Using PTF Results for PUM

When faced with the decision whether to implement the next PeopleSoft Update Manager (PUM) Image, an organization must consider the amount of testing that will have to take place before the updated features are rolled out. Before PeopleSoft Test Framework (PTF), this meant having a lot of PeopleSoft users performing tasks outside of their normal duties or perhaps having a special QA department that would do the testing. PTF provides the tools to minimize the testing effort and thereby reduces the resources needed for regression testing. Read more

New HCM features in Image 28

HCM Image 28 has many new features, and while some may not apply to your organization, you’ll likely be pleased by the ones that help you improve processes, simplify, and perhaps, allow you to retire a customization that now is met by out-of-the-box functionality.

This quarter’s Image brings 28 improvements that are classified over 15 areas. The graphic below breaks them out by application and shows the number of improvements for each application. The most improvements are in the HR module which tied with overall improvements that apply across the HCM system. Read more

Winning Strategies for Achieving Your Enterprise Application Goals

Over the last two decades of conducting our Annual HR Systems Survey, we’ve observed a very real transition in how organizations adopt, deploy, and value their HR applications. Originally enterprise software was implemented to automate cumbersome, paper-based processes—back office tools meant to have little or no interaction with employees. New enterprise HR applications are not only designed to be employee centric, but also viewed as valuable assets in an organization’s strategic planning process. These consumerized HR applications are built on secure, cloud infrastructures with data-driven analytics, 24/7 accessibility, and highly configurable workflows.

Despite these exciting new industry changes, replacing existing enterprise applications that require costly financial investments and customizations isn’t on every organization’s priority list. In fact, the Sierra-Cedar 2018–2019 HR Systems Survey White Paper reports that 40% of organizations have some form of On-Premise HR application still in use, and more than half of those organizations have no plans to make a change in the next 24 months.

Have these organizations given up on competing with modern HR functions? Are they unable to achieve the enterprise application goals set by their business leaders? Absolutely not! There’s more than one way to reach a goal, and our year-over-year research has identified multiple pathways organizations are taking to transform their HR Technology environments into invaluable strategic resources. We found that 31% of organizations with no plans to change their HR applications today are already on Hybrid HR Technology environments, leveraging the best of both worlds in their strategies. Over 40% of organizations with no plans to change are leveraging portal technologies, third-party mobile updates, or applications like PeopleSoft Fluid to enhance their existing On-Premise user experience, accessibility, or data governance capabilities. Another 16% of organizations are externally hosting their original On-Premise applications to reduce hardware and maintenance efforts.

These organizations are figuring out ways to achieve business outcomes similar to their peers while working within the realities of their existing technology priorities. Another approach to achieving organizational goals is to look beyond the technology itself: in many cases, it isn’t what technology you have, but rather how your organization is using the applications. For the fifth year in a row, our research has found the highest level of business outcomes are more closely aligned to clear strategies, adoption practices, and continuous change management efforts than any other practices.

If you are interested in learning more about practices that are aligned with better business outcomes and how HR and IT organizations are working together to achieve their enterprise application goals, then join us for the first of our four-part webinar series, Sierra-Cedar PeopleSoft Playbook: Winning Strategies for Today and Tomorrow, and be entered to win a FREE, HALF-DAY WORKSHOP with Sierra-Cedar Research.

Lease Management Updates in PeopleSoft

The new FASB ASC Accounting Standards Update 842 has raised a few concerns and created a little confusion on exactly how to best implement it and remain in compliance. To meet the new requirements, Oracle PeopleSoft delivered the Lease Administration Phase 4 updates in PeopleSoft 9.2 Image 27 for the shared functionality between Asset Management (AM) and Lease Administration (LA). If you’ve already deployed the Lease functionality in PeopleSoft AM, then you’ll need to review and update your current AM Leases and configuration to take advantage of the new functionality. Read more

PUM & PTF Go Together Like “Copy & Paste”

When I’ve asked for a show of hands for who uses PeopleSoft Update Manager (PUM), I usually see a majority of hands raised. The most recent update from Oracle shows that roughly 72% of all PeopleSoft customers are on release 9.2, and most have used PUM. Customers whom I’ve talked to have found that PUM simplified the update process and lowered their overall cost. However, one area that these customers have complained about is the amount of time it takes to test. Read more