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You Don't Want to Miss This Event

Mon, 2017-12-04 10:13

If you are a PeopleSoft customer you probably haven't seen this:. 

https://blogs.oracle.com/ebsandoraclecloud/replatforming-your-oracle-applications-to-oracle-cloud-infrastructure:-forthcoming-regional-events

After all, not many of us on the PeopleTools side monitor the EBS Blog!  But in this case, it's worth a look.  What will it tell you?  PeopleTools is going on the road to talk about running your PeopleSoft applications in the cloud. 

What does it mean to run your PeopleSoft applications in the cloud?  It means you take your own version of PeopleSoft and run it on Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) and Platform as a Service (PaaS) technology provided from the Oracle Cloud Infrastructure.  While that might sound like a lot of work, it's actually made easy by using a product PeopleTools delivers called PeopleSoft Cloud Manager.  You can learn more about that product on the PeopleSoft Information Portal at www.peoplesoftinfo.com

Who should attend this event?  Anyone that is interested in:

  • Learning more about the Oracle Infrastructure and Platform clouds
  • Discovering how to reduce the cost of running PeopleSoft applications
  • Learning more about PeopleSoft Cloud Manager
  • Sitting in on a Q&A session with PeopleTools product strategy (yes, we'll even answer questions about Classic Plus!)
  • A free lunch

Go to the link above for more information on the cities, event details and links for registration.  The events we've done so far have been a great success.  Hope to see you there -

 

Quest Experience Week--PeopleSoft Day Virtual Conference

Tue, 2017-11-14 13:07

The Quest user group recently conducted a virtual conference for the PeopleSoft user community.  PeopleSoft Day consisted of 19 sessions on a variety of topics about  applications as well as PeopleTools and technology.  There were keynotes, roadmaps, and numerous educational sessions.  If you didn't have a chance to attend the conference live, you can view recorded videos of the sessions on the Quest Content Library.  (You must be a Quest member to access content.)  If you attended live but missed some sessions because you were attending others at the same time, now is your chance to review what you missed.

This event was well attended, and feedback was positive.  Look for more of these Quest events in the future.  They are free to Quest members.

Accessibility: Firefox Compatibility Issue with the JAWS Screen Reader

Thu, 2017-11-09 18:14
We've recently become aware of a significant compatibility issue between Firefox V57 (called "Quantum") and JAWS (the screen reader application from Freedom Scientific).  With V57 of Firefox, each call for JAWS to obtain information takes a long time to process, so performance will suffer.  There are other compatibility issues as well.  Freedom Scientific is working with Mozilla (makers of Firefox) to address the situation. 

Firefox Quantum will not work in any fashion unless customers are running the latest versions of JAWS 2018, ZoomText 11, and MAGic 14. Previous versions of their assistive technology are not compatible with Firefox Quantum. 

This issue cannot be resolved by Oracle/PeopleSoft, but we recommend that our customers using assistive technology do not install Firefox Quantum until Firefox and Freedom Scientific have provided fixes and addressed all compatibility issues.

Here is a blog post from Freedom Scientific on the issue.

PeopleTools CPU Analysis

Mon, 2017-10-23 02:31

Updated for October 2017 CPU.

Questions often arise on the PeopleTools versions for which
Critical Patch Updates have been published, or if a particular PeopleTools
version is supported. 

 

The table in the Attached Page shows the patch number matrix for PeopleTools
versions associated with a particular CPU publication. This information will help you decide which CPU to apply and when to consider upgrading to a more current release.

 

The link in "CPU Date" goes to the landing page for
CPU advisories, the link in the individual date, e.g. Apr-10, goes to the
advisory for that date.

 

The page also shows the CVE's addressed in the CPU, a synopsis
of the issue and the Common Vulnerability Scoring System (CVSS) value.

 Introduced in the April 2016 CPU, CVSS 3.0 is being used from this CPU going forward.

 For more information on how CVSS 3.0 is calculated, Risk Matrix Glossary – Terms and Definitions for Critical Patch Update Risk Matrices http://www.oracle.com/technetwork/topics/security/advisorymatrixglossary-101807.html

CVSS Version 3.0 Announced: https://blogs.oracle.com/security/entry/cvss_version_3_0_announced

 

To find more details on any CVE, simply replace the CVE number
in the sample URL below.: http://www.cvedetails.com/cve/CVE-2010-2377

 

Common Vulnerability Scoring System Version 3 Calculator: https://www.first.org/cvss/specification-document

 

This page shows the components of the CVSS score

 

If you are considering creating a response policy, this page provide a good sample template: http://www.first.org/_assets/cvss/cvss-based-patch-policy.pdf. Note this is a useful template.

All the details in this page are available on My Oracle Support and public sites.

Please NOTE: The RED column in the Attached Page indicates the last patch for any PeopleTools
version and effectively the last support date for that version.

 

Applications Unlimited support does NOT apply to PeopleTools
versions.

Planning to Deploy Elasticsearch with PeopleSoft between now and Early 2018?

Tue, 2017-09-12 19:39
If you are planning to deploy Elasticsearch by the end of this year or early next year, we suggest going to PeopleTools 8.55.19.  This PeopleTools patch is planned for availability in mid-October, and it contains many fixes and improvements.  Similarly, if you are moving to PeopleTools 8.56, we recommend going to the 8.56.04 patch, which contains the same fixes, and is planned for the same availability.  As PeopleSoft customers have deployed Elasticsearch over the past several months, we have modified some of the ways we handle certain functions architecturally and have fixed several issues that customers reported.  These patch levels contain all the fixes and changes that we have made to date.  If you are already live on Elasticsearch or are in the process of going live and can’t wait until 8.55.19, contact Oracle Support for assistance if you experience any issues.

Oracle Open World is Just Around the Corner

Tue, 2017-09-12 17:03

Open World is Oracle's biggest event of the year, and PeopleSoft is well represented again this year.  We will be presenting over 75 sessions including keynotes and general sessions provided by PeopleSoft Executives and leaders, as well as informative sessions presented by our applications and technology teams.  In addition, our partners and customers will be telling their success stories, so you can learn a lot from them.  Take a look at this video to learn more about the PeopleSoft agenda at Open World.

We also have a mobile-friendly web site that will keep you informed about sessions, schedules, and events at Open World.  This site is all about PeopleSoft at Open World, so it will help during the conference with planning, locating sessions of interest, and other useful information.  It provides information that will be updated before and throughout the conference and contains things like Key Sessions, Speaker Spotlights, and other resources like Focus On documents.  The site will be live on September 18th.

Our technology sessions will cover many important topics including the following:

  • PeopleSoft Technology Road Map
  • Elasticsearch with PeopleSoft
  • PeopleSoft deployed on the Cloud
  • Deploying the Fluid UI
  • Selective Adoption and Life Cycle
  • Reporting and Analytics
  • Platforms and infrastructure
  • Security, on premise and in the cloud

We are bringing back the popular PeopleTools panel discussion in which you can ask questions of our technology management team.  There is also something new this year: a 'brain snack' session in which you can engage with Oracle/PeopleSoft people as well as other customers and partners in free form conversations about any topic that is meaningful to you.  This also enables you to make connections with your peers and share valuable insights.

We hope many of you will be attending, and we look forward to seeing you at the conference.

Announcing the PeopleSoft Innovator Awards

Wed, 2017-08-30 17:59

We have been getting some great feedback from customers and partners on our major PeopleSoft endeavors.  Customers are doing some progressive and innovative things and realizing  benefits from the latest features and advances in PeopleTools, Enterprise Components, and PeopleSoft applications.

It’s rewarding to hear such feedback, and to talk with customers that are seeing positive results with today’s PeopleSoft.  We want to recognize your achievements, so we've created the brand new PeopleSoft Innovator Awards.

What are you doing with today’s powerful, modern, intuitive PeopleSoft?  You are a PeopleSoft Innovator if you are...

  • Deploying the Fluid UI
  • Using Simplified Analytics
  • Using Elasticsearch
  • Deploying new features through Selective Adoption
  • Rolling out new products
  • Eliminating customizations
  • Using personalization and configuration tools
  • Running PeopleSoft on the Oracle Cloud
  • Using Cloud Manager
  • Using PeopleSoft Update Manager analytics
  • Changing your approach to testing
  • And many, many more!

Nominate yourself or someone you know today!  Partners, nominate your customers.  You’ve earned it, and the rest of the PeopleSoft community wants to hear what you’ve done.  PeopleSoft Innovators will be announced at Oracle OpenWorld, invited to a special PeopleSoft Innovators event at OpenWorld, receive an award, and more.

This is a pretty incredible time to be a PeopleSoft customer.  We want to hear your story.  Take a moment to share it today!

Oracle Releases PeopleSoft Cloud Manager Image 04

Mon, 2017-06-12 15:35

PeopleSoft Cloud Manager Image 04 is now available in Oracle Cloud Marketplace.  This new version brings in a number of new enhancements and fixes that customers were asking for.  We’re listening to feedback and working hard to incorporate your ideas into the product as quickly as possible. Here are some of the new features to try out in image 04.  Many thanks to Nagendra Krishnappa for putting this together.

Multiple Middle-Tier Provisioning

The prior images of Cloud Manager had a limitation on the number of middle-tiers that could be provisioned.  With this new image, you can create multiple middle-tiers and connect them all to the same database. In the topology definition, you can now add multiple middle-tier nodes for a topology.  When you add/use this topology in a template, you can configure attributes for each middle-tier individually.

Elastic Search deployment and Configuration

In image 03, Cloud Manager was deploying the Elastic Search server, but users had to manually configure and integrate it with the environment.  In image 04, Cloud Manager can now automatically integrate the Elastic Search server - one less administrative task for you. 

Support Lift of Campus Solutions On-Premise Environments

If you are using Campus Solutions, we now have the capability to migrate (“Lift and Shift”) your on-premise environment to Oracle Cloud.  Cloud Manager’s “Lift” utility will pack up your on-premise environment and “Shift” it to Oracle Cloud automatically. 

Configurable Persistent Boot Volume for Deployed Instances 

Boot volumes of PeopleSoft VMs were not configurable, thereby limiting the size of boot volumes to a standard image size.  You can now modify this setting to specify the larger sizes that you may need.

Security Updates

A couple of security fixes has been addressed in this release related to masking of sensitive data and hardening rules to control network access between provisioned VMs.

Bug Fixes

Improvements and fixes in areas of DBCS provisioning and environment management were addressed in this image. 

New Oracle Linux image for Cloud Manager

Along with the latest Cloud Manager image, we now have a reference Oracle Linux image to get you started quickly.  You can find it in Marketplace: PeopleSoft Linux Image for Cloud Manager.  Configure this image as the Linux image in Cloud Manager Settings and it will be used for all instance provisioning.  

You may also create your own custom image starting with Cloud Manager image 04.  To do that, first deploy an instance of the reference Oracle Linux image.  Next, connect to it and install/upgrade required packages, modify kernel parameters and customize configurations to suit your needs.  When you are done with customizations, create a new image from it and use it with Cloud Manager.  You can find more details about creating a custom Linux image for PeopleSoft Cloud Manager in the Creating a Custom Linux Image for PeopleSoft Cloud Manager tutorial.

Go ahead and enjoy the latest image, and continue to let us know what additional capabilities you would like to have in Cloud Manager!

 

PeopleTools 8.56 is Now Available

Fri, 2017-06-09 16:32

Great news from PeopleSoft!  We are happy to announce that PeopleTools 8.56 is now generally available for install and upgrade.  As is the case with all major PeopleTools releases, it's loaded with new features.  In this release you will find:

  • Ability to have a common look to the user interface in each application, regardless of the underlying Fluid or Classic technology
  • An open source search technology with proven success, that will be easier to install and manage
  • Lifecycle management process that lets change be selected directly from analytics
  • Ability to create test scripts that use queries to provide test data
  • More platform support for the PeopleSoft Deployment Framework
  • And it’s easier than ever to lift and run your PeopleSoft applications in the Oracle Cloud

Of course there’s more.  Where can you go to get all the details on 8.56?  The first place to start is always the PeopleSoft Information Portal, www.peoplesoftinfo.com.    Once there, select the PeopleTools tab.  There’s a great informational video that runs about ½ hour in length covering some of the new features.  For a bit more detail, check out PeopleTools section in the Cumulative Feature Overview tool (also linked to from the PeopleSoft Information Portal) or PeopleBooks online help.  To make it easy to find everything, here’s all the links:

Even though this is the first major PeopleTools release since 8.55 in Dec. 2015, you've already seen some of the new features we've been working on.  Selective Adoption lets us release new Enterprise Components like Approval Page Composer, Form Builder and Page and Field Configurator in PUM Images.  We made Elasticsearch available in PeopleTools 8.55, and of course there’s PeopleSoft Cloud Manager, the application available on the Oracle Cloud Marketplace that helps you run PeopleSoft Application on the Oracle Cloud.  Information on all of these features can be found in the PeopleSoft Information Portal.

PeopleTools 8.56 is a major release for PeopleSoft that we are sure will be beneficial.  Remember to keep up to date with the PeopleTools direction by visiting Planned Features and Enhancement page (https://support.oracle.com/epmos/faces/DocumentDisplay?id=1966243.2) on Oracle Support and we look forward to hearing your ideas about how we can improve PeopleTools by posting them on Idea Space (https://community.oracle.com/community/support/peoplesoft).

More Resources for Elasticsearch with PeopleSoft

Mon, 2017-05-22 18:22

There are some new resources available to help with your deployment of Elasticsearch with PeopleSoft.  First, there is a new paper that provides guidance on working with Elasticsearch clusters.  This paper describes setting up clusters during installation, adding and removing nodes, administration of the cluster, starting and stopping clusters and nodes, and managing large indexes.  The Cluster paper is available on the Elasticsearch Home Page on MyOracleSupport.  This paper applies to the PeopleTools release 8.55.11 or later patches.  When PeopleTools 8.56 is released, this cluster information will be included in the 8.56 PeopleBooks.

Two new Spotlight Series videos on Elasticsearch have also been posted.  They are part of a series that began with the Elasticsearch Strategies video, which provides an overview of the process of deploying Elasticsearch with PeopleSoft.  These latest videos cover two important topics:

  • Deploying Elasticsearch--Provides greater detail on the deployment process, particularly for customers that haven't deployed Oracle's Secure Enterprise Search and are not familiar with the PeopleSoft Search Framework.
  • Moving from SES to Elasticsearch--Provides detail on deploying Elasticsearch for customers that have deployed Secure Enterprise Search and the the PeopleSoft Search Framework.

Keep your eye on the Search Concepts Page on peoplesoftinfo.com for updates to Search technology with PeopleSoft.

Elasticsearch Versions Supported with PeopleSoft

Thu, 2017-05-18 02:00

PeopleSoft integration with Elasticsearch depends on the version of Elasticsearch that is distributed with PeopleTools.  PeopleSoft also provides PeopleSoft-specific customizations.  PeopleSoft currently provides a version of Elasticsearch 2.3.2 with PeopleSoft products.  This version of Elasticsearch is distributed to customers through our Deployment Packages (DPKs).  Customers have noted that Elastic, the company that provides Elasticsearch, has announced that version 2.3.2 will reach end of life on September 30, 2017.  It is important for customers to know that Oracle/PeopleSoft will continue to support that version of Elasticsearch, which we provide, beyond that date.   Customers will receive any fixes through our DPKs, and they should not attempt to get support or updates from Elastic.

In addition, we are currently working on certifying the latest version of Elasticsearch, and when that is complete, it will be available in our Elasticsearch Deployment Packages.  Our strategy is to support future versions of Elasticsearch when they are available after testing and certification.

Welcome to Our New Blog Platform

Thu, 2017-05-18 02:00

It took a bit longer than anticipated, but we are up and running on the new blog platform.  We hope you like the new format.  There are some good features, one of the most important being the responsiveness of the UI.  You can now read and interact with this blog across form factors, including phones.

We have a few kinks to work out and a few more things to get configured, but you will start seeing fresh posts shortly.  For those of you that have posted comments on the old platform, so of those MAY NOT have made it over in the migration.  We will try to get them carried over and address them, but if you don't see a response to one of your comments soon, please re-post it. Note that the URL is the same.  Our social media feeds are temporarily changed, but we are working on getting those updated to PeopleSoft-specific targets.  In the meantime, please visit peoplesoftinfo.com for lots of content, including links to our social sites.

We're Moving! (This Blog)

Thu, 2017-04-13 18:15
This blog will be moving to a new platform on April 17th.  There may be a short period of time during the migration when the blog content is not available, but we'll be back up soon.  The new blog platform provides a more contemporary user experience, and it's responsive, so you will be able to read and interact with it easily on different form factors.   All the existing posts will be migrated and will be available on the new platform. You'll be able to find the blog in the same location.

We're Moving! (This Blog)

Thu, 2017-04-13 18:15
This blog will be moving to a new platform on April 17th.  There may be a short period of time during the migration when the blog content is not available, but we'll be back up soon.  The new blog platform provides a more contemporary user experience, and it's responsive, so you will be able to read and interact with it easily on different form factors.   All the existing posts will be migrated and will be available on the new platform. You'll be able to find the blog in the same location.

Come See Us at the Collaborate Conference

Fri, 2017-03-24 12:06

The Collaborate conference, hosted by a consortium of Oracle user groups (Quest, IOUG and OAUG), is being held April 2-6 in Las Vegas, NV.  This conference covers a broad spectrum of Oracle applications and technology, and PeopleSoft is well represented.  Quest has a web page focused on PeopleSoft at Collaborate that you will find useful.  It will help in planning for your PeopleSoft-related activities.  It highlights keynotes, important sessions and topics, educational opportunities, and workshops.  In short, it's a great tool for planning your complete conference agenda.

As the name of the conference implies, this is a great opportunity to collaborate with Oracle staff, fellow PeopleSoft customers, and partners.  You can also see PeopleSoft at the Oracle demo pods while visiting the Exhibit floor.

The PeopleTools and PeopleSoft Technology area is offering many interesting and valuable sessions.  Here are some topics/sessions you should consider:

General

  • PeopleSoft Technology Road Map
  • PeopleTools Panel Discussion
  • Transitioning to Elasticsearch with PeopleSoft

Cloud

  • Deploying PeopleSoft in the Oracle Cloud
  • PeopleSoft Cloud Architecture and Cloud Manager

User Interface

  • Adopting the PeopleSoft Fluid User Interface
  • Simplified Analytics
  • Page Composer/Approvals

Security

  • PeopleSoft Security in the Cloud

This is just a sampling.  There are many wonderful sessions being offered by customers, partners, and the PeopleSoft applications teams.  Again, check www.peoplesoftcollaborate.com  and learn about everything PeopleSoft at the Collaborate conference.

Come See Us at the Collaborate Conference

Fri, 2017-03-24 12:06

The Collaborate conference, hosted by a consortium of Oracle user groups (Quest, IOUG and OAUG), is being held April 2-6 in Las Vegas, NV.  This conference covers a broad spectrum of Oracle applications and technology, and PeopleSoft is well represented.  Quest has a web page focused on PeopleSoft at Collaborate that you will find useful.  It will help in planning for your PeopleSoft-related activities.  It highlights keynotes, important sessions and topics, educational opportunities, and workshops.  In short, it's a great tool for planning your complete conference agenda.

As the name of the conference implies, this is a great opportunity to collaborate with Oracle staff, fellow PeopleSoft customers, and partners.  You can also see PeopleSoft at the Oracle demo pods while visiting the Exhibit floor.

The PeopleTools and PeopleSoft Technology area is offering many interesting and valuable sessions.  Here are some topics/sessions you should consider:

General

  • PeopleSoft Technology Road Map
  • PeopleTools Panel Discussion
  • Transitioning to Elasticsearch with PeopleSoft

Cloud

  • Deploying PeopleSoft in the Oracle Cloud
  • PeopleSoft Cloud Architecture and Cloud Manager

User Interface

  • Adopting the PeopleSoft Fluid User Interface
  • Simplified Analytics
  • Page Composer/Approvals

Security

  • PeopleSoft Security in the Cloud

This is just a sampling.  There are many wonderful sessions being offered by customers, partners, and the PeopleSoft applications teams.  Again, check www.peoplesoftcollaborate.com  and learn about everything PeopleSoft at the Collaborate conference. Normal 0 false false false EN-US X-NONE X-NONE MicrosoftInternetExplorer4

Spotlight Series Video on Elasticsearch and PeopleSoft

Fri, 2017-02-24 09:58

We've just posted a new Spotlight Series video on using Elasticsearch with PeopleSoft.  This video is the first in a series, and covers the following topics:

  • What is Elasticsearch and why did PeopleSoft move to it for our search engine?
  • What releases of PeopleTools and PeopleSoft applications are needed to deploy Elasticsearch?
  • How do customers obtain it?  Are there any licensing implications?
  • What are the advantages of Elasticsearch?

I addition to these points, the main purpose of the video is to provide an overview of the process for deploying Elasticsearch with your PeopleSoft environments.  We cover the overall process, and describe the scenarios that may apply to your enterprise.

We will be releasing additional videos on Elasticsearch with PeopleSoft in short order.  These videos will cover the following topics in greater detail:

  • Transitioning to Elasticsearch from Oracle's Secure Enterprise Search
  • Initial installation of Elasticsearch
  • Administration and maintenance of Elasticsearch

All these videos will be posted on the PeopleSoft YouTube channel.

Spotlight Series Video on Elasticsearch and PeopleSoft

Fri, 2017-02-24 09:58

We've just posted a new Spotlight Series video on using Elasticsearch with PeopleSoft.  This video is the first in a series, and covers the following topics:

  • What is Elasticsearch and why did PeopleSoft move to it for our search engine?
  • What releases of PeopleTools and PeopleSoft applications are needed to deploy Elasticsearch?
  • How do customers obtain it?  Are there any licensing implications?
  • What are the advantages of Elasticsearch?

I addition to these points, the main purpose of the video is to provide an overview of the process for deploying Elasticsearch with your PeopleSoft environments.  We cover the overall process, and describe the scenarios that may apply to your enterprise.

We will be releasing additional videos on Elasticsearch with PeopleSoft in short order.  These videos will cover the following topics in greater detail:

  • Transitioning to Elasticsearch from Oracle's Secure Enterprise Search
  • Initial installation of Elasticsearch
  • Administration and maintenance of Elasticsearch

All these videos will be posted on the PeopleSoft YouTube channel.

PeopleTools Idea Pages

Tue, 2017-02-21 16:26

We're doing a lot to enhance PeopleTools, and we have many avenues for gathering requirements: focus groups, conferences, research, advisory boards, and so on.  One area that we would like to promote particularly is the PeopleSoft Idea pages.  There is an idea page for PeopleTools specifically.  We are monitoring these pages regularly, so if you have suggestions for enhancements regardless of size or complexity, please feel free to submit them here.  This is your chance to guide us in the direction of PeopleSoft technology.  In addition to submitting your own ideas, you can vote on the suggestions of others to give them more weight.  Take a look at these pages and submit your ideas and suggestions.  This area is really for ideas about any area of PeopleSoft technology, so if you have ideas about areas beyond PeopleTools--like Enterprise Components or the Interaction Hub, you can submit them here as well.


PeopleTools Idea Pages

Tue, 2017-02-21 16:26

We're doing a lot to enhance PeopleTools, and we have many avenues for gathering requirements: focus groups, conferences, research, advisory boards, and so on.  One area that we would like to promote particularly is the PeopleSoft Idea pages.  There is an idea page for PeopleTools specifically.  We are monitoring these pages regularly, so if you have suggestions for enhancements regardless of size or complexity, please feel free to submit them here.  This is your chance to guide us in the direction of PeopleSoft technology.  In addition to submitting your own ideas, you can vote on the suggestions of others to give them more weight.  Take a look at these pages and submit your ideas and suggestions.  This area is really for ideas about any area of PeopleSoft technology, so if you have ideas about areas beyond PeopleTools--like Enterprise Components or the Interaction Hub, you can submit them here as well.


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