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J.D. Edwards, a leading provider of agile, collaborative solutions for the connected economy, today announced that EMCOR Drake & Scull Group has begun implementing an enterprise-wide project. The solution – OneWorld – is part of a £2 million plus project and represents the largest single capital expenditure in the history of the company.


EMCOR Drake & Scull Group selected J.D. Edwards to address its diverse network of project sites and offices across the UK and to increase the company’s competitive advantage. OneWorld Financials will allow the company to reduce inter company transactions, provide the platform for company wide procurement and streamline management of its project oriented operations through automating its financial, procurement and project management systems.


The company is one of the UK’s most experienced specialist mechanical and electrical engineering and facilities services companies. Client projects include the Jubilee Line extension for London Underground and facilities services management, for both the public sector and corporate clients, such as British Airways and GlaxoSmithKline.


Commenting on the project, Graham Bradburn, group commercial director, EMCOR Drake & Scull Group said, “OneWorld will replace our existing 12-year-old legacy systems and provide us with an enterprise wide view of our financial performance, for the first time. The increased functionality of the software will enable far greater visibility of our activities and information both at a management and operations level. In particular it will increase the availability of procurement information, which will be visible across the whole company. In addition the new software will make the invoice clearance process faster, eliminate paperwork and help us maintain good supplier relationships.”


Bradburn continued, “We chose J.D. Edwards over Oracle and SAP because its technology provided the ultimate balance of functionality and cost. OneWorld provides all the advantages of a web-based system and has increased flexibility and integration capabilities.”


James Dunnett, Group IS Manager, EMCOR Drake & Scull Group said: “J.D. Edwards allows us to introduce best practice processes. With increased functionality, the software allows us to streamline processes allowing the information to be visible and transparent throughout the business. Our investment decision was based around an exhaustive examination of ROI, and we expect to see this accrue shortly after implementation.”


EMCOR Drake & Scull Group will have its first implementation site completed by mid 2002 and plans to have phase one rolled out to the whole organisation by the of the year. The solution will run on a HP platform using an Oracle database and IBM’s WebSphere technology. EMCOR Drake & Scull Group has more than 50 project sites across the UK and ultimately will have approximately 1700 users.



EMCOR Drake & Scull Group


EMCOR Drake & Scull Group plc is one of the UK's most experienced specialist mechanical and electrical engineering and facilities services companies.


With more than 100 years of experience, EMCOR Drake & Scull Group designs, builds, installs and maintains facilities in the rail, datacomms, industrial, commercial and public sectors.


EMCOR Drake & Scull Group is part of the EMCOR Group, Inc., a .4 billion world-leading provider of planning, consulting, mechanical and electrical construction and facilities services. EMCOR is a network of 50 companies, employing 23,000 staff in more than 100 locations throughout the US, Canada, Europe, the Middle East and South Africa.


http://www.emcoruk.com



About J.D. Edwards


J.D. Edwards is a leading provider of agile, collaborative solutions for the connected 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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Kathryn Howarth
J.D. Edwards
0118 909 1700
kathryn_howarth@jdedwards.com



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