23 May 2002 | Robin Parker
The latest version of PeopleSoft’s Enterprise Portal focuses on integrating business processes through web services.
The upgraded tool can deliver web services content directly into the portal, allowing users to host data from different online sources in one place.
PeopleSoft claims that pooling information in this way keeps programming and maintenance costs down, as well as cutting out the need to train and maintain people to use multiple platforms.
A second new function, Intelligent Context Manager, aims to integrate processes further by prompting users automatically with relevant data when they begin purchasing and payment transactions within the portal.
In addition, PeopleSoft has unveiled multi-channel industry-specific solutions for customer relationship management.
The applications target the government, insurance, energy and high-tech sectors.
The vendor has also moved into strategic sourcing with an application to manage the entire source-to-settle process. It hopes to e-enable suppliers with Trading Partner Management, a unified interface allowing firms to communicate using XML language, portal, fax or web services.