How to Implement Automated Benefits in PeopleSoft

There are many PeopleSoft HCM clients using the Base Benefits module to track enrollments and drive payroll deductions while Automated Benefits sits on the shelf as a “Phase 2 – that never happened” project.  While it is true that you can use eBenefits without implementing the Automated Benefits module, that access is limited to viewing rather than enrolling in benefit plans.

In these days of tight budgets and under-fulfilled promises of cost savings from that big ERP implementation a few years back, many organizations still find it hard to justify another systems project.  The true benefits of modern day ERP systems are Read more

Lessons Learned on PeopleSoft Position Management

The University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB Health) is moving to an environment where Managers will process changes for their employees using Pages in PeopleSoft 9.1/Tools 8.52 Manager Self Service.  The Pages will have approval routing that is based on the level of the Manager submitting the request as well as the “reports to” Manager.  The transactions will be automatically loaded to the core tables in PeopleSoft HCM upon final approval.  Read more

Ease the Pain of Salary Funding Changes

Funding and retroactive salary transfers are typically the highest volume of transactions for a University with Medical Centers and Research funding.  The delivered pages can be intimidating and are better suited to a centralized processing group.   Unfortunately, the Centralized concept doesn’t work for every institution. UTMB Health is a perfect example of that. Their solution was to build Manager Self Service functionality with approval routing using AWE. On final approval, the transactions are loaded to the core tables.  Edits were built into the MSS pages to eliminate as many issues as possible.  Read more

Lessons Learned on OBIEE & OBIA

I have worked with many healthcare organizations that have decided to license Oracle Business Intelligence (OBIEE) solution and are now facing the daunting task of implementation. Instead of embarking on your OBIEE journey blind, I suggest learning from those who have already gone through the process.  It will allow you to prepare a solid plan and avoid common mistakes.  Read more

Evaluating PS Release 9.2: HCM Benchmarking and Strategic HCM Roadmap Services

This is one of my favorite areas of consulting, Sierra-Cedar’s proprietary HCM Benchmarking and Strategic HCM Roadmap services. Sierra-Cedar conducts an annual survey of HCM technology and has gathered millions of data points over the last 15 years. The data provides our clients with key information about HCM technology such as, what systems are organizations looking at for the future, what is the average cost and duration of a deployment, the ratio of HR employees to total employees, and best of all, information on leading practices. You can click on this hotspot CedarCrestone HR Systems Survey to the main survey page for more information on the survey, how to participate in the 16th annual survey, and/or you can download copies of the current and past survey whitepapers. Read more

Data Governance in Healthcare

Data governance is a longstanding obligation of the healthcare industry.  And in light of the many Business Intelligence (BI), Electronic Health Record (EHR)/Electronic Medical Records (EMR) projects, data governance has become critical to the data integrity of health information. Most hospitals have multiple information systems that feed into their BI, Decision Support Systems (DSS) and Analytic / Meaningful Use Dashboard and Scorecards solutions. But, without data governance built into the solutions, the ability of these systems to authenticate and properly move data — knowing where it came from and where it needs to go — information usage is less likely to be “successful”.  Data governance helps a health system identify the source of data and store it, if necessary, in the appropriate place. Data governance needs to be done from the beginning, so systems (people, process and information systems) can identify the source of the data, the original author and the rules for the data. Read more