Monday Mar 31, 2014

New Doclet: Administering Search for Content Management Business Attribute Security in PeopleSoft Interaction Hub

PeopleSoft Interaction Hub now implements content search based on content management business attribute security when using the Global Search bar.  It also supports this search within the content management feature. For this purpose, PeopleSoft Interaction Hub delivers new search definitions, search categories, and indexes, which are described in this document.

PeopleSoft Interaction Hub delivers these new search definitions and search categories in addition to the existing delivered search definitions and search categories.  This document is a supplement to the existing search definitions and search categories and the steps for deploying them. For information on the existing search definitions and search categories, refer PeopleSoft Interaction Hub 9.1: Portal and Site Administration, “Understanding Search in PeopleSoft Interaction Hub” and “Administering Search Indexes.”  This document is applicable to customers who have implemented the content management business attribute security (CM002) and are using Oracle's Secure Enterprise Search with PeopleSoft, or customers who are planning to implement the CM002 feature and are using SES.

Friday Mar 21, 2014

Upated Red Paper on Setting up PeopleSoft Interaction Hub with PeopleSoft Applications

This red paper is a practical guide for technical users, installers, system administrators, and programmers who implement, maintain, or develop applications for PeopleSoft systems. The paper discusses how to use PeopleSoft Interaction Hub to federate multiple PeopleSoft content providers (for example, PeopleSoft Human Capital Management [HCM], PeopleSoft Enterprise Learning Management [ELM], and so on) into a single portal system using single signon and the unified navigation feature. With single signon and unified navigation configured, users logging into PeopleSoft Interaction Hub can access HCM and ELM content references, dashboards, WorkCenter pages with remote pagelets, and related content.

This paper discusses the following topics:
  • Configuring single signon for PeopleSoft Interaction Hub and PeopleSoft content providers. 
  • Configuring unified navigation to federate portal registries from PeopleSoft content providers. Includes configuration and usage guidelines for unified navigation.
  • Configuring and synchronizing user roles and user profiles across multiple PeopleSoft content providers. Either the default or the configurable user profile synchronization can be used.  Changes to user profiles can be made in the following components: User Profiles, Distributed User Profiles, Change My Password, Expired Password, and Forgot My Password.
  • Synchronizing user personalization across multiple PeopleSoft content providers.  Changes to user personalizations can be made in My Personalizations, My System Profile, or both.

The previous version of this paper was published in April 2013.

Wednesday Oct 02, 2013

Oracle PeopleSoft Publishes User Experience Guidelines

PeopleSoft has introduced many new features in recent releases that provide a rich, contemporary, intuitive user experience.  The frameworks for these features are provided in PeopleTools, and PeopleSoft applications teams have delivered many great instances, particularly in 9.2.  Although our applications teams are delivering a great deal, PeopleTools enables customers to modify delivered instances or create their own to support unique requirements of their enterprise.  If customers do that, they will benefit from applying common user experience guidelines to the things they produce. 

To support customers in those efforts, the PeopleSoft Applications User Experience team is excited to announce the release of the PeopleSoft User Experience (UX) Guidelines. The UX Guidelines contain information about the usage of key PeopleSoft components to create highly usable, efficient, and productive experiences for Oracle customers.



Several PeopleSoft customers participated in a survey in December 2012, which helped identify the following topics. These topics are covered in the first release of the guidelines:

  • Dashboard
  • WorkCenter
  • Guided Processes (Activity Guides)
  • Pivot Grids
  • Pagelets
  • Related Content
  • Related Actions
  • Modal and Mouseover Windows
  • Grids

Why do we need UX guidelines?

With PeopleTools 8.53 and the 9.2 PeopleSoft Applications, you will see more modern and visually appealing features delivered by PeopleSoft. With the help of UX guidelines, customers and partners can not only design and tailor their own user experience but also ensure consistency with features designed by PeopleSoft. The UX guidelines explain each topic in detail, display relevant images and provide usage guidelines. 

UX Guidelines Examples

The following is an excerpt from the WorkCenter section:


The image below shows part of the Dashboard section:



Usage guidelines have been provided for all the other topics as well.  PeopleSoft UX Guidelines will enable customers to design and tailor the ultimate user experience for their organization.  Following the guidelines will ensure consistency across applications. The guidelines would also help in choosing the right pattern for any scenario.  These guidelines will be periodically updated as PeopleSoft introduces new capabilities.

You can mail your feedback and suggestions to mrudula.sreekanth@oracle.com

Friday Jun 28, 2013

A few tips on deploying Secure Enterprise Search with PeopleSoft

Oracle's Secure Enterprise Search is part of PeopleSoft now.  It is provided as part of the Peopltools platform as an appliance, and is used with applications starting with release 9.2.  Secure Enterprise Search is a rich and powerful search product that can enhance search and navigation in PeopleSoft applications.  It also provides useful features like facets and filtering that are common in consumer search engines.

Several questions have arisen about the deployment of SES and how to administer it and insure optimum performance.  People have also asked about what versions are supported on various platforms.  To address the most common of these questions, we are posting this list of tips.

Platform Support
SES 11.1.2.2 does not support some of the platforms supported by PeopleTools, such as Windows 2012 and AIX 7.1. However, PeopleSoft and SES can use different operating system platforms when SES is deployed on a separate machine.

SES 11.2.2.2 will have the required platform support for PT 8.53 in the future. We are planning to certify PT 8.53 once the testing is complete in 8.54 development and all platform support is released for 11.2.2.2.

Architecture
We recommend running SES on a separate machine (from your apps) for two reasons:
1.    SES bundles specific WebLogic, Java, and Oracle DB versions and might need different OS patches at a minimum than PeopleSoft. By having SES run on a different machine, these pre-requisites can be managed better through their lifecycle independenly for PeopleSoft and SES.
2.    SES is resource intensive - it runs it's own WebLogic and Oracle database. By having SES run on its own machine, sufficient resources can be allocated to SES and free the PeopleSoft servers from impacts of SES load patterns.


We will be providing a comprehensive red paper covering PeopleSoft/SES administration in the near future, but until that is published, we'll post tips on this blog.

Thursday Jun 27, 2013

PeopleSoft Reconnect Conference

The PeopleSoft Reconnect Conference is coming in July.  This conference is run by Quest, and unlike other conferences, is focused specifically on PeopleSoft.  You can learn about the conference and register here.

We have a lot of great sessions planned this year for both PeopleSoft applications and PeopleTools.  Since this is the Tech blog, I'll highlight some of the PeopleTools and related technology sessions:

  • PeopleSoft Technology Roadmap:  Current Features and Future Plans
  • PeopleTools Features for the Smart Functional User
  • Mastering PeopleTools:  Using the Peoplesoft Integration Network
  • Mastering PeopleTools:  Getting Started with PeopleSoft Update Manager
  • Mastering PeopleTools:  Putting Dashboards and Workcenters to Work for You
  • Mastering PeopleTools:  Exploiting PeopleTools Tips and Tricks
  • PeopleSoft Administration Across the Enterprise

As you can see from this list, we're covering a broad range of topics that will appeal to everyone from your technical staff to savvy functional experts.  And these are just the sessions that we in the Oracle/PeopleTools group are presenting.  There are also dozens of valuable and interesting sessions being presented by customers and partners.  You can view the entire program here.

We hope to see you there!

Monday Jun 10, 2013

Updated Paper on Configuring a Contemporary User Experience

We've just published an updated version of our red paper on configuring a modern, web site-based user experience in PeopleSoft.  (Available from My Oracle Support.)  This version of the paper included capabilities from the latest release of the PeopleSoft Interaction Hub (9.1/Revsion 2).  The paper is a practical guide for technical users, installers, system administrators, and programmers who implement, maintain, or develop applications for your PeopleSoft system. It provides guidance on on how to configure a contemporary user experience in PeopleSoft Interaction Hub, including the PeopleSoft Pure Internet Architecture and portal configuration.

This red paper presents the following topics:

    Branding elements of the user interface.
    Using Pagelet Wizard.
    Using navigation collections.
    Integrating with other PeopleSoft applications.
    Using collaboration features.

In addition, the red paper includes sample code that can be used to achieve some of the user interface configuration.

Customers will find this user experience red paper compliments our other red paper on setting up the PeopleSoft Interaction Hub with PeopleSoft Applications.

Friday Apr 12, 2013

New Red Paper on Setting Up PeopleSoft Applications with the PeopleSoft Interaction Hub

We've just published a new red paper that I think many customers will find valuable.  The paper is a practical guide for technical users, installers, and system administrators, who implement, maintain, or deploy PeopleSoft applications and systems. It describes how to use PeopleSoft Interaction Hub to federate multiple PeopleSoft content providers (for example, PeopleSoft Human Capital Management [HCM], PeopleSoft Enterprise Learning Management [ELM], and other PeopleSoft applications) into a single portal system using single signon and unified navigation.  The paper applies to PeopleSoft Interaction Hub 9.1 Revision 2.

There is guidance for the following topics:

  • Configuring single signon for PeopleSoft Interaction Hub and PeopleSoft content providers.
  • Configuring unified navigation to federate portal registries from PeopleSoft content providers.
  • Configuring and synchronizing user roles and user profiles across multiple PeopleSoft content providers.
  • Synchronizing user personalization across multiple PeopleSoft content providers. 

You can get the red paper from Oracle Support here.

This paper supplements other information about the PeopleSoft Interaction Hub.  For example, it does not describe the installation instructions for PeopleSoft Interaction Hub and the PeopleSoft content providers. That information is provided in other documents.

Using the PeopleSoft Interaction Hub as a gateway to all your PeopleSoft applications (as well as other content), provides a rich, web site-based user experience that can rival any contemporary web application.  It makes navigation simpler, quicker, and more intuitive.  It is also more engaging for your users.

This paper should prove especially valuable now that more customers can install the PeopleSoft Interaction Hub under the terms of the new restricted use license.

Tuesday Apr 09, 2013

Documentation Home Pages for PeopleTools 8.53 and Interaction Hub

Oracle/PeopleSoft provides documentation home pages on My Oracle Support for all of their products, including PeopleTools and Portal Solutions.  These pages provide descriptions of and links to a wide assortment of collateral containing a wealth of information on many topics covering PeopleSoft technology.

If you are seeking information about PeopleTools and PeopleSoft Portal solutions, this is a great place to start.

PeopleTools 8.53 Documentation Home Page

Portal Solutions Home Page

Friday Mar 29, 2013

PeopleSoft Interaction Hub Release 9.1/Revision 2 Now Available

This latest release of the PeopleSoft Interaction Hub continues Oracle’s commitment to extending the value of PeopleSoft applications. It provides enhancements that enable customers to present a rich, contemporary, web site-based user experience to their PeopleSoft applications users, giving them a new level of usability and productivity for their PeopleSoft ecosystem.  In particular, the new restricted use license of the PeopleSoft Interaction Hub permits many customers to deploy the product with no license cost, so more customers can make the Interaction Hub part of their standard PeopleSoft architecture. The PeopleSoft Interaction Hub is the best means for bringing all PeopleSoft content together and providing the kind of contemporary experience that users demand.

Here are the major enhancements for the PeopleSoft Interaction Hub in Revision 2:
  • Rebranding and new Restricted Use License
  • Full support for the new PeopleSoft Global Search
  • New Style Sheet adoption
  • Red Paper facilitating Single Sign-on between the Hub and PeopleSoft Applications
  • Other User Experience enhancements such as modals for many pagelet types
  • Adoption of PeopleSoft’s Secure by Default initiative
 To learn more about the PeopleSoft Interaction Hub please refer to the following:

PeopleSoft Portal Solutions 9.1 Documentation Home Page
Oracle’s PeopleSoft Hosted Documentation Home Page
PeopleSoft Information Portal and PeopleSoft PeopleTools and Technology Information Solution

Wednesday Mar 27, 2013

New Information Portal Available for PeopleTools Information

There is a new portal available that serves as a one-stop shop for lots of PeopleSoft resources.  This replaces the Information Solution sheets that used to be posted on oracle.com.  Note that the following two links both target the new portal, which contains information on both PeopleTools and PeopleSoft Applications.  Check this site out and start here for any PeopleSoft collateral you seek.

www.peoplesoft92.com

www.peopletools853.com

 

Monday Feb 18, 2013

Statement of Direction for PeopleSoft Interaction Hub

The latest Statement of Direction has been posted for the PeopleSoft Interaction Hub.  This paper describes the strategic direction for Oracle’s PeopleSoft Interaction Hub and how it fits in a broad portal strategy for Oracle. It can help customers make informed portal decisions, gain insight into Oracle’s strategic plans for PeopleSoft Interaction Hub, and understand how it compares with other portal offerings. The document contains an Executive Summary as well as details on the following topics:

  • How the PeopleSoft Interaction Hub continues to enrich the PeopleSoft user experience.
  • What access the PeopleSoft Interaction Hub provides for mobile devices, such as tablets.
  • The Enterprise 2.0 capabilities used for collaboration in the PeopleSoft Interaction Hub.
  • Comparing the free Restricted Use License and the Full License.
  • PeopleSoft Interaction Hub's continuous release model.

You can read the document here.

Wednesday Feb 06, 2013

Oracle and PeopleSoft Development Announce the General Availability of PeopleTools 8.53 [links fixed]


This latest release of PeopleSoft PeopleTools provides a new level of usability and productivity within PeopleSoft applications and enables PeopleSoft customers to manage their total cost of ownership for PeopleSoft applications. While PeopleTools 8.53 is the enablement platform for the next planned release of PeopleSoft applications (release 9.2) it also delivers value to customers with existing PeopleSoft deployments. This release fundamentally improves our applications at many levels. The user experience is on par with or better than other applications on the market today. We've also introduced important improvements in how customers deploy, scale, and update our applications with features like virtualization and the PeopleSoft Update Manager (PUM).

Here are some of the major improvements in this release:
  • Oracle’s Secure Enterprise Search – Provides secure, free-text search within PeopleSoft applications across multiple objects and multiple applications for a more streamlined search-driven navigation approach.
  • Related Actions – Enables end users to take relevant actions on objects within the context of transactions rather than using lengthy traditional menu paths.
  • Activity Guides – Provides for the deployment of guided business processes, which facilitate a variety of activities from self-service to administration.
  • Pivot Grids – Offers self-service, real-time, multi-dimensional analytics embedded into PeopleSoft applications providing end users with the actionable information needed to make decisions.
  • WorkCenters – Consolidates user tasks, exceptions, alerts, links, reports, and queries into a single, secure, role based “command center” that can be personalized and configured by end users for increased productivity.
  • Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) – Improves use and support of CSS and enables customers to easily configure their PeopleSoft system to reflect organizational branding (e.g. color, graphics, etc.).
  • Oracle Private Cloud Deployments of PeopleSoft – Enables multiple PeopleSoft application instances to be consolidated on Oracle Exalogic, providing high capacity and performance, dynamic scaling and provisioning using Oracle Virtualization.  This also dramatically improves system management, patching, and maintenance.  All of this reduces total cost of ownership.
  • Secure by Default - As part of Oracle Secure by Default initiative, PeopleTools 8.53 will request passwords for delivered accounts necessary for system initialization and disabling other sample accounts. We will also be delivering a salted SHA-1 hash for PeopleSoft passwords. The salted SHA-1 hash enhancement will not affect upgrades.

Early testing with this release has already generated enthusiastic reviews, and we have had positive feedback from customers at conferences and corporate visits.  We look forward to similar favorable responses as more customers upgrade.

There is much more in this important release.  Please see the PeopleTools 8.53 Release Notes, available on My Oracle Support.

Documentation and training is also available here:

PeopleTools 8.53 Documentation Home page

PeopleTools 8.53 Installation Guides

PeopleTools 8.53 Upgrade Home page



Monday Feb 04, 2013

Podcast: New Book on PeopleSoft Data Management and Upgrade

There is a new Oracle book available covering data management and upgrade for PeopleSoft systems, and you can listen to a podcast with the authors, Jim Marion and Paula Dean to learn more about this book.  In the interview they discuss the value of the book, why they wrote it, and who its intended audience is.  They also talk about some of the new PeopleSoft technology that supports data management and upgrade activities, and explain how the book can help maximize data integrity, maintain peak application performance, and keep your PeopleSoft environment up to date. The book covers the latest techniques and provides best practices, case studies, and programming examples. You can learn how to develop and deploy data mover scripts, audit database health, apply patches, and generate project comparison reports.

You can listen to the podcast here.

You can acquire the book or learn more about it here.

Oracle's Author Podcasts are posted here.

Tuesday Jan 29, 2013

New Release Value Proposition Published for PeopleSoft Interaction Hub

The latest release value proposition has just been published for the PeopleSoft Interaction Hub (formerly Applications Portal).  As you may know, we've moved this product to the Revision release model to bring updates and enhancements to our customers on a more timely basis.  This also enbles us to align our Interaction Hub releases with the latest PeopleTools capabilities.

This RVP covers Release 9.1/Revision 2, and covers the following main features:

  • Rebranding and new Restricted Use License
  • New Style Sheet adoption
  • Red Paper facilitating Single Sign-on between the Hub and PeopleSoft Applications
  • Other User Experience enhancements

In particular, customers will find great value in the new Global Search used in the Hub. This enables a more search-centric navigation paradigm by allowing end users to access content via searches executed in Interaction Hub across all PeopleSoft applications.

The red paper will be welcomed by administrators charged with installing and setting up their Interaction Hub with their PeopleSoft applications.

The paper can be downloaded from My Oracle Support here.  (requires login)

Wednesday Dec 26, 2012

New FAQ for the PeopleSoft Interaction Hub

We have been receiving many questions concerning our recent rebranding of the PeopleSoft Applications Portal to the PeopleSoft Interaction Hub, as well as questions about the extensions to the Restricted Use License.  We've just published an FAQ that we hope will answer those questions and clear up any confusion.

In particular, this FAQ addresses the following topics:

  • Rebranding of the product, why it was done.
  • Restricted use license: functionality that is included for free, what requires a full, paid license.  Why it’s being offered.
  • Relationship to and dependencies on PeopleTools and PeopleSoft Applications.
  • Differences between the Interaction Hub and other PeopleSoft features, how they compliment each other.
  • Continuous Release Model, plans for upgrades and maintenance.

You can read the FAQ on oracle.com, or on oracle support.

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