So it's the first day of OpenWorld conference and the downtown San Francisco area is packed with conference attendees as usual. I've been here for 4 days already attending meetings with Oracle development at Redwood Shores and the weather has been blue sky and a scorching 35C. Today it's cold, wet and windy. Of course only the sensible ones brought umbrellas - so not many then.
Spent another high speed, concentrated "run" through building and consuming web services in PeopleTools. Highlighted some new features in 8.52 including REST, new configuration Work Center and improved cross PopleSoft transaction monitoring and test and diagnostics tools. The presenter brilliantly demonstrated how easy it was to create and consume web services and how the new 8.51 Document feature was the way forward in working with XML. Excellent hour.
The last session of the day was the PeopleTools Roadmap. Jeff Robins (Oracle PeopleTools Strategy) gave a great insight into what applications look like when the new PeopleTools were used. Rather than a blow by blow list of new features Jeff took the approach of demonstrating applications built using the tools. Nice! Here's the main themes
1) A change from the traditional "Navigate - Search - Action" to a new search centric paradigm of "Search - Action". The inclusion of Oracle SES (secure enterprise search) as part of core PeopleTools is most impressive feature. A search experience similar to Amazon, Google or eBay is now available across the entire application or within a specfic component.
2) Context sensitive action menus are springing up in search results and elsewhere in the application.
3) Heavy investment in improving how pagelets behave in portal, work Centers and Content Dashboards.
4) Pivot tables/graphs are new programming objects replacing the traditional analytic grid. Vey visual way of viewing and dynamically changing the view of data on a page.