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One Million Sales Orders Per Hour Allows Enterprises to Manage Huge
e-Business Transaction Volumes

J.D. Edwards & Company, a leading provider of agile, collaborative solutions for the Internet economy, and IBM today announced that IBM eServer p680 systems processed over one million online sales transactions per hour, setting a new performance record. This breakthrough result tops the previous record by over sixty percent and demonstrates IBM eServer p680's unequalled ability to handle the massive transactions generated by large sales organisations.

"J.D. Edwards’ software, along with the IBM eServer systems, have proven that they can easily handle very large volume transactions reliably and efficiently," said Michael Madden, chief technology officer and group vice president , J.D. Edwards. "In addition, the integration of the sales order function with OneWorld® Xe allows real-time visibility of these orders through the supply chain -- triggering additional manufacturing capacity as appropriate, including raw materials procurement."

In benchmark tests designed to model a large-scale e-fulfilment environment, three 24-way IBM eServer p680 systems running AIX with Oracle 8.1.6 and J.D. Edwards' OneWorld Xe software processed an unprecedented 1,029,200 sales order lines per hour. This J.D. Edwards benchmark demonstrated the IBM eServer p680's ability to deliver over twice as much throughput as competing processors. This ability to achieve greater performance per processor translates to lower database licensing costs and significantly lower overall operating costs for users.

"This benchmark highlights OneWorld Xe’s ability to seamlessly scale on IBM's high-powered pSeries systems," said Tim Dougherty, director of e-business strategy, IBM. "IBM is committed to building the e-infrastructure of the future. Together IBM and J.D. Edwards provide a compelling solution for organisations facing high-volume sales transactions."

The performance improvements can be attributed to:

- OneWorld Xe performance enhancements;

- IBM p680 servers powered by copper microprocessors with Silicon on Insulator technology;

- IBM Enterprise Storage Server (code named Shark) with SeaScape architecture and high performance RISC processors

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 +44 (0)118 9091808.

About IBM

IBM is the world's largest information technology (IT) company and provider of IT services, as well as a pre-eminent technology partner to the world's financial services industry. Working directly with its financial services customers, IBM helps them become more competitive through the innovative deployment of high-impact solutions. These solutions comprise the full range of IBM capabilities including consulting, software, hardware, research and services. Additional information can be found at


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

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

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.

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