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PeopleSoft Launches New B2B Unit

PeopleSoft this week launched PeopleSoft MarketPlace, a B2B exchange that enables employees, customers, and suppliers to connect and do business over the Internet.

The operation is part of the company's new MarketPlace Solutions Division, which will be headed by former Oracle Corp. executive Kerry P. Lamson. He will oversee development, strategy, sales and marketing for PeopleSoft's B2B e-commerce initiatives.

The MarketPlace Solutions Division presently has about 200 development, sales and marketing employees. Additionally, the unit can take advantage of PeopleSoft Consulting and its more than 150 e-business consultants. PeopleSoft MarketPlace is powered by the PeopleSoft Internet Architecture, an XML-based open integration platform.

"The new business unit will further strengthen PeopleSoft's push into the explosive B2B market," said Craig Conway, president and chief executive officer at PeopleSoft.

PeopleSoft MarketPlace currently offers e-procurement for office supplies (MRO). Future services are scheduled to include direct procurement, resource management, benefits, travel and expense, and recruiting. The solutions will enable strategic decision making by integrating PeopleSoft Enterprise Performance Management, the company's e-business intelligence suite.

Trading partners include Authoria, CFN, Impresse, Sabre and Skills Village. The exchange also integrates suppliers from the Commerce One Global Trading Web, including Boise Cascade, ImageX.com, MicroWarehouse, NECX Direct, Noosh, Office Depot, WESCO Distribution, VWR Scientific, and Wareforce, among others.

PeopleSoft is an e-business applications and consulting company with solutions that include customer relationship management, e-commerce and supply chain management, human resource management, financial management, professional services automation, and learning solutions for a variety of industries.



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