PeopleSoft Technology Blog
The Fluid UI is one of the most exciting new features PeopleSoft has delivered in years. With Fluid UI, app developers build responsive user interfaces that run on smartphones, mini tablets, tablets and even desktops/laptops using the same PeopleTools components, pages, records and peoplecode they’ve been using for years. There’s one difference, with classic PeopleSoft, the UI is pixel perfect, meaning what you see on the page is exactly what you built in page designer. With Fluid UI the contents of a page is based on styles, and may change depending on the size of the device. It’s all still HTML, just a new way of laying out the fields.
PeopleSoft is gearing up for this big change and will deliver a new set of responsive, mobile ready applications soon. In keeping with PeopleSoft's continuous delivery strategy, the new content will be delivered in a PUM instance, available on the 9.2 product line.
A lot of developers from customers and partners will want to get up to speed and become familiar with how Fluid UI works. An easy path is to wait until the application content is available, and use that content to learn from. For those that just can’t wait, we’ll start a mini-blog series that shows you how to build your first Fluid component. Stay tuned. We’re off to talk about the great new features of 8.54 at Reconnect in Chicago, but after that we’ll begin showing you how it all works.
We’ve also made important improvements in reporting and analytics, life-cycle management, security, integration technology, platforms and infrastructure, and accessibility.
To get the details about everything this wonderful new release has to offer, visit these sites:
- Oracle's PeopleSoft PeopleTools 8.54 Documentation Home Page (requires My Oracle Support login) which includes:
- PeopleSoft Information Portal (The main source for everything PeopleSoft)
Many of our customers have shown interest in Fluid and have asked us the best way to get productive quickly. Our answer is to use the working examples they will find in the upcoming PSFT 9.2 application images.
Oracle Secure Enterprise Search (SES) is the search engine on which the PeopleSoft Search Framework relies. Here is a comprehensive set of resources on My Oracle Support that provide information on the essential hardware for Oracle SES to help ensure capacity for peak concurrent usage of your PeopleSoft 9.2 environment. When planning your PeopleSoft 9.2 installation, follow these recommendations to insure the best possible performance and stability for your PeopleSoft environment.
As a follow on from the CPU Analysis posting and for the frequent enquiries we get regarding an end of support/life for a particular PeopleTools version and the versions of PeopleSoft applications which PeopleTools versions support, here is some background you can use for your own research and upgrade planning.
Oracle Support Document 1272860.1 (E-UPG How to Determine End of Support or End of Life of a PeopleTools or PeopleSoft Application) can be found at:
PeopleTools releases are designated as follows - 8.xx.yy
- xx is the minor release version
- yy is the patch version
PeopleTools versions are patched until 12 months after the GA of the next minor release version.
CPU (security) patches/fixes are provided for a further 12 months.
General Availability of PeopleTools 8.52 - Friday Oct 28, 2011
General Availability of PeopleTools 8.53 - Wednesday Feb 06, 2013
PeopleTools 8.52 was patched until 12 months after PeopleTools 8.53 GA - i.e. until Feb 2014
First CPU only patch release for PeopleTools 8.52 was April 2014
PeopleTools 8.52 support ends Jan 2015 (depending on SV's, alignment with CPU cycle, and some other circumstances, CPU may be extended for another cycle, i.e. additional 3 months)
Please see this document for Maximum PeopleTools releases for particular PeopleSoft versions:
Oracle Support Document 1348959.1 (Lifetime Support Summary for PeopleSoft Releases) can be found at:
PeopleSoft applications support is defined in Applications Unlimited support - http://www.oracle.com/us/support/library/lifetime-support-applications-069216.pdf
Here is an example from the Applications Unlimited support document for HRMS (HCM) 9.0
For additional information on Critical Patch Updates, Security Alerts and Third Party Bulletin, see http://www.oracle.com/technetwork/topics/security/alerts-086861.html
This paper has been around for a bit, but some people may not have seen it. As customers move to the latest releases of PeopleTools they are adopting our new search technology, and this paper can help with the understanding of all aspects of the new search. The paper covers the following subjects:
- Getting Started PeopleSoft Search Technology
- Understanding PeopleSoft Search Framework
- Defining Search Definition Queries
- Creating Query and Connected Query Search Definitions
- Creating File Source Search Definitions
- Creating Web Source Search Definitions
- Creating Search Categories
- Administering PeopleSoft Search Framework
- Working with PeopleSoft Search Framework Utilities
- Working with PeopleSoft Search Framework Security Features
- Working with PeopleSoft Search (once it is deployed)
As you can see, this paper covers it all. It is a valuable resource for anyone deploying and administering the new PeopleSoft search.
Questions often arise on the PeopleTools versions for which Critical Patch Updates have been published, or if a particular PeopleTools version is supported.
The attached page shows the patch number 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.
To find more details on any CVE, simply replace the CVE number in the sample URL below.
Common Vulnerability Scoring System Version 2 Calculator
This page shows the components of the CVSS score
Example CVSS response policy http://www.first.org/_assets/cvss/cvss-based-patch-policy.pdf
All the details in this page are available on My Oracle Support and public sites.
The RED column indicates the last patch for a PeopleTools version and effectively the last support date for that version.
Applications Unlimited support does NOT apply to PeopleTools versions.
Extended support for the PeopleSoft Interaction Hub will be ending in October 2014. Sustaining support will still be available, but if you are an Interaction Hub (aka Portal) customer, you should consider upgrading to the latest release before that time. The 9.1/Revision 3 release will be available soon after PeopleTools 8.54 is released, so customers considering an upgrade may wish to move to Revision 3 when it becomes available.
See this document for general information on Oracle/PeopleSoft's Lifetime support program.
We've just published the Release Value Proposition for the PeopleSoft Interaction Hub 9.1/Revision 3. The RVP provides an overview of the new features and enhancements planned for the upcoming release, which is aligned with PeopleTools 8.54 . The release value proposition is intended to help you assess the business benefits of upgrading to the latest release and to plan your IT projects and investments.
The highlights of the RVP cover the following subjects in the upcoming release:
- PeopleSoft Fluid User Interface updates
- Interaction hub cluster setup improvements
- Simplified content creation and publication
- WCAG 2.0 adoption
Look for the availability of this release in the near future.
PeopleSoft's PeopleTools recently published pre-release notes for PeopleTools 8.54. Pre-release notes provide more functional and technical details than the release value proposition. This document describes how enhancements function within the context of the greater business process. This added level of detail should enable project teams to answer the following questions:
- What delivered functionality will change?
- How will an upgrade or new implementation affect other systems?
- How will these changes affect the organization?
After the project team has reviewed and analyzed the pre-release notes, business decision makers should be able to determine whether to allocate budget and initiate implementation plans.
This document covers the following subjects:
- Platform support enhancements
- Development tools enhancements
- System administration tools enhancements
- Reporting and analytic tools enhancements
- Integration tools enhancements
- Lifecycle management tools enhancements
- PeopleSoft Interaction Hub enhancements.
The PeopleSoft Interaction Hub has been on Oracle's continuous release model for some time now. I still get many inquiries about this release model, though, so a refresher is in order. The next release is planned to be made available soon after the upcoming release of PeopleTools 8.54. This version of the Interaction Hub will be release 9.1/Revision 3. You can read details of the continuous release model for the Hub in the last Statement of Direction and FAQ. New versions of the Statement of Direction and the Release Value Proposition for the Hub will be published soon.
The current release model does not preclude us from producing a 9.2 or 9.3 release for the Interaction Hub at some time in the future. For example, PeopleSoft's Campus Solutions product has been on continuous release for some time as well, but they recently announced that they are going to offer a 9.2 release, and this option is open to us as well.
We have just published the Release Value Proposition for PeopleTools 8.54. It is available on My Oracle Support. This release of PeopleTools will be a landmark release for PeopleSoft. It continues Oracle’s commitment to protect and extend the value of your PeopleSoft implementation. The release provides additional technology options and enhancements that reduce ongoing operating costs; and offers applications users a dramatically improved experience.
User expectations and requirements have shifted over the past few years. Most often, our customers’ employees have expressed a desire to use applications at work more like the ones they frequently use elsewhere. For example, why shouldn’t performing a task, such as updating employee records, submitting an expense report, approving workflow, work more like the tasks they do online every day.
Customers have told us that their employees are more familiar with online tasks than ever, and that they often connect to company resources while traveling or from home; in many cases, they want to access these resources from their personal devices, such as tablets, smartphones, and home computers. The desire is for enterprise systems to be as intuitive and available as other online resources, such as commercial websites. In fact, many of our customers have begun to merge their internal systems with their commercial presence so that external partners, affiliates, and students can securely access required resources directly from the company’s website.
PeopleTools 8.54 introduces a number of exciting new features that will assist our applications development teams in building powerful, secure, and robust applications for everyone from self-service users to expert power users. PeopleSoft 9.2 enhancements that use this latest release of PeopleTools will be richer and more intuitive to users than ever before. In addition, this release incorporates a number of extremely compelling features for delivering, managing, and maintaining PeopleSoft applications at a much more manageable total cost of ownership (TCO).
The role of reporting has shifted tremendously in recent years. In many cases, it is no longer sufficient to prepare a static extract of data from the system and then print it to paper or publish it online. Today’s technology allows our customers to engage their users with visual charts and graphical analytics that represent what is happening or has already happened. Users can visually discover what they are looking for and then take actions using Related Actions right from the reports themselves.
As with other recent releases, the scope for PeopleTools 8.54 builds additional functionality into the product as a result of direct customer input, industry analysis, and internal feature design. New features, bug fixes, and new certifications found in PeopleTools 8.54 combine to offer customers improved application user experience, page interaction, and cost effectiveness.
In the next release of the PeopleSoft Interaction Hub (9.1/FP3), we will be deprecating direct Lotus Notes support as an email option. Customers that wish to use Lotus Notes in the future can still use our IMAP support.
New Doclet: Administering Search for Content Management Business Attribute Security in PeopleSoft Interaction Hub
PeopleSoft Interaction Hub now implements content search based on content management business attribute security when using the Global Search bar. It also supports this search within the content management feature. For this purpose, PeopleSoft Interaction Hub delivers new search definitions, search categories, and indexes, which are described in this document.
PeopleSoft Interaction Hub delivers these new search definitions and search categories in addition to the existing delivered search definitions and search categories. This document is a supplement to the existing search definitions and search categories and the steps for deploying them. For information on the existing search definitions and search categories, refer PeopleSoft Interaction Hub 9.1: Portal and Site Administration, “Understanding Search in PeopleSoft Interaction Hub” and “Administering Search Indexes.” This document is applicable to customers who have implemented the content management business attribute security (CM002) and are using Oracle's Secure Enterprise Search with PeopleSoft, or customers who are planning to implement the CM002 feature and are using SES.