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Pre-Built Multi Application Business Processes Reduce The Cost And Time Of Tying Applications And Enterprises Together

J.D. Edwards, a leading provider of agile, collaborative solutions for the Internet economy, today announced the general availability of eXtended Business Processes (XBPs). Building on J.D. Edwards’ XPI middleware product, XBPs are pre-set, fully executable business processes that tie applications and enterprises together. The XBPs have been developed and pre-defined by leveraging the company’s existing applications as well as its depth of experience in specific industry sectors.

Released in January, XPI laid the groundwork for XBPs that would allow multiple applications, including CRM, e-procurement, supply chain, financial management and fulfillment, to share and integrate data in real time across the enterprise and beyond to your trading partners. For example, when a customer places an order on the Web, the order will trigger applications in the supply chain business process, from order tracking to inventory management to customer invoicing.

“XPI drastically reduces the cost of keeping a flexible software infrastructure by utilising pre-configured XBPs to take much of the burden of integration off the customers’ shoulder allowing them to focus on the fundamentals of running their businesses,” said Andrew Moore, director of collaborative solutions at J.D. Edwards. “Until now, IT managers have had to spend multiple times more on integration costs as they did to buy their application software in the first place whether they use a middleware infrastructure or not.”

XBPs will be instrumental to the e-business software industry in realising its goal of facilitating rapid cost-effective application integration.

"J.D. Edwards continues to deliver tools and solutions that allow customers to focus on their everyday business problems," said Jack Maynard, Research Director Collaborative Enterprise Solutions, Aberdeen Group. "J.D. Edwards is once again demonstrating its commitment to addressing the real business needs of their customers with its innovative and pragmatic leadership in the collaborative solutions space."

In the near future, J.D. Edwards plans to make its pre-determined XBPs available for business software applications from a wide variety of vendors enabling customers to choose the best-of-breed individual software products. XBPs are also slated to be made available for self-service and supply-chain applications to deliver collaborative solutions tailored for vertical industries. For instance, J.D. Edwards will be able to deliver this multi-faceted product package to the high-tech electronics industry pre-integrated for the RosettaNet standard used widely in that space.

Pre-set XBP’s designed to integrate J.D. Edwards OneWorld software with e-procurement, CRM and storefront applications are available now. In addition, J.D. Edwards plans to offer consultant, maintenance and upgrade services for companies looking to build new XBPs that would tie in existing systems into the common XPI fold – legacy-based or otherwise. This helps customers leverage investments already made with existing systems and will apply to systems they buy or acquire moving forward. Over time, the company’s library of pre-determined XBPs is anticipated to grow substantially to include XBPs that will connect across partner and competitor software vendors alike in an any-to-any commerce environment.

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.

Contact:

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

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

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