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Two major challenges around Oracle and education

In the autumn of 2016 the focus has been on the participation in various HEUG events. Recently we attended HEUG EMEA, and in November we were involved in HEUG Arab, and the DEUG meeting in Diemen (The Netherlands). In short, it is time for us to share as much knowledge as possible on Oracle PeopleSoft and the Oracle E-Business Suite. In this blog, I will highlight two important developments.
One of the main changes scheduled by Oracle that will impact the education sector is the latest release of PeopleSoft version 9.2 in combination with PeopleTools 8.55. This is the first version which doesn't require an upgrade. It is based on the methodology of PeopleSoft Update Manager (PUM), a software set that performs periodic upgrades. Of course, Oracle will emphasise its cost savings and strategic advantages, but the question is the extent to which PUM will take customisations into account. My advice would be to monitor this closely and not hesitate to call one of our consultants.
Integration of PeopleSoft and E-Business Suite
The challenge for many schools, universities and polytechnics will be the difficult integration between the PeopleSoft applications and, for example, the E-Business Suite (EBS). Connecting these two systems will be challenging and may lead to tricky integration problems. Like no other MCX understands the underlying architecture of both the Oracle E-Business Suite and the PeopleSoft Campus Solutions. Therefore we will be able to rapidly provide our customers with solutions.
Besides the above-mentioned issues there will be more challenges around the education sector and Oracle. For example, the high number of people simultaneously accessing a single system over a short period, or the government’s influence with its continuously changing laws and regulations, and finally Fluid, the user interface that should make the control of the application more user-friendly. These challenges may seem standard, but make the sector more complex, albeit more interesting. During HEUG Arab and the DEUG these types of subject will be discussed in detail. I look forward to it and promise to keep you informed.
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This blog is written by: Jean-François Bloem, commercial manager at MCX