USi Ready and Willing

By Lisa Vaas  |  Posted 2005-01-13 Print this article Print

I checked with Microsoft through official channels to get the dope on how active theyve been at sweeping up disenchanted PeopleSoft employees, but I got a predictably noncommittal answer: "With plans to hire up to 7,000 new employees this fiscal year, Microsoft is always on the lookout to attract and retain exceptional talent," a spokeswoman wrote to me. "Though they do not discuss plans regarding recruitment of any specific individuals, they welcome all qualified applicants to contact Microsofts HR department to find out the latest on current opportunities with the company." USi, the largest enterprise ASP and independent Oracle Managed Service Provider, was a heck of a lot more direct in assuring me that, regardless of its close relationships with both PeopleSoft and Oracle, it stands to benefit by filling its own ranks.
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Larry Abramson, senior vice president of worldwide sales and marketing at USi, told me in a recent conversation that the company is ready and eager to pick up talented PeopleSoft people. "We certainly never want to benefit from the misfortune of others, but we clearly would love to hire great people, and we think, unfortunately because of the merger, there will be great people looking for jobs, and we hope a lot of them consider us," he said. "Were just a nice landing spot for great people who are looking for work in our core work areas. Oracle and PeopleSoft are two of our core work areas, and a lot of people over there know that." Im sure PeopleSoft employees who want nothing to do with the new company have been working their networks for long before now, but it is good to keep in mind whos out there and where the good landing spots will be. That wont make layoff day less painful, but heres hoping that theres enough need for good marketing and administrative talent—and enough thirst for PeopleSoft backgrounds out there—to soak up a good amount of the bloodshed. Good luck, o ye targets of Oracles ax, and remember that youve got friends out there. Write to me and tell me where youre going to land if youre an Oracle layoff victim or, if youre a recruiter, how youre doing with scooping up PeopleSoft talent, at Associate Editor Lisa Vaas has written about enterprise applications since 1997. Check out eWEEK.coms for the latest database news, reviews and analysis.

Lisa Vaas is News Editor/Operations for and also serves as editor of the Database topic center. Since 1995, she has also been a Webcast news show anchorperson and a reporter covering the IT industry. She has focused on customer relationship management technology, IT salaries and careers, effects of the H1-B visa on the technology workforce, wireless technology, security, and, most recently, databases and the technologies that touch upon them. Her articles have appeared in eWEEK's print edition, on, and in the startup IT magazine PC Connection. Prior to becoming a journalist, Vaas experienced an array of eye-opening careers, including driving a cab in Boston, photographing cranky babies in shopping malls, selling cameras, typography and computer training. She stopped a hair short of finishing an M.A. in English at the University of Massachusetts in Boston. She earned a B.S. in Communications from Emerson College. She runs two open-mic reading series in Boston and currently keeps bees in her home in Mashpee, Mass.

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