PeopleSoft Declines to Scrap With Oracle at Quest Users Group Conference
Oracle's Phillips has taken the J.D. Edwards users group up on an invitation to answer customer concerns about the takeover, while PeopleSoft has dismissed the conference as being the wrong venue at the wrong place and at the wrong time.In an effort to answer customer concerns about the Oracle-PeopleSoft takeover, Quest, a non-profit J.D. Edwards users group, has invited both Oracle Corp. and PeopleSoft Inc. executives to address its Quest West user conference, which takes place Feb. 29-March 2 in San Diego. Oracle President Chuck Phillips has accepted the offer and will address the user group on March 1 at an as-yet-undetermined time, according to an Oracle spokeswoman.
In keeping with the rocky relations between PeopleSoft and the user group, the company has not taken the group up on the offer. The reason, according to Steve Swasey, a spokesman for PeopleSoft, of Pleasanton, Calif., is that the forum is all wrong as a venue. "Were not going to participate," Swasey said. "Theres no need to get into a tit-for-tat with Oracle. Its not the right venue, its not the right place, and its not the right time."