News from J.D. Edwards

Denver-based provider announces update to SCM solution, adds supply chain event management capabilities to portal and unveils version 2.0 of collaborative forecasting software

Nashville, TN  October 29, 2002  At the 2002 APICS Conference this week, J.D. Edwards & Co. made a succession of announcements concerning its software solutions.

First, the company said it has native support for its entire J.D. Edwards 5 Supply Chain Management solution on the IBM eServer iSeries platform. As part of the initiative, J.D. Edwards said it plans to make its Advanced Planning modules available native on the iSeries in phases, beginning in early 2003.

J.D. Edwards 5 spans supply chain management (SCM), customer relationship management (CRM), enterprise resource planning (ERP), business intelligence, supplier relationship management (SRM), and collaboration and integration technologies. The company said the software allows businesses to start with a SCM point solution and expand the solution to other modular enterprise applications at a later point of time that is best for the organization.

With the native support of the J.D. Edwards 5 Supply Chain Management solution the company expects the more than 4,500 joint IBM and J.D. Edwards customers can add modular supply chain management functionality to their J.D. Edwards 5, OneWorld or WorldSoftware systems. The J.D. Edwards Advanced Planning includes modules for strategic and collaborative planning across the extended trading network to include customers and suppliers, allowing enterprises to more tightly manage inventories, reduce costs and increase revenues.

"IBM and J.D. Edwards continue to expand a successful 25-year relationship to provide the most cost-effective solutions for the mid-market," said Buell Duncan, general manager, IBM eServer iSeries at IBM. "Working with J.D. Edwards, our goal is to help customers gain the highest value possible from their hardware and software."

It also demonstrated its Supply Chain Event Management capabilities on the WebSphere Portal, including real-time event management for tactical planning, vendor-managed inventory (VMI), supplier requirements and alerts, and Web-based demand forecasting and collaboration, both internally and externally.

Additionally, the company said its Demand Consensus 2.0, the latest version of the company's collaborative forecasting application that provides projections based on historical sales information, is now available.