Integration Takes Hold in ERP

PeopleSoft and Lawson are focusing on integrated ERP products.

Following the consolidation in the enterprise resource planning sector this year, particularly in the midmarket, vendors are focusing their efforts on new and integrated products.

PeopleSoft Inc., of Pleasanton, Calif., announced this month seven integrated offerings that combine its newly named Enterprise software (formerly known as PeopleSoft 8) with JDE 5, renamed EnterpriseOne under the PeopleSoft banner. The JDE technology was brought onboard as a result of PeopleSofts J.D. Edwards & Co. acquisition this summer.

The integrated products enable users from both camps to use technology from the other vendor.

PeopleSoft Enterprise Order Management and Enterprise Order Capture are now integrated with EnterpriseOne Inventory and Order Management. Enterprise Strategic Sourcing is integrated with EnterpriseOne Procurement, and Enterprise Human Resource Management is integrated with EnterpriseOne Financial Management.

From the former JDE side, EnterpriseOne Advanced Planning is integrated with Enterprise Supply Chain Management. EnterpriseOne Capital Asset Management is integrated with Enterprise Financial Management, and EnterpriseOne Real Estate Management is integrated with Enterprise Financial Management.

PeopleSoft also consolidated its customer data from JDEs former World and One World suites into its Enterprise Warehouse module. Under this initiative, Enterprise Performance Management capabilities that enable users to track company metrics are available to both sets of former JDE users.

While the integration efforts are laudable, theyre still superficial at this point, industry experts say.

"This is all designed to show that progress is being made in terms of integrating [both companies]," said Bruce Richardson, an analyst with AMR Research Inc., in Boston. "The real hard work is in January and February, when [customers] start rationalizing [licensing]."

Also this month, Lawson Software Inc., based in St. Paul, Minn., announced two vertically aligned applications and the general availability of a new reporting tool, Lawson Reporting Suite.

The vertically aligned tools are Lawson Surgical Instrument Management Tracking and GrantManagement for Healthcare. Lawson Reporting Suite is a dashboard that extracts data from Lawson and non-Lawson applications to offer a view of key metrics, along with the capability to analyze those metrics.