• PeopleSoft Inc. was established in 1987 to provide innovative software solutions that meet the changing business demands of enterprises worldwide. • It employs more than 7,000 people worldwide. The annual revenue for the year 1998 was $ 1.3 billion.
PeopleSoft's mission is to provide innovative software solutions that meet the changing business demands of organizations world-wide.
PeopleSoft, Inc. was a company that provided HRM (human resource management), CRM (customer relationship management), Manufacturing, Financials, EPM (Enterprise Performance Management) and Student Administration software solutions to large corporations, governments, and organizations.
• Founded in 1987 by David Duffield and Ken Morris, originally headquartered in Walnut Creek, California, and eventually Pleasanton, California, PeopleSoft's roots began with an idea Duffield had about a "Client-Server" (then a new concept) version of Integral Systems popular mainframe HRMS package.
In 2003, when PeopleSoft acquired J.D. Edwards, it decided to differentiate its former product line with those of Edwards by renaming both products.
PeopleSoft's original flagship product was rebranded as PeopleSoft Enterprise, J.D. Edwards' OneWorld ERP product was rebranded as PeopleSoft EnterpriseOne and J.D.
Edwards' legacy World product was rebranded as PeopleSoft World. In January 2005, PeopleSoft was acquired in a hostile takeover by Oracle Corporation.
This takeover was resisted by PeopleSoft but Oracle overcame the legal challenge and after the approved merger, PeopleSoft ceased to be an independent company, although its products continue to be used by thousands of companies.
Both the Enterprise and EnterpriseOne products are considered ERP systems and modularized into specific components:
HRMS (including payroll, human resources, benefits, etc.), Financials (including Accounts Payable, Accounts Receivable, General Ledger, Asset Management, EPM, etc), Manufacturing (including inventory, purchasing, billing, order management, production management, cost management), Student Administration, and CRM (including helpdesk, support, and sales).
PeopleSoft is well known for its ability to be easily customized, or tailor-made, to fit the specific business needs of each client, while still being generic enough to meet corporate and governmental tracking requirements.
Its detractors criticize the frequent bugs found in the system, which required patches and fixes. PeopleSoft — like most large software companies — generate an industry-within-an-industry of PeopleSoft consulting, the implementation and maintenance of the product
The company's products are sold through direct sales offices and distributors in the United States, Canada, Europe, Asia/Pacific, Latin America and Africa. With award-winning customer service, PeopleSoft dedicates approximately 47 per cent of its staff to customer service in the areas of account management, product support, professional services, education services and communication services.
People soft Main features:
• 1. Supply Chain Management— PeopleSoft has the industry's only complete enterprise resource planning solution that is built around supply chain optimization.
A Demand Planning module enables sophisticated forecasting, using both real-time and historical information.
PeopleSoft's complete suite of Supply Chain Management products provides comprehensive support for any organization that produces or markets a physical product.
2. Service Industry Solutions— PeopleSoft also provides a complete commercial support solution for service industries.
The Service Revenue Management suite features modules supporting the tracking of time and labour, payroll processing, project management and billing, as well as expense and receivables processing.
A suite of Procurement modules is also available supporting purchasing, inventory management, payables and expense processing, and asset management.
3. Industry Solutions PeopleSoft
• 3. Industry Solutions PeopleSoft supports industry-specific market initiatives in many businesses sectors. • The initiatives include industry-specific products, customization of existing applications, and sales and marketing support through direct channels and business alliances.
PeopleSoft has 11 distinct business units, which provide software solutions specific to a broad range of public and private sector industries. Industry partners help make the solutions comprehensive, spanning the enterprise from the back office to the front lines.
• People Tools is an integrated set of client/server business application development and customization tools from PeopleSoft.
These tools enable customers to implement, tailor and maintain PeopleSoft applications as well as to extract, analyze and manipulate data. PeopleTools includes several tools for reporting, customization and workflow.
5. Self-Service Applications:
• To improve productivity throughout the organization, PeopleSoft focuses on providing the occasional user with easy access to information and functionality specific to their role.
They have developed a set of selfservice applications to help companies quickly and costeffectively distribute functionality throughout the enterprise over the Internet, intranets and extranets.
6. Web Client:
• Self-service applications use the PeopleSoft Web Client. • The Web Client is downloadable on demand and runs on a Web browser across multiple platforms. Its affordability, open architecture and simplicity provides an ideal framework for delivering enterprise solutions to a large number of people. Applications don't need to be installed at every desktop; they are accessed easily through a browser.
• PeopleSoft has established global consulting agreements with Andersen Consulting, Deloitte & Touche Consulting Group, KPMG Consulting (a part of KPMG Peat Marwick LLP) and Price Waterhouse LLP, four of the world's leading consulting and systems integration firms.
PeopleSoft also maintains relationships with more than 150 industry-leading third-party vendors through its six Partnership Programs—Application, Database, Hardware, Implementation, System Integration and Workflow.
8. PeopleSoft Implementation Toolkit:
• PeopleSoft has a modular application structure, which lends itself to the use of phasing—an incremental process by which you 'bite off only what you can chew'—during implementation.
Yet it allows the riskier big bang' approach when time-critical business needs must be addressed quickly. A phased implementation helps to minimise risk and allows better resource and overall project cost management.
The PeopleSoft Implementation ToolKit in corporates four phasing strategies:
• a. Geographical Applicable when business practices and processes in various locations are independent enough from one another to justify separate implementations.
b. Departmental Your initial phase is focused on full implementation for a given department; additional departments are made operational during subsequent phases.
• d. Core and support processes Your first phase cover critical, core business processes; subsequent phases focus on support processes.
• e. No phasing Some situations do not lend themselves to phasing. Examples include date driven implementations (regulation effective dates drive action) and formation of new business enterprises.
Client can combine their phasing choice with one of these implementation approaches:
• 1. As delivered: This is the simplest approach, because you implement the applications as delivered and adjust your business processes to match the system. By using this approach, you are in essence reengineering your business operations, with PeopleSoft functionality driving your requirements.
2. Data modification:
• You'll use this approach when data analysis, modification and clean-up are a primary focus of the implementation For example, if your implementation is driven by legacy data held in date storage formats that don't support the Year 2000.
3. Legacy integration:
• Useful when interfaces between legacy systems and PeopleSoft applications are a significant factor in the implementation. • This approach includes business event analysis and early resolution of interface issues.
4. Application sequencing:
• Applicable when your implementation involves multiple PeopleSoft applications. Using this approach, you'll focus initially on business processes supported by the first application you implement. Then, as you implement other applications, you'll concentrate on additional business processes.
5. Business objectives and events
• Pertinent when, in order to meet a set of business objectives and their respective business events, your implementation also involves non-PeopleSoft applications. For example, to broadcast timely sales and collections information to the field, you would use this approach to implement a sales force automation application along with PeopleSoft Financials.
J D EDWARDS WORLD SOLUTIONS
• COMPANY: • Company Profile: • 1977 Denver, Colorado. Three men left the accounting world to form a soft-ware company that would specialise in midrange computing solutions. Each of the three founders—Jack Thompson, Dan Gregory and Ed McVaney—lent a small portion of his name for the company name. On March 17, JD Edwards was formed
• The company also provides industry-specific solutions for a number of complex business sectors, including industrial fabrication and assembly, automotive supply, consumer packaged goods, pharmaceuticals, electronics, energy, chemical and other manufacturing disciplines; public services, including government, education, utilities and not-for-profit organizations; and architecture, engineering, construction, mining and real estate operations.
In the early years, JD Edwards designed software for several small and medium-sized computers, eventually focusing on the IBM System/38 in the early 1980s.
It was in this effort that JD Edwards pioneered the CASE software development and design tool, which lends consistency across the broad range of JD Edwards' integrated applications.
When McVaney and Thompson began to design and implement World Software, they provided the pathway to success.
By the mid-1980s, JD Edwards was being recognised as an industryleading supplier of applications software for the highly successful IBM AS/400 computer, a direct descendant of the System/38.
With the June 1996 introduction of One World, the company once again achieved a technological breakthrough.
Building on the CASE technology pioneered in the 1980s, One World combines a full range of platform independent applications with an integrated toolset.
One World gives organizations the power to configure their systems and applications as their needs change.
Today, JD Edwards is a publicly traded company that has more than 4,700customers with sites in over 100 countries and more than 4,200 employees.
J D Edwards Main features:
• 1. JD Edwards is a leading provider of Idea to Action enterprise applications, encompassing flexible, integrated software for distribution, finance, human resources, manufacturing and supply chain management.
2. JD Edwards enables Idea to Action with ActivEra, a customercentric product and technology solution that allows companies to change enterprise software after implementation, as their business needs demand.
ActivEra extends the capabilities of the company's existing One World and JD Edwards SCOREX products
3. JD Edwards offers customers the means of achieving greater ongoing control of their businesses through the ability to define and redefine the way they do business as markets, customers and competitive conditions change.
4. Value: In enabling Idea to Action, JD Edwards provides client with an appreciating software asset —one with the potential to increase in value over the life of their business.
Through continual enhancements in features and functionality, architecture open to third-party technologies, and the real-time adaptability afforded by ActivEra, you can capitalise on new ideas and maintain your flexibility in the face of change
JD Edwards also offer multicurrency, multi-language and multi-location capabilities, so your solution grows as your business grows.
5. Technology JD Edwards offers its solutions primarily for the AS/400 platform.
JDEdwards's two application suites, One World and World Software/ World Vision, provide comprehensive supply chain management functionality across the technology continuum, from host-centric, to thin-client, to network-centric computing.
• 1. JD Edwards OneWorld is flexible enough to support an extended solution by integrating with legacy, best-of-breed and third-party products. All this with out sacrificing the security, integrity, or consistency of the existing systems or data.
2. OneWorld's own APIs, as well as such industry standards as CORBA, ODBC and other packaged integration solutions and process ware options, ensure that you won't be locked into limited functionality and out of future opportunities.
3. OneWorld embraces change with its modular architectural foundation. The information processing is segmented into five functional elements—database, data warehouse, business objects, reporting and GUI.
The users can link these elements in a variety of configurations from one tier, with every ele ment running on a stand-alone PC, to five tiers or more.
4. One can also distribute the elements geographically, departmentally, or administratively and can configure and reconfigure in the field, as requirements change.
There are provisions to add new servers, even Web servers, without having to rewrite applications for the new machine.
5. OneWorld has the tools and technologies that will quickly bring archived data to light. And you can extend and supplement those technologies with solutions offered by leading industry data warehousing and decision support specialists.
System Software Associates, Inc. (SSA)
• System Software Associates, Inc. (SSA) is one of the world's leading providers of software for industrial businesses. • It is the single largest supplier of software for the AS/400 line of minicomputers manufactured by IBM.
The flexibility of SSA's software products allows them to be reconfigured to meet specific customer and business demands in any industry.
The company maintains its global presence through offices and business affiliates in 67 countries, while support for clients is provided by a network of over 5,000 professionals.
• SSA's core product line is the Business Planning and Control System (BPCS), a group of integrated software products for industry that includes applications for manufacturing, distribution, and financial operations.
• BPCS is an acronym for Business Planning and Control System, pronounced as "Bee picks." BPCS was developed by System Software Associates (SSA), which later became SSA Global Technologies (which was then acquired by Infor Global Solutions), and is used to control the operations of manufacturing companies. BPCS is in the category of Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) software.
• BPCS includes MRP logic to manufacturing operations, provided there are high standards of data validity such as engineering specifications and inventory accuracy.
• It runs on several systems, with the IBM System i (also known as IBM AS/400 or IBM eServer iSeries), being most popular. It is written in As/Set, RPG, SQL and other IBM languages somewhat unique to the System.
The BPCS applications are divided into:
1. Configurable enterprise financials (including accounts receivable and payable, cost accounting, remittance processing, and budgeting and analysis) 2. Supply chain management applications (including sale performance management, purchasing, promotion, inventory management, and forecasting) 3. Multi-mode manufacturing applications (including planning, production scheduling, capacity planning, shop floor control, and plant maintenance)
The company is also a leader in computer-aided systems engineering (CASE) technology. Its AS/SET line uses CASE technology to allow clients to build their own applications.
Electronic Data Interchange (EDI), which enables businesses to communicate electronically with trading partners, is another area in which SSA has developed advanced products.
. The company's Main/Tracker line automates maintenance, safety inspection, and warranty tracking, and is the leading maintenance management system in the world.
Many of the BPCS applications are somewhat stand-alone, in that companies can choose to implement only the financial applications for example, and none of the manufacturing.
The competitive strength of BPCS over other ERP vendor competition, however, is in its manufacturing and planning applications.
• QAD provides innovative enterprise software, services and support, with steadfast commitment to the future of global manufacturing.
QAD’s business philosophy of continuous customer engagement, as well as the development and delivery of products and services.
Product and Technology
• QAD MFG/Pro • (now QAD Enterprise Applications)
• QAD MFG/Pro (now QAD Enterprise Applications) is a complete suite of products with functionality that addresses the needs of singlesite and multinational organizations.
• QAD's MFG/PRO is an ERP application capable of delivering robust and global functionality in the areas of Sales and Distribution, Manufacturing and Financials.
• It is capable of delivering Supply Chain solutions in the global context. It is well supported by the Enterprise Material Transfer (EMT) and Enterprise Operations Plan as an Enterprise wide application.
• Its global perspective is highlighted by its availability in 26 concurrent languages. • Further the Open Systems architecture makes it a truly international solution and is available on Unix and NT environment with concurrent support on both these diverse platforms
• The Distribution Module of MFG / PRO offers users comprehensive functionality in the areas of Purchasing, Inventory, Sales and Distribution, Configured Products and Supply Chain Management. • Purchasing • Sales Quotations • Sales Orders and Invoices • Inventory & Physical Inventory • Sales Analysis • Configured Products • EMT (Enterprise Material Transfer) and EOP (Enterprise Operations Plan)
MFG/PRO Manufacturing & Planning
• MFG/PRO manufacturing module offers robust functionality in the areas of manufacturing and planning. • The manufacturing functionality covers Work Orders, Repetitive and Advance Repetitive functions along with Product Structure and Formula Process functions.
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The planning module covers MRP, Forecast/MPS and Capacity planning, while facilitating Product Line planning. Product Structures Routing/Work Centers Formula/Process Work Orders Repetitive Advance Repetitive Shop Floor Control Quality Management Forecasting/Master Production Scheduling Material Requirements Planning Capacity Requirements Planning Distribution Requirements Planning
• • • • • • • • General Ledger Accounts Receivable Accounts Payable Multiple Currency Cost Management Cash Management Fixed Assets Global Tax Management
QAD MFG/Pro Applications support shared services, crossborder trade, multi-site manufacturing and multi-entity accounting.
QAD MFG/Pro Applications are built on a deep, foundational understanding of manufacturing.
• Designed to streamline the management of manufacturing operations, supply chains, financials, customers, technology, and business performance, QAD solutions provide manufacturers easy access to the time-sensitive information they need to plan for the future as they continue to meet daily manufacturing targets.
QAD MFG/PRO data handler
• The QAD MFG/PRO data handler is a data-conversion module whose primary roles are to convert business objects into MFG/PRO formats and vice versa.
• The Shared Services capability of QAD Enterprise Applications allows multi-entity consolidations and eliminations to be performed across multiple general ledgers.
The sophisticated chart of account mapping capabilities allow for different charts of account to be consolidated, and full traceability to originating transactions can be maintained, which are critical for audit ability.
• QAD Enterprise Applications support multiple currencies. • Accounting transactions can be recorded in any currency and reported either in the transaction currency or converted to the operation's base currency at the prevailing exchange rate.
Currency reporting options allow general ledger reporting to reflect the latest exchange rate. QAD Enterprise Applications enables companies to update and maintain exchange rates at any time.
System Controls and Security
• QAD has developed security and control functionality to meet strict security procedures — those required by internal corporate policies as well as mandated by governing bodies
Vendors, Consultants and end users
To successfully carry out the designing and implementation of the whole project, ERP vendors needs a group of people with definite roles. ( e.g. team of consultants, inhouse team, users and so on. These people helps organisations to follow a standard approach or methodology of ERP implementation
• Vendors are the people who have developed the ERP softwares. These people have invested huge amount of time and efforts in research and development to create the software solutions. The ERP vendors spend billions of rupees in research to come-up with innovations that make the package more efficient, flexible and easy to implement and use.
Role of Vendors
• 1. Supply the product and its documentation as soon as the contract is signed. Only then the software is delivered and its training and testing environment for the implementation.
• Offer initial training for company’s key users. This informs the users how the package works and what are the major components, how the data and information flows across the system, what is flexible and what can be configured and what can not, what are the limitations, what are the strength
3. Support project functions
• If the implementation fails, most of blame will fall on the vendors
4. Continuous participate in all phases of implementation of a project, mostly in advisory capacity, addressing specific technical questions about technology and product offered
• Involve in customizing the product filling the gaps between package and actual business and offer the guarantee of customization.