Peoplesoft and arch rival SAP have both expanded their ranges through acquisition this week.
Peoplesoft bought out long time partner Intrepid Systems for its retail management software, while SAP took a controlling stake in Israeli warehousing systems house Ofek-tech.
The former transaction is worth $57.7 million in stock at current prices. All 230 employees of the privately held, $20 million a year company will transfer to Peoplesoft.
The deal highlights Peoplesoft's push into vertical markets, which has contributed to its recent growth - it now stands second to SAP in ERP applications sales, according to IDC.
Intrepid's software manages merchandise and distribution for retailers, and is already sold as an integrated package with its new parent's financial, manufacturing and human resources offerings. The partners share 10 clients and claim the combination of products allows these stores to track consumer buying patterns and carry out personalised promotions.
Meanwhile, SAP has taken a 51 per cent stake in Tel Aviv based Ofek-tech, in order to expand its warehouse management products. The Israeli company already has a development partnership with SAP to jointly expand the R/3 Warehouse Management application.
The German giant said it would now be able to deliver this enhanced warehousing component more rapidly, although it did not give a date.
It will also incorporate Ofek-tech's DC-Master management product with the new module and will migrate DC-Master customers such as Nestle once this is finished. SAP claims these users will benefit from tighter integration of warehousing, distribution, logistics and supply chain functions.
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