Oracle was conspicuous by its absence when a list of the top five enterprise resource planning (ERP) vendors in the Asean region was announced recently by International Data Corporation (IDC). According to the IDC Asia-Pacific ERP Software Report, 1998, the top five ERP application vendors in Asean by 1997 licence revenues are SAP, Baan, PeopleSoft, System Software Associates and JD Edwards. Together, these vendors accounted for 67 per cent of the total Asean market which is valued at $US115.4 million. Oracle is ranked sixth.
"I thought Oracle would rank higher," said Selinna Chin, country manager for IDC Malaysia. "But these figures take into account only ERP applications revenues - not services, partner revenues, hardware, or any other software - and Oracle is big mainly in financials."
IDC defines ERP as a set of integrated enterprise applications which covers at least three of the following key functional areas - accounting/financial, manufacturing, distribution, human resources, and sales automation. by Gerald Wee