The DoJs Latest Moves
At the same time, the DoJ acknowledged it is continuing its investigation into Oracles bid by contacting customers. A J.D. Edwards customer, Mitch Myers, vice president of operations at FW Murphy Industries Inc., spent an hour talking with the DoJ. "I basically said that if there was a merger, [the one between PeopleSoft and J.D. Edwards] was the most logical," said Myers, in Tulsa, Okla. "If we had our druthers, we would prefer to keep them separate. However, if there is a consolidation, this would be the least negative change.Ola Faucher, president of the Higher Education User Group, which represents 650 universities that use PeopleSoft software, said she has not been contacted by the DoJ or states attorneys general but has been contacted by members. "We are appalled by the expense such a takeover could cost the higher-education community," said Faucher, in Lawrence, Kan. "About 82 percent of our communities are public institutions funded by state resources. That would be an undue ripple effect and a burden to switch over [from PeopleSoft to Oracle]." Additional reporting by Lisa Vaas
"On the opposite end of the spectrum, we feel pretty strongly that the Oracle attempt could have a negative impact on our business and on the market in general," said Myers.