First Impressions of Fusion

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I recently attended a 4 day Fusion payroll workshop. Over the next few days I’ll be posting what I saw and learned. First up is some general observations about Fusion from the perspective of a PeopleSoft expert.

After logging in the home screen for our user had a header at the top and then several “portal tabs” with different information in them. It didn’t look a million miles from how a PeopleSoft home screen might be configured with different pagelets, task lists and maybe some graphs on it

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There are some changes to be aware of:

1.     Workforce Deployment covers the following areas:

  • Foundational data: departments, locations, job codes, positions, salary administration plans
  • Personal and Job Data
  • Absence
  • Payroll
  • And Social networking

2.     There’s more use of wizards, checklists, monitoring progress of the payroll cycle and in general trying to join things up a bit more.

3.     Pages have Save for later functionality in them. To effect a transaction you Submit it.

4.     When you hire an employee you enter personal details, then assignment details and the next screen that comes up asks what roles they should be assigned, with the employee role given as a default.

5.     Fusion has taken the concept of flex fields from EBS.

6.     The closest thing in Fusion to PeopleSoft’s Excel to CI functionality is ADF Desktop Integration (ADFDI).

7.     When you’re not doing implementation type activity or using functionality on the home screen you get to different bits of the system using Navigator. This is similar to using Main Menu in PeopleSoft. When you click on Navigator what would have been the level one folders are in bold with the level two folders beneath them. You click on those and any further pages/components are shown in a panel on the left hand side. See screenshot below.

Given the changes in presentation once you use the Navigator to get into an area you can open multiple components (as PeopleSoft users would know them) in the same screen and navigate between them or close them as you need to.

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There were a few surprises for me over the week. These included the following:

  • Not all pages can be viewed in a menu like structure. There are some: notably pages that are largely used during implementation that can only be accessed via the Fusion Setup Manager. If you want to use that area of the system you must have the Implementation Consultant role. I think that role is similar to the PeopleSoft Administrator role.
  • When you are in a page there is no indication of how you got there, i.e. no menu on the left with expanded folders or a breadcrumb trail at the top of the screen.
  • In the same vein, there is no equivalent to PeopleSoft’s control-J for finding out which part of the application I am in.
  • The search screens I saw didn’t allow the user to choose the operator to apply to the search field, i.e. begins with, contains, between, equals etc. Admittedly I didn’t use the advanced search so the functionality may be there but if not I think customers will use wildcard searches more in future.  
  • If a customer implements Fusion on SaaS they will have no SQL access to the environment. This is because in a multi-tenant scenario it poses a security problem
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