eVerge Upgrades Fusion HCM to Release 7: January 2014

We recently upgraded our Oracle Fusion HCM install from Release 5 to 7.  In this blog, the focus is on the new features and functionality of Release 7.   This release touted new features spanning many of the Fusion HCM products.  The major features of interest to our project team included the Simplified User Interface, OTBI Reporting, Talent Management and Workforce Compensation enhancements, as well as Payroll reporting.

Below you will find a sampling of what Release 7 has to offer us and our customers:

Simplified User Interface:

From Oracle: The simplified user interface for the Oracle Applications Cloud is a modern, intuitive, streamlined user interface for self-service users who need access to HR related tasks and information.  The Simplified User Interface is a quick access point for casual users to perform the most common HR tasks.

Our take: Our compensation plans are already configured with custom alerts to aid our managers with the compensation process.  Some of the alerts we had already incorporated are identifying terminated employees and recent new hires.  We plan to take advantage of this new feature for our upcoming quarterly bonus payout plan.  Providing our managers with real time changes will further enhance our compensation process.

Copy/Export/Import Extract Definition Functionality

From Oracle: You can now create new extract definitions through copy or export/import. Copy, Export, and Import process options are available on the table header of the Search Results table on the Manage Definitions page. Copy allows you to copy an extract definition within the same Legislative Data Group (LDG).  Export allows you to create an .xsd file with all the extract definition details. This .xsd file can be imported in any Fusion HCM pod (instance) across releases. You can use Export/Import to copy the extract definitions across different LDGs. You need to specify the target LDG while importing the .xsd file.

Our take: Our project team was successfully able to migrate data using the delivered Export/Import process. By using the delivered utility, we were able to eliminate data entry errors; and in addition, reduced the time for validation and verification. In addition to the LDG enhancement, we used the Export/Import delivered utility to migrate Implementation Project Plans from one Fusion HCM Pod to another. Our project team will definitely leverage the enhanced Export/Import utility for ongoing implementation efforts.

Oracle Transactional Business Intelligence (OTBI) Enhancements

If you are not familiar with OTBI, it is essentially a set of pre-seeded yet customizable analysis structures that Fusion Applications users can access to create ad hoc reports, dashboards and alerts to aid daily decision-making.

From Oracle: The following OTBI features were added or changed since the last release of Oracle Fusion Applications:

•           Gender and Ethnicity have been added to the Worker dimension in all subject areas. The most recent gender and the primary ethnicity for the country or legislation of the worker’s primary assignment are used.

 •           A new Department Hierarchy dimension has been created to allow hierarchical aggregated reporting from the most recent active department tree, which contains only HCM Department Organizations. This dimension has been added to the Real Time subject areas.

 •           Assignment Count has been added to the Worker Assignment fact in the Workforce Management Real Time subject area.

 Our take: OTBI has had several iterations and continues to evolve over the life of the HCM Fusion product, but all reporting as needed for trends and analytics becomes more prominent. OTBI in Oracle’s Fusion HCM allows users to develop reports using Subject areas with a graphical interface and publish the analytics under one console. The figure shown is example of an analysis using Assignment Count fact measure. During the recruiting process, Worker analysis is performed for the staffing needs. That being said, the new enhancements in OTBI will help us match the skill set with the job requirements. 


Performance Management Enhancements

From Oracle: Performance Management Overview Pages Redesign; The Worker Overview page and My Directs tab in the Manager Overview page have been redesigned to a worker-centric layout.  In the new design, the page displays all performance documents for which each worker is eligible.  In previous versions My Directs tab on the Manager Overview page, a performance document had to be selected first to determine which workers were eligible to access it.

Our take: Oracle really listened to their customers by redesigning the manager’s view into their people’s performance documents.  This was a frustrating experience for our managers prior to Release 7.  This was the case especially for managers with a large number of direct reports.  The new overview displays the manager’s direct reports and the documents that are eligible and ready for evaluation.  Also, filtering capabilities are provided to list direct reports by document name, status and direct report. 


From Oracle: Performance document calculated ratings can now become the official rating.  Template configuration options are now available to define section ratings to be the calculated rating.  Prior to release 7 the calculated rating served as a guide for employees and managers to manually select a rating. 

Our take: Once again Oracle listened to their customers.  Our performance process is designed to rely on the calculated ratings.  Prior to Release 7, manually selecting a section rating was an additional step for our users.  Also, in many cases the incorrect section rating was selected and required administrative assistance to correct the ratings.  Today our users simply rate the individual items in a section and let the system do the rest.

Workforce Compensation: Alert Managers When Amounts They Enter Are Overridden

From Oracle: You can now create custom alerts to notify managers when a higher manager overrides a compensation amount. New columns can be used as conditions when building alerts, to identify the name of the manager who originally entered an amount and the name of the manager who last updated an amount. Previously, these columns were not available for use as conditions when building custom alerts, so managers had no clear visibility when an amount that they entered was modified by someone else.

Our take: Our compensation plans are already configured with custom alerts to aid our managers with the compensation process.  Some of the alerts we had already incorporated are identifying terminated employees and recent new hires.  We plan to take advantage of this new feature for our upcoming quarterly bonus payout plan.  Providing our managers with real time changes will further enhance our compensation process.


Payroll Enhancements

From Oracle: Several reports are now available for Fusion Payroll.  Oracle has delivered on several new reports including the Gross To Net, Activity Report, and Payroll Register.

Our take: Prior to Release 7 we had to rely on custom reports.  These new delivered reports are a positive step in the right direction, and we look forward to additional delivered reports in the future to help streamline our payroll process.

You can find more information for Release 7 by reading the release notes or attending HCM Live webinars.

eVerge Group is an Oracle Platinum Partner with extensive experience in HCM. To learn more about HCM Fusion and how we can help implement HCM Fusion for your organization, please contact us at 888-548-1973 or through our website http://www.evergegroup.com/contact.php


Oracle Fusion HCM: What You Need to Know

Oracle Fusion HCMFusing the best Human Capital Management application elements from Oracle’s existing lineup of ERP product suites, including PeopleSoft, E-Business Suite and JD Edwards.  But that’s merely part of the story.  We want to take a few minutes to tell you what the buzz is about and why eVerge Group is implementing Fusion HCM SaaS for our own use.

Fusion HCM

With over 20 years of experience implementing Human Capital Management (HCM) applications, we recognized early on the functional, strategic and cost-saving opportunities that Oracle’s Fusion HCM offers not only our organization but our clients as well.

Why all the positive reaction surrounding Fusion HCM?  Let’s summarize the answer into three points:

  • Architecture
  • User Interface/Functionality
  • Deployment Flexibility

Architecture:  Fusion HCM, and all of the Fusion applications—including CRM and Financials—, were developed from the ground up using standards-based Fusion middleware components.    These components and industry standard programming languages include Java, SOA (Service Oriented Architecture), BPM (Business Process Management), BI (Business Intelligence) and more.  Fusion HCM sits on top of these powerful middleware components and leverages all of the reporting, analytical, security and database functionality they offer.

Another important component of the Fusion design is the ability to ‘extend’ the user experience with your organization’s specific functional requirements.  Clients have the ability to create enhanced user interfaces, reports, dashboards, etc…without touching the delivered application objects.  This ability to ‘extend’ your Fusion application is achieved within the application and middleware components using functional-friendly tools.

User Interface/Functionality:  A few of the core objectives in developing Fusion applications and HCM were a focus on best-in-class business processes and enhanced user experience.  The roles-based approach to Fusion functionality truly engages employees, managers and HR professionals.  Embedded intelligence and analytics within the delivered Fusion HCM application provide need-to-know information for defined roles within an organization. A centralized ‘Person Management’ user interface gives HR professionals the ability to maintain employees’ personal, employment, compensation, payroll, absence information and more.  The overall user experience was designed around the way people truly work, which increases overall productivity.

Current Fusion offerings within the HCM pillar include:

  • Global Human Resources
  • Global Payroll
  • Benefits
  • Talent Management
  • Compensation Management
  • Performance Management
  • Network at Work (built in social collaboration)

Deployment Flexibility:  Fusion HCM can be installed on premise, or hosted by Oracle as a service (SaaS) in their cloud, in a private cloud or a hybrid approach to meet your organizations strategic objectives.  Fusion HCM is designed to ‘co-exist’ with existing Oracle Applications Unlimited products including PeopleSoft, E-Business Suite and JD Edwards.  For example, customers can take advantage of an existing PeopleSoft HCM install and leverage the Fusion Talent Management as a SaaS offering in the cloud.  Delivered integrations with Fusion HCM make these co-existence scenarios possible without lengthy development and implementation projects.

So why is eVerge Group investing in Fusion HCM internally to manage our resources and back-office processes?  The answer is easy:

  • Architecture
  • User Interface/Functionality
  • Deployment Flexibility
  • Reduced Cost of Ownership

We’ve just scratched the surface with Fusion HCM here.  To learn more about Fusion HCM and how we can help empower your organization with a true Workforce Lifecycle HR solution, please contact Bob Moser at 972-398-5914.

eVerge Group Selects Oracle Fusion HCM for Internal Human Resources and Payroll Applications

Internal Implementation Enhances Oracle Fusion HCM Insights and Expertise

Plano, Texas (January 12, 2012) – eVerge Group, a Platinum level member of Oracle
PartnerNetwork (OPN) with nearly 20 years experience implementing HCM applications, has selected Oracle Fusion Human Capital Management (HCM) to manage its own human resources and payroll activities. According to eVerge Group president, Esteban Neely, “We are deploying Oracle Fusion HCM as a hosted, SaaS-based application and believe it will provide the functionality and flexibility we are looking for at a reasonable cost.”
By implementing Oracle Fusion HCM within the company, eVerge Group will gain an in-depth understanding of Oracle Fusion HCM capabilities, interfaces and reporting/analytics from both an implementer and customer perspective. As a result, eVerge Group will be one of the first to offer a rapid-deployment “Express” Oracle Fusion HCM solution that will enable customers to go live anywhere from eight to 26 weeks depending on the number of components implemented.

According to Neely, “We are very excited about Oracle Fusion HCM applications and believe our customers will be extremely impressed with the intuitive user interface, embedded analytics, integrated social capabilities and ability of Oracle Fusion HCM to co-exist with other Oracle ERP applications. With eVerge Group’s ‘Express’ solution, customers will be able to implement Oracle Fusion HCM in weeks.”

About eVerge Group
Founded in 1993, eVerge Group is a leading integrator of business applications software, focused on delivering Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP), Customer Relationship Management (CRM), Business Intelligence (OBIEE), Master Data Management (MDM) and Enterprise Performance Management (EPM) solutions. With longevity and focused expertise in both commercial and public sector markets, eVerge Group is an Oracle Platinum Partner and implements software solutions in leading organizations throughout the Americas. For more information on eVerge Group, visit www.evergegroup.com.

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