What future for legacy ERP apps?

What I mean by legacy ERP are older ERP applications that were acquired by companies like Oracle and Infor. As a former employee of one of the older, I am interested in the JD Edwards (JDE) solution that Oracle acquired a few years ago.

Responding to a comment I sent him about the Oracle user conference, a contact at a long-time JDE client in South Africa, said:

Like most other companies, the rather messy Oracle world environment led our company to rather look at a SAP migration – its not planned locally for another 5 years, thus we still run JDE – but World version! [ed: the AS/400 green screen version]    Needless to say, Ifusion and other developments are really not applicable to us – I do stay in touch with Oracle though, but primarily about Oracle retail – eg Retek. We don’t run it, but all the major SA retailers do, and it’s a good occasion to meet with my peers in retail. The JDE world has shrunk smaller and smaller through the years…

I wonder how many JDE customers are just hanging on until they have budget, time and justification to change? So, is Oracle flushing money away by building its ifusion architecture to try to keep its legacy ERP customers? It seems Oracle would do better to invest in its vertical solutions (like Retek) and stabilise its legacy products so that it can milk those customers for as long as possible without having to spend too much on new development.

Also, if I was a JDE consultant/developer/specialist I would start looking at training and certification on other ERP apps – probably SAP, a Microsoft Dynamics product (but not Axapta), or SYSPRO.


3 thoughts on “What future for legacy ERP apps?

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  2. Thanks , I have recently been looking for info about this subject for ages
    and yours is the best I have came upon so far. But, what about the conclusion?
    Are you sure about the source?

    • Thanks for the comment.
      – Yes, I am sure about the source, as it was then.
      – JDE/Peoplesoft was one of Oracle’s early acquisitions, since then dozens more companies have been added as Oracle fills out its product line. JDE must be a small contributor to revenue now.
      – Oracle Fusion seems to be a product that is still immature
      – The only thing I would change to what I wrote is that Microsoft’s Dynamics AX (Axapta) is probably worthwhile investigating if you’re an ERP consultant looking for a new skill.

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