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Oracle OpenWorld 2018: Top 5 Technology Highlights

November 7th, 2018

Oracle OpenWorld 2018: Top 5 Technology Highlights

Team Elire packed their bags and set off for an exciting week of networking, knowledge sharing, and Oracle product updates at Oracle OpenWorld from October 22nd-25th. While in San Francisco, the Elire team was able to take advantage of all #OOW18 had to offer – including exciting keynotes, product roadmaps, product demonstrations, customer success stories, and networking with other Oracle Partners and User Group Partners!

With four days of action-packed activities and sessions, there were a LOT of exciting announcements for the future of Oracle’s Cloud and On-Premise solutions. If you missed out, don’t worry – below are the top five takeaways and announcements you need to know!

  1. Announcement – Oracle Gen2 Cloud – During Monday’s keynote, Larry Ellison announced the arrival of Oracle’s Generation 2 Cloud Platform. Previous Cloud Platforms relied on Shared computers for User Code and Cloud Control Code – meaning that the Cloud Provider can see your customer data and User Code can access Cloud Control Code, making the system vulnerable. Previous Cloud Technology was not meant to run “Mission Critical” business applications, and security was simply an afterthought. Oracle’s new Gen 2 Cloud is run on Separate Cloud Controlled Computers, meaning that Oracle cannot see Customer Data and no user can access Cloud Control Computer or Code. This updated platform has new Cloud Architecture with security built-in from Core to Edge, allows the easy move of Enterprise Workloads to Cloud, and has Oracle’s Autonomous technology to streamline and optimize day-to-day tasks, which enables superior price performance. Gen2 Cloud is an extensible Platform for SaaS applications as well, meaning you can run your open source programs and other applications on the Oracle Cloud with ease. For more information on Gen2 Cloud, watch Larry’s keynote here.
  2. Security, Security, Security with Gen2 Cloud Infrastructure Services – Another part of Larry’s first keynote included the introduction of Oracle Gen2 Cloud Infrastructure Security Services. This new security infrastructure includes key management services – creating customer control of network keys for all levels. Additionally, the Cloud Access Security Broker (CASB) automatically and continuously monitors and remediates changes and threats. CASB utilizes AI technology and machine-learning to observe your network usage patterns and recognize anomalies to identify and kill security threats immediately with minimal downtime – specifically 99.9995% availability, even under attack. A press release on the announcement can be viewed here.
  3. Analytics Data Warehouse – As a part of the closing keynote, Larry Ellison announced the new Fusion Analytics Data Warehouse, enabling extended analytics for all fusion applications. The Data Warehouse is built on Oracle Analytics Cloud and Autonomous Data Warehouse with packaged KPIs, visualizations, and dashboards. The analytics can be produced in a matter of seconds without database design, tuning, ETL, modeling, etc. Just a few clicks and your fusion data is at your fingertips!
  4. Oracle Digital Assistant Voice UI – The closing keynote also announced the new Digital Assistant Voice User Interface, allowing you to interact with your Siri and Alexa devices for transactions throughout your Fusion applications. A video of the interaction can be viewed here. 
  5. Mark Hurd’s Predictions for 2025 – Similar to the last OpenWorld, Mark Hurd included his predictions for 2025. Predictions this year were comprised of the inclusion of AI technology in ALL Cloud Apps – predicting that these apps will have AI woven into all business apps and platform services, further distancing them from legacy apps. Mark predicted that AI will power 85% of customer interactions, which would improve service levels, engagements, and allow retailers to create personalized experiences on any channel. This would infer that hotels could run 24/7 without people constantly at the front desk and for all industries to connect with their customers in new, innovative ways. He also predicted that 60% of the IT jobs that will exist in 2025 have not been created yet – including Data Professionals, Robot Supervisors, Human to Machine UX Specialists, Smart City Technology Designers, and AI Assisted Healthcare Technicians. Interested in learning more? View Mark Hurd’s keynote here.A full list of predictions can also be found here.

 

Stay tuned for more information on individual product keynotes and roadmaps!

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5 Reasons to Attend Oracle OpenWorld

September 18th, 2018

5 Reasons to Attend Oracle OpenWorld

The Oracle Event of the year – Oracle OpenWorld – is upon us! For those who have not attended, Oracle OpenWorld offers 2,000+ sessions focused on transforming and planning for tomorrow’s technology – on hot topics including Oracle Cloud, Block Chain, Adaptive Intelligence (AI), Machine Learning, and more. Whether you have attended in the past or are gearing up for your first OOW experience, here are our top 5 reasons you should attend:

  1. 3,000+ Oracle Customers and Partners – Learn from the experts! Oracle’s Partner Network offers a wealth of information and best practice experience for you to leverage as a consultant, user, or learner
  2. 500+ Sessions and Case Studies on Emerging Technology – think hot button industry topics like AI and Blockchain. Leverage this opportunity to learn more about the future of technology while addressing your current technology needs
  3. 60,000 attendees from 175 countries – NETWORKING! OOW is the largest Oracle User networking opportunity in the world; take the time to connect with industries and geographies different from your own and exchange lessons learned
  4. Give back – Oracle OOW has made a conscious effort to leave a positive impact on the community that hosts OpenWorld and to plan for the waste a conference this large entails! 100% of onsite emission is offset by Oracle, 81% of ingredients for meals are sourced from within 250 miles of San Francisco, and almost 8,500 meals were donated to local charities at OOW 2017! A conference with a purpose!
  5. Oracle CloudFest. 18 – a full night of festivities featuring Beck, Portugal. The Man., and Bleachers where you can decompress and enjoy a fun night out with your team!

 

To learn more about the sessions available, visit the full session catalog here

Visit the Oracle OpenWorld website for registration information (hotel pricing ends September 21st!) and their FAQ for useful tips and tricks.

Planning to attend? Elire will be presenting with Yum! Brands (CAS3707) and Oracle (PRO4335). Visit our booth #3025 and learn more about our sessions!

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Ask the Expert: Oracle Cloud Global Human Resources

August 9th, 2018

Ask the Expert: Oracle Cloud Global Human Resources

The global workforce is ever changing and transforming. In order to effectively manage you employees domestically and abroad, your organization needs a flexible and robust Human Resource enterprise solution to meet your needs. Enter Oracle Cloud Global Human Resources. 

We asked Elire Consultant and Oracle Certified Cloud Global HR Implementation Specialist, Rachel Rudolph, what common obstacles our clients run into while implementing Global HR, and what best practices they should follow to get the most out of their investment. 

Here’s what she had to say!

Interact with Rachel and learn more at her upcoming webinar, “Global HR from A to W: Assignments to Work Structures and everything in between.” Register for this complimentary webinar here

To set up a call with Rachel and the Cloud HCM team, contact [email protected].

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Big News for PeopleSoft Users: Oracle Extends Premier Support for PeopleSoft

June 27th, 2018

Big News for PeopleSoft Users: Oracle Extends Premier Support for PeopleSoft

 

Oracle Announces Long Term Investment and Support for PeopleSoft “Through at Lease” 2030

Earlier today, Oracle extended Premier Support for PeopleSoft through 2030. Last May, Oracle announced it was extended support to 2027. 

The continuing extension of Premier Support for PeopleSoft applications is seen as a gesture of good faith that Oracle will continue to not only support PeopleSoft, but also continue to add new functionality and enhance existing features for loyal PeopleSoft customers. This extension also comes with a promise to extend the currently stated Premier Support “at least” date annually bu one calendar year, allowing for a “rolling window” of 10+ years of Premier Support for all PeopleSoft applications (CRM, CS, ELM, FMS, ESA, SCM, and HCM) Continuous Innovation Releases. 

The continued support extension as well as new innovation for PeopleSoft will allow customers to have the time they need to plan their journey to the cloud, as well as have a “stable and predictable long-term support policy.”

Check out the original article from Marc Weintraub here. 

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Ask the Expert: Reporting with Oracle Cloud

April 4th, 2018

Ask the Expert: Reporting with Oracle Cloud

So you’re considering or have made the move to the cloud – how do you ensure your reporting needs meet compliance standards and internal requirements? We asked Elire Cloud Consultant, Karen Costakes, what are best practices for effective reporting with Oracle Cloud, and what common obstacles organizations face. Here is what she had to say:

 

More information on Common Obstacles:

  • Identifying where data lives in OTBI or BI Publisher can be a challenge. There is not transparency into how data populates the front-end screens, and as such, thorough testing and validation of report results is critical
  • Understanding security roles necessary to view results in OTBI varies by Subject Area and can take some time to understand and provision. Use Oracle’s “OTBI Subject Area Documentation” to better understand how each specific Subject Area is built and the required security for the subject area
  • Not all fields a user can see on the front end are available in OTBI Subject Areas. Oracle is continuing to develop Subject Areas, but creating a report in BI Publisher may be the workaround if the field is needed. By opening enhancement request for key fields that are unavailable, users can help make OTBI an even more robust business intelligence tool

Interested in learning more? Register for Karen’s webinar on April 17th here

 

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Ask the Expert – Developing your Treasury IT Roadmap

March 8th, 2018

Ask the Expert – Developing your Treasury IT Roadmap

New Year, new Ask the Experts!

We connected with Elire Treasury Advisory Services Practice Lead, Cory Bratts, to discuss what obstacles organization’s usually face when tasked with a Transformation to their Treasury Operations or a new Treasury Workstation implementation. Here is what he had to say!

 

Interested in learning about Elire’s Strategic Treasury Roadmap to avoid these common obstacles? Attend our webinar, “Treasury Transformation: Plotting a Course with Elire’s Treasury Strategic Roadmap” on March 27th. 

Register here.

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Join Elire in Las Vegas for COLLABORATE 18!

January 10th, 2018

Join Elire in Las Vegas for COLLABORATE 18!

Team Elire will be making the trip to beautiful Las Vegas, NV once again for COLLABORATE 18. For those who have not attended, COLLABORATE offers over 1,200 sessions from Oracle customers, development and product leads, and solution partners – including Team Elire! This year we are pleased to announce we will be presenting 11 presentations in both the PeopleSoft and Oracle Cloud product spaces. Elire Subject Matter Experts and Team Members will also be available in the exhibit hall at Booth 730 to answer your questions during all open exhibition hours and events. 

Check out our sessions: 

Session 101990 – Moving from On-Premise to Oracle Cloud: BI Reporting Best Practices
Sunday, April 22 | 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM | Reef B
Presenters: Sharon Perkins (Yum! Brands) and Sherwood Daniels (Elire)

 

Session 102030 – Accounting Standards Made Easy with PeopleSoft Lease Administration
Sunday, April 22 | 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM | Surf E
Presenters:  John Wallace (Elire)

 

Session 108480 – “Game Changer” – Life after PeopleSoft Implementation
Tuesday, April 24 | 9:45 AM – 10:45 AM | Reef B
Presenters: Janet Division (Wells Fargo Home Mortgage) and Grant Bernardy (Elire)

 

Session 106230 – When an Oracle Partner becomes the Customers. Elire’s Internal Cloud ERP Implementation Journey
Tuesday, April 24 | 9:45 AM – 10:45 AM | South Seas D
Presenter: David Alvarado (Elire)

 

Session 102050 – Reinventing AP Automation with Open Imaging Integration in PeopleSoft
Tuesday, April 24 | 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM | Surf B
Presenters: Peter Lopes (Canon Imaging Solutions) and Patrick Gahagan (Elire)

 

Session 106380 – Rewarding a Talented Global Workforce: Talent Profile and Workforce Compensation, A Yum! Case Study
Tuesday, April 24 | 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM | Reef E
Presenters: Priya Natesan (Yum! Brands), Wesley Welsh (Yum! Brands), and Aaron Bulthuis (Elire)

 

Session 102010 – PeopleSoft on Oracle Cloud: What does this mean for your PUM Strategy
Wednesday, April 25 | 9:45 AM – 10:45 AM | Surf D
Presenter: Arturo Carreno (Elire)

 

Session 102870 – Double the PeopleSoft 9.2 Upgrade Fun – Henderson, NV’s FSCM & HCM Public Sector Success Story
Wednesday, April 25 | 2:30 PM – 3:30 PM | Surf C
Presenters: Jacquie Thibault (City of Henderson) and Jeff Hilliard (Elire)

 

Session 108300 – Having Your Cake and Cash Forecasting Tool!
Wednesday, April 25 | 2:30 PM – 3:30 PM | Surf B
Presenters: Kristen Bentley (Wells Fargo Home Mortgage) and Cory Bratts (Elire)

 

 

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Ask the Expert: Conducting a Strategic Analysis on selecting PeopleSoft 9.2 vs. Oracle Cloud

September 20th, 2017

Ask the Expert: Conducting a Strategic Analysis on selecting PeopleSoft 9.2 vs. Oracle Cloud

The decision to upgrade to PeopleSoft 9.2 or migrate to Oracle Cloud can be overwhelming; how can you be sure that your organization is making the right decision? We asked Elire Strategic Advisory Services Practice Lead, Richard Merrill, what factors should influence your decision and what tips he had to ensure success. Here’s what he had to say:

Interested in learning more? Register for our complimentary webinar, “Strategic Analysis: PeopleSoft 9.2 vs. Oracle Cloud.” 

Strategic Analysis: PeopleSoft 9.2 or the Cloud
Presenter: Richard Merrill, Elire 
Tuesday, September 26th | 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM EDT

Elire will provide a deep dive into its 5 step approach to help you decide between a 9.2 Upgrade and Cloud.  This will include a review of tools and techniques for each of the 5 steps, including: Mobilization, Disconnect Assessment, Listening Tours, Review and Validation, as well as Analysis and Solutions.  The webinar will include practical advice about how best to make the decision using an approach that is designed to build buy-in and support across the organization.  Elire will also provide examples of key parameters to use during the Analyze and Solutions steps.

 

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Conference Recap: Elire at RECONNECT 2017!

July 24th, 2017

Conference Recap: Elire at RECONNECT 2017!

Last week, PeopleSoft Users from across the nation took over the “Windy City” of Chicago, IL for Quest International Users Groups‘ PeopleSoft RECONNECT Conference 2017. Team Elire set up camp for the week at Booth #405. The conference started with an exciting and informative lunch & learn with Senior Director of Product Strategy – PeopleSoft, Marc Weintraub, and Vice President, PeopleSoft Strategy & Product Management, Rebekah Jackson. The Senior Oracle Executives provided an overview of the roadmap for PeopleSoft, as well as engaged users to provide feedback on where they were at with the future of their PeopleSoft solution and what their current pain points entailed. 

Elire’s first presentation, Predict Your Future with Simplified Cash Forecasting: How Allegis Improved its Treasury System, was presented later in the afternoon by Elire Managing Consultant, Logan Wacker. This presentation was a case study on how Allegis and Elire created value by utilizing transaction level addenda to allow for proper categorization of transactions and by applying a cash forecasting rolling balance application to compute the daily beginning cash balance on a specific source set balance record.

 

The evening entailed the PeopleSoft Super Session and Welcome Reception in the Exhibit Hall. Team Elire welcomed clients and PeopleSoft Users to Booth 405 to engage with our experts, test out our new Strategic Roadmap Quiz, and learn more about our remaining five sessions. 

The team wrapped up Day One with a Chicago staple – Lou Malnati’s Deep Dish pizza!

Day Two started bright and early with Team Elire’s, “Pain in Your Bank Recon? PUM 18 has your Automated Solutions.” This session, also by Managing Consultant, Logan Wacker, focused on the expanded bank reconciliation capabilities with PeopleSoft PUM 18 that helps to maximize match rates, minimize manual use intervention, and reduce customizations. Not only was this deep dive informative, it was selected as a “Best of Reconnect Presentation” and will be presented as a complimentary Quest webinar on September 27th! Register here.

Our next presentation, “Testing, Testing, 123! Leveraging PTF with your Continuous Delivery Model,” was given by Elire’s Industry expert and Managing Consultant, Valentin Todorow. This deep dive session demonstrated how to automate PeopleSoft testing with PTF, specifically after the latest PeopleSoft Image, showcasing the value other clients have seen and a live demo of the tool. 

Elire Director of Sales, John Scott, and Wells Fargo Home Mortgage NA Vice President -Treasury Operations, Janet Division, facilitated the PeopleSoft Treasury SIG Meeting, connecting Treasury Users to discuss hot topics, share best practices, and network. 

The afternoon was action packed as well with Elire’s remaining two presentations. “Masterminding PeopleSoft Bank Reconciliations,” presented by Elire Partner, Carlos Conde, was a Case Study on Security Finance Corporation’s automation of their bank reconciliation processes. The session focused on how SFC’s PeopleSoft reconciliation problems were solved, allowing them to smoothly and efficiently reconcile 670,000+ check items and 36,000+ on a monthly basis. 

Elire’s final presentation of the conference was a case study on St. Elizabeth Healthcare’s successful PeopleSoft 9.2 Cash Management Implementation. Elire Managing Consultant, Tenzin Tsering, demonstrated the new features implemented including Bank SetId redesign, historical payment conversion, and AP integration into Financial Gateway to produce ACH payments.

Day two ended with a dinner celebrating our valued Clients and Partners at Gibson’s Bar & Steakhouse. 

The last day of RECONNECT wrapped up with a PeopleSoft Question & Answer session and final Exhibition Hours. Thank you to all who stopped by the Booth and entered to win our various prizes – including a YETI Cooler and Beats Earphones!

The team has already booked their calendars for PS RECONNECT 2018 – we hope to see you all there! To request a copy of any of our presentations, please email [email protected].

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Ask The Expert: Open Imaging Integration

June 26th, 2017

Ask The Expert: Open Imaging Integration

For this month’s Ask the Expert, we sat down with Elire Strategic Advisory Services Senior Consultant, Patrick Gahagan, to discuss the exciting addition of Open Imaging Integration with PeopleSoft 9.2 PUM 18. 

 

 

Interested in hearing more about Open Imaging Integration? Attend our complimentary webinar with Canon below:

AP Made Easy – Automate Your Processes with Open Imaging Integration in PeopleSoft
Presenters: Lisa Thorne (Canon), Josephy J. Guddemi (Canon), and Patrick Gahagan (Elire)
Tuesday, July 11th | 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM EDT

Many organizations continue to utilize a fragmented, manual, paper-intensive method for their Accounts Payable processes. Canon’s AP Automation Solution, combined with PeopleSoft 9.2’s new Open Imaging Integration (OII) streamlines and simplifies your AP process for a complete end-to-end automated solution. Join Elire and Canon as we highlight steps your organization can take to determine your desired future state, as well as the potential benefits of Canon’s solution for your organization. Lastly, we will discuss the impact of the solution with the introduction of Oracle’s new Continuous Delivery and Selective Adoption Model using PeopleSoft Update Manager (PUM).

Register Here!

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