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Configuration

Sensitive Data Masking is as Simple as 1,2,3,4

Sensitive Data Masking safe guard’s confidential employee information like National ID and Banking Information which has become more important than ever.  For personal and sensitive information shared by employees, it's important that the sensitive data is only accessed by Administrators who are authorized.  Your organization might grant access to Personal Data to users with different security roles, such as HR Administrators or a HR Service Representative, each requiring different access levels.  PeopleSoft HCM provides row-level security for Administrator components and ensures that only authorized users have access, however, this doesn’t secure the access to fields on the page that show sensitive information like birth date. For protecting sensitive data, you have the ability to easily mask highly sensitive fields like an employee’s national id, date of birth, bank account numbers, driver’s license and passport number.  Below is an example of how you would mask an employee’s driver’s license number. Step 1 (Log in PS/PS) – Check on Enable Data Masking > Save.  Setup HCM > Install > Installation Table > HCM Options Tab Step 2 – Check ON data masking parameter for Driver’s License Number.  Click the Masking Parameters hyperlink Enter in the number of digits you want unmasked (you can mask the entire field or partial).  Click the OK button, Click the Save button. Set Up HCM > Security > Data Masking > Setup Component Level Masking Step 3 – Define what Security User Roles can see unmasked data (ex. HR Administrator) and who sees the data as masked (ex. HR Service Rep). Field Group = DL (Driver’s License), Click Search button Enter the Role of who can see UNMASKED data, save the page (this is the delivered role, you may have role name if you cloned the delivered role)  Set Up HCM > Security > Data Masking > Setup Authorized Roles Step 3A - PeopleSoft delivered a role “Data Privacy Officer” – this role needs to be assigned in the User Profile.  User ID = PS (Super User Admin) PeopleTools > User Profiles > User Profiles  Step 4 – As an HR Administrator, you can see the Dr. License unmasked for Jean Parsons. Navigation – Workforce Administration dashboard > New Hire Tasks > Driver’s License Data > Jean Parsons Logout – Login as RCHANNING/RCHANNING (a HR Rep) Navigation – Workforce Administration dashboard > New Hire Tasks > Driver’s License Data> Jean Parsons  As an HR Representative, you can see the Dr. License masked for Jean Parsons. The HR Rep can only see the last 4 digits (as defined in Step 2 above). For Additional Information on Data Privacy - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g9bX55tHSMc  

Sensitive Data Masking safe guard’s confidential employee information like National ID and Banking Information which has become more important than ever.  For personal and sensitive information shared...

Configuration

Use Event Mapping to Reduce Customization Impact

Event Mapping is a useful feature that was introduced in PeopleTools 8.55, and we've been enhancing it ever since.  We've added additional events that can have event mapping code injected, and we've introduced features in App Designer to make it easier for the developers to maintain their event mapping code. Minimize the Impact of Change Event Mapping doesn't make writing customizations easier, but it removes or greatly diminishes the impact and cost of customizations when you take new images.  This makes new image uptake easier, cheaper, and faster and allows you to continue to meet unique, important requirements. How is Event Mapping Used? The basic concept is straightforward: Event Mapping enables you to inject custom code before or after delivered event code.  There are some key benefits of Event Mapping: Your Custom PeopleCode is kept separate from delivered code You have Complete access to component buffer A developer writes their Application Class custom code in App Designer.  Note that as of 8.57, the PeopleCode Editor provides an Event Mapping button in the Application Designer toolbar as a visual indicator of custom PeopleCode programs mapped to events of a component, component page, component record, or component record field. The indicator is enabled when the PeopleCode is being viewed for one of these events. In addition, the Find Definition References tab on the output window lists the events that are mapped to custom PeopleCode programs, along with the application class. The Find Definition References tab lists references to other components where the custom PeopleCode programs of the selected application class are used. Mapping your custom code is done through the Related Content Framework, which enables us to keep your code separate from the delivered logic.   Which Events Support Event Mapping? The list has been growing ever since Event Mapping was introduced. Component Level events: PostBuild PreBuild SavePreChange SavePostChange WorkFlow Component Record level events: RowDelete RowInit RowInsert RowSelect SaveEdit SavePreChange SavePostChange Page level events: PageActivate Field level events: FieldChange   And Now! Event Mapping Enhancements in 8.58... We've added several enhancements to support broader usage of event mapping with Drop Zones, for data privacy, and other uses.  Event mapping now supports FieldDefault, FieldEdit, SearchInit, and SearchSave events for component record fields, and SearchInit and SearchSave events for component records.  Event mapping now also supports records and record fields on subpages and secondary pages at any level of nesting, not just for primary pages explicitly defined in the component. This enhancement extends support to the page Activate event for secondary pages and to derived work records.  Developers can now use a single application class service ID for multiple configurations. This enhancement simplifies PeopleCode development because multiple blocks of code can be delivered in a single application class. Then, during configuration, you can use a new event mapping parameter to selectively invoke the specific block of code that pertains to a specific event. Time to Use Event Mapping Customers that have heavily customized their PeopleSoft applications should look seriously at Event Mapping to isolate those customizations to provide a better PeopleSoft life cycle.  Event Mapping can even be used in concert with other configuration features to dramatically reduce the impact of customizations. For more information on Event Mapping and other configuration features, see this page on peoplesoftinfo.com.  

Event Mapping is a useful feature that was introduced in PeopleTools 8.55, and we've been enhancing it ever since.  We've added additional events that can have event mapping code injected, and we've...

Events

Join Us at the Quest PeopleSoft Event Next Week!

The Quest virtual PeopleSoft conference starts next week.   As most of you know by now, the annual live Collaborate event hosted by Quest has been canceled due to the Covid-19 pandemic.  In an effort to bring the knowledge planned for the live event to the PeopleSoft community, Quest has created an online event. There are different events for the various Oracle technologies and products, and PeopleSoft week is June 1-4.  Quest has made a great effort to make the virtual conference as informative and collaborative as possible in the new format.    Visit Quest's site here for complete information and to register and build your agenda.   Here's what you can expect from this virtual conference: Many interactive education sessions selected by Quest’s PeopleSoft customer committee members Keynote presentations from Oracle thought leaders, as well as announcements and roadmaps that are exclusive to the Quest Forum Digital Event from Oracle experts and strategists  Special Interest Group and industry meetings that will serve as open discussions around relevant topics and enhancements Solution providers in the virtual demogrounds and tradeshow Hundreds of peers with whom to network and share ideas and best practices Hoping to see you online next week!

The Quest virtual PeopleSoft conference starts next week.   As most of you know by now, the annual live Collaborate event hosted by Quest has been canceled due to the Covid-19 pandemic.  In an effort...

COVID-19

Join PeopleSoft at the Virtual Alliance Conference!

The Alliance virtual conference starts next week.  If you are a higher ed or public sector customer, please try to attend.  The live conference was moved online, of course, due to the Covid-19 crisis, and the HEUG has gone to great lengths to make the virtual conference as informative and collaborative as possible in the new format.  Visit the site here to register and build your agenda.  There are a great variety of sessions, workshops, community discussions, keynotes, and birds-of-a-feather meetings. On the PeopleTools and Technology side, we are presenting a full slate of sessions--almost the same number as planned for the live conference.  Here's a taste, but see the Agenda Builder for a complete list and description: PeopleSoft Technology Roadmap PeopleTools Platform and Infrastructure Overview PeopleSoft Analytics Highlights Beyond Hardening. A look at new threats 2020 Vision - Seeing the Capabilities and Benefits of PeopleSoft Cloud Manager PeopleSoft Page and Field Configurator: What Would You Like to Ask the Experts? What's New With the Fluid User Interface Deploying Chatbots with the PeopleSoft Chatbot Integration Framework Customer Panel -  Benefits of PeopleSoft on Oracle Cloud Infrastructure PeopleTools Product Strategy Panel Discussion The Value of Digital Assistants Where will AI/ML enhance PeopleSoft application Emerging Tech:  The Future of Elasticsearch, Logstash, and Kibana with PeopleSoft Come take -:-:Oracle Security-:-: on a deeper dive! For information on PeopleSoft applications sessions at Alliance, see the App blog. Hope to see you online next week!

The Alliance virtual conference starts next week.  If you are a higher ed or public sector customer, please try to attend.  The live conference was moved online, of course, due to the Covid-19 crisis,...

Configuration

Drop Zones for Classic Pages

We introduced Drop Zones in PeopleTools 8.57 as described here.  This feature enables customers to customize their pages, adding fields and other page elements without affecting the delivered page.  This can have a significant impact on your life cycle because your page customizations won't be affected when you take a new image.  Image uptake is thus easier, faster, and cheaper.  In 8.57, Drop Zones are only available on Fluid pages. Now with PeopleTools 8.58, Drop Zones have been extended to Classic pages, enabling you to isolate even more of your customizations.  The drop zone implementation process remains similar to that for fluid drop zones. Before starting starting with classic Drops Zones, consider these criteria: PeopleSoft applications add Drop Zones to selected classic pages. These drop zone-enabled pages will be delivered to customers in PeopleSoft application update images on PeopleTools 8.58. On classic pages, a drop zone is a special group box with the Drop Zone Group Box option selected.   Each drop zone must contain the PT_ERCSUBPAGE_STUB, which is dynamically replaced at runtime. Once you have PeopleTools 8.58 and applications with Drop Zone pages, you can do the following: Customers design and create classic subpage definitions containing your fields to be dynamically inserted in the subpage The fields on your subpages are displayed and processed along with the main page without any differentiation of where the items are defined Associate your classic subpages to drop zones  (Unconfigured drop zones are ignored and not rendered at runtime) One last point.  As with Fluid Drop Zones, only insert your custom subpages into delivered drop zones.  Do NOT create your own drop zones.  That would be a customization and defeat the purpose. Get Started Now Even if you are not yet on an application image that contains Drop Zones, you can prepare ahead of time, making implementation faster.  Review and catalog your page customizations (Fluid and Classic) and compare them against the pages with delivered drop zones in the images you will eventually uptake. Consider which page customizations you want to implement with Drop Zones.  Prioritize them. Start building subpages containing those customizations. When you move to the application images that contain drop zones, you can simply insert the subpages you've created as described above PeopleSoft has been making a significant effort to enable you to reduce the impact of customizations, thus lowering the cost of keeping your system current.  Drop Zones is one of many features to help with this.  See the page on configuration on peoplesoftinfo.com for more information on this important topic.

We introduced Drop Zones in PeopleTools 8.57 as described here.  This feature enables customers to customize their pages, adding fields and other page elements without affecting the delivered page. ...

Events

Attend the Collaborate Conference!

Collaborate is a true user's conference.  It's created by Oracle users and managed by the Quest user group as the official forum for PeopleSoft, JD Edwards, Oracle Cloud Apps, and Database and Technology products.  Collaborate is being held in exciting Las Vegas this year--a conference location everyone seems to enjoy. We've found that this conference is aptly named.  It fosters collaboration among customer strategists, users and developers along with Oracle teams and partners.  Collaborate offers informative keynotes, hundreds of learning sessions (including workshops and hands-on labs), question and answer panels, and key topic tracks. In addition, there are receptions, networking events, and special interest group meetings. As usual, PeopleSoft has a strong presence at the Collaborate conference, and PeopleTools is slated to provide many informative sessions.  If you are in the Tools and Tech side of your enterprise, consider these sessions: PeopleSoft PeopleTools Technology Roadmap   Oracle continues to invest in PeopleSoft PeopleTools technology.  In this session, you will hear about some of the key features delivered in the latest PeopleTools release.  Topics covered are PeopleSoft Fluid User Interface, Oracle’s full suite of cloud-ready lifecycle management tools (including PeopleSoft Cloud Manager), simplified analytics, emerging technology and more. Oracle’s strategy is to continue to extend the value of your PeopleSoft investment. PeopleTools Platform and Cloud Manager Feature Overview   Proper planning for a new PeopleTools release helps to avoid any last minute scrambles. This should start with ensuring your intended infrastructure is fully certified and ready to be supported by Oracle Support. No one likes surprises on a go-live weekend. Come to this session and learn the key infrastructure differences between 8.58 and past releases. This session will also introduce attendees to PeopleSoft Cloud Manager and share the benefits it provides to customers including the automated PeopleTools upgrades and patches and a number of recent enhancements. If you're thinking about a move to the cloud, come to this session and see benefits PeopleSoft provides with Cloud Manager on OCI. Deploying Chatbots with PeopleSoft   Chatbots are an exciting addition to PeopleSoft's user interface. They enable users to interact with enterprise applications in a natural, intuitive, and conversational way. PeopleSoft has delivered the Chatbot Integration Architecture to simplify deploying chatbots in PeopleSoft applications. It can also be used for building custom chatbots.  Learn about what Oracle provides to develop and deliver chatbots, what you need to get started, and how you can deploy chatbots in your applications. See some examples of delivered chatbots. The Latest Features in PeopleSoft Analytics   PeopleSoft has long offered numerous and powerful reporting and analytic capabilities. Now we're raising the bar by enabling Kibana visualizations in PeopleSoft. Kibana is an open source analytic application that uses Elasticsearch indexes to render rich visualizations. Since Kibana uses index data, performance is superior, and there is no impact on transactional performance. Learn how Kibana is embedded right in the PeopleSoft user interface, and how you can create your own visualizations. Another new feature is Personalized Analytic Notifications, which capture business rules and enhance the way users interact with PeopleSoft. LCM with Cloud Manager   Migrating PeopleSoft applications has many benefits, one of which is an improved experience maintaining your application. In this sessions we will look at how a partial or complete migration of your applications to Oracle Cloud Infrastructure can lower your costs and simplify your maintenance process. Securing PSFT applications on OCI   In this session, we'll review the way "Shared Responsibility" impacts the traditional approach to application and enterprise security. We'll also examine the tools available to provide additional, non-traditional, ways to protect your systems and data in OCI. OCI and cloud technology bring a wealth of security features, in this session we'll see how you can take best advantage of them. These are great sessions, but don't limit yourself the Tools and Tech track.  There are a lot of other useful sessions provided by applications, partners, and PeoleSoft users.  See the Collaborate site for a complete listing of sessions, conference activities, logistics, and updates on schedules. Hope to see you there!

Collaborate is a true user's conference.  It's created by Oracle users and managed by the Quest user group as the official forum for PeopleSoft, JD Edwards, Oracle Cloud Apps, and Database and...

COVID-19

Join Us at the Alliance Conference

Important Update! Due to the Covid-19 problem, health concerns, and travel restrictions, the Alliance Conference has been cancelled. The organizers (HEUG) are considering other options like a virtual conference.  All updates will be posted here:  https://www.alliance-conference.com/   If you are a higher education or public sector customer, I hope you will be joining us at the Alliance Conference.  This year the conference is in Philadelphia.  Alliance is an event that we in PeopleSoft always look forward to.  As a group, the attendees are well informed, interested in learning, collaborative, innovative, and eager to interact with us Oracle folks and share their experiences.  PeopleSoft/PeopleTools has a full slate of sessions again this year.  Technical and functional attendees alike should be interested in many of these sessions. 7101    PeopleSoft: Beyond Hardening. A look at new threats    What can you do when MFA and SSL/TLS are not enough protection? We'll look at what's available to help harden systems, but also examine other ways of reducing the attack surface with emerging threats and current concerns for security and privacy. 7071    PeopleSoft Analytics Highlights    PeopleSoft has always offered a variety of options for reporting and analytics. Some new additions provide additional power, convenience and performance improvements. Features like Analytic Thresholds and Personalized Analytic Notifications not only provide information, they change the way users interact with PeopleSoft applications. Kibana offers new analytic and visualization options while providing performance not previously possible. These new options offer better decision support and improved interaction for your users. 7106    Deploying Chatbots with the PeopleSoft Chatbot Integration Framework    Chatbots are an up and coming technology that lets the user drive the application user interface using natural language instructions. PeopleTools has delivered technology that make deploying chatbots delivered by application teams or building custom chatbots that integrate with PeopleSoft Applications easy. In this session we'll cover the easiest way to get chatbots up and running in your organization. 7070    PeopleSoft Technology Roadmap    Oracle continues to invest in PeopleSoft PeopleTools technology. In this session, you will hear about some of the key features delivered in the latest PeopleTools release. Topics covered are PeopleSoft Fluid User Interface, Oracle’s full suite of cloud-ready lifecycle management tools (including PeopleSoft Cloud Manager), simplified analytics, emerging technology and more. Oracle’s strategy is to continue to extend the value of your PeopleSoft investment. 7081    Customer Panel -  Benefits of PeopleSoft on Oracle Cloud Infrastructure    You have heard about Oracle Cloud but do you know how PeopleSoft customers are taking advantage of the new offerings? Find out how Oracle Cloud Infrastructure, PeopleSoft Cloud Manager and other recent enhancements are benefiting customers. Attend this session and bring your questions! We'll have PeopleSoft customers and sharing their experiences and lessons learned while running PeopleSoft on Oracle Cloud. 7073    Emerging Tech: The Future of Elasticsearch, Logstash, and Kibana with PeopleSoft    Elastic (the company that offers the ELK stack) continues to innovate and offer new capabilities for their core products. This provides a wealth of opportunities for PeopleSoft and our customers through PeopleSoft’s adoption and integration of Elasticsearch, Logstash, and Kibana. Learn what the future may hold for PeopleSoft and our incorporation of Elastic products, and how your institution can benefit from their use 7072    What's New With the Fluid User Interface    PeopleSoft continues to enhance the Fluid User Interface, adding new features and improving the look and feel. Another important and differentiating aspect of PeopleSoft is the ability to configure the UI to meet your important unique requirements, and there are enhancements in that area too. Learn about the latest changes that are offered with PeopleTools 8.58, and how you can benefit from them. 7080    2020 Vision - Seeing the Capabilities and  Benefits of PeopleSoft Cloud Manager    PeopleSoft has invested a lot of resources to simplify environment management in Oracle Cloud Infrastructure. PeopleSoft Cloud Manager will help maximize your efficiency and reduce the effort it takes to provision and maintain application environments. Find out how PeopleTools patches and upgrades have been completely automated. This session will highlight all the new features of Cloud Manager, as well as discuss some of the future enhancements we're evaluating. If you want reduce costs, simplify patching and speed up environment availability... this session is for you! 7076    PeopleTools Platform and Infrastructure Overview    Is your PeopleSoft infrastructure ready for PeopleTools 8.57 and beyond?  Have you made the switch to Visual COBOL?   Did you perform your first one-click PeopleTools upgrade using PeopleSoft Cloud Manager?  This session walks you through Oracle’s PeopleTools certifications (including PeopleTools 8.58) for operating systems, databases, browsers, search and other components certified with PeopleTools.  We'll discuss the timelines and options for the migration to Visual COBOL, and highlight new features delivered with Cloud Manager.  This session provides the information you need to ensure your PeopleSoft infrastructure remains certified for your PeopleSoft environments. 7102    Where will AI/ML enhance PeopleSoft applications    AI/ML for some is a solution looking for a problem. We will examine near term and roadmap use cases for PeopleSoft Applications. Look at how AI/ML is being proposed both by applications development and by customers exploring the features. We will also look at how industry experts and thought leaders see this technology being adopted. PeopleTools Product Strategy Panel Discussion    There are many sessions at Alliance where you can listen and learn about a particular topic from one or two experts. Attend this session to engage in an open discussion with key members of Oracle's PeopleTools Product team. You will be able to ask questions, hear their thoughts, and gain their insight into the PeopleSoft product direction. If any of these sessions sound good to you, check out the details for location and any date/time changes at the Alliance site.  Here you can view the entire agenda including all session schedules, workshops, and special events.  It's not too late to register! Hope to see you there!

Important Update! Due to the Covid-19 problem, health concerns, and travel restrictions, the Alliance Conference has been cancelled. The organizers (HEUG) are considering other options like a virtual...

Cloud Manager

Get the latest PeopleTools version using Cloud Manager 10

PeopleSoft PeopleTools version 8.58 is generally available to run on Oracle Cloud. If this is good news to you, there is more – it’s even easier now to upgrade to the latest version of the PeopleTools using PeopleSoft Cloud Manager. This blog post outlines the steps to get PeopleTools 8.58.01 and run it or upgrade an older version through the Cloud Manager. There’s probably a pretty good chance that this is the first time you may be hearing about PeopleSoft Cloud Manager. If so, don’t worry; just follow the steps in this blog to get your PeopleTools version upgraded.  As a first step, get an Oracle Cloud Infrastructure (OCI) account.  Install the Cloud Manager Image 10 (CM 10) onto that account.  Post-installation, use CM 10 to download the 8.58.01 DPKs into the Cloud Manager Repository.  Use CM 10 to upgrade a PUM image from 8.57 to 8.58 using the downloaded DPKs.  If you’ve been through a PeopleTools upgrade before, you’ll be amazed to see how the CM 10 automates this process! The steps outlined below assume that you are new to OCI and Cloud Manager.  If you are already familiar with Cloud Manager and have a Cloud Manager instance running in your tenancy, then update your Cloud Manager instance using Interaction Hub Image 10 as described in the Cloud Manager online help and go to Step 4 listed below. Step 1: Get your Oracle Cloud trial account.  If you are new to OCI and PeopleSoft Cloud Manager, then please go through all links below to help you get started quickly. Oracle Cloud   Get your trial account   PeopleSoft Cloud Manager Using the Oracle Cloud link given above, request fa free account that will give you access to all Oracle Cloud services up to 3500 hours or USD 300 free credits (available in select countries and limited validity). When your request is processed, you will be provisioned a tenancy in Oracle Cloud Infrastructure. Oracle will send you a Welcome email with instructions for signing in to the console for the first time. There is no charge unless you choose to Upgrade to Paid from My Services in the console. Step 2: Set up your OCI tenancy by creating users, policies, and networks. Refer to the OCI documentation here for details or get a quick overview of this blog post.  After this step, you will have your tenancy ready to deploy PeopleSoft Cloud Manager. Step 3: Install and configure PeopleSoft Cloud Manager.  As part of this step, you will: Install the Cloud Manager instance using Resource Manager Configure Cloud Manager settings Set up a file server on File Storage service (FSS) to use as a repository Follow the Cloud Manager installation documentation here. Step 4: Subscribe to download channels. The PeopleTools 8.58 download channel is now available under the unsubscribed channel list. Navigate to Dashboard ® Repository ® Download Subscriptions. Click on the Unsubscribed Tab. Subscribe to the new Tools_858_Linux, Tools_858_Windows channel using the related Actions menu. Also subscribe to any application download channels, for example, HCM_92_Linux. Downloading the new PeopleTools version takes a while. Wait for the status to indicate ‘Success.’ Step 5:  Provision of a demo environment using PUM full tier topology.  Create a new environment template to deploy an application that you downloaded in Step 4.  Use the provided PUM full tier topology in the template.  Using this newly created template, provision a new environment. If you already have a PUM environment deployed through Cloud Manager, then you can skip this step.  Step 6: After the environment is provisioned, navigate to My Environment Details > Upgrade PeopleTools.  On the right pane, you’ll have an option to select the PeopleTools 8.58 version that you have downloaded. Select the PeopleTools version that you want to evaluate. Click Upgrade to begin the upgrade process. By default, the Auto Select Windows client for upgrade is set to Yes. You’ll be able to view the job details and the steps running on the same page by clicking the upgrade job status link.  Once the process is completed, the status reflects ‘Completed’ as shown on the screen. You may probably end up waiting for a few hours for the system to upgrade successfully. PeopleTools upgrade is now complete.  Sign in to the PeopleSoft Pure Internet Architecture (PIA) for the upgraded environment to evaluate the new features in PeopleTools 8.58. For more information on PeopleTools 8.58 and Cloud Manager Image 10, go to PeopleSoft Hosted Online help. We hope this helped you to upgrade easily to 8.58.01. If you still have questions, please contact Oracle Support.

PeopleSoft PeopleTools version 8.58 is generally available to run on Oracle Cloud. If this is good news to you, there is more – it’s even easier now to upgrade to the latest version of the PeopleTools...

Cloud Manager

PeopleSoft PeopleTools 8.58 is Available on Oracle Cloud Infrastructure

PeopleTools 8.58 is now available from Oracle and there is plenty to be excited about. Just as with PeopleTools 8.57, the release is initially available on Oracle Cloud Infrastructure (OCI) and will not be available for on-premises environments until the 8.58.03 patch. Until then, we invite you to take advantage of the many benefits offered by Cloud Manager and of running PeopleSoft Applications in the Oracle Cloud.   Here's a link to more information on the latest version of Cloud Manager.   It’s always exciting when Oracle releases a new version of PeopleTools (I won’t say how many I’ve been involved with)!  This release is no different. There are plenty of exciting new features that will help you in many different ways. With the release of 8.58 we’ve:   Modernized the look and feel with:    New stylesheet that gives applications a modern look Support for conversational interfaces using Oracle Digital Assistant Centralized management of notifications and added support for Text messages   Enhanced analytics with: Powerful new integration with Kibana Analytics Extended analytic driven notifications   Supported emerging technology with New Chatbot Integration Framework to make chatbots easy to deploy and manage Support OAuth standard for chatbot authorization   Let you take advantage of the elasticity, performance and cost of the Oracle Cloud by Automating the PeopleTools 8.58 upgrade using Cloud Manager Image 10   Helped you manage change to your PeopleSoft environment by Isolating customizations to AppEngine programs Increasing the value of Event Mapping with more events and use in more places   And much, much more.   Where do you start for more information? You’ll want to start with the PeopleTools 8.58 Highlight Video posted on the PeopleSoft YouTube channel.  Give yourself plenty of time. The video is a great overview of some of the key new features in 8.58 and it’s long, over 35 minutes!    After that, go straight to the PeopleSoft PeopleTools 8.58 New Feature Overview document.  You’ll want to spend some time with this because it itemizes all the new features and is the best place to find all the hidden gems in release 8.58. And there is more. The additional resources include PeopleTools 8.58 Homepage Upgrade Homepage for PeopleTools 8.58 PeopleTools 8.58 Online Help Downloadable PeopleBooks (PDF)   Release 8.58 is a significant milestone for Oracle.  Now’s the time to take your PeopleSoft applications to the next level.  Use PeopleTools 8.58 to simplify the user interface, leverage emerging technology with chatbots, enhance the analytics with Kibana, lower the cost of your customizations and take advantage of what the cloud has to offer by migrating your PeopleSoft applications to the Oracle Cloud. 

PeopleTools 8.58 is now available from Oracle and there is plenty to be excited about. Just as with PeopleTools 8.57, the release is initially available on Oracle Cloud Infrastructure (OCI) and will...

Cloud Manager

PeopleSoft Cloud Manager Image 10 is Now Available

Cloud Manager Image 10 (CM010) is now available from the Oracle Marketplace and it’s loaded with new features to help you manage your PeopleSoft environments in the Oracle Cloud Infrastructure. If you are not sure what Cloud Manager is all about, it’s pretty simple, it helps you move and manage PeopleSoft 9.2 environments in Oracle Cloud Infrastructure (OCI). Once there, it helps you administer applications and manage lifecycle processes. You can learn more about the Cloud Manager page on the PeopleSoft Information Portal. With PeopleSoft Cloud Manager Image 10 you can now: Use the OCI Resource Manager to simplify the process of configuring complex network environments that can be difficult and error-prone. Use additional database platforms including Oracle Exadata Cloud Service as well as Oracle 12.2.0.1, 18c and 19c versions. Use Transparent Data Encryption (TDE) Simplify the maintenance of Cloud Manager with automated patches and updates to Cloud Manager. One-click fast cloning of environments. Discover externally created environments running on OCI and import the definitions to manage them with Cloud Manager Automatically upgrade PeopleTools versions including PeopleTools 8.58 on OCI  (when available). Support for Windows based Process Scheduler to use with NVision Kibana support And much more. Make sure to check out the Cloud Manager Release Video for more features. Image 10 represents a significant improvement in the areas of automation, supported platforms, ease of use, and environment management.  No other IaaS Cloud Platform can match the combination of automation, performance, ease of use and cost savings that is available on OCI.  Check it out for yourself with a free trial.

Cloud Manager Image 10 (CM010) is now available from the Oracle Marketplace and it’s loaded with new features to help you manage your PeopleSoft environments in the Oracle Cloud Infrastructure. If you...

PeopleTools

Accessibility with PeopleSoft Products

Oracle Support and Resources for Accessibility PeopleSoft has been involved with accessibility support for many years, and this subject is an important priority for Oracle.  In fact, Oracle has an entire team called the Accessibility Program Office (APO), which is part of the Corporate Architecture Group.  They serve as a resource to all Oracle applications—not just PeopleSoft—and help all products with their compliance efforts.    The APO also publishes a wealth of information to help customers learn about Oracle’s accessibility efforts.  To learn about those programs and access a variety of accessibility information go here.  This site also contains links to Peoplesoft’s Voluntary Product Accessibility Templates (VPATs).  These describe in detail the conformance of all PeopleSoft products. Through the APO, Oracle supports and participates in several conferences on Accessibility.  The APO also holds many internal meetings and conferences on accessibility, particularly around developing and testing for accessibility.  They also keep all product lines aware of regulatory changes and updates. How Accessibility is Supported in PeopleSoft PeopleSoft supports accessibility in its applications in two ways: through PeopleTools (the development and runtime environment), and in the applications themselves.  Some accessibility guidelines are simply supported in PeopleTools without requiring coding in the applications.  However, PeopleTools also makes it possible for application developers to write their applications to conform to accessibility guidelines.  For example, PeopleTools makes it possible for applications to be written containing tags for page elements so that they can be read by assistive technology like screen readers.  The majority of guidelines are supported this way in the applications, and require application developers to code to standards.  This is true for customer development as well.  If customers develop custom pages and components, they must develop those pages to standards just as PeopleSoft applications developers are required to do. Oracle—PeopleSoft uses both manual and automated testing to evaluate conformance with accessibility regulations.  In fact, Oracle’s APO has developed a proprietary tool for internal accessibility testing.  This tool is used across Oracle applications. Screen Reader Mode Note that PeopleSoft applications provide a mode that optimizes PeopleSoft pages for use with assistive technology like screen readers.  This is typically enabled by administrators for their visually impaired users, but end users can also enable Screen Reader Mode at login or in the user preferences area. Accessibility Guidelines and Enhancements For guidelines about how accessibility is supported in PeopleSoft applications, see the PeopleBooks section on Accessibility. In addition to the overview, PeopleBooks provides the following information: How to set up accessibility layout features How to use accessibility layout features How to build accessible applications with PeopleTools Accessibility improvements by release (for example, improvements in PeopleTools 8.57) Accessibility enhancements for applications images are listed in Image Update Videos, and the Cumulative Feature Overview tool.  Accessibility features for each application are listed in the PBooks for each application.  There is additional information on accessibility for PeopleSoft and other Oracle applications on MyOracleSupport. What To Do if You Encounter an Accessibility Issue PeopleSoft makes an earnest effort to fully conform to required accessibility regulations.  However, if something isn’t working properly we address this like any other bug.  When a problem is reported and verified, we fix it in our standard development process.  This is true whether the bug is in the application or in PeopleTools.  If you discover an accessibility issue, report it to Oracle Support.  It will then be addressed through the normal support process.  

Oracle Support and Resources for Accessibility PeopleSoft has been involved with accessibility support for many years, and this subject is an important priority for Oracle.  In fact, Oracle has an...