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A Hybrid Solution: Oracle PeopleSoft + Oracle Cloud

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It’s one of the most common conversations taking place between IT, finance and HR for any PeopleSoft customer. The system has been customized over the years and some of those customizations are critical to the company. But the functionality feels outdated and the total cost of ownership is growing. So what do you do?

Nationwide Building Society evaluated their options and found a perfect solution. After taking a look at SAP and Workday, they decided to leverage the significant investments they had made in PeopleSoft over the years, take advantage of the newest technology in 9.2 and insert some Cloud elements where it could add the most value. In Nationwide’s case it was Talent Management.

This is getting your cake and being able to eat it too. The full story can be found here:

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact us!

PeopleSoft DPKs and Oracle Cloud

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New with PeopleTools 8.55 is an architecture improvement called Deployment Packages or DPKs. PeopleSoft DPKs offer out-of-the-box functionality which greatly enhances the installation and configuration of your PeopleSoft environment; this is not available via the standard VCD installation. DPKs allow fast deployment of a PeopleSoft environment on any hardware platform—physical hardware (“bare metal”) or virtual. The DPKs can be installed on Linux and Microsoft Windows platforms supported by Oracle for PeopleSoft systems.

A few key items taken from the PeopleTools new features overview:

  • Using DPKs to create a PeopleTools middle-tier (Application Server, Process Scheduler, and PIA) typically takes less than 15 minutes.
  • DPKs allow for fast environment cloning. Using database snap cloning, an environment clone can be achieved in less than 30 minutes.

Additionally, Oracle recently announced PeopleSoft on Oracle Cloud. PeopleSoft customers can run non-production workloads on the Oracle Compute Cloud Service. Customers have the ability to move their existing Development, Test, Training, Demo and Conference Room Pilot environments to the Oracle Compute Cloud or use the Oracle Compute Cloud for their next Oracle Applications Project. Oracle Cloud along with the speed of deployment from DPKs provide customers with options to quickly spin up new PeopleSoft environments on either their own hardware or leveraging Oracle Cloud. For any organization that requires short lived but multiple environments to support projects, these are great options to support those projects.

Oracle has released FAQ’s on the Cloud deployment that can be found here:

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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.


Why Some Firms Are Hesitant to Switch to Cloud for Key Parts of Their Businesses

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Steven Norton and Clint Boulton, writing for the WSJ

While many larger companies have turned to cloud software to manage systems like human-resources management, they are slower to adopt the cloud for applications that handle inventory management, billing and other processes they rely on to run their businesses on a daily basis.

For companies using this type of software to do things like manage the filling, sealing, shipping and billing for thousands of shampoo bottles every hour, there is still too much risk associated with potentially unreliable Internet connections and a dependence on third parties to manage computer servers. The chief information officer of a global consumer packaged-goods company said, “if our [enterprise resource planning system] goes down for five days, we’re out of business.”

This is a trend we hear each and every week: for critical business functions, on-premise software still reigns supreme. Why? Because businesses run on it. If these systems fail, the business stops. Organizations have triage processes and IT teams in place to keep these systems running, and abstracting them away to the cloud – for now – is simply too intimidating.

But as with most technology platforms, there is no black and white. The reality is that for many organizations, cloud and on-premise applications happily co-exist to keep businesses running.

“A lot of our effort has been helping customers pick up new product offerings and modules in the cloud while enabling them to coexist with what a company already has,” said Thomas Kurian, executive vice president of product development at Oracle.

Cloud adoption from large enterprises often comes at the divisional level and through add-on modules. While Oracle offers services to help facilitate the switch to cloud, many core enterprise ERP platforms remain on-premise.

Horses for courses.

PODCAST: PeopleSoft HCM Users Get a Productivity Boost in PeopleSoft 9.2

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We’re excited that our very own Anne Meyer (PeopleSoft HCM Practice Director) and Larry Zagata (Vice President, Solution Delivery) sat down with TechTarget’s Emma Snider to discuss the productivity enhancements found in PeopleSoft 9.2. Here’s how Snider frames the podcast:

The latest version of Oracle PeopleSoft human capital management (HCM) and financials software, PeopleSoft 9.2, will be generally available this month after several years in development. So what can users expect to see in this new release?

In this podcast, SearchFinancialApplications associate editor Emma Snider caught up with Anne Meyer and Larry Zagata from MIPRO Consulting in order to flesh out some of the most significant new features for both the HR and finance side in 9.2. MIPRO is a Milford, Mich.-based consultancy that concentrates solely on PeopleSoft implementations and upgrades.

Other topics covered include what benefits users can expect to reap if they choose to upgrade to the newest version and how they should approach an upgrade.

But in the wake of Oracle’s cloud-based Fusion applications, is it wise to continue upgrading PeopleSoft HCM and finance systems? Meyer and Zagata also touch on how organization leaders can decide whether moving to a cloud-based system might be the better choice, as well as the feasibility of opting for a hybrid cloud and on-premises approach.

You can listen to the podcast over at Search Financial Applications’ website, or you can download the podcast directly.

Many thanks to Emma Snider and TechTarget for hosting Anne and Larry!


Oracle’s Practical HCM Cloud Appeals to PeopleSoft Customer Base

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Here’s Stuart Lauchlan, writing for businessCLOUD9:

In the increasingly febrile battleground of Cloud HCM (Human Capital Management), Oracle’s racked up a couple of nice deals for its Fusion HCM from existing PeopleSoft users – the kind of wins it needs to stave off competition from Workday and SAP.

First up, banking and financial services group UBS has selected Oracle’s Fusion HCM for its 65,000 strong workforce across 50 countries. “UBS needs an HCM solution that works globally and can help transform the way our HR organisation delivers services,” said John Bradley, global head of HR at UBS. “We believe that Oracle Fusion HCM will significantly increase our HR core platform capability.”

This is exactly the kind of customer that Oracle needs to keep on board as it’s a long standing PeopleSoft user.

It seems that everything is going to the cloud — and just maybe it should. When financial institutions move to the cloud, we know it is safe to be there, namely because of their strict security requirements. The truth is that your data is usually safer in the cloud than it is inside your own facilities, under your bed, or buried in your backyard. Because cloud datacenters have to protect so many different types of highly sensitive data, their facilities are overdesigned to be bulletproof to protect their clients. General cloud facilities may require a security standard to meet Advanced Encryption Standard, AES, 256 (bits), while many facilities actually build to a 1024 (bits) standard, 4X what may be required.

Chances are, you don’t have that sort of over-engineering when it comes to your own on-premise data.

The general cloud sales pitch goes something like this: the solution allows you to maintain your security and data protection, whilst reducing total cost of ownership. Part of that protection and ROI also does away with the need for a separate Disaster Recovery (DR) strategy. If your system is in the cloud, you are pretty much covered for DR and no longer need worry about either having a DR strategy, the investment of a separate DR site, or the need to test it to prove that it works. Most companies’ strategies are either not tested, unless an audit is coming, and most have holes in them and would not actually work.

Another feature of modern cloud recovery is that the recoveries are either automatic or kick-off with just a few keystrokes of a system administrator. That can include a recovery of an entire system or just a few corrupted or accidentally deleted files. The nice thing about an all electronic recovery, versus manual, is that it can be in near real time or only the time it takes to make a system copy across high bandwidth pipe from one cloud facility to another. Once you go to the cloud, you can forget about such natural disasters such as local hurricanes, lightning, fires and floods, as well as the man-made disasters.

One of these days we will find that most ERP systems, like many others, will be cloud-based, for all of the right reasons.

More links:
MIPRO Consulting main website.
MIPRO on Twitter and LinkedIn.
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Report from Dreamforce

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Jeff Kaplan:

Despite the economy, election and lingering questions about whether Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) is enterprise-ready, this week’s Dreamforce conference drew nearly ten thousand energnetic attendees and exhibitors to celebrate the power of the ‘cloud’.
The event not only dispelled any questions about whether the SaaS movement can withstand today’s economy, it also helped to resolve the needless debate over whether there is a difference between SaaS and cloud computing. succeeded in dissolving any line of demarcation which may have existed between the SaaS and cloud computing worlds by:

  • Using the terms interchangeably throughout its keynote and breakout sessions
  • Unveiling a new round of cloud-based applications and platform capabilities
  • Expanding its strategic alliances to include two more pivotal ‘cloud’ players’s two most significant announcements were its move into website hosting services, and new alliances with Amazon and Facebook.

10,000 attendees?  Amazing.  I think we’ve reached the tipping point, folks.  Hang on to your hats.

Related: Vinnie Mirchandani’s The Unsung Innovations at Dreamforce