About Chris Malek

Chris Malek is a PeopleTools® Technical Consultant and President of Cedar Hills Group, Inc. He two decades of experience working on PeopleSoft enterprise software projects. He is a former PeopleSoft employee and currently does independent consulting for PeopleSoft clients through Cedar Hills Group Inc.

Chris worked for PeopleSoft® from 1999 to 2003 in the consulting practice prior to the Oracle acquisition. He worked on various projects around the country doing all aspects of technical implementations. In addition, he also worked on the internal application development team for the Federal HCM team where he supported three concurrent versions of the product and was internally developing new functionality for the 8.3 application release. While at PeopleSoft, Chris was the first consultant to attain the PeopleSoft 8.0 Technical certification.

Chris decided to leave PeopleSoft in 2003 to pursue independent consulting work. This allowed him more freedom to choose his projects and time to pursue his personal passions. Since becoming an independent consultant, he has continued to hone his technical skills and has taken leadership roles on many projects.

Chris is a technical consultant but has strong soft skills, which can be rare for technical talent. One of the aspects of Chris’ personality that sets him apart from other technical consultants is that he tries to understand the business requirements before writing any code and is not afraid to ask questions and interact with functional experts. Moreover, he is able to interact with all levels of management and end users to extract business requirements and recommend solutions. Chris has been the technical lead on many large and small projects where he has had to gather business requirements, develop project plans and implement the technical components.

Chris’ PeopleTools technical skills are solid and deep. He is an expert in PeopleCode and all aspects of PeopleTools application development. He has many years of experience developing customizations and setup driven bolt-on modules including workflow and self service applications. These types of applications can be the most complex to develop and are topics often misunderstood by many PeopleTools developers. Chris has real world experience using component interfaces, application packages, web services, application messaging, workflow, online development, fluid development and application engine. Chris has successfully completed many upgrades and new installations. Additionally, his years of experience working on implementations and upgrades gives him the skills to create customizations and bolt-ons that will have minimal upgrade implications.

Chris has years of project experience with the HCM and North American Payroll modules. He also has strong experience working with Enterprise Portal (AKA Interaction Hub) application. Additionally, Chris has worked with the Student Administration Modules, Finance and CRM Applications.

Technical Skills Summary

PeopleSoft Technical

PeopleSoft technical skill summary

PeopleSoft Development
PeopleCode
Component Interface
Integration Broker & Web Services
Security
Grey Heller ERP Firewall
Application Engine
SQR
Fluid Development
XML Publisher
Campus Solutions AAWS and EWS Web Services

PeopleSoft Functional and Business Skills

PeopleSoft function skill summary

HCM
Campus
Portal
Finance

Business Process Knowledge

Payroll and tax processing
Workflow and electronic approvals automation
Employee time tracking
Employee Expense tracking
Employee Onboading Automation
Electronic Form Design
Security Automation

Cloud Products

Skill level on various cloud products.

OKTA Administration
AWS
Google Cloud

Programming Languages & General Technologies

Skill level on various technologies and languages.

SQL
Go
Python
Ruby
Powershell
REST Design Patterns
HTTP Protocol
SAML Protocol

Study List

Things I am currently learning or researching

  • Kubernetes
  • Serverless
  • cryptocurrency
  • Machine Learning