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Join Us Next Week for PeopleSoft Week!

Join us next week for PeopleSoft Week: How to Configure and Customize Your System, a three-day, free, online event that features digital education that helps users understand how to eliminate invasive customizations, configure the system to your needs, and allow your end-users to personalize their experience. Using the capabilities discussed during this event, your system can take full advantage of delivered capabilities, be tailored to your unique requirements, provide the experience your end users expect, and position you to quickly adopt new features and innovations when they are delivered.

The event will take place on February 18-20, 2020.

Attendees can register for as many sessions as they want and experience conference-quality education without the travel and financial commitments of a face-to-face event. You will be emailed calendar invites after you register for each session. Simply click the links in the invites or use the live links on our site to join.

PeopleSoft Week Agenda

Note: The times below are listed in Eastern Standard Time (EST).

Tuesday, February 18

PeopleSoft HCM Configuration Series: Activity Guide Composer

Presented by Jeremy Pelley and Andrew Giampetro, Oracle

11:00 am – 12:00 pm EST

Join us as we look unleashing the power of Activity Guides with Activity Guide Composer. Activity Guide composer is now a part of PeopleSoft enterprise components and is a tool that every PeopleSoft developer, administrator, and functional configuration specialist needs to know about. Activity guide composer puts the power of activity guides in a simple and intuitive user interface and breaks down the complexity behind activity guides. This webinar will look at where we have utilized activity guide composer and delivered out of the box capabilities but will also look at how you can utilize the tool to create your own guided process and deploy that guided process to your end users.

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Managing Your Customizations in PeopleSoft

Presented by David Bain, Oracle

12:30 pm – 1:30 pm EST

One of the best values PeopleSoft offers is the ease of making customizations to get the application to work the best for your business. But those customizations come at a cost. When applying maintenance you have to account for the changes. There are strategies you can take to minimize the cost of customizations. In this session, we’ll look at what is available in the Lifecycle products to help you manage change.

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Event Mapping and Drop Zones: Keys to Isolating Customizations

Presented by Matthew Haavisto, Oracle

2:00 pm – 3:00 pm EST

Two of the most important features for isolating customizations in PeopleSoft are Event Mapping and Drop Zones. Event Mapping lets you inject custom code, while Drop Zones permit you to add fields and other elements to pages—all without impacting delivered code. We will also cover a new feature that lets you plug in custom code in App Engine programs without impact. Together these features allow you to retain your most important customizations while greatly streamlining uptake of new images and significantly reduce life cycle cost and effort.

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Wednesday, February 19

PeopleSoft: Are You Frozen in Time?

Presented by Michael Merrill and Jeff Hilliard, Elire

11:00 am – 12:00 pm EST

Are you facing PUM updates but NOT fully realizing the benefits that you know you should be? Is how you use PeopleSoft frozen in time by perhaps 5 or even 10 years? Do you look around at conferences and success stories and wonder, “how is it possible that so many others are taking advantage of more PeopleSoft functionality…what can we do better?” Do you have older customizations that you know could probably be removed? Do you wonder HOW you can improve your use of PeopleSoft, HOW you can improve the end user experience and improve the relationship between the functional users and IT, and HOW you can ensure your business processes are optimized so that upper management understands the value of PeopleSoft?

Elire will present paths to unlocking the maximum value of your PeopleSoft footprint including:

  • Categorization and removal of older customizations so you can move forward and apply PUM images with confidence.
  • Movement toward a world where your organization looks forward to the next PUM update rather than dreads it.
  • Use of the latest features including Fluid, WorkCenters, Simplified Analytics, Pivot Grids, and Elasticsearch to fundamentally improve your user’s day to day interaction with PeopleSoft.

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Page and Field Configurator – Recent Updates and Advanced Capabilities

Presented by Joe Willever, Oracle

12:30 pm – 1:30 pm EST

Organizations continue to implement PeopleSoft tools and frameworks like the Page and Field Configurator to reduce and isolate customizations. If you have not yet implemented the Page and Field Configurator attend this session for an overview on how to quickly implement the tool.

We will also review recent updates to the tool including the configuration of secondary pages and new options to streamline user and role-based criteria. We will explore some of the more advanced capabilities including options to apply multiple configuration sequences additively and other functionality to mask sensitive data. We’ll conclude with an open Q&A session and an advanced look at other features on the roadmap to better understand Oracle’s continuing investment in the feature.

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Utilizing Related Content to Convert Customizations to Configurations in a PUM Application Update

Presented by Bennett Walker, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center

2:00 pm – 3:00 pm EST

BIDMC utilized the Related Content Framework and the Page & Field Configurator to eliminate customizations to delivered PeopleCode events and pages during our most recent HCM patching project for PeopleTools 8.55 to 8.56 and PUM Image 16 to Image 26. We were able to convert ten separate customizations to delivered objects into delivered configurations, which removes them from future compare reports and retrofits. These tools will be used for every future PUM Image application to provide continuous reduction of customization impact, with the end goal being the elimination of custom code on delivered objects.

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Maintain Strict Data Security in a Mobile PeopleSoft Environment

Presented by Greg Wendt, Appsian

3:30 pm – 4:30 pm EST

Expanding access to PeopleSoft and enabling mobility is a common strategy for boosting user engagement. However, the expanded threat surface that also comes with a mobile environment can create challenges for balancing productivity and security. To mitigate these risks, it’s essential that organizations understand vulnerable areas of PeopleSoft, how to strengthen authentication, limit the unnecessary exposure of data, and gain deeper insights into data access information.

Join us as we discuss the most common use cases that lead to data breaches and the strategies that organizations are using to strengthen data security.

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Thursday, February 20

Automating PeopleSoft PUM Updates, Tools Patching, Testing, and System Administration

Presented by Tom Tretter and Randy Johnson, SpearMC

2:00 pm – 3:00 pm EST

Learn how forward-thinking PeopleSoft customers are using delivered PeopleSoft tools and features coupled with managed services to automate PUM Updates, Tools Patching, Testing and System Administration.  Case Studies will feature organizations that have realized significant time savings and cost reductions by automating PeopleSoft updates, testing, and lifecycle management activities.  Your presenters from SpearMC will explain how to dramatically de-risk and minimize testing cycles by replacing routine, manual testing with automated scripts.  We will also discuss how to easily migrate automated test cases across environments using Oracle Cloud Infrastructure.  Several use cases will be presented that address topics including:

  1. PUM Strategy to Get Current Stay Current
  2. Outsource testing and PI evaluation activities
  3. Replace manual testing with test automation for Unit, System, Integration and Regression testing

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Selecting Your Way to the Future: King County’s Integrated Release Set and Customization Management

Presented by Hannah Gacey and Mike Betschart, King County

3:30 pm – 4:30 pm EST

In 2015, King County adopted a Release Set delivery strategy to align HCM system updates with PeopleSoft Update Manager Image releases. This strategy has been refined over the years to keep King County current with the latest Images available and give users access to the latest features and functionality. Adopting a continuous release cycle comes at a cost with repetitive analysis, testing, and implementation. We will discuss the King County approach to Images, highlighting how King County is creating a culture of innovation from analysis and actively managing customizations by integrated Event Mapping to using testing automation to implementing Release Sets every 6-8 weeks.

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Additional Resources

COLLABORATE 20 will take place April 19-23, 2020 at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada! Don’t miss this chance to share inspiration, insights, and solutions with your peers, vendors, and the Oracle team! Register before March 6, 2020, to take advantage of Early Bird pricing.

If you’re looking for more PeopleSoft content, join us next year at RECONNECT 20, the premier deep-dive PeopleSoft focused event of the year! The event will take place July 21-23, 2020 in St. Louis, Missouri. Keep an eye out for more information on this event!