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David Bain, Director, PeopleTools Product Management. (Image credit
David Bain, Director, PeopleTools Product Management.

Oracle has announced version 8.56 of PeopleTools for PeopleSoft. The announcement came in a blog by David Bain, Director, PeopleTools Product Management. The wait of eighteen months since the last release is considerably longer than expected. PeopleTools is a development toolset that supports PeopleSoft. It helps customers develop and modernise their PeopleSoft applications. So what does the new release contain?

Improving the user experience

v8.56 delivers extended support for the Fluid UI (User Interface). This release sees the capability extended to allow classic pages to appear similar to ones developed in fluid. It has also enhanced the mobile UI with the ability to personalise pages.

Oracle is also introducing contextual fluid dashboards. Dashboards are defined by user specified or contextual values that determine which tiles appear on the dashboard.

Improving life for developers

There are two testing enhancements for developers. The first sees support for testing with charts. Test scripts are recordable and can be played back for testing changes. There is also a new ability to use query builder within test scripts. This could save significant time for developers running tests through variable data sets.

Update manager also has improved the analytics dashboard. The dashboard now differentiates between updates due to bugs and enhancements separately with new visualisations for administrators. Administrators are also now able to drive updates from the analytics dashboard, making it simpler and easier to apply bug fixes to the environment.

Other improvements include an update to change packages and an enhanced customization repository.

Significant change to search engine

The legacy Oracle secure enterprise search is no longer supported with this release. The only option for customers is now the Elasticsearch. PeopleTools 8.56 also restricts customers to using Oracle Elasticsearch.

There are several enhancements around the Elasticsearch capability including:

  • Usage of clusters
  • Processing attachments
  • Partitioning Application data during indexing
  • Administration
  • Monitoring of Elastic search using the PeopleSoft Health centre


For the first time Oracle Document Cloud is now support for PeopleSoft. PeopleTools allows the simple connection to Oracle Document Cloud.

The release also delivers PeopleSoft DPK’s Deployment Kits for Aix, Solaris in addition to Linux and Windows. They DPK’s are provided with open source software with PeopleSoft connectors. Microsoft Visual Studio C++ redistributable is installed automatically with PeopleSoft 8.56. This enables automatic Microsoft Windows security updates to secure the environment.

There are further links in the blog to additional information. Some of these require registration.

What does it mean

For PeopleSoft customers who still invest in developing their application this is welcome news. The new enhancements enable them to integration their PeopleSoft application with the wider Oracle stack. While it has taken Oracle some time to release the update it does deliver a number of significant changes that they will hope should slow the migration of PeopleSoft users to other applications. Whether this is enough to stem that flow remains to be seen.


  1. PeopleSoft announced that it would issue Tools releases every 12-18 months. Why is this ‘considerably longer than expected’?

    • I was under the impression that the next Tools release was due sooner than that from the Oracle site, ” a few months” – is not really 18. I was unaware of that announcement so I take your point. When/where was that statement made?


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