In response to the July 11 article by David Becker, "":
Every time I read literature about the Oracle acquisition of PeopleSoft, I have to smile. Could it be that the biggest problem is how Oracle's CEO handles public opinion? I have to answer with an emphatic yes. It's a shame because I don't think Oracle understands that it has such a bad reputation. A 6-inch piece of duct tape over Larry Ellison's mouth would go a long way to correct this problem.
Just recently the company I am working with chose PeopleSoft over Oracle. In my opinion Oracle offered a significantly more capable product in most every regard for our project. What worked against Oracle with a number of the evaluators was, one, a reputation for not being honest with its customers, and two, the number of bugs in Oracle's products.
The PeopleSoft sales team did a wonderful job of using Oracle's bad reputation to compensate for the lack of features in PeopleSoft's product. The result was that Oracle really didn't have much of a chance in the final stages of our product evaluation. We now are discovering that PeopleSoft is really no different; they are just better managers of public opinion.