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PeopleTools 8.57 is Available on the Oracle Cloud

We are pleased to announce that PeopleTools 8.57 is generally available for install and upgrade on the Oracle Cloud.  As we announced earlier, PeopleTools 8.57 will initially be available only on the Oracle Cloud.  We plan to make PeopleTools 8.57 available for on-premises downloads with the 8.57.04 CPU patch in January 2019.   There are many new exciting features in PeopleTools 8.57 including: The ability for end-users to set up conditions in analytics that if met will notify the user Improvements to the way Related Content and Analytics are displayed Add custom fields to Fluid pages with minimum life-cycle impact More capabilities for end user personalization Improved search that supports multi-facet selections Easier than ever to brand the application with your corporate colors and graphics Fluid page preview in AppDesigner and improved UI properties interface End-to-end command-line support for life-cycle management processes And much more! You’ll want to get all the details and learn about the new features in 8.57.  A great place to start is the PeopleTools 8.57 Highlights Video  posted on the PeopleSoft YouTube channel.  The highlights video gives you a overview of the new features and shows how to use them. There is plenty more information about the release available today.  Here are some links to some of the other places you can go to learn more about 8.57: PeopleTools 8.57 New Feature Overview PeopleTools 8.57 Home Page PeopleTools 8.57 Upgrade Home Page PeopleTools 8.57 Documentation In addition to releasing PeopleTools 8.57, version 7 of PeopleSoft Cloud Manager is also being released today.  CM 7 is similar in functionality to CM 6 with additional support for PeopleTools 8.57.  If you currently use a version of Cloud Manager you must upgrade to version 7 in order to install PT 8.57.  There are a lot of questions about how to get started using PeopleTools 8.57 and Cloud Manager 7.  Documentation and installation instructions are available on the Cloud Manager Home Page. More information will be published over the next couple of weeks to help you get started with 8.57 on the cloud.  Additional information will include blogs to help with details of the installation, an video that shows the complete process from creating a free trial account to running PT8.57, and a detailed Spotlight Video that describes configuring OCI and Cloud Manager 7. PeopleTools 8.57 is a significant milestone for Oracle, making it easier than ever for customers to use, maintain and run PeopleSoft Applications.

We are pleased to announce that PeopleTools 8.57 is generally available for install and upgrade on the Oracle Cloud.  As we announced earlier, PeopleTools 8.57 will initially be available only on the...

How to upload PeopleSoft Cloud Manager 6 Images to OCI

In previous blog, we set up OCI tenancy.  In this blog let us understand how to get Cloud Manager images into your tenancy.  In OCI Classic, Cloud Manager images can be easily downloaded into your identity domain simply by going to Oracle Cloud Marketplace and using the Get App feature. Currently there is not a similar capability for OCI. Instead, you must download the Cloud Manager OCI images to a local system and then upload them into an object storage bucket in your tenancy.  Although you cannot use the Get App feature in Oracle Cloud Marketplace to automatically download the Cloud Manager Images into OCI, you begin in Oracle Cloud Marketplace to locate the Cloud Manager images for OCI. Locate and Download the Images from My Oracle Support To begin, go to Oracle Cloud Marketplace, search for Cloud Manager, and select the instance for PeopleSoft Cloud manager Image 06 for OCI, as shown in this example. When you click on ‘Get App’ on this listing, you will be redirected to a My Oracle Support Knowledge Base document with links to the Cloud Manager Image 6.0 and a PeopleSoft Linux image.  The PeopleSoft Linux Image for Cloud Manager is an Oracle Linux 6.9 image that can be used to deploy PeopleSoft environments.  You can use this Linux image with no further changes to get started, or use it as a base image to create your own custom image by installing any packages that are required by your organization.  You can download these images on any existing Linux or Microsoft Windows instance in OCI, or use your local on-premise system. To upload these images to your OCI tenancy, you must first install OCI Command Line Interface (CLI).   Since there are multiple methods to install and configure OCI CLI, let’s take a quick look at which one is best suited to upload Cloud Manager images to OCI object storage. Install OCI CLI Using the automated CLI installer is the easiest option.  Let’s assume that we are using an on-premise Linux desktop to download images.  You can also choose to use a Microsoft Windows desktop or laptop with the same approach.  For the Microsoft Windows desktop or laptop, there will be differences in the commands you will need to run, which is clearly documented here.  To upload these images, you need to set up OCI CLI on the Linux desktop where you downloaded the images.  Login to the Linux desktop and follow the instructions below to install OCI CLI.  More details on installing OCI CLI can be found in the Oracle Cloud documentation. Open a terminal. To run the installer script, run the following command (all on one line). bash -c "$(curl -L https://raw.githubusercontent.com/oracle/oci-cli/master/scripts/install/install.sh)" Respond to the installer's prompts.  Configure OCI CLI At this point, the OCI CLI is installed on your Linux desktop.  Now, you must configure it to work seamlessly with your OCI tenancy.  To simplify configuration, use the setup dialog process, which walks you through the first-time setup process step-by-step. For the setup dialog process, use the oci setup config command, which prompts you for the information required for the config file and the API public/private keys. The setup dialog generates an API key pair and creates the config file.  After setting up the OCI CLI, it is important to add the API public key to your user settings.  Log in to OCI web console and navigate to Identity > Users > <your user name> > Add Public Key. Upload Cloud Manager Images to OCI Now the OCI CLI setup is complete and we can use CLI to upload Cloud Manager images that were downloaded earlier. Using the OCI web console, create an object storage bucket. You can then upload the downloaded images into this bucket using OCI CLI.  The command to upload a file to an object storage bucket is as shown below.  Modify it to suit your tenancy and execute the command on the Linux desktop for each image file, to upload the downloaded images. oci os object put  -ns <tenancy_name>  -bn <bucket_name>  --file <cm_image_file> --name <destination_file_name>  --no-multipart Both Cloud Manager images take a while to upload.  After the upload is complete, follow the process explained in the OBE for Installing Cloud Manager in OCI to import them as custom images into your tenancy.

In previous blog, we set up OCI tenancy.  In this blog let us understand how to get Cloud Manager images into your tenancy.  In OCI Classic, Cloud Manager images can be easily downloaded into your...

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How to Set Up OCI Tenancy for PeopleSoft Cloud Manager – Part II

In the previous blog on setting up tenancy, you learned that a Virtual Cloud Network (VCN) and subnets must be created as a prerequisite for PeopleSoft Cloud Manager Image 6. In Oracle Cloud Infrastructure (OCI), you get the flexibility to configure networking to mimic your on premises environment.  Networking can be configured in many ways for PeopleSoft environments.  You can have separate subnets for demo, development, testing, pre-production and production environments.  You can also group environments into two subnets, one for production and another for non-production environments.  Alternatively, you can create one subnet each for database, middle tier components (Application Server, Process Scheduler, and PIA), PeopleSoft Client, Elasticsearch instances and load balancer.  Another option is to create only three subnets, one for load balancer, the second for database and the third for rest of the instance types.  Subnets can either be public or private.  You can choose to deploy all instances on a private subnet to secure them from the Internet, or put them on a public network where they are accessible from the Internet, or put a few on private and a few on public subnets.  Complete flexibility! In this blog, let’s take an example of a simple networking architecture. This example network has one VCN with one public subnet and one private subnet.  The public subnet (red dotted line in the illustration below) hosts the Cloud Manager, File Server, middle tier, PeopleSoft (Windows) Clients and Elasticsearch instances.  Database instances are hosted in a private subnet.    First step, create a VCN using OCI web console by selecting Networking, Virtual Cloud Networks. Let’s call it MyVCN.  Note. To locate the commands mentioned here, click the Navigation Menu at the top left of the OCI console home page. You can choose to create the default subnets by selecting the option Create Virtual Cloud Network plus related resources or select Create Virtual Cloud Network only to create your own customized subnets.  Let’s select the latter option for the purpose of this blog. In the example below, a VCN is created with a CIDR 10.0.0.0/16.  You can use a CIDR that mimics your on premises networking too. Read more on VCN and subnet here to familiarize with the concepts and management of networks. The next important part is creating security lists.  By default every subnet will have a security list.  You can customize the same default security list or create your own.  In the sample network illustrated above, there are two security lists – one for a database subnet and another for the middle tier subnet. The security list for the database subnet can have rules as shown below.  The first rule indicates that the database instance can be accessed over the Internet on port 22 for SSH, and the second rule indicates that all network connections arising from the middle tier subnet (10.0.1.0) must be allowed to connect to all ports on instances running on database subnet. Now, let’s take a look at the middle tier subnet security list. Here is the summary of the rules: Rule 1 – allow all connections to port 22 (SSH access) Rule 2 – allow all connections to port range 8000 – 8200 (HTTP PIA access) Rule 3 – allow all connections to port range 8443 – 8643 (HTTPS PIA access) Rule 4 – allow all connections between instances within middle tier subnet Rule 5 – allow all connections to port 3389 (RDP to Windows Client) Also add Egress rules for each subnet as per your requirement.  The example shown below allows connections to all destinations. Define an internet gateway as shown below.  Also add any route tables if required. More details are available in OCI documentation here. It is important to ensure that the Cloud Manager and the file server instance has access to all subnets on which it will provision new environments.  The NFS share in the file server on which DPKs are stored, is mounted on the instances being provisioned and hence all NFS ports must be opened in the security lists. More details about the VCN, subnets and security lists specific to Cloud Manager is available here. All security rules in this blog are not very restrictive and serve as examples to start with.  It is always recommended to restrict access to subnets by adding more rules that allow only required ports.  To learn more about securing access refer to OCI documentation here. Next, create subnets for each Availability Domain.  In the example below, there are two subnets created for an Availability Domain evQs US-ASHBURN-AD-1.  One subnet is used for hosting database instances and another to host the remainder of the instances, such as middle tier (running Application Server, PIA server and Process Scheduler), Windows client and Elasticsearch.  Create similar subnets on each of the availability domains.  This way, you’ll have a uniform network layout on each of the availability domains.  Ensure that you select the right security list for each subnet. With this, the tenancy is ready for you to set up PeopleSoft Cloud Manager.  You have set up a compartment, user, policies, VCN, subnets and security lists.  Learn more about installing Cloud Manager here and how to use it here.

In the previous blog on setting up tenancy, you learned that a Virtual Cloud Network (VCN) and subnets must be created as a prerequisite for PeopleSoft Cloud Manager Image 6. In Oracle...

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How to Set up OCI Tenancy for PeopleSoft Cloud Manager – Part I

In our previous blog we announced the release of the latest PeopleSoft Cloud Manager Image 6, which includes support for Oracle Cloud Infrastructure (OCI).  Cloud Manager for OCI is designed to work in a simple way.  Let’s try to understand those design aspects that must be considered for your planning. Deploy all instances of a PeopleSoft environment in a single OCI Region.  Cloud Manager can deploy PeopleSoft environments in only one region, the one in which it is running.  When you sign in to Cloud Manager in a browser and access the Cloud Manager Infrastructure Settings page, you see this region listed as “Deployment Region.” When you create or configure an environment template in Cloud Manger, you will see all regions listed, but you must always specify the region chosen as Deployment Region on the Cloud Manager Infrastructure Settings page. Deploy all instances of a PeopleSoft environment in a single Availability Domain (AD) in the chosen Deployment Region.  In environment templates, you can set the AD in which you want to deploy an environment.  All instances are deployed in the chosen AD.  Cloud Manager doesn’t provide the ability to choose different ADs for each instance of the same environment. For example, you will not be able to deploy a Database instance in one AD and middle tier components (Application Server, Process Scheduler, and PIA) or a PeopleSoft Client instance in another AD. Deploy all instances of a PeopleSoft environment in a single compartment.  While defining environment templates you get an option to choose the compartment in which an environment will be deployed.  All instances of an environment will always be deployed in the selected compartment.  You will not be allowed to deploy instances of the same environment across two or more compartments.  For example, you cannot deploy a Database instance in one compartment and middle tier instances or a PeopleSoft Client instance on another compartment.  Deploy the Cloud Manager instance, and all instances of a PeopleSoft environment, on a single VCN that is dedicated for PeopleSoft environments.  The Cloud Manager instance must be deployed in the same VCN as all instances of a PeopleSoft environment.  Under the dedicated VCN, you can create multiple subnets that can be used to isolate individual instances or production and non-production environments. Let’s go through those requirements that satisfy the above mentioned design considerations.  To provision PeopleSoft environments in OCI using Cloud Manager, you’ll need to prepare your tenancy with a few pre-requisite configurations.  Create a compartment When you get access to your OCI tenancy, you’ll have an administrator user only.  You can find an overview about how to set up your tenancy here.  Note. To locate the commands mentioned here, click the Navigation Menu at the top left of the OCI console home page. Let’s start by creating a compartment in which all PeopleSoft environments will be provisioned.  If you want to deploy your development, test or production environments on separate compartments, then create enough compartments for the various environments.  For this blog, let’s assume we have created a compartment and named it nkpsft. Create a cloud user for PeopleSoft Sign in as the administrator user for OCI, and create a user for Cloud Manager with sufficient privileges to create and manage instances, the Virtual Cloud Network and subnets.  This involves multiple steps as outlined below.    First, create a Group for Cloud Manager users; for example, CM-Admin. Next, create a policy, for example CM-Admin-Policy, to grant access to compartment nkpsft to Cloud Manager group. After that, create a user cloudmgr that will be used in Cloud Manager Settings. Finally, add cloudmgr user to CM-Admin group.  With this, we have set up a compartment and a user with admin privileges to create and manage instances on OCI. In our next blog, we’ll talk about the next important pre-requisite – Networking.  Cloud Manager Image 6 on OCI does not enforce a flat networking architecture, as it does in OCI-Classic.  Your network admin can design and lay out the required networking architecture.  You can create your own networking layout and Cloud Manager automation will use it to deploy PeopleSoft environments.  Remember, you’ll be creating networking components in the same compartment that you had created earlier, so that Cloud Manager gets access to it.   

In our previous blog we announced the release of the latest PeopleSoft Cloud Manager Image 6, which includes support for Oracle Cloud Infrastructure (OCI).  Cloud Manager for OCI is designed to work...

Initial release of PeopleTools 8.57 will be in the Oracle Cloud

Oracle recently announced in a Tech Update that PeopleTools 8.57 will be generally available to all PeopleSoft customers for use first in the Oracle Cloud.  Shortly after, most likely with the third PeopleTools patch (8.57.03) it will be available for on premises environments. This, understandably, has generated some questions so I thought I take a few minutes to clear things up.  When we talk about running PeopleSoft in the cloud, we are talking about taking one or more of your existing PeopleSoft environments and instead of running them in your data center, they are run on hardware that you subscribe to and manage in the cloud.  In this case, the cloud is Oracle’s Infrastructure as a Service, also called Oracle Cloud Infrastructure (OCI).   When you move one of your environments to the cloud, it’s backed up to files, copied to a cloud repository and provision from the repository.  We call that process ‘Lift and Shift’.  When it’s done, your application with your data, your customizations, and your configurations is running in the cloud.  Even though it’s in the cloud, you are responsible for maintaining it.  What has changed is the infrastructure – servers, storage, network – that the application is running on. Just to be clear, there is no Software-as-a-Services (SaaS) version of PeopleSoft or PeopleTools, nor does Oracle have any plans to release one.   So, thinking it through, the 8.57 release of PeopleTools that we make available in the cloud is exactly the same as the version you will install in your on premises environment.  Why then are we releasing it first in the cloud? There are several reasons, but the most significant is to build awareness of the benefits of running PeopleSoft applications in the Oracle Cloud, and what that can mean to you.  We believe that in the long term, the best way to run PeopleSoft applications is to do so in in the cloud.  To make it even better, one of the major initiatives over the past couple of years is the release of PeopleSoft Cloud Manager.  With Cloud Manager, many of the processes that are time consuming or difficult, particularly around lifecycle management, have been improved or automated.  The PeopleTools upgrade, for instance, is automated.  Just choose one of your application images from your cloud repository and start it with the latest Tools version and the app will be upgraded as part of the provisioning process.  It’s that easy.  And that’s just one example. It’s pretty easy to take advantage of the initial releases of PeopleTools in the cloud.  In fact, as I write this there is a 30 day Trial Program that gives you free credits to try it out.  Be sure to follow the correct OBE when installing.  For more information go to this link or talk to your Oracle Account team.  There is also a PeopleSoft Key Concept page about running Peoplesoft on the Oracle Cloud and PeopleSoft Cloud Manager where you can get more information.  It only takes a small investment to try this out, and it could lead to major improvements in how you manage your applications.

Oracle recently announced in a Tech Update that PeopleTools 8.57 will be generally available to all PeopleSoft customers for use first in the Oracle Cloud.  Shortly after, most likely with the...

Announcing PeopleSoft Cloud Manager Support for Oracle Cloud Infrastructure

Oracle released PeopleSoft Cloud Manager in 2017 featuring in-depth automation to help accelerate adoption of Oracle Cloud (Classic) as an efficient deployment platform for PeopleSoft customers. With the excitement generated around Oracle Cloud Infrastructure (OCI)--a cloud designed for the enterprise customer--several customers and partners have been looking forward to taking advantage of the enhanced OCI with PeopleSoft Cloud Manager.  Oracle is pleased to announce Cloud Manager’s support for OCI beginning with today’s release of PeopleSoft Cloud Manager Version 6. So, what is new and exciting in PeopleSoft Cloud Manager Version 6?  For the first time, there are two images provided: one for OCI, and the other for OCI Classic.  The Cloud Manager Image 6 for OCI supports a number of OCI features, including Regions, Virtual Cloud Networks, Subnets, Compute and DB System platforms.  With this image, instances will be provisioned on VM shapes.  Customers can lift and shift PeopleSoft environments from on-premises to OCI using the same approach they used OCI Classic. For PeopleSoft Cloud Manager for OCI Classic, we have enabled support for the lift and shift of on-premises databases encrypted with Oracle Transparent Data Encryption (TDE).  TDE offers another level of data security that customers are looking for as data is migrated to the cloud.  A ‘Clone to template’ option is also available for encrypted databases.  The lift utility requires a few parameters for TDE so that the encrypted database may be packaged and lifted to the cloud. During shift process, the same parameters are required to deploy the lifted database. Customers have also requested an enhancement to support non-Unicode databases for PeopleSoft environments.  PeopleSoft Cloud Manager Version 6 supports lift and shift of environments that use non-Unicode Databases.  Unlike image 5, a conversion of the on-premises database to Unicode is no longer required prior to using Cloud Manager’s Lift and Shift automation. To get your hands on the new Cloud Manager images, go to the Oracle Marketplace and look for either the OCI-Classic image or the OCI image…or try both!   Be sure to review the documentation and additional important information mentioned in the Marketplace listings. We are excited to combine the automation of provisioning and maintenance that PeopleSoft Cloud Manager provides with the robust benefits of Oracle Cloud Infrastructure.  Combining support for OCI with the additional features of non-Unicode databases and TDE encrypted databases, we expect all customers to benefit from the latest Cloud Manager image, using whichever Oracle Cloud is right for you.  Stay tuned for additional information and more Cloud Manager features.  Now, off to the next image!  

Oracle released PeopleSoft Cloud Manager in 2017 featuring in-depth automation to help accelerate adoption of Oracle Cloud (Classic) as an efficient deployment platform for PeopleSoft customers. With...

What is the Status of the PeopleSoft Interaction Hub?

As many of you may have heard, PeopleSoft has moved several functional capabilities from the PeopleSoft Interaction Hub (formerly the PeopleSoft Portal) to PeopleTools.  Why did we do this?  We wanted to make clustering available to many more customers.  Clustering enables two or more PeopleSoft applications to behave like a seamless system without noticeable boundaries between applications.  We did a webinar on this subject recently.  Clustering formerly required the Interaction Hub, but now when you move to PeopleTools 8.56, you can achieve clustering without the Hub.  There are many customers that could benefit from clustering their PeopleSoft applications, but don’t want the overhead, system complexity, or additional expense of deploying the Hub.  Some simply don’t want to deploy a web site. That’s great, but what does that mean for customers who have the Hub?  First of all, nothing is taken away.  If you have deployed the Hub and are successful and your users are happy, you can continue to use it.  We will continue to support it.   Customers that still want to deploy a PeopleSoft–centric web site experience for their users may want to continue to use the Hub.  You can also use the Hub with PeopleSoft Fluid applications.  In fact, if you are using the Hub you should be deploying Fluid applications with it. Our focus on Fluid as the current and future PeopleSoft user interface, means, however, that we don’t have plans to enhance the Interaction Hub further.  Enhancements to clustering and common capabilities used across applications will be made directly in PeopleTools so all customers can benefit from them.

As many of you may have heard, PeopleSoft has moved several functional capabilities from the PeopleSoft Interaction Hub (formerly the PeopleSoft Portal) to PeopleTools.  Why did we do this?  We wanted...

Elasticsearch the Only Search Engine Supported for PeopleSoft as of May 1st

As has been mentioned in earlier blog posts, Oracle's Secure Enterprise Search (SES) will no longer be an option with PeopleSoft.  As of  May 1, 2018, Elasticsearch is the only search engine supported for PeopleSoft 9.2 applications and it is the only search engine that can be used with PeopleTools 8.56. No new instances of Oracle Secure Enterprise Search should be deployed as the search engine with the PeopleSoft Search Framework.  Starting May 1, 2018, Oracle will provide sustaining support for SES as the search engine for PeopleSoft, which includes access to Oracle support analysts, previously delivered updates and published knowledge articles, but does not include any new CPUs, patches or certifications. Oracle recommends that customers move to Elasticsearch as soon as possible. Customers on PeopleTools 8.55 still using SES can migrate to Elasticsearch without downtime using the Live Cutover Functionality delivered by PeopleSoft Search Framework. Oracle/PeopleSoft provides a wealth of information on deploying Elasticsearch with PeopleSoft.  A good place to start is the Search Concepts page on peoplesoftinfo.com.  That page contains useful information and links to other valuable content like the Elasticsearch page on My Oracle Support. In addition, Oracle/PeopleSoft continues to enhance our Search capabilities with the Elastic products and our PeopleSoft Search Framework.  Look for updates in the near future.

As has been mentioned in earlier blog posts, Oracle's Secure Enterprise Search (SES) will no longer be an option with PeopleSoft.  As of  May 1, 2018, Elasticsearch is the only search engine supported...

Time to Move to Elasticsearch with PeopleSoft

Oracle/PeopleSoft made Elasticsearch our new search engine as of PeopleTools 8.55.11, which was released in November 2016.  At that time, we announced that Oracle's Secure Enterprise Search would no longer be supported as of April 2018.  That date is rapidly approaching. Oracle recommends that customers move to Elasticsearch as soon as possible.  Do not deploy new instances of Oracle Secure Enterprise Search (SES) as the search engine with the PeopleSoft Search Framework. Elasticsearch is the only search engine supported in PeopleTools 8.56.  In fact, SES will reach end of life as of January 31, 2018.  At that date, no new patches, certifications, or security vulnerability (SV) fixes will be available.  As of April 30, 2018, support for SES as the search engine for PeopleSoft Search Framework will also no longer include new patches or fixes.  After April 30, 2018, Oracle will continue to provide sustaining support for SES as the search engine for PeopleSoft Search Framework on a best-effort basis, but the support will not include any patches or new fixes.  In addition, support for Verity also ends on April 30th 2018. For more information on deploying Elasticsearch with PeopleSoft, see the Search Concepts page on peoplesoftinfo.com.  That page contains useful information and links to other valuable content like the Elasticsearch page on My Oracle Support.  There is also information on transitioning to Elasticsearch from SES.

Oracle/PeopleSoft made Elasticsearch our new search engine as of PeopleTools 8.55.11, which was released in November 2016.  At that time, we announced that Oracle's Secure Enterprise Search would no...

PeopleSoft Technology

You Don't Want to Miss This Event

If you are a PeopleSoft customer you probably haven't seen this:.  https://blogs.oracle.com/ebsandoraclecloud/replatforming-your-oracle-applications-to-oracle-cloud-infrastructure:-forthcoming-regional-events After all, not many of us on the PeopleTools side monitor the EBS Blog!  But in this case, it's worth a look.  What will it tell you?  PeopleTools is going on the road to talk about running your PeopleSoft applications in the cloud.  What does it mean to run your PeopleSoft applications in the cloud?  It means you take your own version of PeopleSoft and run it on Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) and Platform as a Service (PaaS) technology provided from the Oracle Cloud Infrastructure.  While that might sound like a lot of work, it's actually made easy by using a product PeopleTools delivers called PeopleSoft Cloud Manager.  You can learn more about that product on the PeopleSoft Information Portal at www.peoplesoftinfo.com:  Who should attend this event?  Anyone that is interested in: Learning more about the Oracle Infrastructure and Platform clouds Discovering how to reduce the cost of running PeopleSoft applications Learning more about PeopleSoft Cloud Manager Sitting in on a Q&A session with PeopleTools product strategy (yes, we'll even answer questions about Classic Plus!) A free lunch Go to the link above for more information on the cities, event details and links for registration.  The events we've done so far have been a great success.  Hope to see you there -  

If you are a PeopleSoft customer you probably haven't seen this:.  https://blogs.oracle.com/ebsandoraclecloud/replatforming-your-oracle-applications-to-oracle-cloud-infrastructure:-forthcoming-regional-...

PeopleTools CPU Analysis

Updated for October 2017 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 table in the Attached Page shows the patch number matrix 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.  Introduced in the April 2016 CPU, CVSS 3.0 is being used from this CPU going forward.  For more information on how CVSS 3.0 is calculated, Risk Matrix Glossary – Terms and Definitions for Critical Patch Update Risk Matrices http://www.oracle.com/technetwork/topics/security/advisorymatrixglossary-101807.html CVSS Version 3.0 Announced: https://blogs.oracle.com/security/entry/cvss_version_3_0_announced   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 3 Calculator: https://www.first.org/cvss/specification-document   This page shows the components of the CVSS score   If you are considering creating a response policy, this page provide a good sample template: http://www.first.org/_assets/cvss/cvss-based-patch-policy.pdf. Note this is a useful template. All the details in this page are available on My Oracle Support and public sites. Please NOTE: The RED column in the Attached Page indicates the last patch for any PeopleTools version and effectively the last support date for that version.   Applications Unlimited support does NOT apply to PeopleTools versions.

Updated for October 2017 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...

Oracle Open World is Just Around the Corner

Open World is Oracle's biggest event of the year, and PeopleSoft is well represented again this year.  We will be presenting over 75 sessions including keynotes and general sessions provided by PeopleSoft Executives and leaders, as well as informative sessions presented by our applications and technology teams.  In addition, our partners and customers will be telling their success stories, so you can learn a lot from them.  Take a look at this video to learn more about the PeopleSoft agenda at Open World. We also have a mobile-friendly web site that will keep you informed about sessions, schedules, and events at Open World.  This site is all about PeopleSoft at Open World, so it will help during the conference with planning, locating sessions of interest, and other useful information.  It provides information that will be updated before and throughout the conference and contains things like Key Sessions, Speaker Spotlights, and other resources like Focus On documents.  The site will be live on September 18th. Our technology sessions will cover many important topics including the following: PeopleSoft Technology Road Map Elasticsearch with PeopleSoft PeopleSoft deployed on the Cloud Deploying the Fluid UI Selective Adoption and Life Cycle Reporting and Analytics Platforms and infrastructure Security, on premise and in the cloud We are bringing back the popular PeopleTools panel discussion in which you can ask questions of our technology management team.  There is also something new this year: a 'brain snack' session in which you can engage with Oracle/PeopleSoft people as well as other customers and partners in free form conversations about any topic that is meaningful to you.  This also enables you to make connections with your peers and share valuable insights. We hope many of you will be attending, and we look forward to seeing you at the conference.

Open World is Oracle's biggest event of the year, and PeopleSoft is well represented again this year.  We will be presenting over 75 sessions including keynotes and general sessions provided by...

Announcing the PeopleSoft Innovator Awards

We have been getting some great feedback from customers and partners on our major PeopleSoft endeavors.  Customers are doing some progressive and innovative things and realizing  benefits from the latest features and advances in PeopleTools, Enterprise Components, and PeopleSoft applications. It’s rewarding to hear such feedback, and to talk with customers that are seeing positive results with today’s PeopleSoft.  We want to recognize your achievements, so we've created the brand new PeopleSoft Innovator Awards. What are you doing with today’s powerful, modern, intuitive PeopleSoft?  You are a PeopleSoft Innovator if you are... Deploying the Fluid UI Using Simplified Analytics Using Elasticsearch Deploying new features through Selective Adoption Rolling out new products Eliminating customizations Using personalization and configuration tools Running PeopleSoft on the Oracle Cloud Using Cloud Manager Using PeopleSoft Update Manager analytics Changing your approach to testing And many, many more! Nominate yourself or someone you know today!  Partners, nominate your customers.  You’ve earned it, and the rest of the PeopleSoft community wants to hear what you’ve done.  PeopleSoft Innovators will be announced at Oracle OpenWorld, invited to a special PeopleSoft Innovators event at OpenWorld, receive an award, and more. This is a pretty incredible time to be a PeopleSoft customer.  We want to hear your story.  Take a moment to share it today!

We have been getting some great feedback from customers and partners on our major PeopleSoft endeavors.  Customers are doing some progressive and innovative things and realizing  benefits from the...

PeopleSoft on the Cloud

Oracle Releases PeopleSoft Cloud Manager Image 04

PeopleSoft Cloud Manager Image 04 is now available in Oracle Cloud Marketplace.  This new version brings in a number of new enhancements and fixes that customers were asking for.  We’re listening to feedback and working hard to incorporate your ideas into the product as quickly as possible. Here are some of the new features to try out in image 04.  Many thanks to Nagendra Krishnappa for putting this together. Multiple Middle-Tier Provisioning The prior images of Cloud Manager had a limitation on the number of middle-tiers that could be provisioned.  With this new image, you can create multiple middle-tiers and connect them all to the same database. In the topology definition, you can now add multiple middle-tier nodes for a topology.  When you add/use this topology in a template, you can configure attributes for each middle-tier individually. Elastic Search deployment and Configuration In image 03, Cloud Manager was deploying the Elastic Search server, but users had to manually configure and integrate it with the environment.  In image 04, Cloud Manager can now automatically integrate the Elastic Search server - one less administrative task for you.  Support Lift of Campus Solutions On-Premise Environments If you are using Campus Solutions, we now have the capability to migrate (“Lift and Shift”) your on-premise environment to Oracle Cloud.  Cloud Manager’s “Lift” utility will pack up your on-premise environment and “Shift” it to Oracle Cloud automatically.  Configurable Persistent Boot Volume for Deployed Instances  Boot volumes of PeopleSoft VMs were not configurable, thereby limiting the size of boot volumes to a standard image size.  You can now modify this setting to specify the larger sizes that you may need. Security Updates In this release we are delivering additional protection for data exposed in log files. We are also delivering improved secure network access rules for all provisioned environments. Bug Fixes Improvements and fixes in areas of DBCS provisioning and environment management were addressed in this image.  New Oracle Linux image for Cloud Manager Along with the latest Cloud Manager image, we now have a reference Oracle Linux image to get you started quickly.  You can find it in Marketplace: PeopleSoft Linux Image for Cloud Manager.  Configure this image as the Linux image in Cloud Manager Settings and it will be used for all instance provisioning.   You may also create your own custom image starting with Cloud Manager image 04.  To do that, first deploy an instance of the reference Oracle Linux image.  Next, connect to it and install/upgrade required packages, modify kernel parameters and customize configurations to suit your needs.  When you are done with customizations, create a new image from it and use it with Cloud Manager.  You can find more details about creating a custom Linux image for PeopleSoft Cloud Manager in the Creating a Custom Linux Image for PeopleSoft Cloud Manager tutorial. Go ahead and enjoy the latest image, and continue to let us know what additional capabilities you would like to have in Cloud Manager!  

PeopleSoft Cloud Manager Image 04 is now available in Oracle Cloud Marketplace.  This new version brings in a number of new enhancements and fixes that customers were asking for.  We’re listening to...

PeopleSoft Technology

PeopleTools 8.56 is Now Available

Great news from PeopleSoft!  We are happy to announce that PeopleTools 8.56 is now generally available for install and upgrade.  As is the case with all major PeopleTools releases, it's loaded with new features.  In this release you will find: Ability to have a common look to the user interface in each application, regardless of the underlying Fluid or Classic technology An open source search technology with proven success, that will be easier to install and manage Lifecycle management process that lets change be selected directly from analytics Ability to create test scripts that use queries to provide test data More platform support for the PeopleSoft Deployment Framework And it’s easier than ever to lift and run your PeopleSoft applications in the Oracle Cloud Of course there’s more.  Where can you go to get all the details on 8.56?  The first place to start is always the PeopleSoft Information Portal, www.peoplesoftinfo.com.    Once there, select the PeopleTools tab.  There’s a great informational video that runs about ½ hour in length covering some of the new features.  For a bit more detail, check out PeopleTools section in the Cumulative Feature Overview tool (also linked to from the PeopleSoft Information Portal) or PeopleBooks online help.  To make it easy to find everything, here’s all the links: PeopleTools 8.56 Highlights Video: https://youtu.be/UHwQzRHRMwA·      PeopleTools 8.56 New Features Overview: https://support.oracle.com/epmos/faces/DocumentDisplay?id=2267247.1 PeopleTools 8.56 Home Page (includes Install): https://support.oracle.com/epmos/faces/DocumentDisplay?id=2259140.2·       PeopleTools 8.56 Upgrade: https://support.oracle.com/epmos/faces/DocumentDisplay?id= 2270700.1 PeopleTools 8.56 Install: (tab on the PeopleTools 8.56 Home Page) https://support.oracle.com/epmos/faces/DocumentDisplay?id=2259140.2 PeopleTools Patches Home Page: https://support.oracle.com/epmos/faces/DocumentDisplay?id=2062712.2 PeopleTools 8.56 Online Help: http://docs.oracle.com/cd/E87544_01/pt856pbr1/eng/pt/index.html      Elasticsearch Home Page. https://support.oracle.com/epmos/faces/DocumentDisplay?id=2205540.2 Even though this is the first major PeopleTools release since 8.55 in Dec. 2015, you've already seen some of the new features we've been working on.  Selective Adoption lets us release new Enterprise Components like Approval Page Composer, Form Builder and Page and Field Configurator in PUM Images.  We made Elasticsearch available in PeopleTools 8.55, and of course there’s PeopleSoft Cloud Manager, the application available on the Oracle Cloud Marketplace that helps you run PeopleSoft Application on the Oracle Cloud.  Information on all of these features can be found in the PeopleSoft Information Portal. PeopleTools 8.56 is a major release for PeopleSoft that we are sure will be beneficial.  Remember to keep up to date with the PeopleTools direction by visiting Planned Features and Enhancement page (https://support.oracle.com/epmos/faces/DocumentDisplay?id=1966243.2) on Oracle Support and we look forward to hearing your ideas about how we can improve PeopleTools by posting them on Idea Space (https://community.oracle.com/community/support/peoplesoft).

Great news from PeopleSoft!  We are happy to announce that PeopleTools 8.56 is now generally available for install and upgrade.  As is the case with all major PeopleTools releases, it's loaded with...

More Resources for Elasticsearch with PeopleSoft

There are some new resources available to help with your deployment of Elasticsearch with PeopleSoft.  First, there is a new paper that provides guidance on working with Elasticsearch clusters.  This paper describes setting up clusters during installation, adding and removing nodes, administration of the cluster, starting and stopping clusters and nodes, and managing large indexes.  The Cluster paper is available on the Elasticsearch Home Page on MyOracleSupport.  This paper applies to the PeopleTools release 8.55.11 or later patches.  When PeopleTools 8.56 is released, this cluster information will be included in the 8.56 PeopleBooks. Two new Spotlight Series videos on Elasticsearch have also been posted.  They are part of a series that began with the Elasticsearch Strategies video, which provides an overview of the process of deploying Elasticsearch with PeopleSoft.  These latest videos cover two important topics: Deploying Elasticsearch--Provides greater detail on the deployment process, particularly for customers that haven't deployed Oracle's Secure Enterprise Search and are not familiar with the PeopleSoft Search Framework. Moving from SES to Elasticsearch--Provides detail on deploying Elasticsearch for customers that have deployed Secure Enterprise Search and the the PeopleSoft Search Framework. Keep your eye on the Search Concepts Page on peoplesoftinfo.com for updates to Search technology with PeopleSoft.

There are some new resources available to help with your deployment of Elasticsearch with PeopleSoft.  First, there is a new paper that provides guidance on working with Elasticsearch clusters.  This...

Applications

Come See Us at the Collaborate Conference

The Collaborate conference, hosted by a consortium of Oracle user groups (Quest, IOUG and OAUG), is being held April 2-6 in Las Vegas, NV.  This conference covers a broad spectrum of Oracle applications and technology, and PeopleSoft is well represented.  Quest has a web page focused on PeopleSoft at Collaborate that you will find useful.  It will help in planning for your PeopleSoft-related activities.  It highlights keynotes, important sessions and topics, educational opportunities, and workshops.  In short, it's a great tool for planning your complete conference agenda. As the name of the conference implies, this is a great opportunity to collaborate with Oracle staff, fellow PeopleSoft customers, and partners.  You can also see PeopleSoft at the Oracle demo pods while visiting the Exhibit floor. The PeopleTools and PeopleSoft Technology area is offering many interesting and valuable sessions.  Here are some topics/sessions you should consider: General PeopleSoft Technology Road Map PeopleTools Panel Discussion Transitioning to Elasticsearch with PeopleSoft Cloud Deploying PeopleSoft in the Oracle Cloud PeopleSoft Cloud Architecture and Cloud Manager User Interface Adopting the PeopleSoft Fluid User Interface Simplified Analytics Page Composer/Approvals Security PeopleSoft Security in the Cloud This is just a sampling.  There are many wonderful sessions being offered by customers, partners, and the PeopleSoft applications teams.  Again, check www.peoplesoftcollaborate.com  and learn about everything PeopleSoft at the Collaborate conference.

The Collaborate conference, hosted by a consortium of Oracle user groups (Quest, IOUG and OAUG), is being held April 2-6 in Las Vegas, NV.  This conference covers a broad spectrum of...

PeopleTools

PeopleSoft Cloud Manager - Now Available

We’ve been talking about runningPeopleSoft Applications on the Oracle Compute Cloud ever since the release ofPeopleTools 8.55.  In release 8.55, we changed the way PeopleSoft is packaged andinstalled, using automated scripts for deployment and configuration. We call that the PeopleSoft CloudArchitecture.  Today, we make it even easier by automating processes like moving on premise environments to the cloud, provisioning of environments, defining topologies, cloning environmentsand maintaining application instances.  You could do these manually but thattakes a lot of time and resources.  Now they are all automated by PeopleSoft CloudManager. What are thebasics? This is not PeopleSoft running as aSaaS application.  There, got that out of the way.  This is you,moving your PeopleSoft Application from on premise to the Oracle Compute CloudService (also referred to as Oracle’s Infrastructure as a Service(IaaS)).  You move the database, application tier, web tier, app sources,tools source, everything that makes up a PeopleSoft application and place it inthe cloud.  You can do this for any of your instances, demo, dev, test,training, regression, sandbox, conference room pilot, and even production. Takeit one step further, and you can put your database on the Database CloudService and let Oracle manage patching the database for you.  This is yourapplication with your configurations, your customizations, your securityprofiles, and your data, and it’s running on the Oracle Cloud.   PeopleSoft CloudManager PeopleSoft Cloud Manager helps you runPeopleSoft Applications on the Oracle Compute Cloud.  You’ll find it onthe Oracle Marketplace and it’s free of charge.  Just load it on toyour Oracle Compute Cloud and start running. First thing you’ll want to do isget an environment.  That’s what ‘Lift and Shift’ is for.  'Lift and Shift' packages up your on premise environment and copies it to the Cloud.  Oncethere, define a topology to identify all the resources your application willuse, and automatically deploy it.  From on premise to the cloud, fullyautomated, in a very short time. You don’t have to move all your PeopleSoft environmentsto the cloud.  Think of this as an extension of your data center. Once you’ve got PeopleSoftApplications running on the Cloud, PeopleSoft Cloud Manager gives you a greatcollection of utilities and administrative features to manage them.  Youcan start and stop them (of course!).  If you don’t want one anymore, youcan delete it.  If you want another copy of an environment, you can cloneit.  And of course, none of this is worthwhile unless you can maintainthem.  Simply subscribe to application and tools changes, and anytimePeopleSoft publishes a changed (PRP, PUM image, PeopleTools patch, PeopleToolsrelease), it is automatically copied to your Cloud File Repository and ready tobe applied.  No more poking around My Oracle Support waiting for changesto be posted! If you’ve been thinking about movingsome of your PeopleSoft operations to the cloud, you’ll want more informationabout Cloud Manager.  Of course, all of that can be found on thePeopleSoft Information Portal.  For more information about using theOracle Compute Cloud and Database Cloud Services, talk to your OracleTechnology Sales Representative.

We’ve been talking about running PeopleSoft Applications on the Oracle Compute Cloud ever since the release of PeopleTools 8.55.  In release 8.55, we changed the way PeopleSoft is packaged andinstalled...

Applications

Interaction Hub Image 3 Now Available

The latest image (Image 3) of the Interaction Hub is now available on My Oracle Support--PeopleSoft Update Manager Home Page.  To get the image, go to the PeopleSoft Update Images tab, then choose the Interaction Hub Update Images page. This image contains a couple of beneficial features: Uptake of Elasticsearch    Elasticsearch is the new search engine used with PeopleSoft.  It provides many benefits over previous implementations of search technology.  When Search is used with the Interaction Hub, you can have federated searching across all PeopleSoft applications including the Hub.  This means that when you run a search, you can retrieve results from all content sources.  Learn more about Elasticsearch with PeopleSoft from our Key Concepts page on Search. Fluid Related Information for Content Management    This is functionally similar to Classic content management in Related Content.  There are three main aspects to this feature:  1) It enables users view all sorts of content from conventional articles, to videos or documents.  2) It provides a setup page for administrators to assign or update content, including context-specific content.  3) Enables administrators with extra privileges to create or update content management assignments, specify a role that can serve as content administrator, mark content as context sensitive, and turn on or off online content update capability.  Such managed content can be included in the Related Information from or in a page as embedded Related Information.  See PeopleBooks guidance on Related Information. Information on features coming in future images will soon be posted on the Interaction Hub page on peoplesoftinfo.com.

The latest image (Image 3) of the Interaction Hub is now available on My Oracle Support--PeopleSoft Update Manager Home Page.  To get the image, go to the PeopleSoft Update Images tab, then choose the...

Security

PeopleTools CPU analysis and supported versions of PeopleTools (update for Jan 2017 CPU)

Questions often arise on the PeopleTools versions for whichCritical Patch Updates have been published, or if a particular PeopleToolsversion is supported.  The table in the attached page shows the patch number matrix for PeopleToolsversions 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 forCPU advisories, the link in the individual date, e.g. Apr-10, goes to theadvisory for that date. The page also shows the CVE's addressed in the CPU, a synopsisof the issue and the Common Vulnerability Scoring System (CVSS) value.  Introduced in the April 2016 CPU, CVSS 3.0 is being used from this CPU going forward.  For more information on how CVSS 3.0 is calculated, Risk Matrix Glossary – Terms and Definitions for Critical Patch Update Risk Matrices http://www.oracle.com/technetwork/topics/security/advisorymatrixglossary-101807.html CVSS Version 3.0 Announced: https://blogs.oracle.com/security/entry/cvss_version_3_0_announced To find more details on any CVE, simply replace the CVE numberin the sample URL below.: http://www.cvedetails.com/cve/CVE-2010-2377 Common Vulnerability Scoring System Version 3 Calculator: https://www.first.org/cvss/specification-document This page shows the components of the CVSS score If you are considering creating a response policy, this page provide a good sample template: http://www.first.org/_assets/cvss/cvss-based-patch-policy.pdf. Note this is a useful template. All the details in this page are available on My Oracle Support and public sites. Please NOTE: The RED column in the Attached Page indicates the last patch for any PeopleToolsversion and effectively the last support date for that version. Applications Unlimited support does NOT apply to PeopleToolsversions. .

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

Applications

Useful Guidelines for Designing and Developing in Fluid

So you've started adopting PeopleSoft's Fluid User Interface to provide a better experience and mobility for your user communities.  Great!  For those of you that are taking an extra step and are doing some of your own development in Fluid, we offer some guidelines to help with your development efforts.  These docs will help you create home pages, components, and navigation flows that are consistent with those delivered by PeopleSoft's application development teams.  There is a compendium article on My Oracle Support that provides links to several useful guides:  FLUID UI: PeopleSoft Fluid User Interface Supplemental Documentation (Doc ID 1909955.1) Here are some of the guides you'll find on this page: Cascading Style Sheet Guide for PeopleSoft Fluid:  Contains descriptions of delivered CSS styles. Using this information will be helpful for creating custom fluid applications as well as extending current CSS features delivered in your PeopleSoft applications. Pivot Grid Security:  Provides information about security for Real-time Component Search in the PeopleSoft Fluid User Interface mode. PeopleSoft Fluid User Interface Programming Fundamentals:  Covers advanced topics related to creating fluid applications. Converting Classic Components to PeopleSoft Fluid User Interface:  Provides descriptions of the steps involved in a sample scenario of converting a classic page to a fluid page, helping to illustrate the concepts of fluid development. Fluid User Interface and Navigation Standards:  A set of guidelines and standards for applying the recommended techniques of fluid application development. In addition, there is a great Fluid User Interface Design Standards document available here. If you want to insure that your applications perform optimally, check out this red paper on performance for Fluid. Of course there is a lot of good information in PeopleBooks too, but these resources go further.

So you've started adopting PeopleSoft's Fluid User Interface to provide a better experience and mobility for your user communities.  Great!  For those of you that are taking an extra step and are...

PeopleTools

Page Composer for PeopleSoft Fluid Approvals

There is newtechnology available from PeopleSoft that makes it very easy to configure FluidApprovals. It’s called Enterprise CommonComponents Page Composer or often referred to as just Page Composer. With Page Composer, administrators can modifythe contents, layout and format of Fluid Approval Pages without having tocustomize the underlying PeopleTools managed objects (pages and records). Fluid Approvals areoften one of the first product areas that many of you distribute to users touse on mobile devices. They are also anarea of the product that each organization likes to tweak to meet theirneeds. Previous versions of mobile-ready approvals were built with IScripts and Mobile Application Platform (MAP), so customizingthe UI was difficult and required developers. Now with Page Composer, changes are made using a simple drag-drop UIthat doesn’t require complex programming. The beauty of the Page Composer architecture makes it so that no PeopleSoft page is modified or customized, and the changes take effect immediately.  That means the change does not need to be managed when updating underlying PeopleSoft objects and code.  In Fluid Approvals, each approval type and device size has its own composition (page layout) providing full flexibility to customers when deciding what data to display. It’s important to pointout that in order to use Page Composer, you must use the new Fluid Approvalsthat are built for use with Page Composer.  Application teams will make the first set ofapprovals available in the following PeopleSoft Update Images, FSCM image 20,HCM image 20, CRM image 12 and ELM image 15. It’s also important to mention that Page Composer only supports FluidApprovals and is not something that can be used with any Fluid page. We’ll let you know if that changes. You can read more aboutPage Composer in the Tech Update found on MOS Note 764222.1.

There is new technology available from PeopleSoft that makes it very easy to configure Fluid Approvals. It’s called Enterprise CommonComponents Page Composer or often referred to as just...

Applications

Elasticsearch for PeopleSoft Now Available!

We’ve been announcing for some time that Elasticsearch would be available for PeopleSoft, and that day has come!  Customers can now download a DPK from My Oracle Support and install and configure Elasticsearch for their PeopleSoft systems.  Elasticsearch is available for the PeopleTools 8.55.11 patch, and customers must be on PeopleTools 8.55.11 or higher to use Elasticsearch.  You can get the DPK from the PeopleTools Maintenance Page on MOS.  Elasticsearch DPKs are available for Linux and Windows. There is also documentation to help with installation, deployment, and maintenance.  Visit the Elasticsearch Documentation Home Page on My Oracle Support.  If you are currently using Secure Enterprise Search (SES), we cover how to transition from SES to Elasticsearch.  If you are not using SES, we cover how to do a fresh install of Elasticsearch.  In the near future we will provide additional resources including Oracle University Training, a Spotlight Series video, and more.  Our Cumulative Feature Overview tool has been updated with Elasticsearch content. All of our testing indicates that Elasticsearch will be significantly easier to install and maintain and will perform much better than SES both for indexing and results retrieval.  With this big improvement, we hope customers will take advantage of Elasticsearch and make searching an important part of their user experience.  Search can be especially valuable with the Fluid User Experience because the Fluid header—which includes the Search widget—is always available, so users will be able to initiate a search from any context and at any point of their process. Note that Oracle Secure Enterprise Search (SES) will be supported until April 30, 2018, eighteen months after Elasticsearch is delivered in PeopleTools 8.55.11.

We’ve been announcing for some time that Elasticsearch would be available for PeopleSoft, and that day has come!  Customers can now download a DPK from My Oracle Support and install and...

Applications

Come See Us at Open World

Oracle's Open World conference is just around the corner (September 18-22).  PeopleSoft always has a significant presence at Open World, and this year we have lots of great sessions and exciting new things to announce.  If you are interested in PeopleSoft technology and how PeopleTools and related technology can provide value to your PeopleSoft ecosystem, consider attending some of these sessions.  Our general sessions and keynotes are popular every year.  This year, Paco Aubrejuan PeopleSoft's Senior Vice President will give you an overview of all things PeopleSoft including how you can deploy PeopleSoft in the Cloud to achieve cost savings and business agility, while preserving your investment in PeopleSoft.  Jeff Robbins will once again be presenting the PeopleSoft Technology Roadmap, where you can learn how we increase the value of PeopleSoft applications with important technology innovations.  With all the talk about the Cloud these days, customers may not know about their options with PeopleSoft in the cloud.  To address that, we have several sessions dedicated to learning about PeopleSoft Cloud deployment.  Jeff Robbins will teach you how to use Oracle Cloud to efficiently manage Oracle’s PeopleSoft infrastructure. Whether it is development, test, training, demo, or production environments.  Biju Narayanan and Mark Hoernemann will tell you about the PeopleSoft Cloud Architecture and Deployment Framework as well as PeopleSoft’s upcoming Cloud Manager.  This new application can help customers and partners achieve higher service levels and greater automation in managing their PeopleSoft environments deployed to the Oracle Cloud.  Ravi Shankar will inform attendees about Oracle Managed Cloud Services and how they can help you manage Oracle’s PeopleSoft applications deployed on Oracle Cloud.  Mark Hoernemann will present the Platform and Infrastructure Overview, which provides the information you need to plan your PeopleSoft environments.  Learn all about PeopleSoft's Fluid User Interface in several OpenWorld sessions.  Dave Bain will cover how to extend your Fluid applications.  Dave will also present with a customer who has deployed Oracle Fluid User Interface. You will learn about the customer’s experiences and discover what to do to prepare, deploy, and deliver PeopleSoft Fluid–based applications.  Matthew Haavisto and Pramod Agrawal will show you some simple configuration techniques that can enrich the Fluid content delivered by our Applications teams.  You will also hear from several of our customers, who will relate their experiences adopting Fluid.  Matthew and Ramasimha Rangaraju will also talk about PeopleSoft's move to use Elastic Search.  With Search becoming such an important part of the user experience, learn what the transition to Elastic means for you. Security is always an important topic.  Greg Kelly will describe how to secure your PeopleSoft environments when deployed in the Cloud. In Greg's session you'll find out how to achieve the same levels of security and governance as you do on premise. Greg will also show you how to take advantage of the latest PeopleTools security features to protect against both internal and external threats to your systems and data.  PeopleSoft has made some important advancements in Reporting and Analytics.  Matthew Haavisto and Jody Schnell offer a roadmap on PeopleSoft's rich set of tools for reporting and analytics, which are focused on enabling the end user to be more productive than ever.  With so many new things happening in PeopleSoft, how does one learn about them after Open World?  In a live PeopleSoft Talk session, Greg Parikh discusses the many information sources Oracle offers for PeopleSoft, from videos and planning tools to concept portal pages and blogs. You will understand what resources exist, where to find them, and what to use them for. Customers and Partners are also presenting many important and interesting sessions.  They cover everything from Selective Adoption and PeopleSoft's new life-cycle and delivery model, successful adoption of the Fluid UI, rapid deployment in the Cloud.  We're offering several panel sessions featuring customers, partners, and Oracle staff.  In these lively sessions we'll also be talking about Selective Adoption and the new life-cycle, Cloud deployment, and adopting PeopleSoft's Fluid UI.  For detailed information on all these sessions and many more--including the dates, times, and locations--see our Focus on PeopleSoft page located here.

Oracle's Open World conference is just around the corner (September 18-22).  PeopleSoft always has a significant presence at Open World, and this year we have lots of great sessions and exciting new...

Applications

Another Update on PeopleSoft's Plans for Elasticsearch

In an earlier post, we indicated that Elasticsearch would be available in the 8.55.10 of PeopleTools.  Instead, it will not be available with this specific PeopleTools patch. We are working on completing release requirements and we will update the exact 8.55 patch number when we make Elasticsearch generally available for PeopleSoft.  As mentioned previously, Elasticsearch will be the only Search engine supported in PeopleTools 8.56. For those using SES and Verity... SES: We plan to support SES in PeopleTools 8.55 for 18 months after Elasticsearch is generally available. Verity: We plan to support Verity for our 9.1 application releases through September 2018. Note that Verity will not be supported in 8.56, which means that if customers wish to use Verity, they will need to stay on 8.55. We will do our best to support customers through the support policy of the 9.1 applications. For those attending Oracle Open World this September, we offer a session on Elasticsearch that you should find interesting and informative. In the presentation, we will describe all the benefits of Elasticsearch integration for PeopleSoft including its ease of deployment, transition, and operations. Here are the session logistics: Session ID: CON7066Session Title: Getting the Most Out of PeopleSoft: Transitioning to Elasticsearch  Room: Moscone West—2004Date and Time: 09/21/16, 12:15:00 PM - 01:00:00 PM

In an earlier post, we indicated that Elasticsearch would be available in the 8.55.10 of PeopleTools.  Instead, it will not be available with this specific PeopleTools patch. We are working on...

Applications

Enrich Your Fluid Applications with Third-Party Integrations

Content provided by Balaji Pattabhiraman PeopleSoft applications teams are delivering lots of greatcontent in their images for the Fluid User experience. In addition, though, there are many thingscustomers can do to enhance their applications to meet uniquerequirements. This post is the next in aseries of capabilities that PeopleTools provides. In this post we'll cover how to invoke javascript APIs tointegrate third party elements within PeopleSoft Fluid pages. In this example, we're calling a google mapsAPI for Resource location. PeopleTools8.54 (and higher) provides the ability to create responsive Fluid components.In addition to making the layout responsive, PeopleTools provides developerswith mechanisms to run any javascript API (your own or third party) within yourPeopleSoft application. We'll cover the following in this example: Build a sample fluid application with two panellayout. The left panel loads a set of projects along with details such as thenumber of resources. The right panel loads the map. Set a default so the user sees the map centeredto the user's current location using HTML5 Geolocation. Resources nearby their current location areplotted on the map. Selecting a Project on the left panel updatesthe map and indicates where resources are located. Searching for a location (using the googleplaces lookup API) centers the map to the selected location and shows theresources near the location in the map. Note that this blog does not get into the details of theGoogle Maps or Places JavaScript API. Neither does Oracle PeopleSoft certify usage of Google maps. This is atechnology demonstration on how to integrate PeopleSoft with third partyJavaScript APIs. Please read the following on Custom JavaScriptGuidelines. First let’s look at the completed application and how itbehaves for users, then we’ll show how you build a page to work like this. Below is a PeopleSoft page.  When the page loads, the HTML5 geo location pops up asking for permission to use the user’s current location.  (If this is not granted, the map will center on the resource of the first project.) Select Allow so that the map is centered based on the user's current location and the resources nearest that location. Click on the caret tab to expand the left panel.  This shows us a list of projects. In this scenario, we’ve selected the Implementation Project.  Notice that this project has 21 resources. The map now shows the resources by locations (using markers). Clicking a marker (flag) shows the resource details.  In this case, we click on the Flag located on San Jose, CA, which shows us the 13 resources located at that location. You can also search for resources at a different locationusing the Location box. This will usethe Place Finder to suggest locations as you type. Here we’ve entered Tokyo, Japan. This loads the map centered on that location and the resources availablenearest to the location. In this example, the resource isn’t exactly geographically close! So how did we achieve this?  The following are the high-level steps used to build this. In App Designer, create a two panel layout using the delivered layout page PSL_TWOPANEL.  (Note that we provide many Fluid page templates in App Designer.) This creates a default two panel layout page, where you can place your page fields.  Remember, in Fluid, designing a page no longer uses a WYSIWYG page design.  Instead, you have a series of group boxes into which you place your page elements.  The style sheets will take care of placement on the displayed screen. Next we place the required fields on the page.  There are three main sections to consider:   1) A group box that will be the map field (named Map Canvas in the screen below)  2) A list grid that will hold the Project list, which is inside the subpage PC_MAP_PRJ_SBF, and 3) The section on top of the map (named PC_MAP_PNLHDR_SBF) that contains fields like the location.  We include them on the page illustrated below.  This example is available in a delivered Financials application (although it uses Oracle maps instead of Google maps). Next we add the PeopleCode to load the list of project/resources and update the left panel with those details (list grid rows). The APIs to populate the grid rowset is as same as in Classic PeopleSoft, so we will skip those details in this blog.  In addition we can specify style classes to the page fields using the Fluid tab (Default Style Name) section on the form fields. These style classes can be delivered out of the box, or you can create your style sheet and include them for your page using the AddStyleSheet API in component post build.  Now we get to the interesting part of populating the map.  First we define the JavaScript in an HTML file that will load the map initially or upon user action. You can write any JavaScript function routines.  You can look at example on google map JavaScript API doc here. These methods are defined in the HTML object PC_MAP_JS.  Here the method pc_loadMap is responsible for doing geo location, populating the map, enabling the places API and also calling the routine to set the markers. The following lines enable the page's Location edit box (with page field name PACINPUT) as control for google places API input: var input = document.getElementById('PACINPUT'); var searchBox = new google.maps.places.SearchBox(input); The following lines associate the page's map canvas as the section for map. Initially, the map is centered by current location: navigator.geolocation.getCurrentPosition(function(position) { posGeo = { lat: position.coords.latitude, lng: position.coords.longitude };var map = new google.maps.Map(document.getElementById('%formnamedivPC_MAP_NUI_WRK2_MAP_CANVAS'), { center: posGeo, zoom: 10, mapTypeId: google.maps.MapTypeId.ROADMAP }); The following lines of code add the markers by looping through the resource details for a given project. The details are read from the database and stored in a page field in the component PeopleCode. It is read here in JavaScript to populate the markers: for (var i = 0; i < gdata_PC_MAP_DATA_DVW$0.length; i++) { var data = window.gdata_PC_MAP_DATA_DVW$0[i]; var marker = new google.maps.Marker({ position: {lat: parseFloat(resource[1]), lng: parseFloat(resource[2])}, map: map, icon: image, shape: shape, title: resource[5] }); The lines below associate the  event when you do a click a marker on the map to open the PeopleSoft modal page to display data. The openResourceInfoWindow will do a form submit (submitAction_%formname) to invoke the PeopleCode back from JavaScript to open the modal: marker.addListener('click', function() {      openResourceInfoWindow(marker, data[3],data[4], "M"); });//Update the map and set the zoom level after adding the markersmap.setCenter(lasPos); map.setZoom(5); Now include the Style Sheet (if you have custom style classes applied on the page fields) and the JavaScript (we just defined) to be used for the component. Now call the JavaScript function using AddOnLoadScript when the user selects a project on the left panel as part of the field change PeopleCode. (You can call JavaScript from PeopleCode events in fluid!).  This will reload the map. You off and running!

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Using Elasticsearch with PeopleSoft

We reported in April that PeopleSoft is planning to offer Elasticsearch as an option.  Our original plan was to make Elasticsearch available with the first generally available release of PeopleTools 8.56.  We have since revised that plan.  We now plan to make Elasticsearch available with PeopleTools 8.55/Patch 10.  This will enable us to offer Elastic as an option a bit sooner. Oracle-PeopleSoft will continue to support Oracle's Secure Enterprise Search (SES) with PeopleSoft through the support of PeopleTools 8.54 at a minimum.  We are evaluating whether to extend that support, and we'll announce further support plans in the near future.  It's important for customers to know that if they have deployed SES, they will be supported for some time until they make the transition to Elastic.  Elasticsearch will be the only option offered in PeopleTools 8.56. As described in the original announcement, we plan to provide guidance on migration from SES to Elastic as well as deployment guidance to help with peformance tuning, load balancing and failover.  We are also planning to produce training for Elastic with PeopleSoft.  We are also presenting a session at Oracle Open World on Elasticsearch with PeopleSoft.  We want to make the move to Elasticsearch as quick and easy as possible for our customers.  Based on customer feedback, we believe Elastic will be embraced by PeopleSoft customers, and it will provide significant benefits.

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Automated Configuration Management in PeopleSoft

Content Contributed by Biju Narayanan This post is the first in a series on Configuration Management Configuration the Old Way PeopleSoft system administrators have generally spent a good deal of time on manual, repetitive tasks while setting up and configuring their PeopleSoft system.  When you set up a new PeopleSoft demo environment or upgrade/clone environments, considerable effort is spent on configuration-related activities. This often involves going through hundreds of user interface pages to manually configure functional components like Integration Broker, Secure Enterprise Search, Process Scheduler, and so on.  Testing for correctness is also required. If you cloned or made copies of systems configurations, they needed to be redone. Host name entries are spread within many configurations from webserver to appserver tiers and in many objects within databases, which adds to the challenge. What We've Done to Improve the Process With PeopleSoft 8.55, configuration is centralized with the Cloud Deployment Architecture (CDA).  Deployment Packages (DPK) are a new delivery mechanism provided with PeopleTools 8.55 (for use with Linux and Windows operating systems). Deployment Packages contain all the software created by PeopleSoft as well as the required components pre-installed and fully patched, along with a deployment and configuration automation system. In addition, all Update Images delivered after 8.55 will also take advantage of the Deployment Framework, and will be comprised of Deployment Packages.  DPKs have three parts: Binaries based on platform: Middleware binaries for Application Server runtime Tuxedo, WebServers - Weblogic, PeopleSoft binaries (PS_HOME), database, Client binaries, etc. Puppet-based automation for installation and deployment of middleware - The PeopleSoft Puppet modules provide automation for setting up the middle ware, deployment of PeopleTools binaries and configuration of Application server and WebServer domains.  (For detailed information on Puppet see puppet.com, and docs.puppetlabs.com) ACM - Automated Configuration Manager to configure PeopleSoft components like Integration Broker, Secure Search, Process Scheduler etc. With DPKs configuration is centralized in Pupprt configuration files, and can be customized by overriding configuration attributes in psft.customizations.yaml.  Automating PeopleSoft Configuration Using ACM Automated Configuration Manager (ACM) is a tool set available beginning with PeopleTools 8.54.  It is used to automate PeopleTools product configuration. ACM allows you to externalize product configuration as a template and then use the template to automate configurations across systems. ACM comes with graphical user interfaces,  command-line tools, and a suite of configuration plugins that help administrators configure the base PeopleSoft components. Peopletools 8.55 delivers the following predefined templates that you can start with. The other functional plugins include the following: Integration Broker Rename local node, purge messages Configure default local node, set target location, configure content/portal URI Configure gateway URL, load gateway connectors, configure nodes in the gateway Set advanced gateway properties like keystore password, proxy/non proxy information Activate IB Domains and Queues Cleanup Secure Enterprise Search Configure Search Instance Configure Identity plugin and proxy login Deploy/Undeploy, Index search definitions Cleanup Meta-data Process Scheduler Report Node configurations Server Definition configuration Cluster Network Node Registration Single Sign-On configuration Unified Navigation configuration, creation of remote folders Import SES search indexes to Portal environment Approvals Enable SSL configuration for MAP layouts MAP approval Svc Install configuration Introspection and Deployment of IB services Miscellaneous Utilities Performance Monitor Configurations Grant PTF roles to users Setting URL identifiers, url properties and its values Web Profile related configurations Working with ACM An administrator typically performs the following process to develop a configuration automation template. The template contains configuration units, and the sequence and dependencies in which the configuration has to be automated. After the template is developed, it is tested and used as a base version to automate other environments. Pre-Requisites for Executing ACM User should have "ACM Administrator" Role:  Navigate to Main Menu > PeopleTools > Security > User Profiles > User Profiles, then add the "ACM Administrator" role for the corresponding user. The newly created Template should have sufficient privilege: Navigate to Main Menu > PeopleTools > Security > Permissions and Roles > Permission Lists, then choose permission list "PTPT4800", then add the newly created template to the list present in the "ACM Templates" tab. The Process Design a Template: Automate functional units of configuration. You can group configuration plugins, set configuration attributes and sequence then to automate functional parts. This can be done from PeopleTools > Automation Configuration Manager > Templates Execute the Template: The template can be executed interactively in three ways: Interactive: Navigate to: Peopletools > Automation Configuration Manager > Templates Command line: Administrators generally prefers to automate configurations by running scripts. This is the recommended method for automating configurations. DPK Puppet: Set the configuration in Puppet modules prior running the deployment scripts. You can specify your entire configuration in the "/etc/puppet/data/psft_configuration.yaml" file, before running the DPK automation process. The code block below shows how to set IB Configuration in your deployment configuration. integration_broker:    run_control_id: intbroker    os_user: '%{hiera(''domain_user'')}'    db_settings: {      db_name: '%{hiera(''db_name'')}',      db_type: '%{hiera(''db_platform'')}',      db_connect_id: '%{hiera(''db_connect_id'')}',      db_connect_pwd: '%{hiera(''db_connect_pwd'')}'    }    acm_plugin_list:      PTIBRenameNode: {        env.default_local_node: '%{hiera(''gateway_node_name'')}',        env.app_msg_purge_all_dms: true      }      PTIBConfigureDBNode: {        env.pia_webserver_host: '%{::fqdn}',        env.pia_webserver_port: '%{hiera(''pia_http_port'')}',        env.pia_webserver_ssl_port: '%{hiera(''pia_https_port'')}',        env.pia_site_name: '%{hiera(''pia_site_name'')}',    4.  Test and Debug: After the execution you can monitor and debug the execution by  navigating to PeopleTools>Automation Configuration Manager>Monitor After you generate a working version of the template, you can keep it as a configuration baseline and use it to clone configurations across multiple environments.  The template is the source of truth for configuration, and ACM allows you to re-run the configuration any number of times.

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Analytics in Search

Content contributed by Balaji Pattabhiraman In two recent posts (creating simplified analytics--user perspective and creating analytic home pages), we’ve described some of the capabilities of Simplified Analytics.  In this post, we’ll examine how analytics and charting can be used to enhance search.  Searching is an important part of the PeopleSoft UI, and we are continually improving it.  For example, we included related actions in search pages, enabling users to act on data directly from the search results without even having to navigate to transactions.  We also included commercial search features like facets and filtering to focus result sets.  Following that, we provided search in the Fluid UI, making search easier to use across form factors, including phones and tablets. Now as part of Fluid Component Search, we have enabled analytics which helps users visualize and understand their results better, so they can act on those results more effectively.  Let’s examine what that looks like and how to enable it. Analytics on a Search Page First, recall what a classic component search page looked like. It’s useful, but not as powerful as it could be.  As of PeopleTools 8.54 and higher we have transformed the search experience for all Fluid Components.  Here is an example of a Contracts search.  In this example, the user can look at the Gross Contract Amount by Supplier in addition to searching for the contract.  Notice how the search page is transformed in Fluid. The left panel provides filters to narrow the results or initiate a new search. Here we have some Administrator and Contract Style filters applied. You can select a row of detail to open the page for that contract detail after narrowing the search. In this case, Gross Amount by Supplier Name.  Applying a filter will update the analytics as well as updating the search result grid because the analytics reflect live data. Analytic charts are available for this page, so the user switches on the chart slider in the upper right of the page. Here is the same search result page with the analytic turned on. The charts are interactive like any Fluid Pivot Grid.  This means that you can select any data point and drill down using related actions.  Here we view the details by another field for the selected supplier (For example view contract date vs amount for a supplier).  You can also narrow the results for the supplier from the chart data point by selecting the Detailed View option.   There are more options under the gear menu in the upper right.  This lets you change chart options, download data to spread sheets, etc. Adding Analytics to a Search Now let’s see how to build a Fluid component search to include Pivot Grids.  Open the component properties.  (You would have already enabled the Fluid Flag while building the fluid component.)  In this case we’ll set the Search Type to Standard.  The other option for Search Type is Master-Detail, which enables you to persist the search results on the left panel after selecting a search result and opening the transaction.  This allows easy navigation between the search results without navigating back to the search page.   (You would also have the search/add record filled for the component, which is similar to any classic component with search.) Next, open the Pivot Grid wizard and create a new pivot grid model. In step 1, give the pivot grid a title and, optionally, a description.  You can also set the Type and Owner here. In step 2, choose the data source type.  Here we’ve set the type as Component.  Then choose your component.  Also, choose a tree name and access group you generally use with the product line.  In this case we’ve chosen the Purchase Order access group.  This will ensure a query can be created from the search record and the end users of the component can see the search results. (Note: The search record will be added as part of this tree and the permissions from the component are added to the tree).  When we click Apply, this creates a query with the same name as the component and the fields will be listed.  Now we choose the fields that we want the end-user to see.  In the step 3, we set overriding labels for the fields and choose the column type--whether a field is only for display in the grid or whether it should be part of the chart axis or the value the chart plots.  In addition, all the key fields become prompts for the pivot grid model automatically.  We can set default values for these prompts.  Note that you can change the prompt fields and change the criteria by modifying the generated query.  In most cases, the key fields serving as prompts will suffice. You can also choose which prompts to show or hide to the end-user in this step. In step 4, we specify axis information including which fields will be the x-axis, y-axis and the filters.  In addition, under the Fluid Mode Options, we can fill the list view Title and Summary fields to show if your component is to be used on small form factors like a phone.  You can optionally preview the chart in the last step and save the pivot grid definition.  This completes the setup.Now when a user navigates to the component, the search page will show up based on the configuration.   (Typically a user might navigate from a home page tile, registered using the tile wizard.) Now you can open the Search page by selecting the Group and Special Contracts tile.  You can view it with or without the chart. Because this uses the PeopleSoft Fluid User Interface, the search page renders nicely on smaller form factors like smart phones and tablets.  This requires no additional configuration.  Here is the same page on a smart phone.

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Transforming Analytics and Reporting

Content contributed by Balaji Pattabhiraman A few months ago, I wrote in this blog about a feature in PeopleTools called Simplified Analytics.  This is really transformative technology that puts tremendous power in the hands of end users, enabling them to perform ad-hoc analytics right in context of their transactions and business processes.  It makes reporting timely, secure, and relevant. Let's expand on that concept and take advantage of some other PeopleTools featues.  In this case, imagine I am a manager or subject area expert.  I've created several simplified analytics that I want to make available to my team for use in their daily work.  Simplified analytics enables me to create a tile from any analytic I create.  Those tiles can then be placed on any Fluid home page or Dashboard, which is another new PeopleTools feature.  Lets see an example of this. As a business administrator I've created several simplifed analytics for the My Team page.  These are available in the My Analytics tab in Related Information. Note that each tab on this page--Summary, Performance, Compensation, and Leave Balances--contains different analytics relevant to each topic.  I've created these analytics  to provide better decision support for these processes. This calls for a quick review of an important part of the Simplified Analytics process.  When creating or editing the analytic, I have the option of publishing the analytic so it can be used by others.  (See this post for more info on creating a Simplified Analytic.)When I choose to publish, I have the option of publishing to the My Analytics section of the Related Actions frame or publishing to the Tile Repository. Since I'll be creating an analytic dashboard, I'll save to the repository.Now I can go to the Personalize option from the menu in any home page.  From here I can create my new analytic home page.  (This could be created as a Dashboard as well.)In this case, I'll create a new home page called Team Analytics.  This will provide a single access point for our group of analytics, making them available in a convenient form to all team members.Now that I've created the new home page, I can add tiles representing the analytics that were created previously. I'll add several analytic tiles and make this home page a robust and valuable analytic tool.Once I save the page it is displayed.  Here you see the home page with all the tiles I've added.Now let's publish the home page and make it available to the team so all can benefit from it.  (Note: If I don't publish the home page to other users I can still use it as a personal home page.  One might do this for analytics that are used exclusively by me.)  Enter a name and label and any other field data necessary. In this case I'm making it public, but in many cases you will want to make a page like this available only to a particular role or permission list. Now when someone on our team logs in, (in this case Rosanna) she will have access to the new Team Analytics page. Note that the data from the analytics correspond to Rosanna's team.  If the same analytics were published to a different group, the data would be relevant to that group.  The data, context, and security are determined by the PS Query that forms the basis of the analytic.This illustrates how you can extend the power of Simplified Analytics to make valuable decision support available to teams, not just individuals.

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Searching in PeopleSoft

Many customers have asked us about PeopleSoft’s search strategy.  They may have seen that Oracle’s Secure Enterprise Search (SES) isn’t on the price list any longer, so they wonder about PeolpleSoft’s continued use of that product.  First and foremost, Search is an important part of PeopleSoft’s overall user experience, and we are continuing to invest in a consumer grade search experience for the enterprise.  When we re-architected our approach to Search several releases ago, we built a PeopleSoft search framework that provides a great Search UI that enables users not only to search enterprise information, but to refine their search results with facets and filters.  We also made it possible for users to act directly on search results through our Related Actions framework.  In many cases, users do not even have to navigate to a transaction page to complete a task.  This provides a rich Search UI that users have come to expect.  Further improvements using PeopleSoft’s Fluid UI include Pivot Grids in search pages that allow users better visualization of search results.  Oracle’s Secure Enterprise Search is the engine for that search in PeopleSoft.  In an effort to provide choice, PeopleSoft is working on providing an alternative search engine that customers can use in their PeopleSoft ecosystem.  We are planning on offering Elastic Search as an option with PeopleTools 8.56, and our applications that are delivered on 8.56 are planned to contain Elastic indexes.  Note that Oracle will continue to support SES with PeopleSoft for some time yet, and customers can continue to use SES if they have deployed it.  We think that Elastic will be an attractive option for many customers, however.  It is important to note that whichever search engine you use, the PeopleSoft search framework will work with either search engine, and the search UI will be essentially the same regardless of your choice.  Here are a few key points about the Elastic Search option for PeopleSoft: Planning on Elastic availability in 8.56, back porting to 8.55 Leverage PeopleTools Search Framework- SES or Elastic is a deployment Choice- Deploy Elastic on the separate search host instead of SES Take PeopleSoft Images for application fixes and Elastic indexes Will require a one-time full index build with Elastic using the new process We plan to provide a migration guide to help deploy Custom indexes on Elastic PeopleTools DPK for Elastic infrastructure- Supported on Linux and Windows We plan to provide a deployment guide to help with performance tuning, load balance, and failover Our initial testing indicates that Elastic will require fewer resources and will perform better—and will be easier to install than SES. There is also some discussion of our plans for Search in this PeopleSoft talk video.  The Search discussion is at the 5:50 point.

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Updated PeopleTools Performance Guidelines Red Paper Available

This performance tuning document is not a general introduction to environment tuning.  To use it, you should be experienced IT professionals with a good understanding of PeopleSoft System Administration. To take full advantage of the information covered in this document, we recommend that you have a basic understanding of system administration, basic Internet architecture, relational database concepts/SQL, and how to use PeopleSoft applications. This document is not intended to replace the documentation delivered with the PeopleTools PeopleBooks. Many of the fundamental concepts related to PeopleSoft Internet Architecture are discussed in the following PeopleSoft PeopleBooks: PeopleSoft Internet Architecture Administration (PeopleTools|Administration Tools|PeopleSoft Internet Architecture Administration) Application Designer (Development Tools|Application Designer) Integration Broker (Integration Tools|Application Messaging) PeopleCode (Development Tools|PeopleCode Reference) PeopleSoft Installation and Administration PeopleSoft Hardware and Software Requirements Additionally, we recommend that you read documentation on Oracle Application Server, BEA Weblogic/Tuxedo, and IBM Websphere. See your PeopleSoft Installation and Administration PeopleBooks for directions on accessing the Oracle, BEA, and IBM documentation.

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Reporting in PeopleSoft Without Crystal Reports

As you’ve probably heard, PeopleTools 8.55 will not support the use of the Crystal Reports product with PeopleSoft. (Click here for more information).  Most of you know that we’ve been talking for years about ways to move away from Crystal Reports.  The obvious alternative has been to migrate your reports to Oracle BI Publisher.  I’m writing this post to help you understand that you have other options, and that we think that in many cases, there is an even better solution that will give your users more relevant and timely information. Conventional reporting tools are used to create and publish static reports.  That is, they query the database and present information as a snapshot in time.  One of the problems with this approach is that important data can become instantly stale and not secure.  Contemporary reporting is changing, however, and we feel that customers should re-evaluate how they can take advantage of some of the new reporting and analytic capabilities that PeopleSoft offers.  New options exist that help make reporting a strategic part of enterprise business processes.  In fact, you can easily incorporate business intelligence and real-time analytics directly into business process flows as an integral part of the application user experience.  Using this more modern approach, designers are able to provide users relevant information directly in context of related business activities.  In this way, the user doesn’t have to “look up” information or pull up a report.  Instead, the application system provides the information directly on the page, or as part of a process, which leads to better decisions.  With modern PeopleSoft reporting capabilities, the data is fresh and secure because it never actually leaves the system.  Take this approach to decide whether you need to replicate every one of your static reports from Crystal Reports in BI Publisher.  We believe that many older, static reports can be repurposed as online, real-time analytics rather than simply rewritten in a new reporting tool. Chief among these exciting PeopleSoft reporting capabilities are the new Simplified Analytics and updated Pivot Grids.  These new features enable users to produce analytics and reports right in the context of their transactions, providing more agile and powerful analytics that result in better decision support.  In addition, these new reporting tools are easy to use and put power in the hands of end users and business experts.  Functional users won't have to rely on technical professionals to generate the reports they need.  With these tools, data can be sliced and diced as required, as well visualized in different ways to gain greater understanding of the information presented. PeopleSoft applications teams will also be delivering new reports and analytics using these tools, so customers will get many new reports as they continue to take new application images.  Again, this means even fewer Crystal reports that need to be recreated. Of course enterprises will still need conventional reports for things like Period Close and other regulatory reporting.  In those cases, customers can indeed convert old Crystal Reports into BI Publisher reports.  However, we believe that after thoughtful analysis, the number of such reports that need conversion into traditional formats and uses will be much smaller than you may have originally anticipated, and that most business needs will be better served with newer tools for producing on-line, real-time, business analytics. 

As you’ve probably heard, PeopleTools 8.55 will not support the use of the Crystal Reports product with PeopleSoft. (Click here for more information).  Most of you know that we’ve been talking for...

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Tools - Only Upgrades for the Interaction Hub

Now that the Interaction Hub is on the Selective Adoption release process (like all PeopleSoft applications), some customers have been asking us about Tools-only upgrades for the Interaction Hub 9.1, and how that relates to taking maintenance and updates using PeopleSoft Update Manager (PUM). Although it is possible to do a Tools-only upgrade to 8.55 and continue to use your earlier (non-PUM) release of the Interaction Hub 9.1, we don’t recommend this.  Issues will arise when you need to apply maintenance or any kind of update in the future.  Instead, we strongly recommend that you first move your Interaction Hub to the PUM baseline, then do your Tools upgrade.  This will make the process of taking fixes for Interaction Hub much easier going forward.  Taking subsequent Tools upgrades and Interaction Hub images will be simpler and go more smoothly once Interaction Hub is on PUM. Note that this is no different than the process for other PeopleSoft applications.  Selective Adoption and PUM are the means for taking all maintenance and updates for PeopleSoft applications now, and Interaction Hub is part of that.  Selective Adoption and PUM are great new processes and tools that make taking maintenance and updates simpler and easier, so you should take advantage of that. Image 2 of the Interaction Hub 9.1 is now available, and it has some exciting features that you may want to adopt.  So that is another reason to start using Selective Adoption and PUM.  The Update Manger home page has the information you need to perform to get your Interaction Hub on the PUM model. There is a lot of great information on Selective Adoption on the PeopleSoft Info portal. 

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Interaction Hub Image 2 Now Available

As we reported last June, the PeopleSoft Interaction Hub now uses the PeopleSoft Update Manager to deliver all updates and maintenance.  Customers can now take advantage of the Selective Adoption process when updating their Hub system.  This puts the Hub in alignment with all other PeopleSoft applications.  We are happy to announce that image 2 is now generally available from the PeopleSoft Update Manager home page. (Choose the Upate Image Home Pages tab, then choose the Interaction Hub Update Image page.) Here are a few of the valuable features included in this image that customers should consider: Guided process for branding.  The Hub offers a guided process that enables customers to do simple branding of their Fluid UI-based home pages and headers.  This is called Theme Builder and is described in PeopleBooks. Using this quick and easy process, administrators can set the header logo, banner color and text, background image and color, and more.  The administrator can also set roles to determine which branding themes are seen by which roles within an enterprise.  In addition, once the branding theme is set, you can publish your branding theme across all PeopleSoft applications in the wizard at the push of a button!  The Hub also gets its own delivered theme, but of course it's easy to create your own. Administrator Landing Page.  The Hub delivers a landing page from which an administrator can monitor the health and performance of their PeopleSoft ecosystem.  This may also be where the administrator performs branding activities. Guest Landing Page.  This page can be assigned to Guest roles for people that don't have full access to a system. Navigation Collections.  Fluid Navigation Collections were actually implemented in PeopleTools 8.55.  However, Nav Collections have been used extensively in Hub designs, so now customers can design Fluid Hubs with home pages that use Nav Collections to streamline user navigation. See the Update Image Home Page for complete details about this image.   In addition, review the Planned Features page on My Oracle Support for updates regarding the Hub and a look at what we have planned for future images. 

As we reported last June, the PeopleSoft Interaction Hub now uses the PeopleSoft Update Manager to deliver all updates and maintenance.  Customers can now take advantage of the Selective Adoption proc...

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Multiple PeopleSoft Applications: Using the Interaction Hub or Not

Many PeopleSoft customers have multiple PeopleSoft applications.  We often refer to this type of environment as a ‘cluster’.  Customers have different types of clusters, some using the Interaction Hub to unify the cluster and some without the Hub.  We are often asked how these are different.  Should a customer use the Interaction Hub for clusters?  Can you get by without it?   The scenario I’m describing in this post relates to PeopleTools 8.55 and it’s use with applications using the Fluid header (whether the content is Classic or Fluid). What is a Portal System in PeopleSoft? This can be somewhat confusing because the PeopleSoft Interaction Hub was originally called the ‘PeopleSoft Enterprise Portal’, which was designed to be used as a traditional portal, aggregating content from multiple sources.  People still often refer to that product as simply ‘The Portal’.  The Interaction Hub still provides that traditional, aggregating functionality.  However, PeopleSoft also uses the term ‘Portal System’ to mean more than just the Interaction Hub system connecting to content systems like HCM, FSCM, and Campus Solutions.  In PeopleSoft, whatever system the user logs into first is considered to be acting as the Portal system.  For example if Single Sign-On (SSO) is set up between HCM and Campus Solution and the user logs into the HCM system and from there access Campus solution then the HCM system acts as the Portal system.  What Does This Mean to My Users? Let’s look at a specific Example.  In this scenario, the customer is NOT using the Interaction Hub, but they have PeopleSoft HCM and FSCM and have SSO set up for these applications.  A user of this system logs into HCM and is presented with an HCM-based Employee Home Page.  That home page contains a tile for FSCM content, and there is other FSCM content represented in the Nav Bar.  When the user selects an FSCM tile, they are presented with the FSCM content, but the header context remains in HCM. This means that the Nav Bar will still be the one from the HCM system.  It also means that if the user employs Global Search, the results will only come from HCM. Similarly, any notifications/alerts/actions they receive will originate from HCM only.  Basically, the partitioning between the applications is maintained.  If users want to search in FSCM, they must log out of HCM and log into FSCM, which at that point will become the acting portal system.   Now let’s look at an example in which the customer is using the Interaction Hub to unify the cluster including HCM and FSCM.  In this scenario, the user logs into the Interaction Hub system, which provides the header and context.  The home page displayed initially can come from HCM or FSCM (or any application), and the Nav Bar can contain content from any PeopleSoft application where the content from these applications are registered.  When the user navigates to any content--whether it comes from the Interaction Hub, HCM or FSCM--the header and the Nav Bar is from the Interaction Hub system, which is where the user originated.   In this case, even when the user navigates to an HCM or FSCM transaction page, they can still use the header or the Nav Bar to navigate to any content in the cluster seamlessly.  In addition, if the user executes a search, the results of that search can come from any application in the cluster—in this case HCM, FSCM, or the Interaction Hub.  Furthermore, the user can take action from those search results using Related Actions regardless of where that content originated.  Similarly, the notifications in the header will deliver actions and alerts from all content systems in the cluster, and users can act on those notifications from the notifications window. What We Recommend Customers that have a cluster of multiple PeopleSoft applications should use the Interaction Hub to unify their user experience.  The Hub enables you to break down the barriers between applications and align your user experience with your business processes.  This enables your users to navigate freely among PeopleSoft content (and even external content) to complete their work--without having to know which PeopleSoft application is being used.  In addition, users don’t have to log in and out of different applications to complete business processes that may cross application boundaries.  Instead, the Hub presents the PeopleSoft cluster as a single unified ecosystem.

Many PeopleSoft customers have multiple PeopleSoft applications.  We often refer to this type of environment as a ‘cluster’.  Customers have different types of clusters, some using the Interaction Hub...

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Fluid Header and Navigation is the New Standard

Beginning with PeopleTools 8.55, PeopleSoft 9.2 applications will have a Fluid header on their classic pages that matches the fluid pages.  This unifies the user experience of classic pages with newer fluid pages and applications.  With the fluid user interface, user navigation is more seamless and intuitive.  Using fluid homepages, tiles, global search, related actions, and the new fluid Navigation Collection feature, users can more easily navigate to the information most important to them.  Refer to the PeopleSoft Fluid User Interface and Navigation Standards White Paper (Document ID 2063602.1) for more information on design best practices for navigation within PeopleSoft applications. Part of this change that makes Fluid the default is the replacement of the drop down menu navigation.  In most cases, customers will want their users to simply use the Nav Bar in place of any classic menu navigation.  However, if there is a special circumstance where customers want to maintain the classic menus, they can do so.  There are two ways of displaying the classic menus:  Method 1 – Switch back to default tangerine or Alt-Tang theme 1. Go to PeopleTools >> Portal >> Branding >> Branding System Options; 2. Change the system default theme back to default tangerine or alt-tang; 3. Sign out and sign in again to see the changes. Method 2 – Unhide the drop down menu in default fluid theme 1. Go to PeopleTools >> Portal >> Branding >> Define Headers and Footers; 2. Search and open the DEFAULT_HEADER_FLUID header definition; 3. Copy the following styles into the “Style Definitions” field at bottom of the page, and then save; .desktopFluidHdr .ptdropdownmenu {     display: block; } 4. Sign out and sign in again to see the changes. We encourage customers to stick with Fluid navigation as the standard.  It's simply better and more intuitive. 

Beginning with PeopleTools 8.55, PeopleSoft 9.2 applications will have a Fluid header on their classic pages that matches the fluid pages.  This unifies the user experience of classic pages with newer...

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Simplified Analytics: Putting Power in the Hands of End Users

PeopleTools 8.55 is an important release with lots of exciting features.  We recently held a Partner Summit, where PeopleSoft Development and Strategy met with many of our implementation partners to describe and discuss the new capabilities of our products and the value they provide to customers.  One feature that garnered quite a bit of interest is our new Simplified Analytics feature. Simplified Analytics is important because it puts reporting and analytic power in the hands of end users.  It enables users to generate ad hoc analytics in the context of transactions.  This can be tremendously valuable for a myriad of business processes.  For example, when a manager wants to give an employee a raise, they may want to analyze how that employee is currently compensated compared to peers in the same role and performance class.  Or suppose a person is working with suppliers and they want to determine which suppliers to use.  They may want to analyze suppliers’ performance, price, etc.  Simplified analytics can be valuable in so many transactions, the list is almost endless.  And again, end users can employ this feature without having to turn to technical experts to generate reports for them. Let’s look at how this would work from the end user perspective for one of the use cases I mentioned above:  I am a manager who is planning to give one of my employees a raise, and need additional information to provide the appropriate amount. As a manager, I use Related Actions to initiate a Salary Change for Rosanna, one of my subordinates. This takes me to the transaction where I can provide the change, but I’m not sure how much to give Rosanna, so I create a new analytic in the related information section on the right side of the page. This initiates the simple process for generating a Simplified Analytic.  Note that the analytic is contextually bound, so the results are generated for me as the user of the transaction in this context.   It’s quite easy for me to create the analytic I want for my purpose with this guided process.  First, I’ll give my new analytic a name and determine how I want the data visualized. In this case I’ve chosen a chart to render the output.  Next I’ll choose the data that I want.  Notice that the Manager name is already determined.  (Betty is the person I logged in as.)  I can select or deselect fields until I have what I want.   When I save the Analytic, it is presented to me using the visualization I chose earlier; in this case, a chart. Note that I have row and column data, and other data is represented as facets.  Facets can be selected to filter the results, or I can drag data items to or from the Row and Column areas to slice and dice the analytic any way I wish.  It’s flexible and powerful. In this case, I’ve dragged the Department field to the Row area, which changes the Analytic and gives me a new perspective on the information. Now when I save the analytic, it appears in the related information area so I can run this any time I’m in this transaction.  The data is fresh and secure.  If I’ve created an analytic that I want to use frequently and have at hand regardless of context, I can easily create a tile for it and add it to any of my home pages.  Now the analytic appears as a tile, and I can run it easily any time from my home page.  As you can see, creating simplified analytics is easy and fast for end users.  It is wonderfully useful, because users can get the information they need when they need it, without having to seek assitance from IT or reporting experts.   Our applications teams will be delivering some simplified analytics with our products, so you will see some when you simply take upcoming PeopleSoft Update Images.  However, simplified analytics are easy to create, so you can provide them to your users wherever you see a need.   Look for more posts on this topic.  We’ll also cover how to publish reports to make them available to other users, and we’ll show you how to set up simplified analytics to make them available for your end users. 

PeopleTools 8.55 is an important release with lots of exciting features.  We recently held a Partner Summit, where PeopleSoft Development and Strategy met with many of our implementation partners to...

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Oracle Proudly Releases PeopleTools 8.55

PeopleTools 8.55 has now been released for generalavailability.  With this release, Oraclecontinues to demonstrate our commitment to extend the value of our customers’investment in PeopleSoft.  The capabilities included in this release havebeen designed to enhance many of the features we’ve delivered previously aswell as to provide our application users substantial new functionality. Features in this release focus on continued improvements to the PeopleSoft UserExperience while providing additional technology options that will help youtake advantage of data center innovations proven to reduce ongoing operatingcosts and assist in developing a Cloud deployment strategy. Our beta customers have been using PeopleTools8.55 for a few months and definitely liked what they saw. The PeopleTools Beta Program had two participants, CenteneCorporation and Cerner Corporation. During the Beta Program, participants explored the improvements to thePeopleSoft Fluid User Experience and the PeopleSoft Cloud Architecture (PCA)and found “smooth sailing” with few bugs reported and significant productivityimprovements to environment provisioning with PCA. PeopleTools 8.55 dramatically extends our investment in the FluidUser Experience. New in 8.55 arefeatures such as Fluid Dashboards, Fluid Master/Detail pages and the newActivity Guide Framework.  Our intention with this latest release is toextend the capabilities of PeopleSoft Fluid to include functionality requiredby Power Users and to make the overall application experience as intuitive aspossible.  For example, PeopleTools 8.55 introduces a new Tile Wizard thatmakes the creation of these important navigation elements and process “buildingblocks” much simpler.  Tiles automatically resize based on the contentthey display, the size of the device being used, even based on the orientationof the mobile device.  With this release we deliver Fluid Dashboards that augment ourexisting Fluid Home Page structures.  Dashboards can display tiled contentjust like home pages, but also allow Tiles to display external, non-PeopleSoftcontent such as information from a BI system or an external website orapplication system. One of the long-standing strengths of PeopleSoft’s user experiencehas been the ability for our customers to alter the look and behavior of thescreens to reflect their own company’s “brand”.  With PeopleTools 8.55, weextend the Branding Framework to include the ability to easily apply yourcompany’s brand to Fluid pages and components. There are very many new PeopleSoft Fluid features in PeopleTools8.55, all of which extend our commitment to ensuring you have the mostpowerful, complete business applications and that these applications reflectthe intuitive usability that your employees expect from today’s websystems.  In a similar vein, we have extended many other elements of thePeopleSoft system infrastructure including Selective Adoption and ApplicationLifecycle Management features, the PeopleSoft Analytics capabilities and theability for customers to deploy and manage PeopleSoft in a cloud datacenter.Most of the cloud infrastructure technology applies to on premise customers aswell, and even to customers who don't use virtualization. A major benefit ofour approach is that we can bring cloud-like benefits to customers who are notrunning on any form of cloud infrastructure. With PeopleTools 8.55, we have continued to address the needs ofour customers to achieve improved operational efficiency in the deployment,configuration and administration of their PeopleSoft applications.  As ourcustomers see innovations across the technology landscape that include cloudservice offerings, datacenter efficiencies through system virtualization andimproved resource automation, they have asked us to identify opportunities forthem to take advantage these innovations to help them better manage theirdatacenter operating costs.  Many of our customers are looking to cloudofferings as a strategic opportunity to achieve improved leverage andefficiency.  PeopleTools 8.55 introduces the new PeopleSoft Cloud Architecture(PCA), a comprehensive organization of system-wide structures, features andcapabilities that will allow our customers to achieve greater operational efficiencies. Whether a company has a DevOps strategy to improve the collaboration betweentheir internal PeopleSoft development and Quality Assurance teams and their ITOperations group, or a comprehensive initiative to leverage Cloud solutions fordatacenter operations, PeopleSoft’s Cloud Deployment Architecture will assistour customers to reach these strategic goals with their own PeopleSoftapplication investment. The PCA and incorporated features such as Deployment Packages(DPKs) work with the Application Configuration Manager (ACM) and PeopleSoft’svirtualization capabilities to provide customers a near fully automated processto install and configure PeopleTools.  Our goal is to help our customersleverage server and datacenter innovations such as market-leading resourcevirtualization solutions with choice of virtualization platform vendor as wellas dynamic deployment of our solutions to public and private cloud platforms. PeopleTools patches deployed using DPKs canbe found on MOS on the new PeopleSoftPeopleTools Patches Homepage. PeopleTools 8.55 offers significant enhancements across the entireproduct footprint.  We introduced new features that improve theproductivity of your developers as well as your end users.  It will beeasier to deploy PeopleSoft applications on the cloud, develop custom mobileapplications that incorporate PeopleSoft data and provide your userspersonalized access to PeopleSoft information and analytic content.  Thisrelease builds functionality into the product as a result of direct customerinput, industry analysis and internal feature design.  New features, bugfixes and product certifications combine to offer PeopleSoft customers improvedapplication user experience and operational efficiency. As you get started with your PeopleTools 8.55 planning, besure to review PT8.55 Certifications on MOS so that you don’t encounter any last minuteincompatibilities. Setting up theinfrastructure can take time – plan for it. If you are looking for more information on PeopleTools 8.55, be sure toreview the Technology tab for PeopleTools8.55 Features and Enhancements or go to peoplesoftinfo.comfor more information on anything related to PeopleSoft. Enjoy!

PeopleTools 8.55 has now been released for general availability.  With this release, Oracle continues to demonstrate our commitment to extend the value of our customers’investment in PeopleSoft.  The...

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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: SESSION TITLE DATE / TIME LOCATION CON8596 PeopleSoft Developer: Tips and Techniques Monday, Oct 26 12:15 MW 3007 CON8203 Using PeopleSoft Fluid User Interface for Exceptional HR Self-Service Tuesday, Oct 27 11:00 Palace - Twin Peaks S CON8585 PeopleSoft Technology Update Tuesday, Oct 27 4:00 MW 2008 CON8587 PeopleSoft’s User Experience Roadmap: It Is PeopleSoft Fluid User Interface Tuesday, Oct27 5:15 MW 3016 CON8598 Develop an Effective PeopleSoft Selective Adoption Strategy Wednesday, Oct 28 11:00 MW 3016 CON8591 PeopleSoft in the Cloud: PeopleSoft’s Cloud Deployment Architecture Wednesday, Oct 28 12:15 MW 3014 CON8600 Customer View: Adapting to Take Advantage of PeopleSoft Wednesday, Oct 28 3:00 MW 3016 CON8595 Putting It to Work: PeopleSoft Automated Configuration Manager Wednesday, Oct 28 3:00 MW 3014 CON8593 PeopleTools Security Features Wednesday, Oct 28 4:15 MW 3016 CON8592 Simplified Analytics: The Latest Generation of PeopleSoft Reporting Wednesday, Oct 28 4:15 MW 3014 CON8204 How to Make the Most of the PeopleSoft Selective Adoption Model Wednesday, Oct 28 4:15 Palace - Twin Peaks N CON8602 PeopleTools Platform and Infrastructure Roadmap Thursday, Oct 29 9:30 MW 3016 CON8599 Putting It to Work: Rolling Out PeopleSoft’s Suite of Lifecycle Management Tools Thursday, Oct 29 10:45 MW 3016 CON8589 Putting It to Work: PeopleSoft Fluid User Interface Component Thursday, Oct 29 12:00 MW 3014 CON8588 Simplifying Complex Processes with New PeopleSoft Fluid User Interface Activity Guides Thursday, Oct 29 10:45 MW 3014 CON8594 Putting It to Work: Securing Your PeopleSoft Environment Thursday, Oct 29 12:00 MW 3016 CON8586 PeopleSoft Technology: Executive Panel Thursday, Oct 29 1:15 MW 3014 CON8590 Putting It to Work: Configuring a PeopleSoft Applications Cluster Thursday, Oct 29 2:30 MW 3014 CON8601 Putting It to Work: Getting the Most Out of PeopleSoft RESTful Services Thursday, Oct 29 2:30 MW 3016

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...

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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.

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...

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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:  //cdn.app.compendium.com/uploads/user/e7c690e8-6ff9-102a-ac6d-e4aebca50425/f4a5b21d-66fa-4885-92bf-c4e81c06d916/File/748777074c9044d42de94a869ae9ea8d/security_check_list.pdf 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. 

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:  //cdn.app.comp...

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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 (mark.hoernemann@oracle.com) and let’s talk.  Please keep in mind that this is a small beta – I’ve only got room for one, maybe two customers.   

The PeopleTools team continues to push forward, ever improving the features and capabilities of PeopleTools.  Recently, you may have seen some ofthe planned enhancements for PeopleTools 8.55 discussed...

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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.

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...

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The PeopleTools CAB is Looking to Expand

ThePeopleTools Customer Advisory Board is comprised of PeopleSoft technologystrategists and a small group of customers that are leaders - both in theirorganizations and the PeopleSoft customer community as well. Our members are the decision makers who set directionsand priorities for their PeopleSoft applications. ThePeopleSoft Technology team is looking to expand our CAB with a few individuals whoare familiar with the business side of managing PeopleSoft applications. No propeller on top of your hat? No worries! We are NOT looking to talk aboutthe next widget for Process Scheduler. We ARE looking for senior management responsible for their PeopleSoft implementationswho understand the customer value provided with the latest delivered technology. We look to our CAB to validate our directionand 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) Knowledgeablein PeopleTools and technology in general 2) Adoptingcurrent functionality in their PeopleSoft Applications 3) Leadersin the user community 4) Willingand able to participate in face to face CAB meetings (1-2 times per year) and conference calls as needed 5) Sharingwhat they have done with the user community through conference presentations orweb casts Doesyour organization have a history of rapidly adopting new PeopleSofttechnology? Are you working on your planto implement Fluid UI and reap the rewards? Has PTF become a key part of your testing strategy? Have Engineered Systems changed what you dowith PeopleSoft? Are you rolling outenhancements via Selective Adoption? Doyou consistently evaluate new functionality and look for ways for your businessto benefit from it? If you are one ofthe people we’re looking for and would like to be considered for thePeopleTools Customer Advisory Board, please contact mark.hoernemann@oracle.com toreceive an application where you can share the criteria that set you apart fromother customers.

The PeopleTools Customer Advisory Board is comprised of PeopleSoft technology strategists and a small group of customers that are leaders - both in theirorganizations and the PeopleSoft customer...

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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.

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 FLU...

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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.

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...

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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 1984833.1There are a few things I want to point out that are in the document.  It gives great instruction with an example of how to convert a Component to Fluid UI.  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.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.

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...

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Jumpstart Patch Application and Installs with PeopleTools Templates

PeopleTools OVM templates provide a great way for customersrunning current levels of PeopleTools to keep up to date with their PeopleToolsmiddle tiers.  The templates provide a simplifiedmethod of rolling out new patches, allowing Oracle to bundle, patch, test anddeliver all the required middle tier components such as Java, WebLogic, Tuxedoand the Oracle Linux operating system. Usingthe pre-built templates eliminates the possibility of downloading the wrongversion, and/or missing a critical patch of one of the requiredcomponents. Templates also significantlyreduce the amount of time needed to locate, download, patch and test theindividual elements of a PeopleTools environment. For customers that need to customize, thePeopleTools templates are a great starting point to create baseline custom templates. PeopleSoft has produced middle tier templates withPeopleTools patches since PT 8.53.03. These templates have been found on MyOracleSupport (MOS) Patchesand Updates under the PeopleSoft Enterprise PeopleTools product category. Until now, all templates produced were available fordownload.  Older templates includecomponents that may have become stale over time. To ensure that only current environments areavailable, we now plan to make each patch level template available for no morethan six months. This will allowcustomers enough time to download and use a template before environmentcomponents become out-of-date. The useof the patched templates allows customers to adopt PeopleTools maintenancefaster and reduce the risk of encountering known bugs and security issues. Should older patches be required, they will still beavailable via the traditional patching methods, in accordance with ourdocumented PatchPolicy. Secure Enterprise Search (SES) for PeopleSoft templates arealso made available on MOS. SEStemplates are intended to be a ‘black box’ or ‘appliance’ installation. As such, only the most current level of anSES template is available. Thisappliance is compatible with all PeopleTools levels used with PeopleSoft 9.2applications. As new SES templates come out, they REPLACE the previousversion found on MOS. For information on the PeopleTools middle tier templates forOracle Linux and Exalogic, SES templates and PeopleSoft update images, pleasesee Oracle’sPeopleSoft Virtualization Products. Additional Information:Oracle VM Templates for PeopleSoft White PaperPeopleSoft Virtual Machine Templates for Exalogic Red Paper

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 simplifiedmethod of...

Security

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 shoppingexperience - check retailerreturns policy - use a creditcard rather than debit card, or check the protection on the debit card - use atemporary/disposable credit card e.g. ShopSafe from Bank of America - use a lowlimit credit card - with protection, e.g. AMEX green card - check youraccount for random small amount charges and charitable contributions - set spendingand "card not present" alerts Protecting email - don't usesame passwords for business and personal accounts - use a robustemail service provider - setjunk/spam threshold in your email client - only use webmail for low risk accounts (see Note below) - don't clickon links in the email, DON’T click on links in email – no matter who you thinksent it Protecting your computer - if youdepend on a computer/laptop/tablet for business, ONLY use it for business - don't shareyour computer with anyone, including your children - if youprovide your children with a computer/laptop, refresh them from "recoverydisks" on a periodic basis - teachchildren value of backing up important data - if possiblehave your children only use their laptops/devices in family rooms where the activitycan be passively observed - usecommercial, paid subscription, antivirus/anti malware on all devices (see Notebelow) - carry anduse a security cable when traveling or away from your office Protecting your smartphone/tablet - don't shareyour device - make sureyou have a secure lock phrase/PIN and set the idle timeout - don'trecharge it using the USB port on someone else's laptop/computer - ensure thepublic Wi-Fi which you use is a trusted Wi-Fi (also - see Note below) - store yourdata in the cloud, preferably not (or not only) the phone/tablet - don't havethe device "remember" your password, especially for sensitiveaccounts - exercisecaution when downloading software e.g. games/apps, especially "free" software(see Note below) Protect your social network - don't mixbusiness and personal information in your social media account - use separatepasswords for business and personal social media accounts - ensure youprotect personal information from the casual user - check whatinformation is being shared about you or photos tagged by your"friends" - don't sharephone numbers or personal/business contact details, e.g. use the "ask me for my ..." feature General protection and the“Internet of Things” - be aware ofcyber stalking - be aware of surreptitiousmonitoringe.g. “Google Glass” and smart phone cameras - consider “nanny”software, especially for children’s devices - be aware of “clickbait” – e.g. apparently valid “news” stories which are really sponsoredmessages - be aware of ATM“skimming”, including self serve gaspumps - be aware ofremotely enabled camera and microphone (laptop, smart phone, tablet) Note: Remember, if you’re not paying for the product, you ARE theproduct

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...

Applications

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.

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,...

Applications

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.

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...

PeopleTools

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® EnterpriseManager Cloud Control Administrator's Guide

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 OraclePeopl...

Applications

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: Release Notes Revision 3 Installation Home Page Revision 3 Hardware and Software Requirements Revision 3 Upgrade Home Page PeopleTools 8.54 Licensing Notes with the new content:

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...

Applications

PeopleTools Simplifies Internet Explorer Certifications

With the GA of PeopleTools 8.54 a couple months ago, customers have been reviewing the certification requirements for PeopleTools 8.54 as they plan their upgrades.  A number of questions have come up recently dealing with certified browsers.  Just last month, I blogged about the Internet Explorer requirements required to support the new Fluid UI.We’ve made a change recently to simplify the Internet Explorer browser environment for PeopleTools.  Oracle has moved to model where we will support all of the operating systems that Microsoft supports for a particular release of IE.  When the certification details are reviewed on the Certifications tab in MyOracleSupport, we will no longer call out each of the supported operating systems.Following this change, I’ve received some additional browser related inquiries.  Some customers were hoping that this would mean Windows XP could hang around in their environment a bit longer.  A question was raised as to whether or not we would support PeopleSoft running IE 11 on Windows XP. Yes, that’s the operating system that was released back on Oct 25, 2001.  The very simple answer is a very firm ‘NO’.  Microsoft’s mainstream support for Windows XP ended back in 2009, and extended support ended in of April of this year.  Microsoft is even attempting to make it clear that XP is dead.  PeopleSoft can’t support dead operating systems.New IE browser releases will continue to require explicit certification testing prior to certification – at least for now.  When a new release is certified, it will be certified across all operating systems that Microsoft supports the release with mainstream support.  Do you have a question on browser certifications?  For this or other platform certification questions, be sure to attend PeopleTools Roadmap – Platforms (session CON7590) at Openworld on Wednesday, Oct 1, at 12:45 in Moscone West - room 2022.  See you there!

With the GA of PeopleTools 8.54 a couple months ago, customers have been reviewing the certification requirements for PeopleTools 8.54 as they plan their upgrades.  A number of questions have come up...

Applications

Open World Sessions Covering PeopleSoft's New Fluid UI

The new Fluid user interface is groundbreaking for us and our customers.  For that reason, we are offering several presentations and demos at Open World that cover the Fluid UI from different angles.  Some are general sessions of which Fluid is only a part, while some deal more directly and specifically with the subject.  If you are interested in learning about the Fluid UI from top to bottom, here are a selection of Open World sessions that should provide all you want to know. General Sessions GEN7438 -- PeopleSoft Strategy and Roadmap: Modern Solutions Delivered with Ease -- In this session, Oracle’s Paco Aubrejuan (senior vice president and general manager of PeopleSoft Development) shares the Oracle strategy for ongoing investment in its PeopleSoft product family.    Monday  12:00 - 12:45 MW   3004/6 CON7587 -- PeopleSoft General Session: Technology Update and Roadmap Oracle has produced game-changing results for PeopleSoft customers with the release of 9.2 applications.  Come and hear how PeopleSoft plans to further increase the value of applications by embracing technology.   Monday   1:45 - 2:30 MW   3004/6 PeopleTools Sessions CON7595 -- PeopleSoft PeopleTools 8.54: PeopleSoft Fluid User Interface in Action    This session covers more than just Fluid, but it will provide information on how to get started with Fluid once you take PeopleTools 8.54.    Monday    3:00-3:45 MW 2022 CON7567 -- A Closer Look at the New PeopleSoft Fluid User Experience If you want to learn about the various features of the Fluid UI from a functional perspective and how Fluid will coexist with classic PeopleSoft, this is the session for you.    Monday   5:30 - 6:15 MW 2022 CON7588 -- PeopleSoft Mobility Deep Dive: PeopleSoft Fluid User Interface and More   This session is focused on mobile and how Fluid supports that, but it also covers Fluid from a developer's perspective     Wednesday      11:30 - 12:15      MW 2022 Application Sessions CON7667 -- PeopleSoft Fluid User Interface: A Modern User Experience for PeopleSoft HCM on Any Device Tuesday   3:45   Palace Gold CON7584 -- PeopleSoft 9.2 and Beyond: Unbelievable Innovation in Projects and Staffing (ESA) Wednesday    10:15   Westin Olympic There are many more sessions that will touch on the Fluid UI to varying degrees.  Consult the Agenda Builder on Oracle's Open World site.  We recommend that you attend the panel discussions with PeopleTools development leaders as well as customer panel discussions.  You can also learn more at the PeopleSoft demo pods and Meet the Experts sessions.  See you at Oracle Open World! 

The new Fluid user interface is groundbreaking for us and our customers.  For that reason, we are offering several presentations and demos at Open World that cover the Fluid UI from different angles.  ...

Applications

Open World Session--Functional Overview of the PeopleSoft Fluid User Experience: The Home Page

PeopleTools 8.54 is a landmark release for Oracle/PeopleSoft, and you are starting to see a lot of information on it, both in this blog and elsewhere.  One of the most important aspects of this release is the new Fluid User Experience.  This is a broad-ranging subject, so you will see posts from a functional perspective (this post), a developer’s perspective, and announcements about Fluid applications that are being delivered by PeopleSoft. Perhaps you’ve heard about how the Fluid user experience provides support for mobile applications.  While that is certainly true, Fluid offers much more than that.  What the Fluid UX really provides is the ability to access PeopleSoft applications across a variety of form factors from smart phones to tablets to desktops/laptops.  Fluid applications present a common user experience on a variety of devices regardless of screen size.  These applications are efficient and attractive as well, and offer the kind of user experience the modern work force is expecting.  So no matter how your users access PeopleSoft, they will be presented with the same intuitive user experience.  This post is the first of a series covering the main features that you will see in Fluid applications when you install them or if you develop some yourself.  We’ll also cover how to get started with Fluid/PeopleTools 8.54, and how new Fluid application pages will work with your existing applications. We’ll start today with perhaps the most fundamental feature of the Fluid UX: the Home Page.  This page provides a base or launch pad for users to navigate to their essential work.  Home pages are designed for specific roles, so they contain all the essentials for each role without extraneous menus or content that might distract users.  In this way, Fluid Home Pages are conceptually similar to current home pages or dashboards, but Fluid home pages employ the new responsive UI that renders well on different form factors.  Let’s look at the main features of the Home page. The first thing you’ll notice about Home Pages is that they contain a variety of Tiles.  Tiles can serve as navigation mechanisms, but may also convey dynamic information.  Tiles are similar in purpose to pagelets, but are not as interactive.  They are responsive, however, and can automatically change size and position to accommodate different form factors. Now let’s take a look at the Home Page header, which contains several useful features.  Central is the Home Page drop down menu.  This takes the place of tabs, and enables users to move among all the home pages that they use.  Users may serve in a variety of roles in an enterprise, and they may therefore have more than one Home Page—one for each role they play.  For example, a person may be a manager, but they are also an employee, and as such they have different activities and tasks they perform in both those roles.  They would likely have different home pages for those different roles.   Next is the PeopleSoft Search widget.  This provides for a search-centric navigation paradigm, and enables users to search from almost anywhere within their PeopleSoft system.  In addition, with the new PeopleSoft search, users can search across pillars and retrieve results from all their PeopleSoft content.  The search results are even actionable, so users can often complete a task right from the search results page. Notifications are a handy mechanism that lets users know when there are tasks requiring their attention.  The Notifications widget displays the number of items requiring attention.  When the user clicks the widget a window displays the sum of all notifications from all applications to which the user has access.  The user can act on those items directly from the Notifications window. Next is the Actions widget.  This menu is configurable, but one of the main actions available is Personalizations. This takes the user to a page where they can add or remove tiles from a Home Page, delete Home Pages, or even create new home pages and configure them. Finally, and perhaps most importantly, we have the Navigation Bar widget.  This opens the Nav Bar, which enables users to get anywhere in their PeopleSoft system.  The Nav Bar is flexible configurable, powerful and intuitive. The Nav Bar is a rich topic in its own right, and will be covered in a separate blog post in the near future.  In fact, the Fluid user experience is a large subject, so we’ll be posting many more articles describing its features in greater depth.  We’ll also provide a taste of developing Fluid applications. If you would like more information on the Fluid UX (and everything PeopleSoft) please see the PeopleSoft Information Portal. We will also be covering the Fluid UX in great depth in several sessions at Oracle Open World.  Come see us at the conference!  You’ll not only acquire useful information, but you can talk with us personally and see live demos of these features.  Here are a few sessions in particular that cover the Fluid UX: A Closer Look at the New PeopleSoft Fluid User Experience (CON7567) PeopleSoft Mobility Deep Dive: PeopleSoft Fluid User Interface and More (CON7588) PeopleSoft Fluid User Interface: A Modern User Experience for PeopleSoft HCM on Any Device (CON7667) PeopleSoft PeopleTools 8.54: PeopleSoft Fluid User Interface in Action (CON7595) These sessions cover a wide variety of subjects from the functional (for end users and SMEs) to the technical (for developers).

PeopleTools 8.54 is a landmark release for Oracle/PeopleSoft, and you are starting to see a lot of information on it, both in this blog and elsewhere.  One of the most important aspects of this...

PeopleTools

Developing with Fluid UI – The Fluid Home Page

The first place to start with Fluid UI is with the FluidHome Page. Sometimes it’s referred to asthe landing page, but it’s formally called the Fluid Home Page. It’s delivered with PeopleTools 8.54, and thenice thing about it is, it’s a component. That’s one thing you’ll discover with Fluid UI. Fluid UI is built int PeopleTools with FluidUI. The Home Page is a component, thetiles or grouplets are group boxes, and the search and prompt pages are just pages. It makes it easy to find things, customizeand brand the applications (and of course to see what’s going on) when you canopen it in AppDesigner. To see what makes a component fluid, let’s start with theFluid Home Page. It’s a component calledPT_LANDINGPAGE. You can open it inAppDesigner and see what’s unique and different about Fluid UI. If you open the Component Properties dialog,you’ll see a new tab called Fluid On the Component Properties Fluid tab you’ll see the mostimportant checkbox of all, Fluid Mode. That is the one flag that will tell PeopleSoft if the component is Fluid(responsive, dynamic layout) or classic (pixel perfect). Now that you know it’s a single flag, youknow that a component can’t be both Fluid UI and Classic at the same time, it’sone or the other. There are some other interesting fields on this page. The Small Form Factor Optimized field tellsus whether or not to display this on a small device (think smarphone). Header Toolbar Actions offer standard optionsthat are set at the component level so you have complete control of thecomponents header bar. You’ll notice that the PT_LANDINGPAGE has got some PostBuildPeopleCode. That’s to build the groupletsthat are used to launch Fluid UI Pages (more about those later). Probably not a good idea to mess with thatcode! The next thing to look at is the Page Definition for thePT_LANDINGPAGE component. When you openthe page PT_LANDINGPAGE it will look different than anything you’ve everseen. You’re probably thinking “What’sup with all the group boxes”? That iswhere Fluid UI is so different. Inclassic PeopleSoft, you put a button, field, group, any control on a page andthat’s where it shows up, no questions asked. With Fluid UI, everything is positioned relative to something else. That’s why there are so many containers (youknow them as group boxes). They are UIobjects that are used for dynamic positioning. The Fluid Home Page has some special behavior and specialsettings. The first is in the WebProfile Configuration settings (Main Menu->PeopleTools->WebProfile->Web Profile Configuration from the main menu). There are two checkboxes that control thebehavior of Fluid UI. Disable Fluid Modeand Disable Fluid On Desktop. Disable Fluid Mode prevents any Fluid UI component frombeing run from this installation. Thisis a web profile setting for users that want to run later versions ofPeopleTools but only want to run Classic PeopleSoft pages. The second setting, Disable Fluid On Desktopallows the Fluid UI to be run on mobile devices such as smartphones andtablets, but prevents Fluid UI from running on a desktop computer. Fluid UI settings are also make in My Personalizations (MainMenu->My Personalizations from the Main Menu), in the General Optionssection. In that section, each user hasthe choice to determine the home page for their desktop and for tablets. Now that you know the Fluid UI landing page is just acomponent, and the profile and personalization settings, you should be able tolaunch one. It’s pretty easy to add amenu using Structure and Content, just make sure the proper security is set up. You’ll have to run a Fluid UI supportedbrowser in order to see it. Latestversions of Chrome, Firefox and IE will do. Check the certification page on MOS for all the details. When you open the first Fluid Landing Page, there’s not muchthere. Not to worry, we’ll get somecontent on it soon. Take a moment tonavigate around and look at some of the header actions that were set up fromthe component properties. The homebutton takes you back to the classic system. You won’t see any notifications and the personalization doesn’t have anycontent to add. The NavBar icon on thetop right has a lot of content, including a Navigator and Classic home. Spend some time looking through what’savailable. Stay tuned for more. Next up is adding some content.

The first place to start with Fluid UI is with the Fluid Home Page. Sometimes it’s referred to asthe landing page, but it’s formally called the Fluid Home Page. It’s delivered with PeopleTools 8.54,...

Applications

PeopleTools 8.54 – New Functionality, New Browser Releases

PeopleTools 8.54 has numerous enhancements to offer, but it does have some browser requirements that go along with it as well.  As customers look at the much improved user interface along with other enhancements being delivered in PeopleTools 8.54, they will look to take advantage of the release and plan their upgrade.  As they plan, diligent customers will review certifications and notice that PeopleTools 8.54 certifies only newer browser releases.  For Internet Explorer, IE 9 is the absolute minimum for the Classic UI, and IE 11 (or higher) is required to take advantage of the new Fluid UI.  As they continue to prepare for the upgrade, some may discover that they have older applications that have hard requirements for a less than current IE release.  Can you say IE 8?  I have come across a couple scenarios already where customers have that one critical application that hasn’t been updated in 5+ years and requires the use of IE 8; it can’t work with IE9 or above.  Another situation I’ve seen is where a customer isn’t scheduled to roll out IE 9 (or above) to their user base prior to their scheduled go live date. As they evaluate options, some customers facing this situation are able to implement a dual browser environment using Chrome or Firefox for PeopleSoft, and an older IE browser required for antiquated applications.  Other customers have begun to ask what PeopleTools functionality might simply not work if they decide to move forward with an uncertified browser environment.  Since we test our software with certified browser combinations, we sometimes aren’t sure which features might be partially supported by older browsers, and which simply won’t work.The problem is that older versions of Internet Explorer simply did not contain the functionality that current browsers have.  While those versions render HTML and CSS content, they often do so in very specific, non-standard fashion.  A state of the art application like PeopleSoft relies on rich functionality implemented in the latest versions of the HTML and CSS standards.  PeopleSoft utilizes AJAX and the latest accessibility suggestions as outlined in the Web Accessible Initiative – Accessible Rich Internet Applications Suite (WAI-ARIA).  IE 8 and previous browsers were not designed to support this functionality adequately, and cannot deliver the performance that modern browsers do.We expect that the following areas would be problematic if using IE 8 or (gulp) something older with the Classic UI.  Of course, Fluid UI functionality will not work.Layout issues Nonfunctional breadcrumbs Accessibility problems Performance issues Problematic charts and graphs Mobile Application Platform (MAP) Note that there are almost certainly other issues that would arise from the use of outdated and uncertified browsers.As you make plans to roll out the best release of PeopleTools yet, we STRONGLY recommend that you use only certified environment components.  We test and certify environments for a reason - so that we can find as many issues as possible, before you do.  Should you find a bug we missed, our Support organization stands ready to assist you in obtaining a resolution in your certified environment.  We want your roll out to be as smooth as possible - take advantage of our testing and give your users the best experience available.

PeopleTools 8.54 has numerous enhancements to offer, but it does have some browser requirements that go along with it as well.  As customers look at the much improved user interface along with other...

Applications

PeopleTools 8.54: Accessibility

This entry is one of a series of posts that will introduce readers to important features of this landmark release. PeopleTools has long supported accessibility, and with PeopleTools 8.54 we are able to conform to WCAG 2.0 AA standards.  This means that upcoming PeopleSoft applications that are built on PeopleTools 8.54 will be designed to conform to those standards.  Customers that build pages, add-on applications, or customizations can also create conforming pages using PeopleTools 8.54. Most enterprises--especially those with a global footprint--are requiring WCAG conformance for the software they use.  In fact many companies that operate in the U.S. only are using the WCAG standards as the basis for their requirements. Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) are part of a series of guidelines published by the W3C's Web Accessibility Initiative. Their goal is to make content accessible, primarily for disabled users but also for all user agents, including highly limited devices, such as mobile phones. The current version (2.0) of the guidelines is also an ISO standard: ISO/IEC 40500:2012. WCAG 2.0 is an international standard used in most countries that enforce accessibility regulations. The new standard provides additional requirements to address new web technologies and has become the standard by which many organizations monitor software compliance. WCAG 2.0 extends standards described in WCAG 1.0 as well as the U.S.-specific regulations described in section 508 of Federal access standards.

This entry is one of a series of posts that will introduce readers to important features of this landmark release. PeopleTools has long supported accessibility, and with PeopleTools 8.54 we are able to...

PeopleTools

Developing with Fluid UI

The Fluid UI is one of the most exciting new features PeopleSoft has delivered in years.  With Fluid UI, app developers build responsive user interfaces that run on smartphones, mini tablets, tablets and even desktops/laptops using the same PeopleTools components, pages, records and peoplecode they’ve been using for years.  There’s one difference, with classic PeopleSoft, the UI is pixel perfect, meaning what you see on the page is exactly what you built in page designer.  With Fluid UI the contents of a page is based on styles, and may change depending on the size of the device.  It’s all still HTML, just a new way of laying out the fields. PeopleSoft is gearing up for this big change and will deliver a new set of responsive, mobile ready applications soon.  In keeping with PeopleSoft's continuous delivery strategy, the new content will be delivered in a PUM instance, available on the 9.2 product line. A lot of developers from customers and partners will want to get up to speed and become familiar with how Fluid UI works.  An easy path is to wait until the application content is available, and use that content to learn from.  For those that just can’t wait,  we’ll start a mini-blog series that shows you how to build your first Fluid component.  Stay tuned.  We’re off to talk about the great new features of 8.54 at Reconnect in Chicago, but after that we’ll begin showing you how it all works.

The Fluid UI is one of the most exciting new features PeopleSoft has delivered in years.  With Fluid UI, app developers build responsive user interfaces that run on smartphones, mini tablets, tablets...

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Oracle-PeopleSoft is pleased to announce the general availability of PeopleTools 8.54

PeopleTools is proud to announce the release of PeopleTools 8.54.  This is a landmark release for PeopleSoft, one that offers remarkable advances to our applications and our customers.  We are particularly excited about the new PeopleSoft Fluid User Experience.  With this, our applications will offer a UI that is simple and intuitive, yet highly productive and that can be used on different devices from laptops to tablets and smart phones.  We’ve also made important improvements in reporting and analytics, life-cycle management, security, integration technology, platforms and infrastructure, and accessibility. To get the details about everything this wonderful new release has to offer, visit these sites:  Oracle's PeopleSoft PeopleTools 8.54 Documentation Home Page (requires My Oracle Support login) which includes:                 + Release Notes                 + Release Value Proposition                 + Cumulative Feature Overview Tool                 + Installation Guides                 + Certification Table                 + Browser Compatibility Guide                 + Licensing Notes PeopleSoft Information Portal (The main source for everything PeopleSoft) Today, PeopleTools 8.54 is Generally Available for new installations.  Customers that want to upgrade to 8.54 from earlier releases will be able to upgrade in the near future when the 02 patch is available.   Many of our customers have shown interest in Fluid and have asked us the best way to get productive quickly.  Our answer is to use the working examples they will find in the upcoming PSFT 9.2 application images.

PeopleTools is proud to announce the release of PeopleTools 8.54.  This is a landmark release for PeopleSoft, one that offers remarkable advances to our applications and our customers.  We are...

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PeopleTools version end of support/life and PeopleTools support for applications

As a follow on from the CPU Analysis posting and for the frequent enquiries we get regarding an end of support/life for a particular PeopleTools version and the versions of PeopleSoft applications which PeopleTools versions support, here is some background you can use for your own research and upgrade planning. Please review  the Oracle Technical Support Policies page at:http://www.oracle.com/us/support/policies/index.html PeopleTools releases are designated as follows - 8.xx.yy-  xx is the minor release version-  yy is the patch version PeopleTools versions are patched until 12 months after the GA of the next minor release version.CPU (security) patches/fixes are provided for a further 12 months. For example:General Availability of PeopleTools 8.52 - Friday Oct 28, 2011General Availability of PeopleTools 8.53 - Wednesday Feb 06, 2013 PeopleTools 8.52 was patched until 12 months after PeopleTools 8.53 GA - i.e. until Feb 2014First CPU only patch release for PeopleTools 8.52 was April 2014PeopleTools 8.52 support ends Jan 2015 (depending on SV's, alignment with CPU cycle, and some other circumstances, CPU may be extended for another cycle, i.e. additional 3 months)Please see this document for Maximum PeopleTools releases for particular PeopleSoft versions:Oracle Support Document 1348959.1 (Lifetime Support Summary for PeopleSoft Releases) can be found at: https://support.oracle.com/epmos/faces/DocumentDisplay?id=1348959.1 PeopleSoft applications support is defined in Applications Unlimited support - http://www.oracle.com/us/support/library/lifetime-support-applications-069216.pdf Here is an example from the Applications Unlimited support document for HRMS (HCM) 9.0 For additional information on Critical Patch Updates, Security Alerts and Third Party Bulletin, see http://www.oracle.com/technetwork/topics/security/alerts-086861.html --

As a follow on from the CPU Analysis posting and for the frequent enquiries we get regarding an end of support/life for a particular PeopleTools version and the versions of PeopleSoft applications...

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