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The Change-Culture Connection – Where to Start?

The study of organizational culture is nothing new, but it is finally getting more consideration in the practice of Change Management—and this raises a lot of questions. What are the connections between culture, business leadership, and transitions? How can this information be used in strategies? What approaches should be applied when culture is x, y, or z? It’s often hard to know where to start to understand a client’s complex culture, so I thought I’d share my favorite change-culture resources. Read more

PUM Updates too costly? Try PUM-as-a-Service!

Sierra-Cedar released a new service for general availability a few weeks ago—“PUM-as-a-Service” (PUM-aaS). This service provides a very cost-effective process for organizations that want to keep their PeopleSoft system current with the new features/functions in each image but have constraints (e.g., expertise, resources, time). Sierra-Cedar has very experienced PeopleSoft staff dedicated to advising clients on each image and then providing services to apply the update, adjust any customizations, and run PTF scripts. The idea is to offload this important set of tasks to specialists who’ve gained efficiencies through years of experience. Read more

PUM-as-a-Service, Fixed Fee, Tell Me More

Who is totally up to date on applying PUM (PeopleSoft Update Manager) images and who finds it easy to apply updates every quarter? I bet it’s a short list. The problem with keeping PeopleSoft updated is it’s a full-time job during part of the year, plus it can require some specialized skills.

The purpose of PUM is to provide customers the fastest updates to their PeopleSoft systems with new features, fixes, and regulations. This is a seriously good tool that has provided great benefits to many organizations. How can it be optimally deployed? Let’s start with the question, “What would you like to accomplish with your PeopleSoft system?” Is your objective to simply pay employees, keep the books, and pay taxes; or do you want to keep your system up to date and deploy new features that will help you better manage your business?

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PUM-as-a-Service

PUM-as-a-Service—that’s a mouthful for sure. PUM (PeopleSoft Update Manager) was developed to help simplify maintenance and lower costs for PeopleSoft users. However, I think you can do even better. PUM-as-a-Service further simplifies and lowers cost for your business. Let me provide a quick overview. When you think about what this could mean for your business, you might just have a “light-bulb” moment. Read more

Preparing Your Organization to Explore SaaS

In my last post, I wrote about the SaaS application delivery model and encouraged organizations to take a serious look at it as a new year’s resolution. I presented some descriptions of what many organizations would recognize as their current state of application systems and gave some brief descriptions of what the SaaS model is and how it differs from that likely current state.

Interested now in exploring SaaS but not quite sure yet how to get started? Here are several ideas to consider, many of which will benefit your organization in general even while enabling you to fairly evaluate the SaaS model: Read more

Configure, Provision, & Migrate to Oracle Analytics Cloud

You have questions, and Oracle Analytics Cloud (OAC) has the answers.

Your first question may be, what is OAC? Oracle Analytics Cloud is a single platform that empowers your entire organization to ask any question of any data in any environment on any device.[1]

It’s a Cloud solution that is designed to let users spend their time working with answers instead of maintaining a system. With OAC you can provide charts, graphs, and easy to understand visualizations which meet people where they are, on the device they use, providing a common “truth” across the enterprise. Read more

Jump-Start Your Cloud Journey

Deeper analytical insight and agility is at the forefront of growth strategy for companies across all industries. However, the complexity of defining the appropriate path to leverage the benefits of the Cloud to gain meaningful insight from your data can be overwhelming.

The Oracle Analytics Cloud (OAC), a breakthrough product for both Essbase and Business Intelligence (BI), provides a comprehensive collection of analytic capabilities that provide the right information, to the right people, at the right time. Join our webinar series where we will present how OAC can address requirements from line-of-business users and workgroups to the Enterprise Performance Management (EPM) and analytics applications. Ultimately, OAC produces rich visualizations from complex data.

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PeopleSoft Still a Player, Delivering New Tricks with Fluid UI

PeopleSoft HCM is still kicking! At the Oracle OpenWorld Conference in October, Oracle committed to investing in PeopleSoft at least until 2027… as long as customers continue to support the demand for the investment. Oracle has demonstrated this commitment in the release of PeopleTools 8.56 and HCM Image 24. One key feature that is gaining momentum is PeopleSoft Fluid User Interface (UI), which was introduced in PeopleTools 8.54 and significantly enhanced over the last two releases. Read more

PeopleSoft Test Framework. Well worth the effort.

Testing PeopleSoft processes for PeopleSoft Update Manager (PUM) updates or major release upgrades is usually not high on a user’s list of likes. The entire process of developing a test plan is not exactly fun: assembling a team, creating and performing tests, fixing issues, re-testing, documenting, and finalizing the test process. Testing is a costly process; however, without effective testing, the “life-cycle” costs to any organization will be much greater. In fact, inadequate testing is a major reason why many projects fail. To help clients succeed with testing, Oracle provides a free tool: PeopleSoft Test Framework (PTF). Read more