JD Edwards modules

Enterprise software supplier J D Edwards unveiled plans to port its CRM products to Linux, announced the delivery of modular ERP...

Enterprise software supplier J D Edwards unveiled plans to port its CRM products to Linux, announced the delivery of modular ERP software and revealed plans to extend its hardware arrangement with IBM at its user-group forum in Denver last week writes Antony Adshead.

The company said version 5 of its ERP suite could be implemented by installing modules as required.

Simon Bragg, an analyst at ARC Consulting, said, "JD Edwards is coming into line with an established trend. The mood has changed from, 'let's have a a big five-year ERP implementation with return on investment in five years,' to 'let's chunk it, make incremental improvements and get ROI in two years'."

JD Edwards' CRM software will be offered in collaboration with IBM and use the DB2 database and Websphere application server running on Linux on an IBM eServer xSeries system. This bundling of the Linux-ported CRM suite and IBM products will be targeted mostly at the financial services sector.

The company also introduced software modules aimed at manufacturing, distribution and real estate.

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