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PeopleSoft unveils tools for small businesses

The company is also launching integration tools tailored for "power users."

PeopleSoft on Wednesday released a handful of new products and certifications, introducing new applications for small businesses and integration tools designed for "power users."

The Pleasanton, Calif.-based company's latest package of applications for small businesses, which it defines as companies with annual revenue of between $20 million and $100 million, features scaled-down versions of all its flagship enterprise applications. These incude tools for automating operations such as financials, distribution, manufacturing, human resources and project management. The package is dubbed PeopleSoft World Express.

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The bundle, which PeopleSoft built using IBM's eServer iSeries architecture, is designed to address issues for customers in a number of markets by providing 30 industry-specific business process templates. The software maker says the package has been tailored to allow for faster, cheaper integration by small companies. The company plans to market the offering exclusively through its channel partners.

PeopleSoft also introduced its latest set of integration tools, aimed at so-called power users of its software who need to combine tasks or create single screens for managing multiple applications. Known as PeopleSoft EnterpriseOne Tools 8.93, the package is designed to help customers save time spent integrating the company's various business software products, and it adds extended support for the Linux operating system and for BEA Systems' WebLogic application server software.

In related news, PeopleSoft revealed plans to certify Apple's Safari Web browser for use with all of its EnterpriseOne products. Most of the company's core applications have already been approved for use with Safari. Company executives contend that the Web browser enhances performance for customers accessing its applications with Apple computers.

The announcements come as PeopleSoft is at the center of an antitrust trial spurred by Oracle's hostile takeover bid of the smaller company. The U.S. Department of Justice is suing to block the database giant's takeover attempt.