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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

The Cloud Understood (Part 4)

Welcome to Part 4 of The Cloud Understood series. A quick recap: in Part 1, I defined “Cloud” and described many of the most common XaaS (Anything-as-a-Service) offerings. In Part 2, I discussed the interaction of Cloud Providers, Consumers, Service Owners, and Service Consumers and mentioned the features and benefits of the Cloud. In Part 3, I discussed the benefits and risks in Cloud design. In this edition, I will explain the four primary Cloud Deployment Models. Read more

The Cloud Understood (Part 3)

Welcome to Part 3 of The Cloud Understood series. A quick recap: in Part 1, I defined “Cloud” and described the most common XaaS (Anything-as-a-Service) offerings. In Part 2, I discussed the interaction of Cloud Providers, Consumers, Service Owners, and Service Consumers and mentioned the features and benefits of the Cloud. In this edition, I will describe many of the Cloud’s features, benefits, weaknesses, and risks. Read more

The Cloud Understood (Part 1)

In this blog series, my goal is to explain the concepts of “Cloud,” its features, methods, strengths, weaknesses, benefits, and risks. Not since the late 1980s and early 1990s, when the “Internet” buzz-word consumed the mindset of everyone who was at least tangentially exposed to information technology, has a term become so pervasive as has the word “Cloud.” We see it everywhere; in the news, email, on the web, even in TV commercials. Everybody (and their brother) has the “Cloud Solution” for you. If only it were that easy. Read more

The Cloud Authentication Challenge

Everyone “knows” that one of the largest issues holding back wider adoption of the Cloud is security. How can information that is stored in the Cloud be truly secure? The reason the Cloud is so challenging is that many people, both technical and non-technical, don’t fully understand what technologies they need to make it usable and secure at the same time. Authentication—determining that a user is a valid user—is key. Read more

Evaluating the Cloud: What is Driving User Adoption?

2014_coverIn the last blog, I said we would be looking at whether it’s better to upgrade your on-premise system or move to the Cloud/SaaS. I’m pushing that subject back a bit, in order to address some readers’ questions about one of the findings from our annual HR Systems Survey. (The most recent results are online for you to download. This is the complete report and it is free.)

Sierra-Cedar’s 17th Annual HR Systems Survey White Paper provides detailed HR technology data and presents unbiased results—as Joe Friday from Dragnet said, “Just the facts Ma’am.” Several readers asked about one of the Survey findings, “… are organizations moving to the Cloud for improved end user experience?”

The answer seems to be “yes.” Read more

Outpacing the Shift: What CEOs & CIOs should be thinking about now to prepare for cloud innovations to come

The software and services market is changing at a rapid pace. The question I get most often is ”what should CEOs & CIOs be thinking about now to prepare for and ideally outpace that shift?”

C level executives are going to be dealing with many of the same decisions and challenges they have faced for the last dozen years, but the context from which to make these decisions has changed. Their new vantage point will not only be located on campus but also above campus…in the cloud. And from above, everything looks different.

They will be dealing with:

  1. Risk – defined as operational capability and talent management
  2. Security – another risk-based topic, but much broader in scope when cloud or outsourced solutions enter the discussion,
  3. Budget – examining all angles of operational and capital cost models, and
  4. Governance – management and oversight of vendors, integrations, etc.

We’ll call the above a 4-legged stool, a very sturdy structure on which to build the future. Read more

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