In a nutshell, J.D. Edwards seems poised to deliver applications within its traditional verticals that are wide-ranging, integrated, and modular (loosely decoupled) at the same time, which is apparently a clearer message and a better business model for the company. With a new management team the company seems to have found its soul, as it has finally pinpointed the right offering for its target market (both geography, customer size, and vertical segments wise), and it also seems to be exuding an air of confidence without arrogance, which had rarely, if ever, been seen in the past.
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CRM, SCM, supplier management, business intelligence (BI), and Web-based collaboration, as well as an architecture that is evolving to embrace Web services were likely hatched under McVaney''s wing as well. Using a deliberate approach of not jumping injudiciously on every latest technology bandwagon, the company has by and large successfully taken its customers from mainframe-based systems to the Web, without resorting to a rip-and-replace'' strategy (in an evolutionary rather than revolutionary manner),