AppsWorld - Oracle's UK users prepare to serve up PeopleSoft questions

Oracle's potential acquisition of PeopleSoft is "a double-edged sword," according to Paul Parnis, applications director for the...

Oracle's potential acquisition of PeopleSoft is "a double-edged sword", according to Paul Parnis, applications director for the UK Oracle Users Group (UKOUG)

Speaking at the Oracle AppsWorld conference in London, Parnis said the UK user group would examine the issue this week.

"One the one hand it [the proposed purchase] would clearly strengthen Oracle as a company but," he noted, "it would reduce competition in the arena."

Parnis said that if the acquisition goes through, his group could look forward to seeing added human resources (HR) functionality "creeping into Oracle products", given that HR is PeopleSoft's speciality.

However, he believed product changes related to the acquisition would not affect users for at least two years.

Oracle last week raised its initial $5.1bn offer for PeopleSoft to $6.3bn, while also announcing it was suing the company and its board for thwarting its shareholders' ability to accept the offer. PeopleSoft had earlier sued Oracle for alleged interference with its purchase of enterprise software company JD Edwards.

Despite the speculation around the takeover battle for PeopleSoft, Oracle aimed to keep its conference focused on user needs, the company's E-Business Suite and related new product news.

Robert Fleming, Oracle's senior director of applications marketing for Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA), said that in addition to E-Business Suite discussions, there would be a focus on corporate governance and outsourcing.

"This program will in part be about how to reduce the total cost of ownership and answering some hard questions on how much software to buy and maintain," he said.

Scarlet Pruitt writes for IDG News Service

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