PeopleSoft Technology Blog
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
PeopleSoft just published a new Red-Paper that describes how to convert an existing Classic Component to a new Fluid UI Component. It's a great resource for anyone that is interested in learning more about Fluid UI and the steps required to move a Pixel-Perfect Component to a new responsive Fluid UI Component.
The Red-Paper is called Converting Classic PIA Components to PeopleSoft Fluid User Interface. You can find it on My Oracle Support, document Id 1984833.1
There are a few things I want to point out that are in the document.
- It gives great instruction with an example of how to convert a Component to Fluid UI.
- There is a very important section on classic controls that are not supported in Fluid UI, or require some type of conversion. I can't stress how important that is.
- There is an appendix that identifies the delivered PeopleSoft style classes. You'll find that appendix extremely valuable when you're looking for the right style to get the UI you want.
Of course converting an existing component is only one way to take advantage of the new Fluid UI. Refactoring existing components to optimize them for the different form factors, or building components are certainly possible. In many cases, developers want to leverage existing components to take advantage of tried and tested business logic.
PeopleTools OVM templates provide a great way for customers running current levels of PeopleTools to keep up to date with their PeopleTools middle tiers. The templates provide a simplified method of rolling out new patches, allowing Oracle to bundle, patch, test and deliver all the required middle tier components such as Java, WebLogic, Tuxedo and the Oracle Linux operating system. Using the pre-built templates eliminates the possibility of downloading the wrong version, and/or missing a critical patch of one of the required components. Templates also significantly reduce the amount of time needed to locate, download, patch and test the individual elements of a PeopleTools environment. For customers that need to customize, the PeopleTools templates are a great starting point to create baseline custom templates.
PeopleSoft has produced middle tier templates with PeopleTools patches since PT 8.53.03. These templates have been found on MyOracleSupport (MOS) Patches and Updates under the PeopleSoft Enterprise PeopleTools product category.
Until now, all templates produced were available for download. Older templates include components that may have become stale over time. To ensure that only current environments are available, we now plan to make each patch level template available for no more than six months. This will allow customers enough time to download and use a template before environment components become out-of-date. The use of the patched templates allows customers to adopt PeopleTools maintenance faster and reduce the risk of encountering known bugs and security issues.
Should older patches be required, they will still be available via the traditional patching methods, in accordance with our documented Patch Policy.
Secure Enterprise Search (SES) for PeopleSoft templates are also made available on MOS. SES templates are intended to be a ‘black box’ or ‘appliance’ installation. As such, only the most current level of an SES template is available. This appliance is compatible with all PeopleTools levels used with PeopleSoft 9.2 applications.
As new SES templates come out, they REPLACE the previous version found on MOS.
For information on the PeopleTools middle tier templates for Oracle Linux and Exalogic, SES templates and PeopleSoft update images, please see Oracle’s PeopleSoft Virtualization Products.