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Staying Innovative as a One Man Operation

JDA launches innovation incubator

JDA Software Group, Inc., today announced the formation of JDA Labs – a research and development group assembled to drive game-changing innovation. This global team, headquartered in Montreal, will innovate new and existing products and deliver patents, best practices and entirely new products to the market. JDA Labs today is driving research and innovation around three key areas: data science, user experience and product innovation.

“Bringing game-changing innovation to market is in JDA’s DNA,” said Jean-Francois Gagne, chief innovation officer, JDA Software. “JDA Labs is the next generation of this legacy – taking inputs from our smart and creative JDAers around the world, as well as our unparalleled customer base, and creating new products and processes that will change the supply chain landscape for some time to come. Technology is advancing at unprecedented rates and JDA Labs will strive to look into the future, grasp what is going to be possible and research opportunities to deliver market defining innovations to our customers.”

There are currently three distinct focus areas within JDA Labs:

  • Suresh Acharya, vice president of data and decision science, is leading a group researching leading edge approaches to turn data into actionable insight. As companies continue to struggle with how to best use the abundance of data that they create and that is in the public domain, this team is investigating new approaches to incorporate “big data” science and analytics into retail forecasting and supply chain decision making. Machine learning, new optimization science and new processes are all being explored with the goal of providing JDA’s customers and prospects with innovative new solutions to solve the business problems they face today and well into the future.
  • Scott Ehlke, director of user experience, is leading a team focused on redefining the user experience. From traditional interfaces to mobility to augmented reality, this team is exploring how users will interact with software and how devices will interact with the world around them and will innovate on how retail and supply chain solutions will empower users at all levels of the organization.
  • Gabriel Duford, director of product innovation, is leading a Product innovation group within JDA Labs, charged with driving innovative opportunities to advance JDA’s solutions. The team’s focus is shortening the lead time from idea to innovation in JDA’s entire portfolio, applying best innovation practices to bring game changing improvements to the market at an accelerated pace.

JDA Labs is a continuation of expanded innovation within JDA. “JDA Labs will be a conduit for JDA into the larger innovation oriented community around us,” continued Gagne. “We will foster closer relationships with the academic community, industry thought leaders, customers’ lab groups and our partners to enable cross-organization innovation initiatives. JDA Labs will also facilitate market conversations on innovations through the publishing of some of our research in relevant outlets.”

Arizona State University student team members Haylee Hilgers, right, and Jason Hyacinthe won the EMC Green Data Center Challenge at the Avnet Tech Games.

Avnet Tech Games Winners Announced

Avnet, Inc., a leading global technology distributor, announced the 2014 winners of the Avnet Tech Games. Close to 200 students from Arizona community colleges and universities competed head-to-head for top honors in the Avnet Tech Games Arizona onsite competition on Saturday, April 12, 2014, at The University of Advancing Technology in Tempe. In addition, college students competing on a national level in the Spring Virtual Avnet Tech Games had their work displayed and winners were announced during the awards ceremony at the onsite competition. Thirty winning students collected $1,000 each in scholarship money.

A panel of judges including technology executives, engineers and other business leaders selected the winners based on the students’ ability to meet the technical requirements of a task, apply innovative approaches to the solution and demonstrate professional skills. Nearly 76 teams of students competed in the onsite and virtual Avnet Tech Games, including 8 Arizona community colleges and universities: Arizona State University, ITT Technical Institute, seven Maricopa County Community Colleges, Northern Arizona University, The University of Advancing Technology and University of Arizona.

The winners of the 2014 Onsite Avnet Tech Games are:

Cisco Networking Expert Battle
South Mountain Community College
Faculty Coach: Tom Polliard
Student Team Members: Huy Mai and Justin Woys

Desktop Domination
The University of Advancing Technology
Student Team Members: William Hartman and Kelly Stahlberg

Digital Design Dilemma
Chandler-Gilbert Community College
Faculty Coach: Bassam Matar
Student Team Members: Michelle Smekal, Niccolo Horvath and Neel Mistry

EMC Green Data Center Challenge
Arizona State University
Student Team Members: Haylee Hilgers and Jason Hyacinthe

HP Build the Fastest Computer
Chandler-Gilbert Community College
Faculty Coach: Eli Chmouni
Student Team Members: Troy Gerloff, Blake Knoll and Jeremy Morgan

Java Blitz
Chandler-Gilbert Community College
Faculty Coach: Rameen Kaliqu
Student Team Members: Zachary Peshke, Samuel Slater and Larry Standage

Robot Race Obstacle Course
Mesa Community College
Faculty Coach: Bruce Carlton
Student Team Members: Richard Dale, Spencer Hall and Federico Ortega

Solar Scrimmage
Mesa Community College
Faculty Coach: Bruce Carlton
Student Team Members: Justin Arispe, Drew Carlson and Jennifer Hooker

Since the inception of the Avnet Tech Games in 2006, nearly $300,000 in scholarship money and prizes have been awarded to hundreds of the approximately 2,680 students and 215 faculty members who have participated in the competitions.

“The Avnet Tech Games provide a great opportunity for students to test their technical and strategy skills by applying what they have learned in the classroom to real-life scenarios,” said Joal Redmond, vice president of public relations for Avnet, Inc. “Students also had the opportunity to improve their communications skills by participating in a networking workshop and then practice those skills by meeting with Avnet and sponsor executives during a networking hour. Students win, schools win and business wins with the Avnet Tech Games.”

The annual multidisciplinary technology competition, composed of eight separate events, required students to work in teams to test their knowledge, creativity, decision-making, problem-solving and technical skills. During the event, students showcased how they can make a difference in advancing business and improving quality of life by participating in competitions such as creating a solar-powered water-pumping system, racing to build a computer using refurbished parts and troubleshoot issues in the Windows 7 operating system.

2014 Spring Virtual Avnet Tech Games
The Virtual Avnet Tech Games were introduced in 2010 to expand the breadth of the onsite event by allowing students to compete on a national level. More than 115 teams competed in the Virtual Avnet Tech Games competition. The winners were:

Android App™ Showdown
ITT Technical Institute
Student Team Member: Bryan Geesey

Green Video Competition
Chandler-Gilbert Community College
Faculty Coach: Eli Chmouni
Student Team Members: Dustin Allen, Kendra Charnick, Joel Parker and Brian Weeks

JDA Supply Chain Challenge
Southern Methodist University
Student Team Members: Aaron Barnard, Matt Mulholland, Tushar Solanki and Meredith Titus

“Congratulations to everyone who participated in this year’s virtual and onsite Avnet Tech Games, especially our winners,” added Redmond. On behalf of Avnet, thank you to all of our sponsors, business partners and volunteers for helping to make this year’s event a success.”

Avnet Tech Games 2014 sponsors included signature sponsors CA, Cisco, CDW, Datalink, DPAIR, EMC, HP, JDA, Kyocera, Microchip, Nimble Storage and Sungard.

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JDA Executives Recognized ‘Pros to Know’ for 2014

JDA® Software Group, Inc., today announced that three JDA executives were recognized as Supply & Demand Chain Executive 2014 “Pros to Know.” In its 14th year, the “Pros to Know” award recognizes supply chain leaders who have made a significant impact on the industry and helped prepare businesses for the supply chain opportunities and challenges ahead.

The publication recognized JDA executives Vali Fayen, vice president, product management; Thomas Kozenski, vice president, industry strategy; and Paula Natoli, vice president, product management.

Supply & Demand Chain Executive is the executive’s user manual for successful supply and demand chain transformation, utilizing hard-hitting analysis, viewpoints and unbiased case studies to steer executives and supply management professionals through the complicated, yet critical, world of supply and demand chain enablement to gain competitive advantage.

Recipients for Supply & Demand Chain Executive’s “Pros to Know” include professionals proactively working to improve business functions in a number of categories—including manufacturing and production output; procurement; logistics; risk mitigation strategies; sourcing; financial operations; packaging and distribution; transportation; and much more.

“JDA is proud to have three of our executives receive the prestigious ‘Pros to Know’ recognition and are grateful for the emphasis Supply & Demand Chain Executive places on the contributions of supply chain professionals,” said Kevin Iaquinto, chief marketing officer, JDA Software. “Vali, Thomas and Paula continue to establish themselves as leading industry experts and are indicative of the depth and breadth of our team’s collective supply chain expertise. Supply chain leaders form the backbone of the world’s leading organizations, and it is vital that we continue to work together to find opportunity amid supply chain’s toughest challenges.”

“Supply Chain is increasingly recognized as a strategic differentiator for leading small, medium and large enterprises, and Supply Chain leaders have become crucial to the success of the enterprise in meeting the challenges of what truthfully has been called a turbulent economy,” said Barry Hochfelder, editor of Supply & Demand Chain Executive. “Our ‘Pros to Know’ listing highlights many of these outstanding executives and their accomplishments, and it offers a roadmap for other leaders looking to leverage Supply Chain for competitive advantage.”

“This honor highlights the many thought leaders who are helping to shape the Supply Chain industry and advance Supply Chain as a respected discipline in the enterprise,” Hochfelder added. “Their efforts in developing the tools, processes and knowledge base necessary for Supply Chain transformation, and in promoting new approaches to supply chain enablement, have earned them a place on this year’s Pros listing.”

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JDA Software Announces Release Of JDA Shelf-Connected Cloud

JDA Software Group, Inc. announced the release of JDA Shelf-Connected Cloud, a revolutionary new solution that offers the unparalleled scale needed to connect manufacturers’ supply chains to the retail shelf.

JDA Shelf-Connected Cloud is designed to help supplier and retailer trading partners effectively collaborate at the shelf level to improve on-shelf availability, remove unnecessary inventory across enterprises and set new strategies that leverage cost savings across the entire value chain. Trading partners that collaborate using this new paradigm will be able to offer their joint consumers a new level of competitive pricing by connecting their supply chains.

In a shelf-connected supply chain, suppliers collaborate with their distribution and retail customers to plan an optimal product assortment and planogram for each store or store cluster, then develop and synchronize their demand and inventory replenishment plans driven by consumer sales. This framework integrates a supplier’s planning and execution processes with a retailer’s planning and execution processes to better align all processes with consumer demand. By having a view of the cross-enterprise supply chain flows, partners can develop strategies that consider the cost savings across enterprises and leverage it to deliver more value and innovation to their consumers.

Suppliers can collaborate with retailers to create a time-phased retail order plan. Many large retailers today still struggle with developing or completing accurate, bottom-up time-phased order plans that are driven from shelf sell-through. So, suppliers who leverage a shelf-connected solution can strategically elevate their partnership levels with retailers. Benefits of the solution include the ability to:

  • Scale to the shelf-level
  • Deliver fast time to value by leveraging the cloud
  • Quickly see the effects of assortment, space and supply chain strategies and their impact on performance and financial results
  • Deliver a collaboration platform to drive efficiencies across enterprises and their inter-connected supply chains
  • Align the people, processes and tools necessary to focus attention on the critical few actions that will drive significant and immediate results
  • Develop optimal supply chain, promotion and pricing plans driven from shelf-level demand signals

As part of the comprehensive JDA Shelf-Connected Cloud solution suite, JDA Software today also announced the release of JDA Collaborative Shelf Planning & Analytics. Suppliers managing sell-through at the shelf must be equipped to handle the associated exponential increase in planning intersections and decisions. JDA’s supply chain planning architecture is unique in its proven ability to scale to meet the challenges of driving decisions from the shelf. JDA Collaborative Shelf Planning & Analytics enables companies to manage and transform mountains of data into actionable information. This solution drives visibility and enables analytics such as out-of-stock detection, sell-through analysis and inventory performance directly from the shelf.

“In today’s ultra-competitive markets, the ability to manage products across multiple channels and the entire product lifecycle becomes essential to maintaining profitability and competitiveness,” said Fred Baumann, vice president, industry strategies, JDA Software. “By leveraging shelf-connected supply chain practices, trading partners become aligned on not just the next order, but on the larger horizon of orders. The insights associated with these activities are leveraged by both the supplier and retailer to drive higher consumer satisfaction in a mutually beneficial and profitable way.”

For more information about how companies can become more consumer- and shelf-centric with end-to-end supply chain collaboration visit www.jda.com/solutions/shelf-connected-cloud or email info@jda.com for more information.

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JDA Software Announces Release of JDA 3D

JDA Software Group, Inc. announced the release of JDA 3D, an integrated category optimization and three dimensional (3D) virtualization solution that provides true consumer-driven collaboration and visibility that is faster, less expensive, more interactive and incorporates the consumer’s point of view. Powered by Red Dot Square, JDA 3D transforms space and floor planning solutions into a smart, interactive photo-realistic world.

When combined with JDA’s industry-leading space and assortment optimization solutions, JDA 3D delivers powerful new collaboration capabilities to support the retailer/manufacturer range finalization process. It drives innovation and creativity in real time, transforming presentation tools into collaboration environments and connecting retailers and manufacturers at the product, shelf, aisle and store.

“JDA 3D represents a paradigm shift for retailers and their suppliers,” said Scott Welty, vice president, retail industry strategy, JDA Software. “With empowered, knowledgeable, and connected consumers driving changes in the market, successful companies must anticipate and exceed consumer expectations and overcome challenges presented by ineffective tools to support collaborative interpretation. JDA 3D supports interactive supplier and retailer collaboration that improves speed to market, increases space productivity, leverages shopper insights to optimize merchandising decisions, and delivers actionable execution while integrating data and visuals in an interactive virtual world.”

“Suppliers, brand manufacturers or distributors now have a much more effective collaboration platform on which they can develop and validate innovative ways to inspire consumer purchases in a retail store,” said Danny Halim, vice president, consumer products industry strategy, JDA Software. “This 3D virtual reality platform can translate promotion and merchandising ideas in the context of the entire store, enabling them to identify opportunities to guide consumers along the path to purchase from the moment they enter the store. This is especially significant for existing JDA customers who can now benefit from the integrated offering of the 3D visualization technology and the category management capabilities that they already have in place from JDA.”

JDA 3D is a plug-in to the existing JDA Category Management suite, integrated with Red Dot Square’s Smart Suite to offer interactive, consumer-driven 3D collaboration to help suppliers, brand manufacturers or distributors achieve the following benefits:

  • Reduce time and costs by eliminating test and mock-up research stores.
  • Increase flexibility through the ability to test multiple scenarios with real-time, collaborative “on the fly” adaptation.
  • Improve speed to market by increasing the immediacy of test results prior to market deployment.
  • Improve confidence with 3D visualizations that bring ideas to life and enable virtual real-life point-of-view interpretations.
  • The flexibility of JDA 3D allows design, store, and marketing concepts to be developed and positioned in different store environments, creating a powerful collaborative tool for retailers and suppliers to co-develop cost effectively. Further cost savings can also be realized through Virtual Merchandising, which removes the need to build ranges on mock fixtures for different store formats and sizes. Shopper data can be easily visualized using JDA 3D to enhance decision making on ranges and layouts.

 

“JDA 3D makes floor plans, merchandise plans and marketing plans come alive in a rich visual world,” said Mark Edwards, chairman and founder, Red Dot Square. “With the data from JDA’s space and category management solutions and the engaging shopper and activation experience from Red Dot Square’s Smart Suite, we’ve created something that is very powerful for the retailer, manufacturer, and shopper together.”

For more information on JDA Software Group, visit JDA’s website at jda.com.