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PeopleSoft goes whole hog, backs Linux. (In Other News...).

PeopleSoft Inc will move its entire portfolio of 160 applications to Linux under a deal with IBM (International Business Machines Corporation, Armonk, NY, The world's largest computer company. IBM's product lines include the S/390 mainframes (zSeries), AS/400 midrange business systems (iSeries), RS/6000 workstations and servers (pSeries), Intel-based servers (xSeries)  Corp, adding weight to Linux as a business platform and allowing the enterprise software vendor to attract cost-conscious customers.

The companies will port PeopleSoft's integration, customer relationship management (CRM (Customer Relationship Management) An integrated information system that is used to plan, schedule and control the presales and postsales activities in an organization. ) suite, enterprise resource planning See ERP.

(application, business) Enterprise Resource Planning - (ERP) Any software system designed to support and automate the business processes of medium and large businesses.
, performance and management software, and supply chain management applications to Red Hat Inc Linux beginning in the fourth quarter.

PeopleSoft will also recommend that its applications are developed and run on IBM's xSeries eServer, DB2 database and WebSphere Application Server. The deal was announced at PeopleSoft's Leadership Summit in Las Vegas Las Vegas (läs vā`gəs), city (1990 pop. 258,295), seat of Clark co., S Nev.; inc. 1911. It is the largest city in Nevada and the center of one of the fastest-growing urban areas in the United States. , Nevada.

PeopleSoft is the latest in a growing list of enterprise software vendors moving their applications to Linux, following competitors such as SAP AG (company) SAP AG - (Systeme, Anwendungen, Produkte in der Datenverarbeitung - German for "Systems, Applications and Products in Data Processing") A company from Germany that sells the leading suite of client-server business software. The US branch is called SAP America. , JD Edwards See J.D. Edwards.  and Oracle Corp.

While some vendors have released only certain applications to Linux, PeopleSoft is the first to announce its entire suite would be ported. The company will continue its support for other platforms but said its decision to adopt Linux is designed to provide customers increased choice.

PeopleSoft and IBM believe they can meet demand for the operating system operating system (OS)

Software that controls the operation of a computer, directs the input and output of data, keeps track of files, and controls the processing of computer programs.
 in mission-critical areas of software deployment Software deployment is all of the activities that make a software system available for use.

The general deployment process consists of several interrelated activities with possible transitions between them.
. Linux has established a toehold in business based on its cost-saving properties on general-purpose servers such as file and print, web and security.

Adam Jollins, IBM worldwide Linux strategy manager, said: "Customers like what we have been doing with Linux on the edge of the network, but they also want to get that reliability and cost ownership in their business applications."

David Sayed, PeopleSoft technology product marketing manager, said: "Retail, financial services and high tech customers are moving to Linux as part of their IT infrastructure. For those people, PeopleSoft applications play a key role in their business."

But one industry analyst said that Linux was likely to be just one factor among many in a company's purchasing decision. Customers will weigh their choice of CRM or financials based on features and whether they already use from vendors such as SAP.

"Linux is just a tick in the box for some people," he said.

It is not year clear which other Linux distributions PeopleSoft will port applications to however, Jollins said Red Hat was selected as a first choice because of its strength in the US market.
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Date:Jun 24, 2003
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