Oracle's UK and US user group rally together

Oracle's UK and Ireland user group said that it is allying with the company's US-based user group in the hope of having a greater...

Oracle's UK and Ireland user group said that it is allying with the company's US-based user group in the hope of having a greater say in the development of enterprise software maker's new products.

The Oracle Applications Users Group (OAUG), with headquarters in Atlanta, and the UK Oracle Users Group (UKOUG) will be teaming to share database information, list servers and negotiating power.

However, UKOUG operations manager James Haslam said that discussion of Oracle's unsolicited bid for PeopleSoft will probably be saved for Oracle's AppsWorld conference in London next week.

"We don't get involved in the politics of Oracle, but that is something our members will probably discuss," Haslam said.

Since both groups have put a focus on communicating directly with Oracle on its product development, it will be interesting to see if and how users' views affect the takeover attempt.

The UKOUG has approximately 1,500 corporate member organisations, while the OAUG has more than 2,000 member companies worldwide.

Although facing resistance from PeopleSoft, Oracle stepped up its bid for the company Wednesday, offering $6.3bn (£3.8bn) while at the same time saying that it was suing PeopleSoft for "eliminating" PeopleSoft's shareholders' ability to accept the offer.

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Scarlett Pruitt writes for IDG News Service

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