PeopleSoft has risen from its relatively humble origins in the Human Resource Management Systems (HRMS) arena, its sole focus as it begun life in 1987. Over the course of a decade or so, it added Supply Chain Management and Financials to its list of application offerings. In the last few years, in the face of slowing cash flows from its traditional strongholds, it has gone full bore toward Internet-based enterprise-wide - even cross-enterprise - solutions, trying to enter the game and be competitive with other top tier ERP-turned Collaborative Commerce vendors. Showing fiscal growth and, very-recently, notably-improved market acceptance, Peoplesoft may be the enterprise software turnaround story of the last decade.
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We'll need to see how the numbers actually work out in negotiations over time to know if PeopleSoft is doing itself a disservice. Bottom Line PeopleSoft 8 is a bold, swift, sickle swipe at the client-server landscape, clearing a clean Internet path, and leading the way. If you are hell bent on zero footprint applications across your entire organization, then PeopleSoft is showing the way. But it's not without it's drawbacks. This Internet Version 1.0 is not as functionally robust as other solutions,