Thursday Feb 27, 2014

PeopleSoft @ COLLABORATE 14

One of the marquee events for PeopleSoft customers is right around the corner.  COLLABORATE 14 is Monday, April 7 – Friday, April 11 in Las Vegas, NV.  COLLABORATE brings together the Quest International Users Group, the Oracle Applications Users Group (OAUG), Independent Oracle Users Group (IOUG), Oracle, and customers for an event rich with education sessions, networking activities, and more.

As always, PeopleSoft will have a strong presence at COLLABORATE.  The vast majority of session content for PeopleSoft is delivered through the Quest International Users Group with over 170 PeopleSoft-centric sessions planned.  That includes over 60 PeopleSoft customer led sessions and over 45 Oracle led sessions.  Leaders from Oracle’s PeopleSoft product management and development team will be on hand to deliver updates on the investment strategy for PeopleSoft applications as well as the value PeopleSoft applications can deliver today to customers.  Key Oracle led sessions focused on PeopleSoft investment strategy and other key topics include:

  • PeopleSoft General Session: PeopleSoft Update and Roadmap (Session ID: 109590)
  • PeopleSoft General Session: Technology Update and Roadmap (Session ID: 108630)
  • What's New in PeopleSoft Human Capital Management 9.2 and Beyond (Session ID: 108450)
  • What's New in PeopleSoft Financials 9.2 and Beyond: Improve the Bottom Line (Session ID: 108770)
  • What's New in PeopleSoft Supplier Relationship Management 9.2 and Beyond (Session ID: 108410)
  • Optimizing Maintenance Strategies Using PeopleSoft Update Manager (Session ID: 108520)
  • What You Need to Know to Get Enabled on PeopleSoft 9.2 and PeopleTools 8.53 (Session ID: 108390)


Another focus area for Oracle led PeopleSoft sessions is to highlight customer successes with the latest release, PeopleSoft 9.2.  With PeopleSoft 9.2 being available for just about a year now, more and more customers are upgrading and deploying PeopleSoft 9.2 every day.  If you are one of these customers there still is a unique opportunities to share your PeopleSoft 9.2 success story at COLLABORATE 14.  If interested in sharing your PeopleSoft 9.2 success story at COLLABORATE 14, let us know.  We will be awarding the best story receive between now and March 31 one (1) complimentary pass to Oracle OpenWorld in San Francisco.  So contact us at psoft-infodev_us@oracle.com; 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.

This year at COLLABORATE 14, in addition to focusing on delivering important updates on PeopleSoft applications, the various product teams within Oracle have worked together to deliver content on the synergies between PeopleSoft and other key Oracle solutions.  PeopleSoft attendees will not want to miss these great Oracle led sessions:

  • Jump Start Your Upgrade with UPK PeopleSoft 9.2 Content (Session ID: 108420)
  • Oracle GRC Advanced Controls For PeopleSoft (Session ID: 108700)
  • Hyperion and More, Oracle's Enterprise Performance Management for PeopleSoft (Session ID: 108500)
  • Accelerate Accounts Payable Processes with Oracle WebCenter (Session ID: 108790)
  • Get to PeopleSoft 9.2 in the Fastest, Leanest, and Lowest-Risk Way by Using the Oracle Upgrade Factory (Session ID: 108800)
  • Support in the Age of PeopleSoft Update Manager (Session ID: 108840)

So what are you waiting for? Register for COLLABORATE 14 now and I will see you there!

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 Feb 03, 2014

Announcing the General Availability of PeopleSoft In-Memory Labor Rules and Monitoring

Organizations are often challenged to increase workforce productivity while managing operating costs, regulatory compliance and employee satisfaction. With inevitable variations between planned and actual labor costs, this balancing act is reliant on organizations being able to fine tune their human capital operations based on real-time business needs. To address this challenge and help organizations achieve a competitive advantage, Oracle has delivered strategic, timely information, focused on the time and labor management process, to managers and HR decision-makers with a new Oracle In-Memory Application for Oracle’s PeopleSoft. Designed to leverage the power of Oracle Engineered Systems and Oracle’s industry-standard PeopleSoft HCM applications, PeopleSoft In-Memory Labor Rules and Monitoring empowers organizations to effectively manage labor costs and policy rules in real-time.   The solution complements PeopleSoft's existing Time and Labor solution.  

PeopleSoft In-Memory Labor Rules and Monitoring enables organizations to:
  • Leverage predefined, easily understood labor policy rules using natural language
  • Use Oracle Policy Automation to create or modify existing rules to simulate, test, and deploy to production
  • Empower managers to make more strategic decisions around employee time and labor by understanding exceptions and trends in overtime, absences, schedule deviations and other related labor data.
  • Improve profitability and optimize resources by harnessing real time data on business needs and labor costs as it occurs.
  • Reduce the risk and cost of non-compliance with labor regulations by pre-delivering labor rules, such as overtime rules.

You can learn more about this new solution here at Oracle.com.    Additional resources can be found at the links below.

In-Memory Labor Rules and Monitoring - Product Data Sheet

PeopleSoft In-Memory Solutions

Press Release

Oracle Policy Automation

 My Oracle Support Home Page 


    Monday Jan 27, 2014

    Announcing the General Availability of PeopleSoft In-Memory Real-Time Bottom Line – Revolutionary Solutions for the CFO

    Oracle has launched a revolutionary new suite of applications to help the CFO drive enterprise profitability with timely well-informed decisions. Say goodbye to spreadsheet extracts and guess work based on highly summarized outdated information. Now you can continuously adapt to changes in the business environment and make decisions with confidence using real time simulation and analysis to inform your decisions. The PeopleSoft In-Memory Real-Time Bottom Line suite is initially focused on PeopleSoft In-Memory Financial Position Analyzer and PeopleSoft In-Memory Financial Allocations Analyzer.

    Architected for Oracle Engineered System, this suite is a true example of hardware and software working together to provide superior value.

    The Executive Suite and every management level demand constant information on the health of the financial position while expecting Finance to continue tracking daily activities, supporting the period close and automating regulatory and control imperatives. ERP automation has made it possible to provide a more comprehensive view of where the business is at today. In today’s economy and global reach, the CFO’s office needs much more than this. They need to easily and quickly evaluate the effect of the ever changing market trends, business conditions and organization directives.

    What would happen, for example, if the following events occurred?

    • Revenue expectations are not materializing in the current period 
    • Sales revenue mix between product lines shift significantly 
    • Regulatory changes that bring higher or lower operating expenses 
    • A re-organization is being contemplated 
    • A major acquisition is in process 
    • Expansion of IT Projects

    Imagine if all these happened all at once and you have the perfect storm. Finance needs to accurately assess the effect of the perfect storm on the financial position earlier within the current period. Historically, Finance has pulled data out of the production environment and used spreadsheets for simulations. They have also utilized spin-off instances of the production environment to manage simulation of business and organizational changes. With this new suite of applications you can do what could not be done before – real time simulations and analysis of production data. The Finance team puts more focus on forward looking strategic tasks providing highly relevant decision support to the C-Level suite.

    PeopleSoft In-Memory Financial Position Analyzer allows Finance to support the CFO in making decisions before the financial close. The office of the CFO can now utilize the actual financial position instead of outdated spreadsheets to support comparative analysis of ‘what if’ business simulations in memory such as material transactions that may or may not occur, changes to the financial structure or reorganization of specific departments or businesses.

    PeopleSoft In-Memory Financial Allocations Analyzer allows Finance to simulate additions or changes to large and complex allocation rules that support business activities such as a reorganization of sales, an implementation of a merger or acquisition or a shift of costs and revenues for products, services or capital or IT projects. The executive suite can now truly uncover potential risks and make business course changes as necessary.


    Figure 1. Discovering opportunities and mitigating risk through In-Memory simulations based on real time data

    Both solutions allow Finance to share real time result comparisons with business stakeholders and make faster decisions that can greatly improve the bottom line in the same financial period. Finance also gains efficiencies by automatically applying configuration changes, such as ‘what if’ reorganizations, from memory to production.

    The applications are engineered for Oracle Exadata and SPARC SuperCluster to allow organizations to simulate the financial position in-memory with capabilities like Flash Cache, Smart Scan and InfiniBand to dramatically increase the speed of processing and communication between production and the simulation space.

    The solution makes the Finance team highly efficient through a step by step walk through of simulations as follows: 

    • Create a scenario, easily select configurations and version them so they can individually model out different possibilities
    • Through the power of in-memory technology, graphically view & execute the many steps chosen for the model
    • Simulate the hundreds of rules with lightning speed
    • Review and compare scenario results in real time
    • Deploy configuration changes with full control and security to production

    If you’d like to learn more about the new applications and how they can give the CFO a strategic advantage in driving business performance, please take a look at the whitepaper, datasheets (linked below), and the Video Feature Overview, consider contacting your Oracle Application Sales Manager, or contact us by emailing amira.morcos@oracle.com.


    Supporting Resources

    Monday Jan 20, 2014

    The Value of Support: The Innovation of PeopleSoft 9.2 and the New Release Model

    Recently I, was interviewed about the new innovations in PeopleSoft 9.2.  View this video here to learn more about the modern capabilities in PeopleSoft 9.2 that can help customers, like you, be more productive, reduce costs, and maximize your investment in PeopleSoft. 


    I also talked about how Oracle delivers new capabilities in PeopleSoft 9.2 and Oracle's new delivery model for PeopleSoft, which allows Oracle Premier Support customers to choose when they want to adopt new features and functions. 


    Supporting Resources

    Wednesday Jan 15, 2014

    Oracle Releases New Value Adding Capabilities for Oracle’s PeopleSoft 9.2

    Continuous Delivery of PeopleSoft Releases Provides Expanded Mobility and Business Process Excellence

    Continued investment in Oracle’s PeopleSoft solutions results in the delivery of the PeopleSoft 9.2 Update Image 4.  This deliverable increases the considerable value of PeopleSoft by adding new capabilities to the previously delivered PeopleSoft 9.2 release – without the need to upgrade.  These new capabilities provide expanded mobile capabilities, extend the value of PeopleSoft through integrations, and offer new features that enable business process excellence.  In summary this delivery:

    • Enables customers to add value to their PeopleSoft 9.2 applications with the release of the PeopleSoft 9.2 Update Image 4.
    • Demonstrates Oracle’s commitment to PeopleSoft by continuously delivering additional new features, functions, and enhancements to the existing PeopleSoft 9.2 release.
    • Allows PeopleSoft 9.2 customers to use PeopleSoft Update Manager to selectively apply new capabilities from PeopleSoft Update Image 4 at their choosing.
    • Provides expanded mobile capabilities, extends the value of PeopleSoft through integrations, and enables business process excellence. 

    Continuous Innovation of PeopleSoft 9.2 on the Customers Terms

    • Oracle’s new delivery model for PeopleSoft consists of PeopleSoft Update Images being released approximately every 10 weeks.  These PeopleSoft Update Images, like PeopleSoft 9.2 Update Image 4 (the fourth to be delivered) are cumulative.  This means customers can leverage them regardless of what changes have or have not been previously applied.  Customer use PeopleSoft Update Manager to apply changes delivered in PeopleSoft Update Images.
    • Introduced with the delivery of PeopleSoft 9.2 and designed to reduce the cost to stay current, PeopleSoft Update Manager transforms how customers adopt PeopleSoft changes. With PeopleSoft Update Manager, customers can:
      • Get Innovative New Capabilities without Upgrading
      • Take Only the Changes They Want, Tailored to Their Specific Needs
      • Determine When They Adopt Changes
      • Retain Strategic Customizations
      • Get Current Regardless of Prior Changes
    • PeopleSoft 9.2 Update Image 4 provides expanded mobile capabilities for employees on the go with:
      • The new Mobile Project Time Entry solution.  This mobile solution allows customers to accelerate cash flow by capturing billable time from employees regardless of where they are on their mobile devices. 
      • Enhanced existing mobile solutions including: Mobile Approvals extended to Treasury and Mobile eProcurement which now can include punch-out supplier items.
      • Mobile approvals via HTML email.  Now customers can approve over 25 transactions including: job offer, transfer, promotion, purchase order, expenses, and more directly from their email client without having to log into PeopleSoft.
    • Oracle’s PeopleSoft In-Memory Applications are unique solutions that combine best-in-class applications with high performance hardware that enable customers to make smarter decisions, reduce costs, and accelerate business processes.
    • PeopleSoft customers can extend the value of their existing PeopleSoft solutions through delivered integrations to value add Oracle Applications.  PeopleSoft 9.2 Update Image 4 includes bi-directional integration between PeopleSoft Human Capital Management 9.2 and Oracle’s Taleo Recruiting Cloud Service.  This out-of-the-box integration is also delivered for PeopleSoft Human Capital Management 9.1.  In addition, PeopleSoft 9.2 Update Image 4 includes new integration between PeopleSoft Financials and Oracle’s Fusion Accounting Hub to aid customers in consolidating multiple General Ledger systems.
    • New WorkCenters like the Asset Management WorkCenter and the Maintenance Management WorkCenter drive higher business productivity by bringing a user’s work (e.g. tasks, exceptions, and alerts) to them in a single, highly usable and interactive page.  The existing Contracts WorkCenter and the Grants WorkCenter have been enhanced to deliver even more poignant, actionable information like contracts set to expire and grant milestone due dates.
    • The free text search across multiple objects and multiple instances introduced in PeopleSoft 9.2 is expanded in PeopleSoft Update Image 4 to encompass PeopleSoft Supplier Contract Management content.  Users can quickly retrieve accurate and actionable search results for a more efficient search-driven approach to navigating.
    • In addition numerous legal and regulatory updates have been included in this PeopleSoft Update Image, including support for 2013 tax updates E and F for the US.
    • Existing PeopleSoft customers and partners may access release notes including PeopleSoft Financials and Supply Chain Management (FSCM) Update Image Overview (Through Update Image 4) and and various other PeopleSoft 9.2 materials at My Oracle Support.


    Supporting Resources

    Friday Dec 06, 2013

    Learn How You Can Import Your W-2 Data Into TurboTax

    Where did the year go?  It is hard to believe year-end has arrived.  That means it is time to get the W-2’s out the door.  Payroll for North America is pleased to announce that Intuit, the creator of TurboTax Software, is now an Oracle partner.  TurboTax has created various options to import W-2 information from PeopleSoft Payroll for North America into TurboTax.  This enables your employees quickly and easily to import their W-2 data directly into their individual tax return.  This not only saves the employee time, but ensures the accuracy of the data by eliminating hand keying errors.  The goal is to increase employee satisfaction by making it easier for them.  If you want more information please contact Paul Jordan at Intuit.  He can be reached by email at Paul_Jordan@intuit.com or by phone (650) 944-5585.

    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.

    Tuesday Nov 12, 2013

    Upgrading to 9.2 - Info You Can Use (part 2 - Get Hands On Experience)

    Our guest blogger, Rebekah Jackson, continues with a series of helpful hints on planning your upgrade to PeopleSoft 9.2.

    Get Hands-On Experience With a an Easy to Install Demo Image

    Once you have identified the features you believe can add value (see part 1 of this series here), we recommend that you use our Demo Images to quickly create a PeopleSoft environment where you can try out the new features. The Demo Images are virtual machines that run in VirtualBox.   They contain a fully functioning PeopleSoft environment, including the database, PeopleTools, and the application.  These images can be loaded onto nearly any sized machine that meets the specs outlined in the documentation, including a powerful desktop machine.     The image allows you to very quickly deploy a fully functioning PeopleSoft instance that you can use to explore new features and functions or run a conference room pilot.

    To take advantage these Demo Images:

    1. Go to the Demo Images Home Page (Doc id 1552548.1) on My Oracle Support.
    2. Use the " Demo Image Quick Start Guide" and additional documentation links on that page to download and install your desired Demo Image.
    3. When installed, use the Demo Image to explore the desired features and capabilities.

    Important Notes:

    - It is not required to use the Demo Images to evaluate features and functions – any 9.2 instance will support this. We recommend use of the Demo Images because the setup and configuration is dramatically faster than doing a traditional PeopleSoft install.

    - For those looking to explore new features and capabilities on PeopleSoft 9.1 releases, we have provided virtual machine images using the Oracle Virtual Machine technology. Details and links are available in Oracle’s PeopleSoft Virtualization Products page (Doc id 1538142.1).

    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.

    Monday Oct 14, 2013

    PeopleSoft Services Procurement Highlighted by Leading Industry Analyst

    PeopleSoft Services Procurement, part of the PeopleSoft Supplier Relationship Management (SRM) 9.2 suite of applications, was the subject of a positive article written by Jason Busch of the leading industry analyst firm Spend Matters.

    The article highlighted new functionality in PeopleSoft Services Procurement, as well as the value of exploiting the integration advantages of a unified solution across all aspects of the business. For example, enhanced 9.2 integrations enable PeopleSoft Resource Management and Services Procurement to streamline the shifting of a search from internal to external resources, enabling organizations to accelerate the deployment of the best mix of resources (internal and subcontractor) on a project.

    In addition, new inbound timesheet integration from external suppliers (via web services) eliminates the need for time sheet entry in two separate systems (customer and service provider). This can reduce the time to approve and settle.

    By managing the entire outsourced services process from request through settlement, PeopleSoft Services Procurement enables organizations to lower service costs and collaborate with suppliers, thus helping to balance global workforce needs and contingent labor spend.

    The entire Spend Matters article can be accessed here:

    Monday Sep 23, 2013

    PeopleSoft Mobile Time Entry now available in FSCM

    Oracle is pleased to announce the release of PeopleSoft Mobile Time Entry, part of the PeopleSoft Expenses application, which is now generally available in PeopleSoft FSCM 9.1.

    PeopleSoft Mobile Time Entry provides the ability to enter time sheets quickly and easily for project-based resources on the go. The contemporary, streamlined user interface is optimized for mobile devices (that support HTML5), such as tablets and smartphones. It provides a simple-to-use tool for capturing and submitting both project-based time and non-project time, such as vacation and training. Time reporters can even adjust their timesheets for prior periods, managers can approve timesheets, and more.

    Now your project resources, whether they are traveling consultants, field technicians, or anyone else booking time to projects and activities, can enter time right from their phone. Giving users the ability to record time when and where they are actually expending their effort can not only increase the accuracy of the time reports, but also accelerate the process of converting time into cash for your enterprise. The faster and more accurately time is captured, the sooner your organization can account for it and invoice for it, and that can lead to better cash flow, more up-to-date information on project progress, and better decision making.

    Combining PeopleSoft Mobile Time Entry with PeopleSoft Mobile Expenses and Mobile Approvals, the PeopleSoft Mobile Applications suite expands its ability to accelerate time and expense capture and increase data accuracy. With the new Mobile capabilities, travelers can increase efficiency by recording their time and expense when they are incurred rather than waiting until arriving back home or to the office.

    For more information, please watch the PeopleSoft Mobile Time Entry Video Feature Overview (VFO) available on YouTube or contact your application sales representative.

    The PeopleSoft Mobile Time Entry 9.1 documentation update is available under MOS Document ID 1583166.1.

    Tuesday Aug 27, 2013

    Announcing the General Availability of PeopleSoft In-Memory Project Discovery – The Key to Tapping the Potential of Unstructured Data

    We recently launched a new analytical application focused on enabling project-driven organizations to answer complex questions that until now were all but impossible to address even with the latest business intelligence tools and technologies.

    The new application, called PeopleSoft In-Memory Project Discovery, is a true example of an Oracle Engineered System in that we have architected a business solution that takes advantage of the latest Oracle Middleware and Hardware to accomplish something that would otherwise be too complex, expensive, and risky for almost any other organization to attempt to build on its own. By leveraging Oracle’s Endeca Information Discovery business intelligence technology and Oracle’s Exalytics hardware for high-performance analysis, we have built a dashboard-focused interface over the PeopleSoft Projects suite to give project-oriented executives and managers the ability to correlate structured project and resource data with associated unstructured data. Okay, I know: that sounds rather mundane. So, to illustrate why this is “much more than just another BI dashboard,” let’s take a look at an example.

    Imagine that you are the Vice President of facilities at a multi-campus university, and you read in the morning news that one of the subcontractors performing work for the school has been charged with defrauding customers by installing defective fire suppression systems. You know there have been a number of these systems installed throughout the university’s buildings, but unless you have your staff manually read through every project-related contract entered during the past three years, you literally have no way of knowing which projects might have exposure to these defective systems, how much was spent on these systems, and when they were installed. This situation leaves your university exposed to significant legal, financial, and safety risks every day until it is remediated. The inability to relate unstructured data (such as clauses in your contracts, text in your contract attachments, and so on) to volumes of structured data (such as project locations, project financial figures, purchase orders, and so on) is the barrier to eliminating these risks.

    Untapped Potential...Unstructured Project and Resource Data

    Figure 1. The Untapped Potential:  Correlating Unstructured Project and Resource Data with Structured, Transaction Data

    With the power of PeopleSoft In-Memory Project Discovery, however, you can mine project artifacts and deliver answers to your complex problem in seconds. By typing a few keywords into PeopleSoft In-Memory Project Discovery, you can learn where the defective systems were implemented and eliminate the costs that the university would otherwise incur for staff or temporary workers to pore over text related to your projects and could immediately mitigate the legal, financial, and safety risks associated with the subcontractor’s work. You could identify for the university all of the exposure to the defective fire suppression systems, draw up and institute remediation plans within hours, and immediately begin implementation of the plans to eliminate the risks. Pretty remarkable, wouldn’t you say? (Note that this scenario is just one example of what the application can do. There are many other high-impact scenarios to which you can apply the tool, such as using it to drive more profitable staffing decisions in a professional services organization. The whitepaper listed below can help you learn more about other scenarios.)

    You can think of PeopleSoft In-Memory Project Discovery as a tool that enables you to unlock the value trapped in unstructured project and resource data, visualize that project and resource data as actionable information, and tighten your project financial controls at unprecedented speeds. It offers the ability to analyze project and resource transaction data based on data stored in related documents and other unstructured formats. A user types keywords, and the application immediately treats those keywords it finds in documents as reporting dimensions by which you can filter your project and resource information. The application also provides you the ability to view project and resource metrics changing in real-time as structured and unstructured data filters are applied and you close in on the answers you need to make informed decisions. The PeopleSoft In-Memory Project Discovery dashboards come with pre-configured alerts (which you can personalize) for key exceptions, such as budget overages, to draw your attention to important issues before they become problems and enables you to save sets of filters which you may want to apply to your data on a recurring basis.

    A View of PeopleSoft In-Memory Project Discovery's Project Financial Dashboard

    Figure 2. PeopleSoft In-Memory Project Discovery to Correlate Your Unstructured Projects Content with Your Project Transaction Data 

    As of today, PeopleSoft In-Memory Project Discovery taps into data residing in PeopleSoft Project Costing, PeopleSoft Resource Management, and PeopleSoft Program Management. If you’d like to learn more about the application and how it can not only help you answer perplexing questions but also give you a strategic advantage to drive more profitable operations, please take a look at the whitepaper, video feature overview, press release, and datasheet; contact your Oracle Application Sales Manager; or contact us by emailing Roxanne.Johnson@oracle.com or Mark.Rosenberg@oracle.com.

    Monday Jul 15, 2013

    10 Innovations in PeopleSoft 9.2 - #1 Unified Navigation With The PeopleSoft Interaction Hub

    With PeopleSoft 9.2 you can take advantage of the latest capabilities in the PeopleSoft Interaction Hub.   You can use the Interaction Hub as the gateway for all your PeopleSoft applications and beyond.    This makes unifying PeopleSoft application content easy with common security and provisioning, branding, global search, and seamless unified navigation across your enterprise.     In addition you can facilitate enterprise collaboration with Workspaces, wikis, blogs, and discussions.   The solution is highly configurable and provides everything from company wide branding down to role based personalization options.   With unified navigation users have access to all their self service needs across HCM, Finance, Procurement, Supply Chain, and CRM with just one click.    The new global search capability provides a simple yet powerful tool for users to find and act on information regardless of which PeopleSoft product or database instance the information happens to reside.   From the same home page, users can search and act on a variety of  tasks such as job openings, employee data, performance reviews, life event changes, purchase orders, invoices, expenses and more.    A restricted use license of the PeopleSoft Interaction Hub is available to all PeopleSoft application customers free of charge.    For more details on the PeopleSoft Interaction Hub check out YouTube Video Feature Overview here and ongoing updates in our PeopleSoft Technology Blog link to the right of this posting.


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