PeopleSoft launches AP eCentre for ASP solutions

PeopleSoft has launched an Asia Pacific e-Centre, offering Internet-enabled enterprise resource planning application hosting to small businesses with "weak" IT infrastructure.

The new eCentre is instrumental to the ERP software giant's global ASP strategy, according to Andrew Barkla, PeopleSoft Asia Pacific vice president and general manager. Under the strategy, PeopleSoft will draw on industry-vertical partnerships and co-branded solutions from specialist services companies to provide businesses with its "pure Internet" ASP solutions.

"This eCentre gives us the ability to reach smaller companies with weak infrastructure, offering them resources to deploy our enterprise resource management applications in a professionally managed environment," Barkla said. The eCentre will also remove the smaller client's need for high, initial capital outlays, which he said deterred many SMEs from accessing industry-leading solutions. "What's great about our ASP model is that a company of, say, 40 can deploy our enterprise applications without having to invest a single IT resource," Deepak Gupta, PeopleSoft vice president and general manager of eCentre, added.

The eCentre will only host newly-released PeopleSoft 8 e-business applications to achieve what Stephen Moore, Asia Pacific vice president of professional services, called the ultimate in single vendor accountability. "We provide one source of application, operation and relationship management," he said. Solutions on offer include human resources management systems (HRMS), financials, e-procurement and supply chain applications delivering e-business capability from back office to marketplace operations.

PeopleSoft's first eCentre, based in the US, attracted 25 customers in its first six months, generating 32 per cent quarter-on-quarter growth through software licensing revenue, Barkla said.

PeopleSoft's eCentre initiative has generated $US23 million in global revenue, according to Gupta. Arthur Andersen is the first regional client.

Sun Microsystems and CO Mindico will supply the eCentre with Unix hardware and telecommunications services respectively. Tripoint Online will provide network management infrastructure.

The Asia Pacific eCentre will be based in Australia. Executives said a host state had not yet been chosen.

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