Thursday Aug 14, 2014

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.

Monday Aug 04, 2014

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.

Thursday Jul 31, 2014

Correction: PeopleSoft Interaction Hub Support Plans

In a recent post, we said that Extended Support for the PeopleSoft Interaction Hub was ending in October 2014.  To be clearer, Extended Support for release 9.0 is ending on that date.  Extended Support for release 9.1 and its revisions will be available until at least October 2018.  Sustaining support will be available for those releases beyond the Extended Support dates.  Look for the release of Revision 3 of the Interaction Hub soon.

Friday Jul 18, 2014

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.

Friday Jul 11, 2014

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: 
                + Release Notes
                + Release Value Proposition
                + Cumulative Feature Overview Tool
                + Installation Guides
                + Certification Table
                + Browser Compatibility Guide
                + Licensing Notes
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.

Wednesday Jul 09, 2014

Oracle Secure Enterprise Search Deployment Considerations for PeopleSoft 9.2

Oracle Secure Enterprise Search (SES) is the search engine on which the PeopleSoft Search Framework relies. Here is a comprehensive set of resources on My Oracle Support that provide information on the essential hardware for Oracle SES to help ensure capacity for peak concurrent usage of your PeopleSoft 9.2 environment. When planning your PeopleSoft 9.2 installation, follow these recommendations to insure the best possible performance and stability for your PeopleSoft environment.

Tuesday Jul 08, 2014

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:

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, 2011
General 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 2014
First CPU only patch release for PeopleTools 8.52 was April 2014
PeopleTools 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:

PeopleSoft applications support is defined in Applications Unlimited support -

Here is an example from the Applications Unlimited support document for HRMS (HCM) 9.0

HCM 9.0 support

For additional information on Critical Patch Updates, Security Alerts and Third Party Bulletin, see


Tuesday Jul 01, 2014

Paper on PeopleSoft Search Technology

This paper has been around for a bit, but some people may not have seen it.  As customers move to the latest releases of PeopleTools they are adopting our new search technology, and this paper can help with the understanding of all aspects of the new search.  The paper covers the following subjects:

  1. Getting Started PeopleSoft Search Technology 
  2. Understanding PeopleSoft Search Framework
  3. Defining Search Definition Queries
  4. Creating Query and Connected Query Search Definitions
  5. Creating File Source Search Definitions
  6. Creating Web Source Search Definitions
  7. Creating Search Categories
  8. Administering PeopleSoft Search Framework
  9. Working with PeopleSoft Search Framework Utilities
  10. Working with PeopleSoft Search Framework Security Features
  11. Working with PeopleSoft Search (once it is deployed)

As you can see, this paper covers it all.  It is a valuable resource for anyone deploying and administering the new PeopleSoft search.

Monday Jun 23, 2014

Extended Support for PeopleSoft Interaction Hub Ending--Time to Upgrade Soon!

Extended support for the PeopleSoft Interaction Hub will be ending in October 2014.  Sustaining support will still be available, but if you are an Interaction Hub (aka Portal) customer, you should consider upgrading to the latest release before that time.  The 9.1/Revision 3 release will be available soon after PeopleTools 8.54 is released, so customers considering an upgrade may wish to move to Revision 3 when it becomes available.

See this document for general information on Oracle/PeopleSoft's Lifetime support program.

PeopleSoft Interaction Hub Release Value Proposition for Revision 3

We've just published the Release Value Proposition for the PeopleSoft Interaction Hub 9.1/Revision 3.  The RVP provides an overview of the new features and enhancements planned for the upcoming release, which is aligned with PeopleTools 8.54 . The release value proposition is intended to help you assess the business benefits of upgrading to the latest release and to plan your IT projects and investments.

The highlights of the RVP cover the following subjects in the upcoming release:

  • Branding
  • PeopleSoft Fluid User Interface updates
  • Interaction hub cluster setup improvements
  • Simplified content creation and publication
  • WCAG 2.0 adoption

Look for the availability of this release in the near future.

Wednesday Jun 11, 2014

New Interaction Hub Statement of Direction Published

The latest PeopleSoft Interaction Hub Statement of Direction is now available on My Oracle Support.  We think this subject will be particularly interesting to customers given the impending release of the PeopleSoft Fluid User Experience and all that offers.  The Statement of Direction describes how we see the Interaction Hub being used with the new user experience and the Hub's continued place in a PeopleSoft environment.  This paper also discusses subjects like branding, content management, easier design/deployment, and the optional restricted use license.

Tuesday May 27, 2014

PeopleTools 8.54 Pre-Release Notes Available

PeopleSoft's PeopleTools recently published pre-release notes for PeopleTools 8.54.  Pre-release notes provide more functional and technical details than the release value proposition. This document describes how enhancements function within the context of the greater business process. This added level of detail should enable project teams to answer the following questions:

  • What delivered functionality will change?
  • How will an upgrade or new implementation affect other systems?
  • How will these changes affect the organization?

After the project team has reviewed and analyzed the pre-release notes, business decision makers should be able to determine whether to allocate budget and initiate implementation plans.

This document covers the following subjects:

  • Platform support enhancements
  • Development tools enhancements
  • System administration tools enhancements
  • Reporting and analytic tools enhancements
  • Integration tools enhancements
  • Lifecycle management tools enhancements
  • Accessibility
  • PeopleSoft Interaction Hub enhancements.

Thursday Apr 24, 2014

Continuous Release Model for PeopleSoft Interaction Hub

The PeopleSoft Interaction Hub has been on Oracle's continuous release model for some time now.  I still get many inquiries about this release model, though, so a refresher is in order.  The next release is planned to be made available soon after the upcoming release of PeopleTools 8.54.  This version of the Interaction Hub will be release 9.1/Revision 3.  You can read details of the continuous release model for the Hub in the last Statement of Direction and FAQ.  New versions of the Statement of Direction and the Release Value Proposition for the Hub will be published soon.

The current release model does not preclude us from producing a 9.2 or 9.3 release for the Interaction Hub at some time in the future.  For example, PeopleSoft's Campus Solutions product has been on continuous release for some time as well, but they recently announced that they are going to offer a 9.2 release, and this option is open to us as well.

PeopleTools 8.54 Release Value Proposition Now Available

We have just published the Release Value Proposition for PeopleTools 8.54.  It is available on My Oracle Support.  This release of PeopleTools will be a landmark release for PeopleSoft.  It continues Oracle’s commitment to protect and extend the value of your PeopleSoft implementation.  The release provides additional technology options and enhancements that reduce ongoing operating costs; and offers applications users a dramatically improved experience.

User expectations and requirements have shifted over the past few years. Most often, our customers’ employees have expressed a desire to use applications at work more like the ones they frequently use elsewhere. For example, why shouldn’t performing a task, such as updating employee records, submitting an expense report, approving workflow, work more like the tasks they do online every day. 

Customers have told us that their employees are more familiar with online tasks than ever, and that they often connect to company resources while traveling or from home; in many cases, they want to access these resources from their personal devices, such as tablets, smartphones, and home computers. The desire is for enterprise systems to be as intuitive and available as other online resources, such as commercial websites. In fact, many of our customers have begun to merge their internal systems with their commercial presence so that external partners, affiliates, and students can securely access required resources directly from the company’s website.

PeopleTools 8.54 introduces a number of exciting new features that will assist our applications development teams in building powerful, secure, and robust applications for everyone from self-service users to expert power users. PeopleSoft 9.2 enhancements that use this latest release of PeopleTools will be richer and more intuitive to users than ever before. In addition, this release incorporates a number of extremely compelling features for delivering, managing, and maintaining PeopleSoft applications at a much more manageable total cost of ownership (TCO).

The most visible features of PeopleTools 8.54 relate to the graphical UI. With this release we introduce the PeopleSoft Fluid User Interface. Our intention is to present PeopleSoft application content in a highly usable fashion and to leverage the latest advancements in HTML, CSS, and JavaScript. The result is a user experience that is simple and intuitive, yet highly productive.  Customers that upgrade to PeopleTools 8.54 will also be able to create new Fluid pages. 

The role of reporting has shifted tremendously in recent years. In many cases, it is no longer sufficient to prepare a static extract of data from the system and then print it to paper or publish it online. Today’s technology allows our customers to engage their users with visual charts and graphical analytics that represent what is happening or has already happened. Users can visually discover what they are looking for and then take actions using Related Actions right from the reports themselves.

As with other recent releases, the scope for PeopleTools 8.54 builds additional functionality into the product as a result of direct customer input, industry analysis, and internal feature design. New features, bug fixes, and new certifications found in PeopleTools 8.54 combine to offer customers improved application user experience, page interaction, and cost effectiveness.

Thursday Apr 17, 2014

Lotus Notes Support Deprecation

In the next release of the PeopleSoft Interaction Hub (9.1/FP3), we will be deprecating direct Lotus Notes support as an email option.  Customers that wish to use Lotus Notes in the future can still use our IMAP support.

Here is information on configuring your email system to use IMAP.  Guidance on working with the email pagelet is located here.

Monday Mar 31, 2014

New Doclet: Administering Search for Content Management Business Attribute Security in PeopleSoft Interaction Hub

PeopleSoft Interaction Hub now implements content search based on content management business attribute security when using the Global Search bar.  It also supports this search within the content management feature. For this purpose, PeopleSoft Interaction Hub delivers new search definitions, search categories, and indexes, which are described in this document.

PeopleSoft Interaction Hub delivers these new search definitions and search categories in addition to the existing delivered search definitions and search categories.  This document is a supplement to the existing search definitions and search categories and the steps for deploying them. For information on the existing search definitions and search categories, refer PeopleSoft Interaction Hub 9.1: Portal and Site Administration, “Understanding Search in PeopleSoft Interaction Hub” and “Administering Search Indexes.”  This document is applicable to customers who have implemented the content management business attribute security (CM002) and are using Oracle's Secure Enterprise Search with PeopleSoft, or customers who are planning to implement the CM002 feature and are using SES.

Friday Mar 21, 2014

Upated Red Paper on Setting up PeopleSoft Interaction Hub with PeopleSoft Applications

This red paper is a practical guide for technical users, installers, system administrators, and programmers who implement, maintain, or develop applications for PeopleSoft systems. The paper discusses 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 so on) into a single portal system using single signon and the unified navigation feature. With single signon and unified navigation configured, users logging into PeopleSoft Interaction Hub can access HCM and ELM content references, dashboards, WorkCenter pages with remote pagelets, and related content.

This paper discusses 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. Includes configuration and usage guidelines for unified navigation.
  • Configuring and synchronizing user roles and user profiles across multiple PeopleSoft content providers. Either the default or the configurable user profile synchronization can be used.  Changes to user profiles can be made in the following components: User Profiles, Distributed User Profiles, Change My Password, Expired Password, and Forgot My Password.
  • Synchronizing user personalization across multiple PeopleSoft content providers.  Changes to user personalizations can be made in My Personalizations, My System Profile, or both.

The previous version of this paper was published in April 2013.

Monday Feb 10, 2014

PeopleSoft Information Portal Updated

The PeopleSoft Information Portal has been updated with a new look, improved navigation, and some new content.  Check it out here. The PeopleSoft Information Portal is a one-stop-shop for all sorts of valuable information on PeopleSoft, including documentation, training, and the new 'Breaking News' section.  An area dedicated to PeopleTools will be useful to all you PeopleSoft technical folks.

Updated Paper on High Availability for Oracle SES

This paper on implementing for high availability for Oracle SES has been updated to include information on cluster scale out.  (Original post from 1/13/2014.)

Friday Jan 31, 2014

New PeopleSoft PeopleTools Training Courses Available

Oracle University has just released several new courses to help you get essential hands-on experience with PeopleSoft PeopleTools 8.53.  Just looking to drill-down on what’s new with the latest release?  Delta courses are available to give experienced developers insight into the new features.  You have an option to take in-class training or avoid travel and train online with Live Virtual Classes.

 Here are the courses offered:

Developing a Contemporary User Experience with PeopleTools and PeopleSoft Interaction Hub
5 Days

PeopleSoft Lifecycle Management/Update Manager Combo Rel 8.53
5 Days

PeopleSoft PeopleTools Installation & Server Admin Rel 8.53
5 Days

PeopleSoft Security Rel 8.53

4 Days

PeopleSoft Query Reporting Rel 8.53

3 Days

BI Publisher for PeopleSoft PeopleTools Rel 8.53
2 Days

If you only need to discover what is new with certain products or subjects, these delta course will be useful:

PeopleTools Server Admin Rel 8.53 Delta/Oracle SES Configuration
1 Day

PeopleSoft PeopleTools Delta Rel 8.52 - 8.53

1 Day

PeopleSoft PeopleTools & Server Admin Delta Combo Rel 8.53
1 Day

You can learn about all of Oracle University's PeopleSoft courses here.

If you can't find the course you seek, let OU know!


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