Starting with the PeopleSoft Supplier Relationship Management application late this year, PeopleSoft will support direct integration into SAP AG and Oracle Corp. business applications on a rolling basis. "If every enterprise software company did the same thing, it would be the beginning of the end to middleware and savings could be put in new technologies."The burden of connecting your applications should be on the enterprise software companies, not you," he said. In closing, Conway promised that PeopleSoft would continue to lead the enterprise software business in innovation. "Since our founding, our guiding principle has been leadership. We will lead." Also at the conference, PeopleSoft announced several new applications including the Performance-Driven Manufacturing suite, which combines manufacturing analytics, with existing Supply Chain Planning and Business Planning applications. The Performance-Driven Manufacturing suite includes components for Manufacturing Scorecard, Supply Chain and Predictive Operations Planning and Demand Driven Manufacturing. Industry-specific scorecards will be delivered for the health care and communications industries, in addition to manufacturing, by the fourth quarter. The Pleasanton, Calif.-based company announced a new product called Recruiting Solutions 8.9, which company officials said integrates the recruiting process across all employment categories, including full-time, part-time, contingent, hourly and professional. PeopleSoft will add its CRM technology to the recruiting process in this version to improve identification and recruitment of qualified candidates. The software will also include embedded analytics to improve visibility and control of the recruitment process and hiring spend. In the financial management arena, PeopleSoft announced that its Financial Management applications comply with the best practices for Section 404 reporting of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act as set by the Working Council for CFOs. In addition, PeopleSoft will team with Protiviti, an internal control consulting firm to assist customers in the documentation, testing and assessment of their internal controls. Finally, PeopleSoft announced that it was extending its Enterprise Service Automation software to automating business processes within the IT organization, with the release of PeopleSoft ESA for IT. Latest Stories by Dennis Callaghan:
"This is the beginning of the end of middleware and its the beginning of truly cross-functional applications.