Oracle has been on an acquisition hunt for the last four years and I thought it would be a good idea to talk about how some of these acquisitions are impacting the PeopleSoft customers we talk to every day, as well as to make others aware of some products that are now available to complement their existing PeopleSoft products.
So let’s begin, if you will, by focusing on one of the areas of expertise here at MIPRO. We have been working hard the last four years to raise awareness of our firm and the PeopleSoft EAM/ALM product suite. The ALM Suite introduced as part of PeopleSoft 8.9 was the beginning of a renaissance for PeopleSoft customers, as they could finally purchase a fully integrated Real Estate and Maintenance Management EAM solution. As we’ve worked with with more and more customers, we have seen some opportunities to integrate into PeopleSoft other products that have subsequently been acquired by Oracle. The two big-hitters that come to mind are:
These two popular products are a valuable complement to the functionality provided in the PeopleSoft Financials, Supply Chain and EAM/ALM products.
Let’s start with Primavera first. This is a product that was, and continues to be, an industry leader in the Project/Program Management space. The blurb below extracted from Oracle’s website provides a good description of what the product has to offer companies:
“Oracle’s Primavera is focused exclusively on helping project-intensive businesses manage their entire project portfolio lifecycle, including projects of all sizes. It is estimated that projects totaling more than $6 trillion in value have been managed with Primavera products. Companies turn to Primavera project portfolio management solutions to help them make better portfolio management decisions, evaluate the risks and rewards associated with projects, and determine whether there are sufficient resources with the right skills to accomplish the work. These best-in-class solutions provide the project execution and control capabilities needed to successfully deliver projects on time, within budget and with the intended quality and design.”
We have seen many companies that currently have PeopleSoft Projects look to Primavera to complete the product portfolio required of project-focused organizations. With Primavera’s integration into both PeopleSoft Project Costing and PeopleSoft SRM, companies are better able to manage their project costs and get real time information about project costs and tracking.
The other product that we have seen plenty of traction with is the AutoVue Visualization product. This product was acquired via Oracle’s acquisition of Agile, and it provides the ability for organizations to share documents across the enterprise without regard to the document’s native file format. This is a very powerful tool, because (in an EAM/ALM context) if a user requires the ability to view CAD, or 3D type drawings, they only need access to the AutoVue tool, not the original content creation tool itself. Another benefit we have realized is its ability to offer print services to the ALM suite, so that we are able to print packages of documents for maintenance personnel.
So there’s two peripheral integrations that come as downstream benefits of PeopleSoft’s EAM/ALM suite. I say peripheral because they’re not considered first-line integrations, as some are.
If you would like more information about these products and how they can be integrated into your PeopleSoft backbone, please contact me. We’d be happy to have a conversation, even if you’re just wanting some additional information on the topics I’ve laid out here. If you’d rather discuss this in a community setting, you can chime in via the comments below, or catch us on Twitter or Facebook. We pay very close attention to these social channels, as more and more of our customers are engaging with them.
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