Oracles Project Fusion: Just a Leap of Faith? - Page 3

By Lisa Vaas  |  Posted 2005-02-23 Print this article Print

As soon as you talk Project Fusion or SAPs Enterprise Services project [which is SAPs blueprint for service-based, enterprise-scale business solutions that offer the increased levels of adaptability, flexibility, and openness required to reduce total cost of ownership], were talking three years away, minimum. Were at least six years away from live implementations. How about that figure Wookey dropped, about successfully hiring 99 percent of the PeopleSoft developers and technical support staffers it targeted? I was surprised. Just because the animosity at the executive level was so high. Many of the PeopleSoft executives at vice president level and above got lucrative packages to walk away. At the very top they got two years salary.
So there were a lot of distraught people. This cool little company they worked at 10, 12 years was suddenly gone, and there was nothing they could do to save it. The question was, how far would that trickle down to support staff?
But away from the [former PeopleSoft CEO and President Craig] Conway and [Oracle CEO Larry] Ellison level, their cultures were very similar. They were both very aggressive on the sales side, and on the technology side, they were both very interested in next-generation technology, always wanting to do the cooler thing. If [PeopleSoft founder] Dave Duffield decided to start another company in a completely related market, what percentage of that developer staff would say, "Im ready if you want me?" There was a feeling that Dave would do something. But he just made about $600 million on this transaction. Hes in his 60s. Im not sure he has to prove anything. If I had $600 million, I wouldnt be sitting in a hotel room in the lovely little ski town of Wiesloch [in Germany], getting ready to go visit SAP. 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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