"The biggest issue has always been the life of the product. They weren't really doing enhancements to it. Now, there's actually a product plan that includes enhancements," he said. "The price will be a selling point. A lot of iSeries customers are on older technology with homegrown applications they'd like to replace."
World customer Dave Hyzy, director of IT for Benderson Development Co. Inc. in Buffalo, New York, is also pleased with PeopleSoft's plans for World sales and development. He's been testing a new Web interface PeopleSoft recently released, which gives users a modern GUI (graphical user interface) for tapping into World's applications.
"Since (PeopleSoft has) taken over, they've put more time and effort into developing the World product than we saw in the last five years combined under J.D. Edwards," Hyzy said. "It's a great step toward making World into a living, breathing software product again. It should be a viable alternative in the market. Its only real detriment has been the fact that it's been perceived as a legacy application without any growth potential."