Tuesday Jan 13, 2015

PeopleSoft Mobile Inventory and New PeopleSoft Fluid User Interface

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

Sunday Dec 18, 2011

Managing the Mobile Workplace

Working 9-to-5 in your office is a thing of the past these days.  Today’s workers begin their workday by grabbing their smartphone, checking for company emails and daily tasks even before they get out of the bed.  Collaborating with team members via web conference without getting tethered to a desktop computer confined in a physical office location is commonplace.   With wide-spread availability of the internet connection, employees can conduct practically all of his/her tasks from the comfort of using mobile devices.  Thanks to smartphones, mobile tablets and Wi-Fi, which have completely changed the way we do our jobs and enabled us to do them quicker, better and more for our employer.  Tasks such as approving an absence request for your employee, taking and submitting a work-related expense with a photo receipt, holding and attending conferences or meetings with your employees located across the globe, and reviewing annual performance appraisals, can be easily performed directly from the comfort of your preferred place and time with a mobile device.  As a result, virtual workplace powered by mobile devices is paramount and employers are finding that employees are more productive and efficient when they are allowed to do their work ubiquitously.

The following statistics from various analyst groups attest to this latest trend in workforce and to the cultural transformation of our corporate environments as employee adoption of mobile devices continue to proliferate exponentially.

· 75% worked more hours because of the increased flexibility in when and where they could work. (The iPass Global Mobile Workforce Report - © 2011 iPass, Inc.)

· 32% of the employees globally now rely on more than one mobile device during a typical workday. (The Rise of the Mobile Workforce - © 2011 Gist)

· 89 of the top 100 US companies offer telecommuting (Telework Coalition)

· By 2013, more than 1.19 billion workers worldwide will be using mobile technology, accounting for 34.9% of the workforce (Mobile Workers Will Pass 1 Billion in 2010 - © 2011 IDC)

· Gen-Y is entering the workforce, creating a cultural shift and a demand for more mobile devices, wireless support, and use of social media (© 2011 Gartner)

So what is Oracle PeopleSoft doing today to meet the demands and to address the mobility needs of your enterprise workforce?  Wouldn’t it be nice if you can enable your workforce to be ubiquitous by allowing them to run PeopleSoft applications anytime anywhere using a mobile device such as Apple iPad?  Wait no more.  With the release of the latest PeopleTools 8.52, we have certified the Apple’s Safari browser and your workforce can now run any PeopleSoft applications on the Apples’ iPad tablet device. 

With the iPad tablet certified for PeopleSoft applications, your workforce can readily access content-rich HCM applications such as Company Directory, Talent Summary, and Manager Dashboard directly from their iPad device and leverage the convenience of the mobile device to better manage their workforce with a touch of a finger:

Company Directory enables your employees and managers to search for people across the organization through a visual representation of the organization hierarchical structure, and enable actions such as managing absences, compensation, performance, career and succession planning.
Talent Summary provides HR managers a unified and holistic view of talent related information of an individual employee when they want to view job competencies, performance history and other aggregated data about their direct reports at an individual level as well as indirect reports for higher level managers.
Manager Dashboard allows HR managers to quickly and easily view actionable summaries of information for the manager’s direct and indirect reports, and update human resource information as needed.

There are more to offer. We also provide a mobile approval solution which allows managers to view and approve requests directly via an email on a mobile device. What about your employees wanting to capture expense receipts at the point of transaction while they’re on-the-go? Look no further. With the popularity of the iPhone, we have delivered iReceipt which can be downloaded free from the Apple App Store to help your workforce easily capture and manage a record of their expenses while they’re on the move.

PeopleSoft Inventory Management is another mobile solution which was delivered this year as a pure mobile application to help the healthcare vertical market manage on-site inventory and take advantage of capabilities like bar-code scanner and signature capture technology.

These are just a snippet of examples on how we continue to deliver innovative business solutions that can help you effectively manage your mobile workplace via mobile enablement. For more information on the latest PeopleSoft mobile initiative and solutions described above, please contact your account manager and stay tuned. There are more mobile applications coming your way.

Tuesday Mar 22, 2011

Oracle PeopleSoft Releases New Mobile Inventory Management Module

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