17th Annual HR Systems Survey White Paper Goes Live Today

My fellow Sierra-Cedar colleagues are likely saying, “What’s the big deal about a 17-year-old survey just on HR Technology?” Since I’ve spent 25% of my life on it, for me, it’s a lot. Read more

The Continuing Quest to Prove the Value of HR Technologies Adoption

Lexy Martin, Vice President Research and Analytics, Sierra-Cedar
Stacey Harris, Vice President Research and Analytics, Sierra-Cedar
Dr. Janet Marler, School of Business, University at Albany, SUNY

Join us for IHRIM’s November 12th webinar: Highlights from the annual Sierra-Cedar 2014-2015 HR Systems Survey Results.  Register today for this special members only webinar.

For my 17+ years at Sierra-Cedar (formerly CedarCrestone), and even before, an important goal has been to establish the value derived from adoption of HR technologies. With this article, I document this quest, bring it up to date with results from our latest Survey, and together with my successor, Stacey Harris, suggest next steps for our HR technology community.
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Integrate to Automate: 10 Best Practices in Salesforce Integration

Written by Jonathan Maher

Originally posted at http://www.salesforcefoundation.org/blog/

Sometimes in higher ed, we’re our own worst enemy — buying multiple point-solution systems that result in data silos, frustrated users who have multiple login credentials, and no holistic view of the student. It makes it pretty tough for a staff or faculty member to obtain a 360° view of a constituent they are serving, or a project they are pursuing. A successful integration strategy should focus on leveraging Salesforce’s robust APIs to integrate data in one location so you can more easily accomplish your goals. The data must be timely, relevant, and actionable. This doesn’t mean it must be real-time, exhaustive, and bi-directional – you will provide significant value by starting with the most relevant data. Below are some key steps to put your integration strategy on a solid foundation. Read more

SOA and the Cloud

Before the holiday break last year I had the opportunity to attend Gartner’s Application Architecture, Development & Integration Summit in Las Vegas.  You might be thinking I attended the event due to it being in Vegas.  As much as that might be true this would have been my third trip to Vegas within a month time-span.  I had just been there for Workday Rising at the beginning of November but somehow gathered my wits to head back.  I will have to say that I was very impressed by the Summit.  The sessions I attended were very good and informative and a good job was done to keep things vendor neutral and focus on the topics of Cloud, SOA, and Application development.

One of the best things that I heard there all week must have been one of the analysts stating that “there is no cloud without SOA.”

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Clearing Up the Confusion about Enterprise Learning Management (ELM)

PeopleSoft clients often ask about implementing the ELM module – which stands for Enterprise Learning Management.  Giving them an answer is not that simple because there are two products with the same name.  I then have to ask “Which ELM do you mean?”

  1. Enterprise Learning – which is part of the HCM suite and used to be called ‘Training Administration’ and referred to by Oracle as “Enterprise Learning Management” within their own documentation
  2. Enterprise Learning Management – a stand-alone module that incorporates components of the HCM functionality but does a lot more Read more

Is SOA Catching On?

Welcome to my first blog post!  I plan to make this a regular habit and post my thoughts and experiences related to how Integrations using Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA) and Web/Mobile based solutions impacts the various industries and clients I work with.  I have the great opportunity to work with businesses and agencies all across the country, some that face very unique challenges, and others who have a good amount of similarities that we work with to develop solutions around.  In the years (it’s seems like it’s been quite a few) I’ve been touting the benefits and value of SOA and I will have to say I’m starting to see a new trend, one that I like. Read more

Deciding on Using an Oracle AIA PIP

Oracle Application Integration Architecture (AIA) Process Integration Packs (PIP) is a concept that was created by Oracle to provide out of the box integrations between their various ERP systems.  Their initial intention was to create a marketplace where Oracle partners could create PIPs and sell them to Oracle customers.  This concept initially led to several PIPs to be created but as time has gone on many of the Oracle partners have limited or stopped supporting the PIPs that they have created. There are a couple of things to consider when evaluating the use of PIPs:  Read more

Big Bang Theory

While not many business organizations are doing large ERP implementations any more, some public institutions like government agencies, colleges and school districts are getting around to upgrading their old systems.  These organizations are finding that software now comes in large integrated packages that often contain more features or functionality than they had before and perhaps don’t really need. Read more

Different Ways to Integrate with PeopleSoft

Over the years PeopleSoft has provided many different integration points to access data and execute business functionality. This is all made possible because PeopleSoft 8.x applications and above are built upon Components. Components represent real-world business objects and have keys that enable navigation to a specific instance of a business object. They are structured to encapsulate all the data, business logic, and functionality needed to perform a specific business function (i.e. Add/Update Names, Addresses, etc.). PeopleSoft has been able to leverage the encapsulation provided by the Component concept to provide many different ways to retrieve and update data while ensuring that all the necessary business logic is executed utilizing the data and security constraints defined in PeopleSoft. Read more

PeopleTools 8.52 – Oracle Announces Apple iPad Support

A couple of years ago, I was at a medical center client whose medical school gave all of its incoming students an iPad during student orientation. It was a sign of the times as I noticed more iPads being used while interacting with doctors, real estate agents and many other individuals across the service economy.  Most recently, for customers on PeopleTools 8.52, Oracle PeopleSoft now supports the Mobile Safari browser which runs on the Apple iPad (iOS version 4.3.3). Read more