Oracle recognizes Cedar Consulting for Expertise in Oracle HCM Cloud

Oracle HCM Cloud Specialisation (white bkgnd - small)We are delighted to announce that Cedar Consulting has achieved OPN Specialized status for Oracle HCM Cloud.

To achieve this a number of our consultants had to pass a set of exams on Oracle HCM Cloud and as a business we had to have a certain amount of clients. This means that we can proudly display this logo on relevant collateral.

Graham, one of Cedar’s Directors, said:Graham (normal)

“This Specialized status, which follows extensive investment in our Oracle (more...)

What’s coming in Taleo 14B

The release notes are out, and the other night I attended a webinar showing the highlights of the Taleo Enterprise Edition 14B release (provisionally due on November 24th). It was a really worthwhile hour and the presenter – who I believe was Fabrice De Carne – was very engaging. Here’s what caught my eye:

Talent Acquisition:

Evaluation Management

  • The ability to mark some questions as requiring responses (shown with a star) to ensure that you don’t (more...)

Error unzipping PeopleSoft Images

The new PUM images are a boon for anyone wanting to get a PeopleSoft instance up and running quickly. Once you’ve downloaded the zip archives however, you might find that the delivered zip file doesn’t work by default for everyone.

The line:

unzip HCM-920-UPD-008_OVA_2of11.zip

gives me the following error:

'unzip' is not recognized as an internal or external command

I’m not sure where the unzip utility is supposed to be from, but it’s not delivered (more...)

Larry’s OOW Keynote on the future of Oracle Applications

larry2Although there had been many analyst and Oracle ACE briefings for much of the preceding week, Sunday night was the ‘proper’ opening for Oracle OpenWorld 2014. It kicked off with Larry’s first keynote of the conference. (He traditionally does two, however skipped the second last year to watch the thrilling finale to the 2013 America’s Cup.)

His hour long address was given over exclusively to the cloud. Here’s a summary of the important points (more...)

PeopleSoft and Shellshock

As many will have no doubt heard, there’s a new vulnerability that has been spotted, and there are already exploits for it in the wild.

The vulnerable systems are those running Bash – so Windows machines are safe, it’s just Unix/Linux and MacOSX.

Security Researcher Kasper Lindegaard from Secunia rates this as a bigger issue than the Heartbleed exploit discovered in April this year. “Heartbleed only enabled hackers to extract information, Bash enables hackers to execute (more...)

The Billionaire and the Mechanic

bookOne of the books I took for pool-side holiday reading this year was The Billionaire and the Mechanic – a book recounting the Americas Cup, Larry Ellison’s attempts to win it, and the car radiator mechanic that he teamed up with to ultimately succeed in his quest.

The book appealed to me in part because of my profession – Oracle Applications software – but also because I used to sail when I was younger; an (more...)

PeopleSoft and Web Browsers – The Guide

browsersThe topic of PeopleSoft/PeopleTools versions and web browsers is often a complicated one, yet it’s an issue that every client will face when they either upgrade PeopleTools or move to a new Application version that contains a Tools increase.

Cedar have recently been asked by a client for some assistance to get a definitive answer to the important questions and we thought it would be useful to share this information. We’ve put together a white (more...)

Arguments over the Semantics of the Cloud

I read an interesting blog post by Tim Warner earlier this evening, and then watched as a strong debate over the post waged on Twitter.

Tim’s article actually has two points. The second half – the benefits of SaaS/cloud software – are pretty evident to most people now. The first two paragraphs were the ones that drew the Twitter comments.

To summarise Tim’s point, he was saying:

“Some of the more technical questions like “is it true (more...)

Help Please! The UKOUG Partner of the Year awards

We’d really appreciate your help. But first, a bit of background:

The Partner of the Year awards is an annual awards ceremony held by the UK Oracle User Group. It allows customers to show appreciation for partners that have provided a service to them over the previous 12 months. As you would imagine, being voted a winner (for the categories that you operate in) is a wonderful accolade as it’s the end-users that have spoken.

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An Introduction to PeopleTools 8.54 (part 2)

1. Introduction

The recently launched version of PeopleTools 8.54 contains a broad range of enhancements. Although we’ve had the GA (General Availability) release we can’t upgrade existing environments until the 8.54.02 patch, so now is a good time to perform a fresh sandbox install to investigate the details and highlight the areas that are of most interest.

As in the first part of this series, there is a lot of content to cover (more...)

Productivity and Noise

Everyone likes to be productive, however pretty much everywhere we work there’s something with the ability to disrupt our concentration. Some are necessary – like most meetings – however others break our flow of thought and it takes a while to get ‘in the zone’ again.

I’ve recently changed jobs and the new company’s office is in Kings Cross, London. In many ways this is hugely advantageous, but it can be a bit noisy. I also (more...)

PeopleTools 8.54 Sandbox

Following the announcement on Friday that Tools 8.54 was available, we dived straight in (whilst cursing under our breath that it was released at 6pm on Friday night on the weekend of the World Cup final!).

We download all of the media (which doesn’t take long on AWS – this is the 2.7GB tools 8.54.01 patch coming down in about a minute and a half):pt85401 download

 

At the time of (more...)

Generating a custom Org Chart in PeopleSoft

This week we have a second guest-post from Richard Yip. Richard is a PeopleSoft HCM & Payroll Technical Consultant at Santander Bank here in the UK. He is a long-term PeopleSoft techie and a regular at the UKOUG conferences.  I’m delighted to be able to give him a conduit through which to share some of his good work.

Richard’s previous post can be found here.

Custom Organisation Charts in PeopleSoft

In the PS_EMPLOYEES table, there (more...)

New Pastures

I try to keep the content on here focused on the products and implementation tips however I hope you’ll indulge me with one personal post.

After six and a half enjoyable years I have left Succeed Consultancy. I’m leaving behind a lot of talented colleagues and great friends, however for reasons that I don’t want to bore you with it’s time to move on.

As of yesterday I’ve started work for Cedar Consulting. One of the (more...)

PeopleSoft 9.3 – A clarification

After the release and subsequent removal of the ‘there is no PeopleSoft 9.3′ post on the My Oracle Support site and twitter I’ve been in contact with Oracle to find out the truth behind these rumours. Let me share with you what I have learned directly from Oracle…

Oracle believes PeopleSoft customers want new capabilities delivered at a high frequency that they can adopt in a non-disruptive, low cost way. They understand that the model (more...)

It’s official, there is no PeopleSoft 9.3

This morning Oracle released a statement confirming that there will not be a PeopleSoft 9.3 for any of its applications.

This isn’t a surprise – as it’s something that has been alluded to on more than one occasion by Oracle execs – and neither is it to be viewed as a negative step.

The model of big, disruptive, high cost upgrades every several years no longer works and continuous improvement is now the accepted best (more...)

Becoming a Fusion HCM Security Specialist

Next up in the ‘hit list’ of topics on the way to specialisation is the Security Specialist. Fusion Security was designed with Role Based Access Control (RBAC) at its heart, allowing separation of duties for Sarbanes Oxley compliance easier to achieve, so that should make it easier to pick up, given my history of PeopleSoft. Let’s dive in …

Role Types

There are a number of different role types in Fusion. My first impression is (more...)

Becoming a Fusion Data Specialist

Next up in the ‘hit list’ of topics on the way to specialisation is the Data Specialist. (I’ve been temporarily scared off by the amount of course content for the Sales and Presales specialisms!) This covers getting data in and out of Fusion.

Inbound Data

As you would expect with a fully-featured system like Fusion, there are an array of options.

File Based Loaderdata

FBL allows you to load data in bulk into Fusion from (more...)

Becoming a Fusion UX Specialist

Following the previous post discussing the changes in the requirements for the Fusion specialisation program, I thought I’d start attacking the list of exams required.

The one that looked the most interesting – to me – was the new UX (User Experience) exam. I’ve always had a soft spot for good design and I’d loved the revamped look and feel in Fusion release 8. I also liked the fact that the Oracle UX team had (more...)

Changes in the Fusion HCM Cloud Service specialization

Oracle have recently updated the requirements for the Fusion HCM Cloud Service Specialization program. Previously, there was a set of exams that partners had to get employees through and a client reference to attain. Now the specialisation is a lot more involved:

Previously the requirements were:

1x Fusion HCM 11g Sales Specialist
1x Fusion HCM 11g PreSales Specialist
1x General Product Support Assessment (v3.0)

plus 1 pass in either:
Fusion HCM 11g Human Resources Implementation (more...)