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From FOCUS 2001 - J.D. Edwards, a leading provider of agile, collaborative solutions for the Internet economy, today announced the availability of its Advanced Planning solutions specifically tailored for mid-market enterprises. Now, smaller companies can take advantage of the same powerful collaborative applications used by J.D. Edwards’ larger enterprise customers.

As part of this new product offering, J.D. Edwards’ OneWorld" Advanced Planning modules that provide collaborative forecasting and demand management, supply chain planning, order promising and production scheduling have been specially priced, including users, for under $150,000. In addition, training and implementation services for this offering have been designed specifically for the needs of medium-sized businesses.

Already a leading provider of affordable, flexible applications to mid-enterprise companies, J.D. Edwards is uniquely positioned to capitalise on this largely untapped market segment.

"The J.D. Edwards Advanced Planning mid-market offering dispels the notion that only large enterprises can afford world-class planning and scheduling capabilities. In fact, mid-sized businesses have a significant need for Advanced Planning, since they must adapt and respond to the changing dictates of large enterprise customers," said Ed Sitarski, J.D. Edwards’ vice president of Advanced Planning. "The Advanced Planning package announced today presents a significant opportunity for mid-sized businesses, including the majority of our OneWorld and WorldSoftware" installed base, to take advantage of affordable supply chain planning software.

"The J.D. Edwards mid-market Advanced Planning bundle is available in individual modules, enabling smaller customers to ease into advanced collaborative planning applications one module at a time, beginning with those applications that deliver the greatest value to their businesses. If desired, the entire subset of Advanced Planning modules included in this offer can also be implemented as a single project.

J.D. Edwards Joins with IBM to Offer Product/Implementation Package

Leveraging the strategic alliance between the two companies, J.D. Edwards and IBM have joined forces to deliver the new Advanced Planning bundle along with specific hardware and implementation services from IBM Global Services. The J.D. Edwards/IBM package is built around Production Scheduling and targets installed J.D. Edwards WorldSoftware" customers. The companies will jointly participate in sales and implementation of the solution package.

"IBM has a long heritage of going to market with J.D. Edwards to deliver the latest technology to mid-sized enterprises. This joint Advanced Planning offering is an all-in-one package which includes software, implementation services, and iSeries hardware," said Doug Willis, global offering executive for the J.D. Edwards Consulting Practice, IBM Global Services. "For businesses who wish to take advantage of advanced planning and scheduling capabilities but have shied away due to cost, this is an ideal solution."

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

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 & 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 or at +44 (0)118 909 1700.

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For more information contact:

Trevor Salomon
J.D. Edwards
+44 (0)118 909 1700

Vicki Entwistle/Nishma Shah
The Weber Group Europe
+44 (0)20 7240 6189

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