Thursday Nov 10, 2011

Oracle Announces Release of PeopleSoft HCM 9.1 Feature Pack 2

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.

Sunday Aug 28, 2011

Leverage The Latest PeopleSoft Talent Management Capabilities With PeopleSoft 8.9 and 9.0

Is your organization still running PeopleSoft HR 8.9 or 9.0?

Would you like to leverage the latest PeopleSoft talent management capabilities without upgrading your core HR?  

Good news! You can deploy PeopleSoft HCM 9.1 Career/Succession Planning, ePeformance, eCompensation Manager Desktop, and Recruiting Solutions using Oracle-delivered integrations without an HR upgrade. Using a proven integration model and architecture similar to our PeopleSoft ELM <> PeopleSoft HCM integration, organizations can implement any or all of the PeopleSoft talent management solutions integrated back to their core HR 8.9 or 9.0 system.

The reference and transaction data flow from an HCM 8.9 / 9.0 instance to an HCM 9.1 (or ELM 9.1) instance is easily enabled by using PeopleSoft Talent Management 9.1 to PeopleSoft HCM Integrations.

Because you’ll maintain your valuable data in a consistent PeopleSoft-to-PeopleSoft approach when using PeopleSoft Talent Management 9.1 to PeopleSoft HCM Integrations, the time and resources required to maintain your system data is reduced and simplified. Some of the benefits include:

  • Consistent employee information.

When you view or access your employee information, you want it to always look and function the same. Third party systems might display or manipulate your employee information differently than your PeopleSoft HCM system currently does, and that could impact overall usability. With our PeopleSoft-to-PeopleSoft approach to Talent Management, your employee information remains consistent across all applications. With our delivered integrations, your current HCM installation remains your core HR data system of record.

  • Integrated security.

Security of your valuable data is vital in today’s business environment. Because the HCM 8.9 / 9.0 and Talent Management 9.1 applications share a common and integrated security strategy, maintenance of your security is eased and tighter security of your data ensured.

  • Ease in maintaining users and roles.

Granting your employees access to the appropriate applications and pages within those applications is easily handled in PeopleSoft applications through the assignment of users and roles. If you were to use a third party solution for your talent needs, you would have to maintain such access controls in two places, thereby increasing your workload and increasing the likelihood of out of sync access across the systems. Having a single application user and role structure minimizes your maintenance workload and ensures consistent application access across your entire system.

  • Quality user experience.

Oracle has dedicated much of their recent development efforts to increasing the usability of our applications. As you know, a quality user experience results in increased productivity, happier employees, and reduced support costs.

  • Standard application menus.

Part of your organization’s overall productivity includes as much standardization of menus, navigational structure and navigational steps as possible. PeopleSoft’s common navigation approach across all of our applications ensures that your employees will not be slowed down by constantly encountering unfamiliar navigational patterns to the important application pages they need to get their work done.

  • Consolidated related content.

Since you’ll be managing your core HCM functions and your Talent Management functions with identical technology, the related content across databases can be consolidated and used in all applications.

In addition to the benefits that result from an all-PeopleSoft system, there is much value realized in using PeopleSoft Talent Management solutions:

  • Cutting edge Talent Management functionality.
  • Consistent use of technology that you already understand.
  • Increased user adoption and reduced training costs due to application familiarity.
  • Single system of record.
  • Improved productivity with PeopleTools 8.5x.

I’ve saved the best for last, the PeopleSoft Talent Management 9.1 to HCM Integrations are delivered natively at no additional cost to Oracle’s PeopleSoft HCM customers and can be downloaded today from Oracle Support. Organizations need only have the product licenses for the Talent applications they are deploying. Oracle is constantly striving to assist our customers when they need to implement new and improved functionality while limiting implementation costs and time. The PeopleSoft Talent Management 9.1 to PeopleSoft HCM Integrations for our HCM customers do just that for those who need a robust and feature-rich Talent Management solution while staying with their current HCM implementation.

For much more information, including links to Oracle White Papers and Red Papers covering the Integrations, visit the Talent 9.1 Integrations tab of the PeopleSoft HCM 9.1 Solution Factory.



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