Monday Jul 25, 2011

Using Feeds in PeopleSoft

There are some new features coming in PeopleTools 8.52 that will make creating and managing Feeds in PeopleSoft easier and more useful.   This is provided through several enhancements to the Feed Publishing Framework.

 

Feed Publishing Wizard

A new Feed Publishing Wizard provides a simplified guide for content owners and administrative

users to create, configure, and maintain feed definitions and feed templates of various types.  This Wizard provides a single interface to create and edit all Feed Data Types in their system.  During the feed creation process, the Feed Publishing Wizard guides you through the creation or editing process with a series of numbered steps indicating where you are the process, including the following:

  • Specify Feed Properties
  • Select Data Source
  • Specify Data Source Parameters
  • Specify Publishing Options

 

The Feed Publishing Wizard will appear in the Feeds folder in PeopleTools navigation.

 

Feeds can still be published using existing components like Query Manager and Worklist as well. 

 

 

Feed Templates

Feed templates can be produced while creating new feed definitions, and existing feed definitions can also be saved as templates.  You can use the Feed Publishing Framework to use Feed Definitions as templates and then use those templates to create new feed definitions.  Feed templates will be available to users who have access to the Publish Feed Definition capability or the Feed Publishing Wizard in PeopleTools.  Administrators will be able to edit or delete feed templates.

 

Feeds as Managed Objects

Feed definitions, feed categories, and feed data types will now be PeopleTools managed objects.  This makes it possible to copy Feed Definitions, Feed Categories, and Feed Data Types from one database to another (or to a file) using Application Designer.  Feed managed object caching will help improve performance for Secure Enterprise Search (SES) feeds and public feed requests.  The following objects in Feed Publishing Framework will become managed objects.

  • Feed Definition
  • Feed Categories
  • Feed Data Type

 

(Note: Feed Templates will be implemented as a Feed Definition with a flag to indicate whether a definition is a feed or template, hence there will no separate managed object for Feed Templates.)

 

 

Feed Personalization

Feed personalization allows users or administrators to personalize or configure feeds via the My Feeds page.  For example, a Student might personalize their feed to contain only information pertaining to a class in which they are registered.   Users can click the Personalize link in the My Feeds page to access the User Personalization page, where they can select a Data Source Parameter value that they want to appear by default on the feed when they access it.

 

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