Microsoft attempts to woo PeopleSoft customers

Only days after Oracle has sealed a deal to buy PeopleSoft, Microsoft is offering its advice to PeopleSoft customers.

Only days after Oracle has sealed a deal to buy PeopleSoft, Microsoft is offering its advice to PeopleSoft customers.

"Oracle's acquisition of PeopleSoft may be moving forward, but difficult technology decisions lie ahead," Bill Veghte, Microsoft's corporate vice-president in charge of sales, services and marketing efforts in the US and Canada, wrote in a letter sent to PeopleSoft customers on Wednesday.

In the letter, Veghte pitched Microsoft's technologies as offering lower costs, lower complexity, better manageability, greater productivity and more extension capabilities. Veghte until recently was corporate vice-president for the Windows server group.

"It is about choices," Veghte wrote in the letter, much of which focused on promoting the Windows platform and Microsoft products such as SQL Server and technologies such as .net web services.

Veghte offered three options: extending PeopleSoft installations with Microsoft web services technologies; moving PeopleSoft software to Windows and SQL Server from Unix and Oracle's database; and replacing PeopleSoft's enterprise resource planning (ERP) software with a competing product running on Windows.

"Migration to another ERP product, including Microsoft Business Solutions, SAP and other partner ERP products on the Microsoft platform are additional options available to PeopleSoft customers seeking greater clarity around technology direction and platform alignment," Veghte wrote.

Microsoft's courting of PeopleSoft customers is one example of competing suppliers looking to take full advantage of any confusion on the part of current and potential Oracle and PeopleSoft customers. After a lengthy takeover battle, Oracle has an agreement to buy PeopleSoft, but still faces the gargantuan task of integrating the two companies.

Joris Evers writes for the IDG News Service

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