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May 5, 2014
By Frederic Portal, Ataway Director of Strategy and Alliance

The new PeopleSoft Fluid User Interface (UI) is coming to PeopleTools 8.54! Fluid UI enables the delivery of PeopleSoft applications in a modern, intuitive and personalizable way across multiple devices (i.e. tablets, smart phones and desktops). Regardless of operating system, the new Fluid UI is using the latest state-of-the-art technologies, such as HTML5 and CCS3, and incorporates them into the PeopleTools. Fluid UI will be able to detect what type of mobile device users are accessing the application from (i.e. tablet, mobile) and will leverage location, pictures and more!

This new UI will be responsive to a device’s form factor. This means that the application will be optimized to the device size and render the information in a dynamic manner.

During the Collaborate and Alliance roadshows earlier this year, the new Fluid UI was shown off by Paco Aubrejuan, Senior Vice President of Development for Oracle's PeopleSoft product line and Jeff Robbins, Oracle Senior Director, PeopleTools Strategy. Robbins was able to demonstrate several times how PeopleSoft is truly a state-of-the-art solution and that PeopleTools drives PeopleSoft innovation.

March 19, 2014

The third day of the Alliance 2014 conference kicked off with an inspirational keynote from Shawn Achor, a lecturer who is regarded as one of the world’s leading experts on the connection between happiness and success. Achor, who teaches for the Advanced Management Program at Wharton Business School and collaborates on research with Yale and Columbia University, delivered his keynote on “The Happiness Advantage.”

In 2012, Achor’s research on happiness made the cover of Harvard Business Review. His TED talk has become one of the most popular of all time, with over 3 million views.  “The Happiness Advantage,” his newest lecture, recently began airing on PBS stations nationwide.The gist of his lecture is this; most people believe that once they become successful, then they’ll be happy. But recent discoveries in the field of positive psychology and neuroscience have shown that this formula is actually backwards: Happiness fuels success, not the other way around. When we are positive, our brains become more engaged, creative, motivated, energetic, resilient, and productive at work. This isn’t just an empty mantra. This discovery has been repeatedly borne out by rigorous research in psychology and neuroscience, management studies, and the bottom lines of organizations around the globe.  In “The Happiness Advantage,” Achor, who spent over a decade living, researching, and lecturing at Harvard University, draws on his own research—including one of the largest studies of happinesspotential, both at Harvard and companies like UBS and KPMG—to fix this broken formula. Using stories and case studies from his work with thousands of Fortune 500 executives in 51 countries, Achor explains how we can reprogram our brains to become more positive in order to gain a competitive edge at work.

March 18, 2014

Ataway's Tina Travis presents at Alliance 2014.

Ataway was excited to attend many sessions last Monday at the Alliance Conference! On the second day of the event, Oracle made a big announcement  regarding major investments in higher education solutions, including a new Oracle Student Cloud, a new Higher Education functionality delivered in Oracle Human Capital Management (HCM) Cloud, and a new release for PeopleSoft Campus Solutions Suite. 

Oracle plans to provide a flexible deployment model for administrative systems customers in the Higher Education field. Oracle's offerings will enable institutions to run their student and Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) systems on premise or to migrate to a cloud-based deployment when it makes sense for the institution.

March 9, 2014

Since Friday morning, around 150 customers have been in Vegas for the PAG/TAG summit, which started at 7:30 and wrapped up on Saturday afternoon. The PAG/TAG summit is an amazing opportunity for institutions to have better dialogue with Oracle Product representatives on the Oracle product lines. At Ataway, we highly recommend clients participate and represent their areas of expertise, working together with Oracle to build the roadmap of your future.

The Alliance Conference officially kicked off this Sunday with 19 Community Sessions -- informal sessions providing an opportunity to network with other individuals who have an interest in specific process areas, as well as getting an overview of the conference and sessions being presented in this track. As usual, the Community Sessions proved to be an incredibly useful way to meet with other users and product experts. It also had a good overview of what sessions to attend at the conference.

The Community Sessions were immediately followed by the Mix and Mingle at the MGM Grand Garden Arena concourse prior to the Opening Session. Mix and Mingle was a great opportunity to network, catch up with attendees and help Oracle customers with technical and business process questions.

The day concluded with the Opening Session and Reception in the Vendor Hall. Ataway had the pleasure to talk to a lot of institutions and respond to many questions on PeopleSoft 9.2 HCM, Finance, Campus Solutions, Fusion, BPM and SOA.

Don’t forget to join us tomorrow, Monday, March 10th, for our mini Session: Leveraging WorkCenters for Admissions & Recruitment (3:15 PM - 3:45 PM, Room 122). And be sure to check out our guide on the 17 sessions you won't want to miss at #Alliance2014!

For more about information about the Alliance 2014 conference, visit ataway.com/alliance2014.

October 25, 2013
By Frederic Portal, Ataway Director of Strategy and Alliance

According to an article recently published in the New York Times, Japan will move forward with a plan to increase the national sales tax to 8 percent (from its current level of 5 percent) effective April 2014.

Legislation previously passed by Parliament gave the government scope for this move if legislators felt the economy was strong enough. And indeed, recent data have confirmed the Japanese economy has been on a solid recovery path, clearing the way for the tax increase.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has said the tax hike is seen as crucial to tackling Japan’s staggering national debt -- proportionately the worst among industrialized nations at more than twice the size of the economy -- but there are also fears that higher taxes will hit consumer demand and blunt Japan's nascent recovery. To soften the blow of the tax hike, Abe has plans to launch a 5 trillion yen (USD$51 billion) stimulus package in order to avoid any negative impact the tax increase may have on the nation's budding economic recovery. The stimulus could return around 2 percentage points of the tax rate increase to consumers and companies.

So how exactly will the new tax regulations impact companies operating in Japan?

October 11, 2013
By Frederic Portal, Ataway Director of Strategy and Alliance

On the day of the major keynote, thousands of attendees at Oracle OpenWorld took a break from the conference to watch Larry Ellison’s beloved yacht complete its fairytale comeback to win the America’s Cup in the final race of the series. After the race, they took to Twitter to congratulate the Oracle team. Some even integrated the race into the conference schedule! It was a fantastic close to yet another successful OpenWorld.

This year’s conference was packed with a number of excellent sessions – from very powerful and broad keynotes, to incredibly focused and detailed PeopleSoft product sessions.

The PeopleSoft Sessions were packed as usual. And that’s a good sign that PeopleSoft’s product line is continuing to grow more and more each year!

September 26, 2013

On Sunday, Oracle CEO Larry Ellison kicked off the OpenWorld 2013 conference by announcing updates to the company’s combined hardware and software database systems. At Day One of the annual event, even more announcements were made!

Oracle released a database recovery appliance, one of the company’s hardware and software combinations that could help companies reduce costs by increasing business continuity.“Some companies spend as much as 1/3 of their IT budgets on things like database recovery and backup!” said Oracle President Marc Hurd at a press conference earlier this week. "We focus on bringing our customers performance gains, and that equals cost savings in infrastructure".

Oracle now allows organizations to backup data in incremental phases instead of larger, more expensive and time consuming backups. Now that Oracle has embraced the cloud, new software licenses and cloud software subscriptions account for about 20% of total revenue, according to Hurd.

September 25, 2013

Oracle Open World 2013 is taking place this week in San Francisco. With over 60,000 attendees representing over 145 countries, this is without a doubt the largest and most important educational and networking event for the Oracle Community! This year our team of experts will provide you highlights from the event.

August 2, 2013

Ataway had the pleasure to meet clients and Oracle Strategy Team Members last week at PeopleSoft RECONNECT in Rosemont, Illinois.

We had some great discussions with customers who stopped by our booth. Customers at RECONNECT were eager to upgrade to PeopleSoft 9.2 and had a lot of questions to ask about the new release during our presentations.

(If you haven’t checked it out yet, please read our latest Executive Summary to find out more information about PeopleSoft 9.2).

July 31, 2013
By Frederic Portal, Ataway Director of Strategy and Alliance

In times of economic crisis, companies must often resort to cost-cutting measures. More often than not, this means reducing their best assets: the employees.

But staff reductions leave employees feeling disengaged. Recent studies have shown that employee engagement levels have dropped significantly since 2008. According to Gallup, more than two-thirds of American workers are "not engaged" or "disengaged" with  their workplaces due to the uncertainty of the economy over the past two years (Read: State of the American Workplace).

This leads to a loss of creativity and innovation. In an uncertain environment, people who are unengaged aren't going to speak up about issues they encounter or bring in new ideas. As a result, productivity really suffers, impacting the bottom line.

So how do you keep employees engaged in uncertain times? How do you optimize someone’s productivity during uncertain times?

Here are 3 ideas that have worked for other companies.

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