PeopleSoft Spells Out J.D. Edwards Integration

Enterprise software vendor to maintain three distinct product lines for the enterprise, midsized businesses and AS/400 users.

NEW YORK—At its PeopleSoft Analyst Day here, PeopleSoft Inc. outlined its plans for integrating its enterprise software with that of the newly purchased J.D. Edwards & Co.

The company plans to maintain three product lines: PeopleSoft Enterprise, PeopleSoft EnterpriseOne and PeopleSoft World.

The two lead products going forward are PeopleSoft Enterprise, or PeopleSoft classic software for the enterprise customer, and PeopleSoft EnterpriseOne, which has a JDE core and is slated for the midmarket. PeopleSoft World will serve JDEs existing user base tied to the AS/400 platform.

Company size and industry will be the determining factors regarding which products customers should go with, according to PeopleSoft executives.

"We had some degree of concern how this was going to be perceived, but we wound up at this product strategy through our customers," said Craig Conway, president and CEO of PeopleSoft. "Were not feeling any speed bumps as we match the best products by industry to the customer."

As a result of the integration of the two companies, PeopleSoft will roll out several new or enhanced applications, including three in the next quarter—Corporate Real Estate Management, Supplier Relationship Management, and Plant Manufacturing & Advanced Planning. In the first quarter of 2004, the company will roll out Asset Management.

Moving forward, PeopleSoft, of Pleasanton, Calif., also plans to support both its middleware relationship with BEA Systems Inc. and JDEs ensconced middleware relationship with IBM.

"PeopleSoft has always supported more than one vendor," said Ram Gupta, executive vice president of products and technology. "JDE has supported IBM as one tier. Going forward, we are all about bringing choice to the customer. Not only will we support IBM for EnterpriseOne, but we will extend support [with other vendors]."

In terms of any architectural transformations over time, PeopleSoft contends that it will continue to maintain two product lines—its traditional one and the one brought to the company in the $1.8 billion J.D. Edwards acquisition.

"We have two product lines today—with different tool sets—and thats very sustainable," Gupta said. "The key thing is theyre both built on the same architecture and key things can be done. … We have no need to change the architecture or tool of either one of the application sets."

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