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From FOCUS 2001 - J.D. Edwards, a leading provider of agile, collaborative solutions for the Internet economy, today announced real-time integration of its real-time Advanced Planning Solutions (APS) technology to its OneWorld system. Real-time connectivity between planning and execution is essential for Supply Chain Event Management (SCEM) that allows customers to respond instantaneously to events anywhere in the supply chain. Previously, J.D. Edwards has offered batch integration of APS and OneWorld.

With the growth of the Internet, Supply Chain Event Management has become essential for companies that require immediate response to ensure the efficiency of their supply chain. According to AMR, SCEM includes monitoring events, notifying users of potential problems in the chain, simulating the future impact of current events on the enterprise, allowing users to effectively make manual and solver-optimized changes and measuring the impact of the result.

For example, if a supplier misses a delivery, SCEM allows a company to optimally reschedule the shop floor, as well as alert the supplier management system to secure additional materials from other source, all within minutes. Traditional batch-based solutions require 4-5 days to achieve the same result, thus significantly limiting the ability of a company to respond to change in an extended supply chain.

Compared to other offerings in the marketplace, J.D. Edwards’ real-time integration of APS and OneWorld provides:

- Proven enterprise execution system with over 1,500 customers worldwide.

- Sophisticated real-time event management system capable of high-performance monitoring, simulation and decision support to users both internal and external to a company supporting over 60 alert types.

- Powerful optimisation capability that can automatically determine the best course of action while considering finite capacity, costs and profits.

- Out-of-the box integration between planning and execution at the transaction level, allowing any transaction created by OneWorld (from purchase orders to advanced shipping notices to back-order notifications) to be processed by the APS system immediately.

- Comprehensive external integration capability (XPI and XBPs) that delivers pre-packaged connectivity and collaboration to customers, trading partners and exchanges.

- Extensive business intelligence capability with pre-packaged Key Performance Indicators to measure the results of real-time, integrated supply chain processes.

This functionality delivers one of the most functionally complete SCEM offerings. Cost of ownership is minimised for customers as all components come pre-integrated from J. D. Edwards.

"SCEM is the hot new supply chain application, so e-businesses looking to coordinate and control supply chain activities are supporting SCEM," stated Michael Bittner in a recent AMR report. "Real-time exception-based management is crucial if a company is to succeed in distributing supply processes among trading partners." From page 21 of AMR report, “E-Business Requires Supply Chain Event Management,” Nov. 2000.

New World Pasta to Use J.D. Edwards’ Real-Time Planning and Execution Features

For J.D. Edwards customer New World Pasta, one of the country’s leading dry pasta manufacturers, the goal is to minimise total delivery costs of its products to customers in order to compete effectively in the consumer goods sector. By using J.D. Edwards’ Advanced Planning with real-time integration to the OneWorld Xe execution system, the company will dramatically enhance visibility across its entire supply chain, optimise its production forecasting and scheduling, and rapidly respond to any supply or demand changes.

"In the past, each of our five plants was on its own to produce its production schedule, then deliver against what was often inaccurate data," said Steven Johnson, director of business process design at New World Pasta. "The real-time pass-through of information between J.D. Edwards’ OneWorld and Advanced Planning systems will give us the power to bring data out of the silos, and allow us to optimise fulfilment of orders from all of our plants, regardless of events that occur within the supply chain."

About Quest, J.D. Edwards User Group

The mission of Quest, J.D. Edwards Users Group, is to maximise value to the global J.D. Edwards community. As the independent, global user group serving the J.D. Edwards community, Quest provides a forum for members to exchange ideas and solutions and influence software development. Through special interest groups, Q&A magazine, local and regional user support, the FOCUS user conference and global outreach, Quest fosters collaboration and communication among the J.D. Edwards community. QuestDirect, Quest’s electronic collaboration tool and website information source, allows the entire community to interact via a web-based interface. Users can select what information they want, and when and where they receive it.

For more information about Quest visit QuestDirect at http://www.questdirect.org.

About FOCUS 2001

FOCUS 2001 is Quest’s premier annual event and J.D. Edwards’ user group conference, where users and invited guests can interact with and learn from peers, J.D. Edwards product developers, business partners and third party vendors and service providers.

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 +44 (0)118 9091808.

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.

For further information contact:

Trevor Salomon
J.D. Edwards
+44 (0)118 909 1700
trevor_salomon@jdedwards.com

Vicki Entwistle/Nishma Shah
The Weber Group Europe
+44 (0)20 7240 6189
ventwistle@webergroup.co.uk


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