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What is the latest version of PeopleSoft?

PeopleSoft is an application suite that provides productivity and workforce management solutions for mid- to large-sized companies. This software is part of Oracle’s product line. The first PeopleSoft HRMS (Human Resources Management System) was released in 1988. The Oracle Corporation acquired the software in 2005 and subsequently released PeopleSoft FMS 9.0 and PeopleSoft HCM (Human Capital Management) 9.0 the following year. The most recent version, PeopleSoft 9.2, came out in 2013.

PeopleSoft 9.2 offers a wealth of benefits over prior versions that make this an appealing option for customers in nearly any industry. This latest version enhances the user experience in a variety of ways.

Providing More Intuitive Navigation

PeopleSoft 9.2 focuses heavily on an improved user experience that makes it easier to navigate and utilize the software with minimal training. Some features are designed for simple accessibility even by those who have no familiarity with the program.

When you need to find a function or feature in PeopleSoft 9.2, you can turn to the global free text search function. This is equipped with over 120 indices that will help users find accurate results quickly, even if they don’t know where to start looking. Using Oracle’s Secure Enterprise Search function, PeopleSoft 9.2 takes functionality to a new level for beginners. 

The functionality of PeopleTools 8.53 application software comes along with the latest version of PeopleSoft and makes it easy for users to bypass traditional menu paths, which can be confusing. Instead, it offers contextually relevant actions that are organized to smoothly guide users through common activities from start to finish.

Guiding Casual Users Through Essential Activities

One of the primary goals of PeopleSoft is to simplify workforce management. In PeopleSoft 9.2, this is done by making routine activities easily manageable for casual users. Activity Guides offer step-by-step guidance for Life Events like getting married, having a baby, adopting, or getting divorced. Users can manage these events themselves within PeopleSoft 9.2 without having to reach out for assistance, which makes the process of handling these personal events easier and more comfortable.

PeopleSoft 9.2 also offers Train Stop visualization. Train Stops are sequential actions that must happen in a prescribed order, as opposed to the activity guides which may be sequential or non-sequential. The inclusion of both features makes it easy for PeopleSoft 9.2 to conform to each individual’s needs.

Delivering Actionable Operational Analytics

Operational analytics assess current data and historical trends to functionally equip users to make the best decision possible in any given situation. PeopleSoft 9.2 offers actionable operational analytics in a variety of areas. Some of the functionality that this feature offers includes:

  • Key hiring metrics.
  • Analytics for staffing, productivity, candidates, and resource requests.
  • Salary comparisons.
  • Statistical payroll and absence management.
  • Status data for learning events.
  • Invoice comparison and review tools.
  • Embedded supply chain management data including fulfillment effectiveness.

This data is delivered in highly visual reports, such as PeopleSoft’s Pivot Grids. Pivot Grids allow you to organize and display information with a visual tool that makes it easier to interpret data. PeopleSoft 9.2 is equipped with over 60 Pivot Grids that are prebuilt for common uses. Users can also create their own custom Pivot Grids.

By collating and delivering these types of data sets in a mindful manner, PeopleSoft 9.2 can provide users with the quickest, simplest way to assess their efficiency and operations.

Boosting Productivity with WorkCenters and Dashboards

PeopleSoft 9.2 provides fresh ways for users to increase their productivity. WorkCenters offer a cross-functional approach to business management. Preconfigured with organized pagelets, the WorkCenter delivers essential information including the user’s workload, public and personal queries, processes, and report outputs. Customizable links make it possible to streamline navigation to the functions that are most relevant to the user’s day-to-day tasks. It’s possible to resolve exceptions from the same page, so you don’t have to waste time moving from one area of the program to another as you’re checking things off your to-do list.

PeopleSoft 9.2 features WorkCenters for:

  • Accounts Payable.
  • Grants and Contracts.
  • ePerformance.
  • Time and Labor.
  • Supply and Demand.

Dashboards elevate the functionality of WorkCenters to the most efficient level for business managers. These distill business data down to the most important information and deliver it to management so they can see what’s happening at a glance. These are designed to highlight issues that need to be handled at the highest level, limiting the amount of time and effort that’s needed for an investigation, so managers can get right to resolving important issues. 

PeopleSoft 9.2 offers Dashboards for:

  • Accounts Payable.
  • Billing.
  • Supply Chain.

Streamlining Updates and Lowering Cost of Ownership

Maintaining efficient up-to-date software is a prime consideration for businesses of any size. PeopleSoft 9.2 takes significant strides to make it easier for companies to optimize this software. The PeopleSoft Update Manager (PUM) allows administrative-level users to customize their updates and download them swiftly in neat packages that have just the enhancements that make sense for their business.

By customizing your changes, you can easily create a custom software solution without paying for costly personalization as you might with other products. The PUM also manages regulatory updates and patches so you can handle all the essentials with one sleek tool.

When you’re using the PUM, you can bypass hassles like regression testing and other disruptions that are commonly caused by software updates. This helps lower the overall cost of software ownership for businesses, which ultimately makes PeopleSoft 9.2 one of the more affordable options on the market. Combine this with the inclusion of over 1,000 new features, and you have a winning package that’s equipped to meet nearly any business’s needs.

PeopleSoft 9.2 is more accessible than ever. Not only is the software available on your computer, but it’s also accessible in a limited format via smartphone. Using a mobile device, you can place and approve orders to handle essential business on-the-go. If you’re interested in accessing the latest innovations in the world of PeopleSoft, you won’t be disappointed with this latest release. Contact Dimension Systems, Inc. to learn more now.

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