PeopleSoft backs green-screen JDE

PeopleSoft is to shed about 35 staff in Australia as a result of its acquisition of JD Edwards, but there have been no reductions in New Zealand.

PeopleSoft is to shed about 35 staff in Australia as a result of its acquisition of JD Edwards, but there have been no reductions in New Zealand.

Former JD Edwards NZ head John Speed has moved across the Tasman to take up the position of mid-enterprise sales director for New South Wales and Queensland.

The company’s Australia and New Zealand managing director, David Webster, last week told Computerworld that there are no plans to migrate users of the former JD Edwards World product that runs in green-screen mode on IBM’s AS/400 platform.

“The decision was made quite a while ago that there would be three product lines — PeopleSoft Enterprise, previously PeopleSoft version 8, PeopleSoft Enterprise One, previously JD Edwards 5, and PeopleSoft World, previously JD Edwards World.”

Customers on all three platforms will “have their investment preserved and enhanced”, he says.

There has been some disquiet from JD Edwards World users overseas, with the US-based World Advisory Council, a JD Edwards green screen user group, petitioning PeopleSoft to continue developing World.

William Gabby, operations manager at Cargill Global Financial Solutions, a large green-screen World user in the US, said “we’re taking this as an opportunity [to encourage PeopleSoft] to take another step and make three viable lines, instead of two and a half”.

Analyst firm Gartner earlier this year predicts World will be supported at least until mid-2007.

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