Monday Apr 08, 2013

10 Innovations in PeopleSoft 9.2 - #9 Actionable Operational Analytics

A powerful way to increase efficiency is with actionable operational analytics. Across different organizations, operational analytics can help business users to analyze data historically and in the moment for daily business activities. Embedded within each business process, it helps business users make the best possible decisions in context.

PeopleSoft operational analytics provide iteration of data analysis by enabling different views of the same data. In real time, business users can filter and slice the data for analysis with access to the latest transactions within PeopleSoft through delivered dashboards, workcenters, or related content.    Users can also configure chart views to immediately render the data in various formats such as bar, line or pie charts.   The technology used, Pivot Grids, provides interactive analytics with capabilities to drill down into the details and perform related actions.   Using related actions, a user can take action directly from a chart or data based on their security permissions.

Here are a couple of examples across HCM, ELM, Financials, and SCM that will help maximize productivity and support business decisions.

Human Capital Management (HCM)

Compensation provides Managers and Compensation Administrators key information to help them decide on salaries, bonuses, and cycle tracking. Managers are able to perform salaries comparisons, check if their employees' salaries are in range, and reward their employees based on performance analysis. Compensation Administrators can tightly control the cycle to monitor proposals status and easily identify whether the proposals fall within or outside the recommended guidelines.


Recruiting offers Recruiters and Hiring Managers metrics to manage job openings and applicants effectively. Key metrics for time to fill, vacancies, and the disposition of applicants are available to provide information such as number of job openings by month, which jobs have taken the longest to fill, and identify bottlenecks in the applicant’s process.

Global Payroll and Absence Management deliver a monitor for Administrators to easily review processing results and statistics. The monitor provides a flexible configuration for Administrators to define thresholds and alerts to quickly assess errors due to manual entries, errors resulting from the calculation process, and result variances. The monitor allows the Administrators to analyze key information; drill down to identify the root cause, and perform related actions to correct the problems.


Time and Labor analytics provide Managers and Administrators information about employees' Timesheet status, attendance, and absence patterns. They can quickly review any time pending approvals, employees with attendance violations, and employees’ absence occurrences.

Enterprise Learning Management (ELM)

Learning Compliance analytics provides an easy way to monitor learning progress and keep your organization in compliance. Administrators and Managers can quickly view learners’ status in any learning event and drill into the details to notify non-compliant learners. Monitoring learning progress and getting answers to “have my team members enrolled or completed their required training” or “is my organization in compliance” has never been easier.

Instructors and Administrators can have insight in to critical feedback to improve learning offerings using the Survey Results analytics. The analytics provide answers to questions such as “is the class meeting the needs of the learners” or “how can we improve our learning offerings.” Instructors can easily drill into the details to see what areas need improvement.

Financials

Billing delivers a dashboard that provides access to critical information for operational managers to review, drill down into the details, and take immediate action. Billing Managers can track and compare invoices, identify incomplete invoice processes, and review bills by status. This helps the Billing Managers identify variances, drill down into the invoice amounts for detail analysis, and proactively monitor incomplete invoice processes to help streamline the General Ledger and Accounts Receivables business flow.


Staffing provides Staffing Managers and Recruiters the ability to minimize the challenge of managing on-boarding resources and agenda tasks by using Staffing Overdue Branch Agenda and Near Term Branch Agenda analytics. The information rich analytics increase productivity to efficiently manage large numbers of candidates and unfilled resource requests. Users can easily identify any agenda items needing attention and quickly complete their work by priority or assignments.

Contracts facilitate easy access to a wide variety of contract elements that are essential when trying to handle the complexities inherent in managing revenue contracts. Administrators can keep a watchful eye with Contracts Status metrics to access information and quickly update contract lines.


Supply Chain Management (SCM)

Knowing if your organization is performing according to a customer’s expectation is challenging and usually done in a reactive mode. In Release 9.2, we  provide embedded related content displaying order fulfillment effectiveness and average time to pick, pack, and ship. With these metrics, organizations will be able to gauge whether or not they are maintaining agreed-upon service level agreements with their customers. We provide users a series of “out-of-the-box” alerts identifying potentially problematic conditions in their Supply Chain, such as orders past shipment date, on hold orders past their shipment date, overdue Purchase Orders, and more. In the case of order schedules past their shipment date, users may do a mass change to adjust shipment dates or switch the demand from one warehouse to another that has available stock.

These are only some operational analytics examples. We encourage you to read our PeopleSoft Human Capital Management 9.2 Documentation Home Page and PeopleSoft Financials and Supply Chain Management 9.2 Documentation Home Page to learn more about it.

Wednesday Jul 18, 2012

Korean is now available for PeopleSoft ELM 9.1

We are happy to annouce that the PeopleSoft Enterprise Learning Management 9.1 Multi-Language Revision 3 release became available on the Oracle Software Delivery Cloud (OSDC) and for physical shipment as of Friday, July 13, 2012.

This revision is based on the previous release - PeopleSoft Enterprise Learning Management 9.1 Revision 2, which included all of the enhancements through bundle #8. However, the Multi-Language Revision 3 release also includes content translated into Korean.

An updated HW-SW Guide is available here and an updated Installation guide is available here on MyOracleSupport (MOS) and both documents are also available on the Oracle Software Delivery Cloud.

Wednesday Jul 11, 2012

PeopleSoft HCM and FSCM 9.2 Release Value Propositions

PeopleSoft Human Capital Management (HCM) and Financials and Supply Chain Management (FSCM) are world-class solutions for organizations of every size, region, and industry. Oracle’s planned product roadmap for PeopleSoft applications is to deliver valuable, needed features for all of an organization’s constituents along three design principles — Simplicity, Productivity, and Lowered Total Cost of Ownership — as well as new application functionality as prioritized by our customers.

The upcoming 9.2 releases of PeopleSoft Human Capital Management, Enterprise Learning Management, Asset Lifecycle Management, Enterprise Service Automation, Financial Management Solution, Supply Chain Management, and Supplier Relationship Management focus on these themes of Simplicity, Productivity, and Lower Total Cost of Ownership while also delivering robust new functionality to help your organization succeed.

The recently published PeopleSoft HCM and ELM 9.2 Release Value Proposition and PeopleSoft ALM, ESA, FMS, SCM, and SRM 9.2 Release Value Proposition provide overviews of the new features and enhancements planned for these applications for Release 9.2. These documents offer customers a road map intended to help them assess the business benefits of upgrading to the 9.2 release while also helping them plan their IT projects and investments. (Links are to My Oracle Support pages, available to customers and partners.)

Oracle continues to deliver enterprise-wide features that enhance our customer ownership experience and helps them run their businesses more efficiently and profitably. With the HCM and FSCM 9.2 releases, we continue to abide by this firm commitment we’ve made to our customers.

Thursday Mar 15, 2012

PeopleSoft Enterprise Learning Management Continues to Deliver Value to Customers

I am very excited about what we have been delivering in PeopleSoft ELM over the past year and what is planned for the upcoming ELM 9.2 release and beyond. You might have seen the announcements regarding the PeopleSoft HCM Feature Pack 2 release that delivers a Manager Dashboard and Talent Summary, among other features. There are some ELM features that were delivered as part of the HCM Feature Pack.

  • A new ELM Application Search Learning Index was delivered so that users can search the learning catalog and view the results from ELM directly within HCM.
  • A ‘Team Learning’ Pagelet from ELM was delivered and allows Managers to view their Team Member’s learning within the Manager Dashboard.
  • An ‘Upcoming and Required Learning’ pagelet from ELM was delivered and can be included in the Talent Summary within HCM to view the Employee’s learning.

Both of the new Learning Pagelets were delivered on ELM and can be either viewed from within ELM itself or integrated into HCM and viewed from there. SCORM 2004 support was delivered for ELM 9.1 last July, 2011 and French Regulatory Enhancements were delivered in ELM 9.1 bundles 1 and 2.

ELM is part of Applications Unlimited and the PeopleSoft Continuous Delivery Model. An ELM 9.1 Revision with Upgrade Scripts that includes all of the new ELM 9.1 features delivered post-GA and bundles 1-8 will be delivered in the next few months and can be used by new and upgrading customers to quickly implement ELM 9.1 with the latest features.

Even with all of the development and new features we have delivered for ELM 9.1, what I am the most excited about is what we have coming in ELM 9.2 and beyond. Our ELM 9.2 roadmap includes:

  • A delivered, role-based learning homepage with many new pagelets for learners, managers, administrators, and instructors to access their key business processes directly from the home page.
  • Ratings and Reviews for learners to rate and review learning and allow others to use that input when making their own learning decisions.
  • Enhanced learning catalog search that allows learners to launch learning directly from the search results and uses the capabilities of Oracle’s Secure Enterprise Search to provide faceted searching for quick, easy filtering.
  • Learning Compliance and Survey Results pivot grids that utilize the new PeopleTools pivot grid feature to provide relevant analytics on the users homepage.

And there are even more new features that will be delivered in ELM 9.2 and beyond!

To read more about what we have coming, the ELM Roadmap and the ELM Statement of Direction is incorporated with the overall PeopleSoft documentation that is posted and available to our existing customers on My Oracle Support here.

Friday Jul 22, 2011

SCORM 2004 support now available for Oracle's PeopleSoft Enterprise Learning Management 9.1

What is SCORM 2004 and how is it different than the previous version? 

SCORM 2004 is a standard learning specification that governs how online training is created and delivered. The SCORM standard was developed by the collaborative efforts of the Advanced Distributed Learning (ADL) initiative.

The SCORM 2004 standard defines both how the content needs to be structured (Content Packaging) and the allowable types of real-time communication between learners, the content, and the LMS. This latest version also provides sequencing and navigational specifications that are new to SCORM, adding a level of complexity and flexibility to the flow of the learning content. This includes calculating and adjusting the real-time flow of the learning based on the learner’s current progress, choices, and/or level of knowledge (scoring). The addition of the sequencing and navigation enables the development of more enriching and engaging learning content.

The ELM 9.1 posting that is now available allows customers to take advantage of SCORM 2004 content and all of its capabilities. The support for SCORM 2004 version 4 (1.3) provided by ELM 9.1 includes the following:

  • Importing of the packaged content
  • Maintenance of the content metadata
  • Facilitation of the launch and usage by the learners
  • Tracking of the learner's progress, including their completion status, score, and current location
  • Communication between the content, learner, and ELM 9.1

More information about SCORM 2004 can be found at the ADL website.

Customers can find the Resolution ID 868568 for the ELM 9.1 release through the My Oracle Support website. This resolution supports the 4th edition of the SCORM 2004 specification (also known as SCORM 1.3). There are no optional aspects to SCORM 2004, so all features of the specification are supported. ELM 9.1 continues to support both of the previous SCORM versions 1.1 and 1.2 in addition to the AICC learning standard.

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