This is a new tool delivered by PeopleSoft available currently in FSCM and HCM products. This cool new tool allows you to eliminate customization of the delivered application pages for minor changes such as field label change or making a field invisible and so on.
Yes, you have read that right. J The Page and Field Configurator allows you to customize the PeopleSoft pages without having modify the delivered code or metadata and hence these changes won’t be flagged as a customization. This further benefits you in up taking any patch/features from the PeopleSoft PUM images as you would not have to go through the customization impact analysis/testing/retrofitting etc and it tremendously reduces your time and cost associated with these processes.
The way this feature works is via configurations. You can define the Page or Page Field custom changes as configurations in the PIA and the same will take effect immediately when you activate the configurations. The Page and Field Utility currently allows the following Page/ Page Field modifications:
- Changing Label of Page Fields
- Hiding Page Fields
- Graying out Page Fields
- Setting a field as a Required Field
- Setting default Values to fields
- Hiding/Un-hiding entire page in a component
- Making entire page in a component as display only
The utility also allows you to define multiple configurations for a component via criteria. i.e. for each criteria you define for the component you can associate a different custom changes. For example if the Status of a particular field is ‘Pending’ you may want to hide certain fields and when the status changes to ‘Active’ you may want to display those fields but grayed out. It also provides the capability to assign these configurations selectively for each user/role as you define based on the business needs.
To get more idea on the feature you can watch the below video published by Oracle.
The feature is released on HCM Image# 24 and FSCM Image# 25. To use this feature you would need a minimum People Tools version of 8.55.15.