JD Edwards is teaming up with Arthur Andersen?s outsourcing services arm to offer corporate customers a means of leasing its business software applications.
Under the agreement with Arthur Anderson Process Services, when a customer outsources its financial processes, AAPS will be able to manage them using JD Edwards' Oneworld or Worldsoftware packages. Customers will pay a flat monthly fee, rather than having to pay software licence charges.
The deal with AAPS is only believed to cover the US, with JD Edwards currently looking at companies to work with on similar arrangements in the UK and Europe.
While rented application packages have been used in the industry before, usually by smaller companies to save on complex implementation and maintenance costs for software, the JD Edwards/AAPS deal can be used by larger corporate customers as well.
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