JD Edwards' efforts to transform itself into a major international multiplatform vendor are beginning to bear fruit. The ERP firm has struggled to shake its US-centred, AS/400-only image since the release of One-World at the end of 1996. But healthy third-quarter results, posted last week, reveal that one fifth of the company's new licences are on NT and Unix platforms, compared to one in 10 last year, and two fifths of its business now comes from outside the US. JD Edwards posted revenues for the third quarter ended 31 July of $239.6 million (#144.3 million), up 47% from $162.5 million (#97.9 million) in the equivalent fiscal quarter the year before. Profits for the quarter rose 150% from $7.2 million (#4.3 million) to $18.1 million (#10.9 million). The company claimed that the majority of its income is from new licences rather than upgrades sold to its existing user base, as is common with other ERP vendors. Despite the offer of free upgrades to the new product, the vendor saw few customers desert AS/400 for the OneWorld product on NT or Unix. That trend might change when Year 2000 and EMU issues have passed, the company claimed.
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