PeopleSoft's Standing Debated at Trial

Tuesday Jun 8th 2004 by Staff

The DoJ's argument to block Oracle's takeover of PeopleSoft hinges on the Global 2000's view of competition in the ERP marketplace.


SAN FRANCISCO -- PeopleSoft's (Quote, Chart) place in the global IT marketplace is key in the U.S. Department of Justice case against Oracle (Quote, Chart), which opened today.

Based on opening statements, either the Pleasanton, Calif.-based software vendor is the only significant competition to Oracle and SAP, or it is a flawed player in the growing number of companies designing all-encompassing enterprise resource planning (ERP) software suites.

"PeopleSoft is not the end-all be-all of competition," Oracle lawyer Dan Wall argued during his opening statement. "This is not a traditional antitrust case. As we discussed in the technical tutorial, the [software] stack is what makes companies like Oracle, IBM, Microsoft and SAP compete and PeopleSoft does not have a software stack."

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