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PeopleSoft Partner of the Year August 30, 2016

Posted by Duncan in TW, UKOUG.
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I would like to borrow a few minutes of your time to ask a quick favour. If you haven’t already, could you please vote ‘Gold’ for Cedar in the UK PeopleSoft Partner of the Year competition.

http://pya.ukoug.org/index.php/survey/index

Here’s why I believe we’re worth your vote:

  • We’ve been serving PeopleSoft customers for 20+ years, and in each of the last few years we’ve worked with more than 40 clients
  • We’re active members of UKOUG, with multiple employees dedicating time to its committees – quite an investment for a company our size
  • We’re active in the PeopleSoft community, with multiple blogs and free newsletters
  • We share knowledge freely, with multiple speakers at UKOUG’s Apps15 and Oracle OpenWorld last year
  • We host our own knowledge sharing events, enabling the PeopleSoft community to network and exchange ideas, whilst Cedar experts and customers share success stories
  • We’re on the cutting edge, if you want to know about Oracle Public Cloud, Fluid UI or Selective Adoption, we’re the people to speak to

I hope that’s enough to convince you. If you’ve voted for us please let me know. If you need more persuasion, please do get in touch.

We’d Appreciate Your Help August 3, 2015

Posted by Duncan in Cedar, TW, UKOUG.
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We’d really appreciate your help. But first, a bit of background:

vote-buttonThe Partner of the Year awards is an annual awards ceremony held by the UK Oracle User Group. It allows customers to show appreciation for partners that have provided a good service to them over the previous 12 months. As you would imagine, being voted best by end-users is a wonderful accolade.

If you’re the recipient of any Cedar service – and this can be consultancy, advisory, or even the free PeopleSoft and Fusion Weekly newsletters that we send out – we’d be very, very grateful if you gave 3 minutes of your time to vote for us.

We’re up for 3 awards, scroll down to see why we think we deserve your vote. In case you’re already convinced, here’s the drill:

What we’d like you to do:

1) Click here (opens in new window).

2) Fill in your company name, first name and surname. Then click Next.

3) Enter your email address in both fields, then click Next.

4) Select any checkboxes if you want ‘follow-up communications’ from the UKOUG, or leave all blank, and click Next.

5) Select Cedar Consulting from the drop-down, and click Next.

6) On the PeopleSoft page, select the Gold radio button on the Cedar Consulting row (note, it’s the 3rd column!), then click Next.

7) Repeat by selecting the Gold radio button on the Cedar Consulting row of the Managed Services page, then click Next.

8) Repeat by selecting the Gold radio button on the Cedar Consulting row of the Fusion page, then click Next.

9) Click Submit.

And you’re done. Thank you very much. If you want some gratitude for your 3 minutes of effort drop me an email and I’ll thank you personally!

Why Vote For Us?

PeopleSoft Partner of the Year

This year we have worked with over 40 PeopleSoft clients. We have completed major global implementations, have 15 PS v9.2 upgrade projects either complete or in progress as well as delivering a busy programme of user-focused events.  Our events included the 16th PeopleSoft Executive Dinner, PeopleSoft Optimisation, the PeopleSoft & Oracle Cloud Day plus this year’s Executive Forums.  We also presented at the UKOUG conference and SIG.

Oracle Cloud (Fusion / Taleo) Partner of the Year

Over the last few years, we have developed from a PeopleSoft implementer to a specialist provider of Oracle HR Cloud services. We have a completed Fusion implementation under our belt and are currently implementing multiple Fusion and Taleo projects for different clients.

Managed Service / Outsourcing Partner of the Year

Throughout last year, 20 PeopleSoft customers have trusted us to provide market-leading Managed Services. This makes us the largest PeopleSoft Managed Services provider in the UK. Add to this the ability for us to outsource work to our Cedar India office to deliver for clients at a lower price point and we have a strong set of offerings.

We’ve had great success in this competition in the last couple of years and would value your vote. Thanks for your time.

OpenWorld and UKOUG Apps 15 Sessions July 10, 2015

Posted by Duncan in OOW, Oracle, TW, UKOUG.
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I’m delighted that the sessions that I’ve submitted to both Oracle OpenWorld and UKOUG’s APPS15 conference have all been accepted.

The sessions are as follows:

OpenWorld:

PeopleSoft Selective Adoption Best Practices from the Front Line (joint with Mark Thomas of Hays)
PeopleSoft Selective Adoption is genuinely transformative, but to make the best use of it you need a plan. Come to hear from the one of the earliest adopters of this new model on defining how it can work best for you, not just the implementation but the ongoing effective use of PeopleSoft Images using PeopleSoft Update Manager (PUM), the frequency of patch application and the business benefits achieved.

UKOUG APPS15:

Taleo for PeopleSoft People
We’ll show you the Taleo products that work well with PeopleSoft and explain the circumstances in which they might be a good choice for you. We’ll also show the products working together and explain how you can deploy it without breaking the bank.

Running PeopleSoft as a Service
We’ve all heard of the ‘Software as a Service’ (SaaS) vendors. You don’t need to abandon the many benefits of PeopleSoft to gain the agility, security and efficiencies of consuming PeopleSoft as a Service however. We’ll show the key tenets of ‘as a Service’ delivery and how functionality like Selective Adoption enables you to attain them with PeopleSoft.

You can find out more about OpenWorld here and Apps15 here.

The UKOUG Apps14 Conference December 15, 2014

Posted by Duncan in Cedar, TW, UKOUG.
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Cedar had a strong presence at the recent Apps14 conference in the ACC, Liverpool. It is supposed to be the largest applications conference in Europe with over 800 attendees, and we were particularly interested in the PeopleSoft and Apps Innovation streams.

This year we’d decided not to have a stand (as the conference is mixed with the other applications and the database/tech community, it means the exhibition stands are much more expensive than at the PeopleSoft-only Roadshow earlier in the year, while the attendance of the PeopleSoft community is much lower) but we did support the conference with four of our team and three speaking slots.

It was nice to see a different city, although I’m pleased to see that it’s back in Birmingham next year as that is a lot more central for everyone. This is the view from my hotel room out over Albert Docks (the ACC is out to the left).

01 - Sunrise at Apps14

In terms of our speakers, our GP guru Alex spoke about Global Payroll upgrades to v9.2 (as Cedar has helped several clients either complete their move to v9.2 or with an upgrade in progress at the moment):

02 - Alex and Global Payroll 9.2

Several of us also took part in the Oracle Usability Feedback session. We have <ahem> quite strong opinions on how a UX should be so it was really interesting to be part of the process. We can’t talk about the product that was being tested, but it looks really nice. I can’t wait until it hits GA. Here’s a picture of Simon giving it a thorough test with the lovely Rhonda (the screen has been intentionally blurred):

03 - Simon on UX and Usability testing

Cedar’s tech guru Neville also spoke on a couple of topics. He covered PeopleSoft Selective Adoption / PeopleSoft Update Manager in one session (joint with Hays, who are using some of our upgraders at the moment on their massive upgrade – HCM, Fins, CRM, Portal, ELM, all at the same time!). He also spoke about Oracle Secure Enterprise Search (joint with Allen & Overy, who we helped to upgrade to 9.2 earlier in the year).

04 - Neville and PeopleSoft Selective Adoption

The evening in between the two PeopleSoft days was pretty fun too. It started off with a familiar looking (for Liverpool, especially) band called ‘The Cheatles’ (pic below) and then many from the PeopleSoft community sat down for ‘off the record’ chat over a decent meal.

05 - The Cheatles

Cedar Wins Gold – PeopleSoft Partner of the Year October 28, 2014

Posted by Duncan in PeopleSoft, TW, UKOUG.
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If you follow any number of those in the Partner community on LinkedIn you’ll have seen many of us asking that you vote for us in the UKOUG’s annual Partner of the Year competition. All of the partners are really grateful for your votes as winning an award selected by end-users carries significant prestige.

I’m delighted that the company which I now work for – Cedar Consulting – were awarded 1st place (Gold) for PeopleSoft Partner of the Year for 2014/2015.

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Simon (right), collecting the award from David Warburton-Broadhurst – the UKOUG’s President

Cedar were also thrilled to win Silver in the Fusion Partner of the Year awards, further establishing our reputation as the go-to partner for Fusion/Taleo for all existing PeopleSoft customers.

SimonWr (normal)Simon Wragg, Director at Cedar Consulting said, “We are honoured to receive both the PeopleSoft and Fusion Partner of the Year awards amongst such a strong group of finalists. Cedar Consulting are delighted to be recognised as one of the leading partners within the UK Oracle User Group community. Winning these awards and knowing that so many votes were cast from Oracle customers is a real testament to the service we have provided over the last 12 months”  

We’d like to thank all of you who took the time to vote for us, we’re very grateful for your support.

 

PeopleSoft in the Cloud at UKOUG Apps 2013 October 31, 2013

Posted by Duncan in Cloud, PeopleSoft, UKOUG.
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A couple of week’s ago, Succeed attended the UKOUG Apps 2013 conference. The turnout was a little lower than hoped for, but there was some great content over the 2 days.  Succeed presented two sessions, Michelle (T&L guru and pre-sales Funcitonal expert) presented first on running Timesheets and Expenses within PeopleSoft HCM (i.e. without having the extra infrastructure that would be required for the Financials environment that Timesheets and Expenses resides in).

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On the second day, I presented on ‘Two PeopleSoft clients and their Journey to The Cloud’. There isn’t a picture of me presenting (and I don’t look as good as Michelle anyway!), so here’s a cut-down version of the slide deck instead:

Most of the sessions were pretty full, even on the morning of the second day (traditionally not the best attended sessions!). There were few spare seats in the PeopleSoft in the Cloud session – so there is clearly a lot of interest, and “friend of Succeed” Graham Smith’s Tools 8.53 presentation was full too:

Monitoring/Automating PeopleSoft with Open Source Tools March 20, 2012

Posted by Duncan in Infrastructure, UKOUG.
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About a week ago I posted a video over on the Succeed Blog of a session I gave at the UKOUG PeopleSoft Conference.

If you read this blog and haven’t yet added the Succeed blog into your feed reader I suggest you do so as there’ll be an increasing amount of content there, both from myself and my colleagues.

PeopleSoft 1 day Conference 2012 January 25, 2012

Posted by Duncan in UKOUG.
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We’re putting the finishing touches to the agenda for the 1 day UK & EMEA PeopleSoft Conference in London on 23rd February.

There’s some interesting content in all of the streams, however just highlighting some of the Tech stream:

  • Jeff Robbins is over from the US to talk us through PeopleTools 8.52 and the PeopleTools roadmap,
  • Chris Heller from Grey Sparling is also coming over – he’ll be giving a session on the Test Framework, however come and find him around the Succeed stand if you want to talk to him about their Mobile Framework.
  • Steve Smith from Cambridge Uni is going to talk about security/auditing, and having seen first hand some of the work they’ve done there to customise PeopleSoft I’m looking forward to an interesting session (no pressure Steve!)
  • We’ll also have a round-table session, so if you’ve got anything that’s challenging you technically bring it along and see if the awesome combined PeopleTools brainpower we’ve assembled can help out.

You can see the full agenda here.

UKOUG PeopleSoft Partner of the Year 2011/12 October 24, 2011

Posted by Duncan in UKOUG.
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I’m really pleased to announce that Succeed – the company that I work for – won the Gold award for PeopleSoft Partner of the Year at the UKOUG Dinner last week.

We’re particularly pleased as this is voted for by the end users.

The full list of winners can be found here.

UKOUG PeopleSoft Conference July 7, 2011

Posted by Duncan in UKOUG.
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It’s been a couple of weeks since the PeopleSoft conference so this is about as late as I can leave it for writing a summary of events before I start to forget things.

First of all, go and check out Graham’s post.  Graham is the chairman of the Tech stream and he’s posted his take on the conference and the slide deck from his session on Query in Tools 8.5x.

So what did I learn?  Well aside from the items that Graham has already mentioned, my key take-aways from the sessions were these:

  • We should be using the Reporting Console more.  Steve Smith and his colleagues from Cambridge Uni have given it a thorough inspection and declared it a really useful piece of functionality (they also showed the customisations they made before putting it live).
  • Tools 8.52 brings a new search bar.  By allowing users to search for the employee they want first, and then choose the related action to perform on the data it should mean that there’s a lot less use of the menu for navigation.
  • Application Data Sets are going to make moving config/setup data around much easier

There was also some great discussion around the usage of some of the new pieces of functionality, particularly:

  • the Test Framework (PTF) – Areas where it is useful, and areas where it needs workarounds while we wait for improvements in the next version of Tools.  The biggest drawback currently is that it the data values that it inserts are static, whereas other Tools (JMeter, The Grinder) can take a spreadsheet or database as input.  It’s also not a performance testing tool.
  • the Forms/Workflow functionality – As a Succeed employee this is a little annoying as we’ve been selling a tool that fills the same gap that this is aimed at for a while.  To be truthful it’s too early a version of the product to see how it measures up though, maybe in Tools 8.52 we’ll see a little more.

I also presented a couple of sessions.  I’ve upload the first one “PeopleSoft and The Cloud” to Slideshare:

The second “Monitoring and Automating PeopleSoft with Open Source Tools” will follow shortly.