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J.D. Edwards Finds Its Inner-Self Within Its 5th Incarnation Part 4: Challenges and User Recommendations
J.D. Edwards is leaner, meaner, much more aggressive and with a winning attitude than it has been in the past. It is not easy to regain momentum in a down

j part 4  functionality footprints. To compete J.D. Edwards recently turned to a number of alliances (see Part Two ). Nevertheless, with these competitors' impending endeavors to complete re-architecting their products' flexibility, they may be better positioned than J.D. Edwards in the future. To that end, J.D. Edwards 5's actual SRM functionality is still largely a figment of imagination, as in its current state, the SRM solution is on par with a basic e-procurement package for indirect materials. Product

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