PeopleSoft Weekly Issue #63 – 20th November 2013

Issue #63 – 20th November 2013

News and Latest Developments

PeopleSoft is recognized as “Best in KLAS” for the 2nd Year in a Row 

PeopleSoft is recognized as “Best in Klas” in Healthcare for the Second Year in a Row. Rather confusingly, the award seems to be from 2012, but it was only posted on the PeopleSoft Apps Strategy blog on Monday.

Oracle purchases Bitzer Mobile

Oracle has snapped up Bitzer Mobile – a 3 year old company that focuses on security for the BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) market. The key piece seems to be the service which carves out a secure space on your device which isolates corporate data from personal apps without compromising the user experience.

Oracle ranked highly in HCM Value Matrix

Oracle has been ranked very highly in the Nucleus Research HCM Value Matrix (similar to the Gartner Magic Quadrant) for the 2nd half of 2013.


Why We Do Need The HR Department

Josh Bersin responds to an article earlier in the week suggesting that HR Departments are no longer critical, explaining exactly why they are not only still needed, but a vital part of corporate structure and are the “talent masters” and in today’s talent constrained environment.


PeopleSoft Update Manager and Working with Images

This is a newly published page on My Oracle Support answering some of the biggest questions with PeopleSoft Update Manager (Support Login Required).

10 PeopleSoft Interaction Hub CSS Tricks 

Jim Marion gives 10 top tips for styling the PeopleSoft PIA. A lot of people have seen the branded skin that Oracle have showcased over the last few years (green grass etc), and these are some of the techniques that he used to build it. We’ve often mulled over creating a site similar to CSS Zen Garden to showcase attractively styled PeopleSoft pages from different customers and partners, maybe we should build it.

Why People don’t Patch or Upgrade

Oracle’s Mike Dietrich discusses the different reasons why customers sometimes avoid patching. The article is aimed mainly at database patching, but a lot of what he says is relevant in the apps world too.


Why HR Departments are the Greatest Technology Innovators

Steve Cardell on the HR Magazine website argues that the greatest strides in Enterprise Tech are in the realm of HCM. It’s a bold claim – given the advances being made in CRM / Sales / Marketing systems – but he does have some good points.


Is the placement of the hidden character in the red and white striped jumper entirely random, or could there be a pattern? Is there a better strategy than scanning left-to-right, top-to-bottom? Slate collected data on Waldo (US)/Wally (UK) placements in all 7 books and aggregated the result. It turns out that there is a better approach …


UX (User Experience) and UI (User Interface) are two different terms that are often confused. Kevin Liew explains how they differ using the unusual medium of cereal.

And Finally…

Oxford Dictionary Online’s Word of the Year 

In the week that Internet darling Snapchat overtook Facebook (in terms of photos shared daily) and then spurned a $3bn offer from them, ‘Selfie’ has been named the Dictionary’s Word of the Year. Tech terms on the short-list included BYOD, Bitcoin, Hackerspace, Internet of Things and Phablet, and they were joined by twerk and Cake Pop.

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