Sunday, 10 February 2019

Oracle India PeopleSoft SIG

I've been back in India this week spending time with some of our amazing Cedar Consulting India team who are based in Pune.  In this Cedar office, located in the west of this busy city, we have PeopleSoft and Cloud specialists, developers, PS admins and support people all contributing to the success of our clients around the world.
Some of the Cedar India Team

So proud to be part of this high-class team.

This is my second trip to India and I've totally fallen in love with this amazing country.  Great food, warm climate, Royal Enfield motorcycles and lovely people.  I can honestly say I've enjoyed spending some time with some quite wonderful people.

I then flew down to attend the Oracle India PeopleSoft Special Interest Group meeting. This is a 2 day event organised by Oracle to bring together PeopleSoft customers and partners to learn about PeopleSoft technology and applications and to network with the Oracle development team.

Jam packed room for the Oracle PeopleSoft SIG

Lunch with Ram, Anusha & Kamalesh - Event Mapping dev team

At the Oracle SIG I had an engaging 2 days talking with others about the exciting features of PeopleTools, discussing suggestions for enhancements, solving problems and dreaming up solutions to the challenges of the modern and evolving business world.  I count it a real privilege to belong to this global PeopleSoft community.

Nagendra Krishnappa
Cloud Manager Product Development Manager, Oracle
PeopleSoft as a Service is a very real opportunity for customers to migrate their on-premises PeopleSoft to run in Oracle Cloud Infrastructure (OCI) and to Simplify the Complexity of running their systems.  Moving to OCI enables an unprecedented level of automation in areas such as hardware and network provisioning, security, PeopleTools upgrades and patching and more.  PeopleSoft Cloud Manager is a key enabler in this  and I had the great pleasure to address the subject generally about PeopleSoft as a Service before Nagendra Krishnappa, Cloud Manager Product Manager, Oracle talked about the new features of PCM 08 and about ongoing investment in this exciting PeopleSoft application.

PeopleSoft as a Service - Simplifying the complexity of Selective Adoption
Never been to a PeopleSoft event where Oracle talk about a bunch of new features and then proceed to hand out touch tablets with access to live working systems (in Oracle Cloud of course) for delegates to learn how to use the new features.  Brilliant idea.  We were organised into tables and given uses cases to walk through on live PeopleSoft instances.  We did this with Drop Zones (new feature in 8.57) and Page & Field Configurator (a new Enterprise Components feature in recent images).

Rebekah Jackson (VP Product Strategy, Oracle) fronted both days first outlining Oracle's huge investment in PeopleSoft and then on day 2 opening the discussion on disruptive technology and what PeopleSoft are planning and thinking about in the realm of AI/ML, digital assistants and voice interaction.
Rebecca Jackson - VP, Product Strategy & Development, Oracle
Mark Thomas - Hays and myself talking about PeopleSoft Fluid 

Jeremy Pelley - Product Management Director, Oracle interviewed Mark Thomas from Hays and myself about our real-world experiences of Fluid deployment, development, testing and more.  This was a great opportunity to share stories about the significant value Fluid UI has in PeopleSoft and how the appearance of software systems plays a key role in determining it's popularity not just usability and mobile device enablement.

AI/ML interactive discussions
Oracle also ran an interesting session on Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning with interactive breakout group sessions trying to identify opportunities to develop solutions in PeopleSoft.

Other sessions included:

* HCM and FSCM roadmaps and product demos
* Data Privacy Framework in PeopleSoft
* Lifecycle Management and tools
* PeopleSoft as a Service in the Oracle Cloud
* Safer Customisations using Configuration Tools and better development practice

and so much more.

If you're in India and you use PeopleSoft then I highly recommend getting involved in organised community events by Oracle and by AIOUG 

See you again soon India.

1 comment:

Ganesh Kumaran said...

It has been a great experience to have attended your energetic peoplesoft session with so much passion you present them to us.Looking forward to attend many more sessions of you.