Chief executive officer Bob Dutkowsky said users users could install the software one piece at a time with or without other pieces of the ERP lineup. He stressed that users would be offered a smooth pathway on to the new JD Edwards 5 technology. "Everything we have announced is evolutionary for customers because that's what they asked us to deliver."
One of the main problems with ERP implementations is that they have tended to take a big bang approach to rollouts, taking two years or more for the business to see a return on its ERP investment.
Nigel Montgomery, a research director at analyst firm AMR research, said, "Users are asking for implementations [completed] within 13 weeks and a ROI within six months." He added that big projects, such as ERP rollouts, need to be divided into six-month deliverables.
Montygomery said JD Edwards was well positioned to offer users a modular approach to ERP rollouts as it had spent the last year refocusing its products and reorganising its channel partnerships.
Along with JD Edwards 5, the company released a number of products at Focus, including:
- The release of ERP 8.0, which contains new functions for project management, real estate management, workforce management and asset management. Among the enhancements is the ability to more efficiently manage human resources to hit budget and time goals during projects.
- The company will offer a new Tactical Network Optimisation (TNO) product, designed for mid-market companies to improve their production and distribution related operations.
- The warehouse management application has been beefed up to reduce labour and material costs.