PeopleSoft Test Framework – Is it Right for You? (1 of 2)

We all know the benefits of using the PeopleSoft Test Framework (PTF). Streamlining the testing process, reducing costs, and keeping your PeopleSoft system up-to-date are just a few of the advantages. However, clients still want to know if it is the best tool for their organization.

In order to gain insight into the value of PTF and how to optimally leverage it, I spoke with Russ Barberio (RB) and Dan Croce (DC). Both are Senior Consultants with Sierra-Cedar and have experience using the PeopleSoft Test Framework (PTF) to automate testing.  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

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

Simplified Analytics, it’s truly a must have.

When organizations list the most important function for a system, it’s to collect and report data. This is, by far, the number one response. To me, the better the reporting, the better the system. Do you use this PeopleSoft feature, Simplified Analytics? You should. Obtaining actionable information that is easy to understand and in real-time is what you deserve in a modern system. Read more

Selective Adoption

My wife and I have similar business backgrounds and often discuss current issues and events, however when I recently brought up the topic of “Selective Adoption,” she gave me a very questioning look. (Understand that we volunteer with an organization called Safe Families for Children, Safe-Families.org, which focuses on keeping children safe and families intact.) Obviously, I wasn’t referring to families or adopting children! I wanted to review some leading practices than can be used to keep a PSFT system operating optimally. Selective Adoption is really using PSFT tools to minimize maintenance cost and maximize system functionality. Who doesn’t want to do this?

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Oracle PeopleSoft Fluid is better than sliced bread. Really.

If you’ve made the move to Fluid, the rest of this blog will just make you smug. For those who haven’t moved to the latest PeopleSoft user interface, let me provide you with both practical reasons and financial reasons on why you’d want to update your PeopleSoft to a modern user interface (UI).

The #1 reason organizations change from PeopleSoft to another system is the UI. Thousands of organizations have self reported this fact through the Sierra-Cedar HR Systems Survey[1]. Read more

PeopleSoft Commitment – Indefinitely, That’s Definite!

Recently, I met with Marc Weintraub from Oracle to discuss some ideas that may not be crystal clear to PeopleSoft customers or the public at large. At the top of our list was, “What did Oracle mean when it said, ‘Oracle is fully committed to supporting and investing in its PeopleSoft solutions indefinitely’?”1 That’s a long time—“indefinitely.” Read more

Hosting PeopleSoft in the Cloud

There is some uncertainty about what it means to move PeopleSoft “to the Cloud.” The simplest description is running your PeopleSoft (PSoft) system outside of your facility—in someone else’s facility. There are many options available. There are options regarding what you are responsible for and what the vendor is responsible for (e.g., patching SW, security, where/what country you want the facility, among many others). I see PeopleSoft in the Cloud as really how ERP services were provided in the past and how ERP services can be provided now—moving from the physical data center you grew up with to a more effective environment in the Cloud. Read more