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    Is a worldwide leadership advisory firm, specializing in executive search, leadership development & assessment, organizational culture, and diversity & inclusion.

    • The Challenge
    • The Solution
    • The Benefits


    Access Modern Features

    It had been more than a decade since H&S had last performed a functional PeopleSoft upgrade. They were running FSCM 9.1 with PeopleTools version 8.53. The business users have a great understanding of their PeopleSoft system, how it works, and what it can do. However, when business leaders ask for new features, the answer is often that the new feature or request can not be accommodated due to constraints imposed by the current system.

    • Look and feel of the current system
    • System rigidity to change
    • Time spent by team members on workarounds
    • Lack of resources to perform functional upgrades


    Resource Challenge - Quantity and skills

    Over the years, Heidrick & Struggles had consciously been making the decision to cut back on its technical staff to the bare minimum needed to continue to support its systems, and in the case of PeopleSoft, that did not include resourcing for major initiatives like upgrades or re-platforming. As Heidrick & Struggles decided to move to the cloud and determined that Oracle Cloud Infrastructure (OCI) would be the best platform for its PeopleSoft application, it became apparent that they did not have sufficient quantity or skilled resources to perform the lift or upgrade.

    Need for an SI:

    • that has experience with 9.1 to 9.2 upgrades including tools upgrades
    • that has experience with on-premise to OCI migrations where upgrades are included in the scope of the migration process
    • that can train and bring in-house resources up to speed on OCI technology
    • that can train and bring in-house resources up to speed on differences between 9.1 and 9.2




    Enterprise Infrastructure

    Astute engaged with the Heidrick & Struggles team to understand their specific needs and timeline constraints. A detailed project plan was developed based on the Astute team’s experience, and further input and refinement from Heidrick & Struggles. The Astute team brought standard, hardened, Oracle certified PeopleSoft Terraform scripts representing the architecture that the Astute team recommended for the Heidrick & Struggles team based on our understanding of the Heidrick & Struggles footprint.

    • Secure, compliant, design on OCI
    • Terraform for Infrastructure And Platform Automation
    • Oracle Validated Solution Architecture
    • Fault-Tolerant, Highly-Available Design


    Oracle CIoud Migration, Upgrades, Disaster Recovery

    A 20-week project that was a whirlwind of mini-projects consisting of multiple upgrades, implementation, and a reimplementation. The amount of work performed by the combined Heidrick & Struggles and Astute teams was indeed impressive, and the teamwork displayed was inspiring. As the treasury/cash management module experienced a significant re-write between the 9.1 and 9.2 versions, a functional re-implementation was required in order to continue utilizing the module.

    • Accelerated Lift and Shift of PeopleSoft to Oracle Cloud Infrastructure
    • Upgrade of PeopleSoft from version 9.1 to 9.2 including PeopleTools upgrades performed on the cloud
    • Utilization of PeopleSoft Cloud Manager for maintenance of the new environments on OCI
    • Disaster Recovery with Oracle Data Guard and RSYNC


    Modern PeopleSoft

    The latest and greatest PeopleSoft, running on Oracle’s latest and greatest infrastructure. Not only does it look awesome it also runs awesome! Now the business is able to take advantage of the quarterly PeopleSoft features released in PUM Images, as well as benefit from the cost for performance savings of running PeopleSoft on OCI.

    • Improved operational performance
    • Optimized Treasury/Cash Management Function
    • Project delivered according to agreed-upon parameters
    • The team is well-positioned for additional transformation projects


    Ready to Support the Business

    Rather than being in a position of reacting to the business, the technical team is now ready to proactively support and advise the business as they move through anything that comes their way. The flexible and capable Oracle Cloud Infrastructure is there to provide them the power they need when they need it. The upgraded PeopleSoft applications are now more powerful, flexible, and easier to manage than they’ve ever been before with the power of PeopleSoft Cloud Manager and PeopleSoft Update Manager.

    • Ability to stay current with PeopleSoft Cloud Manager and PeopleSoft Update Manager
    • Highly Available PeopleSoft architecture implemented across OCI availability domains with Disaster Recovery
    • Delivered PeopleSoft to the business on the latest PeopleSoft 9.2 Image and the latest PeopleTools release
    • The latest PeopleTools release allows the technical team to take advantage of new features that help customers move customizations out of code and into the configuration. 

    Doing the right thing,
    at the right time.


    Lower Cost


    Better Performance






    Learn More About Succeeding on Oracle Cloud!

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    With a cloud-first strategy, customers running PeopleSoft on OCI have a distinct advantage to put the new PeopleTools releases through its paces and take it for a test drive.  




    By moving PeopleSoft to Oracle Cloud, SDI has gained not only a robust infrastructure with SLA for its mission-critical supply chain application but also business continuity assurance with Disaster Recovery on Oracle Cloud

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