PeopleSoft still hush on integration plans

PeopleSoft is keeping the cone of silence over its plans for integrating JD Edwards' products into its own, at least in the Asia-Pacific region.

A spokesperson for PeopleSoft Australia answered a Computerworld inquiry with "we're moving forward with our integration, including our product road map, services strategy, support and organisation. We anticipate communicating specific information about our local progress in October."

Nothing more had been heard by deadline, but with PeopleSoft's stated intention of reducing its head count in the combined company by up to 1000, roughly 7 per cent of the workforce, staff layoffs in the region are likely.

In the US PeopleSoft has indicated that its results for the July-September quarter, to be released later this month, will exceed previous expectations. Chief executive Craig Conway has said "the powerful combination of PeopleSoft and JD Edwards is already exceeding our expectations".

Last month PeopleSoft announced that JDE products would be integrated into PeopleSoft's by way PeopleSoft EnterpriseOne, to be build around JDE's suite, and PeopleSoft World, which will encompass JDE's AS/400 functionality and World portfolio.

In Europe, meanwhile, a survey of the views of 100 CIOs and IT managers' views on their ERP vendors by firm Rethink Research Associates showed almost all the 40 respondents who were PeopleSoft or JD Edwards customers don't want Oracle's takeover bid to succeed. Of those that are Oracle and SAP customers, half are in favour of Oracle's bid and half against.

The survey, which polled CIOs and other senior IT managers, also revealed that that section of respondents who were JD Edwards customers were, according to a summary of the survey results published on online news site The Register, "unhappy at their choice of supplier". About 60% of the respondents who used PeopleSoft said they would buy that vendor's products again.

Oracle apparently had the lowest customer satisfaction rating.

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