PeopleSoft promises friendlier software

The upcoming version of PeopleSoft Financial Management will reflect some of the recent work PeopleSoft Inc. has put into improving ease of use of its software, the company's chief said today.

'A PeopleSoft installation will be able to be done in a day,' said Craig Conway, president and chief executive officer of the Pleasanton, Calif., company. 'A configuration will be done in a week. The software will be able to be integrated with [other vendor's enterprise relationship management software] right out of the box.'

Version 8.8 of Financial Management will be available to government clients Dec. 17, said Ron Sullivan, vice president and general manager for PeopleSoft's federal unit.

A service pack for the company's human resources software, which also will have some user enhancements, should also be released this month.

In November of last year, Conway said he directed the company's 700 programmers to spend considerable time improving the overall usability of the company's products, rather than in developing new features.

The programmers are making software easier to install and configure, as well as easier to integrate with other enterprise packages, he said. User interfaces are also being improved.

Some of the changes will be seen in the company's newest upgrade of its financial software, while more changes will appear within the next year in upgrades of other products for human resources, financial and customer relationship management, Conway said.

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Joab Jackson is the senior technology editor for Government Computer News.

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