In a move that will update its enterprise applications with real-time product configurations, PeopleSoft Inc. is acquiring intellectual property and software development rights from Calico Commerce Inc. With the acquisition, PeopleSoft will offer a product configuration tool for both the sales and manufacturing processes.

Users will be able to create real-time product configurations through an interactive process of needs analysis, recommendation, configuration, pricing and quoting, the company says. PeopleSoft will combine Calico's product configurator software with its customer relationship management (CRM) and supply chain management applications.

"Controlling the key elements of the product configuration process through all phases of the customer lifecycle will improve order accuracy and shorten the sales cycle," says Ram Gupta, executive vice president, products and technology for PeopleSoft. Terms of the deal weren’t disclosed.

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