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Access PeopleSoft Human Resource System Via the Web
by Diep Vole

The project to upgrade the PeopleSoft Online Human Resource System for the University of Hawaii from version 5 to version 7.5 entered the parallel testing phase in late August 2000. Software updates provided by PeopleSoft improved the performance of the Web interface, allowing us to overcome several significant technological hurdles and move out of beta testing.

The new version of PeopleSoft features a Web interface, which is a significant advancement over the current PeopleSoft version 5. With the older version, the PeopleSoft client had to be installed on each user's computer. With version 7.5, PeopleSoft will be accessed through Web pages using Internet Explorer. Novell clients will no longer be necessary for PeopleSoft access.

The Office of Human Resources (OHR) and the Management Information Systems (MIS) group of ITS conducted a series of tests to determine what combinations of processor speed, amount of RAM, operating system (OS), browser type, and browser version would provide a reasonable response time. This, in addition to findings by the beta test group (which consisted of a sampling of current PeopleSoft users from various departments), provide the basis for the following recommendations:

For PC systems:

It was discovered that while a 133 MHz computer with 64 MB RAM was functional, a faster CPU and much more RAM was highly recommended. Here is the recommended minimum configuration for PCs:

CPU: 450 MHz
RAM: 128 MB
OS: Windows 95, 98, or NT
Web browser: Internet Explorer version 5.5

For Macintosh systems:

In spite of their prior assurances PeopleSoft still does not provide native support of the Macintosh as a PeopleSoft client. Macintoshes can be used with version 7.5, however the PeopleSoft Java client performs differently than on a PC. In particular, when Macintosh systems are used as a client, a login is required every time a new task is initiated. For anyone other than a light user of PeopleSoft, this may be unacceptable. Other options are:

  1. Install Virtual PC software on your Macintosh system. This software allows the user to run a PC Windows environment on the Mac. For PeopleSoft performance adequate for most users, Macintosh users should have a G3 with128 MB RAM. However, there is a noticeable improvement in speed with a G4 and128 MB of RAM.
  2. Access PeopleSoft from a PC rather than a Macintosh.

We encourage all those who access PeopleSoft to prepare for version 7.5 by upgrading your computers to meet or exceed the minimum recommendations. Training will be performed after parallel testing is completed, with cutover from version 5 to version 7.5 targeted for the second week of November 2000.

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