Adopting Cloud: Fact or Myth – “Hybrid as a Best Practice”

Stop me if you’ve heard this one…

Do you want to get the most from your ERP? Then you must move to the cloud. Your bottom line will appreciate it, your users will appreciate it, and your IT security team will appreciate it.” Sounds like a pretty good deal, right?

In our upcoming blog series, we examine some of the most popular cloud adoption myths. By myths, we mean that there is a flipside to every story – and the cloud is no exception.

It’s important to note that we are not “anti-cloud.” Cloud HR functions serve an important purpose, and while there are undoubtedly benefits to moving some functions to the cloud –  it’s important to not get too caught up in the hype.  So, before you undergo a traumatic “rip and replace” of your core ERP and trade it in for that shiny cloud product – we invite you to stop and take a quick breath.

Hybrid as a Best Practice

From Gartner in their 2016 report, “…the extreme of having nothing cloud-based will largely disappear with Hybrid being the most common usage of the cloud.” As organizations determine specific business cases that are best served by a cloud solution, the corporate “no cloud” policy will become increasingly obsolete. This approach is fully supported by GreyHeller and we contend that using specific business cases to guide your cloud migration initiatives is a best practice. With that being said, the business case for a “rip and replace” of your core HR function is rare and can come with many negative implications. This blog series serves to examine just some of those implications and discuss the negative consequences that can occur.

Stay tuned as we release additional blogs in our upcoming “Adopting Cloud: Fact or Myth” blog series, where we address the truths behind:

  • Cloud as a platform for Innovation
  • Improving security via the cloud
  • Offloading operational costs
  • Market trends towards cloud adoption

Press Release – University of Cambridge to Present GreyHeller Mobile Project at UKOUG Conference

Session will demonstrate how University of Cambridge mobilized and re-skinned their Student Self-Service software applications.

GreyHeller, the global leader in Mobile and Security technology, is pleased to announce that its customer – University of Cambridge – will lead a session at the UK Oracle User Group Apps: 15 conference in Birmingham, England on Wednesday, December 9, 2015.

Neil King, Student Systems Manager, will present an overview of the journey Cambridge went through from their initial institutional goals for the project, the approach they took and their students’ requirements.

The session will include a live demonstration of Cambridge’s mobilized and re-skinned Student Self-Service application which was accomplished usingGreyHeller’s software product – PeopleMobile®.

The PeopleMobile® based offering was an instant success with students.

Larry Grey, GreyHeller Co-Founder, will co-lead the session. According to Larry, “University of Cambridge was one of our first mobile customers. They have done amazing things with their Student Self-Service use cases. In fact, their mobilized and re-skinned application could be a model for other institutions.”

Larry will be available at the UKOUG conference to meet with anyone who wants to learn more about GreyHeller’s PeopleMobile®. To schedule an appointment, please email Larry at:

Session Information

Evolving User Experience by Embracing Mobile
Presenter: Neil King
Date:  09/12/2015; Time: 13:10

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December 4, 2015
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Hendrix Bodden By Hendrix Bodden

What is True Responsiveness?

Designed to intelligently move functionality based on available real estate, transforming the user experience.

What is True Responsiveness? Your employees and constituents expect to be able to do everything on their mobile device that they would on their desktop without compromising functionality: finding a contact, applying for a job, reviewing their pay stub, enrolling in a class, enrolling in benefits, or make a payment.

Read on to see examples of true responsiveness in action.

iPhone in portrait view vs. iPad

Let’s look at the weekly class schedule in Campus Solutions on two form factors: iPhone in portrait view vs. iPad.

In the header bar the “Week of” identification moves below on the mobile device because there isn’t enough real estate. On the iPad it extends across the page based on the same logic.

In the example above, the real estate allows for 2 columns of the class schedule on the iPhone while displaying 4 columns on tablet. Responsiveness design is not dependent on device type and instead flows intelligently based on available real estate.

Indicator dots appear when the entire week is not visible. The reason for this is because responsive design is not about making content smaller to fit on a page, but instead, to rearrange it and present it in a useful manner to the end user.

In both of these examples the action buttons are fixed to the bottom of the screen, and visible at all times, to minimize vertical scrolling.

As you’ll notice, new device size doesn’t matter because breakpoints move fluidly based on the content.

iPhone vs. Desktop

This is how the desktop view changes based upon available real estate on a desktop computer.

As the screen becomes larger, you are able to see more at one time so the action buttons are relocated to the bottom right hand side of the screen. Additionally, in the desktop view, the navigation is expanded

The “Week of” identification reflows based on real estate.

The hamburger menu is collapsed when there is lesser real estate, but ever present when there is more space.

The action buttons are fixed to the bottom of the screen to minimize vertical scrolling on smaller devices.

Indicator dots appear when the entire week is not visible. With larger views the entire week is visible and therefore the indicator dots and arrows are not present.

Bringing back the submenu navigation

True responsiveness is not stripping out functionality for smaller form factors.

For example, earlier versions of our Campus Solutions user experience eliminated the navigation tabs that are present throughout PeopleSoft Campus Solutions to save real estate.

Due to feedback from our customers, we reintroduced this functionality in a way that moved it out of the way but made it available when desired.

Tips and Techniques, UX/Mobile/Responsive
September 16, 2015
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Jennifer Goncalves By Jennifer Goncalves

CarolinaGo Mobile App Single Day Downloads Hit 2,000

According to Kate Hash, Manager of ITS Communications at UNC Chapel Hill, “Up until Friday, our largest download month had been 600 downloads of the app. On Friday alone, we had 2,000. It is clear that ConnectCarolina is adding a value to the app and that the students are now discovering the app because they want to use ConnectCarolina.”

Check out the full article on to learn more about how UNC mobilized and transformed PeopleSoft using PeopleMobile®.  Read more

Tips and Techniques, UX/Mobile/Responsive
August 31, 2015
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Hendrix Bodden By Hendrix Bodden

PeopleSoft and the Future of ERP

In this two-part series, GreyHeller founders and former, early PeopleSoft Technical Strategists, Larry Grey and Chris Heller will discuss ERP trends and how they affect PeopleSoft customers. Part I will discuss Gartner’s recently published 2015 Strategic Road Map for Postmodern ERP and how the opportunities and challenges affect PeopleSoft customers.  Part II will be a demo-intensive session showing how GreyHeller customers are meeting these challenges today.

Part I
July 15  •   11am PST

According to Gartner, Monolithic ERP solutions are being deconstructed into postmodern ERP that will result in a more federated, loosely coupled ERP environment with much of the functionality sourced as cloud services or via business process outsourcers.  This direction is driven by a need to support strategic, organization-wide functionality that is more flexible, secure, integrated, and modern.

Where does this leave you as a PeopleSoft customer?  Do you need to replace PeopleSoft to achieve the architecture and benefits to drive your organization in the future, or do you have an option to leverage it along with other cloud-based solutions?

This session will answer these questions as well as describe how PeopleSoft can be part of a hybrid approach to utilizing PeopleSoft and the cloud:

  • Where PeopleSoft fits
  • Integration considerations, including data and security
  • User experience modernization
  • Lifecycle Management and compliance
  • Control over functionality and infrastructure 
Register Now

Part II
July 29   •   11am PST

This session will discuss how GreyHeller customers are utilizing our technology today to utilize PeopleSoft effectively in their postmodern ERP roadmap.  This demo-intensive session will include customer case studies and product demonstrations that illustrate how to flexibly and safely retain your PeopleSoft investment by evolving its role from being a monolithic application to a key component of your hybrid ERP architecture.

  • Security:  how to protect your most sensitive data and processes in an ever-evolving cybercrime landscape

  • Identity Management:  how to leverage multiple identity providers for your different constituents — Candidates, Vendors, Employees using solutions such as Facebook, LinkedIn, Azure, and on-premise resources

  • User Experience:  how to provide a seamless solution that is modern, looks consistent across cloud and on-premise components, and is easy to use

  • Flexibility:  how to evolve the functionality you deploy rapidly

  • Lifecycle Management:  how to keep up with new updates (driven by regulatory or business value requirements) while keeping a low TCO

  • Integration:  how to control all of the integrations between each of the component

Register Now

GreyHeller Annual ERP Upgrade Survey Results

At GreyHeller we speak with hundreds of ERP systems customers every year across all industries. Because we develop and license enterprise-class software products that modernize and secure PeopleSoft, we work closely with them on whether they should stay with their current, older system or migrate to a newer, more modern ERP system.

In order to help ERP customers understand what their peers are doing, we surveyed over 12,000 ERP customers – across all major platforms – about their degree of customization as well as their plans to upgrade.

  • 75% of survey respondents have moderately or highly customized their ERP systems
  • 57% of survey respondents have no plans to upgrade their ERP systems in the next 2 years or ever

ERP systems are designed to suit a broad range of industries. The 75% with moderately or highly customized ERP systems built those customizations to specifically address their unique requirements with the key benefits being efficiency/cost savings, competitive advantage, user adoption and security against cyber crime. Considering that an average ERP implementation costs over $7 million, takes nearly 17 months to complete and delivers less than 50% of expected benefits (Panorama Consulting), it makes total sense that 57% have no plans to upgrade their systems in the next 2 years, or ever.

Let’s consider this: according to Cedar Crestone’s 2013-14 HR Systems survey, the #1 reason organizations switch to a modern ERP system is to improve user experience.

Let’s also consider this: according to FBI Director James Comey, there are 2 types of organizations in the US – those that have been breached and those that don’t know they’ve been breached.

Eureka! If the 75% could modernize and secure while maintaining their customizations, and the 57% could offer their users a more modern, secure user experience, organizations could avoid costly migrations to new ERP platforms and eliminate the risk of a failed or underwhelming project…would that not be the most desirable outcome?

We think so.

Of course, our software does exactly that. We focus on modernizing and securing PeopleSoft. We help PeopleSoft ERP customers deliver a richer, more modern user experience while protecting their PeopleSoft assets from cyber crime. Our customers save millions of dollars by not replacing PeopleSoft. Their users are happy. Their customizations remain intact. Cyber criminals are thwarted from stealing sensitive data.

Fore more information, or to schedule a private PeopleMobile® demo contact us.

Click here to take part in our Annual ERP Security Survey. Your input is valuable and can help protect organizations from internal and external threats.

Tips and Techniques, UX/Mobile/Responsive
April 20, 2015
2 mins read
Hendrix Bodden By Hendrix Bodden

GreyHeller and Modo Labs Announce Partnership to Create Powerful Mobile Solutions for Oracle’s PeopleSoft Campus Solutions Customers

Mobile software experts team with engagement platform provider to support mobile experience for Oracle’s PeopleSoft Campus Solutions

San Ramon, CA and Cambridge, MA – March 17, 2015. Modo Labs, Inc., provider of a leading mobile engagement platform for universities and enterprises that empowers both technical and non-technical staff to quickly create mobile campus apps, and GreyHeller, a Gold level member of Oracle PartnerNetwork (OPN) and fast-growing provider of mobile software solutions, today announced a partnership that enhances the mobile experience for users of Oracle’s PeopleSoft Campus Solutions. Both companies are exhibiting at Alliance 2015 (Modo Labs booth #230/GreyHeller booth #200) in Nashville, TN.

As universities and companies work to meet the needs of the new mobile majority it is critical for organizations to provide mobile solutions that meet their expectations. To improve engagement and productivity, next generation mobile apps need to provide a comprehensive, content-rich and actionable experience. Yet it has been extremely difficult for organizations to achieve their mobile vision without creating multiple apps, often resulting in siloed, less than satisfactory user experiences.

With this new partnership, a unified mobile user experience across the spectrum of University information systems is now easily within reach of any institution. Modo Labs provides a mobile engagement framework, the Kurogo™ Platform, in which either technical or non-technical staff can quickly implement and deploy mobile app experiences for any purpose and for any type of mobile user – whether for new student orientation, an alumni reunion, a faculty conference, or virtual admissions tour. Through its PeopleMobile® solution, GreyHeller mobilizes the entire stack of Oracle’s PeopleSoft applications and adapts to customizations and bundles with a powerful mobile-first approach that students, parents, faculty and staff can all take advantage of, no matter where they happen to be.

Taken together, Oracle’s PeopleSoft Campus Solutions features can now be easily embedded as part of a single mobile campus solution, combining information systems and campus activities and enabling an improved user experience.

“The partnership provides a new level of functionality previously unattainable,” said Andrew Yu, Founder and CTO at Modo Labs. “Even a non-technical user can create a new module in hours, such as for a New Student Orientation event, Student Admissions or Student Retention, and embed important actions, including updating contact information, checking application status, or paying a bill.”

“Modo Labs and GreyHeller’s strengths complement each other perfectly,” said Chris Heller, Co-founder and CTO of GreyHeller. “Modo Labs provides the mobile framework while GreyHeller mobilizes the full-range of Oracle’s PeopleSoft functionality. We are excited to be providing this powerful solution for our Higher Ed and Enterprise customers.”

About GreyHeller  

GreyHeller makes Oracle’s PeopleSoft mobile and secure. ERP Firewall protects ERP sensitive data from cybercrime. PeopleMobileÒ modernizes and mobilizes Oracle’s PeopleSoft, giving customers an option to costly system replacement. GreyHeller’s products are used by nearly 100 customers worldwide across all industries.

About Modo Labs, Inc.,

Modo Labs offers a complete mobile solution that empowers ordinary people to create extraordinary campus apps.  Any non-technical person can create a mobile experience in hours that engages students or employees. Pre-built modules leverage any data (indoor and outdoor maps, courses, social, video, dining, transit, athletics and more) and deliver it to a central campus app for a deep integrated user experience.  Simple authoring tools make it easy to dynamically create and instantly deploy any other event or activity module across all mobile channels, such as for admissions, orientation, benefits, and more. Hundreds of universities and organizations in more than 30 countries use solutions from Modo Labs to deliver rich mobile websites and native apps. Modo Labs is headquartered in Cambridge, MA. Interested parties can learn more about Modo Labs at

About Oracle PartnerNetwork

Oracle PartnerNetwork (OPN) Specialized is the latest version of Oracle’s partner program that provides partners with tools to better develop, sell and implement Oracle solutions. OPN Specialized offers resources to train and support specialized knowledge of Oracle products and solutions and has evolved to recognize Oracle’s growing product portfolio, partner base and business opportunity. Key to the latest enhancements to OPN is the ability for partners to differentiate through Specializations. Specializations are achieved through competency development, business results, expertise and proven success. To find out more, visit


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March 19, 2015
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Hendrix Bodden By Hendrix Bodden

GreyHeller Sessions and Customer Sessions @ Alliance2015

GreyHeller is thrilled to showcase our Mobile and Security solutions and our customers’ sessions at Alliance 2015.  From announcing new partnerships, to launching your institution’s mobile strategy, to practical ways to protect your ERP systems, there’s a session that fits your needs.

Also joining us, Shelley Nelson, VP, Services and Greg Wendt, Executive Director of Security Solutions.  Shelley is responsible for Customer Implementation and Support and will be available in our booth to discuss ongoing customer projects and answer questions about implementation best practices for our Mobile & Security products. Greg was past Chairman of the TAG and will be available in our booth to discuss Security and best practices to protect your institution from cybercrime.

3/16 ERP Security Analytics & Intrusion Prevention Session: 34465 Time: 2:15p – 3:15p Presenter: Larry Grey, President and Greg Wendt, Executive Director Description:  ESAIP – based on our ERP Firewall technology – secures your PeopleSoft data with prebuilt dashboards, alerts, and analytics based on automated, enterprise-wide event data collection.

3/17  Modo Labs + GreyHeller: Together, Making the Impossible, Possible Session: 34467 Time: 1:00p – 1:30p Presenters: Larry Grey, President and Andrew Yu, Founder & CTO, Modo Labs Description: GreyHeller and Modo Labs have partnered to deliver powerful mobile solutions to PeopleSoft customers. Join us for a brief demonstration of the deep integration between PeopleMobile® and the Kurogo™ Mobile Campus. The demonstration will include Student/Faculty and HCM use cases and disclose how your organization can benefit from our groundbreaking partnership.

3/16  Mobile My Madison – PeopleSoft Mobile at James Madison University Session: 34402 Time: 2:15p – 3:15p Presenter: Tariq Rabie, Applications Development and Support, James Madison University Description: JMU recently implemented mobile access to self-service components of PeopleSoft Interaction Hub,Campus Solutions and Human Capital Management in a short timeframe, implementing GreyHeller’s PeopleMobile® product. Learn how in approximately 2 months, JMU provided a pilot mobile deployment and then turned around in approximately 2 additional months to provide full access of its customized PeopleSoft environment to its students.

3/17 Mobilizing the Student Service  Experience – UT Dallas and PeopleMobile® Session: 34141 Time: 03:15 p – 4:15p Presenter: Ryan Meyers, Business Analyst/Developer IV, University of Texas at Dallas Description:  UT Dallas recently implemented the first component of its overall mobile strategy. At this session we will present UTD’s overall mobile strategy and how UTD is delivering PeopleSoft on mobile devices to its students and faculty. This session will include a demonstration of UTD’s mobile system. It will include a discussion on UTD’s technology evaluation, implementation best practices and lessons learned during the project.

3/16 GreyHeller Application Firewall – enhance security! Session: 34635 Time: 3:45p – 4:45p Presenter: Sharron Bouquin, Auxilary Services Development Manager, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Description:  UNC-CH  implemented the GreyHeller ERP Firewall, providing an enhanced level of security to its applications. At this session UNC-CH will present how they implemented the product, provided additional levels of security and filled some unique gaps!  They will also cover ‘next steps’ with their implementation plans.

3/17 Protect your Users and Data in PeopleSoft with 2 Factor Authentication Session: 34388 Time: 1:45p – 02:45p Presenter: Ryan McDaniel, Assistant Director of Identity and Access Management, University of Colorado Description:  The UC has successfully implemented 2 factor authentication using ERP Firewall and Duo Security.  Come by for an overview of their implementation, demonstration of functionality, and plans for the future.


Greyheller Peoplemobile® 3.1 Achieves Oracle Validated Integration With Oracle’s Peoplesoft Campus Solutions

September 15, 2014 – San Ramon, CA – GreyHeller, a leading Mobile and Security software development firm, and a Gold level member of Oracle PartnerNetwork (OPN), today announced it has achieved Oracle Validated Integration of its PeopleMobile® Version 3.1 with Oracle’s PeopleSoft Campus Solutions.

This integration provides customers with a bolt-on software solution that can offer key constituents— faculty, staff and administration –access to PeopleSoft Campus Solutions via mobile devices. GreyHeller’s PeopleMobile® integrates with Oracle’s PeopleSoft Campus Solutions at the PeopleTools layer to help eliminate the need for cumbersome and costly web services. PeopleMobile® understands how Oracle’s PeopleSoft Campus Solutions has been deployed, including web-server architecture and settings, security configuration, customizations and bolt-ons, workflow routings and notifications.

To achieve Oracle Validated Integration, Oracle partners are required to meet a stringent set of requirements that are based on the needs and priorities of the customers. GreyHeller’s PeopleMobile® Version 3.1 is a patent pending, web server-based solution that can automatically mobile-enable any Oracle’s PeopleSoft Campus Solutions page and customization on smartphones and tablets, including Apple iPhone and iPad, Android phones and tablets, Blackberry, and Windows phones.

About GreyHeller

GreyHeller serves PeopleSoft customers globally across all industries, helping them protect and extend their PeopleSoft investment with innovative Mobile and Security systems. GreyHeller’s PeopleMobile® modernizes the PeopleSoft User Experience for mobile devices and desktops with its Responsive Design capabilities. ERP Firewall and Single Signon protect PeopleSoft customers from cyber crime. GreyHeller’s software solutions are in production at more than 100 PeopleSoft customers. For more information about GreyHeller, please visit

About Oracle Validated Integration

Oracle Validated Integration, available through the Oracle PartnerNetwork (OPN), gives customers confidence that the integration of complementary partner software products with Oracle Applications and specific Oracle Fusion Middleware solutions have been validated, and the products work together as designed. This can help customers reduce risk, improve system implementation cycles, and provide for smoother upgrades and simpler maintenance. Oracle Validated Integration applies a rigorous technical process to review partner integrations. Partners who have successfully completed the program are authorized to use the “Oracle Validated Integration” logo. For more information, please visit at

About Oracle PartnerNetwork

Oracle PartnerNetwork (OPN) Specialized is the latest version of Oracle’s partner program that provides partners with tools to better develop, sell and implement Oracle solutions. OPN Specialized offers resources to train and support specialized knowledge of Oracle products and solutions and has evolved to recognize Oracle’s growing product portfolio, partner base and business opportunity. Key to the latest enhancements to OPN is the ability for partners to differentiate through Specializations. Specializations are achieved through competency development, business results, expertise and proven success. To find out more, visit

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September 15, 2014
2 mins read
Hendrix Bodden By Hendrix Bodden

GreyHeller Presents a FREE Webinar Series

 Join us for a series of informative webinars hosted by Larry Grey, President, Chris Heller, Chief Technology Officer and Greg Wendt, Executive Director, Security Solutions & Services.


Mobilizing PeopleSoft — Campus Solutions Sept. 10, 2014   11am-Noon (PDT) Learn how to mobilize your entire PeopleSoft application in 90 days or less, including customizations.
Mobilizing PeopleSoft — HCM  Sept. 17, 2014   11am-Noon (PDT) Learn how to mobilize your entire PeopleSoft application in 90 days or less, including customizations.
Mobilizing PeopleSoft — Financialsand Supply Chain Sept. 24, 2014   11am-Noon (PDT) Learn how to mobilize your entire PeopleSoft application in 90 days or less, including customizations.


How to Implement Two-Factor Authentication Oct. 1, 2014   11am-Noon (PDT) Learn how to use 2FA to protect your data, determine which functions are right for you and how 2FA will benefit your constituents
Logging and Analysis & Incident Response Oct. 8, 2014   11am-Noon (PDT) Learn how to implement a full circle logging practice, use logs for performance tuning, incident response and more!
We hope to see you there!We encourage you to forward this e-mail message to colleagues who may also be interested in attending.Can’t make the webinar?Register for more information and to be added to our webinar invite list.
Security, UX/Mobile/Responsive
August 18, 2014
2 mins read
Hendrix Bodden By Hendrix Bodden