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Advanced Query Security

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Looking for more security out of PeopleSoft query? There was another little gem of a new feature released with image 20 – Advanced Query Security. It only captured a small paragraph in the image overview but is a nice feature to gain more security out of PeopleSoft query.

From the image overview document:

Added the Advanced Query Security feature, which is a framework that allows authorized users to set up secured fields for PeopleSoft queries. Authorized users determine which fields to secure for a query and the type of security for those fields, such as User ID, Role, or Permission List. Then they map the secured field name with the PeopleSoft field name and run the Apply Security process. Optionally, filters can be applied to the secured fields based on the PeopleSoft product name such as General Ledger, Purchasing, and so on.

More information on the setup can be found online in PeopleBooks by clicking on this link.

Use some level of caution in selecting only the right level of experienced users who have access to this as to not impact the data returned on queries and potentially impact performance. But it could be a very valuable tool if applied selectively.

Don’t forget to check out our other blogs related to the release of Image 20.
Overview of Image 20 – PeopleSoft Image 20 Released
PeopleSoft Image 20 – Enhanced Fluid Approvals
PeopleSoft Image 20 – Fluid Forms and Approval Builder

If you would like more information on Advanced Query Security or any of the other new features in Image 20, please email me at Larry.zagata@miproconsulting.com.

Cloud Versus Customization

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In today’s market with a lot of conversation about clients moving their back office systems from an on-premise system to a cloud-based system, we are not hearing much about customization and the need to give up one’s customizations in order to move to the cloud. With cloud-based systems, it is a given that there is very little, if any, customization allowed. Often the most you get is the ability to “configure” the solution to your needs, allowing you to pick from the options that the vendor has given you to choose from. That essentially means that any client who is planning to move to the cloud has to be willing to use the system as it is offered, with little to no changes, in order to take advantage of the cloud benefits. To take this pre-requisite one step further, that means that clients will have to change their business processes to match the cloud-based system and the way the cloud system supports them. This can be a huge organizational change management challenge or even a business culture change for the business users who will be required to redesign their current business processes.

As a systems integrator, we are constantly recommending that companies limit their customizations as much as possible, in order to save on production support costs. The fact is that there are very few “vanilla” systems in production today. Most clients either need to customize to address unique items in their business or prefer to do some things different from the vanilla system process that is delivered, or not delivered, by the software.

The flexibility to choose customization strategically goes away when moving from on-premise to the cloud-based systems. It is important that all of the key stakeholders know this up front. Cloud solutions certainly have their advantages; however, you have to look even closer to make sure the functionality meets your business needs, as well as understand and accept the limitations. Sometimes the excitement of a new technology or solution can overshadow the drawbacks. Go in with your eyes open.

If you have any questions regarding customization versus cloud please contact Larry. He would be happy to answer any of your questions.

Oracle’s Larry Ellison Talks about the Future On-Premise & Cloud

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Take 3 minutes to watch this video! Larry Ellison, Executive Chairman and CTO at Oracle, shares his thoughts on the future of on-premise and Cloud solutions. If you had any doubts about the viability of Oracle’s on-premise solutions, you won’t after these 3 minutes. Ellison starts by revealing that Oracle spends a staggering $5 billion dollars per year on R & D and that they are committed to providing improvements to their on-premise solutions; he specifically mentions both JD Edward’s products and PeopleSoft Financials. Oracle’s customers expect and deserve continued improvements to their products and Oracle is delivering. Ellison is honest and straightforward when he shares that it is in Oracle’s “selfish best interest” to continue to make improvements to their on-premise solutions because Oracle’s goal is to have customers “trust Oracle as a technology supplier.” They want customers for life.

Ellison very candidly shares that Oracle’s Cloud project has been ongoing for about 10 years and that he sees a gradual migration from on-premise solutions to Cloud over the next decade. But if & when this happens, it will be when it makes sense to each individual business so they recognize the need to offer choices to their customers.

Any questions regarding Oracle’s on-premise software, such as PeopleSoft Financials please email Larry Zagata.

 

PeopleSoft Conferences: Getting the Most Value for Your Money

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MIPRO Consulting has been a PeopleSoft consulting services provider for over 10 years. In my role as the VP of Alliances for MIPRO, I have the privilege of attending many of the events that are hosted by Oracle and also those hosted by their customer user groups. You know which ones there are – Oracle sponsored events such as the behemoth OpenWorld, industry-specific (e.g. Alliance for Higher Education and HIUG for Healthcare), and product-line specific (e.g. HCM World). Like most organizations, each year we have more options for events than we can attend and each year it has become more difficult to decide how to optimize both our money and our time. So which ones do I go to if I am a PeopleSoft customer? How are they different?

My observation is that the events or shows that are put on by Oracle have morphed into “all Cloud, all of the time, right now” events. These events are important to help you understand Oracle’s direction and their vision of the future. But if you go past the surface and dig deep, you will find that Oracle remains very committed to their longtime customers like the PeopleSoft customer base. And this is evident in the substantial investment for the recent innovations made to the PeopleSoft product, including things like PUM and the Fluid User Interface.

The events that are put on by the organizations that represent the customer user groups are very different. If you are a PeopleSoft customer and you attend Alliance for Higher Education or HIUG (Interact for Healthcare organizations,) the vibe is much different from the Oracle-sponsored “Cloud” events. You have the opportunity to connect with other PeopleSoft customers and attend breakout sessions led by customers, consulting firms, and Oracle. It is all PeopleSoft, all the time.

That’s my 2 cents… hope it helps as you decide how to help your organization make the most out of its dollars!

As always, let MIPRO be your go-to partner for anything PeopleSoft. Feel free to contact Larry Zagata with any questions.

Gartner Confirms MIPRO’s Commitment to PeopleSoft

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In 2005, MIPRO made a commitment to the PeopleSoft platform and the organizations that use the PeopleSoft solution. Over the years we’ve tested the waters of other solutions, but we continued to come back to our passion – PeopleSoft.

In Michael Guay’s April 20, 2015 assessment he confirms what we’ve observed over the past few years. Despite rumors of PeopleSoft’s demise, Oracle’s commitment is solid and organizations should evaluate the PeopleSoft solution as they would any ERP suite.

Guay’s analysis goes on to say that PeopleSoft is as viable as most other ERP suites. With all the talk about the cloud, which can deliver real benefits, those who have invested in PeopleSoft can have the best of both worlds utilizing the newest technology and functionality found in the latest 9.2 release or by adopting cloud point solutions if they are looking to test the cloud approach.

The article’s summary encapsulates it well; driven by rumors and questions regarding Oracle’s commitment to the PeopleSoft suite, ERP leaders are uncertain about its future. But ERP leaders must separate rumor from fact, understand Oracle’s roadmap and plan for PeopleSoft, and evaluate the suitability of PeopleSoft for their organizations within a postmodern ERP strategy.

If you have ANY PeopleSoft questions, please be sure to contact Larry Zagata

Red Paper – Classic PIA to Fluid Conversion

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In March, Oracle released a red paper on converting classic PeopleSoft Internet Architecture pages to Fluid User Interface pages. The red paper provides guidance on how to convert to FUI pages for developers and others.

Here’s a direct quote from the paper…”This paper describes the general approach an organization can use to make existing PeopleSoft classic components available to end users accessing the system in fluid mode. A “classic” PeopleSoft component is one that contains pages built using the techniques of page development for the PeopleSoft Internet Architecture (PIA), which is the ‘pure internet architecture’ used for deploying PeopleSoft applications for well over a decade.”

If you are a developer or technical resource who is either starting to discover FUI or responsible for deploying and maintaining FUI, the red paper is a good source of information. The paper provides information on the following steps:

  • Step 1: Create the Fluid Component
  • Step 2: Create the Fluid Page
  • Step 3: Add Fluid Pages to the Fluid Component
  • Step 4: Update PeopleCode References
  • Step 5: Update, Remove, or Redesign Unsupported Control
  • Step 6: Enable Search Pages
  • Step 7: Adjust and Finalize Layout
  • Step 8: Implement Responsive and Adaptive Behaviors

If you would like more information about the red paper, please reach out to me at larry.zagata@miproconsulting.com.

Cloud vs On-Premise: Having Your Cake and Eating It Too

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A few weeks ago at an Oracle conference, Mark Hurd, Oracle’s CEO, laid out the advantages of the Cloud:

  • A lower cost of ownership
  • Eliminating the need for expensive upgrades
  • Brand new functionality delivered every few months versus every few years
  • A simplified approach to applying updates and bug fixes.

What blew me away was that those are the same advantages attributed to the new PeopleSoft Update Manager (PUM) tool delivered with PeopleSoft 9.2. Furthermore, the PeopleSoft on-premise solution has the additional advantages of allowing a customer to choose when they take the updates (Cloud solutions force an acceptance timeframe) and allow for customization when it is necessary.

Admittedly, having spent the last twenty years working with the PeopleSoft solution, there is some bias; however we use, and have also implemented, Cloud solutions over the past seven years.

There are solid reasons to move to the Cloud but from my experience, those reasons, if you are a current PeopleSoft customer, should primarily be based on IT infrastructure elements. If you are an eBusiness, JDE or SAP customer, the Cloud benefits that Mark Hurd highlighted are real. But PeopleSoft is unique and is the only application in Oracle’s arsenal that could emulate the same benefits as Cloud with the application of the PUM tool.  The reason this is true: PeopleSoft’s original architecture, specifically the metadata that exists for the PeopleSoft modules. A “PUM” like tool could not be created for the other Oracle applications.  So PeopleSoft customers have options.

Today, when you layer in the PUM tool with the recently released PeopleSoft Fluid User Interface (providing the most state-of-the-art HTML 5 user experience), PeopleSoft customers should look long and hard at leveraging investments they’ve made and the experience their team has with the on-premise PeopleSoft application.  This is one of those rare cases where you can have your cake and eat it too.

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

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