Thursday, 4 October 2012

OOW Day 4

There's normally 9.30 sessions but not this year. Maybe someone worked not that early morning sessions after the Oracle party were not a great idea.

So BIG thanks to everyone that turned up for my session with Russell Broom (Oracle HCM development) on Properly Enhancing PeopleSoft Applications. Over 100 people and a real responsive group. Thank you for listening.  All the slides will be up on my blog soon along with all the application designer project code.

OOW Day 3

Well it's the end of Day 3 (day 4 if you count Sunday) at oracle OpenWorld 2012 and the PeopleSoft sessions are buzzing with customers and partners, the demo pods are alive with discussions with the product experts and talk of upgrades, new implementations.  This is the value of these events - People!

PeopleSoft Update Manager

So, according to my interpretation of one of today's sessions the way in which PeopleSoft plan to deliver product updates is changing.  PeopleSoft Update Manage (PUM)  is a new tool for identifying, analysing, planning and deploying updates.  Part of this process involves Oracle releasing a fully updated application all set to run in a VirtualBox machine.  This will be main available for download every 8 weeks and will be a complete, fully updated and ready to run PeopleSoft system.  Nice!

This downloadable PeopleSoft Image (PI) will ony be available for Apps 9.2 but the new method of identifying, packaging and applying updates will be available for any release.

Read about it in the PeopleTools 8.53 RVP

and this My Oracle Support document says it all 1465172.1

Change Assistant will continue to be the software used to apply these packages and from 8.53 it will include features such as three way PeopleCode compare and merge, compare reports can be run as part of a CA job and support from the new PUM delivery model.

PeopleTools 8.53 Beta Panel

Oxfam is taking part in the PeopleTool 8.53 beta programme along with with other customers and partners - Boeing, Intrasee, GreyHeller and Succeed Consulting.  Jeff Robins (PeopleTools Strategy) hosted a panel session feature 4 of these.  The big message?  Well it's early days of the beta testing but

1) The infrastructure, install and setup is all very familiar and worked very well
2) The delivered VirtualBox appliance means you get a demo system up and running in under 20 mins.

PeopleTools Tips and Techniques

Then it was off to hear Oracle's Jim Marion with his ever popular session on PeopleTools Tips & Techniques.  From low level PeopleCode tips to high level sys admin helpers this is one slide deck to try and get hold of when they're published.  Much of what Jim's teaching here is in his book and he continues to demonstrate the power of the PeopleTools development framework.

Want to know the best way to clear out all the values in a PeopleCode aray?

&array.len = 0;

Of course.... simple really.  One of his big messages here was "know the language".

My day ended with this in the classic Mel's Diner.

Wednesday, 3 October 2012

OOW Day 2

Before word gets out about me I need say it here.... Yes.. I did go to a vegetarian restaurant last night.  Food was great and the company of friends I was with made the evening.   We did talk about work, of course.... specifically "how to secure your PeopleSoft web server on the public internet".   The company I work for has some interesting challenges in this respect which I may blog about in more detail sometime.  If you're interested in security and auditing then the ERP Firewall product from GreyHeller is well worth a look.

Greg Kelly and Keith Collins (Oracle Security and IB)
Today (Tuesday) I've been in a great Integration Broker Security session with Greg Kelly and hardcore C++ programmer Keith Collins. Both of these legendary PeopleSoft blokes really know there stuff.  Lookout for more REST based support in 8.53 and security options.  The slides for this presentation has a great couple of diagrams describing the "waterfall" path when messages are negotiating authentication.  here's one of them....

Waterfall integration broker authentication
Discovered from Keith how to send integrations from one PS system to another without the need for the originating OPRID to exist in the target.  That's a new blog entry once I get home and try it out.

Everyone wants to know when PeopleTools 8.53 is out.  Well, of course, no one from Oracle is saying BUT it sounds like it won't be this year.  Last session of the day is a look at 8.53 in action by Russell Broom (HCM) and Christine Libby (FSCM) both Senior Apps Architects at Oracle.  Of all the many new features and enhancements in 8.53 to choose from this is what the focused on in this 50 min. session.

Russell Broom (Oracle Development)

Example for Activity Guide 1
Example for Activity Guide 2

  • Related Actions and Content.  These are configurable in PI and have been extended from 8.52
  • Activity Guides.  This is new for 8.53 and is PIA configurable means of implementing a guided procedure/process using bound components, iScripts and even external content.  Instances of a particular pass through the process can be saved and tracked.    On boarding a new employee with the need to reference many different components would be a great use case for this.  They utilise Work Centres and contain navigation buttons and instance state management.  (see Guide 1 & 2 pics above)
  • Pivot Grids.  These arrived in 8.52 but have had some significant improvements made with smart filters, drilldown in grid and the ability to include Related Actions.  Nice!
Is that enough for today?  More tomorrow with news of Oracle SES in PeopleTools and hopefully more of a clue to the GA of 8.53.

PS Checkout these street musicians.  These guides played like this for about 20 mins.  As an ex drummer myself this level of drumming is pretty impressive.  Enjoy!

Tuesday, 2 October 2012

PeopleTools Roadmap

Jeff Robbins takes us for a trip through upcoming 8.53 new features.

1) Activity Guide framework

2) Enhanced Pivot Grids

3) Branding capability now available in PeopleSoft Interaction Hub

4) PeopleSoft Update Manager

5) Regular delivery of fully functioning and patched PS Apps in VirtualBox virtual machine.

6) Secure by default

7) Enhanced support for OEM

8) Support for multiple instances of PeopleSoft on Exalogic

Best bet is to download the PeopleTools Release Value Proposition for all the details.

Monday, 1 October 2012

Mobile apps for PeopleSoft

First session of the conference was a fast paced. zero fear Jim Marion from Oracle giving a live demo of how to build mobile applications that work with PeopleSoft.
STEP ONE.  Publish PeopleSoft CI as a web service. Jim covered WSDL and REST.
STEP TWO. Use jDeveloper to build app using ADF Mobile.
Jim covers this in his great book PeopleSoft Tips and Techniques and blogs often on this and other helpful subjects.
Great start to the conference.