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De Beers Industrial selects J.D. Edwards OneWorld XE over Oracle to run its key business processes and improve supply chain visibility


J.D. Edwards, a leading provider of agile, collaborative solutions for the connected economy, today announced it has beaten Oracle to a £1 million contract providing De Beers Industrial with its OneWorld XE software solution.

De Beers Industrial selected J.D. Edwards over other industry solutions due to its superior advanced planning and supply chain product, functionality fit with existing business processes and multiple component-based architecture. The company also rated the support and consultancy offered by Software Resources Ltd, a J.D. Edwards reseller as a key differentiator in the sales process.

Commenting on the project, Gerrard O’Rourke, group IS manager, De Beers Industrial said, “J.D. Edwards software is a strategic investment. It will help us centralise core business processes such as financials, reduce the inventory we hold due to better planning and supply chain optimisation and provide quick ROI through lowering our working capital across the business.”

O’Rourke continued, “Our existing disparate systems do not allow us to have a complete view of our business or the processes we are operating across the group. OneWorld XE will enable us to work as a virtual company creating a single centralised image of core business processes and improved visibility across our supply chain.”

De Beers Industrial, headquartered in Shannon, concentrates on the production, processing and marketing of natural and synthetic diamond for industrial purposes. Since its inception, De Beers Industrial has evolved into the world's leading supplier of high quality superabrasives and industrial diamond materials. The company operates in 25 countries and employs over 2,500 staff.

O’Rourke concluded, “The group’s plan for phase two is to extend our supply chain to enable external collaboration with customers, partners and suppliers. Phase two of our strategy will see us execute on our plans for procurement and fulfilment capability and with OneWorld XE we have a system flexible enough to add more solutions as our business changes.”

De Beers Industrial will have its first implementation site live by spring 2002 and plan to have phase one rolled out to the whole organisation, in 25 countries, by mid 2003. The solution will run on an IBM iSeries server using an IBM DB2 database.


About De Beers Industrial

De Beers Industrial Diamonds is the world's leading supplier of high quality superabrasives and industrial diamond materials, including both diamond and the complementary superabrasive cubic boron nitride (cBN). These materials are available both in their single crystal and polycrystalline forms, for abrasive and non-abrasive industrial uses.

Diamond and cBN products are mainly used in the manufacture of tools for applications including drilling, sawing, cutting, grinding and polishing of different materials such as ferrous and non-ferrous metals, natural stone and concrete, wood based materials, plastics, glass and ceramics. Recent additions to the product range are a group of Chemical Vapour deposition diamond products. These engineered materials are suitable for use in medical, optical, radio frequency, thermal management and precision applications.

The Group operates internationally with processing and manufacturing facilities in Ireland, Sweden, the Netherlands, South Africa and the United Kingdom. In addition the Group operates the Diamond Research Laboratory in South Africa as well as numerous sales offices worldwide.


About Software Resources Ltd

Established in 1984, Software Resources Ltd has been the premier J.D. Edwards Irish partner for more than 10 years, delivering strategic, e-business solutions to all industry sectors. Based in Sandyford, Dublin with more than 50 highly skilled staff, the company offers technical and application consultancy to domestic customers, government and multinational organisations, implementing end to end solutions from the world leader of enterprise business solutions.

Further information on the company can be found at http://www.srl.ie


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.


Contact details:


Trevor Salomon
J.D. Edwards
0118 909 1700
trevor_salomon@jdedwards.com

Giles Peddy/Annabel Perry
The Weber Group
0207 240 6189
gpeddy@webergroup.co.uk
aperry@webergroup.co.uk









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