Monday Sep 26, 2016

Heard @ Oracle OpenWorld: Fluid Adoptions are in Full Swing

Oracle OpenWorld just wrapped up last week, and there’s nothing quite like joining the 50,000+ people that descend on San Francisco – it’s technology, innovation, and software solutions on the largest of scales.  Having been a part of PeopleSoft for more than 18 years now, it’s incredibly rewarding to have the chance to talk with customers and hear what’s working, where they are facing challenges, and put our heads together to solve real business problems.

This year, the key topics of discussion were the Fluid User Interface, Selective Adoption, and Cloud.  I’ll share a few thoughts on each in turn, focusing on the Fluid UI in this case.

In Paco Aubrejuan’s General Session on PeopleSoft, he reiterated that the Fluid UI is here to stay, and that every customer should be moving to Fluid.  Why?  Because while PeopleSoft has deep and broad functional capabilities, it must also be modern, mobile, and highly intuitive to use.  Our expectations as users of software applications, and the market in general, have evolved to the point that it’s become an imperative.

To be clear, when we say that all customers should ‘move to Fluid’, what we mean is to, at a minimum, adopt the Fluid navigation paradigm – including Home Pages, Tiles, Navigation Collections, the NavBar, and more.  With PeopleTools 8.55, the core navigational elements are the same, regardless of whether you are using a Fluid or Classic component.  Capabilities such as Navigation Collections, which group any logical set of components – both Fluid and Classic – allow administrative and power users to move quickly between common pages (even more easily than the Classic menu and using breadcrumbs).  Classic pages can also be accessed directly from a Tile on a Fluid Home Page, or saved as Favorites in the NavBar.  Pair that with the power of Related Content, Simplified Analytics, and the responsive capabilities that allow you to access any Fluid component from any device, and you can achieve a level of productivity and value that is simply not possible by sticking with what’s most familiar.

It’s one thing for us to be encouraging all customers to move to Fluid, but it’s another to hear from customers that have done it.  This year at OpenWorld we had 16 customers helping us deliver more than 20 sessions and panel discussions, sharing many real-world experiences. Customers flew in from all regions of the globe, representing a wide array of industries, and varied in size from small (4,000 users) to huge (100,000+ users).  To see a summary of what was covered, review the OOW Focus on Document.

Many talked about taking a phased approach to rolling out Fluid – starting with one department, or one functional area, or conducting a pilot.  A common goal was to generally avoid end user training – the software needed to be intuitive enough on its own.   Several used the functionality in PeopleTools to convert Classic pages to Fluid (beyond what’s been delivered to date), and reported it to be pretty straight-forward.  Some used the Fluid Branding tools to employ their own look and feel, others used what came ‘out of the box’.  Some embarked on their Fluid rollouts on their own, while others had strong and collaborative partners engaged.  One customer reported that they’ve found Fluid transactions to generally be about 40% faster, because there are fewer clicks and the experience is more streamlined. Some were motivated to deploy Fluid because of its mobile capabilities, but for many, it was the ease of use, improved productivity, and reduced training burden.  

Universally, their top level message was ‘Do It!’.  Some of my favorite quotes from the sessions:

“I’ve saved so much time as a manager”

 “Each Update Image is like a birthday present, because they keep delivering what we need and are wanting to adopt.”

“We had no choice but to implement Fluid once we showed it to our users, because they loved it.”

For each person that was able to participate in these discussions in person last week, we know there are 10 more that were not able to be there.  We are committed to helping you make the transition to Fluid, and realize the same benefits and value described above.  If you need help, we recommend the Fluid UI page on, engaging with us through the Communities and Idea Spaces on My Oracle Support (, engaging one of our PeopleSoft partners, or joining the conversations and virtual sessions taking place through the Quest User Group.

On behalf of the PeopleSoft team, I’d like to thank each of the customers that shared their time and expertise last week.  Your contributions were invaluable.  Thank you!

  • Campus Crusade for Christ
  • CGI Group
  • Clackamas County of Oregon
  • DePaul University
  • Gallaudet University
  • Griffith University
  • Juniper Networks
  • LDS Church
  • McMaster University
  • NYU Langone Health System
  • Oxfam GB
  • Sandia National Laboratories
  • The Florida State University
  • United Airlines

Friday Sep 16, 2016

PeopleSoft HCM at Oracle Open World

It is finally here - Oracle Open World 2016! Starting this weekend, tens of thousands of Oracle customers and partners will meet in San Francisco, CA for one of the largest annual user conferences in our industry.  If you are a PeopleSoft Human Capital Management (HCM) customer, there will be plenty of sessions, content, and opportunities to network with other customers, Oracle employees, and partners who are subject matter experts in all the different areas covered by PeopleSoft HCM. The vast majority of HCM related sessions will take place at the Palace Hotel at the corner of Market and New Montgomery Sts.

This year we have more customers co-presenting with us than any other previous Open World.  Come to our sessions to hear first hand how your peers in the industry have been successful with the deployments of PeopleSoft, including how they are adapting to the ever changing business climate that we all face.  There will be specific sessions covering Selective Adoption, Fluid, Global, Self Service deployments, among many others.  We will also have a few customer panel discussions where you will hear different perspectives and strategies for PeopleSoft deployments.  Customers that are scheduled to share the stage with us this year include:

We are also bringing back the popular Meet the Experts sessions - three of them in fact - focused on HR, Workforce, and Talent Management.  This is an excellent opportunity to not only engage with PeopleSoft product experts, but also to network with other customers and ask any question you want.

Also, do not forget about the demo grounds at the Palace Hotel.  This year, we will staff the PeopleSoft HCM demo pods with product experts who can answer questions about both future roadmap features as well as existing functionality.  Use the demo grounds as a resource to learn more about how the applications should and can work for your organization, whether it is a product you already license or not.

This year's conference theme for PeopleSoft customers will be Fluid.  With all the momentum of customers deploying Fluid, coupled with the Fluid enhancements available in PeopleTools 8.55 and our latest HCM images, we are leveraging many Open World sessions to share Fluid stories and experiences with you.  We realize many customers are still in the planning phases of their Fluid deployments which is why sessions focused on Fluid will most likely be the best attended ones this year.

Attending Open World can be overwhelming with so many sessions and content to wade through.  The PeopleSoft team has created a unique set of links that allow you to view the most important sessions to attend as a PeopleSoft customer.  Click on this link -> to access the pre-sorted links of sessions that relate to each major topic area of importance as shown here:

I expect you to have a fantastic week and enjoy all the sessions and festivities the conference has to offer.  Please do not hesitate to approach us with any questions you may have....we are there to help.

Tuesday May 03, 2016

Come and Collaborate with PeopleSoft Customers and Product Experts

The 2016 HR conference season is in full swing.  We saw a combined audience of over 11,000 attendees at Alliance, Oracle HCM World, and Collaborate in March and April alone.  We now turn our attention to the Summer with the following PeopleSoft events:

  • Oracle HR User Group (OHUG) Conference: June 6 – 9  New Orleans, LA
  • Healthcare Industry User Group (Interact) Conference:  June 12 - 15  San Antonio, TX
  • Oracle Open World Latin America Conference:  June 28 - 30  Sao Paulo, Brasil
  • HEUG South Africa Conference:  July 14 - 15  University of Cape Town, South Africa
  • Quest Reconnect Conference:  July 19 – 21   Rosemont (Chicago), IL

    Experiencing these conferences is a great way for you and your colleagues to socialize with and learn from other PeopleSoft customers engaged in similar deployments and activities.  You will see first hand all the latest features PeopleSoft currently has under development.  You will also have direct access to PeopleSoft Product Management team of subject matter experts who can answer your product questions and help you prepare for what's coming next.

    Note that Oracle Open World 2016 is set for Sept 18 – 22 in San Francisco, CA.  The Call for Papers runs through May 9th.  You may use this opportunity to submit a session proposal to be a speaker at Open World in exchange for a free conference pass.

    Do not worry if Open World is not on your radar.  There are other great opportunities available for you to share with the greater PeopleSoft community of customers and users your PeopleSoft success stories around upgrading, selective adoption, or Fluid self service deployments.  Contact Robbin Velayedam directly if you are interested in learning more (

    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 May 13, 2014

    Accenture Launches Enterprise Solution for Pensions based on Oracle’s PeopleSoft Applications

    Accenture’s Enterprise Solution for Pensions (AESP), is powered by Oracle’s PeopleSoft applications, Oracle Middleware, and Oracle Technology. It enables a faster and more cost effective pension system for organizations that require greater flexibility and agility to adapt to constant policy changes. AESP incorporates more than 30 years of experience implementing the capabilities needed by public pension organizations that serves tens of millions of people.   See more on the announcement here:    Accenture Launches Enterprise Solution for Pensions, Powered by Oracle PeopleSoft.

    “Accenture has significant subject matter expertise in this space as well as extensive skills to leverage Oracle’s PeopleSoft Pension solution along with additional Oracle assets, including Oracle Policy Automation, for a complete offering,” said Paco Aubrejuan, senior vice president and general manager, Oracle’s PeopleSoft. “Together, Accenture and Oracle can provide publicly funded pension systems the flexibility to modernize their systems in a cost effective manner while utilizing a comprehensive solution.”

    Learn more about PeopleSoft,  PeopleSoft Pension, and Accenture’s pensions.

    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

    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
    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


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