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  • Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Oracle OpenWorld San Francisco 2015 Recap for PeopleSoft

By: Marc Weintraub | Vice President, Product Strategy

What a week!
Another Oracle OpenWorld
San Francisco
comes to an end and now it’s time to take a look back and
recap the event from a PeopleSoft perspective. In talking to dozens of
customers, a multitude of PeopleSoft partners, and the small army of Oracle
PeopleSoft resources supporting the event, the overall consensus for PeopleSoft
at Oracle OpenWorld San Francisco 2015 is extremely positive!

This
positive experience starts with the incredibly strong adoption of the latest
PeopleSoft solution. The current PeopleSoft offering (Release 9.2) was
delivered in March of 2013. In session after session when the audience was
asked for a show of hands if they were live or planning to implement the latest
PeopleSoft release, one would see a sea of hands in the air. This validates
Oracle’s measurement of PeopleSoft adoption which shows nearly 50% of the
active install base is on or going to the latest PeopleSoft release.

This large
population of customers on the latest PeopleSoft release is reaping the
benefits of PeopleSoft Selective
Adoption
. PeopleSoft Selective Adoption was a major topic at Oracle
OpenWorld San Francisco 2015. Customers including Susan G. Komen (supported by MIPRO), Hays (supported by Cedar Consulting UK),
and NYU Langone
Medical Center
(supported by
Deloitte) shared their successes and lessons learned while
embracing PeopleSoft Selective Adoption. Oracle also shared how customers can
develop an effective PeopleSoft Selective Adoption strategy by discussing
various maintenance
and update strategies
that are documented on the PeopleSoft
Update Manager (PUM) home page
found on My
Oracle Support
[login required].

The
PeopleSoft user experience enabled by PeopleSoft
Fluid User Interface
(Fluid UI) also generated lots of excitement last week
at the event. Many customers have already embarked on projects to leverage
PeopleSoft Fluid UI on mobile devices and workstations (desktops/laptops). University of California at Berkeley, Baylor Scott and White Health, Griffith University, Clackamas County, and others talked about
how they started their PeopleSoft Fluid UI projects, the skill sets they
needed, change management considerations, their target users, and the value of
the simple and intuitive PeopleSoft user experience PeopleSoft Fluid UI
delivers.

What’s
driving this excitement in PeopleSoft seen at Oracle OpenWorld and across the
immense PeopleSoft install base? The simple answer is the ongoing investment
and innovation Oracle is making in PeopleSoft. Oracle’s PeopleSoft team laid
out a series of objectives that define its ongoing investment strategy. Those
objectives are:

1. Provide
a modern and intuitive mobile and desktop user experience for all users.

Oracle plans on expanding on the
already significant investment in user experience to make PeopleSoft Fluid UI
the overall application navigation and user engagement framework. A “Mobile
First” design and development approach has produced: Master-Detail 2 Panel
Layouts; PeopleSoft Fluid UI Activity Guides and WorkCenters; and Resizable,
Interactive, and Push-Based Titles. The end result is an expansion of the
simple and intuitive user experience beyond casual users to include “expert”
users.

2. Enable
personalization and configuration so users can have the information they want,
how and where they want it.

By facilitating deeper levels of
application personalization and significantly greater application configuration,
customers are able to avoid costly customizations needed to make PeopleSoft
look and act the way they want it to. Related Content presents information when
and where it is contextually relevant. Simplified Analytics enables end users
to easily create and publish their own contextually relevant analytics. Page
Composer, My Preferences, and the PeopleSoft Fluid UI version of Forms and
Approvals Builder allow customers to “make PeopleSoft their own” without the
need of IT or customization.

3. Deliver
new application functionality and expand the capabilities of existing features.

A great user experience and a deep
level of personalization and configuration are critically important, but customers
still want and indeed demand more feature/functionality. Oracle delivers on
this by focusing on:

  • Simplifying
    business process execution
  • Increasing
    productivity for expert users
  • Delivering
    key industry specific capabilities
  • Prioritizing
    enhancements based on customer feedback
  • Ensuring
    legal and regulatory compliance

Oracle publishes its robust PeopleSoft
roadmap for its customers on My
Oracle Support
on the PeopleSoft
Planned Features and Enhancements
page [login required].

4. Allow
customers to run, maintain, and update PeopleSoft at a lower cost.

This starts with continuing to deliver
multiple updates per year and allowing customers to select the updates they
want, when wanted, without requiring upgrades (PeopleSoft Selective Adoption). With
that come enhancements to PeopleSoft Lifecycle Management tools like PeopleSoft Update Manager and
PeopleSoft Test Framework. By far the most exciting new endeavor for PeopleSoft
and the most newsworthy from Oracle OpenWorld was how PeopleSoft plans on
taking advantage of the cloud and automation to lower costs.

At Oracle OpenWorld San Francisco 2015
Oracle’s PeopleSoft team began discussing how to leverage the cloud to deploy
and manage PeopleSoft applications. Specifically, how to leverage cloud
computing such as Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) and Infrastructure-as-a-Service
(IaaS) along with process automation to drive down costs as well as increase
agility and time-to-value. The key is automating the manual, labor intensive,
and prone to human error IT processes associated with managing PeopleSoft
environments. That’s the focus of the PeopleSoft Cloud Architecture. Beginning with
PeopleTools 8.55, the PeopleSoft Cloud Architecture can enable:

  • Fully
    Virtualized Infrastructure and Platform
  • Automated
    Configuration of PeopleSoft Instances
  • Automated
    Change Management
  • Automated
    Testing of PeopleSoft Instances
  • Automated
    Provisioning of PeopleSoft Instances
  • Automated
    Cloning of PeopleSoft Instances
  • Management
    of Application Clusters

It is important to note what the
PeopleSoft Cloud Architecture does NOT do. It does NOT make PeopleSoft a Software-as-a-Service
(SaaS) application nor does it change the licensing and support model for
PeopleSoft.

Oracle is a major provider of cloud
solutions. Oracle not only provides Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) applications,
but also Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) and Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS)
like that found in Oracle Public Cloud. It is there, in the Oracle Public Cloud,
where the PeopleSoft Cloud Architecture connects PeopleSoft deeper into
Oracle’s overall cloud strategy. Stay tuned for lots more on the topic of
PeopleSoft on the Oracle Public Cloud, or any cloud via the PeopleSoft Cloud
Architecture, in the future.

It was a very exciting Oracle
OpenWorld San Francisco 2015 for PeopleSoft. Check out the online Session
Catalog
for posted session content. I’d personally like to thank all of the
fantastic PeopleSoft customers for attending. It’s you, the PeopleSoft
customers, that the Oracle PeopleSoft team looks to serve in the best way
possible each and every day. Oracle OpenWorld is our opportunity to showcase to
you how we are doing just that. See you
next year!


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