Introduction To ERP Vendors

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ERP Vendors

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Introduction To ERP Vendors


Vendors



Vendors
are the people who have developed the ERP
packages. They are the people who have invested huge
amounts of time and effort in research and development to
create the packaged solutions. The ERP vendors sp
ent
billions of rupees in research to come up with innovations
that make the packages more efficient, flexible, and easy to
implement and use. Also with the evolution of new
technologies, the vendors have to constantly upgrade their
product to be able to

use the best and latest advancement in
technology.


Role

Of The Vendor




The vendor should supply the product and it’s
documentation as soon as the contract is signed.
Only after the software is delivered, can the
company develop the training and testing
e
nvironment for the implementation team.




Another role the vendor has to play is that of the
trainer
-

to provide the initial training for the
company’s key users, people who will play the
lead roles in the implementation of the system.








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These key user
s are the ones who will define,

together with consultants, how the software is to serve in the
company. They are the people who will decide how the
functionalities are to be implemented and how to use the
product to suit the company’s unique requirement
s.




BIG

Five ERP vendors are:




SAP AG



B
AAN



O
RACLE



P
EOPLE
S
OFT



J D

E

DWARDS













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5%
6%
7%
29%
10%
4%
5%
3%
2%
2%
27%
SAP
BAAN
PeopleSoft
J.D.Edward
Oracle
SSA
JBA
Marcan
Intentia
QAD
others


ERP

Market Share





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SAP


Company Profile



Founded in 1972,SAP
(Systems, Applications and
Products in Data Proce
ssing), based in Walldorf, Germany,
is the leading global provider of client/server business
application solutions. Today, SAP has installations in more
than 107 contries.



SAP is most successful vendor of standard business
-
application software and is the

fourth
-
largest independent
software supplier in the world.


History

From Start
-
Up Software Vendor to Global Market Leader

Over the course of three decades, SAP has evolved
from a small, regional enterprise into a world
-
class
international company. Today,

SAP is the global market
leader in collaborative, inter
-
enterprise business solutions.
The company now employs more than 34,000 people,
whose commitment and innovative spirit pace our future
success.

The 1970s: A Real
-
Time Vision

In 1972, five former IBM

employees
--

Dietmar Hopp,
Hans
-
Werner Hector, Hasso Plattner, Klaus Tschira, and





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Claus Wellenreuther
--

launch a company called
S
ystems,
A
pplications, and
P
roducts in Data Processing in
Mannheim, Germany. Their vision: to develop standard
application

software for real
-
time business processing.

One year later, the first financial accounting software is
complete, forming the basis for the continuous development
of other software components in what later came to be
known as the "R/1 system." "R" stands
for real
-
time data
processing.

By the end of the decade, intensive examination of
SAP's IBM database and dialog control system leads to the
birth of SAP R/2.

The 1980s: Rapid Growth

Till now f
ifty of the 100 largest German industrial firms
are already SA
P customers.

The SAP R/2 system attains the high level of stability of
the previous generation of programs. Keeping in mind its
multinational customers, SAP designs SAP R/2 to handle
different languages and currencies. With this and other
innovations in SA
P R/2, SAP sees rapid growth.

By the middle of the decade, SAP founds its first sales
organization outside Germany, in Austria.

In August 1988, SAP GmbH becomes SAP AG.



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The 1990s: A New Approach to Software and Solutions

SAP R/3 is unleashed on the mark
et. The client
-
server
concept, uniform appearance of graphical interfaces,
consistent use of relational databases, and the ability to run
on computers from different vendors meets with
overwhelming approval. With SAP R/3, SAP ushers in a new
generation of
enterprise software
--

from mainframe
computing to the three
-
tier architecture of database,
application, and user interface. To this day, the client
-
server
architecture is the standard in business software.

By 1996, the company has earned 1,089 new SAP R/3

customers. At the end of the year, SAP R/3 has been
installed in more than 9,000 systems worldwide.

SAP celebrates its twenty
-
fifth anniversary in 1997 and
now employs approximately 12,900 people.

The 2000s: Innovation for the New Millennium

With the Int
ernet, the user becomes the focus of
software applications. SAP develops mySAP Workplace and
paves the way for the idea of an enterprise portal and role
-
specific access to information.

By 2005, 12 million users work each day with SAP
solutions. There are n
ow 100,600 installations worldwide,
more than 1,500 partners, over 25 industry
-
specific business
solutions, and more than 33,200 customers in 120 countries.





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SAP is the world's third
-
largest independent software
vendor.

Today, based on Enterprise Servi
ces Architecture and
the underlying integration and application platform, SAP
NetWeaver, SAP is providing its customers with solutions for
end
-
to
-
end business processes. With SAP NetWeaver,
companies can integrate people, information, and processes
within
the company and beyond.


Technology



SAP products feature a sophistication and robustness
unmatched by other business software solutions. SAP has
an extensive library of more than 800 predefined business
processes, spanning each functional software requi
rement.



The power of SAP software lies in real
-
time
integration,linking a company’s business processes
applications, and supporting immediate responses to change
throughout the organization on a departmental, divisional or
global scale.

Organizations th
at want to respond quickly to changing
business requirements require an IT landscape that provides
greater flexibility. SAP delivers this flexibility through:

Enterprise service
-
oriented architecture (enterprise
SOA)

--

Enterprise SOA revolutionizes the d
esign of





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business applications, enabling the rapid composition of
business solutions. With enterprise SOA, you can
encapsulate business logic and expose it as enterprise
services
--

smaller functionality components that can be
re
-
assembled quickly to c
ompose new business solutions
that meet changing business requirements.

SAP NetWeaver platform

--

SAP NetWeaver enables
rapid but controlled business process change. The
platform incorporates business functionality
--

exposed as
ready
-
to
-
use enterprise se
rvices and process components
--

through its enterprise services repository. It also
provides an integrated platform of composition
technologies for orchestrating business processes,
composing applications, and deploying innovative
solutions.

Ecosystem
--

Members of SAP's highly interactive
ecosystem of customers and partners collaborate through
a variety of communities and programs, including SAP
Developer Network (SDN), Enterprise Services
Community, industry value networks (IVNs), and partner
solutions.


Product

:

R/3




R/3 employs a three
-
tier client/server architecture
widely recognized by SAP customers, technology partners








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and industry analysts as a wining function approach to
solving some of today’s most demanding information
-
managemen
t challenges. The three
-
tiered architecture
separates a system into three function layers; it’s structured
to support the demands of its function.




The Database layer resides on central servers or
mainframe host computers.




The Application layer holds the
processing logic of
the system, preparing and formatting data for
individual offices or departments.




The Presentation layer, typically on personal
computers, handles all the tasks related to the
presentation of data, including user interfaces that
enable
easy access to complex applications and
data.






R/3 application modules


R/3’s applications are modules. They can either be
used alone or in combination with other solutions. From a
process
-
oriented perspective, greater integration of
applications inc
reases the benefits derived. The following
are the R/3 modules:




Financial Accounting




Treasury




Controlling



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Enterprise Controlling




Investment Management




Production Planning




Materials Management




Plant maintenance and Service Management




Qualit
y Management




Project System




Sales and Distribution




Human Resources Management
















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BAAN


Company Profile



Founded in the Netherlands in 1978 by brothers Jan
and Paul

Baan, Baan Company has dual headquarters in
Barneveld, The Netherlands and Re
ston, Virginia, United
States of America. Since 1995, the company has
significantly expanded it’s sales and service presence in
North America, Latin America, Europe and Asia.



Baan
provide financial and administrative consulting
services.

Baan Company pro
ducts reduce complexity and
cost, improve core flexible in adapting to business changes
and optimise the management of information throughout the
entire value chain.


History


The late 1970s and 1980s:

Established and Entered in
ERP

The Baan Corporation wa
s created by
Jan Baan

in
1978 in
Barneveld
,
Netherlands
, to provide financial and
administrative consulting services. With the development of
his first software package, Jan Baan entered what was to
become the ERP industry. The development of the company
w
as heavily supported by local Dutch
Reformed

christian
business people. A few years later his brother, Paul, joined
what was to become the largest software family firm in Dutch
history. The Baan company focused on the creation of
enterprise resource planni
ng (ERP) software.



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The 1990s:

Reduced share in ERP market

In 1998 the Baan Corporation was exposed to be
manipulating profits in a prelude to the big
accounting
scandals

that marked the turn of the century. First
Paul Baan

left the company as a result of
this, shortly after to be
followed by brother Jan. The loss of confidence in the Baan
Corporation was reflected in a rapidly declining share of the
BaaN program in the ERP market.

The 2000s
: Sold

to SSA Global

In June 2000, facing worsening financial diffi
culties, law
suits and reporting seven consecutive quarterly losses and
bleak prospects, Baan was sold to
Invensys
, a UK
automation, controls and process solutions group to create
its new Software and Services Division.

In June 2003 poor market performance

of BaanERP
(Baan V) and delays in introducing the new Baan version
(code named Gemini) led Invensys to sell Baan to
SSA
Global Technologies

for a cash consideration of
US$

135
million. The sale of Baan was consistent with Invensys'
stated objectives to di
vest non
-
core assets as part of its
overall plan to improve capital strength and increase
strategic focus.

Upon acquiring the Baan software SSA Global ceased
to promote the Baan brand, instead referring to it as SSA
Baan. In August 2004, after delaying the

release of Gemini
to allow for improvements SSA Global released SSA ERP
LN 6.1. In May 2006, SSA announced it would be acquired
by
Infor Global Solutions

of Atlanta, which also owns some


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of the former Geac ERP software as well as MAPICS
software.

In Septe
mber 2004, Jan Baan has launched a new
Web services company
Cordys
. Cordys' core architecture is
a business collaboration platform known as an
Enterprise
Service Bus

-

built on XML and open standards
-

for creating
enterprise
-
class composite application fr
ameworks.

Technology



Over the years
, Baan Company has evolved from
pioneering the Enterprise Resource Planning(ERP) software
to now offering the most complete set of single
-
vendor
enterprise business applications.The foundation for Baan’s

products

is di
fferentiated through their open component
architecture and through the use of BaanDEM. BaanDEM
provides a business view of the enterprise via a graphical
process/model
-
based views,tailored or templated to the
specific needs of industry groups or individual

customers.
BaanDEM delivers the capability to rapidly configure and re
-
deploy Baan company applications from a single view,
helping to ensure that the Baan company enterprise
application accurately reflects a company’s most current
organizational structur
e, business practices and operational
procedures.




Baan’s products line features multi
-
tiered architecture
for maximum scalability and flexible configuration.
Applications are isolated from the systems environment,
enabling the support of new hardware, o
perating systems,
databases, networks and user interfaces without any
modification to the application code. Baan company supports
popular Unix platforms as well as Microsoft NT, and was the


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first solution provider in its class to earn the “Design for
Micro
soft BackOffice” logo certification. Products also
support major relational database systems (Oracle, Informix,
DB2, Sybase and Microsoft SQL Server), and are year 2000
complaint.



Built on a commitment to reduce the complexity of IT
solutions, the Baan
product portfolio assembles best
-
of
-
class
components, keeps them “evergreen” through on
-
going
release cycles, and enables enterprises to update their
information infrastructure in manageable, incremental
initiatives. Three advantages distinguish each compo
nent
element within the BaanSeries
-
based family of product
including: best
-
in
-
class components; evergreen delivery; and
version independent integration.



The BaanSeries
-
based product family includes Baan
Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP), BaanFrontOffice
;
BaanCorporateOffice Solutions; and BaanSupplyChain
Solutions





Product


BaanERP


B
aanERP is a proven enterprise resource planning
software application. It is fully integrated and provides
exceptional functionality across the enterprise. BaanERP
consis
ts of a number of interdependent components that can
be deployed to meet business needs. The flexibility within
BaanERP allows customers to maximise the benefits of both
best
-
in
-
class solutions and fully integrated, high performance
system.



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BaanERP incl
udes the following
modules





Manufacturing




Finance




Project




Distribution




















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Oracle Corporation



Company Profile


Oracle Corporation (founded in1977) Is the world’s
second largest software company and the leading supplier of
software for

enterprise information management. With
annual revenues exceeding $8.0 billion, the company offers
its database, tools and applications products, along with
related consulting, education and support services. Oracle
employs more than 41,000 people in more

than 145
countries around the world, headquarted in Redwood
Shores, California; Oracle is the first software company to
implement the Internet computing model for developing an
deploying enterprise software across its entire product line:
databases and re
lational servers, application development
and decision support tools and enterprise business
applications.



History


The 1970s: Foundation of RSI


In 1977

Relational Software Inc. (RSI
-

currently
Oracle
Corporation) established
.

In 1978
,

Oracle V1 ran on

PDP
-
11
under RSX, 128 KB max memory. Written in assembly
language. Implementation separated Oracle code and user
code. Oracle V1 was never officially released.





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The
1980
s: Invention and development of relational
Database


In 1980, Oracle V2 released
-

the first commercially
available relational database to use SQL. Oracle runs on on
DEC PDP
-
11 machines. Coide is still written in PDP
-
11
assembly language, but now ran under Vax/VMS.

In 1982

Oracle V3 released, Oracle became the first DBMS to run on
mainfr
ames, minicomputers, and PC's (portable codebase).
First release to employ transactional processing.

Oracle V3's
server code was written in C. In
1983

Relational Software
Inc. changed its name to Oracle Corporation. In
1984

Oracle
V4 released, introduced r
ead consistency, was ported to
multiple platforms, first interoperability between PC and
server. In
1986

Oracle V5 released. Featured true
client/server, VAX
-
cluster support, and distributed queries.
(first DBMS with distributed capabilities). In
1987

C
ASE

and
4GL toolset
. In
1988

Oracle V6 released
-

PL/SQL
introduced. Oracle Financial Applications built on relational
database. In
1989

Released Oracle 6.2 with Symmetric
cluster access using the Oracle Parallel Server .


The 1990s: Released Oracle7 and Orac
le8


In 1991

reached power of 1,000 TPS on a parallel
computing machine. First database to run on a massively
parallel computer (Oracle Parallel Server).In
1992

released
Oracle7 for UNIX. In
1993

rollout of Oracle's Cooperative
Development Environment (CDE
) and introduction of Oracle
Industries and the Oracle Media Server. In
1994

Oracle's
headquarters moved to present location. Released Oracle
7.1 and Oracle7 for the PC. In
1995

Reported gross
revenues of almost $3 billion. OraFAQ.com website
launched. In
1997

Oracle8 released (supports more users,


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more data, higher availability, and object
-
relational features).
In
1998

Oracle announces support for the Intel Linux
operating system. In
1999

Oracle8i (the "i" is for internet) or
Oracle 8.1.5 with Java integra
tion (JVM in the database).



In 2000s: Released Oracle 9i


In 2000

Oracle8i Release 2 released .In Oracle now not
only the number one in Databases but also in ERP
Applications. In Oracle9i Application Server generally
available: Oracle tools integrated in

middle tier. In
2001

Oracle9i Release 1 (with RAC and Advanced Analytic
Service). In
2002

Oracle9i Release 2. In
2004

Oracle10g
Release 1 (10.1.0) available ("g" is for grid, the latest
buzzword). In
2005

the Oracle FAQ (this site) is 10 years
old! In Ora
cle10g Release 2 (10.2.0) available.
Oracle
release a free version of their database, Oracle XE (Express
Edition)



Technology



Oracle software runs on network computers, personal
digital assistants ,set
-
top devices, PCs, workstations,
minicomputers , m
ainframes and massively parallel
computers. Oracle8i, the latest version of Oracle industry’s

Leading database, is the database for Internet Computing.
Oracle’s family of database, networking and gateway
products enable corporations to access any data, on

any
server, over any network, from any client device.




Oracle’s Warehouse Technology

Initiative(WTI), one
of the growing and most comprehensive alliance programs


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in the data warehousing solution,based on the industry
-
leading

Oracle database and more
than 60 complimentary third
-
party software products and services. WTI is designed to
increase the quantity and quality of Oracle
-
based data
warehousing solutions, provide customers with greater
choice, specialized tools, Oracle
-
optimized

products an
str
eamlined support as they build data warehouses.




Oracle’s integrated Business Intelligence Solutions

deliver powerful capabilities to users anywhere in the
enterprise, at any time. End users benefit from intuitive tools

that provide easy access to busi
ness data and fast answers
to any questions. Oracle’s Business Intelligence family of
products includes integrated releases of Oracle Reports,
Oracle’s enterprise reporting tool; Oracle Discoverer,
Oracle’s award winning ad
-
hoc queries and analysis tool;

and Oracle’s industry
-
leading enterprise online analytical
processing (OLAP) engine. Oracle also offers pre
-
built OLAP
applications
-

Oracle Financial
Analyser

and Oracle Sales
Analyser


to further reduce implementation time and costs.


Product



Oracle A
pplications




Oracle Applications is a leading provider of packaged
and integrated front office and ERP solutions for the
enterprise and a division of Oracle Corporation, the world’s
second
-
largest software company and the largest supplier
of software fo
r information management. Oracle Applications

strategy is to offer all the enterprise solution components

-
proven applications, advanced technologies, business
expertise and partnerships required
-

to enable customers to


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execute strategies quickly, manage

the risk of change and
lead their respective industries.




Oracle Applications is the only suite of enterprise
business applications from a major Enterprise Resource
Planning(ERP) vendor that follows the Internet Computing
model. Each of the over 45 modu
les for financials, human

resources, manufacturing, supply chain and front office
automation is web enabled, allowing it to be deployed on
corporate intranets with no software, other than a browser,
required on user’s desktops. This architecture allows
co
mpanies to shift the complexity of application
management, maintenance and upgrading from users’
desktops onto centralised, professionally managed servers,
thereby dramatically reducing the cost of deploying and
administrating software. By minimising netw
ork traffic, this
approach also makes it economical to deploy the
applications over Wide Area Networks (WANs) to hundreds
or thousands of users, making it possible in the client/server
model.




Oracle Applications further exploit the low
-
cost and
unive
rsal access inherent in the Internet Computing model,
by providing a set of applications specifically designed for
secure, self
-
service business transactions across the
Internet and corporate intranets. These applications are
integrated with Oracle Workfl
ow to completely automate
business processes.


Oracle Applications comprise of 45
-
plus software modules,
which are divided into the following categories:




Oracle Financials




Oracle Human Resources



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Oracle Manufacturing




Oracle Supply Chain




Oracle Front
Office
























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PeopleSoft


Company Profile



PeopleSoft Inc. was established in 1987 to provide
innovative software solutions that meet the changing
business demands of enterprises worldwide. It employs
more than 7,000 people worldwide. The a
nnual revenue for
the year 1998 was $ 1.3 billion. PeopleSoft’s mission is to
provide innovative software solutions that meet the changing
business demands of organizations worldwide.



PeopleSoft develops markets and supports enterprise
-
wide software solu
tions to handle core business functions
including human resources management, accounting and
control, project management, treasury management,
performance measurement and supply chain management.
PeopleSoft provides industry
-
specific enterprise solutions t
o
customers in select markets, including communications,
financial services, healthcare, manufacturing, higher
education, public sector, services, retail, transportation, US
federal government and utilities. The company also offers
PeopleSoft Select, a com
plete packaged solution including
software, hardware and services to address the needs of
medium
-
sized organizations.


History


In 1980s
:
Foundation of PeopleSoft

PeopleSoft's roots began with an idea Duffield had
about a "Client
-
Server" (then a new concep
t) version of
Integral's popular mainframe HRMS package. Once Integral


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declined development and released Duffield to pursue this
endeavor on his own, PeopleSoft was born.

PeopleSoft, Inc.
founded by David Duffield and Ken Morris in California, USA
in1987.
In 1988 PeopleSoft HRMS released.

In 1990s:

Released PeopleSoft 7 and PeopleSoft 7.5

In
1991

b
egins opening international offices.

In
1994

p
ublic
distribution of Distribution and Financials modules.
In
1995

l
aunch of Student Administration System.

In
199
6

r
eleases
Manufacturing and PeopleSoft 6, their first ERP package.
In
1997
PeopleSoft 7 is released within upgraded ERP
modules.
In
1998 PeopleSoft 7.5 is released with improved
client/server technology.

In
1999
Craig Conway

named new
CEO; release product
s to enable Internet transactions.


In 2000
:
acquired by PeopleSoft

In
2000
PeopleSoft a
cquired
Vantive

Corporation and

d
eliver
ed

PeopleSoft 8 with an in
-
house application service
provider.
In 2
003

PeopleSoft acquired J.D. Edwards. In
2005

Oracle Corporati
on

a
cquired

PeopleSoft
.




Technology



PeopleSoft continually adds and refines technology to
optimise their customer’s information systems. They help
customers take advantage of new and emerging
technologies, giving them more choices and freedom to
devel
op their own innovative business processes. Some of
them are given below:




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Self
-
Service Applications


To improve productivity throughout the
organization, PeopleSoft focuses on providing the
occasional user with easy access to information and
functionalit
y specific to their role. They have developed a
set of self
-
service applications to help companies quickly
and cost
-
effectively distribute functionality throughout the
enterprise over the Internet, intranets and extranets. Built
with an intuitive interface

based on a standard Web
browser
-
such as Netscape Navigator or Microsoft
Explorer
-

these Java
-
based, cross
-
platform applications
enable employees, customers, suppliers and other
occasional users to perform self
-
service administrative
tasks easily,. Self
-
se
rvice applications are linked to
PeopleSoft core product lines, including PeopleSoft
Accounting and Control, Human Resources Management
and Materials Management.







Web Client


Self
-
service applications use the PeopleSoft Web

Client. The Web Client is dow
nloadable on demand and
runs on a Web browser across multiple platforms. Its
affordability, open architecture and simplicity provide an
ideal framework for delivering enterprise solutions to large
number of people. Applications don’t need to be installed
a
t every desktop; they are accessed easily through a
browser. In addition to supporting self
-
service
applications, the PeopleSoft Web Client has a Worklist
and Query interface to help incorporate occasional users


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in the flow of a company’s business processe
s and
improve access to information. Furthermore, all data
transmitted between the Web Client and the application
server is encrypted for added security. Because the Web
Client takes advantage of PeopleTools, self
-
service
applications can be deployed acros
s the Internet or
existing corporate intranets
-
with comman business rules
workflow logic and security features.






Multitier Transaction Processing







The ability to support large numbers of concurrent
users, while maintaining reliable and superior p
erformance,
is critical to enterprise
-
wide data processing. Recognising
that PeopleSoft works in a variety of settings
-
over local area
networks (LANs) and wide area networks (WANs).
Throughout organizations of varying sizes
-
there is an option

of two
-
tier
or three
-
tier processing. In the latter, the
application logic runs on an application server instead of the
client. The application server is designed to relieve the client
from processing intense SQL transactions, thereby reducing
LAN traffic and improvin
g performance across WANs. A
three
-
tier architecture also provides increased scalability to
accommodate high volumes of concurrent users while
maintaining a consistent and reliable performance level.
PeopleSoft continues to support its traditional two
-
tie
r
architecture as well.




Online Analytical Processing



Companies must be able to quickly extract and
analyse the information they require for effective decision
making. OLAP, or online analytical processing, is a powerful
method for interactively analysi
ng data online. PeopleSoft


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integrates popular OLAP tools


including Cognos
PowerPlay and Arbor Essbase


that enable users to easily
‘slice and dice’ multidimensional data stored in various
locations. With the Cube Manager, users can the data they
want to

extract into an OLAP cube, enabling them to quickly
view information from all different angles to test conclusions,
conduct what
-
if scenarios and compare alternative
strategies. With multidimensional information presented in
quick
-
read formats, managers c
an make better decisions,
react faster to competitive threats and identify inefficiencies.





Workflow


An essential part of our solutions, PeopleSoft
workflow capabilities help companies achieve enterprise
-

wide integration of information, applications and

people.
Workflow enables a company to automate many time
-
consuming clerical tasks, while putting useful data in the
users hands. With workflow, the company’s PeopleSoft
applications do more of the work. For example, if managerial
approval is needed for a
work order, the system
automatically forwards the request.
Workflow can also help
the company track projects, by initiating the workflow
message to the appropriate person when a project exceeds
a predetermined cost. The company can even bring non
-
PeopleS
oft users into the workflow process, using e
-
mail
systems and the Internet for collecting and distributing data.




PeopleTools


PeopleTool is an integrated set of client/server
business application development and customisation tools
from PeopleSoft. These
tools enable customer to implement
and maintain PeopleSoft applications as well as to extract,
analyse and manipulate data.



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Product




PeopleSoft

PeopleSoft software has been successfully
implemented by many of its customers.

The whole software
suite of

PeopleSoft moved from the traditional client
-
server
based

design

to

web
-
centric

design,

called

P
eopleSoft

Internet Architecture(PIA) with their version 8
releases. The end result was that all of a company's
business functions could be accessed
and run on a web
client (i.e. Internet Explorer, Netscape, Mozilla

The architecture is built around PeopleSoft’s own
PeopleTools technology. PeopleTools is a proprietary
development platform created by PeopleSoft. This platform
includes many different comp
onents a developer needs to
create an application including a scripting language, user
interface design tools, standard security structure, and batch
processing tools. The benefit of creating their own
development platform allowed PeopleSoft applications t
o run
on top of many different operating systems and database
platforms. It is not tied to a single database platform (though
with the Oracle takeover, it is possible this could change in
the future). PeopleSoft implementations exist on
Oracle
,
Microsoft S
QL Server
,
Informix
,
Sybase
, and IBM
DB2
.



PeopleSoft’s modules



H
uman Resources



Supply Chain



Financials



CRM



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JD Edwards


Company Profile


J.D. Edwards
makes customers stronger, enabling
them to solve their most important business challenges. The
company

offers collaborative enterprise software as well as
consulting, education and support services. J.D. Edwards'
offerings are differentiated by a deeply ingrained attitude of
listening to customers, innovating on their behalf, and
delivering solutions as pa
rt of a results
-
oriented relationship.
Founded in 1977 and headquartered in Denver, J.D.
Edwards focuses on long
-
term business partnerships and
helping its 6,700 customers in more than 110 countries
collaborate electronically to manage their business
proce
sses, supply chains, enterprise assets, and supplier
and customer relationships
.


History


In 1970s
: Foundation of J D Edwards

J.D. Edwards

was a software company founded in
March
1977

in
Denver, Colorado

by John Thompson, Dan
Gregory and Ed McVaney. The
company made its name
building accounting software for
IBM

minicomputers,
beginning with the
System/34

and
/36
.






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In 1980s:

Focused on
System/38

minicomputers

and
AS/400



Started
focusing on
System/38

minicomputers, and
then switching to the
AS/400

when

it became available

from
the mid
1980s
.

In 1990s:
evolution
into a platform
-
independent
enterprise resource planning (ERP) application

The company gradually added functions to its
accounting software, evolving it into a platform
-
independent
enterprise res
ource planning

(ERP) application that was
renamed OneWorld in
1996
.In May
1998
, Ed McVaney
donated more than $32 million to the
University of Nebraska
-
Lincoln

to found the
J.D. Edwards Honors Program
. This
program is charged with educating the next generat
ion of
business professionals by combining
computer science

education with
business management

skills.

In 2000s
:
Addition of OneWorld to PeopleSoft’s software
line

In June
2003
, the J.D. Edwards board agreed to an
offer under which
PeopleSoft

would acquir
e J.D. Edwards;
the takeover was completed in July. OneWorld was added to
PeopleSoft’s software line and was renamed
EnterpriseOne
.
In December
2004
,
Oracle

acquired PeopleSoft and has
continued to support products that were created by J.D.
Edwards. They h
ave announced a product under
development called "Project Fusion" (probably will be
renamed when it is closer to commercial release in
2008
).
This product will be designed to replace existing Oracle
Applications Suite, as well as products acquired from



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P
eopleSoft (Enterprise) and J.D. Edwards
(OneWorld/EnterpriseOne and World). After the acquisition,
Oracle continues to enhance the EnterpriseOne suite, with
8.11 being the latest release version of this product. The
next version of the EnterpriseOne softwa
re, 8.12, will be
released in mid 2006.


Technology



JD Edwards
offers its solutions primarily for the AS/400
platform.JD Edwards‘s two application suites, OneWorld and
WorldSoftware/WorldVision, provide comprehensive supply
chain management functionality

across the technology
continuum, from host
-
centric, to thin client, to network
-
centric
computing. All three can run concurrently on the same
AS/400, share data and interact with each other as aunified
solution.


Product


OneWorld


JD Edwards OneWorld is f
lexible enough to support an
extended solution by integrating with legacy, best
-
of
-
breed
and third
-
party products. All this without sacrificing the
security, integrity, or consistency of the existing systems or
data. OneWorld’s own API’s, as well as such

industry
standards as CORBA, ODBC and other packaged
integration solutions and process ware options, ensure that
you won’t be locked into limited functionality and out of future
opportunities.



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OneWorld embraces change with its modular
architectural foun
dation.The information processing is
segmented into five functional elements
-
database, data
warehouse, business objects, reporting and GUI.





JD Edwards
offer technical services in
different product
modules

including:



Financial



Distribution/Logistics




Manufacturing



HR/Payroll




Equipment Plant Management