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PeopleTools 8.51: user experience on the road to a Fusion paradigm

As of last week PT851 is generally available. Even though this is a minor upgrade compared to the major changes that came with PT850 important parts are added. This blog goes into the changes to usability. The business process centric and user centric approach that is the basic for Fusion Applications is more and more visible in this new tools version. What's new in PT851? First of all the new way of navigating, introduced in PT850 (it is changed from the left column to the top), is paving the way for richer components. With this new functionality space for related content is created, which is enhanced in PT851 to relate not only to level 0 objects, but also to level 1, level 2 and hidden fields. Related content lets you load external pages in a separate frame, based on keys that are on the page. Then we have the way related actions are visualized, showing actions related to a specific field behind a little glyph icon. This can be PeopleSoft internal actions but also trigger actions outside PeopleSoft Another improvement to the user experience are the on-page integrated help features displaying content or UPK to help the user on a specific scroll or grid. This added to the prompt and secondary pages that changed to hovering boxes in PT850 defines a richer component as a component that enables you to give more information and act on more different ways based on this specific information. On the subject of navigation, should there be a reason to navigate to other components, this also is made more easy. Persistent search results lets you track back your work for the last five components. A little drawback is that only one result and a maximum of five search keys per component can be stored (there seems to be a workaround however used). Navigating forward has got a new dimension with dynamic menu's based on hierarchical trees. To finish of the list of nice new usability functionalities we dive into the world of personalized workspaces a role based feature, which uses pageletts to show clickable worklists or personal navigation (or anything else that could be useful) direct next to your page. In PT851 these workspaces are still static, but they will be able to interact with your page in PT852. Where PT850 enabled you to work faster with PeopleSoft, PT851 is on a way to really change the way PeopleSoft can be used using less pages that show more information and enable more user action. This makes me very curious about how 9.2 is going to put this features to use. Ares Kralendonk, PeopleTools Consultant

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