PeopleSoft customers cross Tasman to see CEO

PeopleSoft chief executive Craig Conway didn't make it to New Zealand on his recent trip down under, but a number of New Zealand PeopleSoft customers travelled to Australia to attend a dinner at which he spoke.

PeopleSoft chief executive Craig Conway didn’t make it to New Zealand on his recent trip down under, but a number of New Zealand PeopleSoft customers travelled to Australia to attend a dinner at which he spoke.

PeopleSoft NZ spokesman Andy Batchelor says Conway didn’t have time to visit New Zealand, but he’s a fairly regular visitor to this part of the world — it was his third trip to Australia this calendar year.

With the growth of the New Zealand business following PeopleSoft’s acquisition of JD Edwards, the local arm is hoping to get him here next time.

Conway’s trip to Australia was reportedly partly to smooth the way in a deal with Victoria’s Department of Human Services, in which PeopleSoft, in partnership with BearingPoint, bid for a case management system.

Batchelor remains tight lipped on how JD Edwards is being integrated into PeopleSoft in New Zealand, citing an announcement scheduled for this Friday in which more is to be revealed.

He also questions the perception that JD Edwards was bigger in New Zealand than PeopleSoft.

“It depends on the metrics you use. They had approximately 80 customers, us 40, but we have more mid-tier customers.”

According to analyst IDC, JD Edwards’ annual sales in New Zealand amounted to $17 million, compared to $14 million for PeopleSoft. Employing 55, JD Edwards’ staff was larger.

Batchelor says it’s “pretty much business as usual” at PeopleSoft, now that the JD Edwards acquisition has been completed and that it has removed a lot of the uncertainty surrounding PeopleSoft in the wake of Oracle’s hostile takeover bid.

The Oracle bid remains mired in regulatory and legal issues.

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