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J.D. Edwards, MicroStrategy Enter Alliance

[Toronto, CANADA] -- J.D. Edwards & Company, a provider of enterprise business-to-business software solutions, and MicroStrategy Incorporated, which develops Intelligent E-Business software, have entered a software licensing and technology agreement which enables J.D. Edwards to offer the MicroStrategy Intelligent E-Business Platform(TM) internationally.

J.D. Edwards' business-to-business software combines MicroStrategy's Intelligent E-Business Platform with capabilities to create a unified solution for data analysis capabilities. MicroStrategy's technology will be integrated through various API layers to create scorecard functionality.

The combined solution is designed to enable companies and decision makers to analyze critical information throughout the extended enterprise to improve operations and understand interactions with customers, suppliers, and within their own business. This ability to view critical data is to lead to better management decisions that increase revenue and drive down operating costs.

"Our goal is to support the decision-making process from business to business across the extended enterprise in an open, collaborative manner to deliver continuous competitive advantage for our customers," said Ed McVaney, president, chief executive officer and chairman of J.D. Edwards. "MicroStrategy's Intelligent E-Business technology combined with our powerful business-to-business engine will offer organizations the ability to receive strategic insight about the operation of their company by delivering the right information to the right employees at the right time no matter where they are."

Customers of the joint solution are to access, analyze, and share information via the Internet, enabling them to work more efficiently and providing the ability to improve the quality of decision-making at every level of the supply chain. The solution is expected to facilitate information sharing in a Web-based environment, making it accessible throughout the extended enterprise in real time. Users are also meant to compare key performance indicators and evaluate the health of their business from a high-level display of data.