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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 challenge?

"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 big chore..."

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