Thursday Jan 15, 2015

Jumpstart Patch Application and Installs with PeopleTools Templates

PeopleTools OVM templates provide a great way for customers running current levels of PeopleTools to keep up to date with their PeopleTools middle tiers.  The templates provide a simplified method of rolling out new patches, allowing Oracle to bundle, patch, test and deliver all the required middle tier components such as Java, WebLogic, Tuxedo and the Oracle Linux operating system. Using the pre-built templates eliminates the possibility of downloading the wrong version, and/or missing a critical patch of one of the required components. Templates also significantly reduce the amount of time needed to locate, download, patch and test the individual elements of a PeopleTools environment. For customers that need to customize, the PeopleTools templates are a great starting point to create baseline custom templates.

PeopleSoft has produced middle tier templates with PeopleTools patches since PT 8.53.03.  These templates have been found on MyOracleSupport (MOS) Patches and Updates under the PeopleSoft Enterprise PeopleTools product category.

Until now, all templates produced were available for download.  Older templates include components that may have become stale over time. To ensure that only current environments are available, we now plan to make each patch level template available for no more than six months. This will allow customers enough time to download and use a template before environment components become out-of-date. The use of the patched templates allows customers to adopt PeopleTools maintenance faster and reduce the risk of encountering known bugs and security issues.

Should older patches be required, they will still be available via the traditional patching methods, in accordance with our documented Patch Policy.

Secure Enterprise Search (SES) for PeopleSoft templates are also made available on MOS. SES templates are intended to be a ‘black box’ or ‘appliance’ installation. As such, only the most current level of an SES template is available. This appliance is compatible with all PeopleTools levels used with PeopleSoft 9.2 applications.

As new SES templates come out, they REPLACE the previous version found on MOS.

For information on the PeopleTools middle tier templates for Oracle Linux and Exalogic, SES templates and PeopleSoft update images, please see Oracle’s PeopleSoft Virtualization Products.

Additional Information:
Oracle VM Templates for PeopleSoft White Paper
PeopleSoft Virtual Machine Templates for Exalogic Red Paper

Friday Oct 03, 2014

PeopleSoft Interaction Hub 9.1/Revision 3 Now Available

Peoplesoft is proud to announce that the PeopleSoft Interaction Hub 9.1/Revision 3 is now Generally Available for new installations. The release is available for download on OSDC or physical shipment through Customer Care.

Here are a few highlights of Revision 3.  See the Release Value Proposition and Release Notes for more detail on what's in this important release.

Branding

In PeopleTools 8.54, the Branding feature has been migrated from Interaction Hub to PeopleTools along with several enhancements.  However, there are still useful branding capabilities provided by the Interation Hub. In a cluster environment, the Interaction Hub will be used to brand across the cluster. The Interaction Hub provides a new Branding WorkCenter that can be used to create, manage, and assign role-specific themes. We've also delivered an “out-of-the-box” Hub similar to the one that is typically shown in our demo examples.  

Fluid UX Support

The 8.54 PeopleTools release represents a landmark for PeopleTools and the PeopleSoft user experience. With this release, PeopleSoft introduces the PeopleSoft Fluid User Interface. The Interaction Hub provides some Fluid content like The Company News (news publications) pagelet.

Interaction Hub Cluster Setup Improvements

The Interaction Hub includes the Unified Navigation WorkCenter, which makes it easier for administrators to install, set up, and monitor the  Interaction Hub cluster with other PeopleSoft applications. The Unified Navigation WorkCenter also has a diagnostics page that provides 
information on the In Network nodes and the SSO setup. This provides a central location for diagnostic and troubleshooting for the PeopleSoft cluster. 

Content Management 

Content Management is a powerful and popular feature in the Interaction Hub.  Revision 3 delivers a new WorkCenter that provides a simple mechanism to create and publish content. The WorkCenter guides the user through the content creation and publishing process.  Revision 3 also has an enhancement that enables the creation of Rich Text Editor (RTE) templates. 

WCAG 2.0 Support

Enterprises and public sector institutions globally are conforming to accessibility regulations. Revision 3 enhancements make it possible for customers to deliver accessible content in the Interaction Hub. PeopleTools 8.54 makes it possible for PeopleSoft applications to conform to the WCAG 2.0 standards. In Revision 3, the Interaction Hub product conforms to WCAG 2.0 AA standards.  

Where to Go For More Information 

There is a lot of information available on this new release.  The following documentation is available on the Oracle Technology Network and my.oracle.support:

PeopleSoft Portal Solutions Interaction Hub 9.1 Documentation Home Page.  Pretty much all related documentation is available here.

Here are some links to particularly useful items:





PeopleTools 8.54 Licensing Notes with the new content:


Monday Sep 08, 2014

Learn More About PeopleSoft Activity Guides at Open World

PeopleSoft activity guides offer a wonderful means to guide your users through complex or infrequently performed business processes.  PeopleSoft applications deliver some great activity guides out of the box, but you can also configure your own quickly and with little effort using the PeopleTools Activity Guide Framework.  We'll be presenting a session at Oracle Open World '14 dedicated to Activity Guides.  Come to our session to see some of the activity guides that we deliver.  

We'll also demonstrate how to configure your own using the new Activity Guide WorkCenter in PeopleTools 8.54.

Interested in how Activity Guides will look in the new Fluid User Experience?  We'll provide a preview of that as well.

If you would like to improve user satisfaction and productivity while reducing the need for training and support, come to this session:

Session ID: CON7570
Session Title: PeopleSoft Activity Guides: Simplifying a Complex Process
Venue / Room: Moscone West - 2022
Date and Time: 9/30/14, 10:45 - 11:30

Friday Jul 11, 2014

Oracle-PeopleSoft is pleased to announce the general availability of PeopleTools 8.54

PeopleTools is proud to announce the release of PeopleTools 8.54.  This is a landmark release for PeopleSoft, one that offers remarkable advances to our applications and our customers.  We are particularly excited about the new PeopleSoft Fluid User Experience.  With this, our applications will offer a UI that is simple and intuitive, yet highly productive and that can be used on different devices from laptops to tablets and smart phones. 

We’ve also made important improvements in reporting and analytics, life-cycle management, security, integration technology, platforms and infrastructure, and accessibility.

To get the details about everything this wonderful new release has to offer, visit these sites: 
                + Release Notes
                + Release Value Proposition
                + Cumulative Feature Overview Tool
                + Installation Guides
                + Certification Table
                + Browser Compatibility Guide
                + Licensing Notes
Today, PeopleTools 8.54 is Generally Available for new installations.  Customers that want to upgrade to 8.54 from earlier releases will be able to upgrade in the near future when the 02 patch is available.  

Many of our customers have shown interest in Fluid and have asked us the best way to get productive quickly.  Our answer is to use the working examples they will find in the upcoming PSFT 9.2 application images.

Wednesday Jul 09, 2014

Oracle Secure Enterprise Search Deployment Considerations for PeopleSoft 9.2

Oracle Secure Enterprise Search (SES) is the search engine on which the PeopleSoft Search Framework relies. Here is a comprehensive set of resources on My Oracle Support that provide information on the essential hardware for Oracle SES to help ensure capacity for peak concurrent usage of your PeopleSoft 9.2 environment. When planning your PeopleSoft 9.2 installation, follow these recommendations to insure the best possible performance and stability for your PeopleSoft environment.


Monday Jun 23, 2014

PeopleSoft Interaction Hub Release Value Proposition for Revision 3

We've just published the Release Value Proposition for the PeopleSoft Interaction Hub 9.1/Revision 3.  The RVP provides an overview of the new features and enhancements planned for the upcoming release, which is aligned with PeopleTools 8.54 . The release value proposition is intended to help you assess the business benefits of upgrading to the latest release and to plan your IT projects and investments.

The highlights of the RVP cover the following subjects in the upcoming release:

  • Branding
  • PeopleSoft Fluid User Interface updates
  • Interaction hub cluster setup improvements
  • Simplified content creation and publication
  • WCAG 2.0 adoption

Look for the availability of this release in the near future.

Wednesday Jun 11, 2014

New Interaction Hub Statement of Direction Published

The latest PeopleSoft Interaction Hub Statement of Direction is now available on My Oracle Support.  We think this subject will be particularly interesting to customers given the impending release of the PeopleSoft Fluid User Experience and all that offers.  The Statement of Direction describes how we see the Interaction Hub being used with the new user experience and the Hub's continued place in a PeopleSoft environment.  This paper also discusses subjects like branding, content management, easier design/deployment, and the optional restricted use license.

Thursday Apr 24, 2014

Continuous Release Model for PeopleSoft Interaction Hub

The PeopleSoft Interaction Hub has been on Oracle's continuous release model for some time now.  I still get many inquiries about this release model, though, so a refresher is in order.  The next release is planned to be made available soon after the upcoming release of PeopleTools 8.54.  This version of the Interaction Hub will be release 9.1/Revision 3.  You can read details of the continuous release model for the Hub in the last Statement of Direction and FAQ.  New versions of the Statement of Direction and the Release Value Proposition for the Hub will be published soon.

The current release model does not preclude us from producing a 9.2 or 9.3 release for the Interaction Hub at some time in the future.  For example, PeopleSoft's Campus Solutions product has been on continuous release for some time as well, but they recently announced that they are going to offer a 9.2 release, and this option is open to us as well.

PeopleTools 8.54 Release Value Proposition Now Available

We have just published the Release Value Proposition for PeopleTools 8.54.  It is available on My Oracle Support.  This release of PeopleTools will be a landmark release for PeopleSoft.  It continues Oracle’s commitment to protect and extend the value of your PeopleSoft implementation.  The release provides additional technology options and enhancements that reduce ongoing operating costs; and offers applications users a dramatically improved experience.

User expectations and requirements have shifted over the past few years. Most often, our customers’ employees have expressed a desire to use applications at work more like the ones they frequently use elsewhere. For example, why shouldn’t performing a task, such as updating employee records, submitting an expense report, approving workflow, work more like the tasks they do online every day. 

Customers have told us that their employees are more familiar with online tasks than ever, and that they often connect to company resources while traveling or from home; in many cases, they want to access these resources from their personal devices, such as tablets, smartphones, and home computers. The desire is for enterprise systems to be as intuitive and available as other online resources, such as commercial websites. In fact, many of our customers have begun to merge their internal systems with their commercial presence so that external partners, affiliates, and students can securely access required resources directly from the company’s website.

PeopleTools 8.54 introduces a number of exciting new features that will assist our applications development teams in building powerful, secure, and robust applications for everyone from self-service users to expert power users. PeopleSoft 9.2 enhancements that use this latest release of PeopleTools will be richer and more intuitive to users than ever before. In addition, this release incorporates a number of extremely compelling features for delivering, managing, and maintaining PeopleSoft applications at a much more manageable total cost of ownership (TCO).

The most visible features of PeopleTools 8.54 relate to the graphical UI. With this release we introduce the PeopleSoft Fluid User Interface. Our intention is to present PeopleSoft application content in a highly usable fashion and to leverage the latest advancements in HTML, CSS, and JavaScript. The result is a user experience that is simple and intuitive, yet highly productive.  Customers that upgrade to PeopleTools 8.54 will also be able to create new Fluid pages. 

The role of reporting has shifted tremendously in recent years. In many cases, it is no longer sufficient to prepare a static extract of data from the system and then print it to paper or publish it online. Today’s technology allows our customers to engage their users with visual charts and graphical analytics that represent what is happening or has already happened. Users can visually discover what they are looking for and then take actions using Related Actions right from the reports themselves.

As with other recent releases, the scope for PeopleTools 8.54 builds additional functionality into the product as a result of direct customer input, industry analysis, and internal feature design. New features, bug fixes, and new certifications found in PeopleTools 8.54 combine to offer customers improved application user experience, page interaction, and cost effectiveness.

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.

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