The company introduced the performance tools in the latest version of PeopleTools, the technical underpinnings and development environment of its software. The new version includes updates for pinpointing bottlenecks and simplifying the installation of patches and new releases of the software, the Pleasanton, Calif., company said Tuesday. PeopleTools 8.44 works with the 8.4 version of the PeopleSoft Enterprise package as well as with subsequent releases.
PeopleSoft also has expanded its collection of Process Integration Packs, programs designed to link the company's set of applications to other business systems. The newest Integration Pack connects PeopleSoft's payroll system to the general ledger program of competitor SAP. The program, which consists of data transformation and routing tools, can reduce from months to weeks the time it takes stitch the two rivals' programs together, PeopleSoft said.
The company is working to tie its payroll system more closely to the general ledger system of J.D. Edwards, thelast year. In addition to an integration pack that's already available, PeopleSoft plans to release "pre-integrated" versions of the two programs in March that maintain data integrity by synchronizing their master files. The project is part of a to digest the technology PeopleSoft gained in the J.D. Edwards buyout.
In the meantime, PeopleSoft continues to fight a hostile acquisition bid by Oracle. PeopleSofta revised $9.4 billion tender offer. The company is banking on the U.S. Justice Department blocking the bid on anticompetitive grounds. A decision from the regulatory agency, which has been reviewing the deal for months, is expected in March.