Still, Workday, which recently undertook a successful IPO, has a long way to go before it overtakes its larger rivals. It's too soon to know just how successful it will be, according to one observer.
"Workday customers bet on the PeopleSoft promise," said analyst Ray Wang, CEO of Constellation Research. "Today, many of those customers see Workday as the extension of that brand promise. Oracle still has a lot of loyal PeopleSoft customers so the next five years will tell whether or not they will stay with Oracle or make the move to Workday as folks shifted from Siebel to Salesforce."
Chris Kanaracus covers enterprise software and general technology breaking news for The IDG News Service. Chris' email address is Chris_Kanaracus@idg.com