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PeopleSoft Image 20 Released

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Oracle has released PeopleSoft Image 20 – Financials/Supply Chain Update.  The release video above highlights a subset of the more than two dozen features contained in this image, including:

  • Fluid approvals
  • Fluid forms and approval builder
  • Multiple item image capability
  • ChartField modification by eProcurement mobile approval
  • Expanded General Ledger spreadsheet upload
  • Configurable supplier registration

It is worthwhile to note that several of the new features, particularly the new Fluid Forms and Approval Builder, Lease Administration Navigation Collection, and Mobile Fluid Approvals, require PeopleTools 8.55, while the majority of the remaining features require 8.54 or higher.

The release of this PeopleSoft Image 20 includes more than 2 dozen features/improvements, culminating to over 400 enhancements made across the FSCM suite since the release of 9.2.  Refer to the Cumulative Feature Overview (CFO) Tool for Financials and Supply Chain and PeopleBooks, accessible via www.peoplesoftinfo.com to learn more about these features and others from prior images.

We will be highlighting a different feature of PeopleSoft Image 20 every week – check back often to learn more. If you have any questions please feel free to contact us at larry.zagata@miproconsulting.com

Casual Friday: Essential Cooking Techniques

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It’s Friday, we’re heading into a season where food is the raison d’être, and if you’re anything like me, you have no idea what to do in the kitchen. I mean, I can make cereal, even oatmeal, and probably toast. I can also boil noodles and slop a bottle of sauce on them. Sometimes, I manage to scramble eggs without having them turn out like dried paint. But beyond these dishes, my reliability and skill in the kitchen diminishes rapidly. I am not proud of this.

I plan on taking a few cooking classes, but before that, seriously watching every one of these 53 NYTimes videos that teach essential cooking techniques. I do mean essential, too: these range from cutting a mango, to holding a knife (I’ve been doing it wrong, by the way), to poaching an egg to stemming greens.

Literally almost every video in this series taught me something I didn’t know. I would say that’s how good these videos are, but when I’m your control group, well, your cooking study starts off pretty deep in the hole.

(Yes, I watched them all. For real.)

Anyway.

Check these out. Worth your time if you want to get better in the kitchen.

Have a great weekend, everyone.

OK Go’s Latest Is a Music Video Mixed With Illusion

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OK Go is known for music videos that surpass even the most liberal definition of what a music video can be. Their latest video, for a song entitled The Writing’s On The Wall, is downright mind bending.

The video is below, but you should know a few things:

  • No CGI or effects are involved.
  • It was shot in a single take. Meaning: there are no edits, and exactly one video track for the entire thing. No cuts, no splices. No mistakes fixed in post production.

Here it is:

I’ve watched this at least a dozen times, because I’ve shot my share of video, and I cannot imagine how well the stars have to align to get this done in a single take. That’s astonishing.

Now, it did take nearly three weeks and over 50 takes until they got it right, which tells you how fragile the shooting strategy and set logistics were. But still, OK Go eventually nailed it, which is amazing unto itself.

Now, the question you should be asking is, “How did they do that? What was the setup? What did the set look like?”

I’m glad you asked.

In some ways, that video is even more enjoyable than the original, just because I kept distracting myself during the original wondering how they pulled shots off and got band members into new positions so cleanly.

In an age where everything is digital and you can’t trust much of what you see, what OK Go has done is that much more satisfying.

Have a great weekend, everyone. For our U.S. readers, have a happy and safe 4th of July.

Casual Friday: Starling Murmurations. (Hint: Worth Your Time. Trust Us.)

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Stop by here most Fridays and you will see a personal story, a parenting lesson I clumsily try to tie to something that happened the previous week, or our thoughts on leadership, grit and management culture. Sometimes, even though I can’t believe it myself, cat stories.

Not today. Today is a different kind of tangent.

I was recently forwarded this video about starlings and the flowing, bobbing patterns they create in a group (called a murmuration, incidentally).

I get sent a lot of videos and links, and candidly, most of them aren’t worth a Facebook post. This one, however, is genuinely mesmerizing: I watched it twice.

For the uninitiated, starling murmurations are like daytime, avian versions of northern lights: a half million starlings, all flying in tight formation, all following an invisible atmospheric pattern they detect in the air. But the science gives nothing away to the result, which can only be described as art.

I’ve never seen one of these personally, but you know it’s on my bucket list now. Great reason to travel to the English countryside, yes?

So, that said, please enjoy this video (make sure your volume is turned up to hear the narration and music), kick back with your coffee or tea, and chill out for a few minutes. I’m not embedding it here because you need to watch this full-screen, and that link will launch YouTube’s large player.

Have a great weekend.

(Hat tip to Jeff M. for the link)

Casual Friday: Stuff I Found While Bogging My Browser Down With Dozens of Tabs

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Okay you guys, here in the U.S. we have Thanksgiving coming up next week , and that means you need stuff to talk about or that one relative who always smells sort of like old bacon will talk about their kids too much and shut the whole thing down. So I’ve browsed the entire Internet – every page, really – to bring you enough conversational fodder to filibuster your own family event. Off we go.

This elephant pretty much sucks at playing the piano, but he digs it, so give him credit for following his passion. Or something.

Bob Dylan has finally released a music video for Like a Rolling Stone, and it’s truly, literally, smashingly brilliant. Why? It’s interactive. Use your keyboard’s up/down keys to flip channels. Having this look so simple and easy is no small feat: the audio/video sync code must be insane, because you can swap channels at any time and the new channel will have video perfectly sync’ed with the audio, which remains unbroken throughout the entire video. Amazing work.

Ever wonder what sounds a koala bear makes? Me too. We can both stop wondering.

The family tree of bourbon whiskey. I didn’t know 75% of this, and I consider myself a bourbon enthusiast.

If you have an iPad, you should have the Paper app, because it litearlly allows even non-artistic hamfists like me to do some pretty neat stuff. Problem is, drawing with your fingers is so paleolithic. To that end, 53, the makers of Paper, have released their own stylus to go along with Paper, and it’s fantastic. It’s called Pencil. Check out the product launch video. One word: ordered.

The Fixer’s Manifesto, because fixing is a massively underappreciated component of creativity. check out Sugru while you’re at it.

Speaking of manifestos, I’ll leave you with Seth Godin’s excellent The Bootstrapper’s Manifesto. For everyone out there who has guts but not a lot of capital, vision but not a lot of resources, this is for you. Heck, everyone should read this.

Have a great weekend, everyone.

Casual Friday: Know Your Yelling Goat Meme (and Mashups)

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A couple weeks ago, a video of goats yelling like humans dominated the Internet. If you haven’t seen it, here it is. I have to warn you: it’s more entertaining than you think it is. Don’t skip over this; it’s required viewing if you want the rest of this post to make sense.

So naturally, when something that gets 13 million views sinks in to the Internet writ large, mixups happen. And boy, do they happen.

Here’s the yelling goat meme mixed up into today’s top songs to an absolutely hysterical end.

If this doesn’t get your weekend started right, nothing will.

Let’s start with Taylor Swift:

And move to Whitney Houston:

How about some One Direction?

And we can’t forget Queen…

And here’s Katy Perry:

But then there’s always Miley Cyrus…

And finally, I’d be dishonoring my legacy as a Gen X child of the 80s if I didn’t include some Bon Jovi:

Enjoy your weekend, everyone.

How Busy Is a Busy Airport?

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Vimeo user Cy Kuckenbaker compressed five hours of airport traffic (in this case, landing planes) into 30 seconds of video. Kuckenbaker shot this over San Diego International Airport on this past Black Friday. It doesn’t even look real: it’s like an opening sequence to a videogame or cartoon. Amazing.

Casual Friday: A Web Geek’s Hardware/Software Setup Revisited

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About a year ago, I wrote a post detailing what hardware and software I use on a daily basis, a la The Setup’s format. I know I never tire of knowing what fellow geeks are using to be productive. Perhaps you’re the same. If so, you’re in luck. Here’s my updated setup.

My big takeaway, which hit me as I wrote this: it’s amazing how much changes in a year.

What hardware are you using?

In the office, I use a 27“ iMac running a quad-core Intel i7 clocked at 3.4 GHz. It’s a monster, sporting 16 GB of RAM, a 256 GB SSD boot drive, and a 1 TB SATA data/scratch drive. I have a giant, loud, hulking Das Keyboard Professional Model S for text entry, seeing how I do an absolute ton of it. I also have a second Apple 27” display attached to this iMac, and I’m pretty certain that if NASA called me today and said hey, run our space program, I could without having to change much. This setup is pretty much my dream rig.

At home, I donated my old 2008 MacBook Pro and moved to an iMac 27″ for heavy lifting (quad-core i5, 12 GB RAM, 1 TB SATA for storage). Heavy lifting here means photo and video editing, mainly. It too has a monolithic Das Keyboard chained to it, and while I hate the looks, the writing purist in me appreciates its tactile feel and obnoxiously loud noise.

Mobile computing gets a bit messy for me. I have an 11″ MacBook Air, which I consider an iPad Pro, and I love it to death. This makes my new iPad (or iPad 3, as many mistakenly call it) a bit of an outlier, because I split time between the MBA and the iPad. If I had to choose only one, today it would narrowly be the MBA. Over time, however, I think we’ll see the most innovation with iOS.

Because three Macs and an iPad aren’t enough, I have an iPhone 4S, which almost never leaves my side. My main gripe about it is the AT&T service, which I swear will change when the new iPhone 5 (or whatever it’ll be called) comes out, at which point I will jump to Verizon’s LTE and never look back.

So what software do you use?

I still run Google Chrome almost exclusively, and have very few problems with it – it’s a great piece of software. When I do need a second browser, I use Safari. As I write this, I have 32 tabs open.

For longform writing, I do most everything these days in Byword, using Markdown formatting for plain text. (All my writing these days is plain text, because I will never need to worry about being beholden to a certain app or rich-text formatting data structure in the future). When I’m done writing for the web, I export the HTML out of Byword and slap it into whatever CMS I’m using.

For mail, I am still a giant, swooning Gmail nerd. To me, using older clients like Outlook our Entourage just grinds me, and I’m not productive in them. Gmail has ruined email for me – in a good way.

For photo work, I use either Lightroom 4 or Aperture 3. I would like to settle on one, but I am trying them both out to see which best fits my needs. So far, I think I like Lightroom 4 best. Aperture, while having Photostream support and being much more ‘Apple’, is slower and uses a ton of RAM. Plus, Lightroom’s noise reduction is phenomenal, even when working with OOC JPEGs.

For video, I use Apple’s Final Cut Pro X. It’s a heavyweight, but if you can get past the learning curve, it can do almost everything you ask of it.

I said before I would die without Dropbox, and I stand by that. I use it daily.

For capturing the random thoughts that pass through my head, I use Captio to send an email to myself, or, if I have more time, Simplenote. From there, many to-dos go directly to my Fantastical calendar, or my iPhone’s Reminders app.

For taking pictures, I mainly use an Olympus OM-D EM–5 micro 4/3 camera with a prime lens (either the Panasonic 20mm f/1.7 or the Olympus 45mm f/1.8), and it’s fantastic. If anything heralds the demise of giant, slapping, mirror-box DSLRs, it’s pro small form factor cameras like the OM-D.

For social media monitoring, I use Hootsuite. Yes, I pay for it, and yes, it’s worth it. For general web bookmarking for things I find interesting or want to save for later, I cannot recommend Pinboard enough.

What would be your dream setup?

A year ago, I said I would like a quad-core iMac with oceans of RAM and storage. I pretty much have that now, so all I’m missing is a search engine for my brain. Because I’m 43 and sometimes forget to wear pants. You know.

Have a good weekend, everyone.

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Training Insight: The Power of PeopleSoft UPK

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Speaking from years of experience, I can definitively tell you that the most successful implementations are those that have done thorough training for project team members and end users.  As many of our clients know, the time, resources and costs associated with training development and execution can be quite significant.

One of the best tools for training on PeopleSoft is the web-based UPK (User Productivity Kit).  You can purchase developer licenses or you can purchase the content.  If you purchase content then you get all of the pre-developed training for a particular module.  For example, if you buy UPK and the content for Inventory you would get all the training associated with all of the business processes for Inventory.  This includes the online training as well as documentation such as job aides, system process documents and test aides.

One of the areas that many clients underestimate when it comes to training is the knowledge required to maintain the system. Employees will leave, new employees will be on-boarded and unless you have a perpetual training program similar to what was established during the actual implementation, you run the risk of insufficient ongoing training (the loss of tribal knowledge).  The beauty of UPK is that it is always available for current employees who need a refresher as well as brand new hires who need to be introduced to the current software and business processes.

UPK is a key component to PeopleSoft training, and it shouldn’t be ignored. Here is a datasheet on UPK [PDF] that delves into more detail.

While a datasheet is nice, there is nothing better than seeing it in action.  Below is a brief video outlining some of the features of UPK.  Enjoy.

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