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DB2-based OneWorld Xe offers Web-enabled collaborative commerce at a low total cost of ownership; exclusive performance optimisation tools ease installation and maintenance.

J.D. Edwards, a leading provider of agile, collaborative solutions for the connected economy, today announced the general availability of its OneWorld(r) Xe collaborative commerce applications on IBM's DB2(r) Universal Database (DB2 UDB) for Unix and Microsoft Windows(r) 2000 platforms. J.D. Edwards' OneWorld Xe implementations will offer exclusive DB2 optimisation and configuration tools. DB2 will also now serve as J.D. Edwards' internal development and maintenance platform.

The DB2-based OneWorld Xe software meets enterprises' demand for collaborative commerce solutions that are both feature-rich and have a low total cost of ownership.

Compared with other available databases, DB2 offers all of the features and functions of a world-class database, and is less expensive to purchase, implement and maintain. In addition to a low purchase price, DB2 is easier to install, upgrade, configure and tune. For example, the DB2 solution masks the technical complexities associated with other databases that can require more advanced database administrators to monitor and implement.

DB2 is now J.D. Edwards' preferred OneWorld Xe database for UNIX environments and one of two preferred databases for Windows environments. DB2 is also now the preferred database for J.D. Edwards customers migrating from WorldSoftware(tm) to OneWorld Xe collaborative applications.

As J.D. Edwards customers build their collaborative commerce capabilities, they are looking for a database foundation that will grow with their needs and mirror J.D. Edwards' open technology. DB2 can fulfil these needs and provides an enterprise-strength database that can manage large amounts of data created from J.D. Edwards supply chain management, enterprise and CRM applications. J.D. Edwards will support DB2 on a wide variety of platforms, including AIX(tm), Sun Solaris(tm), HP-UX(r) and Microsoft Windows 2000 customer environments, as well as provide continued support for DB2 on IBM's eServer iSeries running OS/400(r).


DB2 Performance Optimised Using Exclusive OneWorld Xe Tools

J.D. Edwards OneWorld Xe implementations with DB2 have been optimised to include configuration tools and enhancements not available on other J.D. Edwards database platforms. These features ease the OneWorld Xe installation process and speeds the implementation process. Also exclusive to OneWorld Xe on DB2 implementations are pre-packaged installation, tuning and performance guides.

"The combination of DB2 with J.D. Edwards' collaborative business applications provides companies with a sure-fire advantage in conducting business in an Internet-based environment," said Janet Perna, general manager, IBM Data Management Solutions. "We're delighted that J.D. Edwards has recognised the unsurpassed performance, reliability, and scalability of DB2, which will bring enhanced value to its customers."

Earlier this year, J.D. Edwards and IBM announced a strategic alliance, expanding their 25-year relationship, to jointly sell and market collaborative commerce solutions.

"Businesses that are transitioning to collaborative commerce want a high-performance, scalable, and affordable solution," said Hank Bonde, COO at J.D. Edwards. "DB2 fully supports this demand and provides J.D. Edwards customers with the flexibility and the best feature/functionality needed to fulfil their collaborative business needs. This is another milestone in our long-standing partnership with IBM."

The first in a series of benchmarks for OneWorld Xe and DB2 was performed using an IBM eServer pSeries p660. Highlights of the benchmark include:


* Price/performance characteristics to deliver lower total cost of ownership (TCO)


* Scalability to meet rapidly changing business environments


* 4,100 concurrent users


* 82,000 sales order line items per hour


* 0.60-second user response time


* 35% average CPU utilisation



About DB2 Universal Database


As the foundation for e-business, DB2 Universal Database is the industry's first multimedia, Web-ready relational database management system, strong enough to meet the demands of large corporations and flexible enough to serve medium-sized and small e-businesses. DB2 Universal Database combines integrated power for business intelligence, content management, enterprise information portals and e-business with industry-leading performance and reliability to drive the most demanding industry solutions. DB2 Universal Database together with Internet technology makes information easily accessible, available and secure. There are more than 60 million DB2 Universal Database users from nearly one-half million companies worldwide relying on IBM data management solutions.

For additional information on IBM's data management solutions, please visit http://www.ibm.com/software/data

For information about IBM data management solutions tools, please visit http://www.ibm.com/software/data/db2imstools.



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 0118 909 1700.



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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