JD Edwards has unveiled the latest release of its Oneworld Web-enabled enterprise resource planning (ERP) software, though analysts are sceptical about motives behind the release, writes Antony Adshead.
Announcing the availability of Oneworld XE, JD Edwards promised a product that extends along the supply chain, offering a combination of back-office software, enterprise application integration and workflow management.
Pledging standards-based interoperability, the firm has ditched its own data integration solution for Netfish XDI middleware, which allows information in XML and electronic data interchange formats to be integrated.
Ovum analyst Neil Anderson was cool about the announcement, citing recent market performance as a driver. He said, "There's nothing very dramatic about the announcement as far as the core product is concerned - JD Edwards is angling it around the technological side of things.
"Q1 and Q2 were weak in general for business applications and JD Edwards had some weak financial figures. In Q3 the ERP suppliers have been attempting to get some units shifted. JD Edwards is trying to grab some mindshare to that end," he added.
Early next year, the company will bring out a knowledge management module for decision support, which will be capable of gathering data together from document repositories, intranets, data warehouses, supply chains and the Internet.
Features of Oneworld XE