followed by Distribution (Sales, Inventory, and Purchasing), which was added in the late 80s; and finally followed
by Manufacturing and Payroll/HR in the early 90s. JDE's first ERP package was named "World Software". JD Edwards
was fortunate when IBM came out with its successor to the System 32/36/38, the AS/400. Within a few years JD
Edwards software was running on 15% of all installed AS/400s. JD Edwards grew rapidly, with 300 employees and
revenue of $24M in 1988, increasing to over 6,000 employees worldwide and nearly $1B in revenue 10 years later. JDE
became a very strong player in the mid-market (companies with annual revenue from $200M to $800M), especially in
industries that engaged in manufacturing and distribution operations.
In the mid-90s, the old "green screen" technology using character-based "dumb" terminals, started to shift to a
"client-server" architecture with a Windows-like GUI (Graphical User Interface). JDE had some false starts as it
developed the new software, initially named Everest, and later renamed OneWorld. Initial releases of OneWorld
were not stable, and it wasn't until 2000, when OneWorld Xe was released, that JDE had a functional product with
which it could compete with other ERP platforms such as SAP and PeopleSoft. Despite the false starts, however,
the flexibility and power of this package to run on multiple hardware/OS/DB platforms made it a formidable
competitor against these other vendors. Note that the World product now offers "web enabled" screen views, which
allow the green screens to look more like a normal PC screen, but it is an optional preference, and many companies
still use the original green screen.
JD Edwards made a key decision early in the design of OneWorld-the database used by OneWorld would match (or at
least not conflict with) the database used by World Software. Thus, the functionality of the early releases of
OneWorld would be essentially the same as the functionality of World Software. And there was a data conversion
path, which made it relatively easy for clients to migrate from World to OneWorld, and in many cases run both
packages simultaneously in "coexistence" mode.
In 2003, PeopleSoft acquired JD Edwards and renamed OneWorld to EnterpriseOne. (PeopleSoft's flagship product was
named PeopleSoft Enterprise.)
Almost immediately, Oracle launched a hostile takeover bid to acquire PeopleSoft. In 2005 Oracle completed its
takeover of PeopleSoft, leaving Oracle with a number of ERP and CRM packages to sell and support: Oracle EBS,
PeopleSoft Enterprise, JD Edwards World, JD Edwards EnterpriseOne, and Siebel. Oracle quickly announced that it
would continue to support these separate packages with its
program, and at the same time
develop a totally new ERP solution, Fusion.
became generally available in 2010, but the full
ERP product (Financials, Distribution, Manufacturing, HR/Payroll) is probably still 5-10 years away.
In the meantime, Oracle continues to enhance JD Edwards World and EnterpriseOne. More information on the current
versions of World and EnterpriseOne can be found at JDEtips Upgrade Support Center
The Intro to JDE pages on this site are intended to be brief summaries for JD Edwards customers
who are encountering JD Edwards for the first time. For more advanced knowledge, please review the
articles in our JD Edwards Library
and our JD Edwards Training
offerings for JDE clients.
Another excellent resource to help you get started with JD Edwards is JDEtips eLearning.