The NeXt PeopleSoft?

The NeXt PeopleSoft?

Summary: Dave Duffield, one of the key people behind Peoplesoft is apparentlystarting a new business aimed at developing and supportinga new ERP/SCM package that mixes open source with traditional business methodsto compete with Oracle, SAP, and Microsoft

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Dave Duffield, one of the key people behind Peoplesoft is apparently starting a new business aimed at developing and supporting a new ERP/SCM package that mixes open source with traditional business methods to compete with Oracle, SAP, and Microsoft.

Here's how his Davesnextmove.com website describes the problem they want to address:

Today's enterprise applications are no longer meeting the needs of their customers. These applications
  • Are too expensive to deploy and maintain.

  • Are complicated and difficult to use.

  • Were built for the back office and largely ignore the informational needs of the line manager.

Today's applications are constraining business.

Second acts, except for highly motivated people like Steve Jobs, have not typically been all that successful. Here, however, that motivation may be in place and there's certainly an enormous opportunity for improvement in the ERP/SCM business.

I've been a big fan of Peoplesoft's ever since their campaign against client-server started. Between Microsoft's changes to IE and customer entrenchment they never quite got that off the ground, but if he's serious this time, I have only one question: Mr. Duffield, how can I help?

Topic: Enterprise Software

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  • Get him a web server & some bandwidth!

    Dave's web site appears to be almost non-functioning.
    ejhonda
  • ERP problems

    I have never heard of a PeopleSoft installtion that did not violate the comments found on Davesnextmove.com website:

    Are too expensive to deploy and maintain.
    Are complicated and difficult to use.
    Were built for the back office and largely ignore the informational needs of the line manager.
    Today's applications are constraining business.

    So now the daddy of PeopleSoft going to fix this???
    jcbick
    • Me neither - and I've installed most of it several times

      I'm hoping he's learnt from the experience ... and, anyway, in my experience most of the install problems arise because people insist on customization and/or their hardware.

      In one memorable diaster the client insisted on revising most of the screens while forcing the data onto mainframe DB2 - through NT boxes acting as filters/translators. Roughly a hundre million bucks (!) later... but none of this was Peoplesoft's fault the basic software more or less worked out of the box.
      murph_z