Contrary to what vendors may contend, not all of them are able to supply a cost effective solution that satisfies the critical requirements of an organization. In this case study from a recent selection engagement for a large series book publisher, we size up Oracle, JD Edwards, PeopleSoft, and Lawson in terms of corporate viability, vision, product functionality, technology, and cost.
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how the four vendors compare in terms of corporate viability and corporate strategy. Corporate viability examines a vendor's overall financial success and measures the ability of its management to effectively operate the business. In judging a company's financial viability, we look at fundamental metrics such as those used to reflect liquidity, profitability, and market growth. Corporate strategy or vision reflects how the vendor plans to sell, develop, and support its product over the long term. It is