HIUG Interact 2019 Conference Schedule

Tomorrow I fly to Orlando for the 2019 HIUG Interact conference. I'm almost packed. I wanted to share my schedule with anyone attending. As usual, we start the conference off right with a session Sunday afternoon.

The Old Bugaboo

So after a bit of a hiatus, I've decided it's time to get off my butt and start writing again...

Today I'm raising an old bugaboo, but I'm adding a new perspective.  The bugaboo? Customizing packaged software.  It's more expensive than either building your own apps from scratch or buying software off the shelve.  But you all already know that because we've previously hashed that out at length here.

On to the new perspective.  As (more...)

PeopleTools Table Reference Generator

Like many other PeopleSoft professionals, I spend a lot of time looking at the PeopleTools tables because they contain meta-data about the PeopleSoft application. Much of the application is stored in PeopleTools tables. Some provide information about the Data Model. Many of my utility scripts reference the PeopleTools tables, some of them update them too. Therefore, it is very helpful to be able to understand what is in these tables. In PeopleSoft for the Oracle (more...)

PS360 enhancement: Added report of DDL models

I have written several blogs and presentations recently about how and how not to collect statistics in PeopleSoft.
  • If you are going to continue to use DBMS_STATS in the DDL model then
  • Do not specify ESTIMATE_PERCENT because it disables the hash-based number-of-distinct-values calculation, forcing it to go back to the COUNT(DISTINCT ...) method that requires a sort, and may not produce accurate values because it only samples data.
  • (more...)

PeopleSoft Adminstrator Podcast: #184 – nVision Performance

I recorded a second podcast with Dan Iverson and Kyle Benson for the PeopleSoft Administrator Podcast, this time about nVision.

(10 May 2019) #184 – nVision Performance

You can listen to the podcast on psadmin.io, or subscribe with your favourite podcast player, or in iTunes.

Launching into the middle of a Fluid Navigation Collection

One of the greatest challenges to a successful Fluid deployment is Classic navigation and one of the most common solutions to this challenge is the Tile Wizard-based Navigation Collection. Tile Wizard-based navigation collections allow us to build business process-based navigation for our back-office users (back-office pages are primarily Classic). Let's say you have built some amazing Navigation Collections for your back-office users and now you want to drill from one collection or page to a (more...)

PeopleSoft Administrator Podcast: #183 – Effective Performance Monitoring

I recently recorded a podcast with Dan Iverson and Kyle Benson for the PeopleSoft Administrator Podcast, this time about instrumentation, monitoring the performance of PeopleSoft system, and Performance Monitor.  There is also just a little about cursor sharing.

(3 May 2019) #183 – Effective Performance Monitoring

You can listen to the podcast on psadmin.io, or subscribe with your favourite podcast player, or in iTunes.

Bits And Pieces

Lots of innovative change afoot in the Oracle HCM Cloud space, so I thought I'd catch y'all up on the more significant bits and pieces.

  • Enhanced Talent Profiles:  Oracle Recruiting Cloud ("ORC") and Oracle Learning Cloud ("OLC")customers must upgrade to Enhanced Talent Profiles as part of their 19A uptake.  See My Oracle Support Doc ID 2421964.1 "Upgrading Fusion Profile Management" for more info. This is a really cool upgrade for the ORC and (more...)

Documented JSON Classes

Looking through the PeopleTools 8.57 Feature Overview document, you may have noticed that 8.57 now includes support for several JSON classes as well as PeopleBooks documentation. As Chris Malek showed us a couple of years ago, the classes listed in the Feature Overview document are not new. What is new is the keyword Support and PeopleBooks documentation. Using the documentation, I was able to generate a sample on PeopleTools 8.57:

Local  (more...)

Do I have to use the Navigator?

Navigator exposed from the NavBar
I have seen several very clever Navbar customizations including:
  • Auto-expand the Navigator when expanding the Navbar and
  • Showing the breadcrumb path in the Navigator.
These customizations seem quite valuable to anyone that uses the Navigator. And who doesn't use the Navigator? It is the primary delivered navigation method for Classic content. But are we really supposed to depend on the Navigator? If so, should these customizations be incorporated into the (more...)

Collaborate 2019

Collaborate 2019 is just around the corner. San Antonio is one of my favorite conference locations, with the riverwalk right outside the conference center. I will be presenting the following sessions next month at Collaborate:

Effective PeopleSoft Performance Monitoring

This advice note describes how to configure PeopleSoft systems on Oracle so that performance metrics are collected that are useful performance monitoring and subsequent performance tuning.

Contents

  • Oracle RDBMS Instrumentation
  • On-Line Component/Page Information
  • Application Engine Step Information
  • Cobol/nVision Instrumentation
  • nVision Layout Instrumentation
  • 2nd Database Connection Instrumentation
  • PeopleTools Performance Metrics
    • Cobol and Application Engine Batch Timings
    • PeopleSoft Performance Monitor

    Summary of Recommendations

    • Set EnableAEMonitoring=1 in all Application Server and process scheduler domains in order to enable (more...)

    Branding Shortcut

    Starting with his post PeopleTools 8.55.x - Branding - Part I - What has changed, Sasank Vemana provides a series of articles describing how to brand Fluid. If your organization supports multiple branding themes, then the PeopleTools delivered branding module and branding macros concept described by Sasank are a perfect fit. Although a fair amount of effort to configure, I didn't mind the macro concept provided in PeopleTools 8.55. But when (more...)

    Where is My New Optional Default Tile?

    Navigation is critical to any business application. Classic used breadcrumbs for navigation. As I'm sure you noticed, Fluid is different, using Tiles and Homepages as the starting point for application navigation.
    "In Fluid, tiles and homepages represent the primary navigation model, replacing Classic's breadcrumb menu."
    In Classic, breadcrumb navigation is managed by administrators. It is fixed, not variable, not personalizable. Users cannot personalize Classic navigation (other than creating favorites). Did I say Fluid is (more...)

    HEUG Alliance 2019

    With the HEUG Alliance 2019 conference starting in a few weeks, it is time to finalize our session schedules. Reviewing the agenda, I see many great education sessions from partners such as Presence of IT, SpearMCAppsian, and Mutara Inc as well as many, many customer sessions covering important topics including security, user experience, integration, tools, add-on products and so on. This is clearly an Alliance we don't want to miss! On (more...)

    Listening To Customers

    The Oracle HCM Cloud team hosted their annual Customer Advisory Board meetings at Oracle HQ last week.  I've always enjoyed the CAB meetings because it's the one event where we reverse the flow of information:  customers tell us about how they use our products rather than us showing customers how to use those products.  I learned a few lessons in listening to our customers last week.

    Customers today are more concerned with the pragmatic aspects (more...)

    Create Databases from Automatic Daily Backups – New Feature – Jan 2019 – Oracle Cloud Infrastructure

    New Feature - Create Databases from Automatic Daily Backups
    Services : Block Volume
    Release Month : Jan 2019

    Automatic Daily Backup feature lets you to create automated backups of OCI DB System Databases on a daily basis. With this feature you can now create a new system out of the automated daily backups.

    Here is a DB System in OCI that is created and you can see there is a Automated Backup Running













    Once the (more...)

    In-transit encryption for boot and block volumes – New Feature – Jan 2019 – Oracle Cloud Infrastructure

    New Feature : In-transit encryption for boot and block volumes
    Services : Block Volume
    Release Month : Jan 2019

    Data is often considered less secured when in movement. It could be across two servers , two data center , between two services, between cloud and on-premise or between two cloud providers. Wherever data is in moving , data protection methods should be implemented for in transit data that are critical. While organization care more about (more...)

    Consistent device paths for block volumes – New Feature – Jan 2019 – Oracle Cloud Infrastructure

    New Feature : Consistent device paths for block volumes
    Services : Block Volume
    Release Date : Jan 2019

    With this feature you can now select a device path that will remain consistent between instance reboots. though this is an optional feature it is recommended to use the device path as you can refer to the volumes when create partitions , creating file systems , mounting file system , you can also specify this option in (more...)

    Dialog and Popup Parameters

    If you have implemented or reviewed Fluid self-service, you may have noticed all inline editable grids have been replaced with read-only "actionable" grids. Oracle's PeopleSoft Fluid UX Standards discourage the use of inline editable grids in favor of secondary modal popup pages. Sasank recently showed us how to implement actionable grid rows, the primary self-service replacement for inline editable grids. With the row action indicator approach, each row presents a read-only summary, with details (more...)