Oracle (Quote, Company Info) Executive Vice President Chuck Phillips placed
himself on the hot seat Thursday in the first of what the company said will
be series of "town hall" meetings in which PeopleSoft (Quote, Company Info)
customers can drill various Oracle executives about its intentions when and
if it succeeds in acquiring its enterprise applications rival.
If the inaugural town hall meeting was any indication, the proceedings will
be as repetitive as they are brutal and precise, with Phillips fielding
myriad questions via e-mail about his company's plans for supporting
PeopleSoft products should the purchase clear regulatory opposition and find
Little new information was unearthed, but the session, propelled by a
smattering of prepared and real-time queries, allowed customers to address
nuances that have cropped up since Oracle began issuing statements about its
intentions last month.
Phillips was asked if Oracle would continue to support PeopleSoft platforms
7, 8 and 9. The answer was "yes" to all, and the executive also pledged
enhancements to those products if they are needed, noting that the evolution
of the software market often requires frequent product upgrades in order for
vendors to keep up with competitors on various arcs of innovation.
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