PeopleSoft breathes new life into World apps

PeopleSoft is refreshing the green-screen-based World applications it inherited last summer with its purchase of JD Edwards.

PeopleSoft is refreshing the green-screen-based World applications it inherited last summer with its purchase of JD Edwards.

Enhancements include a web graphical user interface, which was the most requested feature from World customers, which will be available at the end of the month. All together, PeopleSoft is adding some 250 other enhancements, mostly focused on ease of use and regulatory compliance. 

Among some of those changes are tightened integration that will allow sales order information to be fed directly into the World manufacturing and distribution management software, which should help companies improve planning and supply chain processes. 

A number of users who felt JD Edwards allowed the World line to wane, said they are encouraged by PeopleSoft's new focus, although they see the regulatory and core function enhancements as a matter of course, according to John Matelski, a board member of the Quest user group, which represents former JD Edwards customers. 

He added that at the very least, customers would see the enhancements as a sign that the World product line will not be phased out and that they would not be forced to migrate to the Enterprise or EnterpriseOne product lines, which could require significant cash outlays for infrastructure upgrades, hardware replacements, data conversions, consulting and other migration related expenses. 

Marc L Songini writes for Computerworld

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