PeopleSoft Technology Blog
The PeopleSoft Spotlight Series is a new video-based learning resource that will help you get a deeper understanding of our latest Oracle PeopleSoft technologies, features and enhancements. Watch these videos to gain insight on how you can take advantage of these features in your enterprise.
Senior Strategy Director Jeff Robbins is your host for the Tools and Technology PeopleSoft Spotlight Series. Jeff introduces each video and summarizes key points covered in the session. Members of the PeopleSoft development organization take you into detail on each subject, helping you plan for, roll out, and gain value from these PeopleSoft enhancements.
The first sessions in our series focus on the game-changing Selective Adoption and the cutting edge PeopleSoft Fluid User Interface. Selective Adoption is the new method by which customers will update and maintain their PeopleSoft systems. The Fluid UI enables PeopleSoft users to use PeopleSoft applications across form factors.
Each video takes less than an hour and contains helpful resources. Look for more sessions of the PeopleSoft Spotlight Series in the near future.
This year, as well as uploading my PDF presentation, I've uploaded a couple of additional files.
The one you may find interesting is a short form Security Check List.
You can find it here:
This is a supplement to the Securing Your PeopleSoft Application Red Paper (it includes the link) and it covers a number of points I've discussed with customers over the years. I include most of the check list as slides in my session but the PDF is an expanded set. The check list also contains a number of useful links.
In the discussions with customers we frequently find there are topics they have overlooked because they don't appear directly related to PeopleSoft security, but they are part of the overall infrastructure security and often managed by people outside of the PeopleSoft team. It's more important that as teams are reduced in size, that you build collaborative, virtual teams in the rest of your organization. I hope the check list will also provide the conversation starters to help build those virtual teams.
If you think some of the points are topics by themselves, let me know and I can work on building out the information.
I appreciate any and all feedback.
There are a number of cool features that we’re working on, including the Cloud Deployment Architecture (CDA) which will provide greater flexibility in the installation and patching of environments. Additional planned features include Analytics for PeopleSoft Update Manager (PUM), Fluid dashboards/homepages and Simplified Analytics….just to name a few.
We plan to kick off the PeopleTools 8.55 Beta Program in the relatively near future, and have an opening for a customer who’s willing to closely partner with us. If you are looking to get your hands on the next release so that you can thoroughly test out some of these features in your own environment to see the benefits, perhaps you are the one we’re looking for. Does your team have the skills and desire to take beta code and run with it? Can your organization get a standard beta trial license agreement signed promptly? We want to work with a customer that’s going to dive in, and really exercise the new features - If that’s you, email me (email@example.com) and let’s talk. Please keep in mind that this is a small beta – I’ve only got room for one, maybe two customers.
As noted in a recent post, the PeopleSoft Interaction Hub is now part of the Selective Adoption Process. You can get the first image now on the PUM home page. (At the PUM home page, choose the PeopleSoft Update Image Home Pages tab, then select the Interaction Hub Update Image page from the drop down.) This means customers can use the PeopleSoft Update Manager and our other life cycle tools to manage their upgrade and maintenance process for the Hub. There is also a white paper posted there that describes the baseline customers must reach to start taking these images.
Note that this will be the only way for customers to take maintenance and updates going forward, so we encourage everyone to move to the Selective Adoption process as soon as is feasible for your organization. This move brings the Interaction Hub in line with all other PeopleSoft applications, which use the Selective Adoption process. This process also offers customers additional value and control, and enables you to benefit from the value of the latest features with a greatly streamlined life cycle process.
This first image of the Interaction Hub is functionally equivalent to the current release (9.1/Revision 3), but taking it gets you on the Selective Adoption process. Some great enhancements are coming the the next image.
There is a lot of publicity around SaaS and various cloud options for enterprise applications these days. This leaves PeopleSoft customers wondering whether they should stay with PeopleSoft and what that real cost comparisons are. Is SaaS really less expensive for them? Is it really the best option for their business? What are the factors they need to consider? Can they stay with PeopleSoft and run it in the cloud, getting the best of both worlds?
Quest, the international user group organization recently published an informative article titled How Much Does Your ERP Cost? In this short article, the author provides ways to consider cost, but importantly, examines the value of these systems to the enterprise and why that should be a factor in your decision. The author interviews several customers in assessing these questions. Worth a read.
The PeopleSoft Technology team is looking to expand our CAB with a few individuals who are familiar with the business side of managing PeopleSoft applications. No propeller on top of your hat? No worries! We are NOT looking to talk about the next widget for Process Scheduler. We ARE looking for senior management responsible for their PeopleSoft implementations who understand the customer value provided with the latest delivered technology. We look to our CAB to validate our direction and messaging. We depend on them to represent the larger customer community, not just their own organization, when providing feedback to us. The ideal candidates are:
1) Knowledgeable in PeopleTools and technology in general
2) Adopting current functionality in their PeopleSoft Applications
3) Leaders in the user community
4) Willing and able to participate in face to face CAB meetings (1-2 times per year) and conference calls as needed
5) Sharing what they have done with the user community through conference presentations or web casts
Does your organization have a history of rapidly adopting new PeopleSoft technology? Are you working on your plan to implement Fluid UI and reap the rewards? Has PTF become a key part of your testing strategy? Have Engineered Systems changed what you do with PeopleSoft? Are you rolling out enhancements via Selective Adoption? Do you consistently evaluate new functionality and look for ways for your business to benefit from it? If you are one of the people we’re looking for and would like to be considered for the PeopleTools Customer Advisory Board, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to receive an application where you can share the criteria that set you apart from other customers.
PeopleSoft is moving more of it's communication and collateral to the web. Instead of publishing documents in file format, we'll be posting most of our collateral on various web sites like My Oracle Support (MOS) and the PeopleSoft Info Center.
As an example of this practice, instead of publishing a Release Value Proposition as a document file, we are posting that type of information on MOS. Visit the Technology tab to view the planned features for the next release of PeopleTools. This includes the PeopleTools overall roadmap, as well as descriptions of upcoming features and capabilities planned for the next release. You'll read about our plans for the User Expience, Development Tools, Infrastructure, Reporting and Analytic Tools, and Life-cycle Management Tools. There is also a page covering the PeopleSoft Interaction Hub, which provides a roadmap as well as descriptions of upcoming features for the next image.
This move enables us to provide information faster and update it more frequently. Information will be fresher. Look for more postings like this in the near future for many types of collateral formerly published in file format.
If you are a partner or customer that has deployed PeopleSoft 9.2 apps and PeopleTools 8.54 and have started using the new Fluid applications, we may have a spot for you to present at Open World. If you are interested in being a speaker, please contact us and tell us a bit about your project. As a speaker, your conference fee would be waived.
Customers and partners have asked us for guidelines and standards for developing with PeopleSoft's Fluid UI. To support that, we've just posted the PeopleSoft Fluid User Interface CSS Guide on the FLUID UI: PeopleSoft Fluid User Interface Documentation Updates page on My Oracle Support (Doc ID 1909955.1). This guide contains descriptions of CSS styles that PeopleSoft delivers. You'll find this information helpful for creating custom Fluid applications as well as extending current CSS features delivered in your PeopleSoft applications. The document provides descriptions of nearly a thousand CSS styles delivered with PeopleTools 8.54. The styles are divided in these categories:
- PeopleTools System Default CSS Styles: These styles are used to control basic elements of the fluid infrastructure provided by PeopleTools, such as the NavBar, the fluid banner, homepages, tiles and so on.
- Application Content CSS Styles: These styles are used to control application content deployed in fluid mode.
Creating fluid applications relies heavily on CSS 3.0 for the look, feel, and layout of the runtime application. If you intend to customize or create any fluid application, expert knowledge off CSS is required. Prior to working doing any fluid style development work, make sure you are familiar with the documentation provided in PeopleSoft PeopleTools 8.54: Fluid User Interface Developer’s Guide, “Adding Page Controls,” Applying Styles.Refer to the FLUID UI: PeopleSoft Fluid User Interface Documentation Updates MOS page to receive important information about the PeopleSoft Fluid User Interface.
Questions often arise on the PeopleTools versions for which Critical Patch Updates have been published, or if a particular PeopleTools version is supported.
The attached page shows the patch number for PeopleTools versions associated with a particular CPU publication. This information will help you decide which CPU to apply and when to consider upgrading to a more current release.
The link in "CPU Date" goes to the landing page for CPU advisories, the link in the individual date, e.g. Apr-10, goes to the advisory for that date.
The page also shows the CVE's addressed in the CPU, a synopsis of the issue and the Common Vulnerability Scoring System (CVSS) value.
To find more details on any CVE, simply replace the CVE number in the sample URL below.
Common Vulnerability Scoring System Version 2 Calculator
This page shows the components of the CVSS score
Example CVSS response policy http://www.first.org/_assets/cvss/cvss-based-patch-policy.pdf
All the details in this page are available on My Oracle Support and public sites.
The RED column indicates the last patch for a PeopleTools version and effectively the last support date for that version.
Applications Unlimited support does NOT apply to PeopleTools versions.
Many customers contact us for information on best practices for deploying the Secure Enterprise Search-based global search in PeopleSoft. To assist with this, we've created a Knowledge Document in My Oracle Support that contains lots of useful information. This document has links to the following subjects and more:
- How to implement High Availability
- PeopleTools Online help for Search
- Reference material like the Administrator's guide and the Installation guide
- Performance guidelines
The PeopleSoft Interaction Hub has been on the continuous release model for some time. Now, we're taking the next step and moving the Hub to the Selective Adoption model. All PeopleSoft applications have gone to Selective Adoption, and soon Interaction Hub customers will be able to take advantage of the this breakthrough release process and all the tools--like PeopleSoft Update Manager--that make it so powerful.
There is a paper on My Oracle Support that describes how customers should prepare for the move to Selective Adoption. Go to the PeopleSoft Update Manager home page on MOS, then select the PeopleSoft Update Image Home Pages tab, and choose the Interaction Hub Update Image Page. That page contains a link to a white paper that explains what customers need to do to get ready for using the PeopleSoft Update Manager and the Selective Adoption Process. This page is also where Interaction Hub update images will be posted when they become available.
Why are we doing this? The Selective Adoption process provides many benefits to customers. This new process streamlines the maintenance and update process and employs virtualization and the latest PeopleSoft lifecycle tools to make the process faster, cheaper, and more efficient.
- Updates are quicker, less expensive
- Business lines benefit from the latest functionality resulting in higher ROI
- Enhancements are delivered regularly, new business value provided incrementally, no long waits for enhancements
- Eliminate major upgrades
- Can be done on your schedule
- Can retain strategic customizations