PeopleTools Overview

PeopleTools provides the underlying technology for PeopleSoft applications. All PeopleSoft applications, such as Human Capital Management and Customer Relationship Management are built, deployed, and maintained using PeopleTools.

With PeopleTools you can:

  • Develop new applications or customize existing applications.

  • Administer applications that you have deployed within your organization.

  • Provide decision support and reporting functionality to decision makers.

  • Integrate PeopleSoft applications with other PeopleSoft applications or third party applications.

  • Upgrade and update your applications as part of system lifecycle management.

The area of PeopleTools technology contains over 40 tools, utilities, and technologies. This document provides brief introductions of each tool or technology, and presents two frameworks with which you can gain a better understanding of the delivered technology, how to categorize the tools, and when to use particular tools.

PeopleTools Categories

This framework divides the PeopleTools technologies, tools, and utilities into these categories:

  • Development Tools.

  • Administration Tools.

  • Analytic Tools.

  • Integration Tools.

  • Lifecycle Management Tools.

Implementation Phases

This framework provides a sample set of implementation phases and lists the tools and technologies that are likely to be used or implemented within a particular phase. The implementation phases are:

  • Installation.

  • Application Configuration.

  • System Configuration.

  • Decision Support Configuration.

  • Business Process Integration.

  • Maintenance.

Note: The implementation phases in this framework are intended to help you gain a better understanding of PeopleTools. The implementation phases in no way imply strict dependencies between phases or tools. Every implementation is unique.

Other Sources of Information

This section provides information to consider before you begin to use PeopleTools. In addition to implementation considerations presented in this section, take advantage of all PeopleSoft sources of information, including the installation guides, release notes, PeopleSoft Online Help, and training courses.