JDA Acquiring i2...Again

Off-again/on-again deal back on as JDA looks set to beef up foothold in manufacturing space; acquisition puts JDA in position to compete with ERP heavyweights SAP and Oracle, AMR's Tohamy says

Scottsdale, AZ — November 5, 2009 — Supply chain solution provider JDA Software Group announced today that it has signed a definitive merger agreement to acquire i2 Technologies in a deal valued at nearly $400 million net, completing a journey that the two companies began last year when JDA initially set its sights on the rival software company.

The acquisition gives JDA a stronger foothold in the manufacturing (particularly discrete) supply chain space, where i2 was strong. JDA historically had been strong in the retail supply chain space but had targeted a strong position in manufacturing, including with its previous acquisition of i2 rival Manugistics.