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PeopleSoft targets mid-market with app suites

Business applications maker PeopleSoft is rolling out 13 preconfigured offerings aimed at mid-market companies looking to boost efficiency through process automation.

The supplier announced its PeopleSoft Mid-Market Solutions packages, which, for a fixed price, include an unlimited user licence, training and implementation services.

Companies will be able to implement the modules incrementally to automate only the workflows they want, avoiding potentially risky big-bang implementations. 

"Selling a mid-market business a suite of applications and expecting them to implement it all at once is completely unreasonable," said Jeffrey Read, vice-president and general manager for PeopleSoft Mid-Market.

"Customers need the flexibility to deploy solutions at their own pace." 

PeopleSoft said its Mid-Market Solutions can be set up to go live within 70 days. 

The company is one of several application suppliers, including SAP, making a push into the mid-market. PeopleSoft cited a survey that indicated 41% of mid-market customers plan to boost spending on applications during the next year. 

Among the processes supported are the sourcing of goods, payment settlement, recruiting and hiring. 

"Our business required solutions that would quickly automate and integrate key business processes," said Al Jones, IT business systems manager at Environmental Systems Products Holdings, maker of vehicle emissions-testing products. 

Jones added PeopleSoft's fixed price, incrementally installed offering "mitigates the risk, cost and complexity typically associated with enterprise solutions." 

PeopleSoft Mid-Market Solutions are available now. Pricing starts at $50,000 (£31,720) per implemented module.


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