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ERP &; Distribution Showdown! Oracle's JD Edwards vs. TGI's Enterprise 21

Written By: Dylan Persaud
Published On: July 31 2007

ERP - Distribution Showdown!

Welcome to TEC's ERP - Distribution Showdown:
Oracle's JD Edwards EnterpriseOne vs. Technology Group International's Enterprise 21

I'm Dylan Persaud, senior analyst at Technology Evaluation Centers (TEC). Today the spotlight is on ERP - distribution solutions, with Oracle's established JD Edwards EnterpriseOne and up-and-coming Technology Group International's Enterprise 21 going one-on-one in a head-to-head showdown! We hope you find this Vendor Showdown helpful and informative, and invite your comments and questions at showdown@technologyevaluation.com.


Introduction

ERP - distribution software solutions help companies on a global scale by tracking inventory and controlling spending within the organization. This software helps in both supply chain management (SCM) and retailing activities while focusing on the distribution of products or components throughout a global supply chain. The software also aids companies in using internal and external resources more effectively. For this ERP - Distribution Showdown, we selected Oracle's well-established JD Edwards EnterpriseOne and up-and-coming Technology Group Internationals Enterprise 21.

For the overall rankings, we looked at the two solutions in two different configurations:

  • full functionality
  • without human resources (HR) and financials (back office)

We broke it down this way because some businesses looking for an ERP-distribution system may want to retain their existing HR and financial software, while others will be looking for a complete, integrated solution that includes back-office functionality.

We used our ERP - Distribution Evaluation Center to compare the two solutions. The results are based on the most recent request for information (RFI) data supplied to us by Technology Group International (TGI) and Oracle, and indicate their levels of support for each of the 3,414 functional criteria in our ERP - Distribution Evaluation Center.

To eliminate any chance of bias and to ensure a level playing field, all the criteria comprising the modules and submodules in the ERP - distribution RFI were given equal weight and priority. In other words, no area of functionality was treated as being more important than any other.

Results

The chart below shows the overall vendor rankings in the full configuration (including HR and financials).

Full Configuration with HR and Financials

As you can see above, Oracle's JD Edwards EnterpriseOne edges out TGI's Enterprise 21 to finish first in overall rankings—with the difference mainly being Oracle's strong HR functionality (while Enterprise 21's HR functionality is largely in the form of third party support).

We also looked at overall results with the back-office functionality removed (not including HR and financials). The graph below shows the results.

Full Configuration without HR and Financials

With both HR and financials removed, what remains is the core ERP - distribution functionality. Enterprise 21 moves into the top spot. Enterprise 21's win by such a large margin is because of the software's strength in the Retail and Commerce submodule. This is interesting because TGI is a relatively new player in the ERP - distribution market space.

Below you can see how these two vendors performed in the main modules without back-office functionality (HR and financials).

Main Modules without HR and Financials

As can be seen above, JD Edwards EnterpriseOne finishes first in one of the main modules, and Enterprise 21 takes first place in the other two, with the widest gap being in Retail and Commerce.

Let's take a closer look at SCM. As can be seen below, Oracle is the overall winner, placing first in three of the four submodules.

Supply Chain Management Module

When it comes to Retail and Commerce, the gaps are significantly wider, as can be seen below, and TGI shows a clear advantage over Oracle.

Retail and Commerce Module

TGI dramatically outperforms Oracle in both the Retail and POS (point of sale) and Web Commerce submodules. TGI has designed its software to leverage Web technology by allowing retailers to connect to customer and product databases directly from the front end. TGI's web-based design has enabled retailers to design web pages using TGI's application and to decrease implementation time while enabling the vendors to set up shop quickly.

Oracle, on the other hand, has focused its efforts on application software functionality. With the mature nature of the software, the JD Edwards solution has solid supply chain functionality, which has been strengthened over the years. Traditionally, JD Edwards has developed functionality within retail, POS, and Web commerce as separate entities. TGI, however, has built its solution from the ground up, allowing application and Web-based design to be integrated.

Now that you've seen some of the overall rankings, it should be pointed out that they do not tell you everything you need to know. What the rankings do provide is a basic, high-level view of vendors' general strengths and weaknesses. However, the fact is, no two businesses will use an ERP - distribution solution in exactly the same way. Businesses have unique requirements that need to be supported by the ERP - distribution solution they implement. For example, although TGI finished first in core ERP - distribution functionality (without back-office functionality), if your organization is looking for a complete, integrated solution, Oracle may be the better choice. On the other hand, if retail and commerce functionality (which includes POS and product and customer databases) is key to your organization, TGI might be the better selection.

Conclusion

Given that out-of-the-box rankings generally don't reflect the practical, real-world needs of an organization, and that rankings can shift depending on what areas of functionality you look at, how then do you determine which ERP - distribution solution is best suited for your business?

The fastest, simplest way is to do what we did to produce the results you see here: use TEC's ERP - Distribution Evaluation Center. We got our results in twenty minutes, versus weeks—or even months—of struggling with huge spreadsheets.

TEC's ERP - Distribution Evaluation Center allows you to set priorities that reflect your organization's business model and special needs at every level of functionality. At the modular and submodular levels—even down to the individual criteria—you can tell the system which business processes are critical, less important, or not important to your organization. The system then compares your priorities against the vendor responses to produce a shortlist of solutions. You get a custom comparison—one that ranks vendor solutions not on out-of-the-box functionality, but rather on how well that functionality matches the business requirements of your organization.

It's the best way we know of to evaluate ERP - distribution solutions, and we invite you to give it a run-through. Simply click on the link below to visit our ERP - Distribution Evaluation Center and conduct your fast, free custom software comparison. After all, there's no other organization quite like yours.

For a free custom comparison of ERP - distribution solutions, click below.

Find out which ERP - distribution solutions are best suited to your company's particular requirements and type of business.

 
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