We’ve gone on and on about this before, but PeopleSoft Selective Adoption was the buzz of this year’s OpenWorld, and we are talking to clients every week about what it offers their organization. It’s a feature that is relatively simple on paper, but is much more complex (and has more significant implications than meet the eye) underneath. It’s akin a data sync feature: easy enough to understand, much harder to do right.
Everyone is used to the PeopleSoft upgrade model that relies on versioning: a new version comes out, you assess its features and benefits, weigh them against the cost of upgrading, and move into an upgrade project. Old hat. Old, slow hat, and one that most think needs to be rethought.
Well, rethought it has been. We’ve talked about the PeopleSoft Update Manager (PUM) before, but Oracle’s Marc Weintraub explains the larger PeopleSoft Selective Adoption concept succinctly in his blog post on PeopleSoft Apps Strategy. Here’s his key quip:
But it’s not about us and what we are doing; it is about you – the customer. “PeopleSoft Selective Adoption” is the terminology we are using to convey what this new age of PeopleSoft delivery means to our customers. As a PeopleSoft customer on PeopleSoft 9.2, “PeopleSoft Selective Adoption” means:
- You get new capabilities without the need to upgrade ever again.
- You take only the changes you want, when you want.
- You don’t need to be current on maintenance to take changes.
Read those three bullets again. They represent a land-shift in the PeopleSoft Enterprise space that’s very impactful.
We are having more conversations these days about PUM and PeopleSoft Selective Adoption than just about anything else. They alone are driving PeopleSoft and PeopleTools upgrade projects, because clients want to be on a platform that will benefit from these latest technologies. They want to be on the go-forward platform, which happens to have an entirely different model for adopting new capabilities. It’s a game-changer.
We recommend reading Oracle’s white paper that explains how to get your organization ready for PeopleSoft Selective Adoption. Your company will have to prepare, especially to make sure business stakeholders and IT are in agreement when it comes to business needs and maintenance planning. Common sense stuff, but it’s nice to have a plan spelled out. Again, the white paper is invaluable here.
Questions? We’d love to talk about this. Don’t hesitate to reach out and we’ll be happy to chat.