Friday, June 25th, 2010

The first experience with PeopleSoft Enterprise HCM 9.1

Over the past couple of months we worked on a business case for an upgrade to PeopleSoft HCM 9.1. In this blog, we like to share with you a few of our first experiences and impressions about PeopleSoft HCM 9.1. The obvious new features like ‘mouse over menu’, ‘type ahead’, ‘partial page refresh’ and ‘in context search window’ are very user friendly, but there is more! Below we will state in short the pro’s and con’s of the new HCM version. 


Configurable Workflow:
It is very easy to maintain workflow details, such as routings, roles, notifications and approvals. This all became in-depth configurable online.

Entity Relationship Diagrams:
The ERD functionality can be loaded as a project into PeopleSoft 9.1. This is really a useful tool which can give an overview of all the tables in the PeopleSoft 9.1 database and the relationships between them. Click here for more information about ERD’s within PeopleSoft.

Setting Up and Building Organization Charts:
It is very easy in PeopleSoft 9.1 to create an organisation chart which can be made visible within Visio. This functionality will be further improved in the future. The following improvements are mentioned in the Pre-Release notes of PeoleTools 8.51:

  • Enhanced 3D charts;
  • Improved organization chart scrolling;
  • Drop-down list boxes for organization charts.

Attachment Framework:
Another new feature is the Attachment Framework: this gives the user / developer the opportunity to attach documents, URL’s and notes in various places in the system. A couple of possibilities are delivered out-of-the-box, like in ePerformance, but in other place a developer can create this with using delivered peoplecode. This is however quite a bit of work. 


Delivered translations:
The logon page of PeopleSoft 9.1 shows that users can logon in 23 different languages. This gives the impression that the PeopleSoft 9.1 applications are delivered with 23 translations. That is, strange enough, not the case: PeopleSoft 9.1. applications are delivered with 15 translations. These 15 translations are: Canadian French, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Polish, Simplified Chinese, Swedish, Traditional Chinese, Brazilian Portuguese, and Spanish.

Oracle provides good information about the localizations/extensions per country (click here for this information). It is however strange that the special US localizations/extensions are not mentioned anywhere.


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Paul van der Velden and Inge Marinus

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