I don’t know how they’re going to match up. It looks like there’s two solutions, I guess. I kind of need more direction on where they’re heading with it.
Some of the PeopleSoft applications are similar (to those of) Oracle. But the J.D. Edwards’ World piece obviously is a different piece
than the Oracle application. I guess it broadens Oracle’s market as far as the types of solutions and the numbers of solutions and systems it covers.
PeopleSoft’s National User Group
We don’t really know what’s going to happen. There’s all kinds of rumours flying around the industry, of course. Many times we’ve always talked about the same thing: what would it mean to us? I don’t see that there’s anyone who can answer our questions. At this point in time I’m anxious to see how the new organization is going to unfold. I’m anxious to see what kind of support Oracle is going to bring forth for the three PeopleSoft platforms. I’m interested to see if they’re going to enhance the support, and if so, where that may be. I think the next year is going to be exciting.
Right now, our 2005 initiatives are pretty much locked in. Initiatives don’t really depend on software platforms. Nonetheless, we’re running the old J.D. Edward’s OneWorld, which is the PeopleSoft World platform. We don’t intend to change it, we tend to stay exactly on the course that we’re on. It’s an excellent ERP system. I can’t see ourselves ever moving away from that.
Vice-president of IT
Cambridge Towel Corp. and
President, PeopleSoft Eastern Canada User Group
We’re pleased that the situation is finally resolved. Uncertainty and business don’t mix very well. This provides some certainty around the outcome of the discussions and we can get on with doing business.
The second issue that as a PeopleSoft reseller that I’m happy about for both ourselves and our customers is Oracle has taken a very firm position on supporting not only the PeopleSoft products but also the J.D. Edwards products. Not only for existing releases but future releases. That’s a very strong signal that once again provides some certainty in terms of customers who already have the software and customers who are considering acquiring it.
“”The number of potential new Oracle sites is no longer growing dramatically. To a large degree they1re focused on selling upgrades, new products and enhancements to their existing customer base. I1m not saying there are no new Oracle sites, they1re not in a decline, but they1re in a mature market segment, at which point, mergers and acquisitions becomes one of the standard things they do.
Look for more mergers and acquisitions between companies with established sales volumes.
We will know afterwards whether this was a good one or a bad one.
Manager of special projects
Evans Research Corp.
— Compiled by Sarah Lysecki, Greg Meckbach, Shane Schick and Fawzia Sheikh