When local and regional governments put out RFPs for business software, many overlook JD Edwards applications as viable options. That, however, is something that Oracle is trying to change with EnterpriseOne. Over the last several months, the company has been quietly focusing its resources on promoting EnterpriseOne among local governments. In response, we have just published a new white paper that examines what EnterpriseOne has to offer the public sector. You can download the paper from our white papers section or from Oracle’s web site.

While I don’t want to give away our paper’s conclusions, I will say that we find EnterpriseOne to be a tantalizing alternative to applications that are primarily designed for small and medium-sized governments (SMGs). While these solutions are usually quite good for financial and human resource management, they are often weak when it comes to managing capital assets, suppliers, procurement processes, and properties. Since more local governments are finding that they need to improve their IT systems in these areas, EnterpriseOne occupies a “sweet spot” in the market over which many SMGs are moving. That could make it a tougher competitor to traditional SMG vendors.

If you have a stake in what goes on in the public sector, I would encourage you to read our paper. I would also welcome you to reply to this post with your own thoughts about JD Edwards and the SMG market. As some of you know, JD Edwards World also has a following among some local governments and municipal districts. How do you think that EnterpriseOne and World compare to each other and the competition in this part of the market? Check out our paper and let us know.