Business applications maker PeopleSoft has signed deal with integration technology supplier Ascential Software to handle the integration plumbing for its line of corporate performance management software.
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PeopleSoft will embed Ascential code into its performance suite as well as reselling Ascential's packaged application connection kits (Pack).
"As our customers extend analytic solutions across multiple departments, seamless data integration becomes increasingly important," said Renee Lorton, senior vice-president and general manager of PeopleSoft enterprise financial management.
In particular, PeopleSoft wanted Ascential because of the breadth of its offering, as well as its metadata management tools, which will help customers do roll-outs more quickly and cut software costs.
The Ascential DataStage software transforms and moves transactional, operational and analytic data, while Ascential's MetaStage software manages and integrates enterprise metadata.
Ascential DataStage is being immediately embedded in PeopleSoft Enterprise Performance Management (EPM) offerings. Ascential MetaStage will be incorporated in PeopleSoft's EPM product later this year.
PeopleSoft has also licensed DataStage Server and Ascential Packs for PeopleSoft Enterprise and EnterpriseOne products. The company will resell Ascential Packs for SAP BW and SAP R/3, as well as for applications from Siebel Systems and Oracle.
The move has implications for the hundreds of existing PeopleSoft customers who have already installed software from Informatica, said Jack Hafeli, an analyst at Ventana Research. Informatica was PeopleSoft's previous integration software partner.
Hafeli urged these Informatica users to "cautiously assess the migration challenges with business requirements in mind". Switching from Informatica could be difficult, he said, but Ascential and PeopleSoft will help customers seeking to convert to Ascential. Their programme will include free consulting for training and testing the new product.
"However, if your organisation has vested IT skills and budgetary resources in Informatica's data integration solutions across the enterprise, you should consider the potential advantages of continuing to use the Informatica solutions," Hafeli said.
Marc L Songini writes for IDG News Service