Friday Jun 17, 2016

Great content, venue and attendees at HIUG Interact 2016 conference

The Healthcare Industry User Group (HIUG) provided another successful conference this year by hosting Interact 2016.  This week’s conference was held at the beautiful JW Marriott San Antonio Hill Country Resort & Spa in San Antonio Texas.  There were over 600 attendees, of those 183 were attending for the very first time and 5 individuals traveled internationally just to attend this conference.  In total there were 183 sessions given along with 46 participating vendors where attendees could obtain additional information and knowledge. 

There were three very insightful keynotes given.  The first was April Hurless [HIUG Board Member: BI Pillar; AHS BI Architect - Adventist Health System] and Wendy Plante [Senior Director, Finance Enterprise Systems, Integrations & Transformations - NYU Langone Medical Center].  In this keynote April Hurless talked about changing your perception and accepting change.  She was very creative in her approach using a banana split analogy.  She brought back memories for several of us when talking about Farrell’s Ice Cream Parlour and how they had the best banana splits and it was always the place you wanted to go (especially on your birthday).   The second half of the keynote was given by Wendy Plante [Senior Director, Finance Enterprise Systems, Integrations & Transformations - NYU Langone Medical Center].  Wendy used a clever approach to help us understand the value of using PeopleSoft Update Manager (PUM).  She compared the game Tetris to the benefits of PUM.  It was very entertaining and informative session and she wrapped it up with the staggering statistics showing the 70% savings to her company just by embracing the PUM methodology.

The second keynote was all about the Affordable Care Act given by Joel Hinzman [Oracle Senior Director – Government Affairs] and Joel White [Executive Director - Health IT Now Coaltion].  The Affordable Care Act is a very hot topic, not only for the health care industry but all businesses alike.  This was a fascinating (yet a bit unsettling) inside Washington look at the Affordable Care Act and what future changes may be coming our way. 

The final keynote was given by Rod Johnson [GVP - North America ERP, EPM & SCM Apps Sales & Global Cloud - Oracle] and Marc Weintraub [Oracle – Senior Director for PeopleSoft].  Rod and Marc’s message was that regardless if you go to the HCM Cloud or stay on the PeopleSoft application, Oracle has your technology needs covered.  Some of the key takeaways from this session are:

  1. Oracle is totally committed to PeopleSoft, with support until AT LEAST 2027 and continued investment in new capabilities.
  2. While the macro trend shows movement towards cloud applications there are significant opportunities for PeopleSoft customers on their journey towards cloud applications.
  3. Customers can, and should, take advantage of today’s PeopleSoft offering, including:
    • PeopleSoft Fluid User Interface is here to stay, this IS the user experience for PeopleSoft
    • Embedded, actionable analytics
    • Feature/function capabilities using WorkCenters and guided business processes leveraging Activity Guides
  4. Customers have a tremendous opportunity to change how they consume new PeopleSoft capabilities by executing on a PeopleSoft Selective Adoption strategy.
  5. Tremendous cost savings and business value of moving their PeopleSoft applications to the Oracle Cloud (IaaS and PaaS).


The Affordable Care Act took center stage as the number one topic for HCM at this year’s conference.  There were at least 5 sessions fully dedicated to this topic including one given by Kristen Emery [Oracle – Product Management Director].  The attendees in the ACA session represented PeopleSoft Release 9.2 and 9.1 customers using the delivered ACA functionality as well as customers using a third party software (many looking to switch over to the PeopleSoft ACA solution for the next reporting year).   These were all great collaborative sessions sharing success stories along with tips and tricks that can be utilized in the future.

The PeopleSoft team is always excited to show off our newly delivered and planned functionality.  Kristen Emery [Oracle – Product Management Director] and Jeremy Pelley [Oracle – Product Management Director] presented four PeopleSoft sessions between the two of them.  We reviewed how managers are in control of employee changes using Guided Self-Service.  We showed how Time and Labor Auto Enrollment will automatically enroll employees in T&L, assign a schedule, and assign user preferences for new hires and job changes.  We revealed that Payroll has delivered a new mobile paycheck that allows the employees to view the details at a glance with the ability to drill down to obtain more details. We also disclosed that the Recruiting Solutions product has a new improved attachment process.  We also reviewed functionality that crossed products such as the new Simplified Analytics which allows the user to create their own Analytic on-the-fly using Self Service.  This is just to name a few things that were covered.   Customers also got a live demo of functionality not yet released.

Kudos to the HIUG board for providing a great conference. Thank you to all our customers for the feedback you provided us during this week.    Your feedback is important to us to ensure that we build the best product possible. A special thanks to Texas Health Resources, University Health System San Antonio, University of Florida Health, Baylor Scott and White Health, Cape Cod Healthcare, and Main Line Health for sharing their lunch hour or other free time to meet with Oracle representatives.   Anyone interested in participating in a focus group please feel free to reach out to Kristen.Emery@Oracle.com or jeremy.pelley@oracle.com.


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Friday Nov 07, 2014

PeopleSoft HCM 9.2 Update Image 9 is Now Available! - Simple and Intuitive User Interface on Multiple Devices

The PeopleSoft HCM team is proud to announce that Update Image 9 for PeopleSoft HCM 9.2 is now available!

This Update Image is the largest and most impactful PeopleSoft Update Image posted to date. This cumulative Update Image includes all new features and fixes from previous PeopleSoft HCM Update Images as well as a plethora of new items including multiple PeopleSoft Fluid User Interface enabled HCM transactions ready for any mobile device.

Optimized across multiple platforms including smartphones, tablets and laptops/desktops, the new PeopleSoft Fluid User Interface (Fluid UI) provides an intuitive and responsive user interface that provides native-application interactivity across a range of mobile operating systems and devices. With more than 50 new features and functions, Fluid UI provides employees, managers and executives with a familiar native user experience that helps maximize productivity and effectiveness while eliminating the need for training.


It is our goal to provide you with new functionality that is intuitive and simple to use, increasing your productivity while lowering your total cost of ownership. You will see those goals realized with the new HCM homepages. This new functionality provides the user with an easy to use application that is configurable so you can determine what homepages and tiles you want to see based on your organizational needs. Some characteristics and functionality of delivered fluid homepages include:

  • PeopleSoft delivers two out-of-the box homepages (Employee Self Service and Manager Self Service) with the ability to create your own.
  • You can navigate from one homepage to the next by simply selecting the page you want or swiping to the left (on a tablet or phone).
  • Each homepage contains tiles. You have the ability to add, remove and control the placement of the tiles. You can also share tiles across multiple roles and landing pages. 
  • Users will be able to view key information at a glance that is dynamic and data displays on tiles.  The user can click or tap on tiles to access the associated content.

On the Employee Self Service homepage your employees will have easy access to your company directory with just a quick tap or click on a tile. Your employees will also be ability to view and update their personal or talent related information. They can enter time in Time and Labor or request time off in Absence Management. It provides the employee with easy access to other key information such as viewing their paycheck, benefits, performance documents, and their total rewards.  The learning tile is for those customers that use the Enterprise Learning Management (ELM) application and it will provide announcements, a to-do list, and provide the employee with a listing of courses they are currently enrolled in.

Managers will also have easy access to the company directory from the Manager Self Service Landing Page. Managers will also be able to view and perform other tasks such as reviewing HR information, employee punched and elapsed time, absence requests, and is automatically notified when approvals are required. The manager will also be able to view other important information including team performance information and learning information such as overall enrollment and completion of learning courses. For those customers that use PeopleSoft Recruiting your current job openings and details is just a click or swipe away.

HR transactions are also now much easier with the new Guided Self Service. This configurable application allows organizations to create any number of “compound” transactions by combining multiple transactions into one easy to use guided process that walks the user through step by step, capturing the exact data needed to complete the transaction.

WorkCenters and Embedded Analytics are another great example of how users can be more efficient and productive. Payroll for North America delivered the Payroll for North America WorkCenter. This is a one stop shop for the Payroll Administrator to process payroll. The WorkCenter provides the administrator with alerts and analytics to help identify errors prior to a payroll going out the door.  

Update Image 9 also delivered new Analytics in other areas such as Time and Labor and Absence Management allowing you to get more insight, spot trends and issues, and have the opportunity to take action with ease.


Several other enhancements were included in Update Image 9 and we encourage you to take a look at the Update Image to see the new functionality/enhancements in PeopleSoft HCM!

For more information check out this press release, visit the new Cumulate Feature Overview page (now with PeopleSoft Update Image level detail), watch PeopleSoft Fluid UI videos on the PeopleSoft YouTube channel, and/or read the Update Image Overview document.


Saturday Apr 14, 2012

The Next Wave of PeopleSoft Capabilities for the Staffing Industry Is Here

With the release of PeopleSoft Financials and Supply Chain Management 9.1 Feature Pack 2 in January this year, we introduced substantial new capabilities for our Staffing Industry customers. Through a co-development project with Infosys Limited, we have enriched Oracle's PeopleSoft Staffing Solution with new tools aimed at accelerating and improving the quality of job order fulfillment, increasing branch recruiter productivity, and driving profitable growth.

Staffing industry firms succeed based on their ability to rapidly, cost-effectively, and continually fill their pipelines with new clients and job orders, recruit the best talent, and match orders with talent. Pressure to execute in each of these functional areas is even more acute on staffing firms as contingent labor becomes a more substantial and permanent part of the workforce mix. In an industry that creates value through speedy execution, there is little room for manual, inefficient processes and brittle, custom integrations, which throttle profitability and growth. The latest wave of investment in the PeopleSoft Staffing Solution focuses on generating efficiency and flexibility for our customers.

Simplicity

To operate profitably and continue growing, a Staffing enterprise needs its client management, recruiting, order fulfillment, and other processes to function in harmony. Most importantly, they need to be simple for recruiters, branch managers, and applicants to access and understand. The latest PeopleSoft Staffing Solution set of enhancements includes numerous automated defaulting mechanisms and information-rich dashboard pagelets that even a new employee can learn quickly. Pending Applicant, Agenda management, Search, and other pagelets are just a few of the newest, easy-to-use tools that not only aggregate and summarize information, but also provide instant access to applicants, tasks, and key reports for branch staff.

Productivity

The leading firms in the Staffing industry are those that can more efficiently orchestrate large numbers of candidates, clients, and orders than their competitors can. PeopleSoft Financials and Supply Chain Management 9.1 Feature Pack 2 delivers productivity boosters that Staffing firms can leverage to streamline tasks and processes for competitive advantage. For example, we enhanced the Recruiting Funnel, which manages the candidate on-boarding process, with a highly interactive user interface. It integrates disparate Staffing business processes and exploits new PeopleTools technologies to offer a superior on-boarding user experience. Automated creation of agenda items and assignment tasks for each candidate minimizes setup and organizes assignment steps for the on-boarding process. Mass updates of tasks and instant access to the candidate overview page (which we also expanded), candidate event status, event counts, and other key data enable recruiters to better serve clients and candidates.

Lower TCO

Constructing and maintaining an efficient yet flexible labor supply chain can be complicated, let alone expensive. Traditionally, Staffing firms have been challenged in controlling their technology cost of ownership because connecting candidate and client-facing tools involved building and integrating custom applications and technologies and managing staff turnover, placing heavy demands on IT and support staff. With PeopleSoft Financials and Supply Chain Management 9.1 Feature Pack 2, there are two major enhancements that aggressively tackle these challenges. First, we added another integration framework to enable cost-effective linking of the Staffing firm’s PeopleSoft applications and its job board distributors. (The first PeopleSoft 9.1 Feature Pack released in March 2011 delivered an integration framework to connect to resume parsing providers.) Second, we introduced the teaming concept to enable work to be partitioned to groups, as well as individuals. These two capabilities, combined with a host of others, position Staffing firms to configure and grow their businesses without growing their IT and overhead expenditures.

For our Staffing Industry customers, PeopleSoft Financials and Supply Chain Management 9.1 Feature Pack 2 is loaded with high-value tools aimed at enabling and sustaining a flexible labor supply chain. For more information, contact Howard.Shaw@oracle.com or Mark.Rosenberg@oracle.com.

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