Friday Sep 20, 2013

Oracle Open World is Here!

This weekend kicks off a big week for PeopleSoft at Oracle Open World.  In PeopleTools, we have a lot of great sessions prepared for you.  The subjects for our sessions are wide ranging, but here are a few:

  • Technology roadmaps
  • Sessions on platforms, performance and life-cycle management including the new PeopleSoft Update Manager and virtualization
  • Security
  • User experience advances
  • Mobile
  • Reporting
  • Testing
  • Getting up on our latest releases: 9.2 apps and 8.53 PeopleTools.

In addition, you'll hear from several customers on their successes with PeopleSoft technology.  We are also bringing back the popular 'Meet the Experts', hands on labs, and panel discussions.  Be sure to visit us on the Demo floor as well.

Of course there a some great keynotes and other general sessions, that, while not specific to PeopleSoft, will be of interest to PeopleSoft customers.

Visit this page for a pretty comprehensive list of PeopleTools and related sessions.

Tuesday Sep 17, 2013

PeopleSoft Update Manager

Oracle and the PeopleSoft team have changed the way all maintenance and functionality is being delivered starting in PeopleSoft 9.2  using the new PeopleSoft Update Manager (PUM).

PUM transforms the way customers manage their PeopleSoft applications.  Customers have the ability to determine what maintenance to apply, when to apply it, and at any point can create a single change package to get current.  The cost savings and strategic benefits this enables are significant.

While PUM delivers transformative value to customers and feedback from customers has been very positive, it represents a change in approach from how PeopleSoft has historically delivered maintenance.  To avoid disruptive impact to upgrade and implementation plans, it is critical to understand and plan for the hardware, software, and procedural change that PUM represents.

If you are planning or executing a PeopleSoft 9.2 upgrade or implementation, it is important that you include PUM in your plans.  Use the following resources:
  1. The PUM Home Page.  Single site that contains all PUM related content, training, and image schedules, as well as links to all information mentioned below.
  2. PUM Video Feature Overview:  If you don’t know what PUM is, start here. 
  3. PUM Hardware and Software Requirements: See the Quick Start Guide (#9) and Using VirtualBox Images (#10) on the PUM Home Page.   These two documents outline the hardware and software requirements for PUM. 
  4. PUM Instructions and Best Practices: See all other documents and trainings on the PUM Home Page.
There are many additional documents available that provide training and detailed install and usage instructions.  We strongly recommend reviewing the PUM Best Practices and Maintenance Strategy document (#6) for guidance on the procedural implications of PUM.

If you have any questions or need assistance please contact Oracle Support.

Tuesday Aug 27, 2013

PeopleSoft Interaction Hub VM Demo Image Available

A VM demo image is now available on my.oracle.support on the PeopleSoft Demo Images home page.  This is a central location for information regarding all PeopleSoft Demo Images. The PeopleSoft Interaction Hub image is for release 9.1/Revision 2.

This page contains all of the information needed for PeopleSoft Demo Images including the PeopleSoft Interaction Hub.  PeopleSoft Demo Images are released on a regular schedule.  The PeopleSoft Interaction Hub 9.1/R2 image is suitable for use in conference room pilots and demonstrations. This demo image replaces any OVM template that was previously released for PeopleSoft Interaction Hub 9.1.

The Demo Image Home page contains a wealth of information and documentation including installation instructions and related useful collateral.

Friday Jun 28, 2013

A few tips on deploying Secure Enterprise Search with PeopleSoft

Oracle's Secure Enterprise Search is part of PeopleSoft now.  It is provided as part of the Peopltools platform as an appliance, and is used with applications starting with release 9.2.  Secure Enterprise Search is a rich and powerful search product that can enhance search and navigation in PeopleSoft applications.  It also provides useful features like facets and filtering that are common in consumer search engines.

Several questions have arisen about the deployment of SES and how to administer it and insure optimum performance.  People have also asked about what versions are supported on various platforms.  To address the most common of these questions, we are posting this list of tips.

Platform Support
SES 11.1.2.2 does not support some of the platforms supported by PeopleTools, such as Windows 2012 and AIX 7.1. However, PeopleSoft and SES can use different operating system platforms when SES is deployed on a separate machine.

SES 11.2.2.2 will have the required platform support for PT 8.53 in the future. We are planning to certify PT 8.53 once the testing is complete in 8.54 development and all platform support is released for 11.2.2.2.

Architecture
We recommend running SES on a separate machine (from your apps) for two reasons:
1.    SES bundles specific WebLogic, Java, and Oracle DB versions and might need different OS patches at a minimum than PeopleSoft. By having SES run on a different machine, these pre-requisites can be managed better through their lifecycle independenly for PeopleSoft and SES.
2.    SES is resource intensive - it runs it's own WebLogic and Oracle database. By having SES run on its own machine, sufficient resources can be allocated to SES and free the PeopleSoft servers from impacts of SES load patterns.


We will be providing a comprehensive red paper covering PeopleSoft/SES administration in the near future, but until that is published, we'll post tips on this blog.

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.

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