Monday Oct 14, 2013

PeopleSoft Services Procurement Highlighted by Leading Industry Analyst

PeopleSoft Services Procurement, part of the PeopleSoft Supplier Relationship Management (SRM) 9.2 suite of applications, was the subject of a positive article written by Jason Busch of the leading industry analyst firm Spend Matters.

The article highlighted new functionality in PeopleSoft Services Procurement, as well as the value of exploiting the integration advantages of a unified solution across all aspects of the business. For example, enhanced 9.2 integrations enable PeopleSoft Resource Management and Services Procurement to streamline the shifting of a search from internal to external resources, enabling organizations to accelerate the deployment of the best mix of resources (internal and subcontractor) on a project.

In addition, new inbound timesheet integration from external suppliers (via web services) eliminates the need for time sheet entry in two separate systems (customer and service provider). This can reduce the time to approve and settle.

By managing the entire outsourced services process from request through settlement, PeopleSoft Services Procurement enables organizations to lower service costs and collaborate with suppliers, thus helping to balance global workforce needs and contingent labor spend.

The entire Spend Matters article can be accessed here:

Monday Sep 23, 2013

PeopleSoft Mobile Time Entry now available in FSCM

Oracle is pleased to announce the release of PeopleSoft Mobile Time Entry, part of the PeopleSoft Expenses application, which is now generally available in PeopleSoft FSCM 9.1.

PeopleSoft Mobile Time Entry provides the ability to enter time sheets quickly and easily for project-based resources on the go. The contemporary, streamlined user interface is optimized for mobile devices (that support HTML5), such as tablets and smartphones. It provides a simple-to-use tool for capturing and submitting both project-based time and non-project time, such as vacation and training. Time reporters can even adjust their timesheets for prior periods, managers can approve timesheets, and more.

Now your project resources, whether they are traveling consultants, field technicians, or anyone else booking time to projects and activities, can enter time right from their phone. Giving users the ability to record time when and where they are actually expending their effort can not only increase the accuracy of the time reports, but also accelerate the process of converting time into cash for your enterprise. The faster and more accurately time is captured, the sooner your organization can account for it and invoice for it, and that can lead to better cash flow, more up-to-date information on project progress, and better decision making.

Combining PeopleSoft Mobile Time Entry with PeopleSoft Mobile Expenses and Mobile Approvals, the PeopleSoft Mobile Applications suite expands its ability to accelerate time and expense capture and increase data accuracy. With the new Mobile capabilities, travelers can increase efficiency by recording their time and expense when they are incurred rather than waiting until arriving back home or to the office.

For more information, please watch the PeopleSoft Mobile Time Entry Video Feature Overview (VFO) available on YouTube or contact your application sales representative.

The PeopleSoft Mobile Time Entry 9.1 documentation update is available under MOS Document ID 1583166.1.

Tuesday Aug 27, 2013

Announcing the General Availability of PeopleSoft In-Memory Project Discovery – The Key to Tapping the Potential of Unstructured Data

We recently launched a new analytical application focused on enabling project-driven organizations to answer complex questions that until now were all but impossible to address even with the latest business intelligence tools and technologies.

The new application, called PeopleSoft In-Memory Project Discovery, is a true example of an Oracle Engineered System in that we have architected a business solution that takes advantage of the latest Oracle Middleware and Hardware to accomplish something that would otherwise be too complex, expensive, and risky for almost any other organization to attempt to build on its own. By leveraging Oracle’s Endeca Information Discovery business intelligence technology and Oracle’s Exalytics hardware for high-performance analysis, we have built a dashboard-focused interface over the PeopleSoft Projects suite to give project-oriented executives and managers the ability to correlate structured project and resource data with associated unstructured data. Okay, I know: that sounds rather mundane. So, to illustrate why this is “much more than just another BI dashboard,” let’s take a look at an example.

Imagine that you are the Vice President of facilities at a multi-campus university, and you read in the morning news that one of the subcontractors performing work for the school has been charged with defrauding customers by installing defective fire suppression systems. You know there have been a number of these systems installed throughout the university’s buildings, but unless you have your staff manually read through every project-related contract entered during the past three years, you literally have no way of knowing which projects might have exposure to these defective systems, how much was spent on these systems, and when they were installed. This situation leaves your university exposed to significant legal, financial, and safety risks every day until it is remediated. The inability to relate unstructured data (such as clauses in your contracts, text in your contract attachments, and so on) to volumes of structured data (such as project locations, project financial figures, purchase orders, and so on) is the barrier to eliminating these risks.

Untapped Potential...Unstructured Project and Resource Data

Figure 1. The Untapped Potential:  Correlating Unstructured Project and Resource Data with Structured, Transaction Data

With the power of PeopleSoft In-Memory Project Discovery, however, you can mine project artifacts and deliver answers to your complex problem in seconds. By typing a few keywords into PeopleSoft In-Memory Project Discovery, you can learn where the defective systems were implemented and eliminate the costs that the university would otherwise incur for staff or temporary workers to pore over text related to your projects and could immediately mitigate the legal, financial, and safety risks associated with the subcontractor’s work. You could identify for the university all of the exposure to the defective fire suppression systems, draw up and institute remediation plans within hours, and immediately begin implementation of the plans to eliminate the risks. Pretty remarkable, wouldn’t you say? (Note that this scenario is just one example of what the application can do. There are many other high-impact scenarios to which you can apply the tool, such as using it to drive more profitable staffing decisions in a professional services organization. The whitepaper listed below can help you learn more about other scenarios.)

You can think of PeopleSoft In-Memory Project Discovery as a tool that enables you to unlock the value trapped in unstructured project and resource data, visualize that project and resource data as actionable information, and tighten your project financial controls at unprecedented speeds. It offers the ability to analyze project and resource transaction data based on data stored in related documents and other unstructured formats. A user types keywords, and the application immediately treats those keywords it finds in documents as reporting dimensions by which you can filter your project and resource information. The application also provides you the ability to view project and resource metrics changing in real-time as structured and unstructured data filters are applied and you close in on the answers you need to make informed decisions. The PeopleSoft In-Memory Project Discovery dashboards come with pre-configured alerts (which you can personalize) for key exceptions, such as budget overages, to draw your attention to important issues before they become problems and enables you to save sets of filters which you may want to apply to your data on a recurring basis.

A View of PeopleSoft In-Memory Project Discovery's Project Financial Dashboard

Figure 2. PeopleSoft In-Memory Project Discovery to Correlate Your Unstructured Projects Content with Your Project Transaction Data 

As of today, PeopleSoft In-Memory Project Discovery taps into data residing in PeopleSoft Project Costing, PeopleSoft Resource Management, and PeopleSoft Program Management. If you’d like to learn more about the application and how it can not only help you answer perplexing questions but also give you a strategic advantage to drive more profitable operations, please take a look at the whitepaper, video feature overview, press release, and datasheet; contact your Oracle Application Sales Manager; or contact us by emailing Roxanne.Johnson@oracle.com or Mark.Rosenberg@oracle.com.

Wednesday Aug 21, 2013

Oracle Hosts PeopleSoft Customer Advisory Boards

The PeopleSoft Customer Advisory Boards met last week at the Oracle Conference Center in Redwood Shores.    Over 180 customer attendees representing 113 member companies participated as well as our partner sponsors for the CAB:    Accenture, Grey Heller, Infosys,  MIPRO and SmartERP.   The CAB included three days of  product breakouts, round tables and keynotes covering the PeopleSoft roadmap and customer feedback across HCM, Financials, ESA, ALM, Procurement and Technology.     In addition there were customer presentations covering  best practice topics such as leveraging the PeopleSoft Interaction Hub and using org modeling as a strategic planning tool.    Customers were also provided deeper insight into the newly delivered PeopleSoft 9.2  with focus on  lifecycle management tools using the PeopleSoft Update Manager.   The event was well received by customers.    Rich Harvey, from Boise, summed up the experience this way:

"The recent PeopleSoft Customer Advisory Board meeting showed just how deep Oracle’s commitment is to both the product line and the customers of PeopleSoft. The CAB is just one of the many venues available to the PeopleSoft customer to discuss and offer observations about the PeopleSoft product line and Oracle’s strategy. Although PeopleSoft 9.2 was just recently released with its own set of increased functionality, new technologies and substantial improvement to the end user experience, PeopleSoft gave the CAB a view of the future. The exciting part of looking at the future enhancements to functionality, technology and end user experience is the realization that the customer may not need to wait for these until the next major release.  The new capability,  PeopleSoft Update Manager (PUM), will allow customers to incorporate new functionality into PeopleSoft 9.2 when they become available in a manner much easier than the past methodology.    PeopleSoft never left, always delivered value - but hey, they are here in a big way." 

Executive Q&A PanelCAB General Session

Monday Apr 29, 2013

10 Innovations in PeopleSoft 9.2 - #6 Industry-Focused Analytics & Tools for PeopleSoft Projects (ESA)

PeopleSoft ESA delivers unique industry support for staffing, higher education, healthcare, research grants, public sector appropriations, professional services, government contracting, and more. Release 9.2 re-confirms our commitment to the industries that rely on our products.


Many of the key 9.2 features have been built through hands-on collaboration with customers. For a number of these highly complex features, we even sent our developers to customer sites to work through requirements, designs, development, and testing. In addition, participation in customer and partner testing was exceptional, resulting in delivery of deep use case coverage that was rigorously vetted by your industry peers. Adopting features designed in this manner can dramatically reduce your deployment challenges and risks, because people like you, who work with these features every day, aggressively exercised the functionality before it was released.


Let’s take a look at a few examples of what you can get out of PeopleSoft Projects 9.2.


For Higher Education, Research, Healthcare and Public Sector, users gain a number of new tools and enhanced accounting processes to easily view and manage budgets, spending, and adjustments for both sponsored and non-sponsored projects.  Based on configurable security parameters and enhancements to the Principal Investigator (PI) Grants Portal; PIs, researchers, and accounting staff can acquire immediate insight into key financial information at a granular level in order to make informed spending and project staffing decisions. Staff can quickly access important details, such as all of a PI’s related awards and projects, credits, rebills, adjustment period transactions, and project transfers, and they can improve their ability to manage their fiscal responsibilities. To support legislative, regulatory, and institutional analysis and reporting needs, institutions can configure (without having to customize) industry-specific data fields by utilizing the PeopleSoft Supplemental Data Framework which has been extended to awards and projects. Also, requesters, buyers, and accounting staff can reduce the administrative effort required to track and capitalize equipment costs. They can take advantage of the new Procurement Group feature, which enables grouping of requisition and purchase order lines that correspond to a single asset. And, PeopleSoft 9.2 also offers the ability to control how to allocate credit vouchers across assets that may have been purchased as a group. These new accounting-related features offer a simplified process for tracking capital projects that is very common among these industries.


Professional Services and Government Contracting firms will find powerful new pricing and expense management features to be very useful in addressing the complexities of global contracts, provisional rates, and enforcement of travel and expense policies across a disparate workforce. The new Custom Rates capability enables pricing administrators to dynamically configure contract and project rate sheets by up to 5 dimensions of their choosing. For instance, you could identify cost and bill rates by source type and vendor; jobcode and department; or fund, role, department, and region and know that the software will price, bill, and recognize revenue accordingly. Financial analysts and contract administrators can apply retroactive rate adjustments, account for finalization of provisional rates, and correct rate errors quickly and easily with Variance Pricing. What used to be a complex recalculation requiring a great deal of attention from accountants is now an intuitive online mass update that can process tremendous volumes of changes rapidly and thereby ensure timely, accurate project financials. On the expense management side, finance departments can configure global per diem business rules to handle the unique reimbursement methodologies and deductions found around the world, and every user can power through expense report entry faster with a new, streamlined expense reporting page.


For the Staffing Industry, branch teams and individual recruiters can manage their clients, candidates, orders, and assignments through a client-specific, fully integrated on-boarding process. Whether you are a manager, a team member, or an individual recruiter, you can proactively manage critical accounts, orders, and high-value candidates and address the need for speed with actionable, user-configurable dashboards, alerts, and analytics. You can drive business processes faster, increase revenue, and offer an unparalleled level of customer satisfaction by seeing the data you need to see, the way you want to see it and take action on it immediately from a single location. It has never been easier to drive profitability with rapid, high-quality order fulfillment.

As you can see, a rich feature set targeted for the unique demands of our customers’ industries is available with PeopleSoft ESA 9.2. Beyond what we have described here, there are many other new capabilities for other industries, and regardless of your industry, you will find that we have exploited the latest PeopleTools technologies, such as WorkCenters, Pivot Grids, and Related Actions, to help simplify every user’s experience when interacting with the applications.  With PeopleSoft Projects 9.2, you can see what you need to see, the way you need to see it, when you need it. Take a look at 9.2…we think you’ll like it.

Thursday Nov 08, 2012

Cumulative Feature Overviews For PeopleSoft 9.2 Now Available

Cumulative Feature Overviews (aka CFO's), are a great tool to start your fit gap analysis for PeopleSoft 9.2.      Built into an Excel spreadsheet, it enables you to quickly understand major changes that have occurred across multiple releases for any give product.    For example, if you are on PeopleSoft Accounts Payable 8.9 and are looking for the changes that have occurred between 8.9 and 9.2, the CFO tool provides a list of these changes for all releases since PeopleSoft 8.9 with detailed descriptions.    Customers and partners can now download the 9.2 versions of the CFO's in My Oracle Support at the link below.

PeopleSoft Cumulative Feature Overview Tool Homepage [ID 1117033.1]


Monday Oct 29, 2012

Oracle Consulting North America is now live on PeopleSoft Services Procurement and PeopleSoft Resource Management

Last month, Oracle's own internal consulting group (OCS North America) went live on PeopleSoft Services Procurement and PeopleSoft Resource Management to manage all aspects of identifying, recruiting, and deploying billable subcontractors on North America Applications customer consulting projects. The primary goals were to enhance the subcontractor staffing process, improve operational and informational processes, and improve collaboration between the Oracle NA Consulting Subcontractor Program and subcontractor suppliers.

Over 200 registered external suppliers access the tool, review open needs and competitively bid their resources to work on NA Applications projects.

This implementation highlights the usage of Oracle’s own solutions to streamline and enhance business operations, as the PeopleSoft 9.1 applications (Services Procurement and Resource Management) were deployed using Sun hardware, Oracle Enterprise Linux, and Oracle Virtual Machines.

For more information, please navigate to the following web pages:

Monday Oct 01, 2012

PeopleSoft Mobile Expenses and Mobile Approvals now available in FSCM 9.1

Oracle is pleased to announce the release of two new applications, PeopleSoft Mobile Expenses and PeopleSoft Mobile Approvals, which are now generally available in PeopleSoft FSCM 9.1. These are the first two of many upcoming applications designed and built to cater directly to the mobile workforce by providing user-friendly access to key business functions on a smartphone or tablet.

Enter and Submit Expenses Anytime, Anywhere

PeopleSoft Mobile Expenses provides the ability to enter employee expense reports quickly and easily, for busy travelers on the go. The contemporary, streamlined user interface is optimized for mobile devices (that support HTML 5), such as tablets or smartphones, and provides a simple-to-use tool for capturing expenses as they are being incurred, submitting expense reports while waiting at the airport, approving your employees’ expense reports, and more. And since it is part of the PeopleSoft Mobile Applications suite, you don’t have to wait until you return home or to the office, which can lead to improved efficiencies.

The user interface and gesture actions (for example, swipe, touch, and so on) will be immediately familiar to mobile device users, and is specifically targeted to keep the experience as streamlined as possible for just the tasks you need to get to while on the go. In addition, PeopleSoft Mobile Expenses leverages all of the powerful expense policy compliance tools delivered by PeopleSoft Expenses, contributing to reduced spend and increased efficiency throughout your organization.

PeopleSoft Mobile Expenses is integrated directly with PeopleSoft Mobile Approvals, so managers can quickly approve submitted expense reports in addition to entering or reviewing their own expenses.

Manage Approvals Anytime, Anywhere

PeopleSoft Mobile Approvals improves productivity and keeps business moving forward when your users are on the go without comprising business imperatives and operational policies. This innovative solution is delivered using the latest HTML 5 technology to allow customers to manage their critical tasks anytime through any device. PeopleSoft Approvals enables your users to approve transactions through the desktop, smart phones or tablet devices. This will speed up the approval process thus avoiding potential late payment penalties and supports early payment discounts for invoices.

For more information, please watch the Video Feature Overviews (VFO) available on YouTube (links below) or contact your application sales representative.

PeopleSoft Mobile Expenses
PeopleSoft Mobile Approvals

The PeopleSoft Mobile Applications 9.1 documentation update for Bundle 23 is available under MOS Document ID 1495035.1.

Sunday Sep 16, 2012

Focus On PeopleSoft at Oracle Open World

With over 170 PeopleSoft content sessions at this year's Open World, you can use the following links to make the most of your conference experience:

· Focus on PeopleSoft Applications Technology (PeopleTools)

· Focus on PeopleSoft Financials

· Focus On PeopleSoft Human Capital Management (HCM)

· Focus on PeopleSoft Procurement and Supply Chain Management (SCM)

· Focus on PeopleSoft Projects (ESA)

For all Oracle products use this link:

http://www.oracle.com/openworld/focus-on/index.html

Oralce OpenWorld 2012, September 30 - October 4, 2012 San Francisco


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.

Friday Feb 24, 2012

PeopleSoft Long Term Investement Plan and Roadmap

I'm often asked by customers, what's next for the PeopleSoft product line? It's a topic we love to discuss, as there are a lot of great things happening with the PeopleSoft products as you might have seen in our recent Feature Pack 2 announcements and YouTube postings. Striving to put more of this information in the hands of our customers, last year we published a multi-year roadmap that went well beyond a typical statement of direction for the next planned release. It included both functional and technical directions for all PeopleSoft products over multiple years. A number of the features highlighted in this original roadmap document have now been delivered with the culmination of 9.1 Feature Pack 2 and PeopleTools 8.52. We've now included additional updates for PeopleSoft 9.2 and beyond.

This document is available on My Oracle Support for all Oracle customers with a valid MOS login:

PeopleSoft Long Term Investment Plan and Roadmap

Monday Jun 20, 2011

Thinking of Adopting the PRINCE2™ Project Management Methodology? Consider Using PeopleSoft Projects to Help

Ever wondered what the PRINCE2™ project management methodology is? Ever wondered if you could use PeopleSoft Projects (ESA) to manage your projects using PRINCE2™? 

Published by the Office of Government Commerce in the UK, PRINCE2™ is a scalable, business case and product description-driven Project Management methodology based upon managing by exception. Project activities are organized around fulfilling and meeting the product description. Quality assurance, configuration control and risk management are all based upon ensuring that the product delivered accurately meets the product description. PRINCE2™ is built upon seven principles and seven themes, each underpinning the PRINCE2™project management processes.

Important for today’s business environment, the focus throughout PRINCE2™ is on the Business Case, which describes the rationale and business justification for a project. The Business Case drives all the project management processes from initial project setup to successful finish. PRINCE2™, as a method and a certification, is adopted in many countries worldwide, including the UK, Western Europe and Australia.

We’ve just released a new white paper, which provides you with an overview of the principles, themes and project management processes associated with PRINCE2™. It also shows how these map to the functionality available within PeopleSoft Projects (ESA). In the time it takes to drink a coffee, you can learn about PRINCE2™ and determine whether it might help you deliver better project results. We encourage you to take a look.

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