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17th May, 2001 - IBM And J.D. Edwards Collaborate To Create The Industry's Largest-Scaling HTML Supply Chain Solution And High-Water Benchmark For OneWorld(r)

Shell Canada leverages the world's largest-scaling solution by choosing IBM eServer and J. D. Edwards OneWorld(r); adds users while reducing costs


IBM and J.D. Edwards announced today that they have established the highest concurrent user record for J.D. Edwards OneWorld(r) Xe scalability on an enterprise-class server. A recent benchmark of OneWorld running on IBM eServer i840 systems successfully scaled 6,000 concurrent users - nearly twice the number of users enabled on competitive systems. The benchmark was achieved using a web browser client using IBM WebSphere(r) and Java with the J.D. Edwards OneWorld supply chain solution.

The collaborative solution provides a powerful e-business environment enabling thousands of web-based users to process hundreds of thousands of transactions per hour with reliability and security, which is critical as organisations deploy large, multinational applications, while protecting their current investment in hardware, software and applications.

"This is a huge win for our customers who demand speed and cost-effective collaborative commerce solutions," said Michael Madden, group vice president and CTO, J.D. Edwards. "J.D. Edwards OneWorld Xe and IBM eServer iSeries have illustrated the benefits that real-time power applications can provide to companies worldwide. This benchmark, plus two others in process, positions J.D. Edwards and IBM as leaders in delivering highly scalable and high-performing c-commerce environments. This is important as companies, large and small, constantly adapt to shifting market conditions."


Highlights of the IBM / J.D. Edwards HTML / Web Application benchmark include:

* An infrastructure that used J.D. Edwards OneWorld Xe running IBM WebSphere Advanced Edition V3.5 environment on the iSeries platform.

* Confirmed results of 6,000 concurrent users invoking 17 different business flows, simulating users conducting a wide range of business processes including manufacturing, distribution and financial management.

* A 1.16 second response time, with CPU utilisation of 65 percent on the Web application servers and a remarkable 66 percent on the enterprise server.

* The enterprise server ran both the application server and database server in a single system, demonstrating the high scalability range of IBM iSeries for Web application serving using WebSphere and J.D. Edwards OneWorld Xe.


Customer Success

Further validating both the recent benchmark and the long-standing relationship, IBM and J.D. Edwards announced that Shell Canada, one of the largest petroleum companies in Canada, has consolidated two highly complex application environments serving thousands of J.D. Edwards WorldSoftware(tm) and OneWorld users onto a single IBM eServer i840, simplifying its infrastructure and delivering significant savings. The i840 is an integral part of Shell's project to uplift its transactional systems capacity, accommodate BOSS 390 migration and provide a platform for expansive growth in the future of high-performance applications.

Shell Canada uses J.D. Edwards WorldSoftware and OneWorld solutions for all of its back office functions, such as accounting, procurement and inventory. The combination of IBM eServer iSeries and J.D. Edwards applications has enabled Shell Canada to reduce the number of servers it uses while growing its infrastructure.

"IBM iSeries has enabled Shell Canada to reduce the number of physical machines maintained, while simultaneously accommodating the deployment of new business applications. The i840 delivers tremendous flexibility for redeployment and storage capacity as business demands continue to change at an ever-increasing pace," said Kim Stevenson, vice president of marketing, eServer iSeries and Mid-Market, IBM Server Group.

Given the iSeries integration, reliability, storage capabilities and low total cost of ownership, this joint solution simplifies Shell's infrastructure and provides for a reduction in overall operating costs. The Shell team believes that the iSeries/WebSphere/J.D. Edwards solution positions the company well for future business requirements.

"This benchmark is a good example of the scalability, performance and vigour of IBM's assures platform," said Kirk Chalk, senior staff systems analyst for Shell Canada. After Chalk evaluated various solutions to address the issue of growth and cost reduction, he recommended a strategic solution based on the IBM server assures product line, which is expected to provide Shell Canada's J.D. Edwards user community with scalability and performance well into the future.



About Shell Canada

Shell Canada Limited is one of the largest integrated petroleum companies in Canada. It is a major producer of natural gas, natural gas liquids and bitumen, and the country's largest producer of sulphur. Shell Canada is also a leading manufacturer, distributor and marketer of refined petroleum products.

About J.D. Edwards & Company

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 909 1700.


About IBM

IBM is the number one server company in the world. IBM server assures is the high-performance integrated business server for mid-market companies. Combining traditional strengths of reliability, scalability, security and service with the industry's hottest technologies, assures is a highly versatile business server capable of managing and connecting a company's core business to e-business. For more information, visit the IBM servers Web site at http://www.ibm.com/servers/eServer.

The IBM server brand consists of the established IBM e-business logo with the following descriptive term "server" following it.

The following are trademarks or registered trademarks of International Business Machines Corporation in the United States or other countries or both: IBM, the IBM e-business logo and WebSphere. All other trademarks, registered trademarks and service marks are the property of their respective owners.


Contact:
Trevor Salomon
J.D. Edwards
0118 909 1700
trevor_salomon@jdedwards.com

Giles Peddy/Vicki Entwistle
The Weber Group Europe
0207 240 6189
gpeddy@webergroup.co.uk

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