UK Oracle User Group


PeopleSoft User Conference 2012 – Mapping the PeopleSoft Future Together

27 February 2012

Not a seat free in the room. The UKOUG PeopleSoft conference saw a terrific turnout at the CBI Conference Centre in London. A first for the UKOUG PeopleSoft events this year, as UKOUG were forced to close registration early as places were filled at a much faster rate than previous years, highlighting the growth of the PeopleSoft community within the User Group.

With a great mix of familiar faces and some new to the user group the conference felt like it was ‘back to what it once was’ with a friendly buzzing community feel.  If you were one of the lucky ones who attended we hope you will pass on and share what you learnt and saw with other PeopleSoft users and help promote best practice and resource saving tips with the wider community.

View photo's from the event here.

The opening keynote session was given by the ever enthusiastic and engaging Marc Weintraub, Oracle Product Strategy. The keynote gave the full room of attendees an executive update of the PeopleSoft Roadmap and was extremely  well received by all.

'Highly informative, provided a good understand of the future road map of PeopleSoft and wider Oracle products, looking forward to seeing more fusion in the future'  David Warlow, Willis

Marc Weintraub discussed the current innovations that are keeping PeopleSoft applications in the vanguard of ERP systems and which continue to draw in new customers and add significant value for existing customers.  He also stressed the value of the new release strategy of Feature Packs and Version Recuts.  

The rest of the day was packed full of great customer and partner presentations alongside value packed product updates from the Oracle team including Jeff Robbins (PeopleTools), Amira Morcos (Financials), Tracy Martin (HCM) and Liz Wilson (Payroll).

Breaking out into four streams including Financials, HCM, Technology and Global Payroll gave delegates a deeper understanding of their specific PeopleSoft area of interest.

Highlights from delegates included PeopleSoft Financial Management Solutions - A roadmap focused on value and Oracle's Fusion Applications for PeopleSoft Customers.  And IBM’s, Cultivating organisational creativity in an age of complexity, gave attendees a great update in general for HR professionals to really get to grips with what is happening strategically in their field.

‘We all had a really good day got much out of it, especially the morning sessions and ones with Amira [Amira Morcos, Oracle] who’s knowledge knew no bounds!’ Bow Garland, PeopleSoft User, Quintiles 

From a committee perspective - Graham Smith, Oracle user, Oxfam had the following to say:

The UKOUG Technology SIG were especially grateful to have Jeff Robbins over from Oracle in the US to outline PeopleTools strategy and also our old friend Chris Heller (Grey Sparling) who gave a live demo of PeopleTools Test Framework. PeopleSoft security can often be a dull and overlooked subject at conference but Steve Smith (Cambridge University) gave an entertaining and incredibly useful presentation on common security issues along with strategies for dealing with them.  The open roundtable discussion was excellent value covering subjects such as upgrade gotchas, Oracle Search (SES), archiving and portal branding.If you are involved in any way with PeopleTools as a developer, analyst or administrator then the UKOUG Technology SIG is the place to be!

Many thanks go out to all the speakers who took time out to share their knowledge with this group of PeopleSoft users and to everyone for the time and effort put into preparing content for this conference.

The sold out exhibition hall looked fantastic with experts from the partner community on hand to lend solutions and advice to the many users attending. It was fantastic to see so many great solutions and support services.  The conference had a constant hum of conversation and business card exchanges which took place during the networking sessions at lunch and in breaks. The great central London based venue certainly helped with this.

‘One of the best venues we've had, a chance to re-connect with a lot of users, nice feel to the conference and the overall user group.’  Vicky D'Amelio, Rimini Street

‘New to the user group I was promoting our CAPI product and spreading the word. I got to meet the decision makers who were really interested in the product.’  Musthafa Ayyavhoo, McAMDOIS

Thanks came from the users to those who took a stand and sponsored the event for their contribution in making the event the success it was.

From a committee perspective - Graham Smith, Oracle user, Oxfam had the following to say:

Thank you to all the sponsors, partners, customers and Oracle Corp for supporting this day. Thanks also to Darren and the UKOUG team for organising and hosting such a great event. See you at the next one!

Feedback from delegates at the conference and a fresh shake up in the committee members will now influence the future of PeopleSoft within the user group community as a whole. Should it be integrated into the large conference in December or keep its own individual conference? The discussion continues.

For further details about this community contact Darren Moses.
Email: darren@ukoug.org
Telephone: +44 (0)20 8545 9675

We'd love to get your feedback on this; you'll need a UKOUG login to provide it, so if you don't have one, please click on 'create a web profile' first.

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