In 2023, Oracle revealed they would be adjusting the pace of their releases for the PeopleSoft Application Images. This meant that instead of the usual four updates per year, there will only be three updates coming this year. Despite this change, the releases for the Human Capital Management (HCM), Campus Solutions, and Financial and Supply Chain Management (FSCM) modules were still highly anticipated – and pretty great!
In addition to several new features, Oracle also made the announcement of extending its support for PeopleSoft until 2034. This was soon followed by the 2023 innovators and more exciting insights on investments for the future of PeopleSoft.
Now, let's take a look at the changes and highlights from the 2023 PeopleSoft Year Recap.
PeopleSoft FSCM Update Image 47, 48, 49* – set for 12/6
PeopleSoft Cloud Manager
The start of 2023 saw the launch of Cloud Manager Image 15, ushering in numerous exciting features. These included the ability to support CDBs with multiple PDBs in Database Cloud Service, enhanced cloning capabilities, advanced decision-making for auto-scaling, improved deployment for production web servers and integration brokers, and streamlined configurations for provisioned environments. And the progress didn't stop there, as PeopleSoft users also received another boost with the release of Image 16 in July. This update brought enhancements such as Exadata multi tenancy support for improved cloning, simplified password management through OCI Vault, automatic provisioning of PUM images, additional monitoring metrics, and OCI Disaster Recovery Service support.
The PeopleSoft HCM system underwent significant updates this year, with three image releases: 45, 46, and 47.
In January, PeopleSoft HCM Image 45 brought exciting new enhancements for performance management, absences self-service management, fluid timesheets, and remote worker capabilities. Following this, Image 46 was released as the first HCM image on PeopleTools 8.60, which came with the updated and sleek Redwood design. However, the team made sure this update was not just focused on aesthetic changes. In fact, Image 46 introduced a range of new features, such as valuable insights for open enrollment, a Health Savings Account (HSA) worksheet, and the ability to configure addresses and contract types in employee self-service. The final HCM image of the year, Image 47, brought even more improvements, including the modernization of personal data for increased productivity for HR admins and representatives. It also offered new features for benefits, time and labor, and performance management. Overall, it was a highly successful year for PeopleSoft HCM's continuous innovations.
PeopleSoft Campus Solutions
PeopleSoft Campus Solution 9.2 also had an eventful year with the release of PUM Image 28, 29, and 30.
The first release, PI 28, featured the integration of the Student Financial Planning product, as well as enhancements for Global Name formatting, Apply for Graduation (Fluid) contact information, real time indexing for class search, drop zone enabled pages, and updates for US Financial Aid and UK UCAS and HESA. PUM Image 29 followed with more drop zone updates for fluid pages, additional chatbot skills, and self-service improvements. It also included changes for Global Name formatting and updates for regulatory regions in the UK and US. The final release, PUM Image 30, continued to offer transformative user experiences and innovative features for students, applicants, and administrators. This update included real time indexing for the Fluid course catalog, changes for US Financial Aid in the 2024-2025 aid year, updates to the Student Financial Planning's Leave of Absence message, tax updates, and UK HESA updates for the 2023-2024 academic year.
The rollout of PeopleSoft FSCM Update Images for 2023 began in March, which was a longer waiting period compared to HCM and CS. However, the wait was definitely worth it. As of now, only Image 47 and 48 have been made available to users. But, Image 49 is scheduled for release on December 6th.
Image 47, the first one on PeopleTools 8.60, showcased the Redwood color scheme and various other Tools features. It also improved the business unit management aspect of Billing, Receivables, and Asset Management. Some notable additions in this image were a deferred billing exception in the fluid project costing workcenter, enhancements for Supplier or Bidder Registrations and Change Requests, and an enhanced Load Employee Data process from Human Resources. Image 48 was launched in late July and came with several enhancements including cross-functionality for Page and Field Configurator Change Tracking and updates to PeopleTools Terminology. It also brought improvements to billing, receivables, payables, expenses, and much more. The next image, Image 49, is scheduled for release on December 6th and is expected to include highly desirable features to close out the year.
Don’t forget – the PeopleSoft Update Manager can be used to selectively adopt new features and enhancements. And as always, it's important to carefully review the release notes and plan for any necessary testing and updates to your system before applying any new images.