IBM and J.D. Edwards Form Global Strategic Alliance To Deliver e-Business Solutions to Public Sector and Wholesale Distribution

J.D. Edwards Provides Back-End Logistics and Payment Infrastructure for Purchase Fulfillment Using IBM's Software, Hardware and Services

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Link_2001 @ Las Vegas, NV - 19 Mar 2001: IBM and J.D. Edwards (NASDAQ: JDEC) today announced a strategic alliance, expanding their long-standing relationship, to jointly sell and market collaborative commerce solutions to selected markets and accounts within the Public Sector and Wholesale Distribution industry. The announcement was made at link_2001, IBM's customer conference focusing on e-business enabled applications and solutions.

Under the terms of the agreement, J.D. Edwards will lead in new sales opportunities with software, servers and services provided by IBM and its Business Partners in the targeted industries: mid-sized wholesale distribution, and selected markets and accounts within the state and local fiscal management segment of the Public Sector.

J.D. Edwards World and OneWorld Xe applications will be ported to IBM eServer* products and key software/middleware products, incorporating the J.D. Edwards Solutions with IBM's DB2* Universal Database, WebSphere* Commerce Suite, WebSphere* MarketPlace Edition, WebSphere* Application Server - Standard and Advanced Editions. IBM Global Services and IBM Business Partners will also provide consulting, customization and integration services for joint IBM and J.D. Edwards solutions.

"Our 20-plus year relationship with J.D. Edwards has been a very important one for both companies, but this agreement takes it to an even higher level," said Marc Lautenbach, General Manager for Global Small and Medium Business. "J.D. Edwards will supply the e-business applications and IBM will provide the wide array of hardware, software, and services critical to making these applications enterprise ready."

"IBM has consistently offered the innovative technologies needed to support enterprise wide e-business," said Jim Maikranz, Senior Vice President of J.D. Edwards. "These technologies are crucial to our customers' ability to deploy mission-critical e-business offerings. We will use this initiative to continue providing key applications across the IBM product line to our joint customers."

J.D. Edwards and IBM Provide the Power to Scale
The IBM and J.D. Edwards' strategic alliance provides customers with new opportunities to scale with IBM's DB2 Universal Database and WebSphere Commerce Suite, used by 40 percent of the top 100 online retailers to provide an integrated e-commerce platform and customizable e-commerce solution for business-to-business and business-to-consumer markets. The recently released WebSphere Commerce Suite, Marketplace Edition includes new functions such as distributed user management and dynamic trade capabilities to the WebSphere platform.

The award-winning IBM DB2 Universal Database has quickly become the reference database standard for leading e-business application developers such as J.D. Edwards by surpassing competitors on technical functionality, performance and total cost of ownership. J.D. Edwards OneWorld is a leading fulfillment engine for the WebSphere platform, providing critical back-end functions for transactions via storefront and trading exchanges, directly fulfilling them through OneWorld's financial, sales order, warehousing and transportation, customer relationship management and knowledge management applications.

The J.D. Edwards strategic alliance is a prime example of IBM's commitment to go-to-market with leading independent software vendors through the PartnerWorld for Developers program. These alliances target industries such as financial services, retail, manufacturing and solution segments including enterprise resource planning, supply chain management, customer relationship management and business intelligence. The goal is to provide developers with access to new customers and revenue opportunities through IBM's marketing and sales. In return, developers commit to lead with IBM's middleware, server platforms, and services.

WebSphere Commerce Suite and Drug Trading Company Adding Efficiencies
Drug Trading Company Limited is one of over 20 customers already choosing to use J.D. Edwards with WebSphere Commerce Suite to collaborate with customers, vendors and suppliers in storefront and trading exchanges through the entire fulfillment cycle. These customers were fully integrated and transactional in only 90 days.

Drug Trading Company Limited, Canada's largest independent retail pharmacy services provider, has selected OneWorld Xe and IBM's WebSphere 5.1 to achieve strategic business objectives through advanced customer relationship management (CRM) and supply chain efficiencies. The company has experienced rapid growth that has extended its operations to all provinces (excluding Quebec), as well as the Northwest Territories. J.D. Edwards' OneWorld Xe enterprise software and IBM's WebSphere will enable Drug Trading to integrate and streamline business processes and share information across all operations.

With OneWorld Xe, WebSphere Commerce Suite 5.1 and DB2 running on an IBM eServer iSeries**, Drug Trading's 200 employees will be able to fully engage in e-business by using open, collaborative technologies that will close the gap among their more than 1700 customers and vendors across the supply chain, link disparate systems, and increase efficiencies. By using the joint solution, the company can effectively manage their business from website to back office through a single source for data. The back office can now effectively communicate with the WebSphere environment via a co-developed interface.

Key benefits of this solution include a tightly-integrated system utilizing best business practices, elimination of non-value added work, significant reduction of erroneous transactions, increased customer satisfaction, flexibility to configure to needs and improved information exchange throughout the supply chain. The business value of the solution includes flexible reporting capabilities, improved management decision making and e-Business & workflow capability.

J.D. Edwards' breadth of software, coupled with its relationship with IBM, were key factors in Drug Trading's e-business decisions. "For Drug Trading to remain a world class retail pharmacy network requires effective collaboration with our valued independent pharmacists and supply chain partners," said Grant Schwartz, Drug Trading's Corporate Director, Information Technology. "We strive to leverage technology to sustain a healthy pulse throughout our underlying business activities at the speed of change. The J.D. Edwards and IBM solution enables us to deliver on this commitment."

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