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PeopleTools 8.55 – The Sunset of Crystal Reports and Enhancements to BI Publisher

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Sunset Crystal Reports Enhancement of BI Publisher

For several years, Oracle has been indicating that Crystal Reports was a technology of the past and has encouraged customers to take advantage of BI Publisher. Well that day has come! PeopleTools 8.55 will not support the use of Crystal Reports. Don’t be alarmed, the capabilities now available to you will make you wish you never had a three-ring binder full of static, stale, snapshot reports. The tools (Pivot Grids, Simplified Analytics) that will replace many of your old reports will provide you with fresh, actionable data to make better decisions to run your business. For those situations where you need static data, month-end for example, BI Publisher is your tool of choice.

Here are some of the new features that Oracle has built into BI Publisher in PeopleTools 8.55.

  • PeopleTools has created a BI Publisher report user role (XMLP Report User) that allows users to schedule and run reports. Users with this role can also open a majority of BI Publisher report definitions in read-only mode.
  • Report developers can delete report definitions from the results grid of the report definition search page.
  • PeopleTools delivers a copy report definition page that simplifies report development by enabling report developers to copy report definitions.
  • BI Publisher for PeopleSoft now enables you to develop PDF reports that users can edit and then submit the changes to be saved in a database. The submittable PDF report functionality is available for delivered self-service reports and for customer-created reports.
  • Beginning in PeopleTools 8.55 you can change the data source of an existing report definition. When a user clicks the link the data source type and data source ID field become editable. An option to cancel data source changes is available, allowing a report developer to revert back to initial state.
  • PeopleTools enables you to include attachments from external sources with BI Publisher PDF report output. The source attachments are converted to PDF format and then merged with the main report. The report is then displayed to the end users or delivered to report manager. To convert attachments to PDF output, BI Publisher utilizes Oracle’s Outside In Technology (OIT), a product that enables the transformation and control of more than 600 file formats, including documents from office suites, specialty formats, and legacy files.
  • You can distribute reports using email to recipients that do not have PeopleSoft user profiles. This feature enables you to distribute BI Publisher reports to external users whose email addresses are stored in the database, file server, or other location.

For questions regarding your upgrade to PeopleTools 8.55, taking advantage of the new features, or help with creating your new reports and analytics, please reach out to us.

PeopleTools Health Center Fluid User Interface (FUI)

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There has been a lot of discussion around the new functionality and features that have been delivered with FUI 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

Let’s take a look at the PeopleTools Health Center. The PeopleTools Health Center has dashboards for monitoring the health and performance load of the PeopleSoft architecture. The PeopleTools Health Center also provides alerts for performance issues and integrated logs.

Providing a FUI dashboard for the system health allows PeopleSoft Admins to easily and conveniently use their mobile device to ascertain the status of the solution. This information is vital to every organization and can now be accessed anywhere, anytime.


Health Center 1

Users can drill down into each of the web servers, application servers and process schedulers for more details.

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And users can drill down deeper into the log files.

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You can find the PeopleTools Health Center using the Navigator on the left side of the landing page under the PeopleTools navigation.

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Don’t miss out on all the latest & greatest PeopleSoft has to offer. If you would like more information on the PeopleTools Health Center please contact me at

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


VIDEOS: PeopleSoft 9.2 Fluid User Interface User Experience

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As we hear increasing buzz about the PeopleSoft Fluid User Interface (which we’ve written about several times before), Oracle is doing a nice job of providing overview videos to help spread the word and allow organizations to see the new look and feel of PeopleSoft powered by version 9.2 and PeopleTools 8.54. Below are three videos that nicely explain concept to configuration to actual usage of the Fluid User Interface. If you want a quick one stop overview, a coffee and these videos go a long way.

This first clip does a nice job of introducing the user to the value of the Fluid User interface and how to use and configure or personalize it.

This second video outlines and explains the concepts behind the Fluid User Interface.

Finally, this third video provides examples for use in HCM.

PeopleTools Simplifies Internet Explorer Certifications

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A couple weeks ago, we mentioned Mark Hoernemann’s post about using the right environment components (especially browsers) for PeopleTools 8.54 rollouts. Since then, Hoernemann, responding to a bevy of questions, wrote another post about how Oracle has simplified the Internet Explorer (IE) certification process. IE is a massive mainstay in the enterprise, and this information is excellent.

We’ve made a change recently to simplify the Internet Explorer browser environment for PeopleTools.  Oracle has moved to model where we will support all of the operating systems that Microsoft supports for a particular release of IE.  When the certification details are reviewed on the Certifications tab in MyOracleSupport, we will no longer call out each of the supported operating systems.

Good stuff, and this is indeed much simpler. IE and OS support levels are now tied together, which makes planning that much easier. Microsoft’s OS + IE version support statement is now Oracle’s. Smart move that eliminates fragmentation.

See Hoernemann’s post here for more details.

PeopleTools 8.54 and the Fluid User Interface

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Oracle has announced the general availability of PeopleTools 8.54. Release information can be found right here.

We’ve been following this release on the roadmap, and we’re very excited to see some of the new features available in 8.54 – specifically, the features designed to improve the user experience.  With this release PeopleSoft introduces the “Fluid User Interface” (which we’ve written about before) that includes:

  • Fluid Homepages
  • Tiles
  • Notification Framework
  • PeopleSoft Navigation Bar

From the release notes:

“The fluid homepage brings together information that will assist a user in understanding what’s happening and what needs their attention, while providing an easy way for the user to navigate to key parts of the PeopleSoft system.”


“Fluid homepages use a new navigational structure: the tile. Tiles, also called grouplets, provide a discrete view to a segment of the PeopleSoft application. It is a structure on the homepage that will help the user navigate to a fluid page (or even a classic page), but the tile also can provide valuable information in its own right. Designed to be more than a button on a homepage, the tile leverages the ability to display dynamic content from PeopleSoft, including visual content from PeopleSoft Pivot Grids, or other information sources. A tile on a fluid homepage can be compared to a pagelet on a classic homepage.”

Below is an example from the release notes of what an HCM Manager Self Service Fluid Homepage looks like:

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We’ve been working with this and kicking the tires in 8.54, and Fluid User Interfaces are something every customer should get their heads around. The technology is downright excellent.

VIDEO: PeopleSoft Talk: Mobility, Featuring David Bain

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Oracle’s Marc Weintraub sits down with David Bain, Director of PeopleTools Product Management to talk about mobility, which is the mobile-centric features and upcoming direction in this area for PeopleSoft. Suffice to say that PeopleSoft is taking the mobile platform issue very seriously. This also ties in with what we wrote earlier about PeopleSoft Fluid User Interfaces.

Mobile is the future, and it’s also here now. There is not much argument about that. There is some argument about what doing mobile right looks like. Oracle is on the good side of that argument.

VIDEO: The Power of PeopleTools

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We’ve posted a lot about PeopleTools, but we still get questions about its high-level value to organizations as well as PeopleTools’ future direction. Here we have Marc Weintraub (PeopleSoft Product Strategy) interviewing Jeff Robbins (Sr. Director, PeopleSoft Development) about everything PeopleTools entails, and it’s great. Worth your time if you use or are expanding your PeopleSoft development efforts.

VIDEO: Configuring Dashboards in PeopleSoft

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In our daily discussions, we often get asked about what’s the best way to get the most dashboard functionality out of PeopleSoft. Dashboards make organizations more efficient, allow the right analytics to be displayed in the right place, and help data turn into actionable information. Plus, they’re far more engaging for the end user.

The PeopleTools Dashboard Framework is the answer, and this video says more than our 600+ words would. Take a look.

VIDEO: Interview with Jeff Robbins, Oracle Product Strategy Director, PeopleTools

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Hey everyone!

As I’ve demonstrated in previous video blogs and podcasts, PeopleSoft 9.2 powered by PeopleTools 8.53 changes the user experience drastically with WorkCenters, Activity Guides, Train Stops, Alerts, etc.  Having participated in the User Experience panel at OpenWorld this year, I was able to see some of the upcoming new and exciting capabilities that further enhance the user experience and productivity.  While I’m not privy to talk about those until Oracle is ready to unveil them, here is a video interview of Jeff Robbins, Product Strategy Director, PeopleTools that gives insight to the exciting new features available in 9.2, but also a sneak peek into what is coming in 2014. Take a look.

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