Wednesday Jul 29, 2015
Tuesday Jul 21, 2015
By Matthew Haavisto-Oracle on Jul 21, 2015
The PeopleSoft Spotlight Series is a new video-based learning resource that will help you get a deeper understanding of our latest Oracle PeopleSoft technologies, features and enhancements. Watch these videos to gain insight on how you can take advantage of these features in your enterprise.
Senior Strategy Director Jeff Robbins is your host for the Tools and Technology PeopleSoft Spotlight Series. Jeff introduces each video and summarizes key points covered in the session. Members of the PeopleSoft development organization take you into detail on each subject, helping you plan for, roll out, and gain value from these PeopleSoft enhancements.
The first sessions in our series focus on the game-changing Selective Adoption and the cutting edge PeopleSoft Fluid User Interface. Selective Adoption is the new method by which customers will update and maintain their PeopleSoft systems. The Fluid UI enables PeopleSoft users to use PeopleSoft applications across form factors.
Each video takes less than an hour and contains helpful resources. Look for more sessions of the PeopleSoft Spotlight Series in the near future.
Wednesday Jul 15, 2015
By Greg Kelly-Oracle on Jul 15, 2015
This year, as well as uploading my PDF presentation, I've uploaded a couple of additional files.
The one you may find interesting is a short form Security Check List.
You can find it here:
This is a supplement to the Securing Your PeopleSoft Application Red Paper (it includes the link) and it covers a number of points I've discussed with customers over the years. I include most of the check list as slides in my session but the PDF is an expanded set. The check list also contains a number of useful links.
In the discussions with customers we frequently find there are topics they have overlooked because they don't appear directly related to PeopleSoft security, but they are part of the overall infrastructure security and often managed by people outside of the PeopleSoft team. It's more important that as teams are reduced in size, that you build collaborative, virtual teams in the rest of your organization. I hope the check list will also provide the conversation starters to help build those virtual teams.
If you think some of the points are topics by themselves, let me know and I can work on building out the information.
I appreciate any and all feedback.
Tuesday Jul 14, 2015
By Mark.Hoernemann-Oracle on Jul 14, 2015
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 (email@example.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.
Tuesday Jun 30, 2015
By Matthew Haavisto-Oracle on Jun 30, 2015
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.
This first image of the Interaction Hub is functionally equivalent to the current release (9.1/Revision 3), but taking it gets you on the Selective Adoption process. Some great enhancements are coming the the next image.
Monday Jun 22, 2015
By Matthew Haavisto-Oracle on Jun 22, 2015
There is a lot of publicity around SaaS and various cloud options for enterprise applications these days. This leaves PeopleSoft customers wondering whether they should stay with PeopleSoft and what that real cost comparisons are. Is SaaS really less expensive for them? Is it really the best option for their business? What are the factors they need to consider? Can they stay with PeopleSoft and run it in the cloud, getting the best of both worlds?
Quest, the international user group organization recently published an informative article titled How Much Does Your ERP Cost? In this short article, the author provides ways to consider cost, but importantly, examines the value of these systems to the enterprise and why that should be a factor in your decision. The author interviews several customers in assessing these questions. Worth a read.
Thursday Jun 11, 2015
By Mark.Hoernemann-Oracle on Jun 11, 2015
The PeopleSoft Technology team is looking to expand our CAB with a few individuals who are familiar with the business side of managing PeopleSoft applications. No propeller on top of your hat? No worries! We are NOT looking to talk about the next widget for Process Scheduler. We ARE looking for senior management responsible for their PeopleSoft implementations who understand the customer value provided with the latest delivered technology. We look to our CAB to validate our direction and messaging. We depend on them to represent the larger customer community, not just their own organization, when providing feedback to us. The ideal candidates are:
1) Knowledgeable in PeopleTools and technology in general
2) Adopting current functionality in their PeopleSoft Applications
3) Leaders in the user community
4) Willing and able to participate in face to face CAB meetings (1-2 times per year) and conference calls as needed
5) Sharing what they have done with the user community through conference presentations or web casts
Does your organization have a history of rapidly adopting new PeopleSoft technology? Are you working on your plan to implement Fluid UI and reap the rewards? Has PTF become a key part of your testing strategy? Have Engineered Systems changed what you do with PeopleSoft? Are you rolling out enhancements via Selective Adoption? Do you consistently evaluate new functionality and look for ways for your business to benefit from it? If you are one of the people we’re looking for and would like to be considered for the PeopleTools Customer Advisory Board, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to receive an application where you can share the criteria that set you apart from other customers.
Wednesday Jun 03, 2015
By Matthew Haavisto-Oracle on Jun 03, 2015
PeopleSoft is moving more of it's communication and collateral to the web. Instead of publishing documents in file format, we'll be posting most of our collateral on various web sites like My Oracle Support (MOS) and the PeopleSoft Info Center.
As an example of this practice, instead of publishing a Release Value Proposition as a document file, we are posting that type of information on MOS. Visit the Technology tab to view the planned features for the next release of PeopleTools. This includes the PeopleTools overall roadmap, as well as descriptions of upcoming features and capabilities planned for the next release. You'll read about our plans for the User Expience, Development Tools, Infrastructure, Reporting and Analytic Tools, and Life-cycle Management Tools. There is also a page covering the PeopleSoft Interaction Hub, which provides a roadmap as well as descriptions of upcoming features for the next image.
This move enables us to provide information faster and update it more frequently. Information will be fresher. Look for more postings like this in the near future for many types of collateral formerly published in file format.
Wednesday May 27, 2015
By Matthew Haavisto-Oracle on May 27, 2015
If you are a partner or customer that has deployed PeopleSoft 9.2 apps and PeopleTools 8.54 and have started using the new Fluid applications, we may have a spot for you to present at Open World. If you are interested in being a speaker, please contact us and tell us a bit about your project. As a speaker, your conference fee would be waived.
Friday May 22, 2015
By Matthew Haavisto-Oracle on May 22, 2015
Thursday May 21, 2015
By Matthew Haavisto-Oracle on May 21, 2015
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.
Tuesday May 05, 2015
By Matthew Haavisto-Oracle on May 05, 2015
Many customers contact us for information on best practices for deploying the Secure Enterprise Search-based global search in PeopleSoft. To assist with this, we've created a Knowledge Document in My Oracle Support that contains lots of useful information. This document has links to the following subjects and more:
- How to implement High Availability
- PeopleTools Online help for Search
- Reference material like the Administrator's guide and the Installation guide
- Performance guidelines
Tuesday Apr 21, 2015
By Matthew Haavisto-Oracle on Apr 21, 2015
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
Tuesday Mar 10, 2015
By Dave Bain-Oracle on Mar 10, 2015
PeopleSoft just published a new Red-Paper that describes how to convert an existing Classic Component to a new Fluid UI Component. It's a great resource for anyone that is interested in learning more about Fluid UI and the steps required to move a Pixel-Perfect Component to a new responsive Fluid UI Component.
The Red-Paper is called Converting Classic PIA Components to PeopleSoft Fluid User Interface. You can find it on My Oracle Support, document Id 1984833.1
There are a few things I want to point out that are in the document.
- 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.
Thursday Jan 15, 2015
By Mark.Hoernemann-Oracle on Jan 15, 2015
PeopleTools OVM templates provide a great way for customers running current levels of PeopleTools to keep up to date with their PeopleTools middle tiers. The templates provide a simplified method of rolling out new patches, allowing Oracle to bundle, patch, test and deliver all the required middle tier components such as Java, WebLogic, Tuxedo and the Oracle Linux operating system. Using the pre-built templates eliminates the possibility of downloading the wrong version, and/or missing a critical patch of one of the required components. Templates also significantly reduce the amount of time needed to locate, download, patch and test the individual elements of a PeopleTools environment. For customers that need to customize, the PeopleTools templates are a great starting point to create baseline custom templates.
PeopleSoft has produced middle tier templates with PeopleTools patches since PT 8.53.03. These templates have been found on MyOracleSupport (MOS) Patches and Updates under the PeopleSoft Enterprise PeopleTools product category.
Until now, all templates produced were available for download. Older templates include components that may have become stale over time. To ensure that only current environments are available, we now plan to make each patch level template available for no more than six months. This will allow customers enough time to download and use a template before environment components become out-of-date. The use of the patched templates allows customers to adopt PeopleTools maintenance faster and reduce the risk of encountering known bugs and security issues.
Should older patches be required, they will still be available via the traditional patching methods, in accordance with our documented Patch Policy.
Secure Enterprise Search (SES) for PeopleSoft templates are also made available on MOS. SES templates are intended to be a ‘black box’ or ‘appliance’ installation. As such, only the most current level of an SES template is available. This appliance is compatible with all PeopleTools levels used with PeopleSoft 9.2 applications.
As new SES templates come out, they REPLACE the previous version found on MOS.
For information on the PeopleTools middle tier templates for Oracle Linux and Exalogic, SES templates and PeopleSoft update images, please see Oracle’s PeopleSoft Virtualization Products.
Friday Dec 19, 2014
By Greg Kelly-Oracle on Dec 19, 2014
Just to go beyond my usual security sessions, I was asked recently to talk to a local business and consumer group about personal cyber security. Here is the document I used for the session and you might find some useful tips.
Protecting your online shopping experience
- check retailer returns policy
- use a credit card rather than debit card, or check the protection on the debit card
- use a temporary/disposable credit card e.g. ShopSafe from Bank of America
- use a low limit credit card - with protection, e.g. AMEX green card
- check your account for random small amount charges and charitable contributions
- set spending and "card not present" alerts
- don't use same passwords for business and personal accounts
- use a robust email service provider
- set junk/spam threshold in your email client
- only use web mail for low risk accounts (see Note below)
- don't click on links in the email, DON’T click on links in email – no matter who you think sent it
Protecting your computer
- if you depend on a computer/laptop/tablet for business, ONLY use it for business
- don't share your computer with anyone, including your children
- if you provide your children with a computer/laptop, refresh them from "recovery disks" on a periodic basis
- teach children value of backing up important data
- if possible have your children only use their laptops/devices in family rooms where the activity can be passively observed
- use commercial, paid subscription, antivirus/anti malware on all devices (see Note below)
- carry and use a security cable when traveling or away from your office
Protecting your smart phone/tablet
- don't share your device
- make sure you have a secure lock phrase/PIN and set the idle timeout
- don't recharge it using the USB port on someone else's laptop/computer
- ensure the public Wi-Fi which you use is a trusted Wi-Fi (also - see Note below)
- store your data in the cloud, preferably not (or not only) the phone/tablet
- don't have the device "remember" your password, especially for sensitive accounts
- exercise caution when downloading software e.g. games/apps, especially "free" software (see Note below)
Protect your social network
- don't mix business and personal information in your social media account
- use separate passwords for business and personal social media accounts
- ensure you protect personal information from the casual user
- check what information is being shared about you or photos tagged by your "friends"
- don't share
phone numbers or personal/business contact details,
e.g. use the "ask me for my ..." feature
General protection and the “Internet of Things”
- be aware of cyber stalking
- be aware of surreptitious
e.g. “Google Glass” and smart phone cameras
- consider “nanny” software, especially for children’s devices
- be aware of “click bait” – e.g. apparently valid “news” stories which are really sponsored messages
- be aware of ATM “skimming”, including self serve gas pumps
- be aware of remotely enabled camera and microphone (laptop, smart phone, tablet)
By Matthew Haavisto-Oracle on Dec 19, 2014
The PeopleSoft Interaction Hub* follows a release model of continuous delivery. With this release model, Oracle delivers new functionality and enhancements on the latest release throughout the year, without requiring application upgrades to new releases.
PeopleTools is a critical enabler for delivering new functionality and enhancements for releases on continuous delivery. The PeopleTools adoption policy for applications on continuous release is designed to provide reasonable options for customers to stay current on PeopleTools while adopting newer PeopleTools features. The basic policy is as follows:
Interaction Hub customers must upgrade to a PeopleTools release no later than 24 months after that PeopleTools release becomes generally available.
For example, PeopleTools 8.53 was released in February 2013. Therefore, customers who use Interaction Hub will be required to upgrade to PeopleTools 8.53 (or newer, such as PeopleTools 8.54) no later than February 2015 (24 months after the General Availability date of PeopleTools 8.53). As of February 2015, product maintenance and new features may require PeopleTools 8.53.
Customers should start planning their upgrades if they are on PeopleTools releases that are more than 24 months old. See the Lifetime Support Summary for PeopleSoft Releases (doc id 1348959.1) in My Oracle Support for details on PeopleTools support policies.
* The PeopleSoft Interaction Hub is the latest branding of the product. These support guidelines also apply to the same product under the names PeopleSoft Enterprise Portal, PeopleSoft Community Portal, and PeopleSoft Applications Portal.
Monday Nov 17, 2014
By Matthew Haavisto-Oracle on Nov 17, 2014
In support of the recently released Revision 3 of the PeopleSoft Interaction Hub, we've just produced the latest data sheet for the Hub, which can be found here. This paper covers the highlights of the new release, and describes the our overall direction for the product. The prime topics we cover are as follows:
- Setting up and running a cluster of PeopleSoft applications using the Interaction Hub
- Content Management
- Branding and the User Experience
- Using the Hub with the new Fluid User Interface
Monday Nov 10, 2014
By Matthew Haavisto-Oracle on Nov 10, 2014
The latest version (Revision 3) of the PeopleSoft Interaction Hub is now available. Since Hub Revisions are aligned with PeopleTools releases, we provide a doc that helps explain how the Hub can best be implemented to take advantage of PeopleTools features. This document contains information on how new customers can install PeopleSoft Interaction Hub and existing PeopleSoft Interaction Hub customers can apply PIH 9.1 Revision 3 functionality if they are on an earlier version. It also describes the general upgrade process within the Revision model, and how customers can expect this to work with subsequent revisions, maintenance packs, and bundles.
The document is available on the Portal Solutions home page in Oracle Support.
Monday Oct 27, 2014
By Matthew Haavisto-Oracle on Oct 27, 2014
This blog provides information to the PeopleSoft community, about PeopleSoft Technology, otherwise known as PeopleTools.
For the PeopleSoft Applications blog see the PeopleSoft Strategy Blog.
For the Oracle Campus blog see Oracle Campus Blog.
For information about PeopleSoft see the PeopleSoft Information Portal.
For information about PeopleSoft and PeopleTools releases and updates see PeopleSoft Planned Features and Enhancements (login required).
- Analytics in Search
- Transforming Analytics and Reporting
- Searching in PeopleSoft
- Updated PeopleTools Performance Guidelines Red Paper Available
- Reporting in PeopleSoft Without Crystal Reports
- Tools - Only Upgrades for the Interaction Hub
- Interaction Hub Image 2 Now Available
- Multiple PeopleSoft Applications: Using the Interaction Hub or Not
- PeopleTools CPU analysis and supported versions of PeopleTools (update for January 2016 CPU)
- Fluid Header and Navigation is the New Standard