Wednesday Apr 02, 2014

PeopleSoft @ Alliance 14

The Higher Education User Group (HEUG) Alliance 14 conference took place in Las Vegas, NV last month and was a roaring success. Over 4,250 attendees participated in the event which is focused on Higher Education and Public Sector institutions using Oracle applications and technology. The vast majority of attendees at the event are PeopleSoft applications customers.  The event kicked off with some major announcements from Oracle about its continued and committed investment in the Higher Education industry.  These announcements were:

  • Planned future release of a PeopleSoft Campus Solutions 9.2
  • Development of a totally new, cloud-based student information system
  • Continued enhancement of Oracle ERP Cloud solutions to address the industry specific requirements of Higher Education institutions

I had the distinct pleasure of sitting down with Mark Armstrong, Oracle's Vice President of Higher Eduction development to discuss these announcements in an exclusive PeopleSoft Talk interview.

In addition to these key announcements, the Alliance conference featured over 400 sessions were delivered by customers and partners with Oracle leading over 75 sessions focused on PeopleSoft. Jeff Robbins’ (Senior Director PeopleTools Strategy) “PeopleSoft General Session: Technology Update and Roadmap” session was the PeopleSoft highlight of the event with over 2,000 attendees. Other key Oracle led PeopleSoft sessions included:

  • What's New in PeopleSoft Human Capital Management 9.2 and Beyond by John Webb and Maria Ana Santiago
  • PeopleSoft Financials 9.2 Value & Roadmap: Do Much More with Less by Amira Morcos
  • PeopleSoft Supplier Lifecycle Management 9.2 and Beyond by Alexandra Dhillon
  • PeopleSoft Grants, Contracts, Projects 9.2 Value and Roadmap by Melanie Stapelman
  • PeopleSoft New User Experience and Mobile Applications by Maria Ana Santiago
  • Optimizing Maintenance Strategies Using PeopleSoft Update Manager by Mike Krajicek

The Alliance conference is always a great opportunity for the PeopleSoft team to interact with customers and listen to their feedback. This year the team met with dozens of customers and the overwhelming sentiment was the investments Oracle is making in PeopleSoft are the right ones and are adding value to their organizations. Customer’s expressed to the PeopleSoft team that what’s already been delivered in PeopleSoft 9.2 are “really good solutions”. One customer went as far to say, “The Activity Guide is the single biggest feature for them in their PeopleSoft 9.2 upgrade.” The newly redesigned user interface and marketplace integrations in PeopleSoft eProcurement 9.2 drew praise from customers. End users can intuitively requisition goods and seamlessly search marketplace items with supported integration to partner solutions.

Customer attendees at Alliance 14 also shared with the PeopleSoft team their efforts to expand the use of mobile solutions within PeopleSoft. There was a lot of discussion surrounding how to deliver PeopleSoft via a more modern, intuitive, and responsive user interface. Alliance 14 attendees look forward to when they can get the power of PeopleSoft into the hands of people on their campuses including Principal Investigators and Project Managers. In addition to mobility, Supplier Lifecycle Management (SLM) is an important focus area for the Higher Education and Public Sector customers who attend Alliance conferences as it is for many other PeopleSoft customers. Event attendees are happy with the PeopleSoft capabilities for self-service supplier onboarding already delivered in PeopleSoft 9.2. Customers shared with us their desire to see these capabilities expanded on in the future.

Legislative changes were also hot topics of discussion and feedback during the conference. These ranged from topics like DOMA, ACA, and OFCCP to the growing need for greater transparency in how institutions track and report funds. Attendees were pleased to see the PeopleSoft team led sessions addressing these topics. Furthermore customers were happy to see the PeopleSoft team’s heavy focus on increasing the flexibility of PeopleSoft applications allowing them to adapt their processes and systems. This focus ultimately means PeopleSoft customers can address the legislative changes more effectively and at a lower cost.

While the PeopleSoft team greatly appreciates feedback from our customers; customers at Alliance 14 conveyed their gratitude towards the PeopleSoft team for listening to their needs and ensuring their requirements were incorporated in to PeopleSoft applications. As an attendee from the University of Kansas said, “Meeting with the PeopleSoft team justifies coming to the conference.” This goes to show that participating in PeopleSoft user groups, whether they be HEUG, Quest, or OHUG (Oracle HCM Users Group) is a good way to be hear and influence the direction of PeopleSoft.


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!

Thursday Jan 31, 2013

Don’t Miss Out on COLLABORATE13 User Group Conference

The COLLABORATE13 User Group conference is right around the corner, April 7 – 11, 2013 in Denver, Colorado. COLLABORATE is the largest customer-led conference in the US for PeopleSoft customers. This year the Quest International Users Group is hosting all the education sessions and networking events for PeopleSoft customers. Get a sneak peek at what this amazing conference has in the COLLABORATE13 Conference Advance Program.

COLLABORATE13 Highlights

  • PeopleSoft Release 9.2 is nearly here, attend COLLABORATE13 to hear directly from Oracle's PeopleSoft executive management team on the value this new release can deliver to your organization.
  • Experts from Oracle and members of Oracle’s PeopleSoft product management team give guidance to attendees who want to upgrade or are planning an upgrade to PeopleSoft Release 9.2.
  • 400 Quest education sessions including, interactive panel discussions and hands-on learning opportunities packed with first-hand experiences, case studies and practical “how-to” content.
  • PeopleSoft content has increased by 42% this year with increased functional and “funcnotechnical” content based on customer feedback.
  • COLLABORATE13 covers topics for your whole Oracle applications ecosystem including: PeopleSoft, JD Edwards EnterpriseOne, JD Edwards World, Oracle Fusion Applications, Hyperion, Primavera, Oracle E-Business Suite, Oracle Business Intelligence Applications, Siebel, and more. Plus the event also offers education sessions for Oracle database and technology users.
  • The Quest International Users Group is the home of PeopleSoft. Register for COLLABORATE13 through Quest here: www.questdirect.org/COLLABORATEto receive PeopleSoft news, information on special events, and schedule changes regarding COLLABORATE13.

Thursday Jun 21, 2012

PeopleSoft RECONNECT Conference Unites the PeopleSoft Community

The PeopleSoft team is looking forward to participating in this new PeopleSoft deep dive conference from the Quest International Users Group.  We’ve worked diligently with the leadership of Quest’s PeopleSoft Special Interest Groups (SIG’s) and Regional User Groups (RUG’s) to make sure this national user event delivers PeopleSoft content that meets the needs of the PeopleSoft community.

The inaugural PeopleSoft RECONNECT conference will be held August 27-29, 2012 in Hartford Connecticut.  Through our Product Strategy, Development and Support teams Oracle will provide support for education sessions in these key tracks:

  • Human Capital Management (HCM)
  • Financials (FMS)
  • Supplier Relationship Management (SRM)
  • Supply Chain, Manufacturing & Distribution (SCM)
  • Project Costing
  • Applications Technology (PeopleTools)

Oracle will host a general session from John Webb, plus roadmap sessions for the major PeopleSoft product areas.  We will also host enhancement discussions for our key PeopleSoft solutions allowing participants to contribute to the future of PeopleSoft through an interactive forum.  All of this is part of the 100+ education sessions being offered by the customer and vendor community.  

There’s a lot of buzz around this conference, so don’t delay in registering key members of your team today.  We look forward to seeing you there so register NOW!

Thursday Mar 08, 2012

PeopleSoft European User Group Tour

A cold, late February wind blew as I crossed the Champs Elysees on route back to my Paris hotel. Myself and key members of the PeopleSoft product team including Tracy Martin (Senior Director PeopleSoft HCM Product Management), Amira Morcos (Senior Director PeopleSoft Financials Product Management), and Jeff Robbins (Senior Director PeopleSoft Product Management) had just concluded the first of three PeopleSoft user group events in Europe. The Paris, France event, like the other events in Utrecht, Netherlands and London, England were rousing successes; each event drawing between 100 and 150 attendees. Learn more about these three events and the user groups behind them here:

  • Paris, France (link)
  • Utrecht, Netherlands (link)
  • London, England (link
Our tour was intended to engage the European PeopleSoft user community, share with them Oracle’s continued investment in PeopleSoft, discuss the PeopleSoft product roadmap, and educate them on the value delivered from PeopleSoft solutions. We accomplished this and more. The European PeopleSoft user community showed itself to be well organized, energized, and incredibly gracious hosts – the entire PeopleSoft team thanks them for the invitation to participate in their events.

The European PeopleSoft user community, like all PeopleSoft user communities around the world, was very hungry for not only information on PeopleSoft and its roadmap, but also information on Oracle Fusion Applications and what they mean to them as PeopleSoft customers. We were happy to oblige them. In the end, the event attendees walked away reassured about the future of PeopleSoft and that Oracle Fusion Applications are intended to compliment and co-exist with PeopleSoft applications – not replace PeopleSoft applications. I am not the only one who thinks these events were a success. Check out ComputerWorld UK’s take on the London event here.

Thursday Apr 21, 2011

PeopleSoft @ Collaborate 11: Moving Forward with Oracle

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