Peoplesoft officially launched version 7.0 of its applications suite today, but said it expects European users to wait for release 7.5, which will be more international in focus.
Enhancements include the ability to introduce an application server into a two-tier architecture to make it three-tier. Users can also choose to have a Web browser as the front end to their system in addition to their existing Windows client.
Peoplesoft is also now bundling Cognos' Powerplay as its desktop decision support tool of choice and is reselling Arbor's Essbase as its preferred online analytical processing software, but users can access the Peoplesoft system using their own preferred tools via the ODBC interface, if they require.
Version 7.0 also includes two new products, Product Configurator and Peoplesoft Engineering, which will ship in September with the rest of the suite.
The next functional release of the system, version 7.5, will come in April next year, along with "significant globalisation enhancements", which are widely viewed as important if Peoplesoft is to make any serious inroads into the European market.
A company spokesperson said he did not expect European customers to upgrade to version 7.0, but rather to go straight to version 7.5 because "it doesn't really make sense to do another upgrade after six months".
The upgrade will also include a publish and subscribe message bus.
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