Customers Seek Assurance on Oracle Upgrade Path
Oracle AppsWorld attendees are more concerned about Oracle's long-term vision for enhancing its own products than whether or not it succeeds in its hostile takeover bid of PeopleSoft.SAN DIEGOCustomers attending Oracle AppsWorld here this week said they want to see evidence that Oracle Corp. has a coherent long-term vision for enhancing its own products regardless of whether it ever succeeds in buying out enterprise application software rival PeopleSoft Inc. Customers said they have seen little evidence that Oracle has been distracted in any way by its long-stymied hostile takeover of PeopleSoft. They also said they werent really concerned about whether Oracle would ever get a chance to add PeopleSoft applications to its product line. "Oracle seems to be moving in so many directions these days" that it is hard to follow its plans for the various application modules, said Sanandan Swaminathan, an Oracle applications manager for a graphics technology company in Californias Silicon Valley. "I want to know what the vision is going to be for Oracle applications," he said.
"Im not seeing a clear path for where they are going with the applications," particularly the Oracle manufacturing and human resources applications that his company uses, he said.