Wednesday Nov 18, 2015

PeopleTools CPU analysis and supported versions of PeopleTools (update for October 2015 CPU)

Questions often arise on the PeopleTools versions for which Critical Patch Updates have been published, or if a particular PeopleTools version is supported. 

The attached page shows the patch number for PeopleTools versions associated with a particular CPU publication. This information will help you decide which CPU to apply and when to consider upgrading to a more current release.

The link in "CPU Date" goes to the landing page for CPU advisories, the link in the individual date, e.g. Apr-10, goes to the advisory for that date.

The page also shows the CVE's addressed in the CPU, a synopsis of the issue and the Common Vulnerability Scoring System (CVSS) value.

To find more details on any CVE, simply replace the CVE number in the sample URL below.

Common Vulnerability Scoring System Version 2 Calculator

This page shows the components of the CVSS score

Example CVSS response policy

All the details in this page are available on My Oracle Support and public sites.

The RED column indicates the last patch for a PeopleTools version and effectively the last support date for that version.

Applications Unlimited support does NOT apply to PeopleTools versions.

Tuesday Nov 17, 2015

PeopleSoft Information Portal--New and Improved!

The PeopleSoft Info Portal is a popular one-stop shop for getting at everything PeopleSoft. If you are looking for information on PeopleSoft and wondering where to begin, that is often the best place to start. It's an easy name to remember: The new site is responsive, so you can access it from any form factor.  If you have any questions or want to find out what's new, what's coming in the future, where to learn more--try the PeopleSoft Information Portal.

Monday Nov 02, 2015

Cryptowall, USB's, emailed malware and "honor among thieves"

 I'm sure many of you have heard recently of the rising prevalence of ransomware, particularly Cryptolock/Cryptowall and the growing prominence of walk-in Bitcoin exchanges and Buttonwood meetups.

 Cryptowall is a case in point of the malware. Spread mainly by infected email and "found" or shared USB memory sticks.

What is CryptoWall?

What is CryptoWall?
The CryptoWall ransomware virus infiltrates users' operating systems via infected email messages and fake downloads (for example, rogue video players or fake Flash updates). After successful infiltration, this malicious program encrypts files stored on users' computers (*.doc, *.docx, *.xls, *.ppt, *.psd, *.pdf, *.eps, *.ai, *.cdr, *.jpg, etc.) and demands payment of a $500 ransom (in Bitcoins) to decrypt them. Cyber criminals responsible for releasing this rogue program, ensure that it executes on all Windows versions (Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, and Windows 8). CryptoWall ransomware creates HELP_DECRYPT.PNG, HELP_DECRYPT.HTML and HELP_DECRYPT.TXT files within each folder containing the encrypted files.

"Note that at time of writing, there were no known tools capable of decrypting files encrypted by CryptoWall without paying the ransom." 12 September 2015 

There is generally no good business reason why typical corporate workstation/laptop users should:
- have local administrator access
- have enabled USB ports
- need to open office productivity tools documents containing macros

These features should be disabled.

My "honor among thieves" statement relates to the tendency, as observed, that payment of the "ransom" in Bitcoins has been the only current successful way of retrieving the encrypted data/disks. The alternative is frequent backups.

Friday Oct 23, 2015

Attending OpenWorld? Come and say HI!

We’re ready, are you??  As you plan your schedule for next week, please be sure to stop by PeopleTools booths at the Demogrounds area in Moscone West, first floor. The Demogrounds will be open Monday through Wednesday, and you’ll find us in 3 pods in section 3155. Rumor has it that we’re back in the far corner to attract traffic throughout the entire vendor fair. Do you have questions about Selective Adoption? The Fluid UI? PeopleSoft on the Cloud? Be sure to stop by.

We’ll also have our PeopleTools experts available to chat with you in the Meet the Experts hall on Wednesday at 1:45 - stop by Moscone West 3001A and get answers to your questions. We’re not trying to put the Support Center out of business, so DON’T bring your list of open SRs…but if you have some things you’ve been wondering about, run them past us - we’ll share our thoughts.

See you next week!

Monday Oct 19, 2015

Oracle Open World Less Than A Week Away!

Open World is Oracle's biggest and most important conference, and PeopleSoft/PeopleTools is well-represented again this year. The PeopleTools tech team is presenting many sessions on topics that we think you will find interesting and informative.  (This optimism is born out by the pre-registration numbers for the Tech sessions.)  Come visit us in the PeopleTools demo pods as well. 

We hope you will be attending Open World '15, and if you do, please consider coming to see us at these sessions:

CON8596 PeopleSoft Developer: Tips and Techniques Monday, Oct 26
MW 3007
CON8203 Using PeopleSoft Fluid User Interface for Exceptional HR Self-Service Tuesday, Oct 27
Palace - Twin Peaks S
CON8585 PeopleSoft Technology Update Tuesday, Oct 27
MW 2008
CON8587 PeopleSoft’s User Experience Roadmap: It Is PeopleSoft Fluid User Interface Tuesday, Oct27
MW 3016
CON8598 Develop an Effective PeopleSoft Selective Adoption Strategy Wednesday, Oct 28
MW 3016
CON8591 PeopleSoft in the Cloud: PeopleSoft’s Cloud Deployment Architecture Wednesday, Oct 28
MW 3014
CON8600 Customer View: Adapting to Take Advantage of PeopleSoft Wednesday, Oct 28
MW 3016
CON8595 Putting It to Work: PeopleSoft Automated Configuration Manager Wednesday, Oct 28
MW 3014
CON8593 PeopleTools Security Features Wednesday, Oct 28
MW 3016
CON8592 Simplified Analytics: The Latest Generation of PeopleSoft Reporting Wednesday, Oct 28
MW 3014
CON8204 How to Make the Most of the PeopleSoft Selective Adoption Model Wednesday, Oct 28
Palace - Twin Peaks N
CON8602 PeopleTools Platform and Infrastructure Roadmap Thursday, Oct 29
MW 3016
CON8599 Putting It to Work: Rolling Out PeopleSoft’s Suite of Lifecycle Management Tools Thursday, Oct 29
MW 3016
CON8589 Putting It to Work: PeopleSoft Fluid User Interface Component Thursday, Oct 29
MW 3014
CON8588 Simplifying Complex Processes with New PeopleSoft Fluid User Interface Activity Guides Thursday, Oct 29
MW 3014
CON8594 Putting It to Work: Securing Your PeopleSoft Environment Thursday, Oct 29
MW 3016
CON8586 PeopleSoft Technology: Executive Panel Thursday, Oct 29
MW 3014
CON8590 Putting It to Work: Configuring a PeopleSoft Applications Cluster Thursday, Oct 29
MW 3014
CON8601 Putting It to Work: Getting the Most Out of PeopleSoft RESTful Services Thursday, Oct 29
MW 3016

Friday Oct 16, 2015

Fluid Navigtion Design Guidelines Available

Many customers have asked us about guidance for developing in PeopleSoft's Fluid User Interface.  To address that, PeopleSoft's Information Development team has recently published a new guide for designing navigation in Fluid.  The way users navigate in the Fluid UI is quite different (and more efficient) than in classic PeopleSoft pages.  The new guidelines are available here.

The guidelines cover the philosophy of Fluid navigation focusing on the following:

  • Multiple paths for users to access functionality.
  • Users’ ability to choose the path that is most effective for them.
  • Use of Related Actions to make navigation work across all paths.

Classic PIA navigation uses a locator link (“breadcrumb”) menu with a deep menu hierarchy. Fluid navigation takes an entirely different approach, using homepages and tiles as the starting points for navigating to both Fluid and Classic pages. Further navigation to Fluid and Classic transactions is achieved through a variety of vectors like the Nav Bar, Related Actions, Search, and more.  The following 'how-to' topics are covered:

  • Create new homepages.
  • Add tiles to homepages via the Tile Repository.
  • Add a component tile to any homepage from within the component.
  • Add tiles to the NavBar.
  • Reorder tiles in the NavBar.
  • Add favorite components to My Favorites in the NavBar

In addition, we've published a Fluid UI documentation update, that covers troubleshooting, clarifications to official product docs, updates, and significantly, guides on the CCS that PeopleSoft uses to develop our applications.

New PeopleTalk on Security

So it looks like I've gone mainstream!

I had the opportunity to have a talk with Marc Weintraub which has been posted on the PeopleSoft YouTube channel, here:

In this episode of PeopleSoft Talk, Marc talks with Greg Kelly about PeopleSoft security.

Don't forget to review the links in the associated My Oracle Support document:
My Oracle Support - Useful PeopleSoft Security Links: DocID 2060772.1


See other videos on the PeopleSoft channel


Accessibility Guide Updated

We've updated the PeopleSoft Accessibility Guidelines for 8.54.  This guide is for people developing using PeopleTools, who want to insure that their designs conform to current accessibility standards.  The PeopleSoft Applications development teams employ these same guidelines.  You can download them from My Oracle Support:   This document applies to the new Fluid User Interface.

PeopleSoft publishes our VPATs (accessibility conformance declarations) here.

General accessibility guidelines for PeopleSoft are documented here.

Wednesday Jul 29, 2015

Upgrade your SES Database From to for the PeopleSoft Search Framework

An Oracle database Upgrade from to is available for Secure Enterprise Search (SES) with PeopleSoft.  This document on My Oracle Support provides step by step instructions for performing the upgrade.  Note that this upgrade is available for PeopleTools 8.53 or higher on Unix/Linux environments.

Tuesday Jul 21, 2015

New PeopleSoft Technology Spotlight Series Available

The PeopleSoft Spotlight Series is a new video-based learning resource that will help you get a deeper understanding of our latest Oracle PeopleSoft technologies, features and enhancements.  Watch these videos to gain insight on how you can take advantage of these features in your enterprise.

Senior Strategy Director Jeff Robbins is your host for the Tools and Technology PeopleSoft Spotlight Series.  Jeff introduces each video and summarizes key points covered in the session. Members of the PeopleSoft development organization take you into detail on each subject, helping you plan for, roll out, and gain value from these PeopleSoft enhancements.

The first sessions in our series focus on the game-changing Selective Adoption and the cutting edge PeopleSoft Fluid User Interface. Selective Adoption is the new method by which customers will update and maintain their PeopleSoft systems.  The Fluid UI enables PeopleSoft users to use PeopleSoft applications across form factors. 

Each video takes less than an hour and contains helpful resources. Look for more sessions of the PeopleSoft Spotlight Series in the near future.

Wednesday Jul 15, 2015

Were you at Alliance, Collaborate, Interact this year, or wished you were?

This year, as well as uploading my PDF presentation, I've uploaded a couple of additional files.

The one you may find interesting is a short form Security Check List.

You can find it here: 

This is a supplement to the Securing Your PeopleSoft Application Red Paper (it includes the link) and it covers a number of points I've discussed with customers over the years. I include most of the check list as slides in my session but the PDF is an expanded set. The check list also contains a number of useful links.

In the discussions with customers we frequently find there are topics they have overlooked because they don't appear directly related to PeopleSoft security, but they are part of the overall infrastructure security and often managed by people outside of the PeopleSoft team. It's more important that as teams are reduced in size, that you build collaborative, virtual teams in the rest of your organization. I hope the check list will also provide the conversation starters to help build those virtual teams.

If you think some of the points are  topics by themselves, let me know and I can work on building out the information.

I appreciate any and all feedback. 

Tuesday Jul 14, 2015

Coming Soon - PeopleTools Customer Beta Program

The PeopleTools team continues to push forward, ever improving the features and capabilities of PeopleTools.  Recently, you may have seen some of the planned enhancements for PeopleTools 8.55 discussed on MyOracleSupport in the Planned Features and Enhancements area.  This document has replaced the Release Value Proposition that has been used previously to highlight features to look for in the upcoming PeopleTools release. 

There are a number of cool features that we’re working on, including the Cloud Deployment Architecture (CDA) which will provide greater flexibility in the installation and patching of environments.  Additional planned features include Analytics for PeopleSoft Update Manager (PUM), Fluid dashboards/homepages and Simplified Analytics….just to name a few.

 We plan to kick off the PeopleTools 8.55 Beta Program in the relatively near future, and have an opening for a customer who’s willing to closely partner with us.  If you are looking to get your hands on the next release so that you can thoroughly test out some of these features in your own environment to see the benefits, perhaps you are the one we’re looking for.  Does your team have the skills and desire to take beta code and run with it?  Can your organization get a standard beta trial license agreement signed promptly?  We want to work with a customer that’s going to dive in, and really exercise the new features - If that’s you, email me ( and let’s talk.  Please keep in mind that this is a small beta – I’ve only got room for one, maybe two customers.   

Tuesday Jun 30, 2015

Interaction Hub Image Now Available on the PeopleSoft Update Manager Home Page

As noted in a recent post, the PeopleSoft Interaction Hub is now part of the Selective Adoption Process.  You can get the first image now on the PUM home page.  (At the PUM home page, choose the PeopleSoft Update Image Home Pages tab, then select the Interaction Hub Update Image page from the drop down.)  This means customers can use the PeopleSoft Update Manager and our other life cycle tools to manage their upgrade and maintenance process for the Hub.  There is also a white paper posted there that describes the baseline customers must reach to start taking these images. 

Note that this will be the only way for customers to take maintenance and updates going forward, so we encourage everyone to move to the Selective Adoption process as soon as is feasible for your organization. This move brings the Interaction Hub in line with all other PeopleSoft applications, which use the Selective Adoption process.  This process also offers customers additional value and control, and enables you to benefit from the value of the latest features with a greatly streamlined life cycle process.  

For customers that are eager to learn more, there are many resources on Selective Adoption and PUM on the PUM home page as well as on our YouTube channel.

This first image of the Interaction Hub is functionally equivalent to the current release (9.1/Revision 3), but taking it gets you on the Selective Adoption process.  Some great enhancements are coming the the next image.

Monday Jun 22, 2015

Cost of PeopleSoft vs SaaS and Other Options

There is a lot of publicity around SaaS and various cloud options for enterprise applications these days.  This leaves PeopleSoft customers wondering whether they should stay with PeopleSoft and what that real cost comparisons are.  Is SaaS really less expensive for them?  Is it really the best option for their business?   What are the factors they need to consider?  Can they stay with PeopleSoft and run it in the cloud, getting the best of both worlds?

Quest, the international user group organization recently published an informative article titled How Much Does Your ERP Cost?  In this short article, the author provides ways to consider cost, but importantly, examines the value of these systems to the enterprise and why that should be a factor in your decision.  The author interviews several customers in assessing these questions.  Worth a read.

Thursday Jun 11, 2015

The PeopleTools CAB is Looking to Expand

The PeopleTools Customer Advisory Board is comprised of PeopleSoft technology strategists and a small group of customers that are leaders - both in their organizations and the PeopleSoft customer community as well. Our members are the decision makers who set directions and priorities for their PeopleSoft applications.

The PeopleSoft Technology team is looking to expand our CAB with a few individuals who are familiar with the business side of managing PeopleSoft applications. No propeller on top of your hat? No worries! We are NOT looking to talk about the next widget for Process Scheduler. We ARE looking for senior management responsible for their PeopleSoft implementations who understand the customer value provided with the latest delivered technology. We look to our CAB to validate our direction and messaging. We depend on them to represent the larger customer community, not just their own organization, when providing feedback to us. The ideal candidates are:

1) Knowledgeable in PeopleTools and technology in general

2) Adopting current functionality in their PeopleSoft Applications

3) Leaders in the user community

4) Willing and able to participate in face to face CAB meetings (1-2 times per year) and conference calls as needed

5) Sharing what they have done with the user community through conference presentations or web casts

Does your organization have a history of rapidly adopting new PeopleSoft technology? Are you working on your plan to implement Fluid UI and reap the rewards? Has PTF become a key part of your testing strategy? Have Engineered Systems changed what you do with PeopleSoft? Are you rolling out enhancements via Selective Adoption? Do you consistently evaluate new functionality and look for ways for your business to benefit from it? If you are one of the people we’re looking for and would like to be considered for the PeopleTools Customer Advisory Board, please contact to receive an application where you can share the criteria that set you apart from other customers.

Wednesday Jun 03, 2015

New Info Center for Planned Features and Enhancements

PeopleSoft is moving more of it's communication and collateral to the web.  Instead of publishing documents in file format, we'll be posting most of our collateral on various web sites like My Oracle Support (MOS) and the PeopleSoft Info Center.  

As an example of this practice, instead of publishing a Release Value Proposition as a document file, we are posting that type of information on MOS.  Visit the Technology tab to view the planned features for the next release of PeopleTools.  This includes the PeopleTools overall roadmap, as well as descriptions of upcoming features and capabilities planned for the next release.  You'll read about our plans for the User Expience, Development Tools, Infrastructure, Reporting and Analytic Tools, and Life-cycle Management Tools.  There is also a page covering the PeopleSoft Interaction Hub, which provides a roadmap as well as descriptions of upcoming features for the next image.

This move enables us to provide information faster and update it more frequently.  Information will be fresher. Look for more postings like this in the near future for many types of collateral formerly published in file format.

Wednesday May 27, 2015

Have You Deployed Fluid Apps Yet? Would You Like To Speak About it at Oracle Open World?

If you are a partner or customer that has deployed PeopleSoft 9.2 apps and PeopleTools 8.54 and have started using the new Fluid applications, we may have a spot for you to present at Open World.  If you are interested in being a speaker, please contact us and tell us a bit about your project.  As a speaker, your conference fee would be waived.


Friday May 22, 2015

Fluid UI Development Training Available

PeopleSoft's new Fluid user interface rocks.  The response from customers has been enthusiastic, and many would like to learn more about developing with Fluid.  Training is available from Oracle University both in classroom and live virtual training.  Note that Oracle University has scheduled classroom training in Belmont, California to correspond with our Open World conference at the end of October.  If you are planning to attend Open World, you have a great opportunity to attend this valuable training as part of your trip.

Thursday May 21, 2015

New Style Sheet Guide Posted for Working with the PeopleSoft Fluid User Experience

Customers and partners have asked us for guidelines and standards for developing with PeopleSoft's Fluid UI.  To support that, we've just posted the PeopleSoft Fluid User Interface CSS Guide on the FLUID UI: PeopleSoft Fluid User Interface Documentation Updates page on My Oracle Support (Doc ID 1909955.1).  This guide contains descriptions of CSS styles that PeopleSoft delivers. You'll find this information helpful for creating custom Fluid applications as well as extending current CSS features delivered in your PeopleSoft applications. The document provides descriptions of nearly a thousand CSS styles delivered with PeopleTools 8.54. The styles are divided in these categories:

  • PeopleTools System Default CSS Styles: These styles are used to control basic elements of the fluid infrastructure provided by PeopleTools, such as the NavBar, the fluid banner, homepages, tiles and so on.
  • Application Content CSS Styles: These styles are used to control application content deployed in fluid mode.

Creating fluid applications relies heavily on CSS 3.0 for the look, feel, and layout of the runtime application. If you intend to customize or create any fluid application, expert knowledge off CSS is required.  Prior to working doing any fluid style development work, make sure you are familiar with the documentation provided in PeopleSoft PeopleTools 8.54: Fluid User Interface Developer’s Guide, “Adding Page Controls,” Applying Styles.

Refer to the FLUID UI: PeopleSoft Fluid User Interface Documentation Updates MOS page to receive important information about the PeopleSoft Fluid User Interface.

Tuesday May 05, 2015

Resources for Deploying Secure Enterprise Search in PeopleSoft

Many customers contact us for information on best practices for deploying the Secure Enterprise Search-based global search in PeopleSoft.  To assist with this, we've created a Knowledge Document in My Oracle Support that contains lots of useful information.  This document has links to the following subjects and more:

  • How to implement High Availability
  • Certifications
  • PeopleTools Online help for Search
  • Reference material like the Administrator's guide and the Installation guide
  • Performance guidelines
  • FAQs
This is a good place to start if you have questions about PeopleSoft Search or have run into difficulty in deployment.


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For information about PeopleSoft see the PeopleSoft Strategy Blog.

For information about PeopleTools 8.53 and 8.54 see the PeopleTools Patch Updates.


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