PeopleSoft Selective Adoption
Deliver new features to your business faster
Scroll down to learn about the Selective Adoption mindset and four things you can do to maximize the benefits of Selective Adoption (or Read the Full Story).
A New Mindset
In a world without upgrades, business systems are agile. Quickly and easily to adopt new features and apply maintenance to your PeopleSoft Applications.
Updates are frequent—new features and maintenance are easy to apply. The work that used to go into planning an upgrade now happens throughout the year as a normal part of updating and maintaining the system.
You're in control—you decide what to apply and when to apply them.
Define Your Strategy
Define your strategy, adjust your schedule, and set your budget for frequent feature and maintenance adoption. These tasks are interrelated—when scheduling and budgeting for new feature adoption, also consider your maintenance strategy (and vice versa).
Application Update Guidelines
Immediately apply critical (P1) tax, regulatory, and security updates using the latest Update Image.
Regularly apply scheduled, low-cost, high impact features and fixes. These are small, targeted efforts that require little development time and have a low impact on users.
Every 12-16 months, update your products to current maintenance levels and take advantage of all the latest new features. When your products are up-to-date, applications run better and future features and maintenance are easier to apply. Choose scheduling that works best for your organization--stagger updates to occur at different times or do them all at once.
For additional details to consider in your strategy, see:
Stay Current in PeopleTools
To facilitate easy updates for new application features and fixes, stay on a supported version of PeopleTools. (With the current PeopleTools support policy, a PeopleTools version is no longer supported 24 months after the next PeopleTools release.)
In rare cases, bug fixes might require a certain PeopleTools patch level. Oracle makes every effort to ensure that required patches have been generally available for 9-12 months.
PeopleTools Update Guidelines
Regularly update to the most current PeopleTools patch level (for example, at least once a year).
Every 12-24 months, upgrade to the current PeopleTools release.
Measure Your Progress
Make sure your feature adoption and maintenance strategies are being followed. Create processes to monitor:
- Are you adopting high-value features?
- Are your strategies being followed?
- How up-to-date is your maintenance?
The PeopleSoft Update Manager Dashboard provides useful analytics that help you understand the maintenance level of your system.
Keep business leaders and IT up-to-date on new features and changes. Business and technical analysts both need to know about what PeopleSoft is working on, when new Update Images will be available, and what has already been delivered in the Update Images.
Analysts benefit from regularly reviewing the following resources:
The PeopleSoft Information Portal connects you to all the PeopleSoft information and resources you need. If you can't find something on the portal, it probably doesn't exist.
Before downloading an Update Image, visit the PeopleSoft Update Manager Homepage to find important information about the contents of the image.
The Cumulative Feature Overview (CFO) tool shows deltas between releases and delivered PeopleSoft Update Images. Business analysts use this tool to track changes that have already been applied and set priorities for features that haven't been applied. Technical analysts use it to determine the minimum PeopleTools requirements for each feature.
The CFO tool is also a great resource for learning about features. It often contains links to video feature overviews, PeopleSoft Talks, and documentation about specific features.
New features and enhancements are delivered throughout the year in PeopleSoft Update Images. The Planned Features and Enhancements information center provides a high-level view of planned new features and enhancements to all applications and technology. All items listed on the site are planned to be delivered through PeopleSoft Update Images within the next 12 to 18 months. Every time an image is released, the site is updated to reflect the latest plans.
Business analysts track the planned features and enhancements to determine whether a feature is important to the organization or impacts current customizations and to identify product areas that are being enhanced.
The PeopleSoft Update Manager Dashboard is new with images based on PeopleTools 8.55. The dashboard uses pivot grids to give you insight into the status of your maintenance and adoption of new features.
Summary: Selective Adoption Delivers Ease and Agility
- Quickly and easily adopt new features and apply maintenance.
- Adapt your strategy, schedules, and budgets to update applications and PeopleTools frequently.
- Feel free to be selective--choose only the updates you want, only when you want them.
See What Customers Are Doing With Selective Adoption
Selective Adoption PeopleSoft Content Center
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