The PeopleSoft-J.D. Edwards merger was, in great part, about retaining the big five (or big four, or big three) seat and the need to be bigger within shrinking market opportunities. The combined vendors should now a have solid foothold against SAP and Oracle, particularly because one better-performing side could, if necessary, cover up for the underachieving one.
collaborative sourcing. For example, PeopleSoft EPM now features analytics for SRM with links to quality management, customer profitability, workforce analytics, supply chain analytics, and balanced scorecard, to name some. Prior to the merger, J.D. Edwards had to partner with MicroStrategy for business analytics and with Hyperion for consolidations and budgeting, while its SRM offering had been mainly at the visionary stage. For its part, J.D. Edwards has contributed with manufacturing oriented J.D.