Oracle came up with a new strategy called “Cloud-First” from PeopleTools 8.57 onwards, which means the customers who are subscribed to Oracle’s Infrastructure as a Service (also called Oracle Cloud Infrastructure (OCI) to host one or more of customer’s instance on Oracle cloud instead of customer’s data center) will get the updates earlier than the on-premise customers.
8.57 is currently available to the cloud users since September 2018, and Oracle is planning to make it available to the on-premise customers early 2019 as part of the patch 8.57.04.
As a measure to attract or encourage PeopleSoft customers to migrate OCI, Oracle is providing a 30-day Trial Program that gives you free credits to try it out.
PeopleSoft officials made it clear that their technical (Tools) update will be done for every 12-18 months and will be available to its users (Cloud users will get it first).
PeopleTools 8.57 is rolled out with many new capabilities, which was first released in the PeopleSoft Cloud Manager.
There are many new exciting features in PeopleTools 8.57 including:
- The ability for end-users to set up conditions in analytics that if met will notify the user
- Improvements to the way Related Content and Analytics are displayed
- Add custom fields to Fluid pages with minimum life-cycle impact
- More capabilities for end-user personalization
- Improved search that supports multi-facet selections
- Easier than ever to brand the application with your corporate colors and graphics
- Fluid page preview in App Designer and improved UI properties interface
- End-to-end command-line support for life-cycle management processes
- And much more!
Let’s discuss some of the features of PeopleTools 8.57 in detail
1. Thresholds – Notification on the analytics
Thresholds allow users to get notifications if the defined criteria are met. The feasibility of thresholds is that it can be configured using the pivot grids online as well. It will also give you a visual representation for better understanding. Notifications are sent through push notifications or emails as per the requirement and they can also be scheduled based on the desired frequency.
2. Drop Zones
This is one of the most exciting features of PeopleTools 8.57. It enables to introduce custom fields or any other elements to the PeopleSoft application page without customizing the pages. The Drop Zones are managed via Stub Sub-Pages delivered by PeopleSoft. One can easily create the sub-pages with the desired content, which can replace the PeopleSoft delivered Stub sub-pages by reducing the runtime and without the need of customizing the page.
3. Multi-select facets for search
This is the best feature that was released in PeopleTools 8.57. This feature of the search framework can be extensively used to find data. The multi-select feature will help to filter and find the stipulated result in no time with its multi facets. This is a similar experience as is to most of the modern web pages.
4. Fluid Grid Enhancements
This feature enables users to download the data directly from the grid to the excel sheets. Custom sorting can be applied to save the data and enhance the grid search functionality.
5. Popup Menu in Fluid
Popup menus in fluid for any actions or navigational needs are now available in the latest tech update of PeopleTools 8.57.
6. Fluid Page Preview
This is one of the features that excite most of the fluid developers in and out. The Application designer can now provide a preview option for the fluid pages, which allows cross-checking whether all the layouts are working as per your expectations or not.
7. Dynamic Page Field Masking
This is one such feature that enables to mask the required data based on the user role or profile dynamically. PeopleTools 8.57 helps to mask the field value in the specified format.
The above-mentioned features are to the best and are capable of addressing many of the business glitches. We have to wait for a few more days to understand the new aspects and features of PeopleTools 8.57 and its success rate. And also how far businesses will freak out on these fluid capabilities.
You’ll want to get all the details and learn about the new features in 8.57. A great place to start is the PeopleTools 8.57 Highlights Video on the PeopleSoft YouTube channel. The highlights video gives you an overview of the new features and shows how to use them.
There is plenty more information about the release available today. Here are some links to some of the other places you can go to learn more about 8.57:
- PeopleTools 8.57 New Feature Overview
- PeopleTools 8.57 Home Page
- PeopleTools 8.57 Upgrade Home Page
- PeopleTools 8.57 Documentation
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