Like most of its peers, J.D. Edwards is hoping to rebound by focusing on Internet collaboration and extended-ERP applications. The company has also differentiated itself from competitors by embedding Enterprise Application Integration (EAI) into its OneWorld product. While J.D. Edwards' move into the EAI arena is indisputably risky, we commend its determination to bite the bullet and include integration systems into the core product offering. However, we also believe that managing this large application portfolio, much of which involves partnering or extensive integration and customization, will be cumbersome. Part 1 presents an overview
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. Competition To learn how J.D. Edwards fared in a case study of four major ERP vendors, J.D. Edwards, Lawson Software, Oracle, and PeopleSoft, which is based on a software selection effort that was facilitated by TEC during the second half of 1999, see Enterprise Financial Application Software: How Some of the Big ERP Vendors Stack Up . For a discussion of the ERP Market with a listing and rating of the major vendors, see Enterprise Resource Planning Systems Evaluation & Selection Audio Conference .