Oracle E-Business Suite vs. Oracle JD Edwards EnterpriseOne for Mixed-mode ERP

They say a picture is worth a thousand words—but in my opinion, graphs are sometimes worth even more. Therefore, I decided to let the graphs do most of the talking about the main differences between Oracle JD Edwards EnterpriseOne (JDE) and E-Business Suite (EBS).

In order to do that, I have selected our Mixed-mode Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) Evaluation Center because it has functionality from ERP for discrete, ERP for process, and ERP for engineer-to-order (ETO) manufacturing. For those of you who are not familiar with our Evaluation Centers, I should mention that you can use them to compare different software vendors, understand the differences between them, and even use the Evaluation Center data to build beautiful and easy-to-read graphs, like the ones below.

The overall ratings show two very similar products, with almost no difference between each corresponding module.

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Figure 1. Strengths and weaknesses of the two products for the main sections of Mixed-mode ERP.

The first thing worth mentioning is that for the Financials module, the scores are almost exactly the same, even when we drill down into the subsections and to the lowest level. Some of the subsections, like Fixed Assets, Cash Management, Budgeting, and Project Accounting, are supported 100 percent by both products.

The first important difference between the two products can be found in the Human Resources (HR) module. In the Personnel Management section, EBS outperforms JDE by almost 20 percent, which is mainly due to Management of Rewards (almost not supported by JDE, which offers 1.79 percent support) and Recruitment Management (where the difference between the two products is almost 30 percent).

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Figure 2. Strengths and weaknesses of the two products for Personnel Management.

The Health and Safety section of the HR module is not very well supported by either product; each of them seems to cover what the other one doesn’t.

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Figure 3. Strengths and weaknesses of the two products for Health and Safety.

There are no surprises for the Manufacturing Management module, except in the Field Service and Repairs section, for which JDE does not support Service Training Management.

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Figure 4. Strengths and weaknesses of the two products for Field Service and Repairs.

For Process Manufacturing, the main difference is in Costing, as shown below.

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Figure 5. Strengths and weaknesses of the two products for Process Manufacturing Costing.

For the Sales Management module, the Customer Relationship Management (CRM) section shows that EBS offers more support. The case is similar for the section on Reporting and Interfacing Requirements, except that the difference between the two products is smaller.

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Figure 6. Strengths and weaknesses of the two products for Sales Management.

If they are so similar, how do I choose between the two?

What surprised me the most while building the graphs was not the differences, but the fact that the two products are so similar when it comes to covering functionality in the Mixed-mode ERP Evaluation Center. Usually, ERP vendors that offer two or more products have different levels of support for each of them: they have a product that offers full support for accounting and sales, another one that offers enhanced functionality for manufacturing or process management, and so on.

Since functionality is obviously not enough to understand the difference between Oracle’s two products, other factors should be taken into consideration, such as: costing, maintenance, training and implementation, etc. When using TEC’s IT Advisor, an intelligent decision support engine will guide you through a questionnaire in which you can define your specific needs, with the option of excluding vendors that do not support functionality essential for your business. You can also indicate the industry you’re in, your company’s revenue, your budget, the number of users, options for training and maintenance—all of which the IT Advisor will use to select the best-match product for your company. Try our IT Advisor free for two hours and let us know what you think.
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