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PeopleSoft kicks off integration plans

PeopleSoft rolls out the first phase of its e-commerce backbone that will provide the foundation for the company's PeopleSoft Business Network application integration plan.

PeopleSoft today rolled out the first phase of its e-commerce backbone that will provide the foundation for the company's PeopleSoft Business Network application integration plan.

PeopleSoft e7.5 brings additional Internet-related features to PeopleSoft's enterprise resource planning (ERP) applications, adding HTML access and a Web-deployable Microsoft Windows client. The new technology will be available this quarter, the company said.

As previously reported PSBN is part of a larger e-business program announced by the company last November, which consists of several elements including: the development of an e-business backbone, extensions for e-business, and the PSBN; a program for managing and integrating other vendors' products into PeopleSoft's products; and offerings such as a healthcare organization.

PeopleSoft is also building a customizable interface for users that closely resembles the My Yahoo personalized news and portal interface. My Yahoo lets users customize Yahoo's Web site to deliver only news and items of interest to that user.

The backbone is an effort to beef up PeopleSoft's core enterprise applications by integrating electronic data interchange, messaging agent technology, and developing prewritten application programming interfaces.

"Fundamentally, the Internet is a platform for doing business, whether it's a conduit for commerce, or a network that gives people the information they need and the ability to act on it and be successful," Rick Bergquist, PeopleSoft chief technology officer, said in a statement.

PeopleSoft also plans to expand the number of applications that can be deployed over the Internet. The effort includes developing "E-Business Communities," or a collection of applications designed to support specific business processes like benefits enrollment, procurement, travel, and expense management. PeopleSoft is also planning to add content from third-parties to the applications such as integrating content from a travel service or a health maintenance organization.

PeopleSoft today said it is delivering the first PSBN Community with e7.5. The PeopleSoft Campus Connection consists of applications for students, alumni, faculty, and administrators.

Campus Connection is already in beta testing at several universities including Gallaudet, Southern Methodist University, and University of Wisconsin.

Additional eBusiness communities will be delivered later this year.

Pricing for PeopleSoft e7.5 was not immediately available.