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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.

PeopleSoft Image 20 – Enhanced Fluid Approvals

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Last week we talked about the new PeopleSoft Update Image 20 and the many new features included in this update (click here if you missed our blog). In this feature of Unfiltered we are going to highlight one particular feature: Enhanced Fluid Approvals.

With the release of Image 20, over a dozen approvals are available via the Fluid Approvals functionality, enabling approvers to complete approvals on the go with any device allowed by their organization via the Approval Tile on the FSCM Fluid Homepage.

  • Financials
    • Commitment Control:  budget journals
    • Expenses:  expense reports, time reports, time adjustments
    • General Ledger:  journal entries
    • Payables:  vouchers, payment requests
    • Receivables:  payment write-offs
    • Treasury:  settlements, deals
  • Supply Chain
    • eProcurement:  requisitions
    • Purchasing:  purchase orders
    • Services Procurement:  service work orders, service expenses
    • Strategic Sourcing:  sourcing events

It is worthwhile to note that with Image 20 update, LINE level approval is now available for the following transactions via fluid approval:

  • eProcurement requisition approval
  • Purchase order approval
  • Expense report approval

To learn more about Fluid Approvals click here to watch the release, or go to www.peoplesoftinfo.com to access the Cumulative Feature Overview (CFO) Tool for Financials and Supply Chain and PeopleBooks.

As always, we are also here to answer any questions. Reach out to us anytime via email – larry.zagata@miproconsulting.com or shannon.roche@miproconsulting.com

PeopleSoft Image 20 Released

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Oracle has released PeopleSoft Image 20 – Financials/Supply Chain Update.  The release video above highlights a subset of the more than two dozen features contained in this image, including:

  • Fluid approvals
  • Fluid forms and approval builder
  • Multiple item image capability
  • ChartField modification by eProcurement mobile approval
  • Expanded General Ledger spreadsheet upload
  • Configurable supplier registration

It is worthwhile to note that several of the new features, particularly the new Fluid Forms and Approval Builder, Lease Administration Navigation Collection, and Mobile Fluid Approvals, require PeopleTools 8.55, while the majority of the remaining features require 8.54 or higher.

The release of this PeopleSoft Image 20 includes more than 2 dozen features/improvements, culminating to over 400 enhancements made across the FSCM suite since the release of 9.2.  Refer to the Cumulative Feature Overview (CFO) Tool for Financials and Supply Chain and PeopleBooks, accessible via www.peoplesoftinfo.com to learn more about these features and others from prior images.

We will be highlighting a different feature of PeopleSoft Image 20 every week – check back often to learn more. If you have any questions please feel free to contact us at larry.zagata@miproconsulting.com

PeopleSoft Mobile Inventory Improvements

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PeopleSoft Mobile Inventory has been around for quite some time. As most know, it is a mobile extension of PeopleSoft Inventory and Purchasing to hand-held scanning devices. Previously we would have to leverage ADF (application development framework) or the middleware between the hand-held and PeopleSoft FSCM. However, with the delivery of FSCM Image 14, Oracle delivered some high priority transactions leveraging the FLUID user interface. This removes the dependency with ADF (although that is still a viable route) and makes Mobile Inventory enabled on a very familiar and consistent platform and toolset. This allows for easier deployment as well as adding FLUID content for additional mobile functionality. It also allows for the use of any HTML 5 compliant device. So mobile users can use rugged iPads with bar code readers for example, and nothing additional needs to be deployed.

With Image 14, Oracle delivered Par Count, Par Count Ad hoc, Guided Count, Count by Location, Count by Item, Express Issue and Receiving Ad hoc. With Image 18, Oracle added additional transactions including Manual Count, Picking Feedback, Delivery, Delivery Cart, Perform Putaway, PO Receiving, Item Stock Inquiry, Fulfillment Inquiry, Bin to Bin Transfer and Adjustments.

PeopleSoft Mobile Inventory requires a connection to the PeopleSoft database to work. In some cases with customers having remote locations or warehouses without Wi-Fi, this drove them to a different solution using handheld devices. Keep in mind, especially with the use of HTML 5 compliant devices like tablets and iPads, they can come with cellular connections built right in allowing for a broader use in areas that may not be Wi-Fi connected. Keep that option in mind when considering PeopleSoft Mobile Inventory.

If you would like additional information on PeopleSoft Mobile Inventory, please contact me at larry.zagata@miproconsulting.com.

Improvements to PeopleSoft Procurement

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Marc Weintraub (Senior Director of Product Strategy for PeopleSoft) spoke with Alexa Masters (Product Strategy Director, PS Procurement) to talk about the advancement of PeopleSoft Procurement solutions in 9.2.

The three main challenges facing procurement organizations today are:

  1. Spend Creep
  2. Supplier & Contract Compliance
  3. Technology to manage the process

In this video, Alexa explains the measures that have been taken to improve the products and meet these challenges for their customers.

Alexa also addresses the importance of mobility in requisitioning. PeopleSoft, using the Fluid User Interface (FUI), offers an intuitive user experience optimized for smart phones, tablets and even use on the desktop. Using FUI makes procurement a more efficient process from requisitions to approvals and all the way to the receiving of orders.

There have also been improvements to Supplier Contracts with the addition of the Supplier Contracts Workbench as well as the Sourcing & Contract Work Center. By utilizing these new features available to 9.2, customers are able to see vast improvements in their procurement organizations by reducing risk and improving data management.

Reach out to us if you have any questions regarding the improvements to PeopleSoft Procurement or any other PeopleSoft questions.

PeopleTools Health Center Fluid User Interface (FUI)

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There has been a lot of discussion around the new functionality and features that have been delivered with FUI since the release of PeopleTools 8.54. Now with the release of Tools 8.55, FUI extends itself into the technology area in several ways:

  • PeopleTools Health Center
  • PUM Dashboard
  • FLUID Dashboards
  • FLUID Related Content

Let’s take a look at the PeopleTools Health Center. The PeopleTools Health Center has dashboards for monitoring the health and performance load of the PeopleSoft architecture. The PeopleTools Health Center also provides alerts for performance issues and integrated logs.

Providing a FUI dashboard for the system health allows PeopleSoft Admins to easily and conveniently use their mobile device to ascertain the status of the solution. This information is vital to every organization and can now be accessed anywhere, anytime.

 

Health Center 1

Users can drill down into each of the web servers, application servers and process schedulers for more details.

Health Center 2

And users can drill down deeper into the log files.

Health Center 3

You can find the PeopleTools Health Center using the Navigator on the left side of the landing page under the PeopleTools navigation.

Health Center 4

Don’t miss out on all the latest & greatest PeopleSoft has to offer. If you would like more information on the PeopleTools Health Center please contact me at larry.zagata@miproconsulting.com.

Cloud Versus Customization

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cloud versus customization

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.

Fluid Pages – Navigation Standards

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One of Oracle’s primary areas of commitment and focus is to ensure PeopleSoft is mobile-device friendly and they have done this using fluid pages. Fluid pages are PeopleSoft pages that are mobile device enabled and allow for end-user self-service.  Initially Oracle began deploying fluid pages primarily for the end-user and focused on more simple self-service applications.  Many of the self-service needs are being addressed as images are rolled out.

The next step in the evolution of fluid pages is more complex transactions that are not only applicable to end-users but to power users. We have spoken often about the key requirement to create a selective adoption strategy, but the other key initiative that should be of importance to most organizations is a fluid strategy. In order to enable an effective fluid deployment, organizations must have a fluid strategy that is consistent, repeatable, and intuitive and will be readily and easily adopted with minimal training.

To help with the consistency of fluid pages, Oracle released the “Fluid Navigation Standards, Fluid User Experience” white paper in October 2015.  (The white paper is on My Oracle support and you will need your customer id and password to access it.)  It contains over 30 pages of content and covers such topics as:

  • Homepages
  • Navigation
  • Application start pages
  • Fluid and classic co-existence
  • Activity guides
  • Navigation collection
  • Related actions

The white paper is a great starting point when looking to understand fluid and its capabilities.  Remember, the tool is one aspect of fluid, but having an overall strategy that is consistent across the end user experience is just as important and a key step before designing and rolling out fluid pages.

If you would like more information on fluid, drop me a note at Sam.Sisler@miproconsulting.com.

FSCM PUM Image 15

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FSCM PUM Image 15 was recently released in November 2015 and is available on My Oracle Support. There are several new features included with this image release that will add value to Financials and Supply Chain so don’t let this valuable new functionality go unused.

Here are just a couple of the features included:

Accounts Receivable: We enhanced the Accounts Receivable product to provide the new Comprehensive Customer View feature that gives a complete view of your business and activity with a particular customer. This capability is enabled through the new Configurable Analysis Framework. This is the main Unit of Work for the Comprehensive Customer View feature.

Purchasing: PeopleSoft Supplier Lifecycle Management now offers three new pivot grids to help organizations analyze incoming supplier change requests: aging change requests, change requests by type of change, and trending for approved change requests. These new pivot grids are available within the Supplier Administration WorkCenter and give administrators a holistic view of incoming supplier change request throughput.

Based on your Selective Adoption strategy and schedule, FSCM PUM Image 15 is available to be applied to take advantage of these examples along with OVER 15 other new features.

If you would like additional information on FSCM PUM Image 15 or Selective Adoption, please reach out to me at larry.zagata@miproconsulting.com.

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.

 

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