ERP friction leaves users cold

Ferguson, Renee Boucher
January 2005
eWeek;1/24/2005, Vol. 22 Issue 4, p12
This article reports that computer users are taking a cautionary approach to shifting application vendors. Among the key rivals, Oracle Corp. and SAP AG remain several years away from a mature technology stack offering, and Microsoft Corp., for many users, does not have a suitable option. In a 4-hour series of executive speeches last week, Oracle officials committed to supporting PeopleSoft and JDE software until 2013. Officials said Oracle will upgrade current versions of PeopleSoft's Enterprise and EnterpriseOne suites and develop the next iterations. The company also promised a next-generation suite, Project Fusion, which will include the best functionality from PeopleSoft, JDE and Oracle E-Business Suite. SAP, meanwhile, responded to the combined Oracle and PeopleSoft, with a program to lure PeopleSoft and JDE users. However, while SAP boasts 1,500 NetWeaver users out of its 20,000-plus customers, the technology still has far to go until it can be fully used by MySAP users. Microsoft, for its part, currently has no suitable offering for the bulk of PeopleSoft's enterprise customers.


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