he PeopleSoft HRMS database has over 5,000 tables. Trying to navigatethrough this vast system takes both time and patience—and a basic understand-ing of where to begin. This chapter covers the basic rules of the PeopleSoftdatabase,enabling you to obtain accurate results. Successive chapters go intoeach table in detail.If you have worked with PeopleSoft before,chances are you used the onlineapplication,with menus and panels for data entry. The online system lets theuser search for existing data and insert new data into the database. We will avoidpanels in this book (except for references to panels as a resource),since theymask the data and make it difﬁcult to retrieve results.Instead,this book looks at the underlying database tables. Our goal is toretrieve accurate data from PeopleSoft by hitting the database directly usingSQL. This chapter is an introduction to the PeopleSoft database and its uniquerequirements. It will introduce you to the database and provide the basic rules of the road.We will look at how the database is organized,functionally and technically.We will look at the tools provided by PeopleSoft for ﬁnding the appropriatetable,and review the core PeopleSoft tables. We will consider the commonrequirements that pertain to database queries,such as keys,table links,andrequired ﬁelds. All of this information is technical in nature,but essential if youwant to understand how data is stored and processed in PeopleSoft.
PeopleSoft HRMS:The Basics