Sun Microsystems Makes the Net Secure for Manufacturing
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Sun Microsystems Makes the Net Secure for Manufacturing

Presence at 2003 National Manufacturing Week Larger Than Ever

CHICAGO, National Manufacturing Week Booth #800, March 3 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- This week Sun Microsystems is exhibiting at the National Manufacturing Week Annual Convention with its largest and most dynamic presence ever. Sun is introducing a series of integrated business solutions targeted at solving real-world customer issues. Along with its partners, Sun will demonstrate Java(TM) technology enabled adaptive and collaborative manufacturing. In the booth and through presentations, Sun will show how manufacturers can build secure compute environments today from product development to the supply chain and to the factory floor.

"We understand that security is paramount in today's manufacturing environments," said Bill Gerould, director of manufacturing at Sun. "By joining Sun's professional services team together with our partners, we are able to provide our customers with secure technology solutions that allow them to focus on their business while we worry about protecting their corporate intellectual property and enterprise."

  Sun made the following five strategic announcements today:

  -- Sun Microsystems Sets The Standard For Security In The Manufacturing
     Industry; Highly Secure Solaris(TM) Platform, Sun(TM) ONE Software and
     Java(TM) Technology-Based Applications Meet Manufacturers' Needs In
     Today's Networked World
     The complete press release can be found online
  -- Emerson Selects Sun To Power Its Global ERP Environment; Platform
     Standardization Offers Increased Economies Of Scale
     The complete press release can be found online at:
  -- Sun ONE Virtualizes Manufacturing Process, Supplier Management And
     Communications; Industry-Leading Sun ONE Portal Solutions Reduce Costs,
     Enhance Security and Improve Performance
     The complete press release can be found online at:
  -- Sun Launches iForce ERP/Supply Chain Partner Network With Over Forty
     Premier Partners; New Partner Community Delivers Flexible and
     Integratable Solutions to Customers Such as Honeywell
     The complete press release can be found online at:
  -- Manugistics And Sun Expand Global Alliance To Deliver Web-Based
     Collaboration Planning Suite
     The complete press release can be found online at:

In addition to these announcements, Sun will host several presentations throughout the week demonstrating its position as a leader in providing network computing solutions for manufacturing, including:

  -- "Making The Leveraged Supply Net Work:  eOperations at Sun." On
     Tuesday, March 4 at 10:15 a.m. CST in room N229, Sun's Ashok Gupta,
     Sr. IT Manager, will highlight Sun's worldwide operations and
     successful supply chain implementation built on the Sun ONE
     architecture. He will also discuss how Sun was able to reduce planning
     cycle time to five days, cut material costs by over $200M, cut raw
     material inventory by $350M and eliminate one transit day.
  -- "Security of Manufacturing Systems." On Tuesday, March 4 at 11 a.m. CST
     in the Exhibitor Theater, booth #230, Sun's Bill Gerould, Director of
     Manufacturing, will explain how manufacturers are addressing the
     increasing need for security throughout their virtual enterprises.
  -- On Tuesday, March 4, at 12:00 p.m. CST in booth #1004, Sun, Ariba,
     Accenture and leading pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca will discuss
     how to make spend management software work for enterprises, kicking off
     The Supply Chain Thought Leadership Series.
  -- On Tuesday, March 4, at 2:00 p.m. CST in booth #808, a live webcast
     with Sun, MSI Magazine, J.D. Edwards, Deloitte & Touche and
     AMR Research will highlight how to manage enterprise infrastructures
     for real returns from collaborative efforts.
  -- Presentations will be given every 15 minutes in booth #800 showing how
     Sun and its best-in-class partners are helping manufacturers gain, and
     maintain the level of security they need for today's Web-driven
     business environment.
  -- Daily in booth #800, Sun partners such as Cap Gemini Ernst & Young,
     Stanford Global Supply Chain Forum, MSI, Supply Chain Management
     Review, Agile Software, Demand Management, i2, J.D. Edwards, Kadiri,
     Kronos, Manugistics, OATSystems, Oracle, QAD, SAP, Vizional, and
     alliance member Deloitte & Touche will showcase their ERP and supply
     chain solutions.
  -- Presentations and customer case studies in the Speaking Theater will
     include speakers from Oracle, i2, SAP, Manugistics and several other
     network members.

More information about Sun's participation at National Manufacturing Week's Annual Convention and Sun in manufacturing, can be found online at

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