Slight to Change to PS_HOME in 8.54

I’ve been working with some 8.54 PeopleTools installs and noticed a slight change in how $PS_HOME is set.  It’s hardly an issue, but I wasn’t expecting it, and it caught me off guard the first time.  Normally when you run the installer it would hard code the $PS_HOME variable in to the path specified for the install, for instance:

Well now with 8.54 it seems the installer sets it to use pwd

This places the path of where you source from into the variable.  So if .bash_profile simply sources /opt/apps/psoft/pt854/ when you login as user psfin it sets PS_HOME to /home/psfin.  Probably not exactly what they were after, but who knows.  Anyway it only takes a second to update it if you like.

I took a look at one of the PUM images and here’s what it does.  First it saves off the current directory, then it changes directory to ps_home directory (tests if it exists first), sources, and then cd’s back to the original directory.

PeopleTools in the re-released install media

People that are installing PeopleSoft without a support contract may run into issues if they are using the new re-released PeopleSoft Application media.  This can impact those looking to evaluate the product, install for practice, or learn during the trial license.  The reason being, these images now contain a PeopleTools version inside the database that is higher than what is available for download on the Oracle Software Delivery Cloud.  As I just discussed, FSCM 9.2 has been re-released and now contains PeopleTools 8.54.08.  On Edelivery you can only download 8.54.00 though.  Without the ability to download and apply the 8.54.08 patch there will most certainly be problems.

This will temporarily correct itself when PeopleTools 8.55 is released.  Then the application media will be a lower version and the installer will have the ability to upgrade the version in the database.  But until then those looking to have a working application may be stuck.

FSCM 9.2 re-released

PeopleSoft Financials and Supply Chain Management 9.2 has been re-released again.  I just saw today that the media on Oracle’s Software Delivery Cloud now has FSCM 9.2 with Update Image 11 available for download.  With this release comes a new certified upgrade image.  Those upgrading to FSCM 9.2 can now go straight to Update Image 11 which was released March 6th.  The Tools release in this image will be 8.54.08.  The previous media package only contained Update Image 5.

PeopleSoft 2013 Salary Survey

I saw a post on the IT Toolbox that pointed me over to The PeopleSoft Career Guy’s blog.  He did a PeopleSoft Professional Salary Survey from Jan 1 – Feb 1 2013 and will update the Survey every quarter as well.  For us Admin’s straight to the numbers he got.

Avg Admin income was $118,123,  Avg as Full Time Employee was $90,544,  and for Independent Consultants the Avg was $191,666.

Here’s the link for the full read


Finally online

After thinking about doing this for years, I’ve finally decided to go ahead and start blogging.  I’ve got an army of articles and information related to PeopleSoft Administration and I plan to get a lot of it posted in the near future.  Some of it’s old, some of it’s new, and some of it’s probably useless, but I’ll let readers determine that if any ever show up.  So here’s to sharing the knowledge and helping other Admin’s out.