J.D. Edwards and IBM Team up to Deliver Integrated Solutions to Small and Medium Businesses -SMB-
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J.D. Edwards and IBM Team up to Deliver Integrated Solutions to Small and Medium Businesses -SMB-

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DENVER--(BUSINESS WIRE)--June 11, 2003--J.D. Edwards (Nasdaq: JDEC)

"Global Business Value" Team Lowers Costs for SMB Customers Through Industry-Specific Solutions, Based on J.D. Edwards 5 and IBM

e-business on demand Solutions

In order to help small and medium sized businesses (SMB) operate in a more responsive, flexible and efficient way, J.D. Edwards (Nasdaq: JDEC) and IBM today announced two new offerings created by the companies combined Global Business Value team.

The Global Business Value team is a set of dedicated professional resources from both companies who will define, launch and direct the implementation of integrated, low total cost of ownership solutions that address the unique challenges facing customers in the SMB market. This team will deliver integrated consulting and industry templates, software and hardware, hosting, utility capabilities and other options, such as financing to minimize the upfront costs of entry.

SMB customers are feeling the pressure grow revenue, reduce inventory levels and to take costs out of their supply chain. To address these business needs the first solutions from this joint effort include Automotive for SMB and J.D. Edwards WorldSoftware(TM) Conversion for SMB. These solutions are built around J.D. Edwards 5 applications that leverage IBM's open standards-based on demand operating environment.

"Small and medium sized businesses need more than plain vanilla applications that fail to address specific business and industry needs," said Les Wyatt, senior vice president and chief marketing officer of J.D. Edwards. "The Global Business Value team combines the strengths of J.D. Edwards 5 ERP, SCM and CRM software with IBM Business Consulting Services and IBM's on demand architecture to deliver the right solutions at the right price point for this market."

"IBM is pleased to be teaming with J.D. Edwards to deliver solutions that will help SMB customers become on demand business," said Marc Lautenbach, general manager of Global Small and Medium Business, IBM. "Our companies have both devoted a significant amount of time talking with SMB customers to understand their unique needs. These solutions will allow these enterprises to be more responsive, flexible and resilient; all attributes they told us were important for them."

The first two integrated offerings from the Global Business Value team are:

Automotive for SMB

To help mid-sized auto parts suppliers be more responsive to their customer's demands and show they can be an efficient part of the supply chain, IBM and J.D Edwards have created a fully hosted solution which makes standardized automotive business processes available in an affordable hosted model.

The solution enables flexible supplier collaboration and improved cost management. Built on J.D Edwards 5 ERP applications it will be hosted by IBM in one of its secure datacenters. IBM Business Consulting Services will provide customers with implementation assistance.

The solution will be available in 4Q03 to customers in North and South America.

J.D. Edwards WorldSoftware Conversion for SMB

J.D. Edwards WorldSoftware customers have been waiting for industry solutions that provide compelling value propositions based on J.D. Edwards 5 ERP applications. Transition costs, new technologies and conversions risks have all dampened the benefits of moving forward to J.D. Edwards' newest software suites.

For existing WorldSoftware customers, the Global Business Value team will help companies convert to the rich functionality in J.D. Edwards 5 ERP while minimizing conversion costs with a pre-configured offering. This offering will include options for hosting from IBM, and J.D. Edwards conversion toolkits to reduce transition risks and costs. The pre-configured offering saves installation time and setup for customers while ensuring that installation is done correctly. Alternatively, customers will be able to leverage integrated technical platform solutions to reduce solution deployment and development should hosting not be a viable alternative.

Additional key markets, offerings and programs are scheduled to be announced in the coming months.

About Quest, J.D. Edwards Users Group

Quest, J.D. Edwards Users Group, is the independent user group serving the J.D. Edwards community. With members in more than 50 countries and three regional/continental chapters serving Africa, Asia, and Australia & New Zealand, Quest's mission is to maximize value to the global J.D. Edwards community. Quest fosters collaboration and communication by providing opportunities to network, knowledge share and influence future software development through special interest groups, Q&A magazine, conferences, regional and local user outreach, the QuestDirect website and Infocast collaboration tool. Quest presents regional user conferences throughout the world, as well as Quest Global Conference (formerly known as FOCUS), which draws nearly 8,000 members of the J.D. Edwards community worldwide. For more information about Quest, call 1.800.225.0517 (North America) or +1 859.226.4307, visit www.questdirect.org or e-mail Email Contact.

About Quest Global User Conference 2003

Quest Global Conference (formerly known as FOCUS), is the highly successful annual conference and vendor showcase presented by Quest, an independent organization of J.D. Edwards users, in partnership with J.D. Edwards. Quest Global Conference draws nearly 8,000 members of the J.D. Edwards user community worldwide to Denver each June for four days of networking, knowledge sharing, educational/professional development opportunities, and technology innovations. For more information, call 1.800.225.0517 (North America) or +1 859.226.4307, visit www.questdirect.org or e-mail Email Contact.

About J.D. Edwards & Company

J.D. Edwards (Nasdaq: JDEC) makes customers stronger, enabling them to solve their most important business challenges. The company designs, develops and markets collaborative enterprise software and consulting, education and support services. J.D. Edwards' offerings are differentiated by a deeply ingrained attitude of listening to customers, innovating on their behalf, and delivering solutions as part of a results-oriented relationship. Founded in 1977 and headquartered in Denver, Colo., J.D. Edwards focuses on long-term business partnerships and helping its 6,700 customers in more than 110 countries manage their business processes, supply chains, enterprise assets, and supplier and customer relationships. For more information: www.jdedwards.com or 1-800-727-5333.

On June 2, 2003, J.D. Edwards announced that it had entered into a merger agreement with PeopleSoft, Inc., under which J.D. Edwards' business and PeopleSoft's will be merged, and J.D. Edwards will become a wholly owned subsidiary of PeopleSoft. The transaction is anticipated to close in the late third or early fourth calendar quarter. The transaction is subject to regulatory review, approval by the respective companies' stockholders and other customary conditions.

The materials contained herein are summary in nature, subject to change, and intended for general information only. These materials reflect current plans for future software or enhancements that may require additional license fees to obtain, and do not represent a commitment by J.D. Edwards to develop or deliver such software or enhancements.

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