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Oracle Product Showdown! JD Edwards EnterpriseOne vs. E-Business Suite

Written By: Neil Stolovitsky
Published On: September 12 2007

Welcome to Oracle Product Showdown:
JD Edwards EnterpriseOne vs. E-Business Suite

I'm Neil Stolovitsky, senior research analyst at Technology Evaluation Centers. I'd like to welcome you to another in our series of enterprise software Vendor Showdowns. Today's showdown compares two popular Oracle enterprise solutions—JD Edwards EnterpriseOne and E-Business Suite—head to head. We hope you find this Vendor Showdown helpful and informative, and invite your comments and questions at showdown@technologyevaluation.com.


Introduction

In JD Edwards EnterpriseOne and E-Business Suite, Oracle has two of the most popular enterprise solutions available in the marketplace today. Oracle acquired JD Edwards through its purchase of PeopleSoft in 2004, while E-Business Suite is a collection of enterprise applications developed by Oracle itself.

Both products are enterprise solutions, both have large installed bases, and both are marketed and supported by Oracle. So what are the differences between them? If your organization is considering an Oracle enterprise solution, which is the better choice? This Vendor Showdown will help you find out.

To compare these two Oracle products, we looked at six standard enterprise resource planning (ERP) modules: supply chain management, distribution process management, web commerce, human resources, financials, and product technology. To eliminate any chance of bias and to ensure a level playing field, all 3,214 criteria that make up these six modules (and their submodules) in our ERP Evaluation Center were given equal weight and priority. In other words, no area of functionality was treated as being more important than any other, allowing for a true apples-to-apples comparison.

 

Results

Overall Rankings

As you can see above, straight out of the box, JD Edwards EnterpriseOne edges out E-Business Suite to place first overall. This overall ranking takes into consideration all of the six main modules (shown in the chart below).

Rankings by Main Module

As you can see in the chart above, JD Edwards EnterpriseOne places first in four of the six main modules, although the results for three of them (Supply Chain Management, Human Resources, and Financials) are quite close. The biggest gaps are in Distribution Process Management, Web Commerce, and Product Technology—the last two being the main modules in which E-Business Suite comes out on top.

Conclusion

In broad terms, if you are looking for a solution strong in distribution or supply chain management, JD Edwards EnterpriseOne has the stronger functionality straight out of the box, and therefore merits further investigation.

However, as you can see below, if web commerce is critical to your organization, E-Business Suite delivers a stronger solution than JD Edwards EnterpriseOne, whose web commerce component comes primarily through customization, modification, or third party support.

Web Commerce Module

Still, as with most aspects of enterprise software, it's not quite that simple or clear-cut.

Rankings, whether overall or by module, do not tell you everything you need to know. What they do provide is a basic, high-level view of vendors' general strengths and weaknesses right out of the box. However, the fact is that few businesses, if any, can use an enterprise solution straight out of the box. Your company has distinct needs and priorities that need to be supported by any enterprise solution you adopt.

Given that out-of-the-box rankings rarely, if ever, reflect the real-world needs of an organization, and that the rankings can shift depending on what areas of functionality you look at, how then do you determine which ERP solution is best suited for your company?

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

TEC's ERP 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 criterion—you can tell the system which business processes are critical, 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 solutions, and we invite you to give it a run-through. Simply click on the link below to visit our ERP Evaluation Center and conduct your fast, free custom ERP comparison. After all, there's no other organization quite like yours.

For a free custom comparison of ERP solutions, click below.
Find out which ERP solutions are best suited to your company's particular requirements and type of business.

 
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