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2017 Education and Networking Conferences

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Have you planned your education and networking budget for 2017?  In addition to the Oracle PeopleSoft website, www.peoplesoftinfo.com, there are several user groups that organize in-person and virtual monthly meetings along with annual conferences.  User groups are great resources for:

  • Product and customer information
  • To see what topics are trending with customers
  • Presentation and education opportunities for customers

As you plan your education and travel budget, you may want to consider having your team members cover different conferences to expand your team’s knowledge base and network, including:

• Healthcare Information Management Systems Society:
− HiMSS17: “Where The Brightest Minds In Health and IT Meet” www.himssconference.org
February 19 – 23, 2017 Orange County Convention Center, Orlando FLConferences

• Higher Ed User Group:
− Alliance 2017:  Feb 27 – March 2, 2017, MGM Grand, Las Vegas NV

• Public Sector User Group:  www.PSUGonline.org

• Federal Users Network (FUN):  www.federalusersnetwork.com

• Quest International User Group:
Quest− COLLABORATE: Technology and applications forum for the Oracle Community April 2–6, 2017, Mandalay Bay, Las Vegas NV
− RECONNECT:  PeopleSoft Deep Dive,  July 17 – 21, 2017, Hyatt Regency O’Hare, Rosemont IL
− SIG (special industry group) Experience Week:  dates to be announcedOHUG

• Oracle Human Capital Management (HCM) User Group:
− Global Conference:  June 6 – 9, 2017, Rosen Centre Hotel, Orlando FL

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• Oracle Healthcare Industry User Group:
− Interact 2017:June 18–21, 2017 Rosen Shingle Creek, Orlando FL

• Oracle OpenWorld:  October 1 – 5, 2017, San Francisco CA

If we can be of any assistance please do not hesitate to reach out to us.

PeopleTools 8.55 – The Sunset of Crystal Reports and Enhancements to BI Publisher

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Sunset Crystal Reports Enhancement of BI Publisher

For several years, Oracle has been indicating that Crystal Reports was a technology of the past and has encouraged customers to take advantage of BI Publisher. Well that day has come! PeopleTools 8.55 will not support the use of Crystal Reports. Don’t be alarmed, the capabilities now available to you will make you wish you never had a three-ring binder full of static, stale, snapshot reports. The tools (Pivot Grids, Simplified Analytics) that will replace many of your old reports will provide you with fresh, actionable data to make better decisions to run your business. For those situations where you need static data, month-end for example, BI Publisher is your tool of choice.

Here are some of the new features that Oracle has built into BI Publisher in PeopleTools 8.55.

  • PeopleTools has created a BI Publisher report user role (XMLP Report User) that allows users to schedule and run reports. Users with this role can also open a majority of BI Publisher report definitions in read-only mode.
  • Report developers can delete report definitions from the results grid of the report definition search page.
  • PeopleTools delivers a copy report definition page that simplifies report development by enabling report developers to copy report definitions.
  • BI Publisher for PeopleSoft now enables you to develop PDF reports that users can edit and then submit the changes to be saved in a database. The submittable PDF report functionality is available for delivered self-service reports and for customer-created reports.
  • Beginning in PeopleTools 8.55 you can change the data source of an existing report definition. When a user clicks the link the data source type and data source ID field become editable. An option to cancel data source changes is available, allowing a report developer to revert back to initial state.
  • PeopleTools enables you to include attachments from external sources with BI Publisher PDF report output. The source attachments are converted to PDF format and then merged with the main report. The report is then displayed to the end users or delivered to report manager. To convert attachments to PDF output, BI Publisher utilizes Oracle’s Outside In Technology (OIT), a product that enables the transformation and control of more than 600 file formats, including documents from office suites, specialty formats, and legacy files.
  • You can distribute reports using email to recipients that do not have PeopleSoft user profiles. This feature enables you to distribute BI Publisher reports to external users whose email addresses are stored in the database, file server, or other location.

For questions regarding your upgrade to PeopleTools 8.55, taking advantage of the new features, or help with creating your new reports and analytics, please reach out to us.

PeopleSoft ERP Software – 2015/2016 Best in KLAS!

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Best in KLASDid you hear the news? Oracle’s PeopleSoft ERP Software has been named 2015/2016 Best in KLAS!

The report named top performing companies based on feedback from their customers. The title of Best in KLAS is a highly coveted recognition of outstanding efforts to help healthcare professionals deliver better patient care. It is reserved for vendor solutions that lead the software and services market segments with the broadest operational and clinical impact on healthcare organizations.

So what does this mean to PeopleSoft’s healthcare customers? You made a very smart purchasing decision. But are you taking full advantage of the features and functionality? If not, let MIPRO help you. For healthcare organizations seeking new software solutions, take a look at PeopleSoft. The features and functionality have seen major innovations and Oracle remains committed to continuing investing in the product.

Whatever your challenge, you can count on MIPRO to help you. We are passionate about all things PeopleSoft.

Contact us today to see how we can help implement PeopleSoft for your healthcare organization.

Oracle Lifetime Support

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If you’re a PeopleSoft customer, you’ve probably run into a bug, or an “unintended feature” of your products and have had to work with Oracle Support to resolve the issue.  You’ve also probably wondered just what is covered by support and for how long. The Oracle Lifetime Support Policy is simple, predictable and flexible. It helps your entire Oracle technology environment stay current and functioning as designed. From database to middleware to applications and hardware, the benefits of the industry’s most comprehensive support coverage are yours as a PeopleSoft customer.

Oracle support comes in three levels:

  1. Premier: This support provides you with maintenance and support of your Oracle Database, Oracle Fusion Middleware, and Oracle|PeopleSoft Applications for five years from their general availability date.
  2. Extended: This support allows you to be in control of your Database, Middleware, and Applications upgrade strategy by providing additional maintenance and upgrades for Oracle Database, Oracle Fusion Middleware, and Oracle Applications at an additional cost to your organization.
  3. Sustaining: This support provides maintenance for as long as you use your Oracle|PeopleSoft software. This will include access to Oracle online support tools, upgrade rights, pre-existing fixes and assistance from technical support experts.

Here’s how the current support schedule plays out. If you are a PeopleSoft Financials customer already on 9.2, your Premier support will run through December of 2024, with the availability of Extended support through December of 2027. However if you still haven’t upgraded (what are you waiting for?) Premier support of your 9.1 PeopleSoft Financial software has expired, and Extended support is only available to you through January 2018.

For a comprehensive guide to the Oracle Lifetime Support Policy, click here, or contact us to help guide you through the 101 pages of policy and help you find the solution that is right for your organization.

You may also want to go to My Oracle Support, log in with your Oracle Credentials & click on the Knowledge tab to view some of the “How-To” videos on navigating the support web site and making the most out of your experience with your PeopleSoft products.

If you have any questions at all…do not hesitate to contact us!

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 larry.zagata@miproconsulting.com.

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 bob.ludlam@miproconsulting.com for additional information.

FLUID

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Oracle, recognizing the demand from a tech-savvy market and determined to meet that demand, has been providing more and more FLUID pages with the release of PeopleSoft 9.2 and Tools 8.54. These pages are designed to provide the mobile experience end-users are looking for. Here is a brief overview of the FLUID pages provided on the FSCM side.

The FLUID Homepage presents the key tiles that are available for Employee Self Service on mobile devices. Employees can see their Expenses, Requisitions, Maintenance Service Requests, Travel Authorizations, Time Entry and Status Reports for any projects they are assigned in PeopleSoft.

Fluid #1

Once the user moves to the Expense page, they will have the ability to Create Expense Reports, look at Expense History, view Unsubmitted Reports and Reports Awaiting Approval, as well as their current Wallet Transactions.

Fluid #2

As you can see, drilling into each tile provides deeper functionality designed for the mobile device.

Fluid #3

From the FLUID Homepage users can easily navigate, on their mobile device, to the other various FLUID offerings of deeper functionality for Procurement Operations, Project Management and Cash Management.

Fluid #4

It’s clear to see on the Procurement Operations Homepage, Procurement Specialists will have mobile access to key activities associated with their job function such as Expiring Contracts, Approval Cycle Times, Procurement Spend Analysis, etc.

Fluid #5

Drilling deeper, the user is provided key functionality allowing them to perform their job functions efficiently.

Fluid #6

We will dig deeper into FLUID functionality in additional blogs. Hopefully, this provided a brief overview of what is available on FSCM Image 11. If you would like additional information or have any questions, please email me.

Oracle Announces
PeopleSoft Roadmap Site

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Oracle has now provided the PeopleSoft community with a comprehensive information center that provides a high-level view of planned new features and enhancements for the PeopleSoft product line that are scheduled to be delivered through PeopleSoft Update Images within the next 12 to 18 months. By creating this site, Oracle is providing unprecedented access to their direction with the PeopleSoft product, allowing for PeopleSoft customers to better develop their PeopleSoft adoption strategy.

Each PeopleSoft pillar, Technology, Human Capital Management, Financials, Supply Chain, Asset Lifecycle Management, and Campus Solutions, has a designated page highlighting the planned features and enhancements.  As each enhancement is delivered within the appropriate PeopleSoft pillar, it will be removed from the high level site and added to the Cumulative Feature Overview tool and new features planned for the subsequent Update Images will be added to the site. In other words, this site will be continuously updated to reflect the latest upcoming planned new features and enhancements.

If you would like to read more about the PeopleSoft Roadmap site check out the blog on the Oracle Community Support page. You will need your Oracle User ID and Password to access this information.

As always, if you have any PeopleSoft questions please contact Larry Zagata.

Fluid User Interface – The Competition Is On

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Are you already using Fluid User Interface (Fluid UI)? Curious about the new interface? Check out Marc Weintraub’s recent blog announcing a competition called “First to Fluid”.

Why not reap all the great benefits of the new interface while gaining some fabulous prizes promised by competition.

Don’t forget about all the great information on www.peoplesoft92.com related to the Fluid User Interface.

In the meantime, please be sure to contact Larry Zagata if you have questions about any of the recent changes to PeopleSoft or ANY PeopleSoft questions.

PeopleSoft HCM Updates for the Affordable Care Act

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Confused about the Affordable Care Act (ACA) Requirements for 2015?

Struggling to understand how the heck your business will or won’t be impacted by the Affordable Care Act? You’re far from being alone.

Most businesses are still confused about the Affordable Care Act (ACA) employer shared responsibility provisions that went into effect for many employers on January 1, 2015. What is required? What reporting that will be required in early 2016 on 2015 information?

The PeopleSoft HCM team is continuously delivering enhancements to comply with the Affordable Care Act legislation. Register to join the PeopleSoft HCM Updates for the Affordable Care Act delivered by the Oracle Advisor Webcast on March 25th.  Topics will include:

  • Employer Shared Responsibility Functionality delivered for Benefits
  • New functionality anticipated for Time and Labor
  • Forms 1094-C & 1095-C

In My Oracle Support (MOS) there are a number of documents that explain the enhancements PeopleSoft has provided for versions 9 to 9.2.  For example, Document 1918083.1 describes the enhancements to PeopleSoft HCM Human Resources Core HR and Manage Base Benefits tables for U.S. employer shared responsibility for affordable health coverage based on the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

If you are looking for additional information on legislative updates to PeopleSoft 9.2 they can be found at www.peoplesoft92.com.

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If you would like more information about PeopleSoft HCM or any PeopleSoft product, please be sure to contact please contact Larry Zagata. MIPRO is your go-to contact for ANYTHING PeopleSoft.

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