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Tuesday, 17 March 2020

Oracle PeopleSoft India SIG 2020

In December I had the great privilege attending the annual PeopleSoft India SIG meeting held at the Oracle offices in Bangalore.

This is an annual Oracle run special interest group for PeopleSoft customers and partners.  It's my second year attending this event and I love it.  Why?  Because it's a great community of users meeting a great community of Oracle development staff.  And it's an intense 2 days full of very useful information, hands-on activities and an opportunity to talk with product development directly.

Here's a visual walk through of how the 2 days went.






Srilakshmi Ramachandra - Senior Director Product Management & Strategy
This amazing lady and her team are responsible for an outstanding and unique event where PeopleSoft customers and partners are inspired to learn, network and get more from their investment in Oracle applications and technology.


Paco Aubrejuan, Senior VP Product Development
Paco did live demos of chatbots, Kibana and Notifications! (no other Senior VP I know in Oracle does this!)   He gave the event keynote in which he makes crystal clear Oracle’s strong commitment to PeopleSoft applications and customers.


Deepankar Narayanan – VP of Product Development
(Mr PeopleTools Development)

Ram Rangaraju (Senior Director PeopleTools )
Responsible for Search for Core PIA

Pawan Kalra – Senior Development Manager 
(Kibana guy ! )

Mukul Prasad – Senior Product Manager
(specialist OCI architect with a PS Admin background)

Live ChatBot and Kibana hands on labs.

Hungry for knowledge during the hands on labs - Chatbots and Kibana

Tim Durant Senior Director of Software Development - LCM Tools and me chatting about Upgrades

Mark Thomas (IT Director, Hays) sharing some fascinating insights into Robotic Process Automation & PeopleSoft

Samidha Rege – Product Manager (PeopleSoft Chatbots) Sharing exciting roadmap involving Oracle Digital Assistants

Selfie with a room full of PS Admins and PeopleSoft techs.  We had just done a deep dive into PeopleSoft Performance Monitor and everyone was still awake !!!

Sasabindu Acharya – Platform Development - Great demo of Kibana in the 8.58 Health Centre.  This is reason alone to upgrade to 8.58.

 Biju Narayanan (Director of Software Development) & Rajesh Muthukrishnan (Product Manager - CM) with a fabulous step-by-step live demo on how to install and setup PeopleSoft Cloud Manager.






Thursday, 6 February 2020

OpenWorld Europe 2020

I'm looking forward to speaking at Oracle OpenWorld Europe as Oracle arrives in London with this event for the second year running.

I'll be joining PeopleSoft customers Allen & Overy and Hays with Robbin Velayedam (Senior Director, PeopleSoft Product Management, Oracle)  to talk about success in maximising investment in PeopleSoft systems.

Join us if you can on Wednesday 12 February @ 14:45 in the Customer First Zone @ The Bridge.




Wednesday, 5 February 2020

Cloud Manager 10

On 12 December 2019 Oracle released Cloud Manager 10.  There are some great new features in this release and I had a chance to share some of my favourites with Dan Iverson from psadmin.io a few weeks ago.  You can listen to our conversation here


Oracle's Dave Bain also walks us through the new features here in the PeopleTools Blog so I don't need to repeat any of this content right now.
I did wonder if the guy with the beard and suit and tie was a PS Admin. I mean, I assume he's in the picture because he's doing an upgrade of PeopleTools from 8.57 to 8.58 on the train... using a mobile phone?  yeh... my kind of PS Admin :-)

I'll probably share more on my experiences with Cloud Manager 10 in the coming months as we at Cedar Consulting continue to put it through it's paces.

But for now... I'll let this video speak for itself.

Friday, 13 December 2019

Sangam19 Conference Report


Last week I was in Hyderabad, India for the 2019 Sangam Conference.  The Hindu word Sangam means confluence or coming together.  The All India Oracle User Group have several Chapters across India and once a year they all come together for the most amazing 2 day conference.

This year the event was at the Hyderabad International Conference Centre and all 800+ delegates enjoyed multiple streams of over 200 Oracle tech & apps sessions across 2 days.

I'd been invited to present at the conference in the PeopleSoft stream where I talked about PeopleSoft Cloud Manager and about some of the latest customisation tools like Drop  Zones.   https://sangam19.sched.com/speaker/graham.smith2

It's hard to describe in words the enthusiastic atmosphere, colour, sounds, food, selfie-taking craziness of this event.   Try this short video for a glimpse !


What did I learn at this event?  Here's 10 things.
  1. You can switch from RedHat Linux to Oracle Linux without having to re-install everything. https://linux.oracle.com/switch.html .  Why would you want to switch?  Oracle Linux can be patched without a reboot!  https://ksplice.oracle.com/  Nice!!!!
  2. One PeopleSoft customer (HAYS recruitment specialists) are doing some interesting things with RPA (Robotic Process Automation) against PeopleSoft to save time and money on labour intensive transactions in their PeopleSoft system.
  3. Oracle PeopleSoft customers are migrating their PeopleSoft instances to OCI.
  4. I learned how to survive in a VUCA world from motivational speaker Simerjeet Singh.  (please note... I did not dance!! ) 
  5. I learned what Oracle's Mission is.  
  6. I learned that Indian weddings are lavish beyond anything I've seen at a wedding before! (there were 2 weddings taking place at the same venue as Sangam conference).
  7. PeopleSoft customers are experimenting with ChatBot and Digital Assistant technology.
  8. Wilderness Wood is not a Fortnite game location. But Slurpy Swamp is.
  9. Oracle Enterprise Manager 13c has some nice tools for migrating databases to Oracle Cloud.
  10. I can use ADDM to help monitor and tune SQL in my Oracle Database
And so much more !!!

But it's not just about the Oracle tech stuff that I learned but also about the community of people that I connected with.  Just a few photos to try and convey the Sangam19 experience.

The AMAZING Mr Sai Janikiram - Sangam and AIOUG President

Jenny Tsai-Smith - VP Product Management, Database Development, Oracle

With work colleague Shweta Jain from our Cedar office in Pune

Simerjeet Singh sharing ideas on how to thrive in a VUCA world

Srilakshmi Ramachandra  - Senior Director of PeopleSoft Product Development

Friends from Oracle and Cedar Consulting

This is what we're doing !

In between sessions.

Page Activate Fun - PeopleCode Friday

UPDATE (20 Jan 2020) : The answer is at the end in the video.

It's been a while since PeopleCode Friday last appeared from me so here's a fun one to keep you on your toes!

The component processor is a powerful engine and it follows some well defined logical rules.  Have you seen this useful flow diagram before? (sorry ... can't credit the author of this as I don't know who wrote it).  It may help you to answer the question below along with the PeopleCode Event guide here.


Scenario:

A Component has 2 Pages.



Both Pages have PageActivate PeopleCode.   Both code blocks update the &msg variable.




During the Component Post-Build event we execute a  TransferPage to GRS_PA_2. (The 2nd page in the Component).


Question ???

So the big question is ....What Happens!  We know that the TransferPage during PostBuild will cause the 2nd page in the component to be displayed...  So... between the transfer being initiated and page 2 being displayed what happens ?

(A) Does Page Activate fire only on Page 1 ?

(B) Does Page Activate fire only on Page 2 ?

(C) Does Page Activate fire on both Page 1 & Page 2

(D)  Or does something else happen ?
Answers and thoughts in the comments below please.

If you think it helps here's the section in PeopleBooks for PageActivate



UPDATE 20 January 2020:  Thanks to everyone who looked at this and contributed an answer below.   And now.... for the big reveal.... The answer is ..... (watch the video)


Wednesday, 11 September 2019

OpenWorld 2019

 Really looking forward to Oracle OpenWorld 2019.  Catching up with friends from PeopleSoft community and learning about all the exciting PeopleSoft product developments are always my highlights.

There's been 3 big themes that we've been focusing on as PeopleSoft users for a few years now.

  1. New features, frameworks and user experience in the PeopleSoft product (never ceases to amaze me just how much the PeopleSoft development teams seem to produce!  )
  2. Reducing the impact of customisations.  Making Customisation Update Safe is one of the keys to taking advantage of the continuous deliver model of the PeopleSoft software lifecycle.
  3. Running PeopleSoft in cloud infrastructure.  PeopleSoft is designed for it and has solutions to many of the automation demands of cloud (an on-premises) infrastructure.  Many organisations are looking to IaaS to reduce their cost of ownership and improve the security, availability and maintenance cycles .
I have the privilege of being selected to present on 2 of these 3 themes at this years conference.  If you're attending the event then I look forward to seeing you and maybe catch you at one of my 2 sessions.

Make Your PeopleSoft Customisations Update Safe (PAN5338)

This panel of PeopleTools experts share their experience of how to customise safely.  Come and join in the discussion. Here's a couple of primers to get you thinking:  Top 5 Customisation Tips from 2018 - PSADMIN.IO Chat on Customisations 
Tuesday 17 Sep @ 5.15pm in Moscone West - Room 2012


Five Top Tips for Running PeopleSoft Cloud Manager (CON4424)

PeopleSoft Cloud Manager is a great tool for getting started in running PeopleSoft in Oracle Cloud Infrastructure.  Here's my top 5 tips (maybe more!) on how to get started.   The Magic Button Blog Post
Wednesday 18 Sep @ 3.45pm in Moscone South - Room 155C

Thursday, 8 August 2019

PeopleSoft and Cloud Day - October 2019

Every year Cedar Consulting organises a fabulous day of education and insight specially for PeopleSoft and Oracle Cloud customers.  This year it gets even better!  Now that Cedar is part of Version 1 we are organising an event for all Oracle Applications customers (PeopleSoft, EBS, Taleo, Oracle Cloud Apps and Infrastructure).

  • Including Rebekah Jackson from the PeopleSoft division bringing all the latest news fresh from Oracle OpenWorld in San Francisco.
  • Customer stories and Oracle demos across all the applications - PeopleSoft, HCM Cloud, ERP Cloud, Taleo, eBiz and JDE.
  • 50 sessions across 6 streams.
  • Useful networking opportunities with other customers using the same Oracle products.
  • and it's free to attend !
If you can make it to London on October 10th
then it'll be great to see you.