IBM and Peoplesoft have announced a partnership to speed up the delivery of ERP systems.
Called Architecture Jumpstart, it involves the sale of a system comprised of an IBM eServer xSeries running DB2 Universal Server, along with PeopleSoft 8 on the Microsoft Windows NT platform.
Alistair Gill, PeopleSoft UK marketing director, said customers were demanding that ERP systems be implemented more quickly.
PeopleSoft estimated in a statement that implementation could be reduced from 16 weeks to a mere three.
But Lauren Lachal, Senior Analyst at Ovum, said, “An ERP application, like PeopleSoft, is quite a complex application. If people don’t understand what they’ve got it could cost them a lot of money in post sales consultancy.”
He also said it could be a “dangerous” approach for small companies to adopt because it involved “minimal customisation.”
However, he did concede that it could speed up ERP implementation for customers.
Gill said the programme would be rolled out in Europe after trials in US.