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PeopleSoft to unveil software enhancements

PeopleSoft will introduce a series of products and disclose more details of its road map for integrating JD Edwards into its operations.

At the Connect 2003 conference this week, PeopleSoft will focus on its support for real-time integration that lets companies rapidly distribute financial data and other information key to end users in different departments.

Rick Bergquist, PeopleSoft's chief technology officer, said the company will also announce software enhancements designed to help IT managers install its applications faster and extend them to both internal end users and business partners.

For example, PeopleSoft will roll out a tool that can help automate the application installation process. Another tool will be able to connect to PeopleSoft's systems automatically and download the latest software patches, eliminating the need for IT workers to handle that process manually.

The Connect conference comes two weeks after PeopleSoft revealed initial plans for combining its operations with JD Edwards, which it bought last month in a friendly acquisition.

John Schindler, chief information officer at Kichler Lighting, said he is heading to Connect to get some technical tips and learn about upgrading to PeopleSoft 8.8.

Schindler added that he expected PeopleSoft to fend off Oracle's unsolicited takeover bid. "I believe the threat of Oracle being successful is very low," he said.

Marc L Songini writes for Computerworld


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