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Express (tm) for e-Government launched to help local governments meet 2005 eGovernment deadline

J.D. Edwards, a leading provider of agile, collaborative solutions for the Internet economy and Deloitte and Touche, one of the world's largest providers of public sector consultancy services, today announced the launch of a new joint solution, Express for e-Government, the first pre-configured industry specific ERP solution for UK local government. Express for e-Government harnesses J.D. Edwards OneWorld Xe collaborative technology, enabling public sector organisations to deliver on the UK Government's vision of 100% electronic delivery of government services to businesses and consumers by 2005.

The initial components of Express for e-Government focus on the core financial and accounting modules. These financial management solutions are fully integrated and link seamlessly with other J.D. Edwards's solutions. The Oneworld Xe capability means that public sector organisations can extend their business processes to collaborate with external business partners and enhance government to citizen relationships.

Peter Yoxall, public sector manager, J.D. Edwards said, "Collaborative commerce is the key to eGovernment. By implementing Express for e-Government, local authorities can be assured that they have the necessary infrastructure in place to meet the Government's long-term online vision for local and national government."

"Express for e-Government has been specifically developed in response to standard public sector requirements", said Mark Lawrie, director, Deloitte and Touche, "We have a long track record in developing solutions for the public sector. This solution enables fast track, low risk and high value implementations that have been tried and tested. This means that local authorities who would have thought twice about the cost and disruption of implementing an ERP solution can now obtain the benefits in a way that meets their budget and timescales."

Express for e-Government running at Sheffield, Westminster and Nottingham

The test beds for Express for e-Government were Sheffield City Council and Westminster City Council. Following successful implementations, an out-of-the-box solution was developed which encompassed the full requirements of each authority. The first installation of Express for e-Government has now been successfully rolled out at Nottingham City Council with excellent results.

"The benefits of this solution are that it was designed specifically for the public sector, making it easier to implement and configure", explained Ian Brandwood, Assistant Director, City Treasury, Nottingham City Council. "This enabled us to implement it in just eight months, which is significantly different from some ERP solutions that can take around 18 months. Already residents of Nottingham are feeling the benefits as the new system frees up staff to focus on other essential council work."

Express for e-Government is fully operational on the leading operating systems: Windows NT/2000 and UNIX OS400.

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 909 1700.

About Deloitte & Touche

Deloitte & Touche is a Global Strategic Partner of J.D. Edwards with over 700 practitioners in 24 countries. Our commitment to J.D. Edwards and our focus on clients needs helped our J.D. Edwards UK practice to be awarded the Consulting Partner and Overall Alliance Program Partner in both 1999 and 2000. Our proprietary methodologies and business process tools, developed specifically for J.D. Edwards, are proven to bring bottom-line results. We provide the business expertise, technical knowledge and implementation skills to turn your challenges into solutions.

Deloitte & Touche is one of the UK's largest professional services firms with 24 offices and over 8,000 staff nationwide. It is the UK practice of Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu, a global leader in professional services with over 90,000 people in 130 countries and fee income of $10.6 billion.

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