SAP To PeopleSoft Customers: We've Got Your Back

by Amit Tripathi    Jan 19, 2005

It’s the turn of the ERP major - SAP, to leverage the din that has risen from the uncertainty over the future of PeopleSoft and JD Edwards customers following the acquisition by Oracle earlier this month.

In a significant announcement targeting SAP users using either PeopleSoft or JDE applications, the German company has spelt out its roadmap to provide an easier option to receive support and services from SAP and migrate to mySAP ERP.

Speaking to CXOtoday, C. Nagraj, national marketing head, SAP, said, “The offering is largely for those SAP users who also use either JDE or PeopleSoft applications in their IT infrastructure.”

Under this SAP safe passage program, organizations running PeopleSoft and JDE will be able to extend their IT infrastructure with the SAP NetWeaver platform, that includes connectors for JDE and PeopleSoft solutions. SAP aims to protect the investments made on those applications by providing adequate support and maintenance service.

SAP indicated that there are approximately 2,000 companies globally running SAP solutions that also have headquarters, plant facilities, subsidiaries, and satellite operations running PeopleSoft and JDE solutions.

Kiran Chandras, GM-IT, Johnson & Johnson Ltd, flays any hurry in moving for a migration. Apart from being a SAP user, the company also uses PeopleSoft as one of its four ERPs.

Says Chandras, “Since a lot of IT investments have already been undertaken, it is unlikely that Peoplesoft or JDE users would overhaul their systems for a new platform in a hurry. Such a scenario seems unlikely atleast for a year or so. Only during an upgrade, it would be wise to pause and think of a platform migration. Also it is better to wait and watch in times of such upheavals.”

As a strategic move, SAP has revealed its acquisition of TomorrowNow, a third-party provider of enterprise maintenance and support for customers of PeopleSoft and JDE. The announcement carries significance in the light of recent announcement from Microsoft providing similar assurance on support and possible migration to its ERP - Navision.

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