IBM and J.D. Edwards Announce Network-Delivered Enterprise Business Solutions

Offering a Boon to Small and Medium-sized Firms

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San Francisco - 16 Feb 1998: . . . IBM* and J.D. Edwards* have announced a network-delivered application offering that provides companies with cost-effective, reliable and secure network access to one of the industry's leading

enterprise business software packages. The announcement was made here today at IBM's Business Partner Executive Conference.

Available through IBM Global Services, the offering enables small- and medium-sized companies to leverage the benefits of J.D. Edwards enterprise resource planning (ERP) software, without a large investment in systems, software and technical skills.

This new solution is part of a family of Network Delivered Application Services for business management launched by IBM in 1997. This announcement will help small and medium-sized businesses with 50 or more employees to meet their requirements for integrated ERP solutions.

With the Network Application Services offering, customers can access J.D. Edwards ERP applications through a secure IBM Global Network link to a professionally-managed and operated IBM data center for a small initial charge and a monthly per-user charge.

"Customers now have a cost-effective alternative to implementing and supporting enterprise solutions customized to their industries and reducing the number of experienced internal IT professionals required," said Bo Bovaird, vice president at J.D. Edwards and director of the company's new outsourcing unit.

IBM Global Services provides software package implementation, a managed network connection, systems hardware and software, J.D. Edwards application software, and ongoing managed operation of the application environment, including technical support, help desk, disaster recovery and Computer Based Training (CBT) support.

"This offering allows customer to realize the full value of J.D. Edwards enterprise software with reduced project risk, and faster time to benefit. They can focus on strategic initiatives to grow their business, instead of worrying about the skills and cost necessary to maintain and upgrade their hardware, software and network infrastructure," said Kathy Dodsworth-Rugani, director, small and medium business services, IBM Global Services.

J.D. Edwards develops, markets and supports enterprise software that operates in multiple computing environments including IBM AS/400, UNIX, Windows NT and the Internet. Founded in 1977, J.D. Edwards is headquartered in Denver and posted fiscal 1997 revenues of $647.8 million. Additional information about J.D. Edwards can be obtained at

IBM Global Services, headquartered in Somers, New York, delivers strategic IT solutions that help customers transform their businesses, improve time to market, and increase shareholder value. With 1997 revenue of $25.7 billion and 120,000 professionals in 164 countries, including sales and delivery resources dedicated to supporting small and medium business customers, IBM Global Services is the world's largest and most versatile IT services provider. Its capabilities span a complete range, including product support and global network services, as well as consulting, outsourcing, systems integration, and education and training. For more information on IBM Global Services, visit

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