PeopleSoft declines comment on local job cuts

PeopleSoft senior vice president for Japan and Asia-Pacific, Murray Creighton, said it is too early to comment on any Australian job cuts, but admitted redeployment may occur in the short term as a result of the merger with JD Edwards.

"This isn't something we're focusing on, but the aim will be to drive operational efficiencies in areas [of possible crossover]," Creighton said. "The focus is to continue to market, develop and support our products for our customers."

According to Creighton, the companies have not decided how they will operate as a combined entity in Australia. He indicated they will remain in their respective offices for the short term - PeopleSoft's Australian employees in Chatswood, just north of Sydney and JD Edwards employees in North Ryde just a few kilometres away.

While SAP said in a statement it doesn't expect the merger to affect it, Creighton said this was incomprensible. "Clearly we're stronger than SAP now in terms of the sheer size of the combined organisation and broader range of applications."

He said the combined company will aim for a blended team approach to software integration for customers, taking advantage of what is a strong "ecosystem" of integration skills based on their external systems integration partners and internal integration and consulting skills.

Creighton did not rule out the possibility of the company's $10 million Chatswood-based global support centre for customers in the region being leveraged to support JD Edwards customers in the future.

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