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PeopleSoft Bears Linux Torch with IBM

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Business software maker PeopleSoft Tuesday embraced Linux when it agreed to port its enterprise applications to Linux running on IBM hardware and software.

In the strategic agreement with IBM, for which duration and financial details were not made public, PeopleSoft will use IBM eServer xSeries, DB2 Universal Database and WebSphere Application Server as the foundation for its Linux development platforms. PeopleSoft, which makes customer relationship management and enterprise resource planning software, announced the partnership at a customer show in Las Vegas.

IBM has been supporting Linux on its platforms since it embraced the open-source approach a few years ago and pledged to pump $1 billion into the endeavor. Big Blue aims to be the leading infrastructure provider on which businesses can run Linux. This is a lucrative prospect as many firms of different walks of IT life are turning to Linux for its lower cost-of-ownership value proposition over proprietary operating systems from Microsoft or with different vendors' versions of the Unix operating system.

The Linux hug is a first for the Pleasanton, Calif.-based PeopleSoft, whose rivals Oracle and SAP have already embraced Linux in their strategies.

"Linux is ready for primetime," said Rick Bergquist, chief technology officer, PeopleSoft. "We're teaming with IBM to deliver PeopleSoft applications in a Linux environment which gives our customers greater choice and is another milestone in our commitment to open standards."

The PeopleSoft Web Server running Linux is ready now. The firm will launch a full line of enterprise applications on Linux in the fourth quarter of 2003. That effort will span the following PeopleSoft product lines: AppConnect, Application Integration, Customer Relationship Management, Enterprise Performance Management, Enterprise Service Automation, Financial Management Solutions, Human Capital Management, Human Resources Management, Supplier Relationship Management, and Supply Chain Management.

Steve Mills, senior vice president and group executive, IBM Software Group, said the pact represents the broadest commitment of an IBM partner to use Linux hardware and software to date.

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