By Jay Zuckert on Nov 10, 2011
Big things sometimes come in small packages. Today Oracle announced the availability of PeopleSoft HCM 9.1 Feature Pack 2 which delivers a new HR self service user experience that fundamentally changes the way managers and employees interact with the HCM system. Earlier this year we reviewed a number of new concept designs with our Customer Advisory Boards. With the accelerated feature pack development cycle we have adopted, these innovations are now available to all 9.1 customers without the need for an upgrade. There are no new products that need to be licensed for the capabilities below.
For more details on Feature Pack 2, please see the Oracle press release.
Included in Feature Pack 2 is a new search-based menu-free navigation that allows managers to search for employees by name and take actions directly from the secure search results. For example, a manager can now simply type in part of an employee’s first or last name and receive meaningful results from documents related to performance, compensation, learning, recruiting, career planning and more. Delivered actions can be initiated directly from these search results and the actions are securely tied to HCM security and user role.
The feature pack also includes new pages that will enable managers to be more productive by aggregating key employee data into a single page. The new Manager Dashboard and Talent Summary provide a consolidated view of data related to a manager’s team and individual team members, respectively. The Manager Dashboard displays information relevant to their direct reports including team learning, objective alignment, alerts, and pending approvals requiring their attention. The Talent Summary provides managers with an aggregated view of talent management-related data for an individual employee including performance history, salary history, succession options, total rewards, and competencies. The information displayed in both the Manager Dashboard and Talent Summary is configurable by system administrators and can be personalized by each of your managers.
Other Feature Pack 2 enhancements allow organizations to administer Matrix or Dotted-Line Relationship Management, which addresses the challenge of tracking and maintaining project-based organizations that cut across the enterprise and geographic regions. From within the Company Directory and Org Viewer organization charts, managers now have access to manager self-service transactions from related actions. More than 70 manager and employee self-service transactions have been tied into the related action framework accessible from Org Viewer, Manager Dashboard, Talent Summary and Secure Enterprise Search (SES) results. In addition to making it easier to access manager self-service transactions, the feature pack delivers streamlined transaction pages making everyday tasks such as promoting an employee faster and more efficient.
With the delivery of PeopleSoft HCM 9.1 Feature Pack 2, Oracle continues to deliver on its commitment to our PeopleSoft customers. With this feature pack, HCM 9.1 customers will be able to deploy the newest functionality quickly, without a major release upgrade, and realize added value from their existing PeopleSoft investment. For customers newly deploying 9.1, a new download with all of Feature Pack 2 will be available early next year. This will aslo include recertified upgrade paths from 8.8, 8.9 and 9.0, for customers in the upgrade process.