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JDA FOCUS 2010 Impressions - Part 1
Last year I attended the JDA FOCUS 2009 conference to realize that Scottsdale, Arizona-based JDA Software (NASDAQ: JDAS) has become a force to be reckoned

k 1 statement  a force to be reckoned with in the vast  supply chain management (SCM)  space. Although far from being a vocal or touchy-feely company, throughout its history JDA has been run fairly effectively by applying basic principles of sound management. These principles of  profits  and prudently spending within its means have been rare in the software business, and JDA’s results have been impressive for a very long time. Throughout most of its history, JDA has also acquired a number of companies that were

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ERP for Services (Non-manufacturing)

Typically, ERP systems designed for services industries offer modules that provide back-office support, customer relationship management, time management, expense management, resource management, and project management capabilities. Depending on the vertical market, additional industry-specific functionality may be included to address unique business requirements. Consequently, project-centric systems for accounting, architecture, construction, engineering, and professional services industries will support project management functionality; whereas health care, field service, distribution, and government systems will support functionality unique to those vertical markets. 

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k 1 statement  that would either be key differentiators or at least could give the bigger tier 1 offerings a run for their money. These would be the Strategic Ledger module, the ability to segment chart of accounts, the Attributes Matrix, an unlimited hierarchy of accounts, integration with Smart Notification, Enterprise Knowledge Management, the Enterprise Performance Management suite, and the connection to desktop programs and to the Enterprise Reporting module. Lawson Human Resources Suite Further, Lawson Human Read More

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