PeopleSoft ties its apps to JD Edwards' software

PeopleSoft has released integration links designed to allow users exploit functionality from both companies' lines of business...

PeopleSoft has released integration links designed to allow users exploit functionality from both companies' lines of business applications.

However, users will have to buy new application licences to take advantage of the packaged connectors if they do not already run software from both PeopleSoft and JD Edwards.

PeopleSoft said the next step in its integration plan is to transfer technology between the product lines, but it did not disclose a schedule for doing so.

PeopleSoft will, initially, offer a set of seven connectors that integrate specific modules in its PeopleSoft Enterprise and EnterpriseOne application suites, which were known as PeopleSoft 8 and JD Edwards 5, before the July merger.

For example, PeopleSoft has linked its strategic sourcing software to the procurement application developed by JD Edwards. That means EnterpriseOne users who have deployed the procurement tools at various manufacturing plants now can aggregate their purchases of materials and supplies on a global basis, said Rick Bergquist, PeopleSoft's chief technology officer.

The integration roll-out conforms to a road map that PeopleSoft officials laid out in September. Other connectors tie together order processing and inventory management applications as well as finance and human resources modules.

PeopleSoft said users can also consolidate data from EnterpriseOne and JD Edwards' older World applications into its data warehousing software and use its Enterprise Performance Management tools to analyse the information.

PeopleSoft is taking some good first steps and appears to be picking up the pace of its integration efforts, said Barry Wilderman, an analyst at Meta Group. In particular, he cited PeopleSoft's support for warehousing data from all of its business application suites.

But Wilderman cautioned that different metadata formatting approaches may prevent JD Edwards users from taking full advantage of PeopleSoft's analytic applications. He also advised IT managers to work with PeopleSoft to find out how seamless the application-to-application integration is.

Marc L Songini writes for Computerworld

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