and systems. This focus ultimately means PeopleSoft customers can address the legislative changes more effectively and at a lower cost.

While the PeopleSoft team greatly appreciates feedback from our customers; customers at Alliance 14 conveyed their gratitude towards the PeopleSoft team for listening to their needs and ensuring their requirements were incorporated in to PeopleSoft applications. As an attendee from the University of Kansas said, “Meeting with the PeopleSoft team justifies coming to the conference.” This goes to show that participating in PeopleSoft user groups, whether they be HEUG, Quest, or OHUG (Oracle HCM Users Group) is a good way to be hear and influence the direction of PeopleSoft.


This blog is dedicated to topics focused on PeopleSoft Applications, including Human Capital Management, Financials, Enterprise Service Automation, Asset Lifecycle Management, Procurement, Supply Chain and Customer Relationship Management.

For information about legislative updates to our PeopleSoft Applications see the PeopleSoft Legislative Updates Blog.

For information about PeopleTools see the PeopleSoft Technology Blog.


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