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Business Intelligence Lays the Foundation for
Real-Time Analysis of Collaborative Commerce Processes

J.D. Edwards, a leading provider of agile, collaborative solutions for the Internet economy, today announced the general availability of J. D. Edwards Business Intelligence, a comprehensive monitoring and analytical reporting system designed to diagnose the effectiveness of software in improving a company’s business processes. Business Intelligence is based on software from MicroStrategy® Incorporated and works with J. D. Edwards’ OneWorld® Xe and WorldSoftware™ products.

Business Intelligence, built on the scalable MicroStrategy 7™ platform, provides companies the ability to measure their financial and sales performance. Later this year, J.D. Edwards plans to enhance the existing interoperability of Business Intelligence by enabling the product with its XPI™ “any-to-any” broker technology.

Business Intelligence’s flexibility allows companies to evaluate their products as it interacts with systems of partners and customers. Because of its open architecture, Business Intelligence can collect data from J.D. Edwards’ OneWorld Xe and WorldSoftware, as well as other third-party and legacy applications. Using an intuitive, web-based interface, users have the ability to ask questions, search for patterns and analyse results, giving an enterprise a clear idea of where its software is enhancing its operations.

“Our Business Intelligence product gives companies the ability to monitor their business processes and to measure the effectiveness of those processes against corporate objectives,” said Hank Bonde, J.D. Edwards’ chief operating officer. “This becomes even more important in collaborative commerce as business processes stretch across companies. With Business Intelligence, companies can ‘close the loop’ by planning, executing, and measuring effectiveness, then make rapid adjustments to sustain competitive advantage.”

“We are pleased to provide the platform for J.D. Edwards’ Business Intelligence offering,” said Sanju K. Bansal, chief operating officer of MicroStrategy Incorporated. “By providing access to detailed data through the MicroStrategy platform, J.D. Edwards helps companies optimise the decision-making process and drive business efficiency.”

Generating Visible Savings for Customers

Ontario Store Fixtures (OSF) in Toronto, the foremost producer of upscale store fixtures in North America, has implemented J.D. Edwards’ Business Intelligence to continuously evaluate the profitability of its businesses processes with key partners.

“The J.D. Edwards Business Intelligence product includes the kind of capabilities we need to look deep into our financial and accounting activities. It has enhanced the way we evaluate our business’ success, and will help us see specifically where we can increase effectiveness,” said Tony Souza, application solutions manager at OSF. “Unlike many of the BI products on the market, J.D. Edwards Business Intelligence can give us visibility into our business process performance at multiple levels, be it the executive, management, or operational level.”

Baton Rouge, Louisiana-based Turner Industries, an industrial construction services company, is also running J.D. Edwards’ Business Intelligence and will track its success based on key metrics.

“J.D. Edwards' Business Intelligence solution will provide us with the ability to focus on key performance indicators at the project level. This way, we can reduce costs and improve profitability on a project-by-project basis,” said Turner vice president and CIO Patrick Thompson.

About MicroStrategy Incorporated

MicroStrategy is a leading provider of business intelligence software for Global 5000 organisations. Since 1990, the company has specialised in helping businesses transform their extensive operational data into actionable information. MicroStrategy’s business intelligence platform gives organisations solutions to their query, reporting, and advanced analytical needs, and distributes insight to users via Web, wireless, and voice.

MicroStrategy 7™, the company’s scalable business intelligence platform, is built specifically for the Internet. Its pure-Web architecture provides the reporting, security, performance, and standards that are critical for deployment over the Web. Within intranets, the company’s products provide employees with information to make better business decisions. In extranets, extended enterprises use MicroStrategy 7 to build stronger relationships by linking customers and suppliers via the Internet.

MicroStrategy has approximately 1,100 enterprise-class customers including Lowe’s Home Improvement Warehouse, AT&T Wireless Group, First Union Corporation and GlaxoSmithKline. MicroStrategy also has relationships with over 200 systems integrators, application development, and platform partners including IBM, PeopleSoft, Compaq, Informatica, and JD Edwards.

MicroStrategy is listed on Nasdaq under the symbol MSTR. For more information on the company, or to purchase or demo MicroStrategy’s software, please visit MicroStrategy’s Web site at http://www.microstrategy.com.

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 0118 909 1700.

MicroStrategy and MicroStrategy 7 are either trademarks or registered trademarks of MicroStrategy Incorporated in the United States and certain other countries. Any product and company names mentioned herein may be the trademarks of their respective owners.

Copyright © J.D. Edwards World Source Company, 2001. 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. All other product names used herein are trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective owners.

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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