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  • October 9, 2014

Oracle OpenWorld '14 PeopleSoft Recap

Marc Weintraub
Vice President, Product Strategy

Wow that was
some event! Oracle OpenWorld ran from
Sunday, September 29 to Thursday, October 2 and PeopleSoft was there in full
force for every moment. The 50,000 plus attendees
had over 135 PeopleSoft relevant sessions to choose from and 12 PeopleSoft
demonstration stations to see the latest and greatest from PeopleSoft. The PeopleSoft content kicked off with the
PeopleSoft general session “PeopleSoft
Strategy and Roadmap—Modern Solutions Delivered with Ease
” [GEN7438]. There Paco
(Oracle’s Senior Vice President and General Manager of PeopleSoft
Development) addressed a standing room only crowd of over 550 attendees. Paco conveyed how Oracle’s continued
investment in PeopleSoft is delivering key innovations that address our customer’s
greatest challenges. Those challenges

  • Delivering
    a robust solution that is intuitive and easy to use – regardless of device
    (mobile device or desktop workstation)
  • Ensuring
    that new PeopleSoft capabilities are delivered on a continuous basis and are
    easy to adopt at a low cost, without the need to upgrade.

Paco shared at great length how
the investments in the new PeopleSoft
Fluid User Interface
and the new continuous PeopleSoft
Delivery Model
address these challenges.

Other key PeopleSoft sessions
picked up on the themes laid out in the PeopleSoft general session. Maria Ana Santiago and Robbin Velayedam (two
of Oracle’s Directors of PeopleSoft HCM Product Strategy) flawlessly executed a
realistic “day-in-the-life” of an HR manager during the “PeopleSoft
Human Capital Management—Update and Roadmap
” [GEN7666] general session. They easily executed employee and manger
self-service tasks such as entering time, requesting leave, and acting on notifications
using the new PeopleSoft Fluid User Interface, while seamlessly transitioning between
a smart phone, a tablet, and a desktop. Amira Morcos (Oracle’s Senior Director of PeopleSoft Financials Product
Strategy) showcased the rich functional capabilities that continue to be added
onto PeopleSoft Financials 9.2 during her “Do
More with Less: The Value of PeopleSoft Financials 9.2 and the Product Roadmap

[CON7601] session.

There was also a great deal of
PeopleSoft content devoted to the new PeopleSoft Delivery Model. Adding a new slant to this topic, David Bain
(one of Oracle’s Director of Product Strategy for PeopleTools) discussed how
customers need to adapt to the new PeopleSoft Delivery Model in order to
maximize its value to their organization. David covered this in his “What
You Need to Do to Take Advantage of the PeopleSoft Delivery Model

[CON7597] session as well as in the recently published white
on this topic. Those are just
a few of the Oracle led sessions. There
were numerous sessions where customers including Boeing, Wells Fargo, Erlanger
Health, AARP, Adventist Health System, and Verizon shared their PeopleSoft 9.2
success stories. The number of
PeopleSoft 9.2 customers at the event was astonishing. In sessions, when asked if they were on or
moving to PeopleSoft 9.2 over half the audience indicated with a show of hands that
they were.

Hands down, the star of the event for PeopleSoft was the new
PeopleSoft Fluid User Interface. It was
shown in sessions, at the PeopleSoft demonstration stations, at one-on-one
customer meetings. It was shown on smart
phones, tablets, and desktops. The
customer response was universal – it looks amazing! Customers told the PeopleSoft team that
“PeopleSoft Fluid User Interface is exactly what we are looking for.” If you have not seen the new PeopleSoft Fluid
User Interface yet, check out the PeopleSoft
Fluid User Interface playlist
of videos on the PeopleSoft YouTube

There was so much great content at Oracle OpenWorld for
PeopleSoft it is impossible for any one person to see it all. Be sure to check out the online Content
for posted presentations. If
you miss Paco’s PeopleSoft general session, the Quest Users Group will be
hosting a PeopleSoft Townhall on October 22 @ 11:00am PT/2:00pm ET. Register for that online event here.

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