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JDA FOCUS 2010 Impressions - Part 2
Part 1 of this blog series talked about my attendance of the JDA FOCUS 2010 conference on the heels of the recent merger between JDA Software (NASDAQ: JDAS) and

o part 4  FOCUS 2010 Impressions - Part 2 Part 1 of this blog series  talked about my attendance of  the JDA FOCUS 2010 conference  on the  heels of the recent merger between JDA Software  (NASDAQ: JDAS) and i2 Technologies . The article first discussed the different geneses and cultures of the two merging parties. One major outcome of the conference was JDA’s unveiled plan to converge most of its existing and acquired product sets. To that end, JDA pledged several key commitments to its customers,

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