Managing PeopleSoft Security

Managing PeopleSoft security is an important component of managing your system. We find that system security is oftentimes an afterthought, especially during an implementation or an upgrade. This can result in security being perceived as an obstacle by users rather than a positive system module. Read more

Oracle OpenWorld. A week for drinking from a fire hose.

Co-presenting with Earl Parks from Gallaudet University[i], the premier U.S. school for the deaf, was the highlight of my week at Oracle OpenWorld (OOW) 2016. Gallaudet was a major player in passing the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1980, which led to the adoption of universal design[ii], helping a great diversity of people, including me. The OOW presentation covered Gallaudet’s upgrade to PeopleSoft (PS) 9.2 and its deployment of the PS Fluid User Interface (UI). Read more

PeopleSoft 9.2 – PeopleSoft Upgrade Manager (PUM)

PUM: for the uninitiated, this acronym might not create a great deal of excitement, but wait until you use it. PeopleSoft Update Manager (PUM) has been described as “the tool that breaks up a large upgrade into small, easy-to-apply updates.” One user describes PUM as “a search tool to find applicable patches.” Another says, “PUM simplifies maintenance”—and it really does!
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PeopleSoft 9.2 – Oracle OpenWorld Questions

I don’t have a blog for today where I share information. I have an “ask” for all of you. I’ll be at Oracle OpenWorld next week attending sessions, and talking with Oracle representatives. What questions do you have about PeopleSoft? I’m looking for you to send me questions on PeopleSoft functional, technical, and strategic areas. I’ll ask, research, and find answers for you. Just send me your questions this week. If your question is about PeopleSoft/Fusion co-existing, that’s a fair area and I’ll include it. Thanks in advance. This will be a great learning opportunity for us all.

The easiest way to email your questions is to click on this link, and I’ll do my best to find an answer to your question(s):

PeopleSoft 9.2 – The Case for Organization Change Management

In past blogs, I’ve presented evidence for why PeopleSoft 9.2 and PeopleTools 8.53 can make everyday tasks easier and faster. There is one caveat: will your employees embrace the new system? Including OCM in your project plan will dramatically increase the odds they will and the speed at which they do.

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PeopleSoft 9.2 – Tools 8.53

While PeopleTools 8.53 isn’t technically a new function of PeopleSoft 9.2, these new PeopleTools enable many of the new functions within all the PeopleSoft 9.2 applications and provide valuable enhancements to the PeopleSoft ERP Suite – more function, less maintenance – exactly what we’ve come to expect from a proven ERP. An ERP that has essentially reinvented itself several times – from a central system, to client server, to the internet and now mobile. Here’s a review of some very positive changes enabled by PeopleTools 8.53. Read more

PeopleSoft 9.2 FMS – Financial “Marvelous” System Best Features

In the last blog, I said the PS 9.2 HMS is “magnificent.” I also have to say that the PS 9.2 Financial Management System is “marvelous.” I’ll admit to having some geeky-ness about me—I enjoy reading about, watching the videos, and testing the new PS 9.2 system (the Release Notes and the Cumulative Feature Overview tool from Oracle[i] link is in the endnotes). There are many, many really powerful enhancements in Grants and GL, but Read more

PeopleSoft 9.2 HCMS – Human Capital “Magnificent” System

I actually do think that the new PS 9.2 HMS is magnificent. While it’s properly considered a sub-release from 9.1, it really has a lot packed into it.  I debated providing a laundry list of all the new features, but you can read the Release Notes to see the comprehensive list or look at a summary via the Cumulative Feature Overview tool from Oracle.[i] In total there are over a thousand enhancements, but today I’ll discuss the three that I think are most valuable. That should make you pause and re-consider the value of PS 9.2 HMS – that is if you haven’t started your project already. Read more

PeopleSoft 9.2 Hosted Solution – Does it make cents?

OK, bad pun; but what are the costs and benefits associated with a hosted PS 9.2 solution?  A great time to explore whether or not this makes sense for your organization is during your overall PS upgrade evaluation. By outsourcing the management and maintenance of their PeopleSoft systems, many clients can realize financial and operational advantages and gain advanced functionality that might not otherwise be affordable.

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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