March 5, 2014
Issue #72 – 5th March 2014
The UKOUG are holding their annual EMEA PeopleSoftRoadshow on March 26th at Oracle’s City Office in London. This is the must-see event in the PeopleSoft calendar and has great content from Marc Weintraub, Jeff Robbins and an HCM v9.2 customer success story from Succeed!
Quickly following the UKOUG roadshow is the Collaborate conference, held in Las Vegas on 7th-11th April. There’s always a lot of top content here and a strong showing from the user groups involved and Oracle themselves.
Oracle have released CRM 9.2.002, the latest PeopleSoft Update Manager image forPeopleSoft CRM v9.2 (Support login required).
We’re thrilled that Anton de Weger – a legend in both the UK and Australian PeopleSoftmarkets – has allowed himself to be profiled for the ‘how I work’ series.
The Cardinal Point Solutions team have continued their blog series giving us an insight into an implementation of WorkCenters for a fictional client. They have already published episode 5 which is available here
Shelby Melban details a bug that you may encounter when using Chrome to viewPeopleSoft pages running on PeopleTools 8.4x (and an increasing number are using Chrome as browser of choice more recently). Shelby’s PSChrome browser extension
protects against this bug.
A group of students from Florida International University have created a prototype robot that they hope can get disabled members of the police-force back into action. As an added point of interest, it’s using the Oculus Rift Virtual Reality headset.
Whilst everyone is waiting for the iWatch, could Apple’s next disruptive innovation be in a different market altogether? Can they do for the car dashboard what they’ve done with other devices?
Many people read the XKCD web-comic, however this slight departure is one of the most intelligent and useful informational graphics we’ve ever seen
Oracle University have released updated versions of their PeopleSoft training courses, many now providing content for the v9.2 applications. Each course is available either in classroom format or via web-based delivery.
and One More Thing …
There’s a fair chance that you’ve seen this already as it’s had 15m views, but it’s a particularly amusing/cruel prank where a window is replaced with a TV screen, and some unsuspecting job interviewees try to maintain professionalism while the TV shows realistic looking impending armageddon.
February 26, 2014
Issue #71 – 26th February 2014
Oracle have announced the first certifications of Microsoft Office 2013 with PeopleSoft. Initially it’s limited to Excel 2013, running on Windows 7, and only for Tools 8.53.11 and above. Word 2013 certification, plus certification for Excel 2013 on Windows 8 is planned for a future release (Support login required).
One of Succeed’s strongest Techs, and our Tech Practice Lead – Simon Wilson answers the ‘how i work’ questions.
Brad Worley on the Animato blog has posted an entry on the steps that you should take to get Manager Self Service implemented successfully. We were pleased to see that there is a section for ‘continuous service improvement’, so it’s not just a 1 hit ‘install it and leave it’ solution, but something that can improve and grow with the business.
The Cardinal Point Solutions team have continued their blog series giving us an insight into an implementation of WorkCenters for a fictional client. This week they cover the thought behind which queries to use, and where they are to be placed in the workcenter.
Jim Marion is presenting a couple of sessions at the upcoming Alliance conference. If you’re lucky enough to be able to go, make sure that you add his sessions into your agenda planner.
Vijay on the Citagus Blog has a walkthrough for installing Oracle Secure Enterprise Search – which you’ll need for the new v9.2 applications.
Wade ‘Smart Panda’ Coombs has a short entry on SMTP authentication in the App and Batch servers, and which versions of Tools the passwords need encrypting in.
Google has bought SlickLogin, a sound-based password security startup. They have the smart idea of getting your computer to play a unique but virtually inaudible sound which is picked up by your mobile phone, which then contacts SlickLogin’s servers and confirms your identity.
There’s a clever new mobile app called ‘Glove’ that will tell you – based on the locations that you use – which mobile network is best for you. The makers claim that 75% of us could be using a better carrier. It’s only available in 2 locations at launch, and is Android only initially, but will grow capability over time.
Google has acquired quite a few robotics companies over the last few months. This article gives a rundown of what areas each of the acquisitions specialises in.
Westfield – the global owner/operator of Shopping Centres – usePeopleSoft, and are currently upgrading to PeopleSoft v9.2. In this 2 minute video Peter Bourke (Westfield’s IT Director) discusses the benefits that it brings.
This 7 minute video talks us through what we’ll need to use the new PeopleSoft In Memory Labor Rules and Monitoring functionality, and the benefits that we’ll realise if we do. The narrator talks really fast, but there is a lot of info in this video.
and One More Thing …
An interactive video, in which you can watch as F1 ace Nico Rosberg takes the 2014 McLaren Mercedes on a lap around the historic Silverstone course, but the best thing is that you can use your mouse to pan around as he drives.
January 15, 2014
Issue #67 – 15th January 2014
Thanks to Rux from Ubisoft for being the 600th subscriber!
News and Latest Developments
Oracle have decided to adopt an aggressive approach with the next version of PeopleTools and browser support. Instead of supporting selected older versions, the minimum supported browser versions will be those at the time of general release, so Internet Explorer 11 will be the minimum! Older versions will be supported (back to IE 9) however only with the ‘classic UI’. Companies wishing to make use of the exciting changes coming in the 8.54 UI need to be on the latest releases. It’s an interesting change of approach, and one that will enable them to take advantage of new browser capabilities much sooner (Support Login required).
Brad Worley on the Animato blog lists the many reasons why empowering your users with Self Service systems is a key step to HR being able to conserve time for high-value strategic activities.
Rakesh Subhagan has written the first post in what he promises will be a series on BI Publisher within PeopleSoft. This post details the setup tasks and skills you need before you start your first report.
Oracle’s Matthew Haavisto has highlighted a useful new document on Oracle support that describes steps to implement High Availability for Oracle SES 22.214.171.124. This approach uses a 4-node WebLogic Server cluster and 3-node Oracle RAC Database so it’s clearly only for the largest implementations.
The Enterprise Apps Today has predicted the top 8 trends that’ll impact the ERP market in 2014. There are some obvious entries in here (Mobile, Social, Cloud), but also some less obvious items – like Two Tier ERP – something that we’ve been discussing a lot at Succeed recently.
Chromebooks (Google’s low cost netbooks) came from nowhere to take 10% of the US business computer market in 2013. That’s an incredible leap when you consider that iPads only have 15% of the market. The biggest loser was Windows Notebooks, the only bright spot for Microsoft being Windows tablets taking 2% of the market.
Slideshare have shared their most viewed items of the last year, and this infographic caught our eye. It has some genuinely interesting stats about the differences between Baby Boomers, Gen X and Gen Y people and their habits.
This advisor webcast on Pivot Grids in PeopleSoft runs for just over an hour and gives a thorough demonstration of all you’ll need to know to get started with this graphical dashboard/reporting tool. (Support Login required).
A 6 minute walkthrough of the HR Helpdesk functionality in PeopleSoft CRM v9.2. It shows the Service Center, the HR Agent Dashboard and the Manager Dashboard.
This isn’t PeopleSoft related, but it does feature Larry’s yacht (briefly). Google’s Zeitgeist summaries of the year are always worth a watch. Some happy memories, some poignant ones, and it ends on a great note with the Batman kid
Sharks that swim close to any popular beaches on the south west coast of Australia will tweet their location, warning beachgoers of their presence. We predict an increase in demand for waterproof phone cases. Via JP Rangaswami.
January 8, 2014
Issue #66 – 8th January 2014
Succeed would like to wish you all a Happy and Healthy 2014!
News and Latest Developments
SAP has been slapped with a lawsuit by California’s state controller over a payroll software implementation the office says cost $250m, but has never calculated even one employee’s pay correctly.
Each year Panorama Consulting conduct a survey on the state of the ERP implementations in the last 12 months. It’s always an interesting read as it compares the mega-vendors and their proportion of bid wins, the amount of projects that overspend or overrun and the slightly more subjective ‘customer satisfaction’. It’s unfortunate thatPeopleSoft projects are lumped in with EBS etc into a single Oracle bucket rather than broken out, but it’s useful nonetheless. Interesting stats include the platform that the new systems are implemented on (On Premise – 61%, SaaS – 14%, Cloud – 12%).
Oracle have released updates to GP UK for the changes announced by the Chancellor in his Autumn statement (which become effective on 6th April). There have also been updates for GP Mexico
and GP Australia
Brooke Lindsey has written a post on the Animato blog with a quick introduction on how to effectively write PeopleSoft Queries.
This is a post by Bharathi Mani on the PeopleTools blog, but it’s not a particularly technical post. Instead it’s a great showcase – with lots of screenshots – showing different ways that you could display your landing and transactional pages.
The UK’s David Kurtz has an infrastructure related post on the minimum number of certain processes within the PeopleSoft App Server, and how it has changed in recent Tools versions.
The BBC website has a run-through of 10 quirkily designed offices and their unusual features. Some seem to be as a result of careful research, whereas others just sound cool.
Some people are making a lot of money from harvesting Bitcoins. How does it work, how much can one make and why are they mining in Iceland?
A long, but interesting look into the future of wearable devices. It’s not all about smart-watches, but NFC rings, ski goggles, bracelets and brooches too. Why do some succeed, but others fall by the wayside?
The Gizmodo blog rounds up the best Data Visualisations of 2013. It’s quite US-centric, but some are really quite interesting (for example, the states from which the most ‘hateful’ tweets originate) while others are more flippant (the states which use “you guys” vs those that use “‘y’all”, or the popularity of various pizza chains).
A short video with customers running PeopleSoft on the Exa* systems discuss the improvements in performance that they’ve been able to achieve.
This is a great feel-good story to start the year. Johnny Barnes is a 90-year-old former electrician and bus driver who lives in Bermuda, and he’s become so well known locally for being happy and welcoming to residents and tourists alike that he’s had a statue erected in his honour!
While most of North America tweets pictures of frozen streets and lakes, we like this video (spotted by NextDraft
). What happens when you jump on a frozen trampoline?
December 18, 2013
Issue #65 – 18th December 2013
Succeed would like to wish you all a Merry Christmas
and a Happy New Year!
News and Latest Developments
Kristen Emery writes on the PeopleSoft Apps Strategy blog about the 2013 American Payroll Association Awards. PeopleSoft Payroll won in 3 out of the 5 categories, courtesy of clients Hackensack University Medical Center, Capital One and Gap Inc.
Global cosmetics retailer Avon has ditched an expensive SAP project and written off $125m after a failed go-live in Canada which went so badly an executive claimed that it ‘annihilated’ the business. One of the major problems is a front-end that is too difficult for most reps to use, and 16,000 have quit as a result.
News and Latest Developments
Oracle has released the #9 patch for PeopleTools. Looking through the release notes, there are fixes for – amongst other things – Query, PIA stuck threads, PUM, Component Interfaces, Activity Guides, Jolt and the Test Framework. (Support logon required).
Oracle has released Bundle 14 for HCM v9.1, and also Bundle #24 for HCM v9.0 (which can be found here). (Support logon required)
Oracle has released the 4th PUM images for both Financials and HCM and the 3rd PUM image for ELM. (Support logon required).
Succeeder Sarah has posted an entry on our blog explaining the use of accumulators in PeopleSoft Global Payroll, and how the User Keys allows us to split the accumulator balances across changes in key fields.
Carolyn Cozart has posted a couple of updates to the PeopleSoft Legislative Updates blog. The first relates to Payroll for NA users importing W-2 data into TurboTax, and the second addresses some further changes to Global Payroll UK to keep pace with HMRC tweaks to the RTI submissions process.
The Citagus blog has a screenshot/walkthrough entry on the Life Events transactions within eBenefits. It shows you the pages used to administer the functionality, and how to clone/create new ones.
The Remote PS Admins blog has a post showing the Process.Run function of PTF, how it can be used to instantiate a process, and the differences in behaviour between Tools 8.51 and 8.52.
Steve Phillips on the IT Toolbox blog has written a great article about the techniques that can be used to ensure that all of those impacted by your ERP rollout are on your side.
Two of everyone’s favourite Oracle employees, Jeff Robbins and Jim Marion have an entertaining 6 minute chat about the PeopleSoft UI. They cover a little of the improvements in 9.2, and then whet our appetite for the UI overhaul that’s coming in PeopleTools 8.54.
The Holderness family from Raleigh, NC created a Christmas video message, and it’s rightly attracted a lot of attention, so far racking up 2.5m views on YouTube. It’s pretty catchy too.
The world-famous Norad Santa-tracking tradition began thanks to a mis-typed digit in an advert containing Santa’s phone number printed in a local newspaper. When a child phoned the incorrect number, a quick thinking Colonel played along and a delightful tradition was born.