PeopleSoft v9.2 May Be The Last Upgrade You Will Ever Need

If you upgrade to PeopleSoft v9.2 you will be able to apply ‘new features’ without having to upgrade again……good news! Worth a read for all PeopleSoft users

"There are so many valuable reasons to move to 9.2 sooner rather than later.  An immediate value will be to take advantage of PeopleSoft functionality that is only available on 9.2 (think Global Application Search, extended use of Approval Framework, WorkCenters, delivered pagelets, Data Migration Workbench, Value Add Integrations, and more).  The added bonus value is that customers may be positioned to take advantage of every future PeopleSoft advancement as it comes along…for years to come."

The Future of Gamification

Succeed is passionate about Gamification as it is one of our strengths. As Alex Kwiatkowski – Head of Financial Insights Europe - suggests, it not sitting down playing Angry Birds on your iPhone or playing the latest ‘Call of Duty’ on your Play Station, but in our everyday life we are playing ‘games’.

It is ‘Employee Engagement’ and ‘Customer Engagement’ and this can be very different for every Company. This interview explains a bit more about the myth that is ‘Gamification’.

Happy Staff makes for Bigger Profits

So happiness does make the world go round……this doesn’t always mean monetary rewards (although this always helps). The ‘softer’ benefits such as employee surveys or an engaging ESS solution that makes employees feel valued and listened to, is just as effective.

“Employee engagement is a hugely important factor of production rates and a great benefits program is linked to this”

UK Oracle User Group (UKOUG) Partner of the Year Awards

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Help us win Gold in the upcoming UK Oracle User Group Partner of the Year Awards by voting for us

We’ve been nominated for 4 awards this year and we need your votes to help us win Gold. Show your support by voting for us in the following categories

  • PeopleSoft Partner of the Year
  • Managed Services Partner of the Year
  • Small Businesses/General Business Partner of the Year
  • Emerging (New Products) Partner of the Year.

Greene King on PeopleSoft HCM v9.2 at the UKOUG

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Last month the UKOUG held its annual PeopleSoft Roadshow event. It’s one of the best attended annual PeopleSoft events in the UK and showcased a lot of great content to the healthy-sized audience in attendance. 

Among the sessions from Oracle’s Jeff Robbins and Marc Weintraub, and Oxfam’s Graham Smith was a presentation from the UK’s first live PeopleSoft HCM v9.2 client - Greene King.

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Amanda Brakels (Group Remuneration Director, Greene King) - along with Succeed’s Steve Elcock - spoke about the PeopleSoft HCM 9.2 implementation that has recently gone live, the issues that we’d faced, the fact that it is 100% cloud hosted by Succeed, and the value and benefits that they’re already deriving from the product. 

If you missed the event but would like to find out more about the implementation, hosting PeopleSoft or any of Succeed’s other services, please get in touch.

Trouble importing ERDs

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Oracle deliver a set of ERDs (Entity Relationship Diagrams) that allow us to see how the tables beneath the application all fit together. You can see the fields and the keys, so you can build up a picture of how they relate.

Installing them is a little tricky however. They come as a Change Package, so you need to have that up and running - but most clients will already have this. The fun part was that even after a bounce of the App Server, and completion of Portal Security Sync I didn’t have permission to view the items.

I could see the top level ‘Data Models’ menu item, and I could drill down through, however when I tried to click on an ERD it told me I didn’t have permission. Looking at the security setup I could see that I had the relevant Permission List (HCCPHR9100) as I had the ‘HR System Administrator’ role. So why couldn’t I see the ERD?

When I look at the URL it shows me the menu and component name:

However when I look at the SETUP_HRMS Menu in App Designer it doesn’t contain that component. Aha!

Simply adding the Component to the Menu allows me access to the ERDs.

Accumulators and User Keys in Global Payroll

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Accumulators are supporting elements, found in Global Payroll, which store cumulative values of defined items, such as gross earnings and entitlement balances for holiday.

There are two types of accumulator:

  • Segment  –          accumulates values in a single net-to-gross calculation
  • Balance    –         accumulates values over a period of time, for example a month or a year

Accumulators can be set up automatically when a payroll element, like an earning a deduction or an absence take is produced. The accumulators will then track the values over time, period to date, year to date etc.

User Keys

User keys are used on accumulators, to enable us to track balances at various levels. This is most useful for tracking separate periods of employment and changes of NI category in a UK payroll.

A user is able to define up to six user keys for an accumulator. User keys enable you to track a given accumulator at levels below employee record. For example, you can track an employee’s year-to-date earnings by contract number or company.

The keys that can be used against accumulators are either Variables or System Elements. For example if you wanted to track an employee’s year to date earnings by company, the system element COMPANY would be assigned to this accumulator as a user key:

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