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JDA Partners with Microsoft to Power Data-Driven Digital Transformations in the Cloud

JDA to build cognitive SaaS solutions on Microsoft Azure to deliver an intelligent, Autonomous Supply Chain to customers


Scottsdale, Ariz.
August 01, 2018

JDA Software, Inc., today announced a strategic partnership with Microsoft to enable JDA to build cognitive SaaS solutions on the market-leading Microsoft Azure cloud platform. This will, in turn, accelerate JDA’s vision to deliver an Autonomous Supply ChainTM through an infusion of advanced, intelligent cloud platform capabilities. This partnership further advances JDA’s innovation initiatives along with its recently announced definitive agreement to acquire Blue Yonder.  Blue Yonder is a market leader in artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) solutions for retail and supply chain. These announcements support JDA’s strategy to develop more cognitive and connected solutions to power digital transformations and create competitive advantage for its customers.

“JDA’s supply chain solutions provide a faster response to demand signals from consumers, cognitive insights, and intelligent decisions based on edge sensors. Microsoft Azure will fuel our ongoing SaaS momentum as JDA applications deliver seamless customer experiences across cloud, on-premise, and edge solutions,” said Girish Rishi, chief executive officer, JDA. “Our strategic partnership with Microsoft accelerates JDA ‘s mission as the supply chain platform company, enabling our broad ecosystem of joint partners and developers to further leverage our AI/ML-based solutions.”

Scott Guthrie, executive vice president, Microsoft Cloud + AI Group, Microsoft said, “Microsoft Azure is driving new levels of organizational productivity and intelligent data-driven experiences, making it the ideal platform to bring JDA’s vision of an Autonomous Supply Chain to life. The powerful combination of JDA’s proven applications with Azure will empower customers to take advantage of real-time insights for smarter business decisions and profitable business growth.”

Victoria Brown, research manager, IDC said, “This partnership between established, trusted providers, uniting cloud services via Microsoft Azure, and supply chain via JDA addresses a gap in the supply chain ecosystem as cloud becomes a prerequisite for enterprises today as they embark on their digital supply chain transformations. Cloud-based supply chain deployments account for only about 40 percent of deployments today, and this new, trusted partnership could send that on an upward trajectory quite quickly.”

JDA’s solutions optimize the entire supply chain from end to end – from supplier to factory, transportation network to warehouse, store to consumer – through its market-leading solutions offerings. JDA is the only company named a leader by Gartner across all five Magic Quadrants that cover supply chain and retail merchandising solutions.  Joining forces with Microsoft for go-to-market and the development of forthcoming JDA SaaS solutions on the Azure platform will reap a number of immediate benefits to JDA’s more than 4,000 customers, including in the following key areas.

JDA to build cognitive, connected SaaS solutions on Azure

  • This partnership accelerates JDA’s SaaS solutions roadmap including those next generation solutions built on JDA LuminateTM, JDA’s next generation cognitive, connected supply chain platform
  • JDA’s customers will be able to tap into Microsoft’s large global footprint and global alliances network, while leveraging Azure’s large compliance portfolio, embedded security, enterprise-grade service level agreements, and industry-leading support.

JDA and Microsoft go to market together to digitally transform supply chain and retail operations

  • The companies will join forces in the market to drive digital transformations across key verticals such as retail, manufacturing and logistics with their combined solution portfolios
  • JDA’s leading supply chain and retail solutions highly complement Microsoft’s enterprise business application solutions and will now serve as the cornerstone to Microsoft’s supply chain practice offerings

JDA Luminate ControlTower TM is  the first solution built on Azure

  • JDA’s SaaS roadmap includes a first-of-its-kind digital control tower — JDA Luminate ControlTower – a virtual decision center that provides real-time, 24/7 end-to-end visibility into global supply chains that will serve as the nerve center of their operations and identify bottlenecks and propose resolutions before they occur
  • Using Azure as the development platform for JDA Luminate ControlTower will accelerate JDA’s ability to deliver this key component of the autonomous supply chain.

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About JDA Software, Inc.

JDA Software is the leading supply chain software provider powering today’s digital transformations. We help companies optimize delivery to customers by enabling them to predict and shape demand, fulfill faster and more intelligently, and improve customer experiences and loyalty.  More than 4,000 global customers use our unmatched end-to-end software and SaaS solutions to unify and shorten their supply chains, increase speed of execution, and profitably deliver to their customers.  Our world-class client roster includes 75 of the top 100 retailers, 77 of the top 100 consumer goods companies, and 8 of the top 10 global 3PLs.  Running JDA, you can plan to deliverwww.jda.com

 

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SAP and Accenture collaborate on entitlement management platform

SAP and Accenture are teaming to deliver an intelligent entitlement management application intended to help companies build and deploy new business models.

Entitlement management applications help companies grant, enforce and administer customer access entitlements (which are usually referred to as authorizations, privileges, access right, or permissions) to data, devices and services — including embedded software applications — from a single platform.

The new SAP Entitlement Management allows organizations to dynamically change individual customer access rights and install renewal automation capabilities in applications, according to SAP. This means they can create new offerings that use flexible pricing structures.

The new platform’s entitlement management and embedded analytics integrate with SAP S/4HANA’s commerce and order management functions, which according to SAP, can help organizations create new revenue streams and get new products and services to market faster.

Accenture will provide consulting, system development and integration, application implementation, and analytics capabilities to the initiative.

“As high-tech companies rapidly transition from stand-alone products to highly connected platforms, they are under mounting pressure to create and scale new intelligent and digital business models,” said David Sovie, senior managing director of Accenture’s high-tech practice, in a press release. “The solution Accenture is developing with SAP will help enable our clients to pivot to as-a-service business models that are more flexible and can be easily customized.”

SAP and Accenture go on the defense

SAP and Accenture also unveiled a new platform that provides digital transformation technology and services for defense and security organizations.

The digital defense platform is based in S/4HANA and contains advanced analytics capabilities, and allows more use of digital applications by military personnel. It includes simulations and analytics applications intended to help defense and security organizations plan and run operations efficiently and be able to respond quickly to changing operating environments, according to SAP and Accenture.

“This solution gives defense agencies the capabilities to operate in challenging and fast-changing geo-political environments that require an intelligent platform with deployment agility, increased situational awareness and industry-specific capabilities,” said Antti Kolehmainen, Accenture’s managing director of defense business, in a press release.

The platform provides data-driven insights intended to help leaders make better decisions, and it enables cross-enterprise data integration in areas like personnel, military supply chain, equipment maintenance, finances and real estate.

IoT integration will enable defense agencies to connect devices that can collect and exchange data. The digital defense platform technology is available to be deployed on premises or in the cloud, according to the companies.

“The next-generation defense solution will take advantage of the technology capabilities of SAP S/4HANA and Accenture’s deep defense industry knowledge to help defense agencies build and deploy solutions more easily and cost-effectively and at the same time enable the digital transformation in defense,” said Isabella Groegor-Cechowicz, SAP’s global general manager of public services, in a press release.

New application and customer experience tool for SAP environments

AppDynamics (a Cisco company) has unveiled a new application and customer experience monitoring software product for SAP environments.

AppDynamics for SAP provides visibility into SAP applications and customer experiences via code-level insights into customer taps, swipes and clicks, according to AppDynamics. This helps companies understand the performance of SAP applications and databases, as well as the code impact on customers and business applications.

To satisfy customer expectations, [the modern enterprise] needs to meet the demands of an agile, digital business, while also maintaining and operating essential core systems.
Thomas Wyattchief strategy officer, AppDynamics

“The modern enterprise is in a challenging position,” said Thomas Wyatt, AppDynamics’ chief strategy officer, in a press release. “To satisfy customer expectations, it needs to meet the demands of an agile, digital business, while also maintaining and operating essential core systems.”

AppDynamics for SAP allows companies to collaborate around business transactions, using a unit of measurement that automatically reveals customers’ interactions with applications. They can then identify and map transactions flowing between each customer-facing application and systems of records — SAP ERP or CRM systems that include complex integration layers, such as SAP Process Integration and SAP Process Orchestration.

AppDynamics for SAP includes ABAP code-level diagnostics and native ABAP agent monitoring that provides insights into SAP environments with code and database performance monitoring, dynamic baselines, and transaction snapshots when performance deviates from the norm. It also includes intelligent alerting to IT based on health rules and baselines that are automatically set for key performance metrics on every business transaction. Intelligent alerting policies integrate with existing enterprise workflow tools, including ServiceNow, PagerDuty and JIRA.

This means that companies can understand dependencies across the entire digital business and baseline, identify, and isolate the root causes of problems before they affect customers. AppDynamics for SAP also helps companies to plan SAP application migrations to the cloud and monitor user experiences post-migration, according to AppDynamics.

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BlackBerry and Microsoft partner to empower the mobile workforce

Companies deliver seamless Mobile App experience and policy compliance; BlackBerry Secure platform now available on Azure

WATERLOO, ONTARIO and REDMOND, Wash. – March 19, 2018 BlackBerry Limited (NYSE: BB; TSX: BB) and Microsoft Corp. (NASDAQ: MSFT) today announced a strategic partnership to offer enterprises a solution that integrates BlackBerry’s expertise in mobility and security with Microsoft’s unmatched cloud and productivity products.

BlackBerry logoThrough this partnership, the companies have collaborated on a first-of-its-kind solution: BlackBerry Enterprise BRIDGE. This technology provides a highly-secure way for their joint customers – the world’s largest banks, healthcare providers, law firms, and central governments – to seamlessly use native Microsoft mobile apps from within BlackBerry Dynamics.

By making Microsoft’s mobile apps seamlessly available from within BlackBerry Dynamics, enterprise users will now have a consistent experience when opening, editing, and saving a Microsoft Office 365 file such as Excel, PowerPoint, and Word on any iOS® or Android™ device. This enables users to work anytime, anyplace, with rich file fidelity. At the same time, corporate IT departments benefit from a greater return on their existing investments, and added assurance that their company’s data and privacy is secured to the highest standards and in compliance with corporate and regulatory policies.

“BlackBerry has always led the market with new and innovative ways to protect corporate data on mobile devices,” said Carl Wiese, president of Global Sales at BlackBerry. “We saw a need for a hyper-secure way for our joint customers to use native Office 365 mobile apps. BlackBerry Enterprise BRIDGE addresses this need and is a great example of how BlackBerry and Microsoft continue to securely enable workforces to be highly productive in today’s connected world.”

Microsoft logo“In an era when digital technology is driving rapid transformation, customers are looking for a trusted partner,” said Judson Althoff, executive vice president of Worldwide Commercial Business at Microsoft. “Our customers choose Microsoft 365 for productivity and collaboration tools that deliver continuous innovation, and do so securely. Together with BlackBerry, we will take this to the next level and provide enterprises with a new standard for secure productivity.”

“Along with a number of our peers in the Financial Services industry, we see strategic partnerships like this one as key to enhancing and bringing new products to market,” said George Sherman, Managing Director, CIO Global Technology Infrastructure, JPMorgan Chase. “This partnership will help create a more seamless mobile experience for end-users, which is a top priority for us at JPMorgan Chase.”

Lastly, the companies shared that the BlackBerry Secure platform for connecting people, devices, processes and systems, has been integrated with the Microsoft Azure cloud platform. Specifically, BlackBerry UEM Cloud, BlackBerry Workspaces, BlackBerry Dynamics, and BlackBerry AtHoc are now available on Azure.

To learn more, please visit  BlackBerry.com.

About Microsoft

Microsoft (Nasdaq “MSFT” @microsoft) is the leading platform and productivity company for the mobile-first, cloud-first world, and its mission is to empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more.

About BlackBerry

BlackBerry is a cybersecurity software and services company dedicated to securing the Enterprise of Things. Based in Waterloo, Ontario, the company was founded in 1984 and operates in North America, Europe, Asia, Australia, Middle East, Latin America and Africa. The Company trades under the ticker symbol “BB” on the Toronto Stock Exchange and New York Stock Exchange. For more information, visit www.BlackBerry.com.

BlackBerry and related trademarks, names and logos are the property of BlackBerry Limited and are registered and/or used in the U.S. and countries around the world. All other marks are the property of their respective owners. BlackBerry is not responsible for any third-party products or services.

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Free course targets candidates for network engineering jobs

Get prepared for a high-paying IT job. Deliver clean drinking water to developing countries.

That’s the pitch from newly opened IT training company NexGenT, which is offering a course that prepares budding tech workers for a networking certification exam for as little as a $5 donation.

The San Jose, Calif., startup partnered with Charity: Water, a nonprofit that funds clean-water initiatives worldwide, hoping to rake in donations — and new business, said NexGenT’s David Torres, who goes by the title of growth marketer.

The monthlong course, which has a list price of $997, gets help desk technicians, network admins or other IT apprentices ready for CompTIA’s Network+ certification, a useful, but not mandatory, credential for getting network engineering jobs.

“It not only prepares you and helps you get a job, but it also gives you a very strong general foundation of networking,” Torres said. Whether the recently launched two-in-one freebie — jumpstart an IT career and help provide safe drinking water to people in need — will prove irresistible is an open question.

In any case, people who take NexGenT up on its course-for-donation offer can enroll, schedule a Network+ examination date with CompTIA, pass it and, the industry organization holds, confidently put themselves out on the market. But they will also get pitched NexGenT’s flagship offering, Zero to Engineer, an intensive, $12,500 online program designed to get people ready for an IT career in three to six months, no matter what their level of competency.

Network engineer boot camp
Students take part in a five-day network engineering boot camp at NexGenT’s San Jose, Calif., campus in April.

One word: Networks

Network engineering — planning and designing the computer networks that support the flow of data and communication and, essentially, enable modern organizations to function — is NexGenT’s educational focus at a time when the astronomic popularity of coding boot camps has shown signs of leveling off amid shifting employer demand. The network, Torres said, is where a lot of tech’s future lies — with the expected millions upon millions of devices that will hook into the internet of things in the future, “we need more people that know how to manage all this information.”

According to a CompTIA study on IT skills, released in May, companies are having the most trouble attracting and retaining emerging tech skills such as artificial intelligence and automation, with 59% of companies seeing a moderate or significant skills gap. In software development, it’s 55%. The shortage is less acute for network engineering and systems administrator jobs, with 44% of companies having trouble pinning down the right skills — but a skills gap is a skills gap.

And the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports there will be a 6% increase in the number of network and systems admin jobs between 2016 and 2026, close to the 7% average projected growth of all jobs together.

NexGenT aims to not just widen the pool of people poised for network engineering jobs but to also bolster the skills themselves by turning out “full-stack network engineers,” which it describes as IT pros with a mastery of core routing and switching but also cybersecurity, cloud, automation, virtualization and voice over IP.

Network engineer boot camp
NexGenT co-founder Jacob Hess (right) speaks with Edgar Montes, a student in a five-day network engineering boot camp at the training company’s campus in San Jose, Calif.

Gunning for $100K

The company’s goal is to get people to “break the six-digit salary figure as soon as possible,” Torres said. That can be done in four years, he said — and with network engineers bringing in an average starting salary of $70,147, according to salary and benefits website PayScale, that seems doable.

NexGenT also wants its students to land network engineering jobs without racking up a huge amount of school debt. The flagship course costs $12,500 for its online-only modules that include the ins and outs of IT architecture and networking, protocols and technologies, a keystone networking project and a community of mentors. For $15,500, students can add a five-day boot camp at the San Jose campus, where they will set up, configure and secure networking equipment.

The cost isn’t peanuts, but it’s low compared with the tens of thousands of dollars in loans students are leaving college with today. The company offers discounts and payment plans to help with tuition, Torres said.

Military, NFL pedigree

NexGenT was founded by Terry Kim and Jacob Hess, who were IT instructors in the U.S. Air Force, training people “who in most cases didn’t have any IT experience, to be ready to work on tactical networks in just a few months,” Hess said in a statement.

The company graduated from startup accelerator AngelPad and got seed funding from Liquid 2 Ventures, an investment fund run by former NFL quarterback Joe Montana.

The Zero to Engineer program has 143 students. The company hasn’t posted a job placement rate yet, since students are still in the program, which started in February. There are success stories on its website, though, Torres said — they belong to graduates of a beta-version course offered last year. And there’s Kevin Lee, a project manager who had “absolutely zero experience” in IT and is now a network engineer at Samsung.

The Network+ course, meanwhile, has drawn 110 people since the offer launched earlier this month, and NexGenT will be ramping up its online and social media ad campaigns in coming weeks.