ZDNet Australia: PeopleSoft's CTO Speaks Out
May 21, 2003, 16:00 (1 Talkback[s])
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"What do you think is the most important innovation to
improve enterprise software?
"We think a change in mindset is the most important. When
Japanese carmakers came to the USA, they said better cars meant
better quality and reliability. American cars were all about
style--where do the fins go?--and the Japanese took market share
very quickly. If you look at enterprise software today, I think
that PeopleSoft, SAP and Oracle all have adequate features and
functions. It's hard to tell the difference with the untrained eye.
So what's needed is a new mindset that's not about packing in new
features but instead delivers better product that is cheaper to
feed and care for and can be changed when you want to...
"PeopleSoft has announced it will port all its
applications to Linux. Does that pose a technical
"Linux is now ready for prime time. It is now supported all the
way up and down the value chain. We believe it has all come
together with sufficient reliability and depth for enterprise
customers. From a development point of view, we already support
several operating systems so adding RedHat Linux on Intel isn't a