JD Edwards rolls out business process software

JD Edwards has unveiled a set of enhancements to the company's business applications lineup, and released details of its...

JD Edwards has unveiled a set of enhancements to the company's business applications lineup, and released details of its forthcoming aquisition by PeopleSoft.

At the Quest Global 2003 user conference PeopleSoft outlined its strategy, which would be to fold the companies' existing application portfolios into three categories: an AS/400 line, which will include JD Edwards' World products; a mid-market lineup; and a collection of products for the enterprise.

PeopleSoft chief executive officer Craig Conway said PeopleSoft intended to protect customers' investments and not force them to abandon existing JD Edwards installations. 

"The choice should always be elected and not mandatory," he said, claiming that the two companies can do more as one organisation than as separate operations. 

The company also unveiled enhancements to its flagship JD Edwards 5 lineup, including its ERP, supply chain management and CRM modules. 

Lenley Hensarling, group vice-president of product management at JD Edwards, said these enhancements are designed to help customers with more business-process-specific capabilities.

For instance, the applications have been modified to support tracking processes unique to consumer packaged goods and to comply with federal regulations. The CRM applications will also now have pre-integrated analytical capabilities to assist users in better understanding sales and marketing operations. 

In keeping with this approach, JD Edwards' SCM 9 applications have been boosted to assist distributors and manufacturers. The changes include latest planning, pricing and order management features. 

Marc L Songini writes for Computerworld



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