The Justice Department will also leverage PeopleSofts extensive customer list, calling to the stand DaimlerChrysler AG; Cox Communications Inc.; CH2M Hill Inc.; Verizon Communications Inc.; Neiman Marcus Group; Pepsi Americas; Apartment Investment & Management Co.; BearingPoint Inc.; Nextel Communications Inc.; Metro North, New York; Charles Schwab & Co. Inc.; the state of North Dakota; Kerr-McGee Group; Erie County, N.Y.; Greyhound Lines Inc.; and Cap Gemini Ernst & Young U.S. LLC. The customers are expected to testify about their particular software needs; their decisions, plans and experience in licensing, implementing and upgrading ERP systems; competition among software vendors; and the likely impact of the proposed transaction.Marco Iansiti from the Harvard Business School will testify for 3 hours on enterprise requirements for ERP software, and the capability and suitability of various vendors. Kenneth Elzinga from the University of Virginia and Preston McAfee from the California Institute of Technology will provide a combined 5-hour economic analysis of the proposed deal. Finally, Mark Zmiejewski of the University of Chicago and Chicago Partners will provide a 2-hour rebuttal to any argument Oracle presents on the efficiencies of the proposed deal. The trial is scheduled to begin June 7 in a San Francisco court. Check out eWEEK.coms Enterprise Applications Center at http://enterpriseapps.eweek.com for the latest news, reviews and analysis about productivity and business solutions.
Nancy Thomas from the Business Consulting Services division of IBM Global Services will testify for an hour and a half on the software selection and implementation services it provides to customers; vendor characteristics and attributes of ERP software; and the selection process for human resources and financial software, including "disclosed information," according to Justice Department documents.