ERP vendor JD Edwards last week acquired privately held Numetrix, a Canadian vendor of supply chain management software, for approximately $US80 million.
The move positions JDE to sell products in the competitive business-to-business e-commerce market, and will see JDE integrate Numetrix's Numetrix/3 supply chain management software with its own SCOREx supply chain products.
Numetrix's software, JDE officials claimed, alerts customers to relevant changes anywhere within the supply chain, prioritises messages for each user and provides them with tools to manage change anywhere in the supply chain.
The move comes as little surprise to one analyst.
"I was expecting a number of purchases this year due to the market slow-down [in ERP software]," said Laurent Lachal, ERP analyst with Ovum.
"I'm not sure if this is recognition that the functionality in JDE's own supply chain software wasn't up to the task," he said.
Only last year, JDE repackaged its supply chain offering, renaming it SCOREx (Supply Chain Optimisation and Real-time Extended Execution). The product includes modules for advanced planning and scheduling, order management, warehouse management, transportation, and cost management.