PeopleSoft pledges an end to middleware
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PeopleSoft is claiming that it can reduce the complexity of its software implementations and configurations, while supporting Linux throughout its applications and embracing an open architecture intended to eliminate middleware.

Speaking at the opening session of the company's annual Leadership Summit, CEO Craig Conway said the current economic problems simply gave technology a chance to “make a difference”. He said that PeopleSoft wanted to help customers reduce costs and dependencies on single platforms and middleware.

"Everything about enterprise software is people-intensive," said Conway. "But enterprise software has not yet been directed at the ownership experience. It's time enterprise software moved into the era of the total ownership experience. “

Specifically PeopleSoft intends to reduce costs of operating technology organisations, by embedding code into applications so that performance can be monitored and patches automatically identified. It is looking to Linux to end "dependencies'' on proprietary operating systems, most notably Microsoft's Windows. It would release versions of its entire product lineup that would run on the Red Hat version of Linux.

It also intends to eliminate middleware, enabling its applications to connect to and draw data from applications sold by SAP and Oracle. Conway said that $1 out of every $3 spent on information technology by companies today goes toward integration and middleware.

Conway said that PeopleSoft would direct 500 of its own developers to simplify or remove tasks now handled by technology professionals in corporations today, in the installation, configuration, support, upgrading and performance monitoring of their systems.

PeopleSoft also announced a partnership with Cap Gemini Ernst & Young that would encapsulate best practices and industry expertise for technology managers, called CIO OneSource. According to executive vice president Ram Gupta, this will create a planning and management system for technology executives - "ERP for the CIO.''

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