Posts Tagged ‘peoplesoft’

March 9th, 2011

Mobile HR Apps

Take a look around you.  You will find people fiddling around with their iPhones. According to Wikipedia Apple sold 6.1 million original iPhone units over five quarters in 2008-2009. Recorded sales have been growing steadily and by the end of fiscal year 2010, a total of 73.5 million iPhones were sold.  Numbers for Blackberry’s, Android based telephones as strong. Nokia the largest mobile manufacturer  has recently announced that all their smart phones will have Windows mobile. Thus we can safely assume that Windows Mobile OS  will get a huge boost in their sales too.  Currently 65% of mobile cellular traffic is from smart phones. Over the next five years the growth in traffic is estimated to multiply  700%.  Nielsen projects that smart phone sales will meet normal phone sales in 3rd quarter 2011.

Why? It’s not just about owning and showing off a cool gadget anymore. It has become a way of life.  Since owning my first smart phone in just over a year I must confess I am addicted to it. I check and reply my work and private e-mails as soon as I receive these regardless if I am work, home or vacationing. I am always up to date with the tweets I am interested in. I check and update my social networking accounts regularly. I check my bank accounts and make transfers when and where I need it. I maintain my social and work agenda and the best of all I can audio or video chat with my family back in Pakistan 24 hours a day and for free. The bottom line is when I am not working I don’t need to switch on my Laptop any more.

Smart phones are already popular with the professionals on the go. Almost half of the work emails I receive have a tag line “Sent via iPhone ” or “Sent via Blackberry”  below the message.  More and more businesses are providing smart phones to their employees. It is not just the cool thing. It is practical. Their most popularity in the business world is primarily because of their e-mail function and having your calendar at hand all the time.  But is that all?

So what’s the value of a smart phone for modern businesses. Commercial businesses are successfully trying hard to get more out of the smart phones. Airlines offer applications using which a passenger can not only book his flight online, he can also check schedules, destination information, delays, flight information, online check in and digital boarding card. Web shops have their own applications for doing shopping over the net.  There are applications to locate parking spots, petrol stations, fast food restaurants and WiFi Hotspots. Supermarket chains have applications for grocery shopping. Popular pizza delivery chains offer apps for ordering pizzas. There are also applications to pay for parking and toll; getting real time traffic information and speed trap locations.

Good so we have we have plenty of commercial applications making use of the smart phone. But what about core backend business applications? Are there any General Ledger that interface to you smart phone, or a logistics system.  A quick search on Google revealed that SAP has been busy since 2007 in developing a mobile application that will communicate with their core SAP systems. They now have applications for alerts and approvals,  real time reporting, customer data and inventory monitoring.  Never wanting to stay too far behind SAP; in 2008 Oracle announced Business Applications for iPhone. They now have an Oracle Business approvals for managers which integrates with EBS.  They also have Business intelligence application and an Asset management application all integrated with EBS. On the PeopleSoft front I found iReceipt which is an Oracle product that interfaces with PeopleSoft Financials and Absence App which is a third party application developed by Succeed Consultancy.

So what about the HR Business. Ages ago PeopleSoft started on the mobile front when it was possible to create mobile pages of PeopleSoft screens using PeopleTools.  Somewhere between the hostile takeover of PeopleSoft and trying to prevent the PeopleSoft clients to jump the ship, Oracle let the functionality slip through the cracks. The Fusion HCM applications offer a module called Network At Work which more professional networking within the enterprise and does not extend to mobile devices. Morale of the story, there isn’t anything significant on the HR front.

To me there is no doubt that a good thought out HR application for mobile device will be priceless if properly launched and marketed. So why are the big companies does not seem to be interested in doing anything with HR for mobile devices? And if there is to be an mobile application for the HR business what would that be, what should it offer?

November 26th, 2010

Errors with nVision reports running via the web on a Windows 2008 process scheduler

When any nVision report is run via the web, it result in errors such as:

‘Excel interface exception E:\pt84918b-retail\peopletools\src\psnxl\gridapp.cpp:2048 Microsoft Office Excel cannot access the file ‘pshome\nvision\LAYOUT\F_allocations_2.xnv’.

But  the same report can be run in 2 or 3 tier client workstation.

Upgrading from Windows 2003 to Windows 2008 caused this issue to appear.

PeopleSoft Development has provided a workaround to be implemented on the affected process scheduler machine:

1) Take a backup of the registry before proceeding

2) Associate AppID of “Microsoft Office Excel Application” to its Class ID under the Wow6432Node registry node.

2.1) Create a new String Value by name “AppID” under the following registry key.

September 11th, 2010

PeopleTools 8.51 Available

We just got used to PeopleTools 8.50 and now PeopleTools 8.51 can now downloaded from Oracle eDelivery.

Version 8.50 brought a lot of great enhancements to PeopleSoft and 8.51 will be only make the product better.

Read this post for the Release Value Proposition for PeopleTools 8.51 and this post for the Advisor Webcast to see what this new version will bring us.

PeopleBooks for PeopleTools 8.51 is also availible from the usual PeopleBooks link page.

July 21st, 2010

Ultimate Oracle source collection: part I, PeopleSoft

Although there is much information available online about Oracle products, it’s shattered all over the internet and Google will help you only to a certain point.
So we’ve put together a list of some fine resources for your daily PeopleSoft, E-Business Suite and Siebel needs.
This ‘ultimate collection’ is the first one a series of three and it’s loaded with every PeopleSoft link you may ever need!

June 17th, 2010

Release PeopleSoft 9.1 and PeopleTools 8.50: Effort to implement the Wow

As stated in an earlier blog post  the new PeopleTools 8.50 really gives you a WOW.
And there are a lot of WOW’s. But do they come of the box or do you have to put a  lot effort  to get them available to the user when you are upgrading from an earlier version?
Here I’ll give an overview about what Oracle says about some of these, so you can get an idea.