As per the published schedule, Oracle released the new version of Peopletools (Version 8.50.01) last week (Friday, September 18, 2009). We already talked about the Release Value Propositions and Pre release notes in our earlier blogs. Now, the product is officially released, that means the release notes are available and we can discuss more about the new Peopletools version.
This is an important step in the Peoplesoft product history because this is a major and improved Peopletools release after Oracle acquired Peoplesoft few years ago. Peopletools provides an abstraction layer for running Peoplesoft Enterprise Applications (such as financials, hrms, crm etc) on many OS platforms. Any Peoplesoft Application can run on a Platform if Peopletools supports that OS platform and database platform. This is one of the main reason why a new Peopletools Release is important for Peoplesoft customers.
As we discussed earlier, there are major improvements with the user interface. There are lot of new improvements from user interface side using AJAX and other technologies.
On the infrastructure side, I found these important changes….
- On the web servers front, both weblogic and websphere are supported. Support for OAS web server is removed in Peopletools 8.50.01.
- Jolt Session Pooling can be setup at a single configuration file configuration.properties.
- Decoupled PS_HOME with PS_CFG_HOME is another important feature introduced.
- Oracle Enterprise Manager 10.2.0.5 is supported with Peopletools 8.50
- parellel file deployments using Change assistant and Process Scheduler
- oracle Database data vault support certified
- Parellel and Serial cache loading options etc…
Also, Peopletools will become more SOA based. Already Peopletools Web Services is a standard integration platform for Peoplesoft applications, there are a lot of new improvements in the Peopletools 8.50.01 release.
Now that this new Peopletools is released, we need to talk about it more. I am not sure when the current 8.49 tools becomes End of Life. However it may be sooner. With the tools upgrade, there are new features available for the customers with relate to user experience. Please visit the following Oracle Web page for understanding the Tools Upgrade benefits, along with upgrading your Peoplesoft application to 9.1.
I strongly recommend you to read the release notes for Peopletools 8.50 product and make yourself informed about the important changes and improvements in Peopletools 8.50. We will talk more about Peopletools 8.50.01 release and the subsequent releases. I am sure there are a lot of new things we all need to learn in this new product. I am planning to perform a POC install and testing for this new release. We will discuss more in the coming days… Until then.