Category: HEUG

HEUG: FIU Mobile Session Review

Again, I did not attend this session, but I did listen to it afterward.  Here are just a few thoughts.

You can view their mobile site here:  It worked fine for me even in Chrome on my laptop.

I noticed they said they only supported WebKit-based browsers, which covered 95% of the browsers.  I didn’t catch if they used any HTML5 features.  He mentioned that Blackberry is Webkit, so they are included.  From the statistics, most of their traffic was from iOS devices, mainly iPhones.

Another feature I caught was that there are no graphics involved.  That can’t be totally true because for example on the home page, there is a little icon next to the menu items.  The look and feel is very nice though, and they have done an excellent job with their CSS3 usage.

I thought it was cool to see that they were using Google Analytics to track the usage of the site.  I wonder if anyone else is using Google Analytics in a PeopleSoft scenario like maybe on self-service pages within PeopleSoft.

The fact that they were planning native apps was interesting to me.  The mobile sit seems so robust.  What are the benefits to having a native app that makes it worth the effort?

His steps were very helpful.  Here are the steps he said:

  • Create External Node
  • Create IB Message
  • Create IB Service Operation
  • Configure IB Handler
  • Configure IB Routings
  • Write Handler PeopleCode

HEUG: TAG Session Review

I wasn’t able to catch this session live, but I have started going back through the sessions i missed to see what I can glean. Several things stood out to me.

The HRMS/CS split is a big deal. The TAG is very involved in this process. I also gleamed from the questions and atmosphere that there is a lot of uncertainty and angst surrounding the split. One of the things that was lacking was any mention of who was jumping in and trying the different options.

Another cool thing that caught my ear was the community source initiative. I have heard about several development efforts that have been shared between institutions, but no organized sharing method exists. I would love to get involved with this sharing of the code, but so far, it has eluded me. I just ran back across Grey Sparling’s Code Repository, and they have started down this path.  It would be cool to see an official place from Oracle.  It would be cool to have something like an App Store with both free and paid solutions.

I thought it was cool that TAG was making an effort to get the institutions using the new features.  One easy way to frustrate a programmer is to ignore a new tool he has created that he thinks is the next sliced bread.  I also thought the slight mention of getting everyone to PeopleTools 8.50 was interesting.  The balancing act is waiting long enough to give people time to implement yet at the same time you want to start using your new features in applications and such.

Another interesting mention was Oracle Fusion.  I still don’t quite understand how it comes into play.  Is there some sort of roadmap for getting the Fusion tools integrated with PeopleTools?