Oracle boss to address PeopleSoft conference that PeopleSoft has snubbed

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Oracle co-President Chuck Phillips is to do a 'Daniel in the lion's den' routine by attending a meeting of a PeopleSoft user group that PeopleSoft itself has fallen out with.

Quest, the user group of JD Edwards which was acquired by PeopleSoft last year, has announced that Phillips will address its West Coast conference in March. PeopleSoft has yet to commit to appearing at the same show after pulling out of supporting an earlier show in a row over control of the agenda.

The user group said its invitation comes in the wake of Oracle upping its bid for PeopleSoft to $26 per share and attempting to elect its own slate of members to the PeopleSoft board. As a result, Quest has been inundated with customer concerns about the takeover attempt and what it may mean for PeopleSoft World and EnterpriseOne users.

"Quest is continually devoted to providing customers a forum for open exchange and unbiased information," said Barbara Schmit, Quest president. "We are acting on behalf of all customers to have our issues addressed. Quest is in no way interested in promoting Oracle's takeover attempt, but only in having customer concerns addressed in a factual, timely manner."

PeopleSoft has been invited to address the conference, but to date has yet to reply to the invitation.

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