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FOCUS 2001 Spotlights the Importance of Open Systems in Collaborative Commerce

J.D. Edwards, a leading provider of agile, collaborative solutions for the Internet economy, today announced that former Oracle COO Ray Lane will be the keynote speaker at FOCUS 2001, the annual user conference sponsored by Quest, J.D. Edwards' User Group. Ken Blanchard, coauthor of The One Minute Manager(r), will also be a guest speaker. FOCUS will take place June 11-14 at the Colorado Convention Center and Pepsi Center, both in Denver. The annual user conference will offer a forum for customers, prospects and partners from around the world to exchange information and best practices, as well as discuss key industry issues.

Lane will address the conference on Tuesday, June 12. He is expected to discuss the role that integration and interoperability plays in the development of today's collaborative commerce systems. Following his departure from Oracle, Lane joined the venture firm Kleiner, Perkins, Caufield & Byers as general partner. One of his functions is that of board director for Asera, a company that offers technology that makes e-business software work together more effectively.
Collaborative commerce, or c-commerce (also known as ERP II) is becoming a fast-growing business strategy for companies. Because c-commerce requires the linkage of disparate I.T. systems, there is a strong future in this area for companies like J.D. Edwards who offer customers unique c-commerce systems that are platform-agnostic and interoperable with others.

"We are thrilled to have Mr. Lane at FOCUS this year," says Edward McVaney, CEO of J.D. Edwards. "It is a great opportunity for our customers to hear from one of the industry's most influential leaders. We look forward to hearing his perspective on where the industry is heading, and on how businesses can best collaborate in tightly integrated and efficient ways."

Close to 10,000 attendees are expected to come to Denver from around the world for educational and professional development, networking and introductions to new technologies, services and business issues. Details about FOCUS 2001 are posted on the Internet at

as they come available. FOCUS registration is now open to J.D. Edwards users, prospects and the media.

About Quest and FOCUS

Quest, J.D. Edwards' Users Group, is an independent, international organisation representing users of J.D. Edwards' solutions. Quest serves as a communication link between the user community and J.D. Edwards and its business partners. It provides a forum to exchange ideas and solutions, provide professional development opportunities, promote communication among J.D. Edwards' users, and influence future product direction.

Through FOCUS, Quest provides J.D. Edwards users with an arena to share solutions and experiences, as well as network with peers, J.D. Edwards & Company personnel, business partners and complementary vendors and service providers. For more information, call 001-800-225-0517, email or visit Quest on the Internet at

About J.D. Edwards

J.D. Edwards is a leading provider of agile, collaborative solutions for the Internet economy. The Company's open solutions give organisations the freedom to choose how they assemble their internal applications and how they collaborate with partners and customers across the supply chain to increase competitive advantage.

Founded in 1977, J.D. Edwards is headquartered in Denver. Additional information can be obtained by contacting the Company via the Internet at or at 0118 9091808.

Copyright (c) J.D. Edwards World Source Company, 2001. J.D. Edwards is a registered trademark of J.D. Edwards & Company. The names of all other products and services of J.D. Edwards used herein are trademarks or registered trademarks of J.D. Edwards World Source Company. All other product names used herein are trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective owners.
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