PeopleSoft Takes Aim at Microsoft, Middleware

PeopleSoft plans to reduce the complexity of its software, while supporting Linux throughout its apps and embracing an open architecture intended to end customers' dependency on middleware.

LAS VEGAS—PeopleSoft Inc. plans to reduce the complexity of its software implementations and configurations, while supporting Linux throughout its applications and embracing an open architecture intended to end its customers dependency on middleware, the company announced Tuesday.

Speaking at the opening session of the companys annual Leadership Summit here Tuesday, CEO Craig Conway spoke of how problems in the economy provided an opportunity for new technologies to "make a difference," while highlighting the enterprise software companys past achievements in being he claimed the first vendor to provide embedded analytics, a global payroll engine, a fully Web-based architecture, and the "real-time enterprise" of interconnected applications that PeopleSoft launched at this conference last year.

Conway then outlined the companys objectives for this year: to help customers reduce costs and dependencies on single platforms and middleware.

To reduce costs, Conway pledged that PeopleSoft will improve the overall user experience of its software.

"Everything about enterprise software is people-intensive," said Conway. "But enterprise software has not yet been directed at the ownership experience." He then promised that PeopleSoft would dedicate 500 developers to improving the ownership experience of PeopleSoft software, to a smattering of applause from PeopleSoft customers and prospects in the audience.

The goals of this development effort would be to ensure that PeopleSoft software can be installed in one day and configured to customer requirements in weeks not months, Conway said. Performance monitoring would also be built into all applications to provide automatic detection of any problems with the software.

"Its time enterprise software moved into the era of the total ownership experience," said Conway.