By Robbin Velayedam - PeopleSoft HCM-Oracle on Mar 15, 2016
Last week, more than 4,000 Higher Education and Public Sector customers converged in Seattle, Washington for Alliance 2016 -- one of the largest annual user group conferences for PeopleSoft. When you consider the high level of attendance, excitement, and engagement with our customers, the conference was a huge success. Alliance was packed with thought provoking presentations, product demonstrations, and more than 440 sessions for customers to learn about PeopleSoft success stories on 9.2 including, deploying Fluid self-service, adopting new features, and engaging with our team to drive the continued investment and innovation in the products.
The PeopleSoft HCM Product team kicked things off with the HCM Roadmap session where we learned that more than 60% of the customers in attendance were already live on 9.2, with another 25% currently working on their upgrades. This underscores the value of the PeopleSoft continuous delivery model, where customers can now expect that every feature shown in our product demos are available to deploy from the latest delivered image or an upcoming image. Many customers took the opportunity to tell us that they have leveraged continuous delivery for their Fluid self-service rollout, newly deployed WorkCenters, adopting some of the latest HCM features, or for mandatory compliance, security and tax updates.
A few noteworthy conference highlights include:
•A packed house for the Recruiting Solutions update, with many stories of successful 9.2 upgrades and implementations, and lots of excitement for the upcoming Fluid Candidate Gateway.
•A fun and informative update on core Human Resources functionality, which included customer success insights from Sonoma State University and a look the very latest functionality, including enhancements to Guided Self Service
•Rich discussions around how customers are rolling out and using the Payroll and Time & Labor WorkCenters
•Dozens of presentations on topics like Analytics, Position Management, Total Rewards, and many others presented by the PeopleSoft HCM team, partners, and customers
•Many deep dive discussions in Meet the Experts, Birds of a Feather sessions, one on one meetings, with many new customers joining Focus Groups on their favorite features
•Strong interest for planning to deploy PeopleSoft Time & Labor and Absence Management
•Strategic conversations with partners from around the globe who echoed the momentum with PeopleSoft 9.2, Fluid, Selective Adoption, and PeopleSoft on Oracle Cloud
We took the opportunity at Alliance to formally roll out the PeopleSoft Community Ideas page. With the Ideas page, customers now have a new and improved way of submitting new product ideas and enhancements with the PeopleSoft Product team, where each idea can be reviewed and voted on by all customers from all industries. The PeopleSoft product team will monitor the results of the voting for each idea posted for consideration on the overall HCM roadmap. To start using the Ideas page today, log on to My Oracle Support Communities and search for the Doc ID #2048019.1 for additional details.
As our team reflects on the conference, the most resounding take-away was the incredibly strong momentum customers are experiencing with HCM 9.2. There were many stories of successful upgrades, implementations, and rollout of new features and functions. It was an energizing few days and a great way to kick off the 2016 HCM conference season. Next up is Oracle HCM World in Chicago and Collaborate in Las Vegas. See you there!