PeopleSoft has unveiled the first prong in its Internet strategy, due to be unveiled on 16 April.
The applications supplier said it will include optional support for Netscape?s Communicator browser and client operating system in version 7.0 of its human resources applications, due later this year.
In the past, the company had limited its client support to Windows 95, NT Workstation and Microsoft?s Internet Explorer. But, it now plans to write a series of Java-based administration applications for managing Communicator?s messaging, security and directory services.
Katy Mackrill, PeopleSoft?s European business alliances manager, ?PeopleSoft has in the past been viewed as very Microsoft-centric, but we?re now saying that it?s an open platform that?s as valid for NetScape as for Microsoft. This secures the NetScape?s customer base.?
She added that the vendor was also shipping fifteen ?self-service? applications to several PeopleSoft customer pilot sites, with general availability scheduled to coincide with the release of PeopleSoft version 7.0.
The "Universal Applications" include human resources packages such as training registration and paycheck summary, and financials and distribution applications such as vendor payment status enquiries and customer balance enquiries.
Each application resides as an applet on a Web or intranet server and can be downloaded to a Web browser or PC.
An Application Navigator, which is a browser-based interface, sits at the front-end of the Universal Applications and also third party packages, and is intended to make it easier for non-technical staff to use and navigate them.
The interface can also be deployed on kiosk-based or WebTV-based packages.
PeopleSoft has also launched its Interprise Partner Programme for third parties wanting to integrate their packages into its applications suite.
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