Wednesday Feb 19, 2014

What’s New: PeopleSoft 9.2 Training Update from Oracle University

If your organization is planning to upgrade to PeopleSoft 9.2 in the near future, then the time is now to train your project team members. Oracle University's PeopleSoft curriculum now includes new courses covering the latest release and each course is delivered by expert instructors who specialize in PeopleSoft.

Here are some of the top courses now scheduled for March and April:

PeopleSoft Human Capital Management

PeopleSoft Financials/Supply Chain Management


Need to fast-track your training? Consider one of the following Accelerated training courses which combine multiple courses into a single week of training.

View Oracle University’s full catalog and schedule of courses here.  Don’t see the course you are looking for? Submit your request to Oracle University so they can help. 

Tuesday Feb 11, 2014

Upgrading to 9.2 - Info You Can Use (Part 4 -Leverage Upgrade Lab Expertise)

Contributed By:  Shamus Kahl, Senior Practice Director, Oracle Consulting

How often does your organization do upgrades?     Are the same individuals who did the last upgrade still available?   The answer to these questions can be critical to your upgrade success and indicate how your strategy should proceed.   We've taken the guess work out of upgrades with the Oracle PeopleSoft Upgrade Factory.    Experts from Oracle Consulting and product development have combined years of solution expertise to create a best-in-class upgrade methodology that helps complete your organizations upgrade to PeopleSoft 9.2 in the fastest, most economical, lowest risk manner possible.  With the Upgrade Factory you can leverage the know how of individuals who have performed hundreds of PeopleSoft upgrades both on premise and in the cloud.

The approach provides automated processes, tools and labs delivered through our Oracle Upgrade Factory capabilities – your upgrade costs are predictable, delivery is accelerated and demands on your IT staff are decreased.

The use of Oracle Upgrade Services and factory capabilities can reduce:

• Downtime by 30 percent

• Project costs up to 50 percent

• Post-live issues by 54 percent

• Project timeline up to 30 percent.

Watch this informative video for more information. To get started today, you can register for a complimentary CEMLI Benchmark and Analysis.  

You can find previous entries in Upgrade to 9.2 - Info You Can Use series here:

Part 1 -  Find Features and Capabilities in PeopleSoft 9.2

Part 2 -  Get Hands On Experience With PeopleSoft 9.2

Part 3 -  Eliminate Customizations 

Monday Dec 02, 2013

Upgrading to 9.2 - Info You Can Use (Part 3 - Eliminate Customizations)

Guest Blogger:    Shamus Kahl, Senior Practice Director, Oracle Consulting Solution Centers

Are your CEMLI’s Holding You Back?    PeopleSoft 9.2 provides a high degree of configuration and new functionality, which provides the ideal opportunity to eliminate customizations from older releases.

Upgrading your enterprise applications can be an intimidating experience depending on your organization’s level of customizations. Often times these customizations can have an on-going effect on your organization causing increased complexity, less flexibility, and additional maintenance cost.

Organizations that reduce their dependency on customizations:

  • Reduce complexity by up to 50%
  • Reduce the cost of future maintenance and upgrades
  • Create a foundation for easier enablement of new product functionality and business value
Oracle Consulting offers a complimentary service called Oracle CEMLI Benchmark and Analysis, which is an effective first step used to evaluate your PeopleSoft application CEMLI complexity. The service will help your organization understand the number of customizations you have, how you rank against your peer groups and identify target areas for customization reduction by providing a catalog of customizations by object type, PeopleSoft application module, CEMLI ID or Project ID and Business Process.

Whether you’re currently deployed on-premise, managed private cloud or considering a move to the cloud, understanding your customizations is critical as you begin an upgrade. Learn how you can reduce complexity and overall TCO with this informative screencast. For more information or to take advantage of this complimentary service today, contact Oracle Consulting directly at ask-oracleconsulting.com_us@oracle.com.

Friday Nov 01, 2013

Miss Oracle Open World? View the PeopleSoft Roadmap Presentation Here

If you were unable to attend Oracle Open World in September, you missed out on some important PeopleSoft messages.   Don't despair!  You now have a chance to receive an update on PeopleSoft's presence at Oracle OpenWorld 2013 and the key messages delivered there.

You can view the “PeopleSoft Update and Roadmap” webcast found here on the Quest Users Group site.  (Note: this is available with a FREE subscriber account.  Anyone can sign up here at no cost.


This webcast recording presents the significant adoption and momentum behind PeopleSoft 9.2.  Viewers will also learn about the new release model for continuously delivering new capabilities to PeopleSoft customers at a lower cost enabled by the new PeopleSoft Update Manager.  There are also compelling live demonstrations of the major investment areas for PeopleSoft including a new PeopleSoft user experience enabling mobile solutions as well as In-Memory PeopleSoft applications.

You can view all presentations ns in the Oracle Open World 2013 Content Catalog.

Monday Oct 28, 2013

Upgrading to 9.2 - Info You Can Use (part 1)

Rebekah Jackson joins our blog with a series of helpful hints on planning your upgrade to PeopleSoft 9.2.  

Find Features & Capabilities

There are many ways that you might learn about new features and capabilities within our releases, but if you aren’t sure where to start or how best to go about it, we recommend:

  1. Go to www.peoplesoftinfo.com
  2. Select the product line you are interested in, and go to the ‘Release Content’ tab
  3. Use the Video Feature Overviews (VFOs) on YouTube and the Cumulative Feature Overview (CFO) tool to find features and functions.
    1. The VFOs are brief recordings that summarize some of our most popular capabilities. These recordings are great tools for learning about new features, or helping others to visualize the value they can bring to your organization. The VFOs focus on some of our highest value and most compelling new capabilities. We also provide summarized ‘Why Upgrade to 9.2’ VFOs for HCM, Financials, and Supply Chain.
    2. The CFO is a spreadsheet based tool that allows you to select the release you are currently on, and compare it to the new release. It will return the list of all new features and capabilities, by product. You can browse the full list and / or highlight areas that look particularly interesting.
  4. Once you have a list of features by product, use the Release Value Proposition, Pre-Release Notes, and the Release Notes documents to get more details on and supporting value statements about why those features will be helpful.
  5. Gather additional data and supporting information, including:
    1. Go to the Product Data Sheets tab, and review the respective data sheets. These summarize the capabilities in the product, and provide succinct value statements for the product and capabilities.
    2. The PeopleSoft 9.2 Upgrade page, which has many helpful resources.

Important Notes:

  -  We recommend that you go through the above steps for the application areas of interest, as well as for PeopleTools. There are many areas in PeopleTools 8.53 and the 9.2 application releases that combine technical and functional capabilities to deliver transformative value.

   - We also recommend that you review the Portal Solutions content. With your license to PeopleSoft applications, you have access to many of the most powerful capabilities within the Interaction Hub.

   -  If you have recently upgraded to PeopleSoft 9.1, and an immediate upgrade to 9.2 is simply not realistic, you can apply the same approaches described here to find untapped capabilities in your current products. Many of the features in 9.2 were delivered first in our 9.1 Feature Packs. To find the Release Value Proposition, Pre-Release Notes, and Release Notes for these releases, search on ‘PeopleSoft 9.1 Documentation Home Page’ on My Oracle Support, and select your desired product area.

Tuesday Sep 25, 2012

Absence Management White Papers to Assist with your Implementations

Absence Management Setup – Additional Resources

PeopleSoft is committed to helping our customers sharing our knowledge expertise in our applications. We have prepared a collection of documents (White Papers) containing examples, tips, and techniques to help you when making important decisions during your Absence Management implementation.   These documents can all be found on My Oracle Support.


Absence Management Entitlement and Take Setup
This document (Document ID 1493866.1) provides an overview of how to set up the main components of Absence Management, such as Absence Entitlement and Take elements, as well as other supporting elements relevant to your Absence Management implementation.

Absence Management System Elements
This document (Document ID 1493879.1) provides an overview of the system elements related to Absence Management. System elements are building blocks used during the design and construction of your Absence Rules. Knowing how they work and when to use them should help you expedite the implementation of your Absence Policy rules in your company

Absence Management Self Service Setup
This document (Document ID 1493867.1) provides an overview and guidance on some of the important areas when setting up Absence Self Service. Throughout this document we are providing examples of different configurations supported in Self Service. 

Monday Apr 09, 2012

PeopleSoft Customer Advisory Boards Meet to Help Define Future Roadmap

It's been almost eight years since PeopleSoft was acquired by Oracle and our customer base and products are actively moving forward.  Last week was an energizing one as we hosted all of our PeopleSoft CAB's at the Oracle Conference Center in Redwood Shores. Every room in the conference center was packed for three days of roadmap discussions, collaboration, and customer networking. Over 170 CAB members representing 90 organizations across the entire breadth of PeopleSoft products and industries were in attendance. The key focus of the three days was to discuss product investments for the PeopleSoft products over the next several years.

During the first half day general session, we reviewed the strategies that are driving both Oracle as a whole and the specific investments around PeopleSoft. Thomas Kurian, our EVP of Products and Technologies, outlined the overall Oracle direction around engineered systems, cloud strategy, and continued long term investment in PeopleSoft. Thomas went into great detail about our focus on engineered systems and how PeopleSoft specifically is leveraging the latest technology advancements in Exadata and Exalytics to tackle extremely complex business cases in areas such as PeopleSoft Financials. He also discussed PeopleSoft and Fusion Co-Existence, and our continued commitment to offer customer choice with both on premise and SaaS models.

Paco Aubrejuan, GVP and GM for PeopleSoft, set the stage for the rest of the three days as he highlighted the key focus areas for PeopleSoft including converence of tablets, PC's and phone platforms, consumerization of self service, collaboration and social networking, embedded business intelligence, and lifecycle management. This was supported by demonstrations from the PeopleSoft team around each of these areas throughout the rest of the morning, including new tablet and smart phone demos, and ever evolving user experience concepts. Paco also provided an interesting look at where the PeopleSoft business is at now that we are eight years on since the Oracle acquisition. As Mark Twain wrote, the rumours of our death were greatly exagerated in 2004. (Speaking personally, this year I've reached the milestone of being an Oracle employee longer than I was a PeopleSoft employee).

While much of the anticipation with customers is the upcoming PeopleSoft 9.2 release, our team has spent the last six months mapping out 9.2 Feature Packs and 9.3 plans and the underlying PeopleTools advancements that will enable this, such as adoption of HTML5 and higher degrees of configuration. That was the basis for the breakout sessions that absorbed everyone's attention for the rest of the three days. Each day also provided customers with an opportunity to tour the Oracle UE Lab and network. We were joined by our partners Infosys, Wipro, Smart ERP, Gray Heller, Zanett, and Mipro, who sponsored our evening networking reception.

At the end of three days, the overwhelming consensus from customers is that there's a lot to look forward to in the next eight years.   HCM CAB Member and OHUG President, Carolyn Hayden-Garner, who represented CB Richard Ellis,  summed it up this way:  "Innovation has never been more evident in PeopleSoft".


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.

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

Friday Aug 26, 2011

New PeopleSoft HCM 9.1 Functionality Released

As discussed on earlier posts the PeopleSoft team recently released several new features for 9.1 customers.    These include:  Single Euro Payments Area (SEPA), Total Rewards Statement, Time & Labor Templates, and new  SCORM 2004 functionality.  The Oracle press release summary can be found  here.

 Media coverage of the release includes this article by Doug Henschen, from Information Week,  where he discusses the PeopleSoft strategy with Jim Holincheck at Gartner:

Oracle Has Fusion But PeopleSoft Lives On


Tuesday Aug 09, 2011

Keeping Up to Date for Legislative Changes for Global Payroll Hong Kong

Please refer to Document ID 1343139.1 on My Oracle support for the latest significant legislative updates for PeopleSoft Global Payroll Hong Kong.

Keeping Up to Date for Legislative Changes for PeopleSoft Global Payroll China

There were three legislative changes related to China Public Housing Fund and Social Insurance announced in 2011 year:
- Beijing monthly minimum wage and the average annual salary of previous year
- Beijing Public Housing Fund high limit
- Shanghai Public Housing Fund low and high limit

For more information please refer to Document ID 1343119.1 on My Oracle Support

Please note the Document posted in My Oracle Support is in Chinese. 

Monday Jul 25, 2011

New - PeopleSoft Time and Labor Templates Made Available

The Oracle/PeopleSoft Time & Labor team is announcing the new feature - Templates Made Available posted on July 22, 2011.  Templates Made Available for PeopleSoft Time and Labor has been delivered on the Release 9.1 platform and will be rolled into Feature Pack 2.

The Oracle./PeopleSoft team, working with Customer Focus Groups had one primary objective – to build a tool to help the customers configure and maintain a much wider and flexible set of rules.  Based on feedback from our Customer Focus Group, customers are saying “This is a very positive tool that can save us quite a bit of effort while driving transparency with the rules.” 

In addition to the posting of Templates Made Available software, please refer to our detailed White Paper on My Oracle Support (Doc ID 1341092.1).

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