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2017 Education and Networking Conferences

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Have you planned your education and networking budget for 2017?  In addition to the Oracle PeopleSoft website, www.peoplesoftinfo.com, there are several user groups that organize in-person and virtual monthly meetings along with annual conferences.  User groups are great resources for:

  • Product and customer information
  • To see what topics are trending with customers
  • Presentation and education opportunities for customers

As you plan your education and travel budget, you may want to consider having your team members cover different conferences to expand your team’s knowledge base and network, including:

• Healthcare Information Management Systems Society:
− HiMSS17: “Where The Brightest Minds In Health and IT Meet” www.himssconference.org
February 19 – 23, 2017 Orange County Convention Center, Orlando FLConferences

• Higher Ed User Group:
− Alliance 2017:  Feb 27 – March 2, 2017, MGM Grand, Las Vegas NV

• Public Sector User Group:  www.PSUGonline.org

• Federal Users Network (FUN):  www.federalusersnetwork.com

• Quest International User Group:
Quest− COLLABORATE: Technology and applications forum for the Oracle Community April 2–6, 2017, Mandalay Bay, Las Vegas NV
− RECONNECT:  PeopleSoft Deep Dive,  July 17 – 21, 2017, Hyatt Regency O’Hare, Rosemont IL
− SIG (special industry group) Experience Week:  dates to be announcedOHUG

• Oracle Human Capital Management (HCM) User Group:
− Global Conference:  June 6 – 9, 2017, Rosen Centre Hotel, Orlando FL

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• Oracle Healthcare Industry User Group:
− Interact 2017:June 18–21, 2017 Rosen Shingle Creek, Orlando FL

• Oracle OpenWorld:  October 1 – 5, 2017, San Francisco CA

If we can be of any assistance please do not hesitate to reach out to us.

PeopleSoft Partner Summit

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Having attended the PeopleSoft Partner Summit, MIPRO Consulting is energized by all the opportunities we have to assist PeopleSoft customers.  PeopleSoft’s commitment is stronger than even and is laser-focused on customer value.  New products like the PeopleSoft Cloud Manager will provide customers the best of both worlds, the outstanding functionality of PeopleSoft as well as the ability to manage all and/or some of their environments in Oracle Cloud. The possibilities are endless.

In the HCM sessions modernizing of self-service, delivering the new fluid total rewards in Image 20 to the upcoming Self-Service for Position Management were exciting.  Along with simple features like the ability to now store attachments in self-service, coupled with all the new analytics on the roadmap, PeopleSoft continues to demonstrate their commitment focused on customer value.

To learn more about the PeopleSoft Partner Summit click here to read Mark Weintraub’s recap which was posted on the Oracle Blog.

As always, feel free to reach out to us at any time with any of your PeopleSoft related questions.

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

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.

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: http://docs.oracle.com/cd/E69776_01/pca_faq/index.html

For more information, feel free to contact me at larry.zagata@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 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 HCM Position Statement

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HCM Position Statement

PeopleSoft and the Affordable Care Act

Oracle continues to provide updates, the last one on February 10, 2015, to a white paper for Benefits, Time and Labor, and Payroll North America as it relates to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (HR 3590) and the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010 (H.R. 4872). The laws are extremely complex and ever-changing and the PeopleSoft HCM Position Statement provides brief summaries for the provisions that most directly relate to Benefits and Payroll business practices.

The white paper is a valuable read and can be accessed by clicking PeopleSoft Benefits and Payroll for North America Position Statement: Affordable Care Act. You will be prompted to enter your Oracle user name and password.
The document is organized by years and lists the regulation, followed by the requirement of that regulation and then the PeopleSoft position. The PeopleSoft position may reflect that there is no impact to Benefits or Payroll North America products, or it may indicate what product changes were made to support the revision, including any applicable Bug information: BUG ID, Update ID, and Bundle ID by version. There are a good 15 pages of detail that outline provisions that impact 2014-2015. I consider this a “must read” for anyone responsible for executing Benefits and Payroll in PeopleSoft.

As always, please be sure to contact Larry Zagata with any questions. MIPRO is your go-to contact for anything PeopleSoft.

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