There is a lot of information to cover about Oracle Secure Enterprise Search and PeopleSoft. As I was writing this I decided it became too much for a single post, so I’ve decided to break it into at least three posts and maybe four:
- Part 1 – SES Installation: Installing the SES product for PeopleSoft
- Part 2 – Integration Configuration: Configuring PeopleSoft and SES to communicate properly
- Part 3 – Administration: How to administer the PeopleSoft/SES functionality
- Probably Part 4 – PeopleSoft/SES troubleshooting: Troubleshooting tips and methods for the SES/PeopleSoft relationship
Oracle Secure Enterprise Search is now the new standard search engine for PeopleSoft with the release of the PeopleSoft 9.2 applications. SES support was introduced in PeopleTools 8.52 with the new PeopleSoft Search Framework. You can use SES with older applications, however you may need to create search indexes yourself because only the newest Feature Packs may include delivered indexes, HCM 9.1 FP 2 for example.
The PeopleSoft Search Framework provides a standardized method for creating and maintaining search indexes for PeopleSoft that should be considered an improvement over what was required previously. Very briefly, the Search Framework Designer is used to create a search definition based on PeopleSoft Query. In the definition you can implement security, data mapping, categories, and related searches for example. The search is then deployed to Oracle SES through the Search Framework Administration pages. You then run an AE which will create your index and publish a feed for Oracle SES and initiate the crawler on the SES side. All the interaction between PeopleSoft and Oracle SES is via Integration Broker.
Verity is no longer supported for the 9.2 applications or later but is still supported in 8.53 for older applications. SES is a separate product that can be used to index and search just about anything. According to documentation no additional licenses are needed to use SES with PeopleSoft, so a limited use licenses is probably wrapped into the standard PeopleTools agreements for 8.52+. SES includes Weblogic, Oracle Database Server, and the SES Application itself. From my understanding Oracle does not support the separation of these components and has stated “SES is packaged as a ‘software appliance’ where Oracle database, mid-tier, and the SES application are all tightly integrated and shipped in a single bundle”.
When planning your deployment of SES into your environment consider the following. Continue reading