New Customers Include Island of Mauritius With 350 Initial Users
In Major Public Sector Implementation
From FOCUS 2001 - J.D. Edwards, a leading provider of agile, collaborative solutions for the Internet economy, today announced continued strong momentum in the company’s Application Service Provider (ASP) Solutions program. J.D. Edwards and its ASP partner companies announced a record of over 50 new customer wins in the months of April and May, illustrating the success of teaming leading technologies with industry experts.
Among the most significant gains, which demonstrate growing multinational traction, J.D. Edwards’ ASP partner EOH-Mauritius closed a major new market customer, the Rogers and Company Ltd., which holds major control over multiple business sectors on the island of Mauritius, located off the southeast coast of Africa. The deal with the Rogers Group involves an initial implementation of 350 users. In addition, J.D. Edwards’ partners Asperian and Andersen delivered solutions to a combined 140 users.
J.D. Edwards’ ASP partner program, which marries J.D. Edwards’ open, flexible, easy-to-use technologies with its partners’ vertical expertise, represents the first successful channel program in this sector. J.D. Edwards’ 26 current partners passed a rigorous selection process and gained intimate familiarity with both the J.D. Edwards software as well as industry- and market-specific customer needs and challenges.
"We believe that it’s critical in the ASP market to have vertical expertise," said Rob Unger, president and COO of Agilera, Inc., a key J.D. Edwards ASP partner. "Our customers rely on us to understand their business, speak their language, and know their pain points. We take a world-class product, like J.D. Edwards’, and make it useful and meaningful based on the specific daily needs of the end user."
The flexibility and innovation of the J.D. Edwards ASP program allows partner companies to serve not only as ASP hosts, but in turn, as service provider channels and lead generators whose own vertical customers become hosts based on the J.D. Edwards ASP solution platform. J.D. Edwards thereby allows its customers to create new lines of business for themselves and for J.D. Edwards, based on core collaborative strengths.
"J.D. Edwards’ ASP program continues to gain momentum worldwide because of the clear value it offers to customers," said Dee Kellogg, director of ASP Solutions at J.D. Edwards. "Companies clearly benefit from using our applications in a hosted environment. This way, they take advantage of the flexibility and rich features of our products while minimising their total cost of ownership."
To showcase J.D. Edwards’ ASP channel program and the successful collaboration among ASP partners and joint customers, several companies will demonstrate their recent combined efforts at J.D. Edwards’ FOCUS conference in Denver, June 11-14, 2001:
Agilera, DigiTerra and ResortQuest
ASP partners Agilera and DigiTerra, Inc. will showcase the successful first-phase implementation of J.D. Edwards’ financial applications in a hosted environment for joint customer ResortQuest. Agilera and DigiTerra accelerated the implementation of new applications for ResortQuest, a leading name and online booking service in the vacation-rental and property management industry, to nine weeks, down from a typical six months, due to the alliance and synergy of combined skills and expertise. The solution provides ResortQuest a uniform financial structure for increased efficiencies, improved standard processes, procedures, analysis and budgeting and a common, scalable platform.
"ResortQuest continues to experience a phenomenal period of growth and needed a centralised solution that could not only be in place quickly, but could integrate disparate property management and back office systems with the scalability to meet our needs as we continue to rapidly expand and acquire new businesses," said Mark Aldy, ResortQuest's vice president of financial systems and project manager. "The combination of Agilera's and DigiTerra's expertise with J.D. Edwards applications, and the strong relationship between them, provided an ideal fit."
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 & 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 +44 (0)118 909 1700.
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