The supply chain software provider JDA Software last week released its integrated product roadmap following its merger with fellow provider RedPrairie in December.
“From the onset, we knew product integrations for JDA and RedPrairie had to go beyond business as usual to create a solutions portfolio that is transformative to our customers and the industry as a whole,” said Jean-Francois Gagne, chief product officer for JDA. “Instead of inward-facing analysis to determine the product roadmap, we put our customers at the center of every decision. The end result is an integration, innovation and development path prioritized by six key solution areas and underscored by the universal advantages of integrated planning and execution, improved supplier collaboration and cloud-readiness that resonate across our customer base.”
The integration affects the more than 130 products in the JDA portfolio.
JDA said the solution areas (retail planning, retail execution, commerce, warehouse, transportation and manufacturing/distribution) are based on its customers’ greatest challenges and where the company can offer the most value. With JDA's portfolio, customers can reduce their total cost of ownership and implementation headaches by partnering with a single provider that can optimize the flow of goods from raw materials to finished products and into the hands of consumers – through any channel.
The most significant of the integration is the planned first quarter 2014 rollout of the combined planning and execution offering of JDA’s supply chain planning (SCP) solutions and transportation management system (TMS) with RedPrairie’s warehouse management system (WMS).
“Since there was minimal overlap in the JDA and RedPrairie solution portfolios, the integration process allowed us to address questions such as: What planning and execution integrations will create the fastest speed to value for our customers? What are the technology innovations that are not only going to give our customers competitive advantage today, but also in 5-10 years?” said John Kopcke, JDA's executive vice president and chief technology officer.
JDA Chief Executive Officer Hamish Brewer said the company will support all products through the product integration, a point he emphasized at the company’s user conference in May.
“Customers will be given the opportunity to transition and upgrade based on their business needs and timelines consistent with JDA’s standard upgrade processes and cycles,” Brewer said. - Eric Johnson