Wednesday Nov 04, 2015

Oracle OpenWorld San Francisco 2015 Recap for PeopleSoft

What a week! Another Oracle OpenWorld San Francisco comes to an end and now it’s time to take a look back and recap the event from a PeopleSoft perspective. In talking to dozens of customers, a multitude of PeopleSoft partners, and the small army of Oracle PeopleSoft resources supporting the event, the overall consensus for PeopleSoft at Oracle OpenWorld San Francisco 2015 is extremely positive!

This positive experience starts with the incredibly strong adoption of the latest PeopleSoft solution. The current PeopleSoft offering (Release 9.2) was delivered in March of 2013. In session after session when the audience was asked for a show of hands if they were live or planning to implement the latest PeopleSoft release, one would see a sea of hands in the air. This validates Oracle’s measurement of PeopleSoft adoption which shows nearly 50% of the active install base is on or going to the latest PeopleSoft release.

This large population of customers on the latest PeopleSoft release is reaping the benefits of PeopleSoft Selective Adoption. PeopleSoft Selective Adoption was a major topic at Oracle OpenWorld San Francisco 2015. Customers including Susan G. Komen (supported by MIPRO), Hays (supported by Cedar Consulting UK), and NYU Langone Medical Center (supported by Deloitte) shared their successes and lessons learned while embracing PeopleSoft Selective Adoption. Oracle also shared how customers can develop an effective PeopleSoft Selective Adoption strategy by discussing various maintenance and update strategies that are documented on the PeopleSoft Update Manager (PUM) home page found on My Oracle Support [login required].

The PeopleSoft user experience enabled by PeopleSoft Fluid User Interface (Fluid UI) also generated lots of excitement last week at the event. Many customers have already embarked on projects to leverage PeopleSoft Fluid UI on mobile devices and workstations (desktops/laptops). University of California at Berkeley, Baylor Scott and White Health, Griffith University, Clackamas County, and others talked about how they started their PeopleSoft Fluid UI projects, the skill sets they needed, change management considerations, their target users, and the value of the simple and intuitive PeopleSoft user experience PeopleSoft Fluid UI delivers.

What’s driving this excitement in PeopleSoft seen at Oracle OpenWorld and across the immense PeopleSoft install base? The simple answer is the ongoing investment and innovation Oracle is making in PeopleSoft. Oracle’s PeopleSoft team laid out a series of objectives that define its ongoing investment strategy. Those objectives are:

1. Provide a modern and intuitive mobile and desktop user experience for all users.

Oracle plans on expanding on the already significant investment in user experience to make PeopleSoft Fluid UI the overall application navigation and user engagement framework. A “Mobile First” design and development approach has produced: Master-Detail 2 Panel Layouts; PeopleSoft Fluid UI Activity Guides and WorkCenters; and Resizable, Interactive, and Push-Based Titles. The end result is an expansion of the simple and intuitive user experience beyond casual users to include “expert” users.

2. Enable personalization and configuration so users can have the information they want, how and where they want it.

By facilitating deeper levels of application personalization and significantly greater application configuration, customers are able to avoid costly customizations needed to make PeopleSoft look and act the way they want it to. Related Content presents information when and where it is contextually relevant. Simplified Analytics enables end users to easily create and publish their own contextually relevant analytics. Page Composer, My Preferences, and the PeopleSoft Fluid UI version of Forms and Approvals Builder allow customers to “make PeopleSoft their own” without the need of IT or customization.

3. Deliver new application functionality and expand the capabilities of existing features.

A great user experience and a deep level of personalization and configuration are critically important, but customers still want and indeed demand more feature/functionality. Oracle delivers on this by focusing on:

  • Simplifying business process execution
  • Increasing productivity for expert users
  • Delivering key industry specific capabilities
  • Prioritizing enhancements based on customer feedback
  • Ensuring legal and regulatory compliance

Oracle publishes its robust PeopleSoft roadmap for its customers on My Oracle Support on the PeopleSoft Planned Features and Enhancements page [login required].

4. Allow customers to run, maintain, and update PeopleSoft at a lower cost.

This starts with continuing to deliver multiple updates per year and allowing customers to select the updates they want, when wanted, without requiring upgrades (PeopleSoft Selective Adoption). With that come enhancements to PeopleSoft Lifecycle Management tools like PeopleSoft Update Manager and PeopleSoft Test Framework. By far the most exciting new endeavor for PeopleSoft and the most newsworthy from Oracle OpenWorld was how PeopleSoft plans on taking advantage of the cloud and automation to lower costs.

At Oracle OpenWorld San Francisco 2015 Oracle’s PeopleSoft team began discussing how to leverage the cloud to deploy and manage PeopleSoft applications. Specifically, how to leverage cloud computing such as Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) and Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) along with process automation to drive down costs as well as increase agility and time-to-value. The key is automating the manual, labor intensive, and prone to human error IT processes associated with managing PeopleSoft environments. That’s the focus of the PeopleSoft Cloud Architecture. Beginning with PeopleTools 8.55, the PeopleSoft Cloud Architecture can enable:

  • Fully Virtualized Infrastructure and Platform
  • Automated Configuration of PeopleSoft Instances
  • Automated Change Management
  • Automated Testing of PeopleSoft Instances
  • Automated Provisioning of PeopleSoft Instances
  • Automated Cloning of PeopleSoft Instances
  • Management of Application Clusters

It is important to note what the PeopleSoft Cloud Architecture does NOT do. It does NOT make PeopleSoft a Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) application nor does it change the licensing and support model for PeopleSoft.

Oracle is a major provider of cloud solutions. Oracle not only provides Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) applications, but also Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) and Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) like that found in Oracle Public Cloud. It is there, in the Oracle Public Cloud, where the PeopleSoft Cloud Architecture connects PeopleSoft deeper into Oracle’s overall cloud strategy. Stay tuned for lots more on the topic of PeopleSoft on the Oracle Public Cloud, or any cloud via the PeopleSoft Cloud Architecture, in the future.

It was a very exciting Oracle OpenWorld San Francisco 2015 for PeopleSoft. Check out the online Session Catalog for posted session content. I’d personally like to thank all of the fantastic PeopleSoft customers for attending. It’s you, the PeopleSoft customers, that the Oracle PeopleSoft team looks to serve in the best way possible each and every day. Oracle OpenWorld is our opportunity to showcase to you how we are doing just that. See you next year!

Monday Oct 05, 2015

PeopleSoft @ Oracle OpenWorld San Francisco 2015

It's October and sports enthusiasts are in seventh heaven as Major League Baseball (MLB) playoffs are underway, the National Football League (NFL) is in high gear, and the National Hockey League (NHL) and National Basketball Association (NBA) seasons get underway. This October also means it is time for Oracle OpenWorld. Nearly 50,000 Oracle customers, partners, and employees will descend on San Francisco from Sunday, October 25 to Thursday, October 29. Of course PeopleSoft will be there and well represented.

As always, at this year’s Oracle OpenWorld San Francisco, PeopleSoft will have a strong presence. Check out the PeopleSoft Talk with Marc Weintraub: Oracle Open World 2015 Preview episode. In it I discuss the PeopleSoft highlights at the event including:

  • Over 110 PeopleSoft related sessions
  • 11 PeopleSoft demo pods
  • Customer and partner presenters
  • Content themes
  • Key sessions

To learn more about key PeopleSoft sessions at Oracle OpenWorld San Francisco, take advantage of these Focus on Documents:

Also, be sure to also take advantage of the online Content Catalog and Schedule Builder for the most up-to-date session information and to pre-enroll for sessions. You don't want to miss out on the great PeopleSoft content at Oracle OpenWorld San Francisco. See you there!

Sunday Mar 29, 2015

OpenWorld Call for Proposals is LIVE!

OpenWorld Call for Proposals is LIVE!

It seems like it was just yesterday we were at Oracle OpenWorld 2014 in San Francisco and here we go again.  This year Oracle OpenWorld will be October 25–29, 2015 in San Francisco.  The call for proposals for Oracle OpenWorld 2015 is now LIVE!  That means it is time to submit your session proposals for evaluation by the Oracle OpenWorld content teams (including yours truly).  As with every Oracle OpenWorld there is an incredibly limited number of available sessions.  So in order to increase the chances of your submission being selected here are some helpful guidelines:

  • Customer success stories are the most desirable.  Partners are great but nothing beats hearing directly from customers.
  • PeopleSoft 9.2 has been generally available for over 2 years with hundreds of live customers, sessions addressing that release or release independent topics will take priority.
  • PeopleSoft Fluid User Interface will be a hot topic at the event, customer success story sessions on this will be sought after.
  • Customers want to hear about best practices with PeopleSoft Selective Adoption and using PeopleSoft Update Manager, please share your best practices.
  • PeopleSoft and the Cloud, are you outsourcing your PeopleSoft to Oracle or a partner, have you adopted Oracle Cloud applications along side your PeopleSoft applications?  If so those are stories the audience would be interest in.
  • As much as possible sessions should share business objectives in addition to how they were accomplished and the technology used, quantifying business value delivered by PeopleSoft is tremendously helpful to a submitted session. 

So do not delay, submit your proposal today!

Thursday Oct 09, 2014

Oracle OpenWorld '14 PeopleSoft Recap

Wow that was some event! Oracle OpenWorld ran from Sunday, September 29 to Thursday, October 2 and PeopleSoft was there in full force for every moment. The 50,000 plus attendees had over 135 PeopleSoft relevant sessions to choose from and 12 PeopleSoft demonstration stations to see the latest and greatest from PeopleSoft. The PeopleSoft content kicked off with the PeopleSoft general session “PeopleSoft Strategy and Roadmap—Modern Solutions Delivered with Ease” [GEN7438]. There Paco Aubrejuan (Oracle’s Senior Vice President and General Manager of PeopleSoft Development) addressed a standing room only crowd of over 550 attendees. Paco conveyed how Oracle’s continued investment in PeopleSoft is delivering key innovations that address our customer’s greatest challenges. Those challenges are:

  • Delivering a robust solution that is intuitive and easy to use – regardless of device (mobile device or desktop workstation)
  • Ensuring that new PeopleSoft capabilities are delivered on a continuous basis and are easy to adopt at a low cost, without the need to upgrade.

Paco shared at great length how the investments in the new PeopleSoft Fluid User Interface and the new continuous PeopleSoft Delivery Model address these challenges.

Other key PeopleSoft sessions picked up on the themes laid out in the PeopleSoft general session. Maria Ana Santiago and Robbin Velayedam (two of Oracle’s Directors of PeopleSoft HCM Product Strategy) flawlessly executed a realistic “day-in-the-life” of an HR manager during the “PeopleSoft Human Capital Management—Update and Roadmap” [GEN7666] general session. They easily executed employee and manger self-service tasks such as entering time, requesting leave, and acting on notifications using the new PeopleSoft Fluid User Interface, while seamlessly transitioning between a smart phone, a tablet, and a desktop. Amira Morcos (Oracle’s Senior Director of PeopleSoft Financials Product Strategy) showcased the rich functional capabilities that continue to be added onto PeopleSoft Financials 9.2 during her “Do More with Less: The Value of PeopleSoft Financials 9.2 and the Product Roadmap” [CON7601] session.

There was also a great deal of PeopleSoft content devoted to the new PeopleSoft Delivery Model. Adding a new slant to this topic, David Bain (one of Oracle’s Director of Product Strategy for PeopleTools) discussed how customers need to adapt to the new PeopleSoft Delivery Model in order to maximize its value to their organization. David covered this in his “What You Need to Do to Take Advantage of the PeopleSoft Delivery Model” [CON7597] session as well as in the recently published white paper on this topic. Those are just a few of the Oracle led sessions. There were numerous sessions where customers including Boeing, Wells Fargo, Erlanger Health, AARP, Adventist Health System, and Verizon shared their PeopleSoft 9.2 success stories. The number of PeopleSoft 9.2 customers at the event was astonishing. In sessions, when asked if they were on or moving to PeopleSoft 9.2 over half the audience indicated with a show of hands that they were.

Hands down, the star of the event for PeopleSoft was the new PeopleSoft Fluid User Interface. It was shown in sessions, at the PeopleSoft demonstration stations, at one-on-one customer meetings. It was shown on smart phones, tablets, and desktops. The customer response was universal – it looks amazing! Customers told the PeopleSoft team that “PeopleSoft Fluid User Interface is exactly what we are looking for.” If you have not seen the new PeopleSoft Fluid User Interface yet, check out the PeopleSoft Fluid User Interface playlist of videos on the PeopleSoft YouTube channel.

There was so much great content at Oracle OpenWorld for PeopleSoft it is impossible for any one person to see it all. Be sure to check out the online Content Catalog for posted presentations. If you miss Paco’s PeopleSoft general session, the Quest Users Group will be hosting a PeopleSoft Townhall on October 22 @ 11:00am PT/2:00pm ET. Register for that online event here.

Wednesday Mar 19, 2014

Win an Oracle OpenWorld 2014 Pass!

A focus area for sessions at Oracle OpenWorld 2014 in San Francisco is to highlight customer successes with the latest PeopleSoft release, PeopleSoft 9.2. With PeopleSoft 9.2 available for a year now, more and more customers are upgrading and deploying PeopleSoft 9.2 every day. If you are one of these customers, we want to hear from you! If your organization is interested in sharing your PeopleSoft 9.2 success story there are unique opportunities to do so at Oracle OpenWorld and via other forums. We will be awarding the best story received between now and April 30, 2014 one (1) complimentary pass to Oracle OpenWorld 2014 in San Francisco. So contact us at; tell us who you are, your organization, what PeopleSoft applications you are using, and a brief description of why you think your story is the best PeopleSoft 9.2 success story out there.

Tuesday Mar 18, 2014

Oracle OpenWorld 2014: Call for Proposals Now Open!

The Call for Proposals for Oracle OpenWorld 2014 is now open.  Submit your PeopleSoft 9.2 success stories and other proposed session content today!  This Call for Proposals will remain open until April 15, 2014.

Oracle OpenWorld 2014 is September 28 through October 2, 2014 in San Francisco, CA.  Don't miss out on this marquee Oracle event and get notified as soon as registration opens. 

Friday Oct 28, 2011

PeopleSoft HCM @ OpenWorld 11: Focus on Customer Success

Earlier this year, in a post following the OHUG conference, I promised that the PeopleSoft HCM Strategy team was hard at work planning HCM OpenWorld sessions you would like. I think you’d agree that we delivered on that promise and then some at Oracle OpenWorld during the week of October 2nd.

The PeopleSoft HCM Strategy team was among the 45,000+ attendees this year at OpenWorld. We really enjoyed meeting with customers, networking with our peers, and hearing continued excitement about the HCM Feature Pack release strategy. Hundreds of attendees packed the popular, standing-room-only, PeopleSoft Product Roadmap general session and the PeopleSoft HCM Vision and Roadmap session. 

This year we featured many HCM 9.1 Customer Success stories where customers, in their own words, presented on the value of PeopleSoft HCM to their organizations.

Some of the highlights included the U.S. Census Bureau discussing their use of PeopleSoft Recruiting, Time and Labor, and Payroll for North America to manage the Decennial Census. In ConAgra's session, they noted they were able to reduce their customizations by 85% when they upgraded to HCM 9.1. Another customer presented separately on how they were able to remove 50% of their customizations during their HCM 9.1 upgrade. Yet another customer detailed their ongoing upgrade to PeopleSoft Time and Labor 9.1 and their decision to leverage the Approval Workflow Engine (AWE) to streamline their time approval processes. MetLife presented on their use of PeopleSoft HelpDesk for Human Resources to provide HR service to their employee population.

The organizations that spoke this year on their success with PeopleSoft HCM crossed industries and geographies. The customer speaker list included Amedisys, ConAgra, Covidien, General Motors, Florida State University, Harvard University, Husky, MetLife, Nationwide Insurance, SAIC, Sonoco, and U.S. Census Bureau.

While we had PeopleSoft customers in San Francisco, we took advantage of OpenWorld to preview features coming in HCM 9.1 Feature Pack 2 in the “What’s New in Talent Management?” and the “PeopleSoft Human Capital Management Release 9.1 Feature Pack Enhancement Overview” sessions.

Of course we presented many HCM product and feature specific sessions as well this year. Some of the highlights included sessions on Organization Visualization, Payroll, Time and Labor, Benefits and Pension Administration. HCM product demonstrations were available at the DemoGrounds area and many customers visited us there to learn more about what they saw in the sessions.

In case you missed any of these sessions at OpenWorld, you can find the presentation Content Catalog here.

Wednesday Sep 14, 2011

Focus On PeopleSoft @ Oracle OpenWorld 2011

Oracle OpenWorld 2011 is right around the corner.  Are you going? You should be.  If you are a PeopleSoft customer attending Oracle OpenWorld this year, you might be asking yourself, "how can I find out about all of the PeopleSoft content offered at the event?"  You asked and the PeopleSoft team delivered.

Oracle OpenWorld 2011 features over 145 sessions, keynotes, demonstrations, meet the expert opportunities, and networking events relating to PeopleSoft.  All of these are listed in the Focus On PeopleSoft at Oracle OpenWorld 2011 document posted here on the Oracle OpenWorld website.

Remember Oracle OpenWorld 2011 event content including session speakers and times are subject to change.  For the most up to date event content please refer to the online Oracle OpenWorld Content Catalog found here


This blog is dedicated to topics focused on PeopleSoft Applications, including Human Capital Management, Financials, Enterprise Service Automation, Asset Lifecycle Management, Procurement, Supply Chain and Customer Relationship Management.

For information about legislative updates to our PeopleSoft Applications see the PeopleSoft Legislative Updates Blog.

For information about PeopleTools see the PeopleSoft Technology Blog.


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