The PeopleSoft-J.D. Edwards merger was, in great part, about retaining the big five (or big four, or big three) seat and the need to be bigger within shrinking market opportunities. The combined vendors should now a have solid foothold against SAP and Oracle, particularly because one better-performing side could, if necessary, cover up for the underachieving one.
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to the merger are two such examples. Additionally, PeopleSoft did not want to inherit any excessive baggage with the acquisition of a non-profitable vendor. It reportedly appears that even the vendors' founders, David Duffield and Edward McVaney, who shared a similar touchy-feely approach with customers while actively running their respective companies, were friendly and long toyed with the idea of a merger during the 1990s. However, both were repeatedly distracted by extraneous events like the Y2K bug