I am thrilled to announce to our Supply Chain Matters readers that JDA Software is our new Lead level sponsor of this blog in 2015.  JDA_250_124

We are pleased that this innovative technology provider has chosen to associate itself to the ongoing global supply chain focused thought leadership being provided by Supply Chain Matters to our global-based supply chain and IT focused community of readers.

JDA Software is a well-recognized best-of-breed provider of end-to-end, integrated supply chain planning and execution applications for more than 4,000 customers worldwide. Since its founding nearly 30 years ago, JDA’s unique applications have empowered various industry supply chain customers to achieve more by optimizing costs, increasing revenue and enhancing time to value.

This Editor and supply chain industry analyst has been following JDA and its collection of technology applications since the late 1990’s from the early notions of dot.com online commerce, to the market explosion of Omni-channel online and brick-and-mortar retail. With the past acquisitions of the former i2 Technologies, E3, Manugistics, RedPrairie and other supply chain planning, execution and technology providers, JDA has consistently increased is multi-industry capabilities in supply chain planning, execution, multi-channel customer fulfillment, collaboration and more predictive planning capabilities.

A timeline depicting the history, profile and capabilities of JDA today can be viewed at this JDA web link.

In conjunction with JDA’s 2015 sponsorship, we are further pleased to announce an upcoming series of blog commentaries hosted by both the Supply Chain Matters and JDA’s Supply Chain Nation blogs that will focus deeper into industry-specific supply chain planning, execution and customer fulfillment challenges, a market education series introducing new supply chain advanced technology and predictive analytics concepts including the opportunities for integrating planning and execution processes for more timely decision-making. We have additional plans to feature an interview series where this Editor will speak with supply chain industry as well as technology focused executives on how technology is delivering value within different industry settings.

We extend sincere appreciation to JDA for recognizing Supply Chain Matters as a destination of independent thought leadership in supply chain management, manufacturing and product lifecycle management focused business process and information technology.

Bob Ferrari, Founder and Executive Editor