REDMOND, Wash., Jan. 10, 2005 — Microsoft Corp. today announced it will offer a migration program designed to satisfy the needs of businesses that use PeopleSoft technology products PeopleSoft World (formerly from J.D. Edwards), PeopleSoft EnterpriseOne (formerly from J.D. Edwards) and PeopleSoft Enterprise. The migration program was developed to help PeopleSoft customers and partners respond to business challenges resulting from Oracle Corp.’s recent acquisition of PeopleSoft.
The migration program provides migration technology, price discounts on Microsoft® Business Solutions software and services, and strategic guidance to help companies efficiently and affordably migrate to a Microsoft Business Solutions business management application. While the program is available for all four Microsoft Business Solutions business management applications, Microsoft recommends that PeopleSoft World and PeopleSoft EnterpriseOne customers consider Microsoft Business Solutions–Axapta® and that PeopleSoft Enterprise customers in the United States and Canada consider Microsoft Business Solutions–Great Plains® . However, businesses interested in Microsoft Business Solutions–Navision®
and Microsoft Business Solutions–Solomon also can take advantage of the new migration program. The migration program also is designed to serve business partners that specialize in PeopleSoft technology.
“Businesses that use PeopleSoft technology are facing some difficult choices today, and we’re committed to providing them with the best options for moving forward,” said Doug Burgum, senior vice president at Microsoft. “Today’s announcement is evidence of our ongoing commitment to working closely with PeopleSoft customers and partners to help them migrate to Microsoft Business Solutions in a smooth, cost-effective manner, and on a schedule that best accommodates their business needs.”
The new program provides an attractive financial package for PeopleSoft customers, including a 25 percent license discount as well as a 25 percent discount for the first year of participation in Microsoft Business Solutions support and enhancement programs. These financial incentives are available to customers that license a Microsoft Business Solutions application no later than June 22, 2005. The program offers migration planning guides to help customers evaluate applications and platforms, as well as data migration tools to shorten the total implementation time. The program also will feature guidance from experienced systems integrators who specialize in PeopleSoft migration, and from technical specialists skilled in PeopleSoft application conversion who can cross-train companies’ sales personnel.
The migration program is available now through Microsoft partners worldwide. Microsoft Business Solutions software availability and specific program offerings may vary by country.
About Microsoft Business Solutions
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to streamline processes across an entire organization, giving businesses insight to respond rapidly, plan strategically and execute quickly. Microsoft Business Solutions applications are delivered through a worldwide network of channel partners that provide specialized services and local support tailored to a company’s needs.
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Partner and Customer Support for the Microsoft Business Solutions PeopleSoft Migration Program
“Microsoft Business Solutions–Great Plains has proven to be very strong and cost-effective for many customers seeking an alternative to PeopleSoft solutions. We have already helped seven customers make the move from PeopleSoft solutions to Microsoft Great Plains. Our client surveys have revealed high satisfaction with features, ease of use and ease of data migration using Microsoft standard tools, and even higher satisfaction around the dramatic reduction in cost of ownership, which inevitably occurs from the change.”
– Alan Kahn, President, InterDyn AKA
InterDyn AKA is a New York-based Microsoft Gold Certified Partner specializing in Microsoft Great Plains. The InterDyn AKA team is made up of consultants and sales professionals dedicated to providing one of the best front-to-back e-business solutions in the industry. http://www.akaes.com
“We’ve bet our careers and our business on Microsoft Business Solutions–Axapta. The availability of the migration program is good news for Microsoft Business Solutions partners and for future customers. Microsoft has invested heavily in this space, and the results are applications that are very agile, can easily adapt to changing business conditions and are offered at an attractive price point. And because they are built on the Microsoft technology stack, they are highly familiar and easily integrate into applications that are used every day.”
– Mike Gillis, President, Iteration2
Iteration2 is a Microsoft Gold Certified Partner based in Irvine, Calif., founded on the belief that businesses using PeopleSoft World and PeopleSoft EnterpriseOne would benefit from migrating to Microsoft Axapta. http://www.iteration2.com
“We are extremely excited by the opportunities this alliance with Microsoft presents for Conexus Partners and our customers. Reminiscent of the hardware industry in the 1980s, the business software industry is consolidating. Customers are looking for vendors that will offer lower total cost of ownership for their business software solutions, with a promise to be around in the future.
Conexus Partners, led by former officers and executives of J.D. Edwards, will provide immediate cost savings for ongoing maintenance, modernization and migration of the J.D. Edwards platform.”
– Jon Mattei, CEO and President, Conexus Partners LLC
Conexus Partners LLC, headquartered in Denver, provides software products and services for enterprise resource planning (ERP) solutions. Conexus Partners, founded in 2003 by prior officers and executives of J.D. Edwards, offers lower total cost of ownership for maintenance and modernization of ERP software and provides the conversion tools for alternate commodity priced business solutions. http://www.conexuspartners.com
“TASER International performed a thorough enterprise resource planning evaluation and selected Microsoft Axapta because of its functionality, agility and fundamental technology integration with other Microsoft products that we use every day. The value proposition surrounding the total cost of ownership is outstanding, and with Microsoft’s backing, we believe Microsoft Axapta has become the most stable solution in the industry.”
– Ray Rivera, CIO, TASER International Inc.
TASER International Inc. provides nonlethal devices for use in law enforcement, corrections, private security and personal defense markets. It migrated to Microsoft Axapta in 2004. http://www.taser.com
American Bible Society
“We were paying high licensing and maintenance fees annually for our previous PeopleSoft solution, as well as duplicating efforts. Now, by using Microsoft Great Plains, we’ve halved that amount and have a tightly integrated solution from the platform up through our business applications.”
– Nick Garbidakis, Chief Technology Officer, American Bible Society
American Bible Society, founded in 1816, is a donor-supported nonprofit ministry with a purpose of presenting the Bible in compelling ways. The organization focuses on advocacy and resourcing through strong relationships with strategic partners. The American Bible Society migrated to Microsoft Great Plains in 2002. http://www.americanbible.org