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29th March 2001
J.D. Edwards, a leading provider of agile, collaborative solutions for the Internet economy, today announced its first Advanced Order Configurator implementation in Europe at Dexion Group. Dexion is Europe’s leading manufacturer and distributor of industrial and commercial racking. The £1.3m implementation will provide Dexion with J.D. Edwards Advanced Order Configurator, OneWorld and OneWorld Advanced Planning solutions providing a single collaborative business solution to manage Dexion’s e-business requirements across Europe.
Dexion is the leading brand of warehouse racking and office shelving for both the industrial and commercial sectors. A privately owned multinational company, Dexion operates in the US and in Europe with a network of over 600 dealerships. Dexion has long acknowledged its requirement for a unitary online system across its European network.
J.D. Edwards software will replace Dexion’s existing disparate applications throughout its European operation, which include Baan in the Netherlands, IBS in Scandinavia and an Impcon application in the UK. By implementing J.D. Edwards OneWorld, a complete end-to-end solution, Dexion can provide its entire operation with a consistent approach to the organisation’s financial, distribution, manufacturing, customer service and solution modelling needs, which includes provision for Euro compliance across its networks.
Nigel Jury, Group IT Director, Dexion Group said, “The project is fundamental to the future growth of Dexion, through the e-enablement of our sales channels. We will achieve this by combining Customer Self Service for order placing, tracking, inventory enquiries with Advanced Order Configurator® to provide visual configurations for customers whilst we are designing their orders out in the field.”
Jury continued, “we will also be adding a strategic element to this project. OneWorld® Strategic Network Optimisation will be used to make decisions on how we can meet market demand in the most efficient way, using our business intelligence in a timely manner.”
The OneWorld suite will give instant visibility to product availability. Using the Customer Self Service modules, dealers will be able to order and track products and check inventories through the supply chain within a multiple currency, online environment. The Advanced Order Configurator will enable Dexion sales teams and dealers to configure complex layouts over a web based portal
Jury added, “J.D. Edwards was the first choice for Dexion. We were already very impressed by the successful Y2K implementation of J.D. Edwards WorldSoftware in our US operation. We looked at other products on the market, but they lacked the functionality to give us the full online configuration that we require. The Phase 2 rollout of the Oneworld XPI solution will mean that once our suppliers and dealers are using the portal we can begin to serve our customers directly over the Web too, firmly establishing us as a multiple channel distributor.”
Jury added, “For us, the Advanced Order Configurator module was a real differentiator. The configuration element of our businesses is really crucial, especially for our customers. We are pretty good at configuration modelling because at Dexion we have our own software but to put it quite simply when we saw Advanced Order Configurator we knew it was a far better product.”
Trevor Salomon, marketing director, SUMAH at J.D. Edwards, said “Dexion is a really important project for us. We are delighted that J.D. Edwards is the only organisation that can provide Dexion with an end to end solution for its entire European ebusiness capability. We are very proud that Dexion is our first European Advanced Order Configurator customer and equally proud that this exciting product has unlocked such new and revolutionary business developments for Dexion.”
Phase One of the implementation is divided into three stages. The first stage is to install J. D. Edwards Oneworld financial, distribution, logistics and manufacturing modules in Holland by Q3 this year This will be followed by system roll out in the UK in early 2002. Stage Three is implementation across the Nordic countries, which is expected to be complete by December 2002. Phase Two will begin in 2002 and will be based upon the implementation of Oneworld XPI.
Notes to Editors
About J.D. Edwards Advanced Order Configurator ®
The Advanced Order Configurator suite of sales order management solutions helps to-order-/postponement manufacturers automate product selection and configuration and incorporate accurate graphic representations into technical documents and drawing works.
Dexion is the leading brand of warehouse racking and office shelving for both the industrial and commercial sectors. A privately owned multinational company, Dexion operates in the US and in Europe with a network of over 600 dealerships.
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 http://www.jdedwards.com or at 0118 9091808.
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