Will Oracle spin off
JDE?"> Meanwhile, rumors abound about the possibility of Oracle spinning off J.D. Edwards as a separate company post-successful takeover. Such rumors get their fuel from the fact that most J.D. Edwards customers run on IBM databases. In addition, such a move could potentially help Oracle satisfy U.S. Department of Justice concerns about anti-trust violations. Federle said that hell attend Quest West if only to hear Oracles Phillips talk for 15 minutes about such matters. "Id rather be doggone smart about how those decisions will affect my planning for the next year," he said. "I need to go before my board and say OK, heres what my approach will be. [I need to] look like a strategic thinker in front o the people who want to see a strategic CIO, lest they go out and find a new one." Federle would like to see PeopleSoft on the carpet as well, to find out what the company is doing from a planning and tactical perspective to protect the ERP (enterprise resource planning) investments of its J.D. Edwards customers.
PeopleSoft is indeed participating in user group conferences, Swasey saidjust not this one. "Already, weve participated with the Southern California regional user group, and several others, with more than 500 people in attendance," he said. "By the end of the quarter we will have participated in more than 35 user group meetings with approximately 2,000 people in attendance at those meetings. Were clearly moving ahead with a strong user group model which is designed by customers and for customers."