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"The Beginning of the End of Middleware," Says PeopleSoft CEO

"The Beginning of the End of Middleware," Says PeopleSoft CEO

(May 8, 2003) - Speaking at PeopleSoft's own 2003 Leadership Summit this week in Las Vegas, the CEO of PeopleSoft Inc, Craig Conway, told his audience that the i-technology world has reached a historic phase that he characterized as "the beginning of the end of middleware."

Since PeopleSoft is the world's leading provider of application software for real-time enterprises and claims that today more than 5,100 organizations in 140 contries currently run its software, Conway's comments have left people guessing what he might mean. . .especially since PeopleSoft has recently aligned itself with IBM's WebSphere family of Java-based middleware products.

By making it possible to connect and draw data from its own proprietary applications to and from those of fellow giants like SAP and Oracle, Conway's point is, one assumes, that companies will no longer have to allocate resources to purchasing the middleware that until now has till made such connections for them. Conway also announced a strategic joint development initiative with IBM to port and optimize PeopleSoft's enterprise apps to Linux, running on IBM hardware and software. "Companies running mission-critical PeopleSoft applications on Linux and IBM eServer xSeries systems will benefit from improvements in performance, reliability and manageability for core business applications," Rick Bergquist, chief technology officer, PeopleSoft, tells JDJ News Desk. "Linux is ready for primetime - it is now capable of running mission-critical applications," he continues. "We're teaming with IBM to deliver PeopleSoft applications in a Linux environment, which gives our customers greater choice and is another milestone in our commitment to open standards."

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