Many customers have asked us about PeopleSoft’s search strategy. They may have seen that Oracle’s Secure Enterprise Search (SES) isn’t on the price list any longer, so they wonder about PeolpleSoft’s continued use of that product.
First and foremost, Search is an important part of PeopleSoft’s overall user experience, and we are continuing to invest in a consumer grade search experience for the enterprise. When we re-architected our approach to Search several releases ago, we built a PeopleSoft search framework that provides a great Search UI that enables users not only to search enterprise information, but to refine their search results with facets and filters. We also made it possible for users to act directly on search results through our Related Actions framework. In many cases, users do not even have to navigate to a transaction page to complete a task. This provides a rich Search UI that users have come to expect. Further improvements using PeopleSoft’s Fluid UI include Pivot Grids in search pages that allow users better visualization of search results. Oracle’s Secure Enterprise Search is the engine for that search in PeopleSoft.
In an effort to provide choice, PeopleSoft is working on providing an alternative search engine that customers can use in their PeopleSoft ecosystem. We are planning on offering Elastic Search as an option with PeopleTools 8.56, and our applications that are delivered on 8.56 are planned to contain Elastic indexes. Note that Oracle will continue to support SES with PeopleSoft for some time yet, and customers can continue to use SES if they have deployed it. We think that Elastic will be an attractive option for many customers, however. It is important to note that whichever search engine you use, the PeopleSoft search framework will work with either search engine, and the search UI will be essentially the same regardless of your choice. Here are a few key points about the Elastic Search option for PeopleSoft:
Our initial testing indicates that Elastic will require fewer resources and will perform better—and will be easier to install than SES.
There is also some discussion of our plans for Search in this PeopleSoft talk video. The Search discussion is at the 5:50 point.