Vaught said Siebels underlying data structure and model was stronger than Oracles, so Safelite turned to Siebel for order management. "[Oracle] is taking an interesting approach to the industry," said Vaught, of Oracles bid to take over PeopleSoft. "Im not sure if theyre just trying to take out a competitor or if theyre forcing their solutions onto their existing customers.""I dont know if one package can solve industrys needs," he said. "Each software vendors package adds value. A lot of people are using PeopleSofts applications because they had value to what theyre doing. Itd be a shame to see that go away." Mills said application software vendors need to adapt to whatever technology is in place at enterprises, that the typical enterprise is not a "build from scratch" environment. Expecting customers to standardize on Oracle apps is a "pretty naïve position for [Ellison] to take," Mills said. Mills said last weeks proposed consolidation in the enterprise applications space would do little to change the integration equation. "Customer demands will remain unchanged regardless of what the vendors do to each other or with each other," he said. "Theres been consolidation and expansion in the industry for years. "At the end of the day, companies are still going to have to focus on what their customers needs are," Mills continued. "Regardless of the shifting sands in the industry, that fundamental principle wont change."
Vaught said a takeover of PeopleSoft by Oracle would reduce competition in the enterprise applications space.