Contrary to what vendors may contend, not all of them are able to supply a cost effective solution that satisfies the critical requirements of an organization. In this case study from a recent selection engagement for a large series book publisher, we size up Oracle, JD Edwards, PeopleSoft, and Lawson in terms of corporate viability, vision, product functionality, technology, and cost.
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the health care and retail industries, a focus that makes its suite less effective at addressing publishing industry issues. JD Edwards, Oracle, and PeopleSoft lie on the right hand side of the graph with Oracle positioned in the upper quadrant and the others in the middle. Though they fared better than Lawson, none of the other vendors achieved a weighted average above 71% in viability, an effect due partly to the general ERP market malaise. Oracle performed better than the others in viability, but JD