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PeopleSoft Mobile Inventory and New PeopleSoft Fluid User Interface

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The introduction
of smart phones started a mobile device revolution by changing what devices are
used for mobile computing and by changing the user’s expectations on how
and when they should have access to information. With PeopleTools 8.54 release; a new
graphical UI called PeopleSoft Fluid User Interface is being introduced. Our intention is to present PeopleSoft
application content in a highly usable fashion and to leverage the latest
advancements in HTML, CSS, and JavaScript. This new PeopleSoft Fluid User Interface is planned to be added to the Mobile
Inventory Application. The proposed new graphical
UI will be used to provide a consistent user experience across all PeopleSoft
mobile applications and provide optimized touch support with larger fonts, icons
and fields to make it easier to use touch as an entry method. A second major benefit provided by the
proposed new user interface version is that user organizations will be able to
add and change fields in the Mobile Inventory application using PeopleTools. Below is an example of the proposed PeopleSoft Fluid
User Interface mock-up of the PeopleSoft Mobile Inventory Picking
Transaction. The two screens below show
the existing Picking Transaction and the same Picking Transaction using the
Fluid User Interface. The same functionality
is planned to be provided with the new proposed new user interface.

      Exhibit 1
–PeopleSoft Mobile Inventory                                     Exhibit 2 – PeopleSoft Mobile Inventory

                    Current User Interface                                                          Proposed PeopleSoft Fluid User Interface

The proposed Mobile Inventory PeopleSoft Fluid User Interface
version is planned for release as a post 9.2 update. It will be made available
as a second version of Mobile Inventory. At that time, there will be two available
versions of Mobile Inventory - the current Oracle Application Development
Framework version and the new PeopleSoft Fluid User Interface version. The customer can decide to stay on the
existing version or to upgrade to the new version. The existing 9.2 ADF version will remain available
for use and is planned to be supported following the
standard PeopleSoft 9.2 support policy The
new PeopleSoft Fluid Interface version will become the new production version that will
continue to receive enhancements. These
new enhancements will not be applied to the existing 9.2 and 9.1 ADF Mobile
Inventory versions. The proposed new Mobile Inventory version will use extensive
HTML5 programming language and have greater memory requirements than the
Windows Mobile Operating system is able to support, therefore Windows Mobile
Operating System will not be supported by the new Mobile Inventory PeopleSoft Fluid User Interface
version. The new PeopleSoft Fluid User Interface
version will run on Android devices and Apple devices. Support for Windows 8 devices is under consideration in the future plan.

Customers evaluating Mobile Inventory today should
consider what devices they plan to use today as well as devices they plan to use
in the future. If the customer has already
invested in Windows Mobile Devices (version 6.5), the customer may continue to
use these devices with the current version of PeopleSoft Mobile Inventory. When the new Mobile Inventory User Interface
version becomes available, the customer can then evaluate if they want to
continue using the existing Mobile Inventory version or consider buying new
mobile devices that are supported by the new Mobile Inventory User Interface
version. Exhibit 2- PeopleSoft Mobile
Inventory Operating System Matrix provides a summary of the proposed operating
systems supported by the current and proposed Mobile Inventory versions.

Exhibit 3 – Proposed
PeopleSoft Mobile Inventory Operating System Matrix

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