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!

Thursday Oct 31, 2013

Secure Enterprise Search 11.2.2.2 Now Available for PeopleTools 8.53

We are pleased to announce that Oracle Secure Enterprise Search (SES) 11.2.2.2 is now available to PeopleSoft Customers on PeopleTools 8.53.  The minimum PeopleTools Patch Version Required to adopt SES 11.2.2.2 is PeopleTools 8.53.06.  This version of SES provides some important benefits for PeopleSoft Customers, particularly in the areas of platform support, distributed architecture support, and RAC support.  You can get all the details on this update on My Oracle Support.  This MOS document lists the fixes and configurations needed for PeopleTools certification of SES 11.2.2.2.

For other useful information on PeopleTools and SES, see this Oracle forum.

Tuesday Oct 15, 2013

Video 'How-To' Available for Activity Guides

PeopleTools provides a feature called Activity Guides that enable our application developers and customers to create guided processes for users.  Activity Guides are especially useful to walk users through infrequently performed self-service tasks, but are also beneficial for power users that perform complex administrative functions.  Here is an example of an activity guide delivered by the HCM applications for a self-service activity.  PeopleSoft delivers several guided processes out-of-the-box, but it's important to understand that customers can easily create their own activity guides for unique requirements or processes in their enterprise.  To illustrate how simple it is, we've created a video that shows how to create a simple activity guide.  This will get you on the road to creating your own.

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.

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

Wednesday Jun 27, 2012

Introducing the PeopleSoft Interaction Hub

The PeopleSoft Applications Portal has just been re-branded as the PeopleSoft Interaction Hub.  It's not just a name change, however.  As part of our ongoing efforts to deliver a richer user experience to PeopleSoft customers, Oracle/PeopleSoft is now offering an extended restricted use license (login required) of the PeopleSoft Interaction Hub free with PeopleTools.  This change extends the existing restricted use license to include the following additional capabilities:

  • Dynamic Unified Navigation.  Enables customers to easily provide seamless, unified navigation among their entire PeopleSoft application portfolio.
  • Site-wide branding.  Makes it easier to brand your ecosystem and provide a vivid, contemporary appearance for your applications.

These additions augment the capabilities provided in the previous restricted use license, which remain available: creation and use of collaborative workspaces, and pre-built collaborative services for use in related content.  (See the license notes (login required) for a complete list of everything that is granted with the PeopleTools license.)

PeopleSoft is moving to deliver a contemporary user experience for your applications users, and the this license change supports that direction.  In addition, the name change reflects our positioning of the PeopleSoft Interaction Hub as a primary means for unifying your PeopleSoft ecosystem, and providing a richer, web-site-based user experience rather than a pillared, application-based experience.

See this white paper to get an idea of some of the capabilities that you can employ with the PeopleSoft Interaction Hub to enhance the PeopleSoft user experience.  In addition, this red paper provides valuable 'how-to' guidance.  In the near future we will be producing a best practices guide for deployment.  In the mean time, the most recent release/feature pack of the PIH automates the setup of unified navigation with a Workcenter specifically supporting Unified Navigation. This Workcenter guides administrators through the setup process, and streamlines things.  See this data sheet for additional guidance on the restricted use license.

So what should customers do if they still want to use the PeopleSoft Interaction Hub for traditional portal purposes?  Customers can employ the PIH's full capabilities such as multiple site deployment/management and content management, by buying the full, unrestricted license. We are continuing to enhance the product, and it remains part of Applications Unlimited, and we have some exciting features planned.

Thursday Apr 12, 2012

Oracle Hosts Successful PeopleSoft Customer Advisory Board Meetings

Last week, Oracle hosted the annual Customer Advisory Board meetings for various PeopleSoft applications, including the PeopleTools CAB.  The three day event at the Oracle headquarters brought together over 90 customers, with over 170 representatives taking part.  This was the largest CAB event PeopleSoft has had to date.  The focus of the event was to share our vision for PeopleSoft, and gain valuable input from our customer base on our direction and focus areas. 

The customer feedback we received for the event was extremely positive, matching the sentiment on our side.  The information our CAB members provided was excellent; it will help ensure that we focus on the areas that matter most to our customers.   I’d like to thank all the customers that took the time out of their schedules to hear where we’re looking to go in the future, and provide guidance on how we can best assist our customer base on remaining successful in the marketplace.

Thursday Mar 29, 2012

Partner Showcase - Succeed

As the first of an occasional series where we showcase some of our more creative consulting partners, Succeed, based in the UK, has produced this video showing the use of open source tools with PeopleSoft.
(note this opens in a new window)

Succeed is one of the feeds on the Google reader feed on this PeopleTools blog page, but you can go directly to their blog here:

http://blog.succeed.co.uk/

You can see the Google feeds in the right hand navigation panel, scroll to see "Bookmarks" 

Friday Oct 28, 2011

PeopleTools 8.52 is Generally Available

Oracle PeopleSoft is pleased to announce the availability of PeopleTools 8.52. Effective 10/28/11, this release is generally available for electronic download from the Oracle Software Delivery Cloud. Existing customers who wish to upgrade to PeopleTools 8.52 will be able to do so beginning in November.

PeopleTools 8.52 is important to PeopleSoft customers because it provides significant end-user value and demonstrates Oracle's ongoing commitment to the PeopleSoft product family. The PeopleTools features and capabilities in our recent releases have created more customer excitement than we have seen in years. Many customers have told us they are preparing upgrade plans in order to gain access to these important and valuable features.

The release includes many new features and enhancements that will benefit owners of existing applications while also providing the basis for upcoming application Feature Packs to be released in coming months. PeopleTools 8.52 is a certified upgrade for 8.9 and later applications (eg. 9.0, 9.1 plus 9.1 Feature Packs). It is also certified as an upgrade for FMS8.8. Please note that it is not certified for use with other 8.8 or earlier applications. (See note on My Oracle Support regarding Maximum PeopleTools Release "MPR")

Check out Oracle's PeopleTools 8.52 PeopleBooks:
http://download.oracle.com/docs/cd/E25688_01/pt852pbr0/eng/psbooks/index.htm

Check out, or revisit, these new and expanded PeopleBooks:

Development Tools
- PeopleTools 8.52: PeopleSoft Documents Technology
- PeopleTools 8.52: PeopleSoft Search Technology
- PeopleTools 8.52: PeopleTools Portal Technologies

Reporting and Analysis Tools
- PeopleTools 8.52: PeopleSoft Pivot Grid
- PeopleTools 8.52: Reporting Web Services

Integration Tools
- PeopleTools 8.52: Feed Publishing Framework

Administration Tools
- PeopleTools 8.52: Performance Monitor
- PeopleTools 8.52: Security Administration
- PeopleTools 8.52: System and Server Administration

Lifecycle Management Tools
- PeopleTools 8.52: PeopleSoft Application Designer Lifecycle Management Guide
- PeopleTools 8.52: PeopleSoft Change Impact Analyzer
- PeopleTools 8.52: PeopleSoft Test Frameworkv


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