Please check http://www.kovaion.com/my-experience-with-sangam17/ #Sangam17 is the largest independent Oracle user’s group conference in India, featuring key speakers from Oracle and its users. I got an opportunity to attend the #Sangam17 conference this year that was held in HICC, Hyderabad on 8th & 9th Dec 2017. There were many sessions on oracle products and vibes surrounding cloud and chatbot all around. My specialization being in #Peoplesoft, I attended all the sessions related to that domain. The Key topics covered included New UI features, Cloud Manager and PTF.
The general session was on Oracle Cloud and the next wave of cloud computing. The PeopleSoft session that followed dealt with Peoplesoft Road map presented by Srilakshmi Ramachandra (@sri_ramachandra) from Oracle. This concentrated mainly on the latest UI enhancements in the recent HCM and FSCM releases. Srilakshmi covered the following topics.
Innovations in HR Self-Service, Recruiting (Fluid Candidate Gateway) and Onboarding using Fluid UI and configurable activity guides(HCM).
Innovations in Expense Reporting, Supplier Relations (FSCM).
Classic Plus feature.
Ongoing Investments and Strategy for Applications Technology, Peoplesoft HCM and Peoplesoft FSCM.
The next session explained Why Peoplesoft runs better on #Oracle_Cloud and the speaker Nagendra Krishnappa (@nagedra11180) pointed out some of the advantages of running PeopleSoft on oracle cloud when compared to other cloud providers. The main advantages of using Oracle cloud being
Automated lift and shift.
Automated people tools patch and upgrade
Automated setup of Selective adoption environment.
This was more an informative session for customers who are considering moving PeopleSoft to cloud.
In the post-lunch sessions, Customer success stories and use cases got covered. It started with the session Digital Transformations by Extending PeopleSoft Fluid UI. This was an informative session on using Peoplesoft fluid UI as a part of Native App and Chatbots. The customer has a one-stop shop for all applications (including PeopleSoft) used in their organization using Native App and SSO. This eliminated the need for mobile PeopleSoft users from typing or bookmarking the URL to access their information. The session also covered how Chatbots are used to raise and approve a PS request. Personally, this was one of the interesting sessions of the conference and made me explore this area further.
The following session Case Study on usage of Peoplesoft PTF by HAYS helped in understanding their success on selective adoption and how they have efficiently used PTF for testing their agile delivery model. PTF has helped in reducing the amount of testing time required by their business users. A comparative data on the efficiency and effectiveness of using PTF vs manual testing was presented for the modules AP, AR, Billing and PayBill.
Key Takeaways on PTF
1. Developing a good, robust, reusable and consistent design for PTF.
2. Test scenarios - A complex few OR the simple many.
3. Good Design Vs. Bad Design.
4. Pilot Vs. Full rollout
The following session was on Fluid Sub Menu Creation in PS 9.2 .
Another Customer use case on PS HCM-CS Split utility. This session provides a detailed process flow on how to decommission PeopleSoft HCM from PeopleSoft CS using a custom developed automation tool.
The PeopleSoft sessions ended with one other informative session Shaping the Future of Business- Convergence of Oracle Cloud and Peoplesoft. The session covered three major areas
1. Oracle Cloud offerings.
2. PeopleSoft Cloud Manager.
3. Migration strategy.
I wrapped the conference by attending one more interesting session women in IT. The sessionexplored ways of expanding women’s role in upper management and what women, men and organizations can do to achieve the same. There was a fun filled and healthy discussion at the end of the session.
This year UKOUG Apps17 was interesting with 14 PeopleSoft related sessions including strategic overview, practical demonstration and Q&A with oracle.
The UK Oracle User Group conference, Apps17, is the largest independent gathering of Applications professionals in the UK. The committee members well organized the sessions with a mix of customer use cases, PeopleSoft roadmap and expert discussion. Key focus was on User Interface, Selective Adoption and PeopleSoft on the cloud.
PeopleSoft stream at UKOUG was kick started on 06th Dec by Graham Smith.
David Bain continued the session with ‘PeopleSoft Strategy – Application & Tools‘. He detailed the journey of PeopleSoft.
David’s session was followed multiple PeopleSoft focused sessions in parallel, I attend few sessions and shared my experience of those sessions.
“Why PeopleSoft Test Framework is Part of the Hays Selective Adoption Strategy” was customer success story for both PTF and Selective Adoption.
Hays demonstrated the importance of testing on the agile delivery model. They use the method called as Pillar, managed by Model Office.
The Model Office allows the Functional Analysts and Developers to configure new PeopleSoft features and functionality in a Hays like environment so that they can work with the business Subject Matter Experts to determine how that functionality could be utilised to address business priorities and issues
This session was followed by “PeopleSoft Test Framework – A Practical Demonstration” by Ken de Landro. He detailed the PTF implementation at Hays.
Key for delivery success is to identify the right use case for test automation. Hays selected AP, AR, Billing and Paybill modules for test automation.
Next Session from David provided the insight of the PeopleTools features such as
Fluid UI including Classic Plus
PeopleSoft Cloud Manager
He gave the insight of being the Fluid UI designer to practical user to use Fluid UI to pay the daughter’s university fee.
Quest International User group is again a good forum to collaborate ad share customer success.
I recommend PeopleSoft community to contribute towards innovation.
Graham demonstrated the practical usage of PeopleSoft Cloud Manager. He shared his experience of drilling a hole in garden, bakeries generating/using electricity to PeopleSoft cloud manager. He was able to spin a new PeopleSoft instance within 30 mins. The Fluid features were interesting.
Then it was my turn to share our experience on “Enhance User Experience by Adopting the Latest UI Features”. I shared my knowledge on
Importance of User Experience and intelligent ways to measure its ROI.
Benefits Accomplished by our customers.
Why the Leading Automobile organization adopted Fluid UI and Mobile.
Practical demonstration of Fluid UI, Navigation Collection, Related Content/Action
Finally David Bain summarized the event with more information about Page Composer (Fluid Approvals), Elastic Search, PeopleSoft Cloud Manager v5 features. PeopleSoft customers should be delighted with Oracle’s continued investment.
Last but not least, it was a great speech by @krissakabusi to DREAM BIG.
People Tools 8.55 introduces a number of
important enhancements to the Pivot Grid functionality, beginning with the
Fluid UI adoption of PeopleSoft Related Content framework. By using enhanced
Pivot Grids, users can access a wide variety of transactional and analytic
content online, in context with their daily work, rather than requiring them to
produce static reports.
Pivot Grids content will be available to users
within dynamic Fluid Tiles, on the Related Content pane, on Fluid Dashboards as
well as a number of other easily accessible uses within the PeopleSoft
New Pivot Grid enhancements in 8.55 release of People
Tools span multiple aspects of this important functional area. People tools
8.55 focused more on concerns for performance as well as the ease of use of
Pivot Grids for developers and business analysts to design, construct and
publish Pivot Grids. From People Tools 8.55, Composite Query is added as a
source for Pivot Grid content, a feature that greatly extends the reusability
of a portfolio of underlying modular query sources.
Pivot Grids also provides the option for users
to “Save As,” so that users can name and
save a Pivot Grid definition for their own future use. This section describes
the new features for Pivot Grid, including:
Introducing Editable Facet in Fluid
Introducing Single select and Multi select Facets
Sort Data in Pivot Grid Fluid
Drilling URLS in Fluid
Format Date Fields in Pivot Grids Charts/Grid
Introducing new Aggregate Function ‘Count Distinct’
Introducing new Dual Y Axis
Display Mode Section now Removed
Introducing Threshold Settings Configuration
Introducing Composite Queries as Data Source
Copy Pivot Grid Model Now available for all users.
Create Contextual Reports
using Simplified Analytics:
Tools 8.55, Simplified Analytics feature enables users to create contextual
reports when accessing an application page.
Analytics feature is only available for fluid components, and this feature must
be enabled for fluid components before users can use the Simplified Analytics
wizard to create and view analytic reports.
3.Users can create
own Pivot grid models for Simplified Analytics, starting People Tools 8.55!
4.Associate one or
more pivot grid models to a component
5.Map page fields
to the prompts that are associated with the template model and define the
Introducing ‘Editable Facet’ for Fluid:
1.Use the Editable
Facet field in Pivot Grid Wizard to enable the data source columns as editable
facets (prompts) in fluid view.
option for the columns that are set as Axis or Value and not Display in
the column type.
operators are available for different type of fields.
are valid only while viewing the Pivot Grid models in fluid view.
Editable facets are not applied while viewing the pivot grid in classic view.
Introducing Single-select and Multi-select Facets:
1.Use the Specify
Data Model Options page, Fluid Mode Options section, Facet Selection region to
set the facet display options to display the single-select and multi-select
facets as charts and as lists in fluid views.
2.In the chart
facets, drill down by clicking the chart data point in the facets.
Filters option can be used in the Menu Options list to add or remove existing facets
in the model.Inorder to sort data in facets and filters, use the Facet Sort
icon at the top-right of each facet
Sort Data in Pivot Grid
Sorting the data is possible in four areas of the
Pivot Grid fluid views: detailed view, facets or filters, charts, or grids,
(sorting facts only).
Drilling URLs in Fluid:
1.Use the Specify
Data Model Options page, Fluid Mode Options section, Drilling URL Options
region to define how mapped drilling URLs will appear in fluid view.
options are Full Page Modal, Modal Window, New Window, and Replace Window.
‘Date’ fields in Pivot Grid charts/grids:
1.Use the Date
Format field on the My Preferences page (Main Homepage, My Reference, and
Regional Settings) to set the format of the date fields in Pivot Grid charts
and Pivot Grid grids.
settings at this page are applied for all date values in fluid view.
Note: This applies to classic view as well.
new Aggregate function ‘Count Distinct:
1.Beginning from People
Tools 8.55, additional option Count Distinct is available to define the
2.Note that Count
or Count Distinct aggregates are available for the fact fields that are set to
Introducing new ‘Dual Y
available only for the columns that are set to Y axis.
2.Use this column
to set the corresponding Y axis column as a dual Y axis on the Pivot Grid
charts; this means that the system will display a second Y axis on the chart.
3.The values for
the second Y axis will be plotted like a Series on the chart.
4.Now use Multiple Columns as Y-Axis.
5.When Pivot Grid
Wizard is used to specify axis information, multiple columns can be set as Y
axes, and these Y axes will be plotted as series on the charts.
Display Mode’ section now
1.Beginning from People
Tools 8.55, the Display Mode section is no longer available in Pivot Grid
Wizard, Specifying Data Model Options page.
2.Use the Pivot
Grid Viewer search page to open and view the Pivot Grid models in either fluid
view or classic view.
Configure Thresholds page to configure the basic threshold settings for the
grids and the charts.
threshold settings are applied for both classic and fluid views.
Queries as Data Source:
onwards, composites queries can be associated as the data sources while
creating Pivot Grid models.
2.The steps used
to create composite query Pivot Grid models are similar to the steps used to
create PS Query or component Pivot Grid models.
Copy Pivot Grid Models’- now
available for All Users:
1.In the previous People
Tools releases, only Pivot Grid administrators could copy an existing Pivot
Grid models while viewing the models in Pivot Grid Viewer.
2.Beginning from People
Tools 8.55, all users can use the Save As option in the Menu Options list to
copy the current Pivot Grid model and save it as a different one.
3.If personalisation are defined for the current Pivot Grid model, then personalisation are also
copied and included in the new model.
Pivot Grid Configuration
While creating a pivot grid model, the
configuration is stored as application data in numerous People Tools Pivot Grid
Data can be migrated using either:
Data Mover ->No compare or validation.
Data Migration Work Bench -> Ability to perform