S&T and JDA Software enter strategic alliance

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S&T and JDA Software enter the Central and Eastern Europe Demand and Supply Chain Optimisation market

S&T, a leading IT consulting, solutions and services provider, has entered into a strategic Value Added Reseller agreement (VAR) with JDA Software, Inc. in order to reinforce its market position through the promotion, sale and implementation of JDA Softwares leading demand and supply chain solutions in Central and Eastern Europe.

Through this agreement, both companies will join forces to provide a set of software solutions and services capable of addressing the infrastructure and demand and supply chain solution needs of national and international retailers, wholesalers and consumer goods manufacturers. This agreement covers mature markets in countries such as Germany, Austria and Switzerland, as well as fast-growing emerging markets in countries such as Russia, Poland, Bulgaria, Romania and Turkey.

S&T CEO Christian Rosner, said, S&T provides comprehensive IT strategies, business processes and systems for large and medium enterprises that create sustainable value for our customers. S&T and JDA Software combine more than 4,600 specialists in more than 50 countries. We are able to utilize our combined competencies specifically for our manufacturing and retail clients. Both companies have extensive industry expertise and many years of project experience. Together we can serve our clients in the best possible way, with internationally recognised software as well as consulting and implementation expertise. We have already invested in skilled resources in Russia, as the country is moving forward to become the number one European retail market within four years "

Retail and Related Industries Investing Substantially in IT Solutions

Marketing research company PAC expects the consumer goods and retail industries, which are under strong pressure in terms of costs and competition, to see above average investment in IT solutions in 2008*. Investment will be mainly directed towards increased process automation, planning optimisation, merchandise and transport management solutions, as well as business intelligence solutions to facilitate the collection and analysis of client data.

With S&T as our strategic ally, we will be able to profitably expand JDAs presence in both mature and fast-growing emerging markets, providing access to industry-leading solutions suited to the market needs, explains Arnaud Decarsin, JDA Software regional vice president, EMEA. JDAs unmatched merchandise and demand and supply chain optimisation solution suite will also help S&T to satisfy and further expand its SAP ERP client base by offering deeper end-to-end functionalities, better optimization and true value-add to its ERP solutions, which will result in maximised benefits, savings and operational improvements for its customers.

 
About JDA Software Group Inc.

JDA Software Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: JDAS) is focused on helping companies realize real supply chain and revenue management results fast. JDA Software delivers integrated merchandising as well as supply chain and revenue management planning, execution, and optimization solutions for the consumer-driven supply chain and services industries. Through its industry leading solutions, leading manufacturers, distributors, retailers and services companies around the world are growing their businesses with greater predictability and more profitably. JDA Software is headquartered in Arizona (USA) and has more than 1 500 employees, serving 5 500 customers in 60 countries. JDA achieved sales of US$ 277.5 million in 2006.

About S&T

S&T, with around 3 100 employees and sales of 461.3 million (in 2006), is the leading provider of IT consulting, IT solutions and IT services for clients in the CEE and DACH regions as well as in Asia. Together with IMG, acquired in spring 2007, the group of companies is successfully present in 22 countries with around 80 branches. S&Ts core business is the consulting, development, implementation and the operation of tailor-made IT solutions, processes and systems. S&T supports large and medium-sized businesses along the whole IT value added chain. In particular, S&T turns to companies in the manufacturing industry, the telecommunications industry, in public administration, to retail, financial services providers and energy providers as well as to companies in the automobile trade and to the aviation and defense industries. S&T is headquartered in Vienna and has been listed on the Vienna Stock Exchange since 2003.

*PAC: Handel holt IT-Investitionen nach, Computerwoche, 10 February, 2007.

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