JD Edwards 5 components will include ERP (enterprise resource planning), supply chain management, CRM (customer relationship management), SRM (Supplier Relationship Management), business intelligence, collaboration, and integration for self-service applications and its middleware tools.
Although the product modules provide "evolutionary" improvements over JD Edwards One World enterprise software, company executives believe both existing and new customers will find two new features particularly attractive.
These are advanced integration between modules helped along by the use of Web service protocols such as SOAP (Simple Object Access Protocol) and WSDL (Web Services Description Language), and flexible pricing that does not force companies to commit to the entire solution.
"They ruffled the feathers of customers when they converted to suite-based pricing that forced users to buy more than what you needed. It is clear they are now listening to their customers. I can buy just what I need and that is a good thing," said one IT director using JD Edwards's products.
JD Edwards 5 has a service-oriented architecture that separates the application services from data and presentation layers, said Hank Bonde, the company's chief operating officer.
"As a result of this separation it is easy to take advantage of Web services and to use SOAP to communicate from a service requester to a service provider. We also will use the Web registry UDDI (Universal Description, Discovery, and Integration), and WSDL (Web Services Description Language) is fundamental," said Bonde.
The simplest example of integration is the fact that any application can now access the address book.
The ERP solution will be available next month, the CRM offering by the end of the year, and the supply-chain management module will ship in two stages - one next month and the second by the end of the year.