Oracle users see benefits in PeopleSoft move

IT managers who use Oracle's applications are welcoming the proposed buyout bid of PeopleSoft.

IT managers who use Oracle's applications are welcoming the proposed buyout bid of PeopleSoft.

Several users have said they see potential benefits from having some of PeopleSoft's technology embedded in Oracle's E-Business Suite 11i applications.

Melanie Bock, an Oracle consultant and a past Oracle Applications Users Group (OAUG) president, said the acquisition of PeopleSoft would be good for Oracle users in the long run.

A combination of the two companies would mean a broader base of customers, which would widen user networking opportunities and potentially attract a larger number of skilled consultants and contractors, Bock said.

However, she added that Oracle initially would likely have to purge and merge operations, which could mean a loss of resources for its support and development teams.

"Oracle's software will ultimately be improved by the merger," said Kyle Lambert, vice-president of information systems at John I Haas, a maker of hops for use in the brewing process.

Frank Milano, chief information officer at Terracon, an engineering consulting firm, said that there is no synergy between PeopleSoft and Oracle, and that he sees the buyout offer as an attempt by Oracle to defend itself against PeopleSoft, which would become the second-largest business applications suppliers if it is successful in its plans to buy JD Edwards.

He added that a takeover could also drain Oracle's software engineering resources, since it would have to invest in development of two separate product lines.

Marc L Songini writes for Computerworld

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