Wednesday Jan 18, 2012

PeopleTools 8.52 Upgrade Availability/8.52.03 Patch General Availability

The full PeopleTools minor release can be downloaded from the Oracle Software Delivery Cloud.  The Patch release bundle can be found on support.oracle.com when searching for Updates & Fixes.  The physical patch resides on the Oracle FTP site and will be linked inside documentation that is attached to the bundle.

(Note: Existing PeopleSoft customers on earlier PeopleTools releases who want to upgrade to PT 8.52 can now download and upgrade to PT 8.52!  Don't forget that the PeopleTools 8.52.03 Product Patch is required at install or upgrade when moving to PT 8.52.


Documentation:

The Release Notes, Hardware / Software requirements, Install Guides, PeopleBooks, and much more can all be found on http://support.oracle.com   linked from the 8.52 Documentation homepage:

The PeopleTools 8.52 Upgrade documentation, templates, and related files, have been posted to My Oracle Support and can be found at the following location:

PeopleSoft PeopleTools 8.52 Upgrade Documentation and Files (ID 1362049.1)

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


Tuesday Jul 19, 2011

AppDesigner Enhancements

With PeopleTools 8.52 just around the corner, we can start talking about some of the exciting new features.  In this release, the heads down developers will be glad to see that they are not forgotten.  Here’s a couple new enhancements that some developers might be interested in.

One of the most exiting developer enhancements is the way PeopleTools improved the file attachment user interface.  Selecting multiple files on a page use to require the user to ‘select a single file – click ok’ then repeat over and over.  That frustrated users and there was nothing developers could do to improve it.  Not until 8.52 that is.  Now there is a multi-select user interface that lets users choose one or more files at a time.  That is sure to simplify the interface and make users happy.

AppClass PeopleCode is being used more and more these days, so improvements to the PeopleCode designer and debugger continue to be a top priority.  In this release a much needed cross reference is now available so developers can see all the points of reference for any AppClass.

The Find-in feature in PeopleTools has always provided a much needed service.  Now it’s even better.  You can limit the scope of Find-in not just to a PeopleTools object type, but can limit the scope to the current PeopleTools Project.  This will help developers find and navigate through PeopleTools content with more quickly when they know the scope is limited to the project they are working with.

Moving projects to and from files is a critical function that developers do quite often.  In this release, the performance is increased significantly.

Look for all these enhancements and more in the next version of tools.

Friday Jul 01, 2011

PeopleSoft Test Framework enhancements

by Scott Schafer

One of the most talked about features of the 8.51 release of PeopleTools is getting better and easier to use with proposed enhancements in the 8.52 release. This new feature is the PeopleSoft Test Framework (PTF). For those of you not familiar with PTF, it was introduced in the 8.51 and is a tool that automates the testing of the PeopleSoft application. In addition to system testing, PTF provides critical information for understanding how change will impact a PeopleSoft application. The change analysis comes from the integration of the PTF test case meta-data and compare report and usage monitor data.

The proposed 8.52 enhancements will help users implement PTF much quicker and easier by shortening the time needed to create new test cases or edit existing ones. Tool bar enhancements help optimize the test case development process by easing the way users set variables, add documentation, add screen shots and start/stop the test case recording sessions. Test case developers are also given the ability to export test cases to flat files, so that large volumes of test data can be edited quickly and easily before importing the data back into the database for playback purposes.

To learn more about the new features of the PTF and the 8.52 release of PeopleTools, please review the Release Value Proposition (RVP doc id = 1327656.1) document located on My Oracle Support.

Monday Jun 20, 2011

New PeopleSoft Applications Search

As you may have seen from the PeopleTools 8.52 Release Value Proposition , PeopleTools intends to introduce a new search capability in release 8.52. We believe this feature will not only improve the ability of users to find content, but will fundamentally change the way people navigate around the PeopleSoft ecosystem. PeopleSoft applications will be delivering this new search in coming releases and feature packs.

PeopleSoft Application Search is actually a framework—a group of features that provides an improved means of searching for a variety of content across PeopleSoft applications. From a user experience perspective, the new search offers a powerful, keyword-based search presented in a familiar, intuitive user experience.

Rather than browsing through long menu hierarchies to find a page, data item, or transaction, users can use PeopleSoft Application Search to directly navigate to desired locations. We envision this to be similar to how people navigate across the internet. This capability may reduce or even eliminate the need to navigate PeopleSoft applications using the existing application menu system (though menus will still be available to people that prefer that method).

The new search will be available at any point in an application and can be configured to span multiple PeopleSoft applications. It enables users to initiate transactions or navigate to key information without using the PeopleSoft application menus.

In addition, filters and facets will enable people to narrow their search results sets, making it easier to identify and navigate to desired application content. Action menus are embedded directly in the search results, allowing users to navigate straight to specific related transactions – pre-populated with the selected search results data.



PeopleSoft Applications Search framework uses Oracle’s Secure Enterprise Search as its search engine. Most Customers will benefit from the new search when it is delivered with applications. However, customers can start deploying it after a Tools-only upgrade. In this case, however, customers would have to create their own indices and implement security.



Tuesday Jun 14, 2011

Sneak Peek of PeopleTools 8.52

For those that want a sneak peek into the 8.52 release of PeopleTools, the 8.52 Release Value Proposition has been posted on My Oracle Support (see link below).

The PeopleSoft PeopleTools 8.52 release continues Oracle’s commitment to protect and extend the value of PeopleSoft applications by providing additional technology options and enhancements that reduce ongoing operating costs, as well as improve the end user’s experience.

Key areas of investment for the 8.52 release include:
  • Increasing User Productivity
  • Improving System Navigation
  • Lowering the Total Cost of Ownership

The scope for the PeopleTools 8.52 release continues the practice of including accumulated bug fixes as well as enhancements based upon customer feedback. In addition, features are being added to improve the application user’s experience, introduce a new paradigm of navigation and page interaction, and improve the cost-effectiveness of PeopleSoft applications by certifying new versions of platform components.
https://support.oracle.com/CSP/main/article?cmd=show&type=NOT&doctype=REFERENCE&id=1327656.1


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