JD Edwards has begun a move outside the enterprise resource planning market with the $80 million (£49 million) acquisition of supply chain software developer Numetrix.
JD Edwards also announced plans last week to jump on the Ebusiness bandwagon, with browser-based applications and an Ecommerce offering centred around a Internet-style portal due out later this year.
ERP vendors - including SAP, Peoplesoft and Baan - have been searching for ways to boost their balance sheets in recent months, as new licence sales for their packages continue to taper off. Systems such as customer relationship management and supply chain management are viewed as potential revenue replacements.
JD Edwards products with Numetrix technology will be released later this year.
In its bid to become an Ecommerce vendor, JD Edwards will be improving its OneWorld system by adding a portal to give users customised access to their applications via a Web page.
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