Oracle has assured European users of JD Edwards in the SME sector that it will continue to sell and develop the JDE business software suite.
Oracle has given JD Edwards products a major role in its applications portfolio for SMEs in Europe. The company acquired JDE products as part of its acquisition of PeopleSoft this year.
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"The acquisition of PeopleSoft ensures that Oracle has the widest portfolio of affordable industry solutions to meet the needs of SMEs," said Tino Scholman, Oracle European vice-president for SME applications.
"The Oracle E-Business Suite has made significant inroads at the upper end of the SME sector as well as in its large enterprise heartland, and the E-Business Suite Special Edition has been a particular success with smaller SMEs.
"Now we can offer JD Edwards to further enhance choice for companies in the manufacturing, distribution and asset-intensive sectors for which it was originally designed, and where it was and is a brand leader."
AMR analyst Nigel Montgomery welcomed Oracle’s decision to support JDE users.
"JDE is a very strong brand in its field and it has a very loyal and committed following worldwide. Oracle is smart to strengthen its SME portfolio with the addition of JD Edwards."
Within the SME market, Oracle will sell JD Edwards alongside the Oracle E-Business Suite Special Edition, which is a preconfigured, pre-installed package of enterprise resource planning applications for SMEs with 10-500 employees or with turnover bteween €5m (£3.5m) and €250m (£175m).
Oracle plans to double the number of partners offering JD Edwards while also increasing its E-Business Suite Special Edition partner base. All JD Edwards partners will join Oracle partners in the Oracle PartnerNetwork, Oracle's global business network of more than 15,000 companies.