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Every Quarter Equals New Functionality

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PeopleSoft Selective Adoption

The recent blog title from the Quest International Users Group – “PeopleSoft Is Alive and It’s Time to Adopt” caught my attention because it’s what we’ve been sharing with our customers for the past few years.

While a rip and replace cloud strategy might be the right direction for some, those who have invested in PeopleSoft are still getting value and have the ability to walk cautiously to the cloud vs running. This is made possible by Oracle’s continued investment in PeopleSoft. Quest opens with a quote from Paco Aubrejuan, “If you don’t believe what we say, look at what we do.” Every quarter = new functionality. 

MIPRO’s website is a great resource for all the new PeopleSoft features. https://www.miproconsulting.com/resources/new-pum-features/

If you have any questions regarding PeopleSoft’s new features/functionality reach out to us – we are here to help.

 

Guided Self-Service

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PeopleSoft 9.2 delivers a new way to process manager self-service transactions called Guided Self-Service. This is a framework under which various MSS transactions, such as promotion, transfers etc., can be configured in a wizard-like approach. This way of processing HR transactions removes the emphasis on screens and navigations and puts the emphasis on business processes.

The functionality was first introduced in Image 9 and since then has been constantly improved. There are a number of benefits that Guided Self-Service offers over traditional manager self-service.

  1. It is developed using Fluid architecture so it delivers a great user experience, irrespective of the device being used. For self-service transactions, this is a must-have feature.
  2. It is configurable to show or hide various personal and job information details. This is extremely useful when organizations do not want certain information visible to employees.
  3. It is configured to use specific action/reason (instead of showing the entire list of reason codes to employees or adding customizations). There is also a provision to add custom reasons that are not part of Job data. I would not recommend this in most of the circumstances except where the organization wants to collect more finely detailed reasons but does not want to maintain them on the job.
  4. Multiple steps can be performed as part of the same transaction. For example, a promotion transaction can supplement a pay change and full/part status change. The steps are configurable.
  5. It fully supports Approval Workflow Engine (AWE). Different transactions can be configured for different approvals paths.
  6. Oracle delivers the following business processes that can be modified:
    • Change Full / Part Time Status
    • Demote Employee
    • Promote Employee
    • Request Ad Hoc Salary Change
    • Request Location Change (Image 14)
    • Request Leave of Absence (used for unpaid leaves of absence) (Image 21)
    • Request Paid Leave of Absence (Image 21)
    • Request Reporting Change (Image 14)
    • Retire Employee
    • Terminate Employee
    • Transfer Employee
  7. Organizations can create and register their own business processes.
  8. For position-managed organizations, the functionality updates position data when location or reports-to transactions are processed.
  9. It fully supports text catalogs, related actions and simplified analytics.
  10. In Image 20, the functionality has been extended to provide attachment functionality. Now managers can attach documents at the initiation of the transaction.
  11. In Image 21, the functionality has been extended to provide paid leave of absence.
  12. On the administrative side, the functionality allows automatic job updates.

 

There are various other features and functions that are offered through Guided Self-Service. Click below to access the Video Feature Overview (VFO) of the functionality from Oracle. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GyCjjvmws7w

If you are thinking about service delivery optimization and business process improvement, keep Guided Self-Service on your radar. Oracle is going to stop support for traditional manager self-service by the end of this year and will only support Guided Self-Service. Click below to access Oracle statement of direction. https://support.oracle.com/epmos/faces/SearchDocDisplay?_adf.ctrl-state=9e9gpwche_9&_afrLoop=563366102330204

As always – if you have any questions regarding Guided Self-Service or any other PeopleSoft questions do not hesitate to contact us.

Idea Spaces – My Oracle Support Community

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Idea spaces, which can be found under My Oracle Support Communities (you will need an Oracle login and password to access) are not new to the Oracle site but have taken on greater value under the new continuous delivery model. Through Idea Spaces, individuals can submit enhancement requests, rate submissions made by others, share information and best practices and have direct input into the enhancements and changes being made to the applications.

In a recent PeopleSoft Talk with Marc Weintraub: Featuring Rebekah Jackson Rebekah touched on Idea Spaces as an important area of the My Oracle Support Community. This is a valuable tool for individuals to leverage the new continuous delivery model we now live in.

Next time you have an idea on how to enhance or improve an application within your PeopleSoft applications, logon to your My Oracle Support and voice your opinion on Idea Spaces. You can’t complain if you don’t vote!

Be sure to check-out the full version of the PeopleSoft Talk session with Rebekah to hear more about some of the exciting enhancements and changes planned for both PeopleSoft HCM and ERP in 2017.

If you have any questions regarding Idea Spaces or any PeopleSoft questions at, all we are here to help. Contact us anytime.

Ease of Use – Millennial PeopleSoft

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PeopleSoft 9.2 Dashboards, WorkCenters and PeopleSoft FUI 

Happy New Year!!

PeopleSoft 9.2 Dashboards, WorkCenters and PeopleSoft Fluid User Interface (FUI) will turn your current PeopleSoft system into a modern, up-to-date system and, most important – make the system more user friendly and just plain easier to use.

While many companies have upgraded to PeopleSoft 9.2, and many others are still planning to, we have found that most clients who have upgraded have yet to really take advantage and leverage the latest enhancements and updated value available for their organizations to use.  It is one thing to keep up with the new features and benefits through the current 9.2 Selective Adoption systematic process with the regular PUM Image Updates, but everyone should give serious thought to modernizing the “ease of use” and updated “look and feel” by changing the user interface to the latest Fluid User Interface (FUI) and by using the new personalized Dashboards and WorkCenters.  These new enhancements meet the objective of many organizations in offering modern current tools to attract new hires and for their “Millennials” to work with.

Below are links to a number of articles from our MIPRO Blog (where there is a lot of useful information) which will give you a good overview of what these are all about and how you might take advantage and leverage these new capabilities.  There are more articles out there to read, so below are several that might introduce the concepts for your consideration

PeopleSoft 9.2: Dashboards vs. WorkCenters. Over the course of a few presentations we’ve watched as well as several discussions we’ve had, we’ve come to notice there is some confusion between Dashboards and WorkCenters in PeopleSoft 9.2. So, we’d like to clarify to make sure these two terms don’t get conflated or swapped. It’s the old adage: if one person has a question about something, rest assured others do too. So, Dashboards vs. WorkCenters…….

FSCM PUM Image 12 – Pricing Manager WorkCenter On May 6th, Oracle released Image 12 for PeopleSoft FSCM. One of the enhancements released was the Pricing Manager WorkCenter in Order Management; it is designed to streamline the daily functions for power users. The Pricing Manager WorkCenter contains the pricing dashboard, alerts, additional analytics, reports and queries and links to the most common work functions in Order Management…

PeopleTools 8.55 – Fluid User Interface Enhancements Posted July 6, 2016 with the release of PeopleTools 8.55, those that have upgraded have realized the value in many of the new features this version offers. There are significant enhancements in the areas of dashboards, reporting, analytics, query and the all-important update manager (all of which we will discuss in future blogs). The one area that is receiving …

Fluid Dashboards. There has been a lot of discussion on new functionality and features with Fluid User Interface (FUI) that have been delivered 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

PeopleSoft Fluid and Classic WorkCenter Scope.  PeopleSoft Fluid and Classic WorkCenter Scope was introduced in PeopleSoft FSCM Update Image 19 in June 2016. If enabled, PeopleSoft Fluid and Classic WorkCenter Scope allows the end user to select filters to better narrow, or filter, the content in their WorkCenter. One scope or multiple scopes can be defined. When the end user changes scopes, they are changing the set of filter values applied to all the configured My Work links. This gives them the ability to quickly change between work for different operations with one drop down list selection.   Users may want to setup scopes for different regions, groups of buyers, groups of business units, etc.  Here is an example for WorkCenter Scope setup in the Billing WorkCenter…….

PeopleSoft Image 20 – Fluid Forms and Approval Builder.   As we have been discussing over the last few weeks on Unfiltered, Oracle has released PeopleSoft Financials/Supply Chain Update Image 20.  In this week’s feature of Unfiltered, we are going to highlight another specific subset of the more than two dozen features included in the new PeopleSoft Image: Fluid Forms and Approval Builder. If you missed our previous blogs follow the links at the bottom to catch up…..

Improve Your Efficiency with PeopleSoft – Part 1  PeopleSoft Personalized Homepage Dashboards Looking for a great way to easily improve your efficiency with PeopleSoft and greatly improve your ability to manage and prioritize your work? Then you should consider configuring personalized PeopleSoft Homepage Dashboards and WorkCenters for your users. Today we will take a look at personalized Homepage Dashboards and next week we.…

Improve Your Efficiency with PeopleSoft – Part 2  PeopleSoft WorkCenters are another great tool to Improve Efficiency. Last week on our blog we talked about one way to easily improve your efficiency with PeopleSoft – personalized Homepage Dashboards! If you missed last week’s blog – click here to see what you missed. Today, we are going to talk about another way to improve.…

When you would like to discuss these in detail, just let us know and we can arrange for that. These can make a big difference to your users and they do make it look like a different system, by being more intuitive and “user friendly,” but with the technology that you already have in place. You don’t need a new system to do that – you just need to update the one that you already have in place. Feel free to email us at bob.neely@miproconsulting.com or Larry.zagata@miproconsulting.com

Configurable Analysis Framework

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PeopleSoft Applications 9.2 Update Image 10 added the Configurable Analysis Framework (CAF) which allows administrators to use a common framework to configure end-user pages to analyze cross-application data.   This is a powerful and useful component to the 360 degree supplier.

The data can be viewed in analysis mode and comparison mode. Analysis mode focuses on a single supplier while comparison mode can view data across multiple suppliers. Since most people are familiar with the 360 degree view by now, let’s look at the comparison mode.

When in analysis mode, next to the supplier name is a chart, click on the chart to enter comparison mode.

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There are two major decisions to be made at comparison mode. The first is to choose what suppliers to compare by clicking on the Suppliers drop down.

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Drop and drag all of the suppliers you want to compare and click OK.

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You will see the suppliers you selected in a grid or table format.

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The second major decision that needs to be made is the metrics that you want to compare between the two suppliers. You do this by clicking on the Metrics tab.

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Clicking on Choose Displayed Metrics will then allow the user to select the metrics to compare. Simply drop and drag from the available metrics list to the selected and click OK.

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The comparison chart will be displayed with the metrics on the left in rows and the suppliers in columns.

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This can really provide some valuable information when comparing suppliers and making decisions about what suppliers to engage with on an opportunity. If you would like more information on comparison analysis mode, please contact me at larry.zagata@miproconsulting.com.

PeopleSoft Fluid and Classic WorkCenter Scope

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PeopleSoft Fluid and Classic WorkCenter Scope was introduced in PeopleSoft FSCM Update Image 19 in June 2016. If enabled, PeopleSoft Fluid and Classic WorkCenter Scope allows the end user to select filters to better narrow, or filter, the content in their WorkCenter. One scope or multiple scopes can be defined. When the end user changes scopes, they are changing the set of filter values applied to all the configured My Work links. This gives them the ability to quickly change between work for different operations with one drop down list selection.   Users may want to setup scopes for different regions, groups of buyers, groups of business units, etc.

Here is an example for WorkCenter Scope setup in the Billing WorkCenter.

As you can see from the image below, there are multiple scopes defined for geographic regions. Users can configure their own scope based on the criteria needed.

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When a new scope is selected, the work information in My Work changes to reflect the content of that scope.

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To edit the scope, click on the pencil and it will bring up the current scopes. You can edit or add.

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If we look at North America, we can see the scope matches that content in My Worklist.

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Clicking on the edit, allows us to define what is going to be presented in that worklist. For instance if we edit invoices not finalized, we can see the filter options available to the user.

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workcenter-scope-6This can present some good options for users if they do work across business units, work certain invoices, billing specialists work a joint list, etc.

If you would like more information on PeopleSoft Fluid or Classic WorkCenter Scope or have any other questions, please contact me at larry.zagata@miproconsulting.com.

Creating a FLUID Pivot Grid Tile

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Recently we discussed FLUID Tiles around FLUID Navigation Collections. If you missed our blog about creating FLUID Tiles – Click Here.

Newer with FLUID is the ability to create a FLUID Pivot Grid Tile which makes these pivot grids more accessible via mobile. Let’s walk through creating a FLUID Pivot Grid Tile and report.

Before you can start creating the FLUID Pivot Grid Tile, you have to create a query and then create the pivot grid. We have prior blogs on that topic so we won’t discuss that here but will assume that the pivot grid is already created. However, if you didn’t read those blogs yet, Click here to view our Blog about Pivot Grids.

As with the Navigation Collections, we start with our TILE WIZARD.

First, give your Tile a name and title.

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Next, select pivot grid as your data type and choose the name of the pivot grid that you created.

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Choose the Owner ID, the Parent and make sure it is public.

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Next, create the tile size, give it a refresh rate if applicable, and make it interactive or not along with auto-sizing and resizing – all of these are options for you to consider. Identify whether the FLUID Tile can be on a Homepage, Navbar or Dashboard.

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Review and hit the PUBLISH button.

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Personalize your Homepage as described in prior blogs.

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You will see the Pivot Grid Tile available on the homepage selected. Notice it is a preview of the results.

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Click on the Pivot Grid Tile and the pivot grid report presents itself.

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If you would like any additional information on Pivot Grid FLUID Tiles, please contact me at larry.zagata@miproconsulting.com

FSCM Navigation Collection Configurations

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If you have been following our blog in the past few weeks, you may have noticed a pattern. We have been talking about and expanding on the ideas of the FLUID Navigation tools available as of Image 20. (Click here if you missed our last blog.)

In addition to the FSCM Navigation Collections that are pre-built, you can also add additional Navigation Collections to your FLUID Tiles.

In order to enable a specific Navigation Collection, you need to make the Tile available. But the process is easy, just follow these 10 simple steps.

Step 1: Using the NavBar, navigate to >PeopleTools>Portal>Tile Wizard.

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Step 2: Click on the CREATE NEW TILE button.

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Step 3: Fill out the basic information of the title of the Navigation Collection.

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Step 4: Choose the data type. In this case it is Navigation Collection.

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Step 5: Choose the appropriate available Navigation Collection name.

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Step 6: Choose a few additional options of the Navigation collection type and whether the panel is collapsible.

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Step 7: Choose the owner ID, parent and whether to make the Tile public.

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Step 8: Choose a specific image, Tile size, and other options such as where the Tile can be placed (homepage, navbar and dashboard).

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Step 9: Review and hit the publish button.

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Step 10: Add the Tile to the appropriate FLUID Homepage as previously defined.

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The newly created FLUID navigation collection Tile is present.

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By clicking on the Tile, you can see the BI Publisher content available in FLUID.

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If you would like more information on FLUID or FLUID NavBar or any of the FSCM Navigation collections, please email me at larry.zagata@miproconsulting.com.

 

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 – Fluid Forms and Approval Builder

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As we have been discussing over the last few weeks on Unfiltered, Oracle has released PeopleSoft Financials/Supply Chain Update Image 20.  In this week’s feature of Unfiltered, we are going to highlight another specific subset of the more than two dozen features included in the new PeopleSoft Image: Fluid Forms and Approval Builder. If you missed our previous blogs follow the links at the bottom to catch up.

With the release of Image 20, PeopleSoft users with the Form Designer role can access the Design a New Form tile on the FSCM Fluid Employee Self-Service page.  Once the Form Designer page is accessed, the authorized user is guided through the process to design an online form, specify the approval process required, and deploy the new form to users.  The guided process consists of five steps:

  1. Form – describe the form
  2. Layout – define the layout of the elements of the form
  3. Instructions – enter the instructions for users to follow to complete the form
  4. Approval – define the approver user list required for a form which is synchronized with the PeopleSoft Approval Workflow Engine (AWE)
  5. Security – define the roles for accessing the form and linking, as well as activate the form

An authorized end user, can use the Fluid

  • My Forms page to view and complete available forms
  • Add Form page to also fill out a new forms, as well as update/view a previously completed form
  • Approve/Review page to review or approve a submitted form

It is worthwhile to note that

  • the new Fluid Forms and Approval Builder requires PeopleTools 8.55
  • fluid-built forms can only be accessed via the fluid user interface
  • classic-built forms can only be accessed via the classic user interface

Click here if you missed our summary blog or if you would like more information about Enhanced Fluid Approvals click here. You can also watch the release video from Oracle here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_YEtzVCRnH0&feature=youtu.be.

Refer to release video via the link above, or the Cumulative Feature Overview (CFO) Tool for Financials and Supply Chain and “Using Forms in PeopleSoft Fluid User Interface” or the overarching “Working with PeopleSoft Forms and Approval Builder” sections of 9.2 FSCM Enterprise Components PeopleBooks, accessible via www.peoplesoftinfo.com to learn more about both Classic and Fluid Forms and Approval Builder.

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.

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