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JDA Software announces collaboration with Google

JDA Software Group, Inc. will be part of an innovative new collaboration with Google aimed at leveraging the core strengths of both companies to deliver JDA’s next generation cloud-based omni-channel and supply chain solutions via Google Cloud Platform, a powerful public cloud offering. Through this collaboration, Google will provide a uniquely scalable and flexible technology platform via the cloud to support JDA’s future application development and delivery.

“Google Cloud Platform offers the unparalleled speed, performance, scalability and reliability we need to launch truly differentiated solutions. After thoroughly evaluating potential Platform as a Service (PaaS) providers, JDA chose to work with Google due to its unsurpassed technology platform, investments and deep culture of innovation,” said Serge Massicotte, executive vice president and  chief technology officer at JDA Software.

This collaboration, which will significantly accelerate the development of JDA’s next generation cloud solutions, is JDA’s most recent initiative aimed at delivering innovative products and services for its customers. With an unmatched R&D investment in supply chain and omni-channel solutions, the company recently formed JDA Labs – a dedicated research and development group committed to delivering patents, best practices and entirely new products to the market. Google Cloud Platform initiatives will be developed out of the JDA Labs in Montreal.  JDA’s work with Google also complements JDA’s newly announced FLEX platform strategy, which easily connects JDA’s existing cloud-based solutions and on-premise solutions with next generation solutions built on Google Cloud Platform.

“With thousands of successful customers — including 21 customers named as part of the Gartner Supply Chain Top 25 for 2015 — JDA has clearly established its leadership in delivering world-class retail and supply chain solutions,” said Massicotte. “To maintain and expand that leadership, JDA is focused on developing new innovative products and services that will truly change the supply chain landscape. By working with Google — an established innovation leader — JDA will concentrate on working with our customers to co-develop these groundbreaking solutions with Google Cloud Platform, providing an unmatched foundation. It’s a huge win-win for JDA customers, who will benefit from best-in-class solutions, delivered rapidly, from two proven market leaders working together.”

“We’re thrilled that JDA has chosen to work with Google Cloud Platform to develop their next generation of products and services that will change the supply chain landscape,” said Dan Powers, director, Google Cloud Platform. “The supply chain and omni-channel industry is ripe to benefit from the innovation, scale and flexibility of our public cloud offering, and by betting on Google, JDA can now focus on creating high impact business solutions while quickly adapting to meet customer needs.”

“Google and JDA both have a good history of identifying and launching technology innovations that add value for their customers,” noted Bob Parker, Group Vice President at IDC Industry Insights. “With the founding of JDA Labs and other initiatives, JDA has demonstrated a strong commitment to research and development. Now, Google Cloud Platform should ensure that the resulting innovations reach the market faster.”

This month, JDA will be part of the keynote at a series of Google Cloud Platform Next events worldwide that highlights how the companies plan to work together. JDA executives will be featured speakers at Next events in New York on June 12, San Francisco on June 16, London on June 23 and Amsterdam on June 25.

 

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JDA Software ‘writes the book’ on supply chain

JDA Software Group, Inc., has developed an entertaining, and informative new e-book that offers a unique perspective on today’s most pressing supply chain challenges and opportunities. For a limited time, the digital version of JDA’s “Supply Chain For Dummies®” is available as a free download here.

Authored by JDA experts Razat Gaurav, Prashant Bhati and Madhav Durbha, this book provides basic supply chain definitions and offers an overview of the manufacturing, distribution and retailing functions. It also discusses timely topics such as the emergence of the omni-channel marketplace and its impact on the end-to-end supply chain.

“Supply Chain For Dummies is targeted at seasoned supply chain professionals who want an update on the latest tools and techniques for optimization, as well as those who are new to the supply chain function,” said Prashant Bhatia, vice president, solution strategy at JDA. “Because it’s a ‘For Dummies’ book, it’s easy to read and has touches of humor — but it also delivers a lot of valuable insights about today’s most urgent supply chain challenges and most promising opportunities.”

Registration is required to download the free e-book, which is available for only a short time. For more information, visit landing page.

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JDA continues to be a leader in innovation

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

JDA is also a finalist for the Industry Leaders of Arizona (ILoA) Awards, which recognize the contributions and impact of Arizona‐based companies on both the economy of Arizona and in the communities they serve. ILoA winners and finalists will be recognized at an awards dinner that will be held Wednesday, Feb. 4 at the Camelback Inn.

“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.”

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Az Business honors top corporate counsel

Effective corporate counsel has never been more important than it is in today’s new economy. And on Thursday at the Camelback Inn, Az Business magazine partnered with the Arizona Chapter of the Association of Corporate Counsel and the State Bar of Arizona to present the 2015 Arizona Corporate Counsel Awards (ACC Awards).

2015 Arizona Corporate Counsel Awards

 

As the featured speaker, high-profile Valley attorney Grant Woods had the crowd of more than 300 rolling with his roast of the current political scene.

“Sheriff Joe (Arpaio) became sheriff when I was attorney general,” Woods said, “and I thought he was amusing. But that joke is just really tired now.”

Presenting sponsors of the ACC Awards were Squire Patton Boggs and CBRE.

The following attorneys earned 2015 ACC Awards:

• David Bixby, senior vice president, general counsel and secretary at Banner Health,  was named General Counsel of the Year. Bixby joined Banner (then Samaritan Health System) in 1998 as senior vice president, general counsel and secretary. From 1981 to 1998, he was with Lewis and Roca LLP, in Phoenix, as an associate and partner, he specialized in corporate mergers and acquisitions, finance and health care law. Bixby received his bachelor of arts degree in history and literature from Harvard University, a bachelor of arts (honors) in history from the University of Cape Town, South Africa, and his law degree from Yale Law School. He is a member of the Arizona Bar, the American Health Lawyers Association, and the American Corporate Counsel Association.

JDA Software‘s legal department earned Legal Department of the Year. Led by Chief Legal Officer Martin Felli, JDA’s legal team has grown from approximately 10 to 24 associates in the last six months to better support the company’s strategic initiatives.  The legal department has focused its efforts on building the team from Arizona-based legal talent. The team’s proactive, high-engagement business model aligns to the company’s guiding principles and leaves a lasting impression that JDA is a company people want to do business with. With a focus on improved communications, employee engagement, streamlined corporate governance processes and proactive client-centered  internal training and awareness initiatives on a wide range of compliance matters, the team embraces the company’s mission to “plan to deliver” in all aspects of its work.

• Franc Del Fosse, general counsel and secretary at Insys, was named IP Attorney of the Year.  After joining Insys, Del Fosse worked with President and CEO Michael L. Babich in establishing the legal and compliance departments of Insys.   Immediately prior to joining Insys, Del Fosse was a partner at the law firm of Snell & Wilmer. Del Fosse began his legal career as an associate at the law firm of Shearman & Sterling and holds a degree from Columbia University School of Law and an undergraduate degree from Arizona State University.  In 2013, Insys had its initial public offering and had the top performing IPO nationally that year. In 2014, Inys was named Arizona Bioscience Company of the Year by the Arizona Bioindustry Association.

• Carmen L. Neuberger, senior vice president, legal affairs and general counsel for Phoenix Children’s Hospital earned Nonprofit Attorney of the Year. Neuberger is responsible for managing the legal environment at Phoenix Children’s. This includes providing legal guidance, developing hospital-wide policies and procedures, counseling the hospital on business transactions, and managing complex contractual relationships. She also is involved in the legal aspects of medical staff privileging and credentialing, risk management, patient-related matters, regulatory compliance and privacy, clinical research and employment law. She is also credited with developing and implementing a code of ethics, and improving the relationship between the legal and human resources departments. Neuberger came to Phoenix Children’s in 2007 with more than 20 years of experience in healthcare law.

• Mary Beth Orson, vice president, legal and deputy general counsel for Apollo Education Group was named Public Company Attorney of the Year. At the time Orson joined Apollo, there were a number of significant pending legal matters, including a Section 10(b)(5) class action lawsuit. In response to these matters and other challenges, the Apollo general counsel’s office, under Orson’s direction, updated and adapted the company’s disclosure controls and procedures to reflect the far more complex business organization that Apollo had become in the years prior to her arrival. These policies and procedures led to enhanced public disclosure practices that we believe have been emulated by other leading proprietary education companies. Orson is credited with effectively creating order out of disorder.

• Michael Reagan, executive vice president and general counsel for Kahala Corporation, was named Private Company Attorney of the Year. During his 15-year tenure with Kahala, Reagan has overseen all legal and real estate affairs for the company and its 14 restaurant brands — which include Cold Stone Creamery, America’s Taco Shop, Blimpie, Taco Time, Great Steak & Potato and Samurai Sam’s. He is part of an executive team that, during the past eight years has grown Kahala from 80 outlets to more than 3,000; raised nearly $200 million in private transactions; identified, negotiated and completed nearly $200 million in acquisitions. Reagan personally handled all due diligence and other legal aspects of each transaction and helped integrate the acquired companies into Kahala and its uniform franchising and operating platform.

• Jason Steiner, corporate counsel, Insight Enterprises, was named Up-and-Comer of the Year. In less than two years, Steiner has proved himself to be a valuable contributor to the Legal Department at Insight, working on contracts, supporting internal investigations throughout North America, litigating smaller claims himself, supporting litigation involving restrictive covenants with former employees, becoming proficient in the field of eDiscovery and developing the necessary labor and employment knowledge to be a front-line resource for the HR department.  Steiner has a “can do” attitude, a willingness to learn new areas and the drive and tenacity to see tasks through to completion. Steiner graduated from ASU with a B.S. in finance (2009) and a J.D. (2012) from the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law.

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Az Business announces finalists for ACC Awards

Az Business magazine, in conjunction with the State Bar of Arizona, have announced the finalists for the 2015 Arizona Corporate Counsel (ACC) Awards.

The finalists and winners will be honored at an awards dinner and reception on Jan. 15, 2015 at the JW Marriott Scottsdale Camelback Inn Resort & Spa in Scottsdale. Click here for more information about the event.

Here are the finalists:

Arizona State University legal department
David Bixby, Banner Health
Kelleen Brennan, Universal Technical Institute
Franc Del Fosse, Insys
Brad Gazaway, The Dial Corporation
Illya Iussa, Arizona Summit Law School
JDA Software legal department
John T. Jozwick, Rider Levett Bucknall
Alan Kelly, Scottsdale Lincoln Health Network
David Mulvihill, Make-A-Wish Foundation
Wendy Neal, Arcadia Biosciences
Carmen Neuberger, Phoenix Children’s Hospital
Mary Beth Orson, Apollo Education Group
Michael Reagan, Kahala Corporation
Michael Rissman, Republic Services
Brian Roberts, Grand Canyon University
Scottsdale Lincoln Health Network legal department
Karen Stein, IO
Jason Steiner, Insight Enterprises
Jenny Holsman Tetreault, Rural/Metro
Tiffanie Woodie, Petsmart

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JDA Software Names Baljit Dail CEO

JDA Software Group, Inc., the world’s leading supply chain and retail solutions provider, today announced that Baljit (Bal) Dail, a senior technology executive and JDA’s Chairman of the Board, has been named JDA chief executive officer after assuming the CEO position on an interim basis in May 2014.

“The potential for JDA now, and into the future, is tremendous and I am excited about the opportunity to continue leading this innovative company,” said Dail. “Our game-changing suite of solutions spanning retail and supply chain planning and execution, coupled with our deep expertise in many industries and regions, puts us in a perfect position to deliver real business value and results to leading companies around the world.

Dail has implemented a number of changes to JDA’s organization since assuming the interim position. He recently formed JDA’s Global Industries and Solutions business unit, responsible for developing the company’s solution suite vision, product portfolio strategies, and support and cloud operations. He also appointed a global sales leader to focus on establishing, growing and retaining strong customer relationships and building a progressive global alliances strategy and ecosystem. In addition, he established JDA’s Innovation Lab to focus on building transformational technology strategies that can propel JDA’s solutions by leveraging next generation platforms and emerging technologies.

Dail’s prior leadership experience includes previous roles as CEO of both Aon Hewitt and Aon Consulting, and as chief information officer of Aon Corporation. He also was a partner at McKinsey & Company focused on the high-tech sector, and is currently an operating partner at New Mountain Capital. His retail experience includes starting his career in the technology group at Marks & Spencer, a leading retailer in the United Kingdom.

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RedPrairie buys JDA Software for $1.9B

RedPrairie, a maker of business software, on Thursday said that it had agreed to buy Scottsdale-based JDA Software Group Inc., a maker of supply-chain management software, for about $1.9 billion in cash.

RedPrairie, a privately held company based near Atlanta, is paying $45 per share for JDA Software.

Shares of JDA jumped $6.65, or 17 percent, to $44.80 in afternoon trading, indicating that investors expect the deal to go through at the agreed-upon price.

The price was a 33 percent premium to JDA’s stock price on Oct. 26, the day before rumors of the deal started leaking out, RedPrairie said, and 16 percent above JDA’s all-time high.

The companies expect the deal to close by the end of the year.

The combined company will have annual revenue of more than $1 billion and will be led by Hanish Brewer, the CEO of JDA. The CEO of RedPrairie, Michael Mayoras, will stay on the board.

“JDA’s heritage of pioneering market-leading supply chain planning, merchandising and pricing solutions is a perfect strategic fit with RedPrairie’s heritage in warehousing, workforce management, store operations and e-commerce,” the companies said.

Separately, JDA reported third-quarter net income of $11.1 million or 26 cents per diluted share, down 34 percent from $18.3 million, or 43 cents per share, in the third quarter of 2011.

Revenue was $164.5 million, down 5 percent from a year ago.

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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.

JDA Software Opens In Moscow

JDA Software Opens First Office In Russia

JDA Software announced the recent opening of its first office in the Russian Federation to meet the growing demand for its supply chain and retail solutions and services in the region.

Located in Moscow, the office serves JDA customers and prospects in Russia and the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) including Ukraine, Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan, Georgia and Belarus. These areas were previously served by JDA representatives outside of Russia in cooperation with JDA alliance associates in the Russian federation. JDA Software will continue to work closely with strategic alliance associates in the Russian federation going forward.

“With continued economic growth in the Russian market, companies across retail and manufacturing sectors in Russia are facing unprecedented supply chain challenges,” said Razat Gaurav, senior vice president, Europe, Middle East, Africa, JDA Software. “With the knowledge gained from our 6,000 supply chain customers globally, combined with the local expertise of our JDA associates, we are excited to work together with our strategic alliance associates to create supply chain efficiencies in the Russian market.”

JDA Software enters the Russian market with a strong existing customer base including X5, Gloria Jeans, MMK, and many other retail and manufacturing companies in Russia.

JDA is hosting an Innovation Forum on April 3 at the Radisson Royal Hotel in Moscow where attendees can learn the latest business trends and best practices from leading retail and manufacturing companies. Attendees can gain industry insights into topics such as consumer-connected supply chain, assortment management, sales and operations planning, and strategies for reducing freight spend while improving delivery performance.

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