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A selection of recent solution-related announcements from the supply chain community.

May 1, 2003  Following is a selection of recent solution-related announcements that have come into the iSource Business newsroom. These press releases are, for the most part, presented as received. Datelines have been edited for consistency, and trademark and similar notations, as well as "forward looking statement" and similar notices, have been removed.



J.D. Edwards Introduces New Business Modeling Tool for Manufacturers and Distributors

Supply Chain Business Modeler Reduces Implementation and Integration Time

Denver  April 23, 2003  Designed to simplify the implementation process and deliver a faster and higher return on investment for supply chain management projects, J.D. Edwards & Company has developed a unique supply chain application for manufacturing- and distribution-centric companies.

Available today, J.D. Edwards Supply Chain Business Modeler (SCBM) consolidates data across disparate business applications into a single data warehouse and helps companies connect business processes throughout their supply chain. This leads to lower total cost of ownership via increased application connectivity and reduced implementation time associated with integration.

Serving as a single repository for all supply chain management data, J.D. Edwards SCBM automatically manages data shared by planning, order management, multi-mode manufacturing and logistics applications. SCBM simplifies the implementation process and enables companies to make better use of information generated throughout the supply chain. SCBM and J.D. Edwards Demand Forecasting are integral parts of the new J.D. Edwards 5 supply chain functionality planned for 2003.

"Providing supply chain integration between J.D. Edwards enterprise systems and other applications is an important part of our value proposition to customers. Supply chains are diverse and dynamic systems, so SCBM was developed to support rapid implementations, as well as modular implementations, while providing a low, long-term cost of ownership," said Andrew Carlson, director of supply chain product marketing at J.D. Edwards. "SCBM provides a single view of all supply chain information, including customer and supplier data from disparate systems."

Enabling Event Management

SCBM and J.D. Edwards' unique Distributed Object Messaging Architecture (DOMA) will serve as the foundation to support multi-enterprise supply chain event management processes. SCBM will also support corporate performance management by providing both key performance indicators (KPIs) and key performance predictors (KPPs) across the extended supply chain.

According to analyst Dwight Klappich of META Group, "Flexible applications are essential for companies eager to minimize implementation length and the cost of customization and integration between different supply chain systems. The seamless integration and support of Business Intelligence applications, including KPIs and KPPs, will become large factors in the equation of increasing ROI while reducing costs."

J.D. Edwards SCBM, which is available immediately, can be used with all of the J.D. Edwards 5 family of products, as well as J.D. Edwards' earlier OneWorld and WorldSoftware families.

About J.D. Edwards & Company

J.D. Edwards makes customers stronger, enabling them to solve their most important business challenges. The company offers collaborative enterprise software as well as consulting, education and support services. J.D. Edwards' offerings are differentiated by a deeply ingrained attitude of listening to customers, innovating on their behalf, and delivering solutions as part of a results-oriented relationship. Founded in 1977 and headquartered in Denver, J.D. Edwards focuses on long-term business partnerships and helping its 6,600 customers in more than 110 countries collaborate electronically to manage their business processes, supply chains, enterprise assets, and supplier and customer relationships. For more information: www.jdedwards.com or 1-800-727-5333.

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Commerce One Releases Open Source, Royalty Free DocSOAP XML Developer Kit for Document Style SOAP

DocSOAP XML Developer Kit Designed to Increase Use and Adoption of Web Services in Business; Provides Better Performance and More Complete Standards Support Than Other Solutions

Pleasanton, CA  April 29, 2003  Commerce One today announced that it has posted an Open Source, royalty free Web services and SOAP XML Development Kit as part of its ongoing drive to foster the adoption of Web services technology for business. The DocSOAP XML Development Kit (DocSoapXDK) is designed to provide developers and businesses with advanced XML and SOAP tools to take advantage of Web services technology, particularly when used to handle the large business documents associated with e-commerce integration and the development of composite applications.

One of the major predicted uses for SOAP is the integration of businesses, systems and partners. This requires efficient handling of potentially large XML and non-XML documents. The DocSOAP XDK is designed specifically to address this type of problem. In initial tests conducted by Commerce One, the DocSOAP XDK processed large-sized XML documents up to twice as fast and using less memory than other available SOAP toolkits.

The DocSoapXDK includes:

  • "UNIParser," an XML compiler that parses and validates XML documents and checks for compliance with their XML schema;

  • "Xgen," an XML Java bean generator that generates Java beans to make it easier for Java programmers to manipulate XML documents without understanding XML;

  • "Document Framework APIs" that facilitate the efficient manipulation of XML documents through DOM, SAX and Bean interfaces. Efficient support for non-XML documents is also provided;

  • "DocSOAP Framework APIs" that can generate and process SOAP messages that conform to SOAP versions 1.1 and 1.2, SOAP with Attachments and DIME.

To optimize developer flexibility and choice, the UNIParser XML parser and the Xgen bean generator provide more complete support for XML schema than other Java schema compilers, allowing developers to more fully exploit the features of XML schema. The DocSOAP XDK can be downloaded by developers from the Commerce One developer's Web site: http://www.commerceone.com/developers/docsoapxdk/.

The DocSOAP XDK is used by the Commerce One Conductor platform, the industry's first standards-based composite application platform. Unlike many initial Open Source offerings, the code has already undergone rigorous development and testing during the development of Commerce One Conductor. To assure that the technology retains its leading-edge position and standards focus, Commerce One is committing resources to the ongoing development and enhancement of the DocSOAP XDK in the Open Source community. Activities are planned to provide support for the WS-I Basic Profile 1.0 and the final version of the SOAP 1.2 specification as these standards mature.

"Commerce One has always maintained a commitment to the creation and extension of flexible, standards-based and cross-enterprise technologies. Our Commerce One Conductor platform is a statement to the market about the benefits of leveraging standards and Web services technology," said Mark Hoffman, chairman and CEO of Commerce One. "With this DocSOAP XDK, we are making the added commitment to provide advanced tools, supporting Web services, SOAP and XML to the widest possible audience of developers who can benefit most from them."

About Commerce One

From its initial roots in Internet-based software applications to its establishment of the world's largest e-commerce trading network, Commerce One has consistently been at the forefront of delivering advanced technologies that help global businesses collaborate with their partners, customers and suppliers over the Internet. Commerce One has defined many of the open standards and protocols established for business networks today and our global customer base represent leaders in a wide range of industries. Our newest Commerce One Conductor platform and supporting set of composite applications represent the next generation of collaborative solutions that help enterprises optimize their existing technology investments and enhance functionality of existing applications and processes. For more information, go to www.commerceone.com.

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Datastream Announces Broad New Capabilities for Datastream 7i That Deliver on Asset Performance Management Strategy

Web Services and Asset Analytics Extend Technological Leadership of Company's Flagship Enterprise Asset Management Solution

Greenville, SC  April 29, 2003  Datastream Systems, Inc. announces the newest version of its industry-leading enterprise asset management (EAM) solution, Datastream 7i. This new version of the product delivers on the company's recently announced Asset Performance Management strategy by providing a range of capabilities for helping companies analyze and act on asset data to improve enterprise performance.

Enterprises worldwide use Datastream 7i to drive down operating costs and improve productivity by automating the management and maintenance of capital assets. As a Web-architected solution, Datastream 7i can span multiple locations with a single server deployment, making it ideal for multi-site, asset-intensive enterprises seeking to standardize operating processes across regional or global locations.

The new version of Datastream 7i provides powerful new asset analytics technology  called Datastream 7i Analytics  that enables customers to derive valuable intelligence from their asset data so they can make better forward-looking business decisions. Using the Datastream 7i Analytics module, customers can identify trends and anomalies across the enterprise and forecast and model "what if" scenarios for optimizing asset performance.

"Automobile manufacturers worldwide rely on Premier Manufacturing Support Services to keep their plants up and running at peak efficiency," said Eric Faith, manager, maintenance systems technology of Premier Manufacturing Support Services. "We will use Datastream 7i Analytics to analyze asset data across our customer sites in a brand new way. For example, not only can we compare equipment downtime across plants, we can also identify root causes of downtime by, for example, correlating inventory levels to equipment downtime. This type of information will enable us to significantly improve asset performance across our customers' sites, enabling them to produce automobiles more efficiently."

Datastream has also significantly expanded the flexibility of Datastream 7i with a new Datastream 7i Extended module, which utilizes a broad range of Web services technologies. These technologies facilitate interactive integration with complementary applications and user interfaces. Datastream 7i Extended also improves usability and minimizes complexity through a zero footprint, robust HTML interface. This makes Datastream 7i the only EAM solution that can be configured to meet the specific needs of each user in the enterprise.

Datastream 7i Extended also enables graphical HTML rendering of key performance indicators (KPIs), executive dashboards and other performance metrics derived from the use of Datastream 7i Analytics. This provides executives with "at a glance" information on cross-enterprise plant and asset performance, enabling them to make faster and more informed decisions.

"Datastream 7i is incredibly flexible with its new Web services capabilities. It is now relatively simple for us to configure Datastream 7i Extended to meet the specific work requirements of every end-user," said John Kovalcik, division information technology analyst for the Consumer Packaging Division of Smurfit-Stone Container Corporation. "For example, plant floor workers can benefit from the robust functionality of the Java-based interface. Managers can use the HTML interface because they require role-specific functionality. And executives benefit from the dashboards and KPIs, because they only need on-demand information. With the new Web services and asset analytics capabilities, Smurfit-Stone Container Corporation believes Datastream 7i could become an indispensable tool for our business."

"Last month Datastream announced its Asset Performance Management strategy. This month we delivered the technology required to make Asset Performance Management a reality," said Datastream President and CEO Larry Blackwell. "The combination of asset analytics and Web services makes Datastream 7i a truly strategic solution for enterprises seeking to gain a better understanding of their operations for optimizing asset performance. Datastream 7i accomplishes this by providing important functionality targeted to benefit every tier of responsibility across the enterprise."

About Datastream Systems, Inc.

Datastream Systems, Inc. provides Asset Performance Management software and services to enterprises worldwide, including more than 60 percent of the Fortune 500. Datastream's solutions combine world-class asset management functionality with advanced analytics to deliver a powerful platform for optimizing enterprise asset performance.

By using Datastream's solutions, customers can maintain and manage capital assets  such as manufacturing equipment, vehicle fleets and buildings  and create analyses and forecasts so they can take action to improve future performance. Datastream's flagship product, Datastream 7i, delivers a complete Asset Performance Management infrastructure by combining an Internet architecture with broad enterprise asset management functionality, integrated procurement, advanced analytics and multi-site capability.

Datastream was founded in 1986 and has customers in more than 140 countries. For more information, visit www.datastream.net.

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Delfour Corporation Announces Smart4logic, Tool Set for Fourth-Party Logistics Providers

Markham, ON  April 25, 2003  Delfour Corporation has leveraged its 15 years of experience in 3PL solutions in the development of Smart4Logic, a set of tools for the fourth-party logistics (4PL) Industry.

According to President/CEO Joe Couto, Smart4Logic is designed for asset and non-asset based logistics providers that manage logistics for customers whose extended business model involves the concurrent complexities and nuances of various integrated carriers and third-party logistics providers.

Smart4Logic offers 4PL providers a complete execution suite of intelligent systems for managing warehousing, cross-dock, transportation planning, customer relationship management, supply chain visibility, business activity monitoring utilizing alerts and events management, and adaptive execution through secured Web-enabled collaboration of orders, receipts, and POD's. Smart4Logic also includes a suite of invoicing, costing, and auditing tools for managing 3PL, transportation, and customer business relationships.

"3PL Logistics Providers now have the option of using the 4PL tool set, embedded with a Web-based online inventory management system, or to use their own tool sets integrated by Smart4Logic's standard APIs and EDI sets to exchange essential business information," Couto said. "Smart4Logic can maintain unique rate cost structures for each 3PL facility, while providing the customer with a single rate structure as part of the 4PL value added business structure and advantage"

Smart4Logic forms part of the SmartEnterprise Foundation: WarehouseLogic, SmartFreight, SmartYard, SmartDock, Active Desktop and e-Vista for Supply Chain Visibility and Business Activity Monitoring. SmartEnterprise incorporates n-Tier technology operating on Oracle's 9iAS database platform, offering clients improved performance and the advances of using distributed n-Tier Technology.

About Delfour Corporation

Delfour Corporation is a leading global provider of comprehensive and highly configurable advanced supply chain execution solutions. By using market-leading technology to serve the Third Party Logistics (3PL), Third Party Fulfillment (3PF) and the warehousing industries, Delfour's set of advanced logistics solutions gives customers the power to increase productivity while reducing costs by improving the effectiveness of their warehousing processes. Delfour's SmartEnterprise solution enables smarter supply chains through the utilization of collaborative technology tools, allowing our clients and their customers to experience seamless warehouse management flow and profitability by sharing and collaborating throughout the supply. For more information, visit www.delfour.com.

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SYSPRO Adds Microsoft Windows Server 2003 to Supported Platforms

Costa Mesa, CA  April 25, 2003  SYSPRO, worldwide supplier of enterprise software, has announced that the newest version of its enterprise/supply chain software, SYSPRO 6.0, now supports the standard and enterprise editions of Microsoft Windows Server 2003. SYSPRO 6.0 is built on Microsoft .NET architecture and the XML standard and is designed to provide a highly cost-effective way for SYSPRO customers to integrate best-of-breed applications, maximize business-to-business trading and leverage wireless connectivity.

The recently launched Microsoft Windows Server 2003 is described as "the most productive infrastructure platform for powering connected applications, networks, and Web services from the workgroup to the data center." Said to be easy to deploy, manage, and use, Windows Server 2003 will enable SYSPRO 6.0 users to leverage a powerful application platform to further the rapid building of connected solutions and deploy an information worker infrastructure for enhanced communication and collaboration. Additionally, the platform will let SYSPRO 6.0 users take advantage of the additional levels of security built into the new Microsoft operating environment.

According to Brian Stein, president, SYSPRO USA, "The close working relationship between SYSPRO and Microsoft made it possible for SYSPRO to work with beta versions of Windows Server 2003. SYSPRO expects to see increased sales by adding the new operating system to the list of SYSPRO 6.0 supported platforms."

SYSPRO, a Microsoft Gold Certified Partner, is a world leader in providing manufacturing, distribution and financial accounting software solutions with thousands of installations in more than 50 countries. SYSPRO is one of the world's most honored software companies. Recent milestones include: The premier K2 Quality Award for "Installation Channel/Methodology" for the SYSPRO STARS Implementation Methodology; Voted Number One in 2002 Middle Market ERP Software Survey Conducted by Accounting Research; Recipient of START Magazine's First Annual Vision Award (2001) and "Hottest Company" designation for three years; Finalist for Developer of the Year (2002) by Software Council of Southern California; Ranked Among World's Top Software Companies by MSI Magazine, Managing Automation Magazine, Logistics Management Magazine and Software Magazine; and Given Highest Ratings in Accounting and Manufacturing Software Reviews by CPA Software News for ten consecutive years.

SYSPRO software is marketed worldwide through offices in the U.S., Canada, Africa, Australia and the U.K.

SYSPRO headquarters for the Americas are located in Costa Mesa, Calif., from which the company markets SYSPRO supply chain software to established and emerging companies in the U.S., Mexico, Central America, South America and the Caribbean. http://www.syspro.com or email info@us.syspro.com.

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P3Software Unveils P3 Expeditor for Macintosh

Clamor from Mac Based Print Buyers Drives Release of Affordable Effective e-Commerce System

Boston  April 28, 2003  P3 Software, Inc. a developer of print procurement software announced today the release of the Macintosh edition of P3Expeditor. P3Expeditor is the affordable print procurement software system for graphic designers, ad agencies, print brokers and corporate print buyers. Like its PC counterpart, P3Expeditor for the Macintosh streamlines the print procurement process for print buyers, automating communications tasks and storing job information in a single convenient database.

Developed and refined over 9 years, P3Expeditor automates creation of print job specifications, manages the request for quote process and tracks production management. Now, all print buyers including Macintosh users have access to affordable and effective e-commerce systems for buying printing.

"P3Expeditor makes print buying easier, more cost effective, and stress free. It's simply a better way to buy print," said Mitch Cohen, president of OmniSource, a Rochester, NY print reseller.

"P3Expeditor has helped me immensely," adds Steve Tracy, print services manager at Loyola Press. "I send out hundreds of quotes annually and it never fails that I will forget something. Not anymore..."

"Efficiency, immediacy and affordability are key benefits P3Expeditor brings to the market. These advantages are now available to Macintosh users," said Caleb Tower, CEO, P3Software. "P3Expeditor was designed and refined to take time out of the print procurement process. The organization and efficiency P3Expeditor creates helps buyers focus on key decisions rather than mundane paperwork."

Getting started with P3Expeditor is fast and easy. The software can be downloaded directly from www.p3software.com. P3Expeditor avoids the time consuming process of "signing up" printers for the system. Printers get email or fax communications from P3Expeditor and sends back prices any way they like. This asymmetric approach makes the start up process fast and the system very effective. Print buyers can start using the P3Expeditor with their regular printers in about 15 minutes. Buyers get immediate benefits working with the suppliers they know and trust without disrupting buyer-supplier relationships.

Pricing and Availability

Single buyers now have access to resources previously reserved for large companies with six-figure e-commerce budgets. For larger firms, P3Expeditor represents a fast economical alternative to in-house projects and cumbersome expensive ASP e-commerce services. "Print buyers want an efficient print procurement solution with reasonable and predictable costs," says CEO Tower "and that is what P3Software provides."

P3Expeditor for Macintosh Operating Systems OS8.6, OS9 and OSX is available through the P3Software Web site www.p3software.com. All versions come with a 30-Day free trial license for new users. Customers can buy a P3 Expeditor license or use it on a pay-as-you-go basis. A full license is $599 per user while the "Pay as you Go" license is $260 per user per year. For corporate buyers or multi-seat sites, site license agreements are available.

About P3Software

P3Software is a privately held company headquartered in Newton, Massachusetts. The company's mission is to provide affordable print procurement software to corporate buyers, graphic designers, advertising agencies and print brokers. To find out more about P3Software or P3Expeditor, please visit the Web site at www.p3software.com or call 617-256-3366.

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