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Oracle execs face PeopleSoft grilling over migration claims

9th Jan 2004
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PeopleSoft has asked a US court to grant it permission to interview half a dozen Oracle executives as part of its California lawsuit against Oracle for alleged unfair business practices.

The company is seeking the court's permission to interview executives to discover more about what Oracle allegedly told customers about migration issues that they might face if PeopleSoft took over JD Edwards.

According to the court filing, PeopleSoft wants to interview Oracle employees who have responsibility for supporting and developing software applications similar to PeopleSoft's products - such as its executive vice president of global support services and its senior vice president of applications development - because they would be familiar with enterprise support and migration issues.

PeopleSoft's list of interviewees includes Don Klaiss, Oracle vice president of manufacturing and distribution products; Mike Rocha, Oracle executive vice president of global support services; Steve Miranda, Oracle vice president applications development; John Wookey, Oracle senior vice president applications development; and Joel Summers, Oracle vice president of human resource management systems development. Two other Oracle managers are expected to be later added to the PeopleSoft list, according to the filing.

The filing also stresses the effect the merger would have on California companies and its government agencies. "PeopleSoft will show that the costs to one subset of PeopleSoft customers - the 70 California cities, schools and government agencies which use PeopleSoft products - would be at least hundreds of millions of dollars, a cost ultimately borne by the California taxpayer," the filing states.

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