IBM, J.D. Edwards and SynQuest Unite to Deliver Supply Chain E-Business

ERP provider J.D. Edwards & Co. (Denver) and supply chain software provider SynQuest Inc. (Atlanta) have teamed up with computer giant IBM to develop Supply Chain Advantage, a supply chain e-business solution for the industrial fabrications and assembly industries.

Supply Chain Advantage delivers an integrated supply chain solution through a bundle of hardware, software and services, including an e-business solution powered by the AS/400. The solution is expected to provide rapid return on investment (ROI) by reducing selection and implementation time by as much as 50 percent.

"Supply Chain Advantage is part of J.D. Edwards aggressive strategy to extend the value of enterprise software solutions beyond the backoffice to offer supply chain capabilities, e-business and advanced planning and scheduling," says Doug Massingill, president and CEO of J.D. Edwards. "This solution has changed the model for selling, buying and implementing enterprise software. With Supply Chain Advantage, all three long-term partners--J.D. Edwards, SynQuest and IBM--serve the customer as one team with one voice."

Supply Chain Advantage gives customers two options for providing up-front analysis of ERP project costs and scope. Through an analysis at the beginning of the process, the project scope is set along with expected business benefits. A process called Value Opportunity Assessment (VOA) identifies and quantifies a projected return on investment and also establishes measurements for implementation success.

The solution will entail IBM Global Services pre-assembling J.D. Edwards OneWorld software with SynQuest advanced planning and execution software, IBM Net.Commerce e-business software and IBM ERP Bridge data collection software.

-- J. Martin