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Semiconductor Distributor Memec to Operate Its Own XPI-enabled Private Exchange That Can Adapt to Future Collaborative Commerce Innovations

J.D. Edwards, a leading provider of agile, collaborative solutions for the Internet economy, today announced availability of eXtended Process Integration (XPI) collaborative technology for the high-tech electronics industry. The technology is based on RosettaNet, the emerging standard of the high-tech electronics industry. XPI is J.D. Edwards’ middleware product that enables companies to collaborate with multiple suppliers, customers and other valued business partners by linking their disparate systems and applications.

Today, XPI will provide Memec, a leading distributor of advanced-technology semiconductors, with collaborative-commerce capabilities that establish a worldwide B2B exchange between the company and its customers, partners and suppliers. Managed by Memec, this private exchange enables trusted participants to access information such as sales orders, purchase orders, acknowledgements and receipts as this data appears throughout the Memec supply chain.

“As a distributor, not only does our success depend on our ability to provide real-time supply chain information, but we must also be able to respond instantaneously to customers’ needs, “ said Colin Black, Director of Global Information for Memec. “With XPI’s flexibility and ease of implementation, J.D. Edwards takes the lead in the development of collaborative-commerce applications for the high-tech electronics industry.”

XPI’s benefits will extend far beyond the RosettaNet-based private exchange. XPI’s main feature is its capability that allows an enterprise to connect to companies utilising multiple standards and vendors. Thus, in the future Memec will have the freedom to choose to collaborate with new partners – and even participate in other exchanges – with minimal
additional integration costs.

“J.D. Edwards consistently leverages the expertise of our customers to ensure our development activities meet their industry-specific needs. As a co-development partner, Memec’s input was invaluable in prioritising our XPI business process initiatives,” said Lenley Hensarling, director of interoperability for J.D. Edwards. “Memec provided counsel on key RosettaNet Partner Interface Protocols (PIPs) aligned with industry issues.”

J.D. Edwards Fits the New RosettaNet Standard

Like the rest of the high-tech electronics industry, Memec was looking to break away from the industry’s traditional EDI-based integration, a method that resulted in disparate systems around the world interacting too slowly to justify the high cost. Industry leaders -developed the RosettaNet standard, an update to EDI that enhances flexibility for collaboration between partners while increasing the reaction speed to unpredictable shifts in the supply chain. The new RosettaNet standard makes possible the creation of a method in which isolated transactions become PIPs. Private exchanges would enable each PIP to share a particular type of document (purchase orders, sales orders, and so on.)

To put this vision into practice, Memec has turned to J.D. Edwards for low-cost, low-maintenance software that is not only compatible with the RosettaNet standard, but also capable of integrating with Memec’s existing legacy systems.

J.D. Edwards will be implementing this XPI-based private exchange in a software bundle that connects with the company’s OneWorld ERP suite. Over the next two to three years, OneWorld will standardise and automate Memec’s business processes, including existing contract manufacturing and financial systems. In the meantime, XPI’s flexibility and quick, low-cost implementation will allow the medium-sized Memec ( billion in revenue) to construct its first PIP –and make its first trade– over its new private exchange as early as this autumn. OneWorld and XPI will also address internal collaboration needs by enabling Memec’s 2,500 customers to share information across offices in five continents using only one system, a vast improvement over the five disparate systems Memec previously employed.

“This agreement is a great step towards the high-tech electronics industry realising its collaborative commerce vision,” said Hensarling. “This XPI/OneWorld software bundle gives Memec information-sharing capabilities with partners and suppliers quickly and at a low cost. XPI will give Memec a private exchange now without limiting its options for different types of external information-sharing in the future. As a bonus, the package also remedies the company’s internal collaboration issues.”

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 0118 909 1700.

About Memec

The Memec Group encompasses three specialist semiconductor distribution companies, Insight Electronics, Unique Technologies and Impact Technologies. Each company represents a limited number of supplier partners, thus enabling superior product knowledge and unparalleled demand creation capabilities. Although each company operates independently, they all rely on Memec United, the global logistics division, and Memec Design Services, the engineering resource centre, to offer original equipment manufacturers complete semiconductor solutions, from new product introduction to intellectual property design, to supply chain management.

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Contact details:

Trevor Salomon
J.D. Edwards
0118 9091516

Giles Peddy/Nishma Shah
The Weber Group Europe
020 7240 6189

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