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.

Wednesday May 13, 2015

PeopleTools CPU analysis and supported versions of PeopleTools (update for April 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.

http://www.cvedetails.com/cve/CVE-2010-2377

Common Vulnerability Scoring System Version 2 Calculator

http://nvd.nist.gov/cvss.cfm?calculator&adv&version=2

This page shows the components of the CVSS score

Example CVSS response policy http://www.first.org/_assets/cvss/cvss-based-patch-policy.pdf

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 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.

Tuesday Apr 21, 2015

PeopleSoft Interaction Hub Moving to Selective Adoption

The PeopleSoft Interaction Hub has been on the continuous release model for some time.  Now, we're taking the next step and moving the Hub to the Selective Adoption model.  All PeopleSoft applications have gone to Selective Adoption, and soon Interaction Hub customers will be able to take advantage of the this breakthrough release process and all the tools--like PeopleSoft Update Manager--that make it so powerful.

There is a paper on My Oracle Support that describes how customers should prepare for the move to Selective Adoption.  Go to the PeopleSoft Update Manager home page on MOS, then select the PeopleSoft Update Image Home Pages tab, and choose the Interaction Hub Update Image Page.  That page contains a link to a white paper that explains what customers need to do to get ready for using the PeopleSoft Update Manager and the Selective Adoption Process.  This page is also where Interaction Hub update images will be posted when they become available.

Why are we doing this?  The Selective Adoption process provides many benefits to customers.  This new process streamlines the maintenance and update process and employs virtualization and the latest PeopleSoft lifecycle tools to make the process faster, cheaper, and more efficient.

  • Updates are quicker, less expensive
  • Business lines benefit from the latest functionality resulting in higher ROI
  • Enhancements are delivered regularly, new business value provided incrementally, no long waits for enhancements
  • Eliminate major upgrades
  • Can be done on your schedule
  • Can retain strategic customizations
There are lots of resources on the PUM home page listed above.  Here is a good video overview of the Selective Adoption process.

Tuesday Mar 10, 2015

Converting a Classic PIA Component to Fluid UI

PeopleSoft just published a new Red-Paper that describes how to convert an existing Classic Component to a new Fluid UI Component.  It's a great resource for anyone that is interested in learning more about Fluid UI and the steps required to move a Pixel-Perfect Component to a new responsive Fluid UI Component.
The Red-Paper is called Converting Classic PIA Components to PeopleSoft Fluid User Interface.  You can find it on My Oracle Support, document Id 1984833.1

There are a few things I want to point out that are in the document. 

  1. It gives great instruction with an example of how to convert a Component to Fluid UI. 
  2. There is a very important section on classic controls that are not supported in Fluid UI, or require some type of conversion.  I can't stress how important that is.
  3. There is an appendix that identifies the delivered PeopleSoft style classes.  You'll find that appendix extremely valuable when you're looking for the right style to get the UI you want.

Of course converting an existing component is only one way to take advantage of the new Fluid UI.  Refactoring existing components to optimize them for the different form factors, or building components are certainly possible.  In many cases, developers want to leverage existing components to take advantage of tried and tested business logic.


Thursday Jan 15, 2015

Jumpstart Patch Application and Installs with PeopleTools Templates

PeopleTools OVM templates provide a great way for customers running current levels of PeopleTools to keep up to date with their PeopleTools middle tiers.  The templates provide a simplified method of rolling out new patches, allowing Oracle to bundle, patch, test and deliver all the required middle tier components such as Java, WebLogic, Tuxedo and the Oracle Linux operating system. Using the pre-built templates eliminates the possibility of downloading the wrong version, and/or missing a critical patch of one of the required components. Templates also significantly reduce the amount of time needed to locate, download, patch and test the individual elements of a PeopleTools environment. For customers that need to customize, the PeopleTools templates are a great starting point to create baseline custom templates.

PeopleSoft has produced middle tier templates with PeopleTools patches since PT 8.53.03.  These templates have been found on MyOracleSupport (MOS) Patches and Updates under the PeopleSoft Enterprise PeopleTools product category.

Until now, all templates produced were available for download.  Older templates include components that may have become stale over time. To ensure that only current environments are available, we now plan to make each patch level template available for no more than six months. This will allow customers enough time to download and use a template before environment components become out-of-date. The use of the patched templates allows customers to adopt PeopleTools maintenance faster and reduce the risk of encountering known bugs and security issues.

Should older patches be required, they will still be available via the traditional patching methods, in accordance with our documented Patch Policy.

Secure Enterprise Search (SES) for PeopleSoft templates are also made available on MOS. SES templates are intended to be a ‘black box’ or ‘appliance’ installation. As such, only the most current level of an SES template is available. This appliance is compatible with all PeopleTools levels used with PeopleSoft 9.2 applications.

As new SES templates come out, they REPLACE the previous version found on MOS.

For information on the PeopleTools middle tier templates for Oracle Linux and Exalogic, SES templates and PeopleSoft update images, please see Oracle’s PeopleSoft Virtualization Products.

Additional Information:
Oracle VM Templates for PeopleSoft White Paper
PeopleSoft Virtual Machine Templates for Exalogic Red Paper

Friday Dec 19, 2014

Consumer Security for the season and Today's World

Just to go beyond my usual security sessions, I was asked recently to talk to a local business and consumer group about personal cyber security. Here is the document I used for the session and you might find some useful tips.

Protecting your online shopping experience

- check retailer returns policy

- use a credit card rather than debit card, or check the protection on the debit card

- use a temporary/disposable credit card e.g. ShopSafe from Bank of America

- use a low limit credit card - with protection, e.g. AMEX green card

- check your account for random small amount charges and charitable contributions

- set spending and "card not present" alerts

Protecting email

- don't use same passwords for business and personal accounts

- use a robust email service provider

- set junk/spam threshold in your email client

- only use web mail for low risk accounts (see Note below)

- don't click on links in the email, DON’T click on links in email – no matter who you think sent it

Protecting your computer

- if you depend on a computer/laptop/tablet for business, ONLY use it for business

- don't share your computer with anyone, including your children

- if you provide your children with a computer/laptop, refresh them from "recovery disks" on a periodic basis

- teach children value of backing up important data

- if possible have your children only use their laptops/devices in family rooms where the activity can be passively observed

- use commercial, paid subscription, antivirus/anti malware on all devices (see Note below)

- carry and use a security cable when traveling or away from your office

Protecting your smart phone/tablet

- don't share your device

- make sure you have a secure lock phrase/PIN and set the idle timeout

- don't recharge it using the USB port on someone else's laptop/computer

- ensure the public Wi-Fi which you use is a trusted Wi-Fi (also - see Note below)

- store your data in the cloud, preferably not (or not only) the phone/tablet

- don't have the device "remember" your password, especially for sensitive accounts

- exercise caution when downloading software e.g. games/apps, especially "free" software (see Note below)

Protect your social network

- don't mix business and personal information in your social media account

- use separate passwords for business and personal social media accounts

- ensure you protect personal information from the casual user

- check what information is being shared about you or photos tagged by your "friends"

- don't share phone numbers or personal/business contact details,
e.g. use the "ask me for my ..." feature

General protection and the “Internet of Things”

- be aware of cyber stalking

- be aware of surreptitious monitoring
e.g. “Google Glass” and smart phone cameras

- consider “nanny” software, especially for children’s devices

- be aware of “click bait” – e.g. apparently valid “news” stories which are really sponsored messages

- be aware of ATM “skimming”, including self serve gas pumps

- be aware of remotely enabled camera and microphone (laptop, smart phone, tablet)

Note: Remember, if you’re not paying for the product, you ARE the product

Important! PeopleTools Requirements for PeopleSoft Interaction Hub

The PeopleSoft Interaction Hub* follows a release model of continuous delivery.  With this release model, Oracle delivers new functionality and enhancements on the latest release throughout the year, without requiring application upgrades to new releases.

PeopleTools is a critical enabler for delivering new functionality and enhancements for releases on continuous delivery.  The PeopleTools adoption policy for applications on continuous release is designed to provide reasonable options for customers to stay current on PeopleTools while adopting newer PeopleTools features. The basic policy is as follows:

Interaction Hub customers must upgrade to a PeopleTools release no later than 24 months after that PeopleTools release becomes generally available.  

For example, PeopleTools 8.53 was released in February 2013. Therefore, customers who use Interaction Hub will be required to upgrade to PeopleTools 8.53 (or newer, such as PeopleTools 8.54) no later than February 2015 (24 months after the General Availability date of PeopleTools 8.53). As of February 2015, product maintenance and new features may require PeopleTools 8.53. 

Customers should start planning their upgrades if they are on PeopleTools releases that are more than 24 months old.  See the Lifetime Support Summary for PeopleSoft Releases (doc id 1348959.1) in My Oracle Support for details on PeopleTools support policies.

* The PeopleSoft Interaction Hub is the latest branding of the product.  These support guidelines also apply to the same product under the names PeopleSoft Enterprise Portal, PeopleSoft Community Portal, and PeopleSoft Applications Portal.


Monday Nov 17, 2014

New Interaction Hub Data Sheet Available

In support of the recently released Revision 3 of the PeopleSoft Interaction Hub, we've just produced the latest data sheet for the Hub, which can be found here.  This paper covers the highlights of the new release, and describes the our overall direction for the product.  The prime topics we cover are as follows:

  • Setting up and running a cluster of PeopleSoft applications using the Interaction Hub
  • Content Management
  • Branding and the User Experience
  • Using the Hub with the new Fluid User Interface
There is much more collateral about the Interaction Hub on My Oracle Support

Monday Nov 10, 2014

PeopleTools/Interaction Hub Dependencies Doc--Updated for Revision 3

The latest version (Revision 3) of the PeopleSoft Interaction Hub is now available.  Since Hub Revisions are aligned with PeopleTools releases, we provide a doc that helps explain how the Hub can best be implemented to take advantage of PeopleTools features.  This document contains information on how new customers can install PeopleSoft Interaction Hub and existing PeopleSoft Interaction Hub customers can apply PIH 9.1 Revision 3 functionality if they are on an earlier version. It also describes the general upgrade process within the Revision model, and how customers can expect this to work with subsequent revisions, maintenance packs, and bundles.

The document is available on the Portal Solutions home page in Oracle Support.


Monday Oct 27, 2014

New Central Resource for Info on PeopleSoft Update Manager

You probably have already heard that PeopleSoft is moving to a new model for providing updates and maintenance to customers.  This new life cycle model enables customers to adopt changes incrementally and on their schedule.  It is much less disruptive, is cheaper and simpler, makes updates available sooner, and gives customers greater control.  An essential part of the new model is PeopleSoft Update Manager.  Now there is a new central resource for everything about PUM and PeopleSoft Update Images.  With this resource you can find information about the methodology and purpose of PUM, the update image home pages, and specific information about each image, troubleshooting links, best practices, and more.  Check it out!

Friday Oct 24, 2014

Open World Recap

Oracle’s Open World conference was completed in early October.  It was one of the best ever for PeopleSoft.  We introduced a lot of new and important features like the new Fluid User Experience and the PeopleSoft Update Manager (and much more).  The response from customers was overwhelmingly positive.  Our sessions were well attended, and the demo grounds were consistently busy with inquisitive customers.

PeopleSoft offered informative general sessions like Paco Aubrejuan’s  “PeopleSoft Strategy and Roadmap—Modern Solutions Delivered with Ease” .  In that session, Oracle’s Senior Vice President and General Manager of PeopleSoft Development addressed a standing room only crowd, and described how Oracle’s continued investment in PeopleSoft is delivering key innovations that address our customer’s greatest challenges:

  • Delivering a robust solution that is intuitive and easy to use – regardless of device (mobile device or desktop workstation)
  • Ensuring that new PeopleSoft capabilities are delivered on a continuous basis and are easy to adopt at a low cost, without the need to upgrade.

Paco shared how the investments in the new PeopleSoft Fluid User Interface and the new continuous PeopleSoft Delivery Model address these challenges.

PeopleSoft Application sessions were also well attended.  Our applications teams provided greater depth and specificity, describing how PeopleSoft applications are taking advantage of the latest PeopleTools technology, particularly in the areas of the Fluid UI and PeopleSoft Update Manager and the new delivery model.  

Our PeopleTools Tech sessions were packed with curious, enthusiastic customers.  Here are some highlights:

The PeopleTools team delivered several sessions focused on the Fluid User Interface, covering different aspects and for different audiences.

  • Matthew Haavisto presented a survey of the new features from a user’s point of view, as well as a glimpse at what is coming for Fluid in future releases of PeopleTools.
  • Jeff Robbins covered how to take advantage of many of the new Fluid features.
  • Dave Bain covered Fluid from a mobile perspective and described how developers can build, customize, and deploy Fluid features.

Life Cycle is another important topic that was addressed in these sessions.

  • Mike Krajicek presented with a customer (Boeing) on Optimizing change delivery.
  • Dave Bain covered not only the new PeopleSoft Update Manager, but the new delivery model that will enable customers to reduce cost and receive new functionality and fixes faster.
  • Tim Durant and Vijay Gopalan presented a deep dive on all the life-cycle management tools.

There were several valuable sessions that were either new this year or perennial favorites that are updated for the latest release.

  • Pramod Agrawal demonstrated how to set up a cluster of PeopleSoft Applications including the Interaction Hub.
  • Jim Marion presented his always popular PeopleTools Tips and Techniques session.
  • Jeff Robbins covered the PeopleSoft Analytics and Reporting Suite.
  • Greg Kelly described how to secure your system against the ever changing threats that are continuously emerging.
  • Dave Bain described the continuing evolution of PeopleSoft integration technology.
  • Mark Hoernemann covered the Platforms Roadmap.
  • Jeff Robbins presented the overall tools and tech roadmap.
  • Matthew Haavisto showed how to guide users through complex or infrequently performed processes using Activity Guides.

Finally, we also offered the ever-popular panel discussions and ‘Meet the Experts’ sessions.  

If you would like to review any of our sessions, go to Oracle’s Open World site and download the presentations from the content catalog.


Tuesday Oct 07, 2014

General Availability announcement for Oracle Application Management Pack 12.1.0.2.0 for PeopleSoft


Oracle PeopleSoft is pleased to announce the General Availability of Oracle Application Management Pack 12.1.0.2.0 for PeopleSoft

Oracle Application Management Pack, or AMP, is also known as Oracle PeopleSoft Plug-in for Oracle Enterprise Manager. Oracle PeopleSoft Plug-in Is licensed as part of Application Management Suite for PeopleSoft.

This release of Application Management Pack supports PeopleTools Releases 8.54, 8.53 and 8.52.

Here are some of the new features of Application Management Pack for PeopleSoft:

System Management Enhancements

Administration/Configuration/Monitoring:

· New ADF Based UI: All the Administration/Configuration and Monitoring UI is available now on ADF UI with advanced dashboards.

· Improved PeopleTools System Discovery: Allows user to discover the PeopleTools Database from one of the PeopleTools/Tuxedo Domain Targets.

· New Aggregate Target Homes: Aggregate Target Home pages eases Inter Target Navigation for users. Also comes with new menu based navigation, helping users to navigate within PeopleTools Targets with less hops.

· Configuration Comparison Templates: Configuration comparison templates allow customers to compare configurations of two or more PeopleTools environments.

· Diagnostic Framework: Enables users to collect extensive diagnostic log, leading to faster resolution to Target Discovery/Configuration and Monitoring issues.

· Performance Monitoring: PeopleTools customers will now be able Proactively monitor the targets using new JMX enabled Monitoring Metrics.

Change Management Enhancements

· Cloning: Supports cloning of Web Server and Application Server Domain Configurations.

Release Details

Downloading PeopleSoft Application Management Suite

PeopleSoft Application Management Suite can be downloaded from Oracle Software Delivery Cloud by using following instructions:

1. Go to the Oracle Software Delivery Cloud site.

2. Choose a language and click Continue.

3. Answer export validation questions.

4. Select PeopleSoft Enterprise from the list of product/media packs.

5. Choose Respective Platform and click Go.

6. Select Oracle Application Management Suite 1.0.0.5.0 for PeopleSoft from the list and click on Continue.

7. Select PeopleSoft Application Management Plug-in 12.1.0.2 for Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c and download.

Note: Starting with Enterprise Manager 12c customers can download and install the application management pack as Self Update from EM store. For more details on the EM Store and the Self Update feature, see the Oracle Enterprise Manager Cloud Control Administrator's Guide.

Supported Releases and Platforms

The following Oracle Enterprise Manager Cloud Control releases, PeopleTools releases, and platforms are supported:

  • Oracle Enterprise Manager Cloud Control 12c Release 3 (12.1.0.3.0)
  • Oracle Enterprise Manager Cloud Control 12c Release 4 (12.1.0.4.0)
  • PeopleTools Release 8.54
  • PeopleTools Release 8.53
  • PeopleTools Release 8.52
  • Supported Platforms: Oracle Application Management Pack for PeopleSoft is available on Linux, IBM AIX, Oracle Solaris, and HP-UX Itanium and Windows. For a complete list of supported platforms and operating systems, refer to the certification pages of PeopleTools. Also, for a complete list of Enterprise Manager supported platforms and operating systems, refer to the certification pages of Oracle Enterprise Manager.

Installing Oracle Application Management Pack for PeopleSoft Release 12.1.0.2.0

Installation and Implementation Guides are available on OTN and on OSDC.

  • PeopleSoft Application Management Plug-in 12.1.0.2.0 for Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c Install Guide is available on Part No - E57421-01.
  • PeopleSoft Application Management Plug-in 12.1.0.2.0 for Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c Implementation Guide is available on Part No - E55343-01.
  • The Oracle Application Management Pack PeopleSoft can be downloaded and installed by using the Self Update feature of Oracle Enterprise Manager.
    Please refer to the following documentation to understand more about the Self Update Feature:
    Oracle® Enterprise Manager Cloud Control Administrator's Guide

Friday Oct 03, 2014

PeopleSoft Interaction Hub 9.1/Revision 3 Now Available

Peoplesoft is proud to announce that the PeopleSoft Interaction Hub 9.1/Revision 3 is now Generally Available for new installations. The release is available for download on OSDC or physical shipment through Customer Care.

Here are a few highlights of Revision 3.  See the Release Value Proposition and Release Notes for more detail on what's in this important release.

Branding

In PeopleTools 8.54, the Branding feature has been migrated from Interaction Hub to PeopleTools along with several enhancements.  However, there are still useful branding capabilities provided by the Interation Hub. In a cluster environment, the Interaction Hub will be used to brand across the cluster. The Interaction Hub provides a new Branding WorkCenter that can be used to create, manage, and assign role-specific themes. We've also delivered an “out-of-the-box” Hub similar to the one that is typically shown in our demo examples.  

Fluid UX Support

The 8.54 PeopleTools release represents a landmark for PeopleTools and the PeopleSoft user experience. With this release, PeopleSoft introduces the PeopleSoft Fluid User Interface. The Interaction Hub provides some Fluid content like The Company News (news publications) pagelet.

Interaction Hub Cluster Setup Improvements

The Interaction Hub includes the Unified Navigation WorkCenter, which makes it easier for administrators to install, set up, and monitor the  Interaction Hub cluster with other PeopleSoft applications. The Unified Navigation WorkCenter also has a diagnostics page that provides 
information on the In Network nodes and the SSO setup. This provides a central location for diagnostic and troubleshooting for the PeopleSoft cluster. 

Content Management 

Content Management is a powerful and popular feature in the Interaction Hub.  Revision 3 delivers a new WorkCenter that provides a simple mechanism to create and publish content. The WorkCenter guides the user through the content creation and publishing process.  Revision 3 also has an enhancement that enables the creation of Rich Text Editor (RTE) templates. 

WCAG 2.0 Support

Enterprises and public sector institutions globally are conforming to accessibility regulations. Revision 3 enhancements make it possible for customers to deliver accessible content in the Interaction Hub. PeopleTools 8.54 makes it possible for PeopleSoft applications to conform to the WCAG 2.0 standards. In Revision 3, the Interaction Hub product conforms to WCAG 2.0 AA standards.  

Where to Go For More Information 

There is a lot of information available on this new release.  The following documentation is available on the Oracle Technology Network and my.oracle.support:

PeopleSoft Portal Solutions Interaction Hub 9.1 Documentation Home Page.  Pretty much all related documentation is available here.

Here are some links to particularly useful items:





PeopleTools 8.54 Licensing Notes with the new content:


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