Protect and Serve: PeopleSoft Encourages Upgrades

SAN FRANCISCO—PeopleSoft sent two more signals that it will not relent in its efforts to protect and serve customers, while trying to escape the clutches of Oracle, its hostile suitor. On Wednesday, the $2.7 billion Pleasanton, Calif., developer introduced a program called PeopleSoft Now, aimed at spurring its tens of

Will Sarbanes-Oxley Compliance Leave a Hole in Your Budget?

Identifying how all of your company’s processes work is supposed to be a benefit of going through the rigor of complying with the Sarbanes-Oxley Act, which is designed to curb financial fraud among U.S. corporations. But is the practical effect of Sarbanes-Oxley compliance to make a company less efficient, rather

PeopleSoft: Another Year of Living Dangerously

SAN FRANCISCO—When PeopleSoft customers met a year ago, chief executive officer Craig Conway appeared on stage in a flak jacket, flanked by his dog, Abbey. The point: They could survive any bullets aimed their way by Oracle and its chief executive, Larry Ellison, in its three-month-old attempt to take over

Has PeopleSoft Found a White Knight in IBM?

SAN FRANCISCO—PeopleSoft president and chief executive Craig Conway said here at the company’s annual user conference, PeopleSoft Connect, that there were “no ulterior motives” behind the announcement that his company and IBM were investing $1 billion over five years in creating what he called “the most significant enterprise applications alliance

Pop Culture

On September 11, 2001, the bond trading operations of Cantor Fitzgerald were destroyed in the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center, and 658 people died. Nonetheless, the electronic markets supported by the company’s eSpeed subsidiary were restored within 48 hours. In the three years since, Cantor Fitzgerald has launched

Gotcha! No Standards for Developing Standards

The Common Picture Exchange Environment (CPXe) specification is intended to create opportunities for a world full of businesses, from Eastman Kodak to Fuji Photo Film to computer makers to the family camera store on Main Street. But as with many nascent standard-setting efforts, it also presents hurdles. Software developers, for

Voice of Experience: Figuring the Right Price

Robert WisemanCendant Travel Distribution ServicesCTOParsippany, N.J.www.cendant.com Manager’s Profile: In charge of technology strategy and deployment for the 4,800-employee Cendant unit that provides travel services. The 14 brands of Travel Distribution Services (TDS) include Galileo International and CheapTickets.com. Pumping Iron: In 2001, TDS was running its fare-pricing application, which searches fares

Primer: Tera-Level Computing

What is it? The next major stage in the evolution of computing, in which improvements to existing technology will allow computers to routinely process trillions of calculations per second (teraflops). Hardware will also be able to store trillions of bytes of data (terabytes) and communicate the results over networks that

Under Armour: No Sweat

Imagine yourself as Dave Demsky, barely three months as information-technology director at Under Armour, a sports apparel company whose products are so cool that professional athletes wear them on TV without being paid to do so. It’s August 2001, the busiest month of the busiest year in the company’s history,

Kodak Player Roster

Daniel A. CarpChief Executive OfficerThe first non-engineer to lead Big Yellow since founder George Eastman, Carp drives Kodak’s increasing focus on digital businesses. A Kodak lifer, Carp believes the proliferation of digital cameras and camera phones will generate greater demands for prints, not fewer. That is a model tailor-made for