PeopleSoft releases EnterpriseOne suite

PeopleSoft has released its first updated, rebranded set of the applications it acquired through its purchase of JD Edwards.

PeopleSoft has released its first updated, rebranded set of the applications it acquired through its purchase of JD Edwards.

The release, which includes around 400 changes across 30 software modules, fulfils JD Edwards' pre-acquisition plans to deliver this month updates throughout its JD Edwards 5 product line. The line is now branded EnterpriseOne, and has been revamped with a PeopleSoft look and feel.

PeopleSoft's own applications are now part of the company's Enterprise portfolio.

Enterprise and EnterpriseOne will be sold and developed as separate product lines. Enterprise targets global organisations and services-focused midmarket customers, and EnterpriseOne is tailored to companies in asset-intensive industries such as manufacturing and distribution.

While Enterprise and EnterpriseOne will retain separate code bases, PeopleSoft will work on cross-pollinating technology from the two software sets. Enterprise will gain from JD Edwards' applications asset and real estate management modules, as EnterpriseOne picks up supplier management, e-procurement and sourcing features from PeopleSoft's software.

"These are things JD Edwards had been looking at either building or acquiring," said Les Wyatt, former JD Edwards' chief marketing officer and now PeopleSoft's general manager of EnterpriseOne.

"Now, we can take advantage of the intellectual property available in both companies to deliver integrated components into each of the product linesmore rapidly."

Chief executive officer Craig Conway has repeatedly emphasised that the goal of the JD Edwards acquisition was market expansion, not consolidation.

Over the next few years, as PeopleSoft shuffles technology between its Enterprise and EnterpriseOne lines, the two portfolios could, eventually, dovetail into one software set, Wyatt acknowledged, although such a merger is not in PeopleSoft's plans, he said.

"Long term, I don't think it's appropriate to even comment on what could happen," he said. "As at any software company, we'll always be looking for how to get more shared content so we can leverage our investment, but we'll have a strong investment in both Enterprise and EnterpriseOne one for the foreseeable future."

Being acquired by PeopleSoft saved JD Edwards from its struggles to win business against larger competitors, but the market EnterpriseOne now faces is becoming intensely competitive, according to a recent research report from Forrester.

SAP and Oracle are better tailoring their software for midmarket customers, Microsoft's Business Solutions unit is beginning to win upper-midmarket business, and Baan's recent change in ownership could allow it to re-emerge as a top ERP supplier for industrial customers, Forrester said.

Forrester recommended that EnterpriseOne be considered by businesses with annual revenue of less than $1.5bn in manufacturing and other asset-intensive industries, and by midsized businesses in other industries seeking strong operations and financials applications.

Larger companies should primarily consider SAP, Oracle and PeopleSoft's Enterprise software.

Stacey Cowley writes for IDG News Service


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