JDA Software's Connect 2010 (October 18-20th) Supply Chain Conference to feature more than 35 customer-led sessions

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JDA Software Group, Inc., The Supply Chain Company, has announced that JDAConnect 2010, JDA Software's annual conference tailored primarily for customers throughout Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA), will feature more than 65 thought-provoking sessions including over 35 customer-led sessions highlighting strategies and successes involving supply chain software solutions from across the entire JDA family of acquired brands including i2, Manugistics, E3, Intactix and Arthur.

More than 340 professionals from a broad range of industries including process and discrete manufacturing, retail, transportation and wholesale distribution will gather at this year's conference to share industry insights, best practices for supply chain planning, strategies to optimize business processes, as well as drive cost efficiencies across the enterprise and maximise ROI. JDA's annual conference will be held October 18-20, 2010 at The Dorint Hotel in Amsterdam.

The theme for JDAConnect 2010, Leading Supply Chain Excellence, reflects the core of JDA's mission to help customers achieve supply chain excellence with quantifiable results through advanced solutions backed by comprehensive services.

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At JDAConnect 2010, attendees will have access to an unparalleled range of retail, supply chain and transportation management knowledge from those who know it best: JDA customers and solutions experts. Attendees can learn about JDA's vision for the future and company strategy, including how the addition of i2 Technologies' best-in-class supply chain solutions and services makes JDA one of the world's most comprehensive supply chain software companies.

JDAConnect 2010 will also feature special interest group (SIG) sessions and customer forums, an exhibition area where conference attendees can network, one-on-one meetings with partners and JDA solution experts, as well as opportunities to gain additional knowledge of leading solutions and services. Attendees can spend time in the JDA demo area to experience firsthand the latest innovations to maximise the value of their JDA investment. Numerous breakout sessions will be offered in the areas of retail, consumer industries, pharmaceutical and life science, high-tech and semiconductor, metals, transportation and network design, as well as a number of sessions on specific JDA solutions.

"JDAConnect 2010 is our opportunity to engage companies in an open dialogue to better understand their plans for integrated planning and execution, provide real-world insight to leverage industry-leading strategies, as well as share innovative ways for customers to adapt and manage their businesses in today's uncertain marketplace," said Jason Zintak, JDA Software's executive vice president of sales and marketing. "JDAConnect attendees will gain a clear understanding that JDA's solutions and services can help deliver a competitive advantage, support total business transformation, address the economic and supply chain challenges affecting today's businesses and drive quantifiable results."

Companies presenting at the conference span the discrete and process manufacturing, transportation, retail and wholesale distribution industries from the Americas, EMEA and Asia-Pacific regions. A sample of the companies presenting at this year's conference include: Ace Hardware, Stanley Black & Decker Hardware & Home Improvement, Barilla SpA, Blue Square-Israel Ltd., Caprabo SA, Caterpillar Ltd., Doosan Corporation, Energizer SA, Essar Steel Ltd., Gambro Lundia AB, Groupe Casino, HeidelbergCement AG, JFE Steel Corporation, Kimberly-Clark Corporation, LG Electronics, Mars, Inc., Massdiscounters, Merck Serono SA, Oriflame Cosmetics SA, PepsiCo, Procter & Gamble, Robert Dyas Ltd., ST Microelectronics, Tata Steel, Tnuva Central Coop, Woolworths South Africa and more. Industry thought leaders and key sponsors presenting at the conference include Accenture, Capgemini, Gartner Group, Inc. and Hewlett-Packard.

Keynotes will be delivered by JDA President and CEO Hamish Brewer, and Santiago Kraiselburd, professor of Supply Chain Management, MIT - Zaragoza International. Brewer will offer a state-of-the-company address outlining JDA's company vision and strategy. Kraiselburd will share insight on why shareholders should care about supply chain management.

By attending JDAConnect 2010, companies can leverage industry best practices, learn how to optimise every link in the extended supply chain and discover ways to achieve quantifiable business results through improved supply chain performance.

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