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PeopleSoft Update Image 10

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What’s Going On?

Not too long ago, on December 19th of last year, Oracle released PeopleSoft Update Image 10.  For the most part, this update contains a number of minor and major enhancements in various areas of financials.  While there are enhancements spanning multiple modules, PeopleSoft continues to add new Fluid User Interface content and features.  As we’ve discussed in considerable detail before, the Fluid User Interface continues to give PeopleSoft a key makeover and enhance it to become more and more mobile-friendly. It literally makes PeopleSoft a responsive design app.

What’s New?

Here is a list of some of the new Fluid UI content from Image 10:

  • Provided Fluid UI Travel Authorization for quickly creating and submitting pre-trip costs on multiple devices for approval.
  • Added a Fluid User Interface for the Maintenance Management service request.
  • One of the biggies: released an enhancement for the Fluid Project Management Homepage and all of its related functionality. This feature is also known as “Projects On the Go”, and includes pages and functions to review and/or update Project Team Resources, Project Financials, Project Performance, Project Unbilled Cost WIP, Project Profit Margin, Contract Profit Margin, Project Timesheets, Resource and Project Schedules, and Project Status Reports.  It also offers a Resource Locator capability to search for and request resources for projects.
  • Added the concept of a “business card” to enable users to quickly view employee contact information via the Fluid Project Management interface.
  • Provided a new capability that allows cash and treasury professionals to simply view the global cash and investment position via any device through the new PeopleSoft Fluid User Interface.
  • New Fluid Employee Self Service home page. Again, beautiful and responsive on any device.

You can find the new FSCM image 10 content from the PeopleSoft home page of Peoplesoft92.com or directly from the Fluid User Interface Homepages.  You’ll need your Oracle support user ID and password to access the content on the Oracle support site.

Contact Us

As always, any questions regarding content in this PeopleSoft Update Image 10 or PUM in general, please reach out – we’re happy to talk you through what this image means to your organization. It’s impressive stuff.

The Feed: This Week in Tech News and Commentary

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The Feed will be a new weekly feature here on MIPRO Unfiltered. What is it? News and micro-commentary from this week in the tech industry that you were probably too busy to catch. We’ve all been there – trying to stay in the know, but real life has a way of interrupting. We hope this lets you catch up on a few things you might have missed.

  1. Apple has given a minor refresh to its MacBook Pro Retina models. Nutshell: new CPUs (still not Haswell, though – for that you’ll have to wait until 2015), 16 GB standard in high-end models, pricing adjusted down a little. Nice inter-macrocycle refresh, just in time for school. Link.
  2. Facebook is now requiring users to use its Facebook Messenger app if you want to send a message to another Facebook user. People are outraged by this (for some reason), but in the mega-competitive messaging space (think SnapChat, WhatsApp, etc.) your app has to be standalone and feature rich, not a bolt-on to your main service. Messaging is huge. (Side note: remember Tim Cook said ‘Messages’ is the most-used iOS app.) Link.
  3. Hilton goes high-tech: the company is investing $550 million to make sure you don’t need to visit the front desk to check in. You just go to your room, hit a button on your smartphone, and you’re in. Hilton would like to see this complete on a worldwide scale by 2016. Link.
  4. Microsoft’s Siri competitor, Cortana, now has the ability to use Foursquare location and local recommendation data. This makes sense, as MSFT invested $15M in Foursquare earlier this year. Link.
  5. In a bizarre twist of anti-piracy antics, London’s Police Department is buying ads on piracy websites telling users that stealing movies is illegal. I wonder if the London PD understands their money is funding the piracy sites. Link.
  6. Free wifi is great, right? Not so fast. If you want to scare yourself silly by learning just how easy it is for people and companies to track you (literally) and gather information about you and your habits, this is for you. 6 minutes well-invested, in my opinion. If it appears too good to be true, it probably is comes to mind. Link.
  7. Amazon now has a section of their store that has about 200 items that are 3D printed on-demand when you buy them. The future is getting closer everyday. Link.
  8. Automattic, the company behind the mega-popular CMS engine WordPress, has created an app that more or less clones Instagram, called Selfies. Available on Android only, I guess the only remaining question is why, everyone has been going crazy and getting instant Instagram followers since then. Link.

Thanks for reading this week, everyone. See you Monday.

Game Changers: What Apple Announced This Week at WWDC

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You can’t go anywhere on the web without reading one of a zillion articles about what Apple announced at Monday’s Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC), so instead of going long on this and reiterating what everyone is saying, I’m going to summarize the big things as succinctly as possible.

Why even bother? Because some of the things Apple announced are HUGE.

Open-API Touch ID Functionality

Touch ID – the software behind Apple’s fingerprint sensor in the iPhone 5S – is excellent, and once you start using it, you get used to it – fast. Passwords feel archaic, and you get annoyed when you have to type one.

This week, Apple opened Touch ID up to third-party developers, which means anyone can create an app that foregoes passwords and instead uses a fingerprint biometric. Think about that: Apple is swinging an axe straight down on the neck of the confusing, easily-compromised password scheme we all love to hate.

This will change the way login security will be handled on a massive scale. Just wait and see how quickly developers snap this up.

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Calpine Posts Breakout Year

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We’d like to give a quick congratulations to Calpine, a MIPRO client, for having a record-setting year in 2012. We work firsthand with the Calpine teams, and they’re world-class all the way.

“2012 was a breakout year for Calpine, as we capitalized on the secular shift toward greater utilization of combined-cycle gas turbines in the power generation industry,” said Jack Fusco, Calpine’s Chief Executive Officer. “We achieved record operating results, generating 116 million MWh – 23% more than last year.”

Just fantastic numbers.

NEWS: Customers and Partners Join Oracle’s PeopleSoft 9.2 Early Success Program

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Oracle Displays Commitment to PeopleSoft by Empowering Customers and Partners with Early Access to Upcoming Release

Redwood Shores, Calif. – March 25, 2013

News Facts

  • Underscoring its commitment to help Oracle’s PeopleSoft customers and partners accelerate upgrades and new implementations, Oracle today announced the Oracle’s PeopleSoft 9.2 Early Success Program.
  • With an innovative new user experience, expanded product functionality and enhanced lifecycle management, PeopleSoft 9.2 enables organizations to drive user adoption and value while reducing total cost of ownership.
  • Beginning in January of this year, Early Success Program customers and partners have received access to PeopleSoft software for human capital management (HCM), finance, procurement and supply chain management (SCM) before general availability to support their planned 2013 implementations of PeopleSoft 9.2.
  • Crossing industries and geographies, the first wave of customer participants include: AARP, Caterpillar Inc., Franklin Templeton Investments, Washington University in St. Louis, Westfield and Verizon. More than fifteen customers have received early versions of PeopleSoft 9.2 prior to general availability.
  • Working alongside Specialized partners and experts, Oracle provides a secure path for customers to benefit from the latest technology advances and drive better business performance with PeopleSoft applications.
  • More than 20 Oracle PartnerNetwork Partners were selected to receive the early version of PeopleSoft 9.2 to gain critical knowledge that supports successful customer adoptions. Initial partners include: Accenture LLC, BTR Group, Cardinal Point Solutions, Cognizant, CSC, Deloitte Consulting, Ellire, GreyHeller, Huron Consulting Group, Infosys, KPMG, MIPRO, Newbury Consulting Group, PwC, Regents Consulting LLC, SmartERP Solutions, Succeed Consultancy LLC, Wipro, and Zanett.
  • Leveraging Oracle VM VirtualBox technology has enabled these customers and partners to accelerate the download and setup of the PeopleSoft 9.2 environments.
  • Oracle Consulting Services and the Oracle Upgrade Lab are utilizing PeopleSoft 9.2 as part of the Early Success Program.
  • The Early Success Program provides strategic customers and partners direct hands-on access to PeopleSoft 9.2 before general availability. They also provide feedback to the PeopleSoft development team to help enhance the solution for the rest of the customer base.

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PeopleSoft, Social Media and You

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Increasingly, social media is becoming a legitimate news/announcement source for brands, projects and other topics. In fact for me — a former diehard RSS junkie — social media and frequently-updated blogs have become the quickest way for me to find breaking news about a given topic. This is something I do by default, sometimes forgetting that not everyone knows how to harness social media like a full-time web wonk like me.

So it caught my eye when Matthew Haavisto at the PeopleSoft Technology Blog summed up PeopleSoft’s main social media platforms:

Besides this blog, there are lots of public sources for information on PeopleSoft and PeopleTools, particularly in social media.  YouTube contains some great video feature overviews, webcasts, and interviews.  PeopleSoft’s pages on Facebook and Twitter give you fresh and current information on all sorts of topics related to PeopleSoft.  You can also interact and collaborate directly with PeopleSoft employees and other customers.  These sites are not limited to PeopleTools, but cover a broad range of PeopleSoft applications and technology.

PeopleSoft on Facebook

PeopleSoft on Twitter

PeopleSoft on YouTube

If you’re a user of any of these channels and interested any PeopleSoft, it makes sense to follow PeopleSoft news and developments on them. Because of the frictionless publishing and ease of sharing, you’ll see new stuff appear here faster than you would in the pages of your favorite trade rag. Give them a look.

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Twitter – Gimmick, Fad or Tool?

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Initially I thought Twitter was some gimmick through which celebrities (insert your own definition of celebrity) fed their own egos by posting snippets of their life.  I didn’t care, so Twitter did not interest me much.  I did not even watch Entertainment Tonight, so following some “celebrity du jour” as they tweeted arcane details of their life in short snippets just did not appeal to me.  I considered it a gimmick that would never catch hold.

Before I knew what happened, Twitter transformed from a gimmick to a fad.  Am I one of the few without a Twitter account?  Maybe.  Virtually everybody who does any public relations has an account, and a group of followers.  That is interesting to me, because somehow I don’t view my life as being interesting enough for someone to want to follow.  Headlines such as “emptying dishwasher” or “running errands”, or even a commentary such as “just helped client solve a major crisis” seem a little trivial, but I’m not LeBron James or Lady Gaga, or some of the other more popular Twitter accounts.  But what do I know, because I might be one of the few not tweeting social updates, commentary on world events, and generally espousing about what’s happening now.

As I ponder the real value of Twitter, the value has to be in the immediacy of the messaging.  My son and I were talking about this recently when he shared a story about how he knew of the horrible bombing is Oslo minutes before it broke on any of the leading news networks.  How did he know?  Somehow, one of his buddies received a tweet from someone on-site announcing the terrible news.  Now most journalists would fret about unverified sources and balancing timing with accuracy, but the reality is that Twitter is proving to be a tool for breaking news at it very roots.  The concept of a “reporter” is literally out the window when the story is relayed by someone who is part of the scene. The individual becomes the channel; there’s no need to wait for a major outlet to break and package the story.

That started me to thinking about some of the ways to use Twitter as a tool.  One that came to mind was up-to the minute traffic reports.  How about a twitter “channel”  for ABC County traffic where people instantly post tweets and re-tweets such as “two car accident at Elm and Main – avoid area”?  Or “one lane traffic on Rt 1 due to construction northbound…traffic jammed”?  It would certainly gain my attention as something I would follow.  Or maybe my favorite theater could tweet “7:20 showing of My Favorite Movie is sold out” to let me know I need to change plans.  Or maybe my project team uses it for instant updates “vendor conversion complete – please start validation process”? When can Twitter effectively replace SMS and email messaging? Can it? To me, in its current state, it needs more signal and less noise.

The reality is that when you start to consider the power of Twitter to mass distribute messaging to people sharing a common interest, maybe there is something to this, and maybe there is more to what I initially saw as a gimmick and a fad.  It seems to me that anything or anyone with a “status” could become a candidate for Twitter, but I’m starting to think that’s not the main use case.  It’s probably not fair to say that the future is limitless, but there are some very interesting concepts to ponder as to how you can use Twitter as your own personal news transmitter or receiver.

How do you use Twitter? Aside from hashtags and massively curating my follow list, is there a better way to focus what I absorb on Twitter?

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Google Asks, ‘What Do You Love?’

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Google has quietly unveiled a service called What Do You Love? which is essentially a way for a user to search on a topic and have results returned categorically, by Google product, and easily-parsible.  From playing with it for about ten minutes, it seems to be a result aggregator that includes results across a wide range of Google product/services: Images, Maps, Trends, News, Groups, Translate, Mobile, Chrome, Alerts, Earth, SketchUp, Blog Search, and so on.

For example, here’s what a search for ‘PeopleSoft’ returns.

For me, this is…cute.  For now, that’s the best word I can come up with. I don’t see it ever replacing my standard Google search behavior, and I’m already a power user of Google’s services, so I pretty much know their portfolio.  For users who only see Google as a search engine, or who are just now dipping their toes in more robust web apps, this is a great showcase for Google’s results displayed across a showcase for its myriad products.

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[NEWS] CIO Randy Mott Leaves HP

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Saw this tweet by Thomas Wailgum yesterday:

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This is pretty big news, as Mott was, for the most part, considered a successful executive.  But as Wailgum suggests, perhaps we was too rich for HP CEO Leo Apotheker’s taste?

It’s anyone’s guess as to impetus, but he was expensive.  From data compiled in 2009 from publicly-filed SEC documents, Mott was indeed pricy, topping a list of CIOs from Fortune 1000 companies, coming in at $28.3M in annual compensation.  The next on the list?  Same Leno from Boston Scientific at $8M/year.

CIO.com UK has more information, part of which is IDC analyst Crawford Del Prete proffering Mott’s leaving has to do with overall restructuring at HP per Apotheker’s vision more than anything else:

Regarding Mott, Del Prete said with the build phase of the IT consolidation largely over, it now looks like HP wants to combine the role of the CIO with the chief administrative officer, “and that’s why I think he is leaving.”

It’s hard to tell exactly what drove this – most likely a combination of factors – but when a senior executive leaves ‘effective immediately’, it’s hardly ever good.

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