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HCM Image 15 and Tools 8.55

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Have you noticed the changes and improvements after upgrading to Tools 8.55 and the latest HCM Image release? One of the changes you will notice immediately is that access to the classic menu has been removed. This change is designed to drive the FLUID user experience. Users can enter into the Manager Self-Service, Employee Self-Service, and Workforce Administrator FLUID landing pages.

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Over on the far right hand side is the NavBar button. Clicking on the NavBar will expose a number of additional navigation options including Favorites, the Classic Home menu, FLUID Home and other personalized shortcuts.

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All of this navigation has a much more FLUID and mobile feel designed for mobile devices but, as mentioned, the Classic Home is still available for those longing for the old look and feel.

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The FLUID navigation can be found using the Navigator button. While this was there on previous Tools versions, with 8.55 there is more emphasis on FLUID as the starting point as opposed to the classic menu.

 

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For more information on PeopleSoft and Tools 8.55, please feel free to contact me at larry.zagata@miproconsulting.com.

 

PeopleSoft 9.2 Field Observations

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This month PeopleSoft 9.2 will have been available for three years. Having worked closely with many organizations who made the move to 9.2, there are two common observations that have surfaced.

First is that Selective Adoption and the use of the PeopleSoft Update Manager (PUM) tool is still a mystery and struggle for many firms. Application fixes and the regular availability of new functionality has truly been a paradigm shift and a large number of organizations have not yet figured out how to best tackle this new application lifecycle model. Oracle has provided a number of resources to educate their customer base and partners like MIPRO have developed workshops and services to assist PeopleSoft customers as well. If you are a PeopleSoft 9.2 user, understanding and implementing a long term Selective Adoption strategy should be a priority for 2016.

The second interesting observation is that organizations have a desire to get more value out of the feature-rich 9.2 applications. Organizations heard about the benefits of PeopleSoft 9.2 and made the decision to invest the time, effort and budget to upgrade to 9.2. A common approach, however, was to take the most cost effective path, often leading to either a purely technical upgrade or a “functionality light” upgrade. We often see companies use PeopleSoft 9.2 exactly how they did with their prior 8.9, 9.0 or 9.1 applications. Now organizations are stepping back and starting to focus on finally extracting and utilizing the many new features offered with 9.2, unlocking and tapping into the true value of Oracle’s $5 billion R&D annual spend.

Getting the most from your investment in PeopleSoft is a common theme for 2016. There is a lot to take advantage of, since most of the road-mapped 9.3 features and functionally have already made their way into the current PeopleSoft 9.2 PI (PeopleSoft Update Image). And we haven’t even touched on all the new amazing features of PeopleTools 8.55. Our observations from the field – 2016 is going to be a banner year for organizations using PeopleSoft.

Contact us today to help determine your Selective Adoption strategy for 2016!

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.

PeopleSoft Selective Adoption at Collaborate 2016

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COLLABORATE 2016

Did you catch the latest news on the
PeopleSoft Information Portal?

Oracle has provided a list of “must attend” sessions at Collaborate that focus on PeopleSoft Selective Adoption and MIPRO has made the list. As stated in the release by Oracle, Selective Adoption truly represents a new delivery paradigm in which Oracle delivers frequent maintenance updates and new features to its PeopleSoft customers. No more waiting a year or more for new features to be released! Customers need to fully understand this new continuous delivery model and create adoption plans that take advantage of all of the new features & functionality that are continuously being released. Don’t miss out on all of the benefits offered by this new delivery model. How do you create this adoption plan? Start by attending Developing a Selective Adoption Strategy hosted by MIPRO’s Larry Zagata on Wednesday, April 1th at 8:00am in the Mandalay Bay Ballroom J.

For more information about PeopleSoft Selective Adoption or anything PeopleSoft, contact Larry Zagata.

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 this healthcare software development company. 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.

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.

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!

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: 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 larry.zagata@miproconsulting.com.