PeopleSoft Mobile Inventory and New PeopleSoft Fluid User Interface

The introduction of smart phones started a mobile device revolution by changing what devices are used for mobile computing and by changing the user’s expectations on how and when they should have access to information. With PeopleTools 8.54 release; a new graphical UI called PeopleSoft Fluid User Interface is being introduced. Our intention is to present PeopleSoft application content in a highly usable fashion and to leverage the latest advancements in HTML, CSS, and JavaScript. This new PeopleSoft Fluid User Interface is planned to be added to the Mobile Inventory Application. The proposed new graphical UI will be used to provide a consistent user experience across all PeopleSoft mobile applications and provide optimized touch support with larger fonts, icons and fields to make it easier to use touch as an entry method. A second major benefit provided by the proposed new user interface version is that user organizations will be able to add and change fields in the Mobile Inventory application using PeopleTools. Below is an example of the proposed PeopleSoft Fluid User Interface mock-up of the PeopleSoft Mobile Inventory Picking Transaction. The two screens below show the existing Picking Transaction and the same Picking Transaction using the Fluid User Interface. The same functionality is planned to be provided with the new proposed new user interface.

      Exhibit 1 –PeopleSoft Mobile Inventory                                     Exhibit 2 – PeopleSoft Mobile Inventory

                    Current User Interface                                                          Proposed PeopleSoft Fluid User Interface

The proposed Mobile Inventory PeopleSoft Fluid User Interface version is planned for release as a post 9.2 update. It will be made available as a second version of Mobile Inventory. At that time, there will be two available versions of Mobile Inventory - the current Oracle Application Development Framework version and the new PeopleSoft Fluid User Interface version. The customer can decide to stay on the existing version or to upgrade to the new version. The existing 9.2 ADF version will remain available for use and is planned to be supported following the standard PeopleSoft 9.2 support policy The new PeopleSoft Fluid Interface version will become the new production version that will continue to receive enhancements. These new enhancements will not be applied to the existing 9.2 and 9.1 ADF Mobile Inventory versions. The proposed new Mobile Inventory version will use extensive HTML5 programming language and have greater memory requirements than the Windows Mobile Operating system is able to support, therefore Windows Mobile Operating System will not be supported by the new Mobile Inventory PeopleSoft Fluid User Interface version. The new PeopleSoft Fluid User Interface version will run on Android devices and Apple devices. Support for Windows 8 devices is under consideration in the future plan.

Customers evaluating Mobile Inventory today should consider what devices they plan to use today as well as devices they plan to use in the future. If the customer has already invested in Windows Mobile Devices (version 6.5), the customer may continue to use these devices with the current version of PeopleSoft Mobile Inventory. When the new Mobile Inventory User Interface version becomes available, the customer can then evaluate if they want to continue using the existing Mobile Inventory version or consider buying new mobile devices that are supported by the new Mobile Inventory User Interface version. Exhibit 2- PeopleSoft Mobile Inventory Operating System Matrix provides a summary of the proposed operating systems supported by the current and proposed Mobile Inventory versions.

Exhibit 3 – Proposed PeopleSoft Mobile Inventory Operating System Matrix