Portfolio 2005.1 Features Expanded Workforce and Store Inventory Management Capabilities
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Jan. 17, 2005 -- JDA(R) Software Group Inc. (Nasdaq:JDAS) is launching the fourth synchronized release of JDA Portfolio(R) products at the NRF 94th Annual Convention and EXPO from Jan. 17-19 in New York City. JDA Portfolio 2005.1 features significant new capabilities voted upon by JDA`s global user community for merchandise operations, strategic merchandise management and store systems along with functional, technical, performance and integration enhancements. With the latest innovations in Portfolio Store Systems(TM), NRF participants can learn how to better manage their investment in inventory and labor as well as how to maximize every customer interaction at the JDA Solutions Pavilion (booth #723) and during scheduled presentations in the Microsoft Theater.
"Stores no longer have to operate as an island. JDA has a unique strength in bringing real-time enterprise information from corporate host systems to the store and to their associates. We look forward to showcasing these new capabilities in Portfolio 2005.1," said Peter Charness, JDA`s senior vice president, marketing and chief product officer. "NRF participants will see first-hand how Portfolio Store Systems can greatly improve real-time communications related to critical daily inventory, promotions and labor management between their stores and their headquarters. They`ll also see the future of excellence in customer service by testing touch screen access to actual, real-time item availability and location on the store floor."
Bring Real-Time Enterprise Information to the Store: Portfolio Store Systems
New advancements in Portfolio Store Systems for discussion at NRF include:
-- Portfolio Workforce Management(TM) 2005.1 -- JDA made significant enhancements to nearly every module of this product proven to deliver fast ROI. From its new Java scheduling engine to improved flexibility and accuracy with forecasting and payroll processing, the tens of thousands of PWM users will have better capabilities and information available at their fingertips.
-- Portfolio POS(TM) 2005.1 -- Java-based Portfolio POS (PPOS) delivers broad functionality such as advanced POS and cash register management, real-time enterprisewide inventory visibility, a powerful pricing engine and robust product and customer look-up. JDA has added new functionality in PPOS 2005.1 to help retailers minimize losses due to return fraud which are estimated to be approximately 1 percent of gross sales. PPOS 2005.1 also features new, advanced capabilities for gift receipts.
-- Portfolio BOS(TM) 2004.1 -- In December 2004 JDA expanded its Web Services suite of Portfolio Store Systems with the release of Portfolio BOS(TM), the back-of-store complement for PPOS. Also written in Java, PBOS offers the same user-friendly interface and intuitive screen flow as PPOS, making it as easy to use as a register when managing inventory movement in the store.
-- Win/DSS(R) 2005.1 -- Relied upon by many of its Portfolio Merchandise Management(TM) customers seeking a synchronized host-to-POS offering, JDA delivered several new functional, technical and integration enhancements to its Microsoft Windows-based product.
-- Complete Store Offering -- From round-the-clock help desk support to a reselling unit offering incredible value on the latest hardware models plus integration, installation, and hardware service contracts, JDA is the one-stop shop at NRF for retailers planning to invest in their store operations. JDA also provides award-winning Web-based training classes so sales associates can quickly and conveniently come up to speed on how to use Portfolio Store Systems as their schedules permit.
JDA Customers Drive Latest Enhancements in Portfolio 2005.1
In addition to advancements to Portfolio Store Systems, Portfolio 2005.1 includes the first releases of PortfolioEnabled(TM) products now available on the Microsoft .NET platform as well as advancements to its merchandise operations and strategic merchandise management products. JDA customers can also take advantage of new consulting services, support and education offerings to ensure that every user in their organization gains maximum benefit from their JDA investment.
"Portfolio 2005.1 represents our commitment to product innovation, to our customers` secure future and to exceeding the expectations of the markets that we serve. Because our Investment Protection Program makes PortfolioEnabled applications available to our maintenance paying customers on a like for like basis without additional JDA license fees, we expect significant buy-in from our customer base," said Charness.
"For our customers committed to their current architectures, they can be confident that the solutions in Portfolio 2005.1 simply outdistance any competitive offering available in terms of functionality, quality, robustness, usability and scalability," added Charness.
Improve Performance without Costly Upgrades: Portfolio Merchandise Management
JDA delivered 28 major functional, technical and integration enhancements within the 2005.1 versions of its Portfolio Merchandise Operations products that support corporate inventory control and transaction processing.
Customers of Portfolio Merchandise Management(TM) system, which runs in an open environment on an Oracle 10 database, will benefit from enhancements in Portfolio 2005.1 even if they are not on a recent version. The PMM 2005.1 enhancement package features an additional 46 screen and workflow improvements for use on as many as nine former versions of PMM without having to perform costly upgrades.
Customers of Portfolio Merchandise Management System-I(TM), which runs on the IBM iSeries environment, will value the extensive enhancements made to shorten the nightly operational processing in MMS 2005.1. JDA also made functional enhancements to MMS 2005.1`s Inventory Control, Sales Audit, Accounts Payable and General Ledger modules.
Manage Products from Concept to Shelf: Portfolio Strategic Merchandise Management
JDA`s Strategic Merchandise Management suite can help companies to more effectively and efficiently address all of the complex processes that must occur to get a finished good on the shelf. These processes include planning and assorting merchandise; selecting and staging products; placing product in the demand chain both within the DC and on the store shelf; managing price and promotional strategies to maximize sales and margins and dealing with product flow from distribution center until purchase or clearance. JDA will present in the Microsoft Theater:
-- Monday, Jan. 17 at 10:30 a.m. -- Enabling Advanced Retail Replenishment -- Optimizing Inventory Investment Decisions