Monday Apr 21, 2014

COLLABORATE 14 PeopleSoft Recap

COLLABORATE 14 just took place on Monday, April 17 – Friday, April 11 in Las Vegas, NV.  It was another successful event driven by the Oracle user groups of: Quest International Users Group, the Oracle Applications Users Group (OAUG), and Independent Oracle Users Group (IOUG).  The event had approximately 6,000 total attendees with nearly 1,250 sessions and panels packed with first-hand experiences, case studies, and practical “how-to” content.  PeopleSoft content was delivered through the Quest International Users Group with over 170 PeopleSoft-centric sessions.  That included over 60 PeopleSoft customer led sessions and over 45 Oracle led sessions.

Most PeopleSoft conference participants attended Paco Aubrejuan’s (Oracle Senior Vice President, PeopleSoft Development) PeopleSoft General Session: PeopleSoft Update and Roadmap (Session ID: 109590). With an audience of over 400 people, Paco discussed how Oracle’s investments in PeopleSoft applications have transformed PeopleSoft into a modern enterprise software solution by providing:

  • A consumer internet user experience
  • Intuitive, process oriented business flows
  • Contextual, information delivery
  • Simplified productivity
  • The enablement of a mobile workforce
  • The ability to easily adopt and manage changes

The highlight of Paco’s session was the live demonstration of the new PeopleSoft Fluid User Interface (UI). The new PeopleSoft Fluid UI enables the delivery of PeopleSoft applications in a modern, intuitive, and personalizable way across multiple devices (tablets, smart phones, and desktops) regardless of operating system. Using the latest state-of-the-art technologies like HTML5 and CCS3 incorporated into the next PeopleTools release (PeopleTools 8.54), the new PeopleSoft Fluid UI is delivered via a device’s browser. It is responsive to a device’s form factor – this means application screens can be optimized to different sized devices and render the most appropriate information in a dynamic manner. In his PeopleSoft General Session: Technology Update and Roadmap session (Session ID: 108630), Jeff Robbins (Oracle Senior Director, PeopleTools Strategy) continued the discussion on how PeopleSoft truly is a state-of-the-art solution and how PeopleTools drives PeopleSoft innovation. Check out the PeopleSoft Talk with Jeff on the Power of PeopleTools.

Leaders from Oracle’s PeopleSoft product management and development team were on hand and conveyed the value of PeopleSoft 9.2 as well as the future investment strategy for PeopleSoft. A large number of PeopleSoft conference attendees indicated they were live or moving to PeopleSoft 9.2, illustrating the continued and growing excitement for the PeopleSoft 9.2 release. One force driving that excitement is the PeopleSoft Update Manager (PUM). The PeopleSoft Update Manager revolutionizes how Oracle delivers new PeopleSoft capabilities and maintenance. With it, customers can self-select the changes they want to apply on their schedule. This enables customers to get more value from their PeopleSoft solutions at a lower cost via a new PeopleSoft delivery model. Michael Krajicek (Oracle Senior Director, PeopleSoft Architecture Development) got into the details of PUM during the Optimizing Maintenance Strategies Using PeopleSoft Update Manager session (Session ID: 108520).

This conference wasn’t just about PeopleSoft and what it can do. A significant number of sessions also shared how PeopleSoft customers can gain additional value from the rich portfolio of Oracle applications. From UPK and GRC Advanced Controls to Hyperion and Webcenter, Oracle product experts discussed the integration of these solutions to PeopleSoft and customer successes in these areas. All-in-all there was fantastic content for PeopleSoft customers delivered by Oracle, partners, and customers as well. Conference attendees can access uploaded session content here (conference login required). Mark your calendars for COLLABORATE 15 being held Sunday, April 12 – Thursday, April 116 in Las Vegas, NV.

Friday Apr 18, 2014

PeopleSoft 2014 EMEA Tour

In four days, Jeff Robbins (Senior Director, PeopleSoft Product Strategy) and I visited four cities in four separate European countries as part of our annual PeopleSoft EMEA tour. Events in each city were attended by enthusiastic PeopleSoft customers. We shared with them a consistent message that conveyed:

  • Oracle continues to invest in PeopleSoft
  • Oracle’s investments in PeopleSoft enable it to address customers’ needs for modern enterprise software
  • Capabilities like the PeopleSoft Fluid UI and PeopleSoft Update Manager define PeopleSoft as a ‘state of the art’ solution set
  • PeopleSoft and Oracle Cloud solutions are intended to complement one another
  • Only Oracle provides PeopleSoft customers a flexible path to the cloud based on their needs and their timing

The first stop in the PeopleSoft 2014 EMEA Tour was in the Netherlands.  There, the Oracle Benelux User Group (OBUG) hosted the event aboard the S.S. Rotterdam with over 100 attendees.  At this event, attendees also heard from CGI as they shared their PeopleSoft 9.2 upgrade plans that include incorporating their acquisition of Logica.  From there, the tour visited the United Kingdom; about 100 attendees participated in UKOUG EMEA PeopleSoft Roadshow at the Oracle London City Office.  Oxfam (check out Graham Smith's blog on their upgrade), Hays, and Greene King (a net-new PeopleSoft customer), spoke at the event about their PeopleSoft 9.2 deployments and usage of PeopleSoft Update Manager.  Duncan Davies of Succeed Consultancy (the partner who implemented at Greene King) summarized the event extraordinarily well in his blog.  In France, the PeopleSoft 2014 EMEA Tour was part of an Oracle Users Day (Journee Utliisateurs) that included PeopleSoft, JD Edwards, and eBusiness Suite content.    Lastly, the PeopleSoft 2014 EMEA Tour visited Spain.  There the local Spanish user group – Círculo de Usuarios de Oracle de España (CUORE) supported a lively event that included a focus on how the PeopleSoft team delivers local legal and regulatory requirements.

All in all it was a fantastic tour. It is an amazing opportunity to share the PeopleSoft team’s key messages with customers, listen to their feedback, and hear about their successes with PeopleSoft. I am already looking forward to next year’s tour.


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

Wednesday Jul 03, 2013

Information on downloading Tax Updates for release 9.2 Payroll for North America

Release 9.2 introduced the new PeopleSoft Update Manager.  This new process changed the way you manage your updates to the PeopleSoft system by allowing you to selectively apply patches to reduce time, effort and cost.  This means Payroll for North America has a new method to obtain Tax Updates and special postings for legislative changes.  We encourage you to visit our Knowledge Center to learn about the new process as well as the recommended steps you should take during your 9.2 upgrade. Doc ID 1566194.1 will give you this information, links to related information, as well as dates for upcoming webinars on how this new process works.

Monday Jun 24, 2013

10 Innovations in PeopleSoft 9.2 - #2 Lower TCO With The Peoplesoft Update Manager

With the new PeopleSoft Update Manager in PeopleSoft 9.2 the way you manage updates to your PeopleSoft systems puts you in control of all changes on your schedule.   You can selectively apply patches with reduced time, effort, and cost.    Bundles and Maintenance Packs are no longer used.      Instead, a tailored custom package is automatically generated based on the parameters you select from the latest PeopleSoft source image.   You have access to all updates from Oracle on a cumulative basis and can select and search for specific updates such as new features, legal and regulatory changes, or a patch related to a specific issue, process or object.    Any prerequisites are automatically identified.  The  process of generating a change package is enabled through a new wizard with easy to follow steps and options.     As changes are introduced to your test environment the PeopleSoft Test Framework provides a closed loop process to run regression tests scripts against your changes.  For a quick overview of the PeopleSoft Update Manager check out the Video Feature Overview here:

PeopleSoft Update Manager Video Feature Overview


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

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