PeopleTools 8.48 and XML Publisher

With the release of PeopleTools 8.48, Oracle has added several new enhancements that enable you to start using its new Fusion technology. This new version of PeopleTools extends the PeopleSoft service enabled architecture and increases your choice with respect to
technology configuration and deployment.

Oracle has delivered and certified the integration of the Fusion Middleware Product Suite with Tools 8.48 which gives you additional technology options and enhancements that basically provide a bridge to Oracle’s future application architecture. Oracle’s future architecture is of course, based on the Service Oriented Architecture of its Fusion technology. Additionally, PeopleTools 8.48 is now capable of supporting 64-bit processing. This gives PeopleSoft customers the ability to address larger datasets and memory.

However, the biggest changes are with respect to the architecture. For example, you now have the choice to use either Tuxedo or the Oracle Application Server 10g as your application server. Additionally, you can utilize the OracleAS Web Cache as a reverse proxy server (RPS) to the Oracle Application Server.

If you choose to use BEA Tuxedo as your application server you will find a number of changes and enhancements, especially in the area of failover and load balancing. For example you can now use weighted load balancing, which allows you to set the “weight” of the load, or amount of requests, being directed to a particular server. You can also now boot your app servers in parallel so that you can have each server process within your domain start at the same time, rather than one after the other (serial).

While these enhancements to the architecture are very welcome, I have found the addition and integration of Oracle’s XML Publisher to be a smash hit! XML Publisher is a template-based reporting solution that separates the data extraction process from the report layout and allows the reuse of extracted application data into multiple report layouts. And, let me tell you that many of us have been waiting a long time to get this robust, and flexible reporting and analytic tool.

The XML Publisher renders XML data and allows you to use Microsoft Word and Adobe Acrobat templates. Moreover, it allows you to generate PDF, RTF, Excel, HTML, output formats in many languages, by the use of just one template. This reporting technology is actually a standalone java-based reporting technology.