PeopleSoft Tackles Web Applications

The Internet is more than just a platform of networking hardware, but rather it is an enabler for interaction among people, according to Rob Squires, general manager at PeopleSoft, ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) and India.

Unfortunately, companies looking to embrace the Internet often have to go to multiple vendors to satisfy their whole electronic business strategy, Squires said, who added that "for organizations to manage that kind of relationship is a tremendous challenge."

Last week, the company announced the launch of its Web-enabled upgrade to its enterprise resource planning suite, PeopleSoft 8, which it said will spare companies the chore of dealing with different vendors.

"We have reshaped our applications to embrace the Internet. Release 8 is a culmination of all the efforts that we've put in over the previous year. We've taken a huge leap with version 8, in terms of technology and functionality," he said.

Based on Hypertext Markup Language (HTML) and Extensible Markup Language (XML) architecture, the suite allows companies to customize the applications to meet their business needs. Release 8 has 108 applications for supply chain, human resource, enterprise performance and financials, all re-designed for the Internet. It also features 59 new e-business applications for call center and Web-based customer resource management, which came through its acquisition of Vantive last December.

According to Squires, PeopleSoft8 will eventually replace some of the company's older client/server applications. But he added that the phase-out could take some time to implement.

"Traditional enterprise implementation can span months or years in some cases … you can't just turn off the old products and turn on the new. You need to phase them out gradually. Having said that, we have the ability to integrate with products that we may eventually replace, and will continue to help our existing customers to migrate into new technologies and functionalities," he said.

Squires revealed that PeopleSoft 8, which is set to arrive in September, has already piqued the interest of several companies in the region. He, however, declined to reveal further details.

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