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.

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 Sep 28, 2012

Oracle’s PeopleSoft Customers Showcase Success at Oracle OpenWorld

Oracle OpenWorld 2012 will include over 25 Oracle customers sharing their Oracle’s PeopleSoft success stories, along with Oracle-delivered PeopleSoft roadmap content, and PeopleSoft partner presentations.     Presenters include:    CBRE, Dell, First Data, Kaiser Permanente, and Nationwide.    For more info check here:

PeopleSoft Customers Showcase Success at Oracle OpenWorld

Friday Sep 07, 2012

PeopleSoft at Oracle OpenWorld (September 29 - October 4, 2012)

Paco Aubrejuan, Oracle Senior Vice President for PeopleSoft, welcome's PeopleSoft customers to Oracle OpenWorld in his welcome letter. Aubrejuan highlights the themes of new Release 9.2 features and functionality, mobile solutions, reduction in total cost of ownership, and continued investment beyond Release 9.2.

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


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