JD Edwards EnterpriseOne offers hard-hitting modules

In this expert product review, find out what JD Edwards EnterpriseOne has to offer manufacturers.

JD Edwards was originally targeted toward midsized businesses. It was purchased by Oracle in 2005 and has continued to roll into the Oracle product roadmap. Due to Oracle's inability to integrate products into its flagship products, the company has committed to supporting JDE customers indefinitely. As technology has progressed, so has JDE with Xe, World and OneWorld.

Modules

JD Edwards EnterpriseOne offers a more limited range of modules than other ERP packages; however, the depth of the modules makes it a very good fit for its specific target demographics. Although not as broad as some other ERP systems, JDE goes deep into functionality with the modules provided. The main modules contained in its suite of ERP programs are:

  • Financial Management
  • CRM
  • Human Capital Management
  • Project Management
  • Asset Lifecycle Management
  • Order Management
  • Manufacturing Management
  • Mobile Computing
  • Reporting
  • Analytics

JD Edwards delivers over 80 application modules to support a diverse set of industries, such as manufacturing, automotive, chemical, paper and packaging, distribution, consumer goods, food and beverage, fashion, services, home builders, fuel and commercial real estate. Each industry-specific package contains selected modules that are designed for that industry. Front-end functionality matches back-end functionality by uniting business processes and system functions. Although these are the base modules, many complimentary Oracle products are available for JD Edwards World and OneWorld.

Product overview

JDE has created a new feature called EnterpriseOne Pages, a portal-like framework similar to that of Fusion. It allows the administrator to create HTML pages for business flows, product branding, workflows, analytics, social message boards and external URLs configurable by user, role and environment. The new interface is device agnostic and device-sensing, adjustable to the current display type -- whether it is a monitor, tablet or smartphone -- without disruption.

The new architecture of the JDE is based on metadata. This enables the software to adapt to changes and processes without the need to totally reconfigure, edit and change existing data and structures.

The JDE grid concept -- the heart of the application -- has been improved upon. Over the last few releases, the ability to move and resize columns was added. Now, the ability to freeze columns exists, as well as to hide and make them reappear upon request. Modal search and select and data query management have been added in the latest release. This version is more graphically driven and increases usability over previous versions.

Other functions included in the user interface are mobile deployment capabilities, choices of hardware, operating system, database and middleware. The software is offered as on-premises, hosted, hybrid and SaaS. As it is owned by Oracle, JDE can be customized and integrated to the Oracle technology stack and other third-party applications.

The module configuration ranges by the industry-specific solution and will influence the price of the ERP. The base modules included are basic and must be augmented with individual components that complete the functionality of the module.

Pricing

JDE prices for these products vary and highly depend on which industry-specific vertical product is selected, as well as customizations, number of users, the maintenance package chosen, deployment model chosen and implementation professional services costs. Generally, each module costs between $700 and $12,000 to deploy per user, but, again, those prices fluctuate greatly.

Modules are base price only. The range signifies other components within the module to complete full functionality of the suggested range of features. The initial cost of the software will be a combination of the combined modules and the options within those modules.

Alternatives

JDE competes with SAP, other Oracle products and Tier II ERP systems. QAD is a close competitor to JDE, due to the crossover of similar target markets and verticals that both cover. Usually, more cost-effective, deeper functionality, more flexibility and lower implementation costs are associated with lower-tiered ERP systems. Some of JDE's major manufacturing competitors are Acumatica, IQMS, Microsoft Dynamics, Plex, Ramco, TGI and Visibility. JDE may not be a good fit for smaller companies, as there tends to be still a strategic fit issue around implementation.

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This was first published in June 2014

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