PeopleSoft Customizations: A double-edged sword
The ability to customize PeopleSoft applications is one of the powerful aspects of Oracle’s PeopleSoft products. But it’s a double-edged sword. While customization can provide tailored solutions, it also often becomes a downside. Having many traditional customizations in your PeopleSoft environment can significantly increase the time and resources required for maintenance, adopting delivered updates, and deploying new functionalities through standard PeopleSoft PUM upgrades. By reducing customizations, your IT department becomes more agile, lowering maintenance costs in the process. The ripple effect? The business side benefits too. Requests for new functionalities are more likely to get approved, as IT has greater flexibility to accommodate changing needs.
In this blogseries we will guide you through the complexities and benefits of reducing customization in PeopleSoft.
Business demand versus IT Standardization
In recent years, countless ERP owners have found themselves caught in a dilemma between their business’s demand for non-standard add-ons—especially on mobile devices—and the growing need for IT standardization. Users today expect a seamless, snappy experience, reminiscent of their smartphone apps. IT cannot overlook this expectation, even in the context of on-premise ERP.
Oracle has recognized this challenge, and for several years they have offered software functionality within PeopleSoft that allows the isolation of customizations. This approach enables the utilization of customizations without any compromise, while simultaneously ensuring that they have no impact on daily maintenance or future upgrades.
Why you should read this blogseries
At Blis Digital, we have long advised our clients to remain close to the standard software, not only to keep costs down but also to prepare for the transition to future (SaaS) applications. In this series of blogs, we’ll guide you through the various techniques we use to isolate customizations in PeopleSoft.
By following this series, you will benefit from:
- Understanding how to balance customization with standardization without sacrificing functionality.
- Gaining insights into Oracle’s tools to isolate customizations, reducing maintenance effort and costs.
- Preparing your system for future transitions and upgrades by adhering to best practices.
- Enhancing the user experience by aligning your PeopleSoft environment with modern expectations, such as mobile compatibility.
- By non-affecting the core of the ERP application business requests will be approved and delivered sooner at a lower cost and maintenance effort.
In our second blog in this series, we’ll delve into the specific methods of ‘Drop Zones’. Next blogs will cover the topics: Application Plugins, Page and Field Configurator, Page Composer, and PeopleCode Event Mapping.
Whether you’re an IT manager, a PeopleSoft developer, or someone interested in efficient ERP solutions, this series offers valuable insights that can transform the way you manage and utilize your PeopleSoft environment.