Thursday Jun 27, 2013

PeopleSoft Reconnect Conference

The PeopleSoft Reconnect Conference is coming in July.  This conference is run by Quest, and unlike other conferences, is focused specifically on PeopleSoft.  You can learn about the conference and register here.

We have a lot of great sessions planned this year for both PeopleSoft applications and PeopleTools.  Since this is the Tech blog, I'll highlight some of the PeopleTools and related technology sessions:

  • PeopleSoft Technology Roadmap:  Current Features and Future Plans
  • PeopleTools Features for the Smart Functional User
  • Mastering PeopleTools:  Using the Peoplesoft Integration Network
  • Mastering PeopleTools:  Getting Started with PeopleSoft Update Manager
  • Mastering PeopleTools:  Putting Dashboards and Workcenters to Work for You
  • Mastering PeopleTools:  Exploiting PeopleTools Tips and Tricks
  • PeopleSoft Administration Across the Enterprise

As you can see from this list, we're covering a broad range of topics that will appeal to everyone from your technical staff to savvy functional experts.  And these are just the sessions that we in the Oracle/PeopleTools group are presenting.  There are also dozens of valuable and interesting sessions being presented by customers and partners.  You can view the entire program here.

We hope to see you there!

Monday Jun 10, 2013

Updated Paper on Configuring a Contemporary User Experience

We've just published an updated version of our red paper on configuring a modern, web site-based user experience in PeopleSoft.  (Available from My Oracle Support.)  This version of the paper included capabilities from the latest release of the PeopleSoft Interaction Hub (9.1/Revsion 2).  The paper is a practical guide for technical users, installers, system administrators, and programmers who implement, maintain, or develop applications for your PeopleSoft system. It provides guidance on on how to configure a contemporary user experience in PeopleSoft Interaction Hub, including the PeopleSoft Pure Internet Architecture and portal configuration.

This red paper presents the following topics:

    Branding elements of the user interface.
    Using Pagelet Wizard.
    Using navigation collections.
    Integrating with other PeopleSoft applications.
    Using collaboration features.

In addition, the red paper includes sample code that can be used to achieve some of the user interface configuration.

Customers will find this user experience red paper compliments our other red paper on setting up the PeopleSoft Interaction Hub with PeopleSoft Applications.

Friday Apr 26, 2013

Updated Paper on Tools--Interaction Hub Dependencies

Releases of the PeopleSoft Interaction Hub are aligned with PeopleTools releases.  PeopleTools 8.53 was released recently and so was the latest version of the PeopleSoft Interaction Hub.  We are publishing updates for each release that describes how the Hub and Tools are aligned, and how customers can upgrade the Interaction Hub depending on what release of the Hub and Tools they are currently using. This short paper describes those dependencies.

Friday Apr 12, 2013

New Red Paper on Setting Up PeopleSoft Applications with the PeopleSoft Interaction Hub

We've just published a new red paper that I think many customers will find valuable.  The paper is a practical guide for technical users, installers, and system administrators, who implement, maintain, or deploy PeopleSoft applications and systems. It describes how to use PeopleSoft Interaction Hub to federate multiple PeopleSoft content providers (for example, PeopleSoft Human Capital Management [HCM], PeopleSoft Enterprise Learning Management [ELM], and other PeopleSoft applications) into a single portal system using single signon and unified navigation.  The paper applies to PeopleSoft Interaction Hub 9.1 Revision 2.

There is guidance for the following topics:

  • Configuring single signon for PeopleSoft Interaction Hub and PeopleSoft content providers.
  • Configuring unified navigation to federate portal registries from PeopleSoft content providers.
  • Configuring and synchronizing user roles and user profiles across multiple PeopleSoft content providers.
  • Synchronizing user personalization across multiple PeopleSoft content providers. 

You can get the red paper from Oracle Support here.

This paper supplements other information about the PeopleSoft Interaction Hub.  For example, it does not describe the installation instructions for PeopleSoft Interaction Hub and the PeopleSoft content providers. That information is provided in other documents.

Using the PeopleSoft Interaction Hub as a gateway to all your PeopleSoft applications (as well as other content), provides a rich, web site-based user experience that can rival any contemporary web application.  It makes navigation simpler, quicker, and more intuitive.  It is also more engaging for your users.

This paper should prove especially valuable now that more customers can install the PeopleSoft Interaction Hub under the terms of the new restricted use license.

Tuesday Apr 09, 2013

Documentation Home Pages for PeopleTools 8.53 and Interaction Hub

Oracle/PeopleSoft provides documentation home pages on My Oracle Support for all of their products, including PeopleTools and Portal Solutions.  These pages provide descriptions of and links to a wide assortment of collateral containing a wealth of information on many topics covering PeopleSoft technology.

If you are seeking information about PeopleTools and PeopleSoft Portal solutions, this is a great place to start.

PeopleTools 8.53 Documentation Home Page

Portal Solutions Home Page

Friday Mar 29, 2013

PeopleSoft Interaction Hub Release 9.1/Revision 2 Now Available

This latest release of the PeopleSoft Interaction Hub continues Oracle’s commitment to extending the value of PeopleSoft applications. It provides enhancements that enable customers to present a rich, contemporary, web site-based user experience to their PeopleSoft applications users, giving them a new level of usability and productivity for their PeopleSoft ecosystem.  In particular, the new restricted use license of the PeopleSoft Interaction Hub permits many customers to deploy the product with no license cost, so more customers can make the Interaction Hub part of their standard PeopleSoft architecture. The PeopleSoft Interaction Hub is the best means for bringing all PeopleSoft content together and providing the kind of contemporary experience that users demand.

Here are the major enhancements for the PeopleSoft Interaction Hub in Revision 2:
  • Rebranding and new Restricted Use License
  • Full support for the new PeopleSoft Global Search
  • New Style Sheet adoption
  • Red Paper facilitating Single Sign-on between the Hub and PeopleSoft Applications
  • Other User Experience enhancements such as modals for many pagelet types
  • Adoption of PeopleSoft’s Secure by Default initiative
 To learn more about the PeopleSoft Interaction Hub please refer to the following:

PeopleSoft Portal Solutions 9.1 Documentation Home Page
Oracle’s PeopleSoft Hosted Documentation Home Page
PeopleSoft Information Portal and PeopleSoft PeopleTools and Technology Information Solution

Wednesday Mar 27, 2013

New Information Portal Available for PeopleTools Information

There is a new portal available that serves as a one-stop shop for lots of PeopleSoft resources.  This replaces the Information Solution sheets that used to be posted on oracle.com.  Note that the following two links both target the new portal, which contains information on both PeopleTools and PeopleSoft Applications.  Check this site out and start here for any PeopleSoft collateral you seek.

www.peoplesoft92.com

www.peopletools853.com

 

Monday Feb 18, 2013

Statement of Direction for PeopleSoft Interaction Hub

The latest Statement of Direction has been posted for the PeopleSoft Interaction Hub.  This paper describes the strategic direction for Oracle’s PeopleSoft Interaction Hub and how it fits in a broad portal strategy for Oracle. It can help customers make informed portal decisions, gain insight into Oracle’s strategic plans for PeopleSoft Interaction Hub, and understand how it compares with other portal offerings. The document contains an Executive Summary as well as details on the following topics:

  • How the PeopleSoft Interaction Hub continues to enrich the PeopleSoft user experience.
  • What access the PeopleSoft Interaction Hub provides for mobile devices, such as tablets.
  • The Enterprise 2.0 capabilities used for collaboration in the PeopleSoft Interaction Hub.
  • Comparing the free Restricted Use License and the Full License.
  • PeopleSoft Interaction Hub's continuous release model.

You can read the document here.

Thursday Feb 07, 2013

PeopleTools 8.53 release notification update

Thanks for the comments on the broken links. These have been corrected now.

Wednesday Feb 06, 2013

Oracle and PeopleSoft Development Announce the General Availability of PeopleTools 8.53 [links fixed]


This latest release of PeopleSoft PeopleTools provides a new level of usability and productivity within PeopleSoft applications and enables PeopleSoft customers to manage their total cost of ownership for PeopleSoft applications. While PeopleTools 8.53 is the enablement platform for the next planned release of PeopleSoft applications (release 9.2) it also delivers value to customers with existing PeopleSoft deployments. This release fundamentally improves our applications at many levels. The user experience is on par with or better than other applications on the market today. We've also introduced important improvements in how customers deploy, scale, and update our applications with features like virtualization and the PeopleSoft Update Manager (PUM).

Here are some of the major improvements in this release:
  • Oracle’s Secure Enterprise Search – Provides secure, free-text search within PeopleSoft applications across multiple objects and multiple applications for a more streamlined search-driven navigation approach.
  • Related Actions – Enables end users to take relevant actions on objects within the context of transactions rather than using lengthy traditional menu paths.
  • Activity Guides – Provides for the deployment of guided business processes, which facilitate a variety of activities from self-service to administration.
  • Pivot Grids – Offers self-service, real-time, multi-dimensional analytics embedded into PeopleSoft applications providing end users with the actionable information needed to make decisions.
  • WorkCenters – Consolidates user tasks, exceptions, alerts, links, reports, and queries into a single, secure, role based “command center” that can be personalized and configured by end users for increased productivity.
  • Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) – Improves use and support of CSS and enables customers to easily configure their PeopleSoft system to reflect organizational branding (e.g. color, graphics, etc.).
  • Oracle Private Cloud Deployments of PeopleSoft – Enables multiple PeopleSoft application instances to be consolidated on Oracle Exalogic, providing high capacity and performance, dynamic scaling and provisioning using Oracle Virtualization.  This also dramatically improves system management, patching, and maintenance.  All of this reduces total cost of ownership.
  • Secure by Default - As part of Oracle Secure by Default initiative, PeopleTools 8.53 will request passwords for delivered accounts necessary for system initialization and disabling other sample accounts. We will also be delivering a salted SHA-1 hash for PeopleSoft passwords. The salted SHA-1 hash enhancement will not affect upgrades.

Early testing with this release has already generated enthusiastic reviews, and we have had positive feedback from customers at conferences and corporate visits.  We look forward to similar favorable responses as more customers upgrade.

There is much more in this important release.  Please see the PeopleTools 8.53 Release Notes, available on My Oracle Support.

Documentation and training is also available here:

PeopleTools 8.53 Documentation Home page

PeopleTools 8.53 Installation Guides

PeopleTools 8.53 Upgrade Home page



Monday Feb 04, 2013

Podcast: New Book on PeopleSoft Data Management and Upgrade

There is a new Oracle book available covering data management and upgrade for PeopleSoft systems, and you can listen to a podcast with the authors, Jim Marion and Paula Dean to learn more about this book.  In the interview they discuss the value of the book, why they wrote it, and who its intended audience is.  They also talk about some of the new PeopleSoft technology that supports data management and upgrade activities, and explain how the book can help maximize data integrity, maintain peak application performance, and keep your PeopleSoft environment up to date. The book covers the latest techniques and provides best practices, case studies, and programming examples. You can learn how to develop and deploy data mover scripts, audit database health, apply patches, and generate project comparison reports.

You can listen to the podcast here.

You can acquire the book or learn more about it here.

Oracle's Author Podcasts are posted here.

Tuesday Jan 29, 2013

New Release Value Proposition Published for PeopleSoft Interaction Hub

The latest release value proposition has just been published for the PeopleSoft Interaction Hub (formerly Applications Portal).  As you may know, we've moved this product to the Revision release model to bring updates and enhancements to our customers on a more timely basis.  This also enbles us to align our Interaction Hub releases with the latest PeopleTools capabilities.

This RVP covers Release 9.1/Revision 2, and covers the following main features:

  • Rebranding and new Restricted Use License
  • New Style Sheet adoption
  • Red Paper facilitating Single Sign-on between the Hub and PeopleSoft Applications
  • Other User Experience enhancements

In particular, customers will find great value in the new Global Search used in the Hub. This enables a more search-centric navigation paradigm by allowing end users to access content via searches executed in Interaction Hub across all PeopleSoft applications.

The red paper will be welcomed by administrators charged with installing and setting up their Interaction Hub with their PeopleSoft applications.

The paper can be downloaded from My Oracle Support here.  (requires login)

Wednesday Dec 26, 2012

New FAQ for the PeopleSoft Interaction Hub

We have been receiving many questions concerning our recent rebranding of the PeopleSoft Applications Portal to the PeopleSoft Interaction Hub, as well as questions about the extensions to the Restricted Use License.  We've just published an FAQ that we hope will answer those questions and clear up any confusion.

In particular, this FAQ addresses the following topics:

  • Rebranding of the product, why it was done.
  • Restricted use license: functionality that is included for free, what requires a full, paid license.  Why it’s being offered.
  • Relationship to and dependencies on PeopleTools and PeopleSoft Applications.
  • Differences between the Interaction Hub and other PeopleSoft features, how they compliment each other.
  • Continuous Release Model, plans for upgrades and maintenance.

You can read the FAQ on oracle.com, or on oracle support.

Friday Dec 21, 2012

Interaction Hub Video Feature Overview

There is a new Video Feature Overview available on the Oracle/PeopleSoft channel on YouTube.   This video provides an overview of the functionality of the PeopleSoft Interaction Hub, and describes how you can use it to present a contemporary web site-based user experience to your users.

While you are there, check out the video on PeopleSoft's new Global Search capability--another feature that significantly improves the user experience.

We have several more videos planned for PeopleTools technology, as well as PeopleSoft applications, so subscribe to or browse the PeopleSoft YouTube channel.  There is a lot of interesting material there with more to come.

Friday Nov 09, 2012

PeopleTools Collateral Available

We've posted a lot of documentation including presentations, white/red papers, data sheets, and other useful collateral on Oracle.com, a public site.  If you are seeking detailed information on a particular topic, this is a good place to start.  It's a bit hard to find so I'm posting it here.

This resource library contains collateral on general PeopleTools, user experience and interaction--including the PeopleSoft Interaction Hub, platforms, security, life-cycle management, reporting and analytics, integration, and accessibility.  There are also links to video feature overviews, viewlets, and appcasts, and the latest release information.

There is much valuable information here, so if you need information about PeopleTools and related information, start here.

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