PeopleTools 8.5: A look inside

As many in the PeopleSoft world may or may not know, Oracle is on the verge of releasing PeopleTools 8.5 this year.  This release is significant because of some of the advances that have been incorporated into it.  Many of the logo_oracle_peoplesoftenhancements are going to greatly improve the end-user experience, and rumor has it that the new release will be backwards-compatible to all 8.4 PeopleSoft releases.  So if you are thinking of upgrading or were trying to come up with reasons to do so, I have put together the top six reasons you would want you to go for it.

  1. AJAX – PeopleSoft will now benefit from Asynchronous JavaScript and XML (AJAX) technology, allowing the UI to perform partial page refreshes, which is, in a word, awesome.  Of all the things in this release, this has got to be the best thing since sliced bread.  This has been a long time coming.  Nice work, Oracle.
  2. Menu Navigation – The 8.5 release will present a change in the Menu Navigation with a context sensitivity that allows the system to redraw only the appropriate hierarchy.  Again, very nice.
  3. Grid Enhancements – Talk about cool: users will now be able to drag and drop the columns into the positions that are relevant to them. No more clicking the ‘Customize’ link and the little arrow GUI elements that were so irritating to most users.
  4. Change Assistant – The improved performance of the file deployment process will make this tool what it should have been from the beginning.
  5. Related Content – This will add an extra dimension to the system, but will require some work to get the full value from what this provides.  If you haven’t built up your BI systems yet, you may not be able to fully leverage the capabilities of this.  But we can help with this if you’ve been thinking of moving toward BI this year.  (It’s an incredibly hot topic among CIOs, and we hear it constantly from our clients.)
  6. Secured server-based file directories – This will be of benefit to sys admins, as it will no longer be necessary to store your log and trace files in the root PS_HOME directory.  Instead, you will be able to map them to a place where the users who really need access to this information can get it.

There are many other enhancements as well, which you can find on the Oracle MetaLink3 website. Just search on ‘PeopleTools 8.5 release value proposition’ once you have logged in.

Pretty cool stuff.  Drop us a line in the comments if you have any questions, or track us down on Twitter.

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17 Responses

  1. Hi HeeRThorn,

    I am having someone look into this now, but from what I can tell, it will work with Windows Server 2008. But here’s the caveat: the Oracle client must be 32-bit, not 64. Otherwise, there will be issues connecting with DataMover.

    See this thread over at Grey Sparling for some discussion about this.

    Hope this helps, and sorry for the delay in responding. Our WordPress spam filter gets aggressive sometimes and quarantines legitimate comments (like yours) as spam.

    Let us know if you need any further help. If my answer here is incomplete (or wrong!), I will let you know.

  2. HeeRThorn says:

    I want to know ,PeopleTool 8.5 do support with Window Server 2008 64 bit ? please answer me

  3. can you please tell me how to get started with people soft? i want to learn this application, any website where i can ease with ?

  4. Mohammad says:


    I am new in PeopleTools 8.50. Could you please tell me a good website to learn more about it.


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  9. RD,

    Would love to hear your lessons learned. I am sure David Brunet, our PSFT Practice Director, will get around to posting his real-world experiences with PT 8.5 as soon as he has a break from client engagements. In the meantime, if you have your experiences written up, please let me know and I will take a look and link back to them.



  10. RD says:

    Can you share the lessons learned for PT850? I have installed it RHEL and had ton of lessons learned. I am writing a separate post to share my lessons learned.


  11. Everyone,

    You can now get the PeopleTools 8.5 media pack via Oracle’s E-Delivery portal. See here.



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  13. Anonymous says:

    Interesting Changes. Bringing Ajax technology to Peoplesoft will attract new customers. Finally, Oracle worked on look and feel.

    Thanks for sharing.
    Shoaib Kandlawala

  14. Ketan, the word on the street is that PT 8.5 will be released in-line with PeopleSoft 9.1 apps. Expect the formal announcement at this year’s Oracle OpenWorld and a full GA release sometime in late October or early November.

    Hope this helps somewhat.


  15. Ketan Benegal says:

    First of all, Thanks!!

    It is really nice to see this concise and precise list of features in PeopleTools 8.5. Can’t wait to get my hands on to it.

    Do you have any idea when it is going to be released with PeopleSoft 9.1 version?

    Ketan Benegal

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