PeopleSoft HCM – End of Year analysis and New Year’s Resolution
By Maria Ana Santiago-Oracle on Dec 24, 2012
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.