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Saturday 26 December 2015

What is new in People Tools 8.55?

Oracle has released its next version of the proprietary application development tool People Tools 8.55. The latest version brings in many new features most of which are concentrated on the mobile application or fluid user interface development. There is lot more capabilities brought forward in the fluid and search front. The list provided below give some of the major improvements with 8.55. This is not a complete list and in order to obtain the same or to get additional details on each of the items, kindly visit the Oracle official website or contact the Customer Support.

PeopleSoft People Tools 8.55

Fluid Enhancements
  • Activity Guide – The Activity Guide is a step by step process configuration linking multiple related components in PeopleSoft. This was a functionality introduced in one of the recent versions of People Tools. Now this capability has been extended to fluid interface which makes the use of Activity Guide seamless irrespective of the device used.

  • Master Detail Structure – This new feature makes it easier to develop fluid components containing multiple pages. The Tools will automatically design a side panel or a pull down menu in the header based on the form factor of the device.

  • Push Notifications – This functionality was introduced in 8.54 which will display real time notification on the header bar similar to the facebook notification or other similar networking sites. Now with the latest version of the Tools, this capability can be extended to see native app kind of notification in mobile devices.

  • Navigation Bar – is enhanced to adopt better to the small form factor devices.

  • Related Contents – Now you can associate Related Contents to fluid components as well. The related content will appear as a side page which can be pulled from the right hand side. There is also a new capability to embed related contents within application pages.

  • Interactive Tiles – will enable the user to take some action from the tile itself even before going inside the tile.

  • Other Tile Features – Now you can even display external contents inside a PeopleSoft tile. There is also lot many new options to size your tile in the dashboard. Also there is a tile wizard in place which will make the creation of tiles easier.

  • My Preferences – With Tools 8.55 the My Preferences became a centrally controlled one and People Tools automatically adds your custom preference page if you have registered it under the right folder.

  • Pivot Grids – is enhanced more to add additional capabilities such as mini charts for filters, drilling urls, application of thresholds, display of currency symbols and so on.

Application Designer

  • UI Related – Application Designer undergoes minor UI changes such as displaying line number of the code editor, retaining Find-In Results and displaying DB name even in the editor mode.

  • Find In – will now allow you to filter based on more additional parameters. You can also do a Find In search based on modules so that the search is faster and the result is narrowed down to the module that you are interested to see the impact.

  • AutoComplete –has been improved to perform better compared to the prior versions.

  • API – There are new classes methods and properties added to PeopleSoft API’s.

  • Charts – There are new chart types such as rating gauge and Spark charts introduced. Also there are other minor improvements such as tool tips and user selection point highlighter etc.
Other Enhancements
  • Search – The search is improved to make it more user-friendly and usable. There are improvements which makes it look better. There are other functional enhancements such as user can drill into a search result and go back to the entire result ret without having to perform the search again. There is also an Activity Guide delivered for setting up new searches which can improve the productivity if the customers need to create custom search definitions and deploy them.

  • People Code Event Mapping – With this new functionality, customers can attach their custom code to any of the delivered application components people code events without having to customize the delivered People Code. Since this is not considered as customization, this functionality is greatly useful for customers to add their additional logic to delivered codeline without having any of the negative impacts of customization.

  • AE Log Analyzer – is a tool which will help the developers to analyze the AE logs.

  • PeopleSoft Deployment Packages (DPK) – will help you install new TEST, UAT or DEV environments with the almost same ease as installing other software which you might install at home.

  • Oracle Policy Automation Integration – Oracle Policy Automation is a tool where you can define business rules in English which will be automatically translated into the code language.

  • Materialized View – support is extended to DB2 and SQL Server platforms.

  • Security – There are many improvements to the Security structure of PS.

  • Automated Configuration Manager – will help you to automate several configurations such as integration settings, Node configurations etc. This will of extra help when you are creating a new PS environment in your organization.

  • PUM Dashboard and Change Assistant – There are improvements in these items which will make it easier for you to apply the bug fixes and new features delivered by Oracle.

Sunday 30 August 2015

PeopleSoft Meets Shark Tank @ Oracle OpenWorld San Francisco 2015

Opportunity for PeopleSoft customers and partners to present ideas in the Oracle Open world program!

Oracle has announced a session “PeopleSoft Meets Shark Tank-Pitch What You Want to See in PeopleSoft” in the Open World conference to be held in San Francisco. You could present your ideas in any format say, video, presentation etc. Applications need to be sent by Friday, 2nd October 2015. Maximum of eight selected applicants will be invited to present their problem and solutions in five minutes.

For additional details about the event, visit the PeopleSoft Apps Strategy publication at the below link.

Friday 27 March 2015

Bulk Modification in PeopleSoft

Recently in one of the technical forum I had seen one member raising a question of whether it is possible to modify a Record in bulk? And he was thinking of SQL commands to update the metadata to insert fields bulkily into many records. Though this is not a common scenario, still these things can happen to you as well whether it is driven by the business requirement or because you have used wrong naming conventions during the development stage.

Luckily there is a resort provided by People Tools to overcome some of such scenarios. Most of you might not be used to it owing to the obvious reason of it is not a common scenario that comes up. In this post I would like to mention about some of such options available from the People Tools.

The bulk operations provided by People Tools includes the below actions.
1.       Bulk insert of Fields into records
2.       Bulk insert of Record Fields into pages
3.       Bulk insert of Fields into records and pages
4.       Bulk modification of Record Fields
5.       Bulk modification of Page Fields
6.       Bulk deletion of Fields

I am not going to explain here in detail about each of the options as it can be easily understood from the name and it is well documented in People Books. Those interested in knowing additional details about the feature may refer the People Books in the link provided below.

These options can be availed by logging into Application Designer. You would be able to see these options only if you have PeopleSoft Administrator role in your profile.

All these operations can be found under the Tools Menu of the Application Designer. Tools > Bulk Operations > [Insert] [Modify] [Delete]

PeopleSoft Bulk Modification - Application Designer

Most of these actions are based on a model field which is assumed to be present in the page or record and when the system inserts new fields into the page or record all the properties of the model field is copied into the new field. Before starting the bulk changes it is advised that you create a project containing all your records and fields present in it. Once the system completes the bulk inserts or modifications, then it is easier for you to just alter the project instead of altering each individual records associated with it.