Oracle boss Larry Ellison wants to reassure PeopleSoft New Zealand users that he has their interests at heart – but they aren’t supposed to know that just yet.
This week the company, which is making a hostile bid to buy PeopleSoft, prepared letters in Ellison’s name for mailing to PeopleSoft customers. However, Oracle marketing manager Nigel Murphy says they were not supposed to be delivered until he received the green light from the US.
Murphy says that in an “embarrassing” mistake at the company’s mailing house, the letters have already been sent.
The letters were intended to set right "misunderstandings" about Oracle's intentions, Murphy says.
Oracle was reported as planning to stop selling PeopleSoft products when it first made its bid for the company in early June. But "certain statements might have been misinterpreted or misunderstood", says Murphy, fanned by PeopleSoft executives.
“Oracle wants to let PeopleSoft customers hear its side of the story,” he says.
The message is that it will continue to support PeopleSoft’s products for longer than PeopleSoft itself intended, Murphy says.