IBM and J.D. Edwards Ship First Co-Branded IBM eServer

IBM eServer for J.D. Edwards provides a low-cost, quick-to-deploy e-business solution for small to medium-sized enterprises

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ARMONK, N.Y., & DENVER - 18 Sep 2001: IBM and J.D. Edwards & Company today announced worldwide availability of the first IBM eServer co-branded with an independent software company.

The IBM eServer for J.D. Edwards runs J.D. Edwards' WorldSoftware™ and OneWorld® collaborative commerce software and is designed for small to medium-sized enterprises looking to reduce the cost and complexity of their e-business initiatives. The server is ideal for fast, low-cost deployment of fully integrated applications -- delivering not only cost savings, but also rapid "time-to-benefit" for firms making selective technology investments under tightened IT budgets.

"In an increasingly complex, Internet-driven economy, mid-sized customers need simple, affordable solutions," said Kim Stevenson, IBM vice president of eServer iSeries marketing operations. "With the IBM eServer for J.D. Edwards, we're pleased to offer an integrated, flexible and cost-effective server designed to help them reduce the complexity of their e-business infrastructures."

O&Y CB Richard Ellis of Toronto is consolidating from two servers running J.D. Edwards WorldSoftware to a single IBM eServer for J.D. Edwards running OneWorld. "Because it is sized and priced for mid-market customers, the IBM eServer for J.D. Edwards was a great value for us," said Dale Johnston, director of information services, O&Y CB Richard Ellis. "We believe this product will give us outstanding performance for about $40,000 less than we might have paid."

The IBM eServer for J.D. Edwards includes support for Linux, Java and HTML, and shares the same technology that helped IBM establish world record Java performance of more than 6,000 concurrent users running J.D. Edwards OneWorld Xe applications. Current WorldSoftware customers can take advantage of the new e-business extensions offered by J.D. Edwards for WorldSoftware or use the new server to co-exist with OneWorld as business needs dictate.

"Customers are looking to manage and reduce complexity in their e-business initiatives and get a quicker time-to-benefit," said Les Wyatt, senior vice president and chief marketing officer, J.D. Edwards. "The IBM eServer for J. D. Edwards addresses this need by delivering a cost-effective, fully integrated hardware and software solution, thus eliminating many of the headaches and reducing implementation time for complex collaborative commerce applications."

As part of the global strategic alliance between the two companies, the server will be marketed worldwide through IBM Business Partners, J.D. Edwards' direct sales force, and J.D. Edwards' business partner network.

The IBM eServer for J.D. Edwards is generally available today. Pricing for a 100-user OneWorld solution starts at $62,400.

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