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

A New Manager Self-Service Model for Academic Healthcare at UTMB Health

UTMB Health implemented Oracle’s PeopleSoft HCM version 8.9 in 2005 with limited Manager Self-Service (MSS) rolled out using the legacy design and delivered routing capability. It proved difficult to maintain and update, and somewhat inflexible to meet the changing business needs. Gaps in delivered MSS (such as new position request) were met with custom forms to capture data at the source. Integration to core was still limited and required centralized data entry.  Read more

Integration Technologies: Finding the Right Fit

Integration technologies are now more important than ever, as Higher Education customers look at adopting SaaS applications and interact with a wider variety of data consumers. This includes old technology, new technology, leading edge technology, and industry-specific solutions. With these ever-expanding technology footprints, how do we find the right integration technology fit? Read more

Three Leading Practices for Implementing and Governing a Campus Solutions/HRMS Split Environment

We at Sierra-Cedar have been working on the Campus Solutions/HRMS database “split” with our customers now for nearly two years. We are proud that we have 16 live as we close out 2012. I believe this is more than any other system integrator. Our first customer to go live, Palomar College, has been live for well over a year and is doing well, which I witnessed firsthand when I visited them in December.   All of our customers have used Oracle-delivered integration models, with the majority selecting the “subscriber only” model. We have learned many important lessons from our customers while they implemented the split, as well as after they went live and were faced with supporting two databases and technical environments. This blog shares what I think are the top three leading practices for implementing and governing a split environment: Read more

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

Best Practice Healthcare Series: The Link between Supply Chain Management & Revenue

While the implementation of integrated Supply Chain Management solution will provide state-of-the-art capabilities to support critical cost saving efforts, we have found that implementing the solution in and of itself will not automatically achieve the performance improvement and business operational / process objectives typically predicted.  There is only minimal return on investment from the implementation of a new management information system.  There is a significant Return on Investment (ROI), however, if the solution is implemented in the context of operational leading practices and thoughtful integration to your Billing and Revenue solution. Read more

Managing Work-Study in PeopleSoft

Oracle’s PeopleSoft HCM suite does a good job of handling one of the more difficult challenges for HR administrators in Higher Education HR; multiple jobs – also known as ‘Appointments’.

While Commitment Accounting meets the need for multiple funding sources without having to turn one job into multiple, there are still instances where institutions need to have multiple job assignments to a single employee.  The most common case is Student Employees.

One HR person working for a former client of mine used to say, “Students change jobs more often than they change their socks.”  Read more

Understanding Oracle PeopleSoft Position Management

There has been a lot of confusion, particularly in the higher education world about Position Management and Commitment Accounting modules in Oracle’s PeopleSoft HCM suite.  A good number of colleges have posed two questions to me lately:

  1. How do we go about implementing Position Management?
  2. What is Position Management? Read more

Lessons from The Split

I started working on the CS / HCM split full time while helping Palomar College with their split project in 2011.  They went live in October with little to no disruption. Sierra-Cedar was fortunate to be part of Oracle’s Early Adopter Program, which gave us frequent access to the right individuals in the Oracle Campus Solutions group when we needed help. Since Palomar, I have worked on a large number of split projects with a dedicated group of consultants at Sierra-Cedar. At each split client, regardless of their size, type of institution, or split approach, there are a number of common activities. This blog discusses a few of them. Read more

Healthcare Human Capital Management (HCM) PeopleSoft Best Practice Guide

Sierra-Cedar's approach to process improvement for a healthcare client is to focused on “best practice” and what is required to take an health system from their current state to an optimized organization that fully utilizes the enabling technologies such as ERP software. We do this through assessment and validation of the healthcare entity’s requirements as the first crucial step. This approach is based on the premise that a healthcare entity’s needs cannot be fully serviced until a thorough understanding of the healthcare entity’s functional requirements is obtained. In addition to understanding requirements, the project team and the healthcare entity must establish a consensus understanding of deliverables, assumptions, and current (culture) environment. Read more


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