PeopleSoft-JDE integration proceeding well: IT manager

Richmond IT manager Ian Bell says the meat processor and exporter wouldn't be affected by any possible changes to support of World, JD Edwards' IBM i-series-AS/400-based product, because Richmond runs OneWorld Xe on a Wintel platform.

Richmond IT manager Ian Bell says the meat processor and exporter wouldn't be affected by any possible changes to support of World, JD Edwards' IBM i-series-AS/400-based product, because Richmond runs OneWorld Xe on a Wintel platform.

"My understanding is that there are three different product lines going forward - PeopleSoft enterprise, based on PeopleSoft product, PeopleSoft EnterpriseOne, which is OneWorld re-branded and PeopleSoft World, the AS/400 product."

In the US the World user advisory panel, a World user group, intends to survey World users and present the findings to PeopleSoft in an attempt to encourage full support for World to be continued.

PeopleSoft chief executive Craig Conway has pledged that World will remain "a third line of business," and earlier this year, analyst firm Gartner predicted PeopleSoft would continue World support "at least until mid-2007," describing the World customer base as "a valuable, entrenched asset".

PeopleSoft has indicated 1000 staff of the newly merged entity worldwide will be made redundant as positions are rationalised.

Former JDE New Zealand country manager John Speed will move to Sydney to head an Australian PeopleSoft territory and Andy Batchelor, PeopleSoft New Zealand sales manager before the merger, will continue in that role.

What will happen to other staff in New Zealand remains unclear, but Bell says both JDE and PeopleSoft ran "pretty lean" operations pre-merger and he doesn't believe lay-offs are likely.

"There's not a lot of surplus fat to be trimmed from the local scene."

PeopleSoft is showing signs of "examining JDE intellectual property very carefully", he says, an example being enterprise application integration product webMethod, which had been integrated into some JDE products and branded XPI.

"It's being carried forward and used more extensively."

Richmond is planning a migration from OneWorld Xe to PeopleSoft Enterprise One version 8.9 in the next six to eight months, Bell says.

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