Marketing to Uncle Sam

Harris Corp., J.D. Edwards team to market asset management, supply chain apps to federal government

Washington  November 8, 2002  Harris Corp., a communications systems integrator for the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), and enterprise software company J.D. Edwards are partnering to jointly market J.D. Edwards 5 applications, including enterprise asset management and supply chain management solutions, to selected accounts within the federal government.

The announcement was made during the 47th annual meeting of the Air Traffic Control Association (ATCA), held this week in Washington, D.C.

"Harris has a long history of providing leading-edge technology and system integration solutions for a wide range of government and [Defense Department] applications," said Jim Proctor, vice president and general manager of integrated information and communications systems programs for Harris' Government Communications Systems Division (GCSD). "Our agreement with J.D. Edwards allows us to take that commitment to the next level by also providing our joint customers with commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) applications that effectively automate and manage their business processes."

Harris will provide hardware, as well as systems consulting, customization and integration services, and Denver, Colo.-based J.D. Edwards will supply back-end asset management and supply chain planning systems, including its Enterprise Asset Management, Supply Chain Management, Real Estate Management, Business Intelligence, and Collaboration & Integration toolsets. Terms of the agreement were not disclosed.

"Enterprise-wide asset management is precisely the type of tool that organizations such as the [Federal Aviation Administration] are asking for to meet the increasingly challenging demands of today's large and complex enterprises," said Carrie Manion, senior director of channel management for J.D. Edwards. In addition, Manion suggested that the agreement would expand J.D. Edwards' reach to new government markets.

J.D. Edwards 5 is a family of modular, Web-enabled collaborative enterprise software products and services that are designed to enable customers to match specific software components to specific business requirements.