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A selection of recent announcements from the solution provider community regarding supply and demand chain enablement projects.

May 23, 2003 — Following is a selection of recent announcements from the solution provider community regarding supply and demand chain enablement projects. These press releases are, for the most part, presented as received in the iSource Business newsroom. Datelines have been edited for consistency, and trademark and similar notations, as well as "forward looking statements," "safe harbor" and similar notices, have been removed.



Lilly Pulitzer Selects Mercator Inside Integrator for EAI Backbone

Mercator Links Transactions among Lilly Pulitzer's Wholesale, Financial and Product Data Management Systems

Wilton, CT — May 13, 2003 — Mercator Software, Inc. today announced that Lilly Pulitzer, a branded lifestyle apparel company that distributes through major stores, specialty shops and Lilly Pulitzer Signature Stores, has selected Mercator Inside Integrator as its application integration backbone, creating a hub between multiple applications within its back office.

"Mercator came highly recommended by another apparel company," stated Brigid Foster, Head of Supply Chain at Lilly Pulitzer. "We are pleased with the flexibility, scalability and no-coding approach to getting the job done provided by Mercator Inside Integrator."

Lilly Pulitzer is using Mercator to create an integrated "best of breed" solution for critical business applications. With Mercator Inside Integrator, transactions are integrated in real time among Lilly Pulitzer's Apparel Business System (ABS) inventory and order management system, their Microsoft Great Plains financial system, and their Gerber Web Product Data Management system to achieve a single view of operations across all of their internal systems.

Mercator Chairman and CEO Roy King said, "We are pleased that Lilly Pulitzer selected Mercator Inside Integrator to provide real-time integration of its complex legacy and packaged back office systems in order to achieve a single view of its operations. Whether within back office systems or between the back office and the Web, Mercator provides Industry-Ready Integration Solutions that deliver superior transformation, routing and EDI integration."

About Mercator Software, Inc.

Mercator delivers its customers and partners The Advantage Inside Integration, providing Industry-Ready Integration Solutions that solve critical business problems in real-time, while leveraging current technology investments and maximizing ROI. Mercator's core integration technology, Mercator Inside Integrator 6.7, features a Solutions-Oriented Architecture, which easily and seamlessly automates high-volume, complex transactions. Over 1,100 enterprise customers leverage the power, speed and flexibility of Mercator's proven integration technology and industry expertise to build better business value and faster ROI. To hear why our customers and partners believe Mercator is the advantage inside integration, visit our Web site at www.mercator.com.

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Petro-Canada Standardizes on AspenTech's Engineering Solutions for its Downstream Operations

Enterprise-Wide Software and Service Agreement Extends Use of AspenTech's Modeling Technology for Optimized Process Workflow, Decision Management and Real-Time Operations

Cambridge, MA — May 13, 2003 — Aspen Technology, Inc. today announced a multiyear software and service agreement with Petro-Canada, one of Canada's largest international oil and gas companies.

Under the terms of the agreement, Petro-Canada will extend its commitment to AspenTech's engineering solutions for its downstream refining and lubricants business units. The process modeling and optimization solutions, based on the HYSYS and Heat Transfer System (HTFS) technologies, will continue to provide Petro-Canada with the technology foundation to achieve and sustain operational excellence in its downstream businesses.

Petro-Canada operates three refineries producing a full range of petroleum products, plus a major lubricants facility. By building on its longstanding use of the HYSYS process modeling environment and the HTFS technologies for heat exchanger design, Petro-Canada will be able to expand the benefits of model-based optimization and decision-making across its downstream operations. The increased application of process models will not only help to improve operational performance through maximized yields, increased reliability and reduced energy consumption, but it will also help Petro-Canada to achieve its financial, environmental, and safety objectives.

"Many key operational decisions in our refineries are already made using models created with AspenTech's engineering solutions," said Doug Evans, Director of Process Technology and Reliability at Petro-Canada. "We recognize the tremendous value that rigorous process modeling can bring throughout the lifecycle of our assets. The goal of this latest agreement is to ensure that value is realized throughout Petro-Canada's Refining & Supply operations, through optimized designs, more efficient processes, and better operating decisions."

The new agreement — part of the MAPLE (Modeling Assets for Profitable Lifecycle Excellence) alliance between the two companies — provides Petro-Canada with access to AspenTech's full range of engineering solutions for the refining industry. The "model-centric" design of these solutions means that they are able to deliver benefits throughout the lifecycle of a process, from initial design and optimization, through plant monitoring, troubleshooting and process improvement, to advanced process control, operator training and decision-support.

"The MAPLE alliance represents a significant commitment by Petro-Canada and AspenTech, focusing on creating long-term value from the utilization of best practices and knowledge sharing," said David McQuillin, President and CEO of AspenTech. "We believe that our engineering software and consulting services will help Petro-Canada's downstream operations achieve financial savings that could exceed ten cents per barrel."

The HYSYS and HTFS product families are part of the Aspen Engineering Suite, which is an essential element of AspenTech's solutions for Enterprise Operations Management in the process industries. These integrated, enterprise-wide solutions combine engineering and manufacturing/supply chain technologies to help companies optimize the way they engineer and run their manufacturing and supply chain operations.

About Petro-Canada

Petro-Canada is one of Canada's largest oil and gas companies, operating in both the upstream and downstream sectors of the industry in Canada and internationally. Its common shares trade on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbol PCA, and on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol PCZ. For more information, visit www.petro-canada.com.

About AspenTech

Aspen Technology, Inc. provides industry-leading software and implementation services that enable process companies to increase efficiency and profitability. AspenTech's engineering product line is used to design and improve plants and processes, maximizing returns throughout an asset's operating life. Its manufacturing/supply chain product line allows companies to increase margins in their plants and supply chains, by managing customer demand, optimizing production, and streamlining the delivery of finished products. These two offerings are combined to create solutions for Enterprise Operations Management (EOM), integrated enterprise-wide systems that provide process manufacturers with the capability to dramatically improve their operating performance. Over 1,500 leading companies already rely on AspenTech's software, including Aventis, Bayer, BASF, BP, ChevronTexaco, Dow Chemical, DuPont, ExxonMobil, Fluor, Foster Wheeler, GlaxoSmithKline, Shell, and TotalFinaElf. For more information, visit www.aspentech.com (http://www.aspentech.com).

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STATS Implements Adexa for Improved Asset Utilization and Customer Service

Visibility into Capacity Constraints and Impact of Planning Changes Increases Satisfaction among Global Semiconductor Manufacturers

Los Angeles — May 12, 2003 — Adexa, Inc., a leading provider of integrated supply chain and business management solutions, today announced the expansion of its successful implementation at ST Assembly Test Services Ltd. (STATS), a leading independent semiconductor test and advanced packaging service provider. The Factory Planning & Scheduling component of Adexa's eGPS solution set, will further optimize STATS' manufacturing asset utilization and increase customer satisfaction levels.

Adexa's Factory Planning & Scheduling solution is linked to MySTATS — an external, self-service portal which links up with customer networks to provide them online access to real time and reliable WIP (work-in-progress) reports as well as other relevant data from STATS operations. In particular, the shop floor sequencing component enhances STATS e-TAS system, an integrated "e-manufacturing" system that links STATS' entire shop floor operations to its business applications. With e-TAS, STATS users are able to retrieve real time information and reports from the manufacturing shop floor. MySTATS and e-TAS are two key components of STATS IT architecture for supply chain management.

STATS is committed to delivering rapid, flexible and cost-effective services to its global semiconductor customers. In July 2001, the company chose Adexa to improve its responsiveness to orders, increase manufacturing throughput and capacity utilization, and provide the flexibility to accommodate planning changes. Further, STATS is using Adexa to optimize work in progress (WIP) inventory and minimize material inventory and associated holding costs. With Adexa, STATS is able to maintain a constant state of readiness to meet fluctuating business demands.

"Adexa has given us real-time visibility into material and capacity constraints, as well as the ability to anticipate and prevent future constraints," said Ng Tiong Gee, STATS Chief Information Officer. "This enables us to commit accurate dates to customers in half the time, and to proactively deal with bottlenecks before they impact asset utilization and customer service. Further, the Adexa solution set has synchronized external systems and applications that are critical to planning, which automates previously manual processes. The aggregate business value of Adexa's system has helped us drive time and cost out of our operations, which is a competitive advantage for us."

"Real-time visibility into constraints, work in progress and the impact of planning changes is critical for companies that are committed to increasing customer satisfaction levels," said Dan Stoks, Adexa's Chief Operating Officer. "Another benefit of this improved flexibility and performance today, is freeing up assets for developing and delivering the technologies and services that will be in demand tomorrow. That too is a priority for STATS, and an area where Adexa is contributing to its long-term business development."

About STATS

ST Assembly Test Services Ltd. (STATS) is a leading semiconductor test and assembly service provider to fabless companies, integrated device manufacturers and wafer foundries. With its principal operations in Singapore and global operations in the United States, United Kingdom, Japan and Taiwan, STATS offers full back-end turnkey solutions to customers worldwide. STATS' expertise is in testing mixed-signal semiconductors, which are extensively used in fast growing communications applications such as data networking, broadband and mobile communications. STATS also offers advanced assembly services and has developed a wide array of traditional and advanced leadframe and laminate based products, including various ball grid array packages to serve some of the world's technological leaders. STATS was listed on the Nasdaq National Market and The Singapore Exchange in January 2000 and is in the Morgan Stanley Capital International (MSCI) Index and the Straits Times Industrial Index. Further information is available at www.stts.com

About Adexa

Founded in 1994, Adexa delivers solutions that synchronize corporate planning with operations planning and execution, to ensure assets are utilized to achieve strategic objectives. Adexa helps companies reduce the cost of goods sold, shorten lead times for orders, and reduce inventory costs through improved supply chain collaboration and management. Adexa's global customer base includes AMD, Firmenich, General Motors, Mannington Mills, Maytag, Philips, Pulse, Samsung, Siemens, TSMC, and Unilever. For more information, visit www.adexa.com.

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Peoples Energy and Technology Solutions Company Complete Implementation and Company-Wide Rollout of ERP System

Value Creation Approach Provides Immediate Benefits

Chicago — May 13, 2003 — Technology Solutions Company (TSC), a leading systems integrator delivering business benefits through business process and technology expertise, today announced that it has completed a 15 module SAP implementation for Peoples Energy. The project, which included financial and supply chain modules, was completed on time and under budget by a team of TSC consultants and Peoples Energy employees.

Key Performance Indicators were defined and agreed upon at the beginning of the project to institutionalize a living business case and ensure implementation benefits were obtained. The main benefits fall into the areas of cost reduction, information access, and productivity improvement.

"The combined team of TSC consultants and Peoples Energy employees was very effective in planning and implementing this project and has exceeded all expectations," said Don Field, executive vice president of Peoples Energy. "We have already begun to realize benefits that were outlined at the start of the initiative."

The SAP implementation included large-scale business process reengineering, legacy systems retirement, deployment of new business processes to support a new internal shared services organization, and change management and training efforts to better prepare Peoples Energy for the new system and processes.

Several key challenges were encountered and overcome during the project:

  • Implementation of a new Shared Services organization

  • Deployment of SAP's FERC module (specific to Utility industries)

  • Integration between SAP and Adaytum (budgeting and forecasting tool)

  • Redefinition of the budgeting and forecasting processes

  • Significant number of interfaces required to fulfill ICC reporting requirements

  • Rapid evaluation of SAP's Strategic Enterprise Management (SEM) module

"The success of this project is a testament to Peoples Energy's total commitment to the benefits that can be achieved through an ERP implementation like SAP R/3 and Business Warehouse," said David Wasson, senior vice president at TSC. "An implementation of this scope could only have been completed in the expected timeframe with the full buy-in and support of the entire Peoples Energy organization, including senior management. This commitment, coupled with the quality and integrated nature of SAP, made such a large, rapid implementation possible."

About Technology Solutions Company

Delivering business benefits to companies worldwide through process and technology expertise, Technology Solutions Company (TSC) is a leading systems integration and business consulting firm that focuses on rapid results. TSC's core competencies include: enterprise resource management, supply chain management, customer relationship management, support services, and change management and training. Its services span the entire technology lifecycle — from strategy definition and planning; through implementation and integration; to extended support. Headquartered in Chicago, TSC has worked with more than 800 clients worldwide, including 59 of the Fortune 100. For more information, please visit www.techsol.com.

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Mission Foods Will Deploy viaLink Data Synchronization and UCCnet Agency Services

Dallas — May 13, 2003 — The viaLink Company said today that Mission Foods, part of GRUMA, S.A. de C.V., has selected viaLink to synchronize product, price and promotion information with its trading partners, including registering and publishing product data through viaLink's UCCnet services.

Mission Foods is the world leader in authentic Mexican tortillas and snacks. The company produces almost a quarter of all the tortillas sold in the world. Mission Foods' product line includes tortillas, wraps, chips, shells, tostadas, chicharrones and pork cracklins.

The viaLink Company (OTCBB:VLNK) provides advanced e-commerce services to the retail/CPG and foodservice industries. We help progressive suppliers, distributors and retailers improve their supply chain efficiency, increase sales and serve their customers more effectively. For more information about viaLink's data synchronization, scan based trading, supply chain visibility and UCCnet registry and publication solutions, call 972/934-5500 or visit viaLink's Web site: www.vialink.com.

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99 Cents Only Stores Selects HighJump Software to Manage Explosive Growth with Unmatched Supply Chain Execution Solutions

High-Volume Distribution Environment Requires HighJump's Combination of Robust Functionality and Unique Adaptability

Eden Prairie, MN — May 13, 2003 — HighJump Software, the premier provider of the industry's most adaptable, extended supply chain execution (SCE) solutions, today announced that 99 Cents Only Stores has selected its Supply Chain Advantage solution set to effectively manage operations as the company continues its successful growth and expansion. 99 Cents Only Stores is a unique deep-discount retailer of primarily name-brand consumable general merchandise at an affordable, single-price point.

HighJump's solutions will facilitate the effective warehousing, fulfillment and distribution in 99 Cents Only Stores' complex, high-volume environment. Since its founding in 1982, 99 Cents Only Stores has expanded to more than 150 locations in California, Nevada and Arizona, and is currently entering Texas. HighJump's solutions will be implemented at 99 Cents Only Stores' newly acquired, nearly three-quarter-million-square-foot Texas facility, which will distribute food, beverages, health/beauty aids and household supplies to its Texas retail stores.

"We are projecting substantial growth as we move into the Texas market, and Supply Chain Advantage was the best solution we evaluated that contained the functionality we wanted to adapt easily to our increasing volumes and other changing requirements," said Chet Harkonen, vice president of distribution of 99 Cents Only Stores. "With HighJump, we will primarily use in-house resources to adapt the system as needed. It is even easier and more cost-effective for us than we expected."

"We are extremely pleased that 99 Cents Only Stores has selected our solutions to empower long-term supply chain efficiency and cost reduction as they move into new geographic markets," said Chris Heim, president and CEO of HighJump Software. "This is yet another example of HighJump's strong momentum and unmatched value proposition within the supply chain execution space."

About 99 Cents Only Stores

99 Cents Only Stores is the nation's oldest existing one-price retailer. 99 Cents Only Stores emphasizes name-brand consumables at an excellent value in its 154 clean, attractively merchandised stores located in California, Nevada and Arizona. The company's New York Stock Exchange symbol is "NDN."

About HighJump Software

Founded in 1983, HighJump Software is the premier provider of the industry's most adaptable, extended supply chain execution (SCE) solutions that deliver competitive advantage to manufacturers, distributors, retailers and third-party logistics companies. HighJump Software offers SCE solutions that can be easily and precisely tuned to fit the operational needs of a wide range of organizations from midsize to large companies and divisions of the Fortune 1000. HighJump's SCE systems are in use at more than 700 companies today. Headquartered in Eden Prairie, Minn., HighJump Software can be reached by e-mail at info@highjump.com; by phone at 877.445.4403; or by visiting the Web site at www.highjump.com.

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GED, Inc. Chooses IFS Software to Enhance Strategic Decision Making

Chicago — May 13, 2003 — IFS announced today that GED, Inc., which manufactures automated glass processing equipment for the flat glass and insulating glass (IG) industries, has signed a contract to purchase IFS business software, including IFS' Web-based performance-measurement application.

Since November 2001, the Twinsburg, Ohio-based company has been using IFS' core manufacturing, distribution, and financial applications. The addition of the business-performance software provides GED's management with instant access to key business performance measurements.

"With IFS Business Performance, we now have a single performance-measurement application that integrates seamlessly with our existing IFS system and the other data sources we use," said Gene Jarjabka, GED's Information Technology Manager. "For the first time, we can define our key performance measurements and then capture the information so that it can be presented and used by everyone in the organization."

"IFS Business Performance is a Web-based digital dashboard that gives management immediate, meaningful performance feedback in an easy-to-read format," said IFS North America president Mike Nordin. "This information can be used to control costs, spot potential problems, and identify new business opportunities — the possibilities are endless."

About GED, Inc.

Founded in 1977, GED, Inc., is the world's leading manufacturer of automated glass processing equipment for the insulating glass (IG) industry. The company is based in Twinsburg, Ohio. More information is available at www.gedusa.com.

About IFS and IFS Applications

IFS develops and supplies component-based business applications for medium and large enterprises and organizations. IFS Applications, which is based on Web and portal technology, offers 60+ enterprise application components used in manufacturing, supply chain management, customer relationship management, service provision, financials, product development, maintenance, and human resource administration. IFS offers customers an easier, more open alternative that can be implemented step by step. A leading global business applications supplier, IFS has 3,000 employees, with sales in 45 countries, and more than 350,000 users worldwide. The company is listed on the Stockholm Stock Exchange (XSSE: IFS). More information is available at www.ifsna.com.

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Hitachi Implements i2 Solution for Worldwide Supply and Demand Planning

i2 SCM Enables Weekly Planning Cycle and Improves Inventory Turnover

Las Vegas — May 14, 2003 — i2 Technologies, Inc., a leader in end-to-end supply chain management solutions, announced today that Hitachi, Ltd. has implemented i2 Supply Chain Management (SCM) in the company's Disk Array Systems Division. As a result of this implementation, Hitachi reports that the division can accelerate its supply/demand planning cycle and optimize inventory.

Hitachi's Disk Array Systems Division manufactures high-end, enterprise RAID storage systems in Odawara, Japan; Oklahoma, USA; and Orleans, France, and sells the systems worldwide through its global subsidiary, Hitachi Data Systems Corporation. The Division's goal is to shorten its supply/demand planning cycle to a weekly basis, and to substantially improve worldwide inventory turnover with i2 SCM.

"Efficient global operations are vital in today's challenging business environment," said Koichi Kunimasa, Hitachi Information Business Operational Headquarters CIO. "This joint project with i2 constitutes a new supply chain management model for Hitachi. It may be described as a touchstone, not only in our Disk Array Systems Division, but also for growing the Hitachi company as a whole."

"Hitachi's Disk Array Systems Division has enjoyed strong customer demand worldwide. In order to meet this demand, we are enhancing the globalization of production and sales," said Kazuo Morita, Hitachi Disk Array Systems Division, General Manager of Production Control. "By introducing SCM in cooperation with i2, we can improve our visibility into our worldwide supply chain, reduce inventory and improve business efficiency. i2's comprehensive product lineup, excellent product functionality, and proven record will enable us to meet our goals."

In this project, Hitachi Data Systems installed i2 Demand Planner, and the Hitachi, Ltd. Disk Array Systems Division implemented i2 Supply Chain Planner. According to Hitachi, these solutions accelerate the division's storage manufacturing supply/demand planning cycle from a monthly basis to a weekly cycle, and achieve planning based on business process optimization. i2 SCM also allows Hitachi to control manufacturing plants in Japan, United States, and France, and to reduce their inventories. Next the Division plans to deploy i2 Demand Fulfillment, with a goal of increasing sales revenues and enhancing customer satisfaction through prompt fulfillment.

"To optimize global production and sales systems, SCM is essential," said Yoichi Yokomizo, i2 president, Japan. "The Hitachi Disk Array Systems Division's supply chain management implementation is a revolutionary initiative for Hitachi. Its success will serve as an advanced case study for Japan's manufacturing industry, where operations are becoming global."

Hitachi, Ltd.

Hitachi, Ltd. (NYSE:HIT), headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, is a leading global electronics company, with approximately 320,000 employees worldwide. Fiscal 2001 (ended March 31, 2002) consolidated sales totaled 7,994 billion yen ($60.1 billion). The company offers a wide range of systems, products and services in market sectors including information systems, electronic devices, power and industrial systems, consumer products, materials and financial services. For more information on Hitachi, please visit the company's Web site at http://global.hitachi.com.

About i2

A leading provider of end-to-end supply chain management solutions, i2 designs and delivers software that helps customers optimize and synchronize activities involved in successfully managing supply and demand. More than 1,000 of the world's leading companies, including seven of the Fortune global top 10, have selected i2 to help solve their most critical supply chain challenges. Founded in 1988 with a commitment to customer success, i2 remains focused on delivering value by implementing solutions designed to provide a rapid return on investment. Learn more at www.i2.com.

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