I Can See Clearly Now

J.D. Edwards offers collaborative forecasting module

Denver, CO  February 1, 2002  J.D. Edwards & Co., a provider of collaborative solutions, announced the general availability of the Demand Consensus module, which will provide new customers as well as existing Advanced Planning, OneWorld and WorldSoftware users with flexible, collaborative forecasting capabilities.

Demand Consensus is a Web-based application that brings planners, sales, executives, operations, customers, and suppliers together in a collaborative conference room environment to get better forecasting results. It adds forward-looking information to the traditional historical forecasting process and can be used in all industries that face fluid demand environments and must frequently adjust their production schedules, such as high-tech electronics and industrial fabrication and assembly. It also allows users to leverage statistical forecast data by linking to the Demand Planning, OneWorld or WorldSoftware solutions.

Andy Carlson, director of supply chain product marketing at J.D. Edwards, said,  Outside partners and customers can participate in the collaborative forecasting process with minimum investment  they need only an Internet connection to use the self-service format to input or view forecasts.

The Demand Consensus module will attract Advanced Planning, OneWorld, and WorldSoftware users and customer relationship management users. In the near future, the company plans to integrate Demand Consensus with J.D. Edwards' CRM solution, complementing modules like Sales Force Automation to allow sales opportunity, channel and promotional information to feed directly into the forecasting process.

The Demand Consensus product is offered as part of the Advanced Planning 4.0 suite announced in December 2001, while also being available as a stand-alone offering.