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SAP Sidles Up to PeopleSoft Users

Software giant SAP AG (NYSE/Frankfurt: SAP) has moved quickly to hoover up any PeopleSoft Inc. (Nasdaq: PSFT) users worried about the long-term impact of the Oracle Corp. (Nasdaq: ORCL) merger (see SAP Offers Safe Passage and Oracle Takes Control of PeopleSoft).

This morning, the German vendor unveiled its strategy to lure PeopleSoft users onto its own Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) products. Initially targeted at users with both SAP and PeopleSoft products, the initiative involves SAP handling maintenance and support for both its own offerings and those of PeopleSoft.

SAP also unveiled a migration path over to its own mySAP ERP products. To back the strategy up, SAP has acquired Texas-based services firm TomorrowNow, a specialist in providing support for the PeopleSoft product line.

But Sheryl Kingstone, program manager at analyst firm The Yankee Group, warns PeopleSoft users not to panic. I wouldn’t jump to SAP just because you are not sure of the direction that Oracle is taking the products in,” she says.

“Where [the migration path] becomes a little complicated is that SAP and PeopleSoft use a completely different architecture for development tools."

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