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PeopleSoft: Alive, Well and Evolving

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In the recent PeopleSoft Talk, PeopleSoft Investment Strategy, published on November 30, Marc Weintraub and Paco Aubrejan sit down for an informative Q & A about the PeopleSoft product, including Fluid User Interface and Selective Adoption.

Here are the key messages that were delivered:

  • Oracle is still as committed to PeopleSoft as they were in the beginning.
  • Investment in the PeopleSoft product is at a very high level.
  • Oracle is continuing to innovate across the spectrum of the PS product, from user interface to provisioning and architectural level.

The 19 minute interview provides a wealth of information about the recent changes in the overall philosophy surrounding PeopleSoft. Here are just a few:

  • Selective Adoption is a fundamental model change that also requires a fundamental shift in how organizations think. The IT department and business owners/users will be working together to select features that drive the business.
  • Oracle’s response to the customers’ demand for a user interface that is simple, intuitive, modern and mobile, including the “mobile first” approach going forward.
  • After a customer is on 9.2, no more costly upgrades.
  • The need for customizations are reduced because of the increased configurability.
  • Simplified analytics: Users can write reports without the involvement from IT thereby reducing IT costs and increasing user engagement.

Take the time to watch the short video; you will not be disappointed. And in the words of Paco Aubrejan, “It is an exciting time to be part of the PeopleSoft ecosystem.”

If you have any questions regarding PeopleSoft please reach out to us by emailing Larry Zagata. We look forward to hearing from you.

PeopleSoft Interaction Hub – Selective Adoption

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Interaction Hub is Now Using the Selective Adoption Process!

In case you are not aware, as of June of 2015, the PeopleSoft Interaction Hub is now providing updates via the selective adoption process. Customers can take advantage of selective adoption from the Interaction Hub in the same fashion as the PeopleSoft applications.

As with the applications, there are minimal requirements for both the Tools and Interaction Hub versions that customers must be live on in order to take advantage of selective adoption. In order to help customers understand the minimum requirements, Oracle has posted a white paper, “PeopleSoft Interaction Hub is Moving to Selective Adoption” on My Oracle Support. Customers can download the white paper here with your Oracle Support account information.

Also found through My Oracle Support is an Interaction Hub PUM homepage. The release schedule of images are not as frequent as the application images, but for planning purposes they are posted on the homepage. The latest release dates are as follows:

  • Image 2: February 8, 2016
  • Image 3: August 8, 2016
  • Image 4: December 19, 2016

But always be sure to check the homepage for the latest dates.

Follow these instructions to access the Interaction Hub PUM homepage: go to the PeopleSoft Update Manager home page on MOS, then select the PeopleSoft Update Image Home Pages tab, and choose the Interaction Hub Update Image Page. Remember, you will need your user name and password to enter.

If you would like any information on Interaction Hub and selective adoption, drop me a note at

Selective Adoption Terminology

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There are many terms out there related to selective adoption. In the beginning, the focus was all about PeopleSoft Update Manager (PUM). However, PUM is simply one of many tools that help enable selective adoption. Let’s take a few minutes to clear up some definitions to hopefully provide more insight around selective adoption.

Selective Adoption: Selective adoption is the named process by which PeopleSoft customers are able to “selectively” determine how they will apply maintenance and new features as they are delivered approximately every 10 weeks by Oracle. Customers can choose to take everything, nothing or be “selective” in the content they apply to their production instance.

The following are tools that help enable the selective adoption process.

PeopleSoft Update Manager (PUM): PeopleSoft Update Manager (PUM) is a new Lifecycle Management tool that enables PeopleSoft customers to stay current on application maintenance using selective adoption. PUM works with PeopleSoft Change Assistant to facilitate this new process. PUM leverages PeopleSoft Update Images (PIs).

PeopleSoft Update Images (PI): PeopleSoft Update Images are Oracle VM VirtualBox virtual machines that are downloaded from My Oracle Support (MOS) to your system. PI’s are published and released on a specific schedule approximately every 10 weeks. All PI’s will contain bug fixes and most, but not all PI’s, will contain new features/functionality. PI’s are cumulative, meaning PI 14 will contain all of the content from PI 1 through PI 13.

Change Assistant: Oracle’s PeopleSoft Change Assistant is a standalone, Windows based, Java program that orchestrates the process of updating or upgrading your PeopleSoft system. Change Assistance automates many steps of the update process, provides a step-by step-process for applying maintenance and is integrated with PUM using change packages created from the PI. Change Assistant is one of the primary tools in the process of applying maintenance and new features, either taking all content within an image or selectively.

PeopleSoft Test Framework (PTF): A tool that helps automate the testing process and really allows for the more frequent updating and application of PeopleSoft Update Images. PTF automates various tasks within the PeopleSoft application, primarily functional testing. Automating functional testing enables testers to execute more tests with greater accuracy during a shorter time. A good automated testing strategy is essential to having a sound selective adoption maintenance strategy.

If you would like any information on selective adoption, please drop me a note at

Employee Turnover

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HCM Position Statement

Since our inception in 2005 we have focused on our employee turnover for many reasons:

  • Employees are our most important asset to us and our customers.
  • We embrace and encourage professional, personal, spiritual balance to attract and retain superior talent.
  • Employee turnover is very costly.
  • Employees often leave in groups.

This article is a great perspective of employee turnover. With all of our focus, we still at times fail at keeping good people.  Sometimes it’s for life style change, better opportunities we cannot match, marriage, kids, school, or we flat out dropped the ball.  In business, effort does not always equal success but we still give it everything we can because the loss of good people is one of the hardest things to accept as an owner.

Very good article. Read it today!

Utilizing PUM to Optimize your PeopleSoft Application

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Software providers spend millions of dollars in development every year providing new functionality and enhancing their applications. In the past in order for customers to take advantage of a new functionality or enhancement it generally resulted in the need to complete complex and expensive upgrades. Customers weighed the advantages of these improvements to not only drive business processes but increase business process efficiencies, increase automation, and provide valuable information to decision makers. All of these things are necessary in order for companies to stay competitive. Today, PeopleSoft Update Manager (PUM) has changed the landscape of how new functionality as well as ongoing maintenance is delivered and PeopleSoft customers are reaping the benefits.

MIPRO has designed a systematic cost-effective Program utilizing the PeopleSoft Update Manager (PUM).  Gone are the days of doing an upgrade to stay on the latest platform just to maintain support from the provider. The new updates are more frequent, smaller and easier to deploy.   The sooner you take advantage of software enhancements, the sooner you will begin realizing the benefits. The requirement to realizing these benefits: you must be on PeopleSoft 9.2. If you are not there yet MIPRO can help get you there. Once on PeopleSoft 9.2, you will stay current by systematically doing smaller incremental updates by utilizing the PeopleSoft Update Manager (PUM) tool and the Selective Adoption model. Staying current can be a streamlined process and MIPRO is ready to assist you.

MIPRO is passionate about all things PeopleSoft and we look forward to working with you to unlock all the value within your ERP investment. Email us today for more information.

PeopleSoft Selective Adoption

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It’s More Than Just a Series of Mini-Upgrades!

PeopleSoft Selective Adoption will be a hot topic at the upcoming Oracle OpenWorld conference in San Francisco from October 25th-October 29th. While a significant number of customers have moved to PeopleSoft 9.2, a lot of them are still struggling to define their strategy for Selective Adoption. Many of the customers I’ve spoken with have not applied an image since completing the upgrade and their strategy going forward is to move to the latest image every year or two.   The reason? They feel their end-users are too busy to evaluate the new features and functionality delivered in an image. The problem? Customers are missing out on one of the most significant changes in Oracle’s delivery model – the ability to introduce new features and functionality into your business processes faster and more efficiently than in the past. With Selective Adoption, customers now have the ability to pick and choose new enhancements that can significantly add business value without having to wait on the next major release or an upgrade of the entire system. The customers who take the time to understand this delivery model, are willing to embrace it, and align their organization to adopt the change will be the ones to achieve the maximum benefit from their software investment.

MIPRO will be at Oracle OpenWorld participating on Marc Weintraub’s panel: Real-World Experiences with PeopleSoft Selective Adoption, Monday, October 26th at 1:30pm, Moscone West – 3016 and co-presenting with our customer Susan G. Komen: Leveraging PeopleSoft Selective Adoption at Susan G. Komen on Monday, October 26th at 2:45pm, Moscone West – 3016. We hope you will be able to join us for these presentations. In addition, MIPRO consulting offers a focused 1-day Selective Adoption workshop designed to help you understand the delivery model, build your strategy and align your organization to maximize its value.

Don’t get left behind in an old mind set of fixes, bundles, maintenance packs, service packs, and full system upgrades. MIPRO is here to help you embrace the change and accelerate your organization’s adoption for greater business value.

I can be reached at for additional information.

Oracle OpenWorld 2015

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If your organization is a current PeopleSoft customer or you are considering becoming a PeopleSoft customer, you do not want to miss out on attending Oracle OpenWorld. The event takes place from October 25th-October 29th in San Francisco and promises to deliver valuable information, including 110 PeopleSoft-related sessions and 11 PeopleSoft demo pods. Customers will be sharing their experiences with upgrades, selective adoption and fluid user interface.

MIPRO will be participating on Marc Weintraub’s panel: Real-World Experiences with PeopleSoft Selective Adoption, Monday, October 26th at 1:30pm, Moscone West – 3016.

Be sure to also attend the session MIPRO is presenting with Susan G. Komen: Leveraging PeopleSoft Selective Adoption at Susan G. Komen on Monday, October 26th at 2:45pm, Moscone West – 3016.

For more information about Oracle OpenWorld, check this out.   And the 4 minute PeopleSoft Talk with Marc Weintraub video is well worth watching…Shark Tank & PeopleSoft?? A scavenger hunt?? Oh yes, Oracle OpenWorld is going to be fun as well as informative.

Improve Your Efficiency with PeopleSoft – Part 2

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PeopleSoft WorkCenters are another great tool to Improve Efficiency

Last week on our blog we talked about one way to easily improve your efficiency with PeopleSoft – personalized Homepage Dashboards! If you missed last week’s blog – click here to see what you missed.

Today, we are going to talk about another way to improve your efficiency even more with PeopleSoft Personalized WorkCenters. Workcenters allow your users to greatly improve their ability to manage and prioritize work. Below is an example of an AP WorkCenter Page.

AP WorkCenter Dashboard

WorkCenters also provide the same valuable information as a Homepage Dashboard. Down the left- hand side we have a space labeled “My Work” and it breaks down vouchers into numerous rows and additionally provides a row count for each row. Ultimately, this provides valuable information that users can see at a glance about their transactions. The section labeled “Links” provides easy access to menu paths designated by your users which speeds navigation. Within the WorkCenter, as with Personalized Homepages, your users can access query results with drill down capabilities.

The bottom line with Homepage Dashboards and WorkCenters is that you can clearly increase your efficiency and improve your effectiveness by better identifying your priorities. The best part is that setting these up does not require engineering new business processes or creating any new customizations. It really just involves taking advantage of and configuring delivered functionality. Now is the time to get started on configuring Dashboards & WorkCenters. Your users will thank you!

Click here if you would like to read Part 1 of Improve Your Efficiency with PeopleSoft.

If you have any questions about personalized WorkCenters or Dashboards please email me or Larry Zagata.

Thank you for reading,

Steven J Brenner
Senior Principal Consultant
MIPRO Consulting

Improve Your Efficiency with PeopleSoft – Part 1

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PeopleSoft Personalized Homepage Dashboards

Looking for a great way to easily improve your efficiency with PeopleSoft and greatly improve your ability to manage and prioritize your work? Then you should consider configuring personalized PeopleSoft Homepage Dashboards and WorkCenters for your users. Today we will take a look at personalized Homepage Dashboards and next week we will cover PeopleSoft WorkCenters.

Below is an example of a personalized Homepage for a PeopleSoft Payables/Procure-to-Pay user that I configured.

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The goal was to create a Homepage that would provide users with important information immediately after logging into PeopleSoft and help them quickly identify their top priorities for the day. In this case, three queries were built to identify key information for High Dollar Match Exceptions, High Volume PO’s and Top 10 Suppliers Outstanding. These queries all offer quick glimpses at valuable information and are available any time when viewing the Homepage. Better yet, the users have the ability to expand the data sets to show the full query results and the queries can also be configured for drill-down, for example the Match Exception query which has the blue links.

Homepages can be configured with custom menu paths for faster access to high priority menus. In this case, we created personalized menu paths on the left side of the Homepage for “Handling Match Exceptions”, a “Supplier Maintenance” section and menu paths for expediting payments with a “Payments Processing” section.

Although my example Dashboard was designed for users in the AP/Procure-to-Pay space, Personalized Homepage Dashboards can be configured for any user across all PeopleSoft modules.

Bottom line, Homepages can now be a valued assistant to help users prioritize and manage their work. Your Homepage can now automatically remind you of important information that needs your immediate attention and can be configured so that you can get to that work quickly. Your PeopleSoft Homepage will be much more than just a blank page that you see after you login to PeopleSoft, it can now be a powerful tool to help your users manage their work effectively and efficiently.

I only touched on a few of the Dashboard features. Homepages can also be setup with pie charts and bar graphs with full drill-down capability to the underlying transaction pages as shown below in this example:

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Be sure to check back next week to read about PeopleSoft WorkCenters and how they can also improve your users’ efficiency!

If you have any questions regarding PeopleSoft Personalized Homepages or PeopleSoft in general please feel free to email me or Larry Zagata

Thank you for reading,
Steven J Brenner
Senior Principal Consultant
MIPRO Consulting


Oracle Direct Hosts 4th Annual Charity Golf Event

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The annual Oracle Direct Charity event has experienced amazing growth since its inception 4 years. This year the event included 175 golfers, 100 bean baggers and north of 100 volunteers – what an incredible show of support! The golf event raised over $100k for a very worthy cause.

Each year, the committee carefully considers charities in the Twin Cities and selects a charity where their contribution can have a significant impact on that organization’s goals. This year, after meeting with the Minneapolis Outreach team, they were touched to the inner core with the strength and commitment the workers have for their fellow homeless Minnesotans and the endless lives they have changed. This year’s worthy recipient was St. Stephen’s Human Services. To understand more, please visit:

Thank you Oracle for giving back to your community.