Contrary to what vendors may contend, not all of them are able to supply a cost effective solution that satisfies the critical requirements of an organization. In this case study from a recent selection engagement for a large series book publisher, we size up Oracle, JD Edwards, PeopleSoft, and Lawson in terms of corporate viability, vision, product functionality, technology, and cost.
hand side of the graph with Oracle positioned in the upper quadrant and the others in the middle. Though they fared better than Lawson, none of the other vendors achieved a weighted average above 71% in viability, an effect due partly to the general ERP market malaise. Oracle performed better than the others in viability, but JD Edwards ranked highest in vision as its product strategy aligned best to the client's long term objectives. (For more on JD Edwards, see TEC Technology Research notes: JD