PeopleSoft attempts to reposition into SCM space

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PeopleSoft’s appointment of Patrick Quirk as its new head of supply chain management (SCM) signifies a key change in strategy for the application vendor, according to AMR Research.

Quirk was formerly i2 Technologies’ vice president of strategic accounts and is believed to have been a major force behind closing many of the vendor’s supply chain deals.

But said AMR in an alert: “PeopleSoft, with Pat at the helm, is committed to the supply chain and wants to become known as “the supply chain company”. PeopleSoft has been gaining ground in true manufacturing territory, and Pat will lead its efforts to move into the heartland of manufacturing enterprises globally.”

The firm’s previous investments in web and integration technology and in various acquisitions “have created a solid foundation to grow the SCM component of PeopleSoft’s business”, AMR added.

Quirk takes over the post of vice president and general manager of SCM, which was held for six years by Mike Frandsen. He will stay at PeopleSoft until the end of the year before leaving to pursue other interests in the fields of recycling and renewable energy.

This transition period is a positive thing, said AMR, because it means there will not be the usual disruptions to the organisation, so “keeping project plans and momentum alive”.

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