PeopleSoft Roadmap: What You Need To Know

Published by Macy Sears on August 24, 2020

PeopleSoft: Here to Stay

A common misconception of PeopleSoft was that it was on the road to extinction. The PeopleSoft rumors stemmed as users remained fixed on PeopleSoft 9.2, and Oracle stayed silent for announcing information pertaining to the 9.3 version upgrades. Sentinel is taking a look into the PeopleSoft roadmap, and spoiler alert, it’s here to stay!  

Traditionally, future PeopleSoft development plans focused on full version upgrades. However, the PeopleSoft roadmap for 2020 took a slightly different approach.  Oracle steered clear away from releasing information on the expected update for a 9.3 version. What organizations failed to recognize was the reason behind this decision was actually for their benefit. Over time, companies strayed away from full PeopleSoft version upgrades as they were costly and disruptive. It became more apparent that many enterprises were choosing to run on much older versions and completely avoiding the upgrades at all costs.

PeopleSoft Update Manager

Oracle catered to this feedback and enabled a way for customers to easily receive updated features and capabilities, all while avoiding the traditional time-consuming version upgrades. Oracle made this possible through the new delivery model – PeopleSoft Update Manager (PUM).

PUM operates through the PeopleSoft Update Manager PIA application. This runs on the PeopleSoft Image database, which is downloaded locally along with Oracle VirtualBox virtual machines. Once downloaded and deployed, the PUM PIA will act as a search tool for required patches, fixes, and bugs. You’ll customize your change package by selecting your desired updates. The customized change package will then use the Change Assistant and apply it to your PeopleSoft environments. 

This lifecycle management process is only available for PeopleSoft 9.2, so you’ll need to upgrade if you’re currently running on an earlier version. PUM aims to keep customers updated on patching, with lower maintenance costs, all while avoiding the hassle of a full PeopleSoft version upgrade. 

In addition to the release of PUM, Oracle has announced that its commitment to PeopleSoft will remain strong through the next decade. And despite the rumors, PeopleSoft won’t be going anywhere anytime soon.  

So, what can we expect to see more of with Oracle’s PeopleSoft Roadmap? 

  • Additional Advances With PUM 
  • Extended Lifetime Support
  • Continued Development 
  • The Support Of Emerging Cloud Technologies

Lifetime Support

Oracle’s Lifetime Support is a fundamental piece for ensuring applications are running efficiently. Due to that, it’s a no-brainer for the excitement behind its announced extension and inclusion within the PeopleSoft roadmap. In addition to Oracle’s commitment to on-going PeopleSoft investments, they’ve also updated their Lifetime Support to reflect their lengthened dedication. Not only have they extended their support through 2031, but they’ve also committed to delivering new innovations for its users. On top of that, they will continue to keep evaluating the given timeline of support each year after that. 

Users can expect regular updates and enhancements to ensure their current products and services are top-notch as always. This goes beyond patching and fixing bugs. Oracle has also announced it is committing to new quarterly features for HCM and ERP systems. 

As you can see, Oracle has no intention to let up on its commitment to excellence and its on-going investment in the PeopleSoft roadmap.  

If you’re running any one of the Oracle Solutions you’re most likely familiar with their comprehensive support coverage. They’ll provide support assistance over your hardware and software systems to ensure they’re operating as intended. With the announced extension of support, the coverage levels are to remain the same: 

  • Premier Support – Includes 5 years of extensive support and maintenance for your Oracle Database, Oracle Fusion Middleware, and other various applications. As well as, 10 years of support for Oracle Sun hardware and Operating Systems. The support period begins on the general availability (GA) date. In addition to the updates and support, you’ll receive access to My Oracle Support.
  • Extended Support – Offers 3 additional years of support and maintenance. You also gain flexibility and control over upgrades. This stage of support is available for an additional fee.  This is a great option for companies that have an in-house IT department, however, you’ll still receive access to My Oracle Support.
  • Sustaining Support –  This level of support is available for the duration of your Oracle solution license. This stage of support includes full control over upgrade rights. You’re also provided technical support and access to Oracle’s knowledge-base, as well as additional online support tools.

Over the past years, Oracle has continued to grant date extensions for providing their Lifetime Support and we can expect the same for the PeopleSoft roadmap ahead. They have no plans to end investment or stop supporting PeopleSoft. They will continue to reevaluate and best support the needs of their users.

PeopleTools Development

In a time where technology is advancing more than ever, user expectations are high. Organizations are dependent on their technological systems in order to keep up with the industrial demand. For this reason, PeopleSoft features and advancements are continuously developed to ensure companies remain agile and efficient within every department. These initiatives hold true for the planned development and PeopleSoft roadmap. PeopleTools provides the underlying support and functionality to build, deploy, and maintain all of your PeopleSoft applications.

The general timeline for a PeopleTools release ranges between 12-18 months. The most current release from Oracle is PeopleTools 8.58, along with an 8.58.03 patch release. If your organization is running an earlier version, Oracle also announced the extension of support for PeopleTools 8.56 through October 2020. 

PeopleTools upgrades impact the underlying tables and files only. Therefore, the application data itself will remain unchanged. Released upgrades deliver new functionality or perform a patch. 

PeopleSoft Fluid

PeopleTools 8.54 and on, have centered around the introduction of the Fluid User Interface (UI). The functionality provides a modern redesign of pages to scale accordingly to any device. While the classic application will run on a mobile device, it was not optimized to run efficiently. With the help of PeopleTools, you can customize components and pages for a fluid display on your mobile device.  

The new modern interface was a major advancement for PeopleSoft mobile users. With the push for those working from home during 2020, this capability was exceptionally popular.  

PeopleSoft Cloud Architecture

The recent PeopleTools upgrades have also shifted to serve the growing cloud market.  The release of PeopleSoft Cloud Architecture (PCA) consists of features that allow PeopleSoft users to experience the benefits of deploying on the cloud. PCA also provides you with the ability to deploy PeopleSoft applications with outside cloud providers.

Cloud Manager

Similar to PCA, Oracle released the PeopleSoft Cloud Manager (PCM), to use specifically within the Oracle Cloud Infrastructure (OCI). PCM works to ease deployment and simplify the overall migration process. It also allows you to efficiently manage your environments within OCI.  

The lift and shift model is beneficial for migrating multiple environments to OCI. It aids to ensure a seamless transition from on-prem to the Cloud platform. The lift utility is available within the Cloud Manager and packages the data into Deployment Kits (DPK). The shift portion includes downloading the DPK files and creating the environments within the Cloud. 

Cloud Manager also helps to ensure you are optimally running and managing your PeopleSoft environments. It works to ease the simplicity of the upgrade process. You can subscribe to automatic updates for any PUM Image releases, PeopleTools patches, or updates. They’ll instantly become available for you to apply upon with the click of a button. You’ll find that Oracle will first release updates to their cloud users, with the general public to follow after. 

Several users have found the most recent update – Image 11, to be very helpful. New features include environment backup and restore capabilities. They’ve also included additional support for Fault Domains, which includes features focusing on disaster recovery and offering high availability. Image 11 also includes capabilities to quickly start or stop environments to reduce costs. You’ll find there are features to suit everyone, and this is just the start of what is in store for the future of PeopleSoft Cloud Manager. 

Sentinel Software Partnership

Oracle’s vendor partnership with Sentinel Software remains aligned with the PeopleSoft Roadmap. With new innovative features, Sentinel users are able to efficiently maximize PeopleSoft user security. The stand-alone application acts as a hub to simplify everyday PeopleSoft security administration tasks. Ready-built audit reports provide you visibility into your databases and allow you to work with ease. The solution is available for both on-prem and the Oracle Cloud.  

Learn more about the many benefits that come along with Sentinel Software today. Schedule a demo to learn more about how Sentinel Software is simplifying PeopleSoft as you know it.