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Oracle - JD Edwards: Best fit for midsize companies

In today's challenging business environment a 'best fit' ERP can play a very vital role in meeting the business objectives through a successful design, implementation and support. A successful ERP solution can be the backbone for ambitious business goals.

To begin with let us see what makes an ERP so important to a mid-size company. Below are a few key parameters on which a company would most likely evaluate any ERP:

•       Ability to provide Industry specific solution
•       Features and Functions to enable faster execution of operations
•       A scalable and adaptable architecture, for future growth
•       Ease of use, quick user adoption and ease of training
•       Ease of maintenance and a lower TCO

With this perspective, the subsequent points may prove to be useful in evaluating JD Edwards (JDE), as an ERP for the ever increasing midsize sector's need for a cost effective and fitting ERP to suite their business.

Apart from the functionality and object oriented architecture that JDE provides, other value-adds of JDE are also discussed below:

1.      Industry Specific Capabilities

JDE provides multiple application modules, which includes Supply Chain Planning, Human Capital Management, Order Management, Manufacturing, Logistics Management, Financial Management, Asset Lifecycle Management, Customer Relationship Management to name a few. JDE also has Industry specific modules for Food and Beverage producers, Project and Government Contract Accounting and Real Estate and Home Construction.

2.      Features and Functions

JDE has a tailor-able and configurable User Interface. This speeds-up many business processes thereby reducing efforts and shortens the time required to perform daily operations. JDE offers a choice of databases, operating systems & hardware to meet business requirements and also has easy integration to new Technologies like Bar Code/ RFID etc. Among other things, JDE provides wide variety of Integrity reports for checking and maintaining integrity between different modules. JDE also provides mobile access to enterprise business data and role based access to applications.

3.      Architecture & Technology

JDE has a toolset for developing applications for creating a uniform look & feel. The architecture is an object-orientated architecture, wherein the Logic and the Data are treated as indeterminate objects. JDE is platform independent, with applications adaptable at runtime, which allows the user to change work and process flows etc and change to suite business at will. The applications are accessible through Internet and have robust security in place to allow access to Data / Processes for only authorized persons. It provides standard Z-tables which can be utilized with inbuilt data validation for most of the master and transactional data migration. JDE's Structured Configuration which provides a well-defined framework for Objects and Spec administration.

4.      Adaptability

JDE grows and expands with the business. It supports almost all major Global Languages and provides geography specific Localizations.

5.      Maintainability

JDE's application has been traditionally easy to support & maintain. There is ease of decoding and debugging and it is also easy to learn daily CNC activities. JDE has a new tool called Server Manager which simplifies system management. A new application called Performance Workbench in JDE provides debug information in both detailed as well as summarized format. A fresh concept, called Product Packaging, has been introduced in JDE, which enables the users to move JDE objects, from one instance to another, using a single tool and process. And also, the Oracle Metalink portal provides a single entry point to raise issues, access documentation, training, and other useful information. This facilitates quicker resolution of issues and a smooth run of JDE.

6.      Upgradability

JDE provides multiple tools for carrying-out faster and reliable upgrades. Here are a few examples:

    • Software Update Impact Analysis Tool: This tool has the ability to review a software update to determine what objects will be impacted etc
    • Visual ER compare tool: This enables you to compare two versions of JDE objects
    • Support Assistant: This proves to be a very useful tool in carrying-out a successful upgrade.

7.      And last but not the least....Cost

JDE has a rapid deployment procedure, with reduced risk and accelerated time-to-market value. This forms a strong foundation for future growth, with Oracle Business Accelerators, for JDE EnterpriseOne. JDE also has a comparatively lesser Support and Maintenance cost as JDE is less complex to maintain. Reduced Training Efforts and cost, for JDE, also enable companies to help maximize training and education return on investment. With Oracle's User Productivity Kit (UPK) companies can swiftly develop and deliver intuitive user training, thereby reducing costs while accelerating user adoption and a successful deployment.

Apart from this, in terms of product stability - Oracle has a well defined road-map for JDE which is supported by Oracle's Applications Unlimited Policy and Lifetime Support Policy. Keeping all the points above in view and the potential for future growth for mid-size companies, JDE seems to be the best fit for mid-size companies.

Please feel free to share your opinion and observations on this.

 

Comments

good explanation...Do you have feature based comparison with SAP or any other industry standard ERP pacakges?

Thanks Chintan. I am trying to come-out with a similar assessment soon.

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