On January 31, 2007, Oracle President Charles Phillips conducted a worldwide announcement event that puts teeth into the "Applications Unlimited" program. The shipment and general availability of new versions of our PeopleSoft Enterprise and Oracle eBusiness Suite product families makes for a time of great excitement among our customers, partners and employees.
How common is it for an information technology company to make announcements, as Oracle did in January 2005, about large-scale product development projects spanning multiple product lines... and then to actually achieve the milestones on time? The word unprecedented comes to mind!
Personally for me, this January 31st announcement is very satisfying. It proves what was "missed" during the gloomy 2005-2006 predictions of the competitors and expert analysts. Fear, uncertainty and doubt spells "FUD." Here is an article worth a read, from the Oracle customer magazine, Profit, February 2007. While reading this article, the thought crossed my mind, "What is the greater danger: to go with a software supplier that is vigorously developing new capabilities, or one that is going to ride that old horse until it collapses?" Maybe I'll call my old pals from MSA or McCormick & Dodge, and ask their opinion. I enjoy John Wookey's closing observation:
"When a company takes a different path, people may have trouble understanding it and competitors can create FUD around it. Putting passion and investment behind extending the current software and simultaneously evolving the next generation isn't the way applications companies usually do business. But it should be."
--- John Wookey, Oracle's senior vice president of applications development.
I would like to congratulate the Oracle customers who participated in the successful hosted beta test project for PeopleSoft Campus Solutions 9.0:
For our customers who may be entering a system planning period, I would again offer the resources of Oracle, both Applications and Technology Divisions, to assist by providing the latest product roadmap information.
Go Apps Unlimited!