What is PeopleSoft?

PeopleSoft is a comprehensive enterprise software suite from Oracle Corporation. It provides various integrated applications designed to help organizations manage their human resources, finance, supply chain, and customer relationship management (CRM) processes. The software is known for its flexibility, scalability, and ability to handle complex organizational structures.

PeopleSoft’s use spans different verticals including multinational corporations, government agencies, and educational institutions. Organizations use PeopleSoft for managing their core business processes, improving efficiency, and enhancing decision-making capabilities.

The key modules of PeopleSoft

PeopleSoft offers a wide range of modules that cover various aspects of enterprise resource planning (ERP) and business management. A few of the key modules include:

  • Human Capital Management (HCM): This module manages all aspects of human resources, including employee data management, payroll processing, benefits administration, talent acquisition, performance management, training and development, workforce planning, and succession planning.
  • Financial Management: The financial management module handles core financial processes such as general ledger, accounts payable, accounts receivable, cash management, asset management, budgeting, and financial reporting.
  • Supply Chain Management (SCM): The SCM module encompasses various functions related to supply chain operations. It includes modules for procurement, inventory management, order management, supplier relationship management, strategic sourcing, and demand forecasting.
  • Customer Relationship Management (CRM): The CRM module focuses on managing customer interactions and improving customer relationships. It includes modules for sales automation, marketing campaigns, customer service and support, contact management, and customer analytics.
  • Campus Solutions: This module is designed specifically for educational institutions and manages student administration processes such as admissions, enrollment, course registration, academic records, grading, degree planning, financial aid, and student billing.

There are also other modules for talent management, workforce analytics, enterprise performance management, asset lifecycle management, etc.

The PeopleSoft architecture

PeopleSoft is based on a multi-tier architecture that ensures high performance, flexibility and ease of maintenance. The main components of the PeopleSoft architecture:

  • Presentation Layer: This layer handles all user interactions and includes both a web browser interface and client software.
  • Application Server: The application server, based on Oracle WebLogic, is the core processing component of the PeopleSoft architecture. It hosts the PeopleSoft application logic and handles user requests, business processing, and data manipulation. The application server manages the communication between the presentation layer and the database layer.
  • Batch Server: The batch server handles long-running processes or batch jobs that are scheduled to run in the background without user interaction. These jobs can include activities such as payroll processing, report generation, or data imports.
  • Process Scheduler: The process scheduler is responsible for managing and scheduling batch processes across multiple batch servers. It controls the execution of scheduled processes and distributes them to available batch servers for processing.
  • Integration Broker: The integration broker facilitates the exchange of data and messages between PeopleSoft and external systems. It supports various integration technologies, such as web services, messaging, and service-oriented architecture (SOA).
  • Database Server: The database server stores and manages the PeopleSoft application's data. It is typically a relational database management system (RDBMS) such as Oracle Database or Microsoft SQL Server.

Why is troubleshooting PeopleSoft performance challenging?

Firstly, PeopleSoft is critical to the business. Every minute of slowtime or downtime impacts business operations. Secondly, while multi-tier architectures are great for scalability, they are challenging to monitor and troubleshoot. Because there are dependencies between tiers, a problem in one tier – e.g., database slowness, can ripple and affect other tiers – e.g., the application server. IT administration and DevOps teams have a hard time determining where a root-cause of a problem lies. This is why organizations deploying PeopleSoft need to have proactive monitoring in place to alert them to issues and to assist with root-cause diagnosis.

What is needed for PeopleSoft monitoring?

Organizations deploying PeopleSoft need:

The eG Enterprise solution from eG Innovations has built-in expertise to monitor PeopleSoft deployments end-to-end. Customers across verticals have used our solution to monitor, diagnose, alert and report on PeopleSoft performance. To learn more about how eG Enterprise monitors PeopleSoft architectures, see: