Oracle reaches out to JDE users

Callaghan, Dennis; Fonseca, Brian
December 2004
eWeek;12/20/2004, Vol. 21 Issue 51, p14
This article reports that shortly after announcing its $10.3 billion acquisition of PeopleSoft Inc. last week, Oracle Corp. wasted no time in setting out to win the confidence of former J.D. Edwards & Co. customers who have spent the past year transitioning to PeopleSoft and now will have to move again. Charles Phillips, Oracle's co-president and point man on the acquisition and other Oracle executives last week reached out to the JDE faction of PeopleSoft customers, including board members of Quest, the former independent JDE user group that was known to have a rocky relationship with PeopleSoft, of Pleasanton, California. To Fred Pond, current president of Quest and director of IS at Schnitzer Steel Industries Inc., Oracle is saying all the right things. According to Pond, Oracle pledged to work with Quest as the "unified voice" of PeopleSoft World and EnterpriseOne users and Quest in turn pledged cooperation with Oracle on behalf of mid-market customers. In its meeting with Quest, Oracle also sought to dismiss the notion that it would sell off any part of the PeopleSoft business.


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