Oracle recently announced in a Tech Update that PeopleTools 8.57 will be generally available to all PeopleSoft customers for use first in the Oracle Cloud. Shortly after, most likely with the third PeopleTools patch (8.57.03) it will be available for on premises environments. This, understandably, has generated some questions so I thought I take a few minutes to clear things up.
When we talk about running PeopleSoft in the cloud, we are talking about taking one or more of your existing PeopleSoft environments and instead of running them in your data center, they are run on hardware that you subscribe to and manage in the cloud. In this case, the cloud is Oracle’s Infrastructure as a Service, also called Oracle Cloud Infrastructure (OCI). When you move one of your environments to the cloud, it’s backed up to files, copied to a cloud repository and provision from the repository. We call that process ‘Lift and Shift’. When it’s done, your application with your data, your customizations, and your configurations is running in the cloud. Even though it’s in the cloud, you are responsible for maintaining it. What has changed is the infrastructure – servers, storage, network – that the application is running on.
Just to be clear, there is no Software-as-a-Services (SaaS) version of PeopleSoft or PeopleTools, nor does Oracle have any plans to release one. So, thinking it through, the 8.57 release of PeopleTools that we make available in the cloud is exactly the same as the version you will install in your on premises environment. Why then are we releasing it first in the cloud?
There are several reasons, but the most significant is to build awareness of the benefits of running PeopleSoft applications in the Oracle Cloud, and what that can mean to you. We believe that in the long term, the best way to run PeopleSoft applications is to do so in in the cloud. To make it even better, one of the major initiatives over the past couple of years is the release of PeopleSoft Cloud Manager. With Cloud Manager, many of the processes that are time consuming or difficult, particularly around lifecycle management, have been improved or automated. The PeopleTools upgrade, for instance, is automated. Just choose one of your application images from your cloud repository and start it with the latest Tools version and the app will be upgraded as part of the provisioning process. It’s that easy. And that’s just one example.
It’s pretty easy to take advantage of the initial releases of PeopleTools in the cloud. In fact, as I write this there is a 30 day Trial Program that gives you free credits to try it out. Be sure to follow the correct OBE when installing. For more information go to this link or talk to your Oracle Account team. There is also a PeopleSoft Key Concept page about running Peoplesoft on the Oracle Cloud and PeopleSoft Cloud Manager where you can get more information. It only takes a small investment to try this out, and it could lead to major improvements in how you manage your applications.