In this post we’ve put together a collection of 4 short videos called the ‘Content Shaping Series’.  These illustrate how InFlight is commonly used to change the look and feel of PeopleSoft without having to modify or customize the underlying PeopleSoft application. In fact, clients frequently use InFlight to de-customize their PeopleSoft environments.

The following is a brief overview of what’s in each video. The set of videos is at the bottom of the page. I recommend popping the video out into full screen mode.

  • In the first video, we take a minute to discuss the environment in which these changes are taking place. In a nutshell, we’re using InFlight to extend PeopleSoft ELM 9.2 to our SharePoint 2013 demo environment.
  • In the second video, we show you the steps that are taken to fully integrate the PeopleSoft ELM 9.2 My Learning component into SharePont 2013. This takes less than 3 minutes and even if you’re familiar with InFlight, it’s worth watching because it sets the context for the 3rd and 4th videos in the series.
  • In the third video we demonstrate our Component Shaping service. Component Shaping is an optional service that most InFlight customers engage us to provide during the implementation. It is frequently used to improve the end-user experience for targeted pieces of PeopleSoft functionality.

Component Shaping lets us rearrange the various parts of an individual PeopleSoft component for presentation inside of SharePoint. This service uses a combination of InFlight Viewers along with basic shaping rules to either move or remove any unwanted PeopleSoft page elements. You can complete remove fields or simply move a specific PeopleSoft field to another location on the page. For example, in the video we move the ‘Ratings’ column header and content to the right of the Action column/Drop buttons (see below screen shot). We also remove the user’s photo, the ‘View’ drop down box and the ‘View Calendar’, ‘Request New Learning’ and ‘Learning Home’ links from the upper right-hand side of the component.

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  • In the fourth video you’ll see how InFlight applies the look and feel of your SharePoint portal to the PeopleSoft content that it is being integrated into the environment. This called Style Matching and it is a service that we also frequently provide during the initial roll-out. Essentially, this makes all of the content blend together so that it doesn’t look like you have an island of PeopleSoft content within your SharePoint intranet portal.  We’ve got a separate post on Style Matching with a few additional examples here.

Caution: Component Shaping and Style Matching may cause your end-users to forget they are even using PeopleSoft!

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