Sun Microsystems Inc. and PeopleSoft Inc. are forming a strategic alliance to drum up business in vertical customer relationship management markets. The alliance will offer PeopleSoft's integrated enterprise CRM solution on Sun's Solaris 8 Operating Environment (OE) and Java technology-based platforms. Sun and PeopleSoft will engage in joint sales, services and go-to-market activities. The companies will also collaborate on engineering efforts and work with customers in Sun's iForce Ready Center locations to create proof of concepts and develop architecture blueprints in an enterprise lab environment.

"PeopleSoft and Sun are taking their leadership in the communications and brokerage industries to a new level," says Sharon Ward, director of Enterprise Business Applications for the Hurwitz Group.

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