Tuesday Jun 30, 2015

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.


Monday Jun 22, 2015

Cost of PeopleSoft vs SaaS and Other Options

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

The PeopleTools CAB is Looking to Expand

The PeopleTools Customer Advisory Board is comprised of PeopleSoft technology strategists and a small group of customers that are leaders - both in their organizations and the PeopleSoft customer community as well. Our members are the decision makers who set directions and priorities for their PeopleSoft applications.

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 mark.hoernemann@oracle.com to receive an application where you can share the criteria that set you apart from other customers.

Wednesday Jun 03, 2015

New Info Center for Planned Features and Enhancements

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

Have You Deployed Fluid Apps Yet? Would You Like To Speak About it at Oracle Open World?

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.

Contact matthew.haavisto@oracle.com

Friday May 22, 2015

Fluid UI Development Training Available

PeopleSoft's new Fluid user interface rocks.  The response from customers has been enthusiastic, and many would like to learn more about developing with Fluid.  Training is available from Oracle University both in classroom and live virtual training.  Note that Oracle University has scheduled classroom training in Belmont, California to correspond with our Open World conference at the end of October.  If you are planning to attend Open World, you have a great opportunity to attend this valuable training as part of your trip.

Thursday May 21, 2015

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.

Tuesday May 05, 2015

Resources for Deploying Secure Enterprise Search in PeopleSoft

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
  • Certifications
  • PeopleTools Online help for Search
  • Reference material like the Administrator's guide and the Installation guide
  • Performance guidelines
  • FAQs
This is a good place to start if you have questions about PeopleSoft Search or have run into difficulty in deployment.

Tuesday Apr 21, 2015

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.

Tuesday Mar 10, 2015

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 1984833.1

There are a few things I want to point out that are in the document. 

  1. It gives great instruction with an example of how to convert a Component to Fluid UI. 
  2. 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.
  3. 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.


Friday Dec 19, 2014

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.


Monday Nov 17, 2014

New Interaction Hub Data Sheet Available

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
There is much more collateral about the Interaction Hub on My Oracle Support

Monday Nov 10, 2014

PeopleTools/Interaction Hub Dependencies Doc--Updated for Revision 3

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

New Central Resource for Info on PeopleSoft Update Manager

You probably have already heard that PeopleSoft is moving to a new model for providing updates and maintenance to customers.  This new life cycle model enables customers to adopt changes incrementally and on their schedule.  It is much less disruptive, is cheaper and simpler, makes updates available sooner, and gives customers greater control.  An essential part of the new model is PeopleSoft Update Manager.  Now there is a new central resource for everything about PUM and PeopleSoft Update Images.  With this resource you can find information about the methodology and purpose of PUM, the update image home pages, and specific information about each image, troubleshooting links, best practices, and more.  Check it out!

Friday Oct 24, 2014

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.


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