J.D. Edwards Resellers Worry about Oracle Competition

By John Pallatto  |  Posted 2005-07-08 Print this article Print

J.D. Edwards resellers say they are concerned that Oracle's direct-sales organization will be taking a greater share of the midsized corporate sales that they used to get.

REDWOOD CITY, Calif.—J.D. Edwards resellers and system integrators expressed concern Thursday about how big a piece of the market pie Oracle will share with them even as they expressed satisfaction that the enterprise resource product line has a future at least through 2013. Oracle Corp. convened a partner summit for resellers, integrators and ISVs at its headquarters here Thursday to give them an update on its product strategy for the J.D. Edwards ERP product line that it acquired through its buyout of PeopleSoft Inc. in December 2004.
Under this plan, Oracle will continue to upgrade and support the J.D. Edwards World and J.D. EnterpriseOne ERP applications until the products are fully integrated into Oracles Fusion middleware architecture. Oracle officials have said that these products will retain a separate identity and upgrade path under the J.D. Edwards name at least until 2013.
During its prolonged legal battle to buy out PeopleSoft, Oracle had promised to support the PeopleSoft and J.D. Edwards product lines for at least 10 years after it acquired the product. While those plans stretch eight years into future from the current date, they do allow Oracle to keep its promise if the time span is calculated from June 2003, when Oracle first announced its bid for PeopleSoft. The EnterpriseOne suite includes manufacturing, supply chain, human capital management, financial management, customer relationship management and asset life-cycle management. J.D. Edwards World includes manufacturing management, homebuilder management, distribution management, financial management, human capital management and customer self-service applications that are designed for SMBs (small and midsized businesses) and that run on the IBM iSeries midrange computer system. Read the full story on The Channel Insider: J.D. Edwards Resellers Worry about Oracle Competition
John Pallatto John Pallatto is eWEEK.com's Managing Editor News/West Coast. He directs eWEEK's news coverage in Silicon Valley and throughout the West Coast region. He has more than 35 years of experience as a professional journalist, which began as a report with the Hartford Courant daily newspaper in Connecticut. He was also a member of the founding staff of PC Week in March 1984. Pallatto was PC Week's West Coast bureau chief, a senior editor at Ziff Davis' Internet Computing magazine and the West Coast bureau chief at Internet World magazine.

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