JDA Focus 2011 to feature over 200 super sessions, breakout sessions and special interest group meetings

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JDA Software Group, Inc, the supply chain company, has announced that Focus 2011, the company's 21st annual global conference, will feature more than 200 content-rich Super Sessions, Breakout Sessions and Special Interest Group Meetings covering the manufacturing, wholesale distribution, transportation and retail industries. Focus 2011will be held 1-4 May at the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort in Orlando, Florida.

The theme for Focus 2011 Anticipate and Deliver Your Promise reflects JDA's commitment to helping its customers deliver on the promises they make to their customers, suppliers and manufacturing partners each day. The theme also underscores JDA's commitment to innovation, ensuring that its solutions continue to provide companies with unmatched value and bottom-line results.
Compelling Keynotes and General Session Presentations
Focus 2011 General Session keynote presentations feature JDA leaders as well as highly regarded executives from some of the world's leading companies. The presenters include:
JDA President and CEO Hamish Brewer, whose "state of the company" address will outline JDA's vision for the future as "The Supply Chain Company."  He'll discuss how the company's successful growth strategy has positioned JDA as the only end-to-end supply chain solutions provider, with offerings that range from the manufacturer to the retail shelf.
Meg Whitman, president and CEO of eBay (1998-2008), who will discuss the difficulties of managing innovation across large organisations and what leaders need to know to foster an environment where good ideas are cultivated, developed and executed. She will also discuss the importance of looking outside traditional avenues to put organisations on the path to sustainable growth.
Kevin O'Marah, group vice president, Supply Chain Research, Gartner, will discuss the future of supply chain and the best practices used by leading companies today.  He will then moderate a panel discussion featuring the following JDA customers:

- Karl Martin, director, consumer and retail, Dell
- LeRoy Allen, senior vice president, logistics, Lowe's Companies
- Dennis Mullahy, group vice president, merchandise planning and supply chain, Meijer
- Louise Tang, director, customer supply chain operations, Sony
- Wilfred Eijpen, director, supply chain, Stanley Black & Decker
Event to Showcase Customer Excellence and Strategies that Deliver Bottom-Line Results
FOCUS 2011 will feature more than 80 customer-led presentations, 30 Special Interest Group (SIG) meetings and 20 hands-on workshops. FOCUS is designed to offer attendees best-practice knowledge, one-on-one training from JDA solution experts and the opportunity to network with industry peers, supply chain experts, technology partners and more. Recipients of the 2011 Real Results Award will also be honoured.
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 companies presenting at this year's conference include: Coca-Cola Bottling Company Consolidated, Cypress Semiconductor, Dr Pepper Snapple Group, Glazer's, Grupo Modelo S.A. de C.V./ Corona Beer, HAVI Global Solutions, Hastings Entertainment, Hudson Group, Kraft Foods, L.L. Bean, Lowe's Companies, Mars, Incorporated, Marvell Technology Group Ltd., Maxim Integrated Products, Mayo Clinic, Nestl DSD, ON Semiconductor, Sears Holdings Corporation, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, and xpedx to name a few. 

The Innovation Zone: The Hub of Supply Chain Excellence at FOCUS 2011
As the hub of supply chain excellence at FOCUS 2011, the world-class Innovation Zone expo hall will provide attendees with a first-hand look at proven solutions and innovative approaches to many of their supply chain, merchandising and pricing challenges. Conference attendees can network, schedule one-on-one meetings with partners and JDA solution experts, and gain additional knowledge of leading solutions and services. Attendees can spend time with industry-leading solution providers as they demonstrate the latest innovations that maximize the value of their JDA investment as well as sign up for a complimentary 30-minute Ask-the-Expert session to receive recommendations on how to address their company's specific business needs.  Key sponsors of FOCUS 2011 include RPE, this year's Platinum sponsor, along with the following Gold-level sponsors: Accenture, Capgemini, Columbus Consulting International, Google, HCL Technologies, HP, IBM and Intel. Silver sponsors include: ACI Worldwide, CopiaMobile, Gladson, Honeywell Scanning & Mobility, IntelliChief, Kurt Salmon, MEB Consulting, NCR Corporation, Oliver Wight, Plan4Demand, Planalytics, Spinnaker, Tata Consultancy Services, TDX Tech, Tender Retail, Toshiba, and Vaco Supply Chain Solutions and Vertex Inc.

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