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Oracle Proudly Releases PeopleTools 8.55

Mark Hoernemann
Platform Strategy Manager

PeopleTools 8.55 has now been released for general
availability.  With this release, Oracle
continues to demonstrate our commitment to extend the value of our customers’
investment in PeopleSoft.  The capabilities included in this release have
been designed to enhance many of the features we’ve delivered previously as
well as to provide our application users substantial new functionality. 
Features in this release focus on continued improvements to the PeopleSoft User
Experience while providing additional technology options that will help you
take advantage of data center innovations proven to reduce ongoing operating
costs and assist in developing a Cloud deployment strategy. Our beta customers have been using PeopleTools
8.55 for a few months and definitely liked what they saw.

The PeopleTools Beta Program had two participants, Centene
Corporation and Cerner Corporation. During the Beta Program, participants explored the improvements to the
PeopleSoft Fluid User Experience and the PeopleSoft Cloud Architecture (PCA)
and found “smooth sailing” with few bugs reported and significant productivity
improvements to environment provisioning with PCA.

PeopleTools 8.55 dramatically extends our investment in the Fluid
User Experience. New in 8.55 are
features such as Fluid Dashboards, Fluid Master/Detail pages and the new
Activity Guide Framework.  Our intention with this latest release is to
extend the capabilities of PeopleSoft Fluid to include functionality required
by Power Users and to make the overall application experience as intuitive as
possible. 

For example, PeopleTools 8.55 introduces a new Tile Wizard that
makes the creation of these important navigation elements and process “building
blocks” much simpler.  Tiles automatically resize based on the content
they display, the size of the device being used, even based on the orientation
of the mobile device. 

With this release we deliver Fluid Dashboards that augment our
existing Fluid Home Page structures.  Dashboards can display tiled content
just like home pages, but also allow Tiles to display external, non-PeopleSoft
content such as information from a BI system or an external website or
application system.

One of the long-standing strengths of PeopleSoft’s user experience
has been the ability for our customers to alter the look and behavior of the
screens to reflect their own company’s “brand”.  With PeopleTools 8.55, we
extend the Branding Framework to include the ability to easily apply your
company’s brand to Fluid pages and components.

There are very many new PeopleSoft Fluid features in PeopleTools
8.55, all of which extend our commitment to ensuring you have the most
powerful, complete business applications and that these applications reflect
the intuitive usability that your employees expect from today’s web
systems. 

In a similar vein, we have extended many other elements of the
PeopleSoft system infrastructure including Selective Adoption and Application
Lifecycle Management features, the PeopleSoft Analytics capabilities and the
ability for customers to deploy and manage PeopleSoft in a cloud datacenter.
Most of the cloud infrastructure technology applies to on premise customers as
well, and even to customers who don't use virtualization. A major benefit of
our approach is that we can bring cloud-like benefits to customers who are not
running on any form of cloud infrastructure.

With PeopleTools 8.55, we have continued to address the needs of
our customers to achieve improved operational efficiency in the deployment,
configuration and administration of their PeopleSoft applications.  As our
customers see innovations across the technology landscape that include cloud
service offerings, datacenter efficiencies through system virtualization and
improved resource automation, they have asked us to identify opportunities for
them to take advantage these innovations to help them better manage their
datacenter operating costs.  Many of our customers are looking to cloud
offerings as a strategic opportunity to achieve improved leverage and
efficiency. 

PeopleTools 8.55 introduces the new PeopleSoft Cloud Architecture
(PCA), a comprehensive organization of system-wide structures, features and
capabilities that will allow our customers to achieve greater operational efficiencies. 
Whether a company has a DevOps strategy to improve the collaboration between
their internal PeopleSoft development and Quality Assurance teams and their IT
Operations group, or a comprehensive initiative to leverage Cloud solutions for
datacenter operations, PeopleSoft’s Cloud Deployment Architecture will assist
our customers to reach these strategic goals with their own PeopleSoft
application investment.

The PCA and incorporated features such as Deployment Packages
(DPKs) work with the Application Configuration Manager (ACM) and PeopleSoft’s
virtualization capabilities to provide customers a near fully automated process
to install and configure PeopleTools.  Our goal is to help our customers
leverage server and datacenter innovations such as market-leading resource
virtualization solutions with choice of virtualization platform vendor as well
as dynamic deployment of our solutions to public and private cloud platforms. PeopleTools patches deployed using DPKs can
be found on MOS on the new PeopleSoft
PeopleTools Patches Homepage
.

PeopleTools 8.55 offers significant enhancements across the entire
product footprint.  We introduced new features that improve the
productivity of your developers as well as your end users.  It will be
easier to deploy PeopleSoft applications on the cloud, develop custom mobile
applications that incorporate PeopleSoft data and provide your users
personalized access to PeopleSoft information and analytic content.  This
release builds functionality into the product as a result of direct customer
input, industry analysis and internal feature design.  New features, bug
fixes and product certifications combine to offer PeopleSoft customers improved
application user experience and operational efficiency.

As you get started with your PeopleTools 8.55 planning, be
sure to review
PT
8.55 Certifications
on MOS so that you don’t encounter any last minute
incompatibilities.
Setting up the
infrastructure can take time – plan for it.
If you are looking for more information on PeopleTools 8.55, be sure to
review the Technology tab for
PeopleTools
8.55 Features and Enhancements
or go to peoplesoftinfo.com
for more information on anything related to PeopleSoft.

Enjoy!

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