J.D. Edwards to Deliver E-Commerce Solutions Based on Microsoft Site Server Commerce Edition and BizTalk Framework

DENVER, May 19, 1999 — At Focus ’99, Microsoft Corp. and J.D. Edwards & Co. today announced that J.D. Edwards intends to deliver e-commerce solutions based on Microsoft® Site Server 3.0 Commerce Edition and the BizTalk TM framework. Building on the success Microsoft and J.D. Edwards have realized with OneWorld TM on the Microsoft BackOffice® platform, including the Microsoft Windows NT® Server operating system and Microsoft SQL Server TM , the two companies are extending their relationship to break down traditional communication barriers on the Internet that result from transacting business through disparate technology systems, and to provide powerful e-commerce solutions to customers.

J.D. Edwards will integrate Site Server 3.0 Commerce Edition into OneWorld, its enterprise business software, to provide Internet-enabled “storefronts.” This will allow J.D. Edwards’ customers to extend their reach in the marketplace by conducting business-to-consumer selling and customer service over the Internet with transactions flowing directly into OneWorld. J.D. Edwards will also integrate OneWorld with the next version of Site Server Commerce Edition, Microsoft Commerce Server.

“At Amherst Corporate Computer Sales and Solutions, our innovative electronic-commerce strategy, CustomCommerce, is crucial to our competitive advantage and market leadership. Amherst’s electronic-commerce goal is to extend comprehensive business-to-business functionality to customers and prospects, to substantially reduce their technology acquisition costs, increase their profitability, and improve customer service and satisfaction levels,” said Kevin Hall, CIO and vice president of MIS at Amherst Corporate Computer Sales and Solutions. “Microsoft Site Server Commerce Edition tightly integrated with the real-time J.D. Edwards OneWorld ERP system gives us the best-of-breed platform we need to keep CustomCommerce on the cutting edge of business-to-business e-commerce.”

In addition, J.D. Edwards is working with Microsoft and industry consortia to define BizTalk Extensible Markup Language (XML) schemas, which will allow users to access OneWorld functionality and data. These schemas will provide XML-based access to OneWorld APIs, such as Business Functions; business events, such as electronic data interchange (EDI) input; and system management functionality, such as batch scheduling. BizTalk will enable OneWorld customers to communicate with their suppliers and partners over the Internet, and to perform business transactions regardless of the platform technology underlying each company’s systems.

J.D. Edwards unveiled its ActivEra TM Portal today (available in fall 1999), which runs on Microsoft Internet Information Server (IIS) and Windows NT Server technology. This technology enables the ActivEra Portal to give organizations the ability to personalize applications and services, as well as integration tools for content management and trading communities to further allow collaboration among customers, suppliers and partners.

“Microsoft and J.D. Edwards have built a relationship over the years that gives us the opportunity to offer continually improving benefits to our mutual customers,” said Jeff Raikes, group vice president of Worldwide Sales and Support at Microsoft. “J.D. Edwards’ commitment to integrating Site Server Commerce Edition into OneWorld demonstrates its dedication to providing customers with the strongest platform technology available for conducting business over the Internet today. This combination will provide customers with a cost-effective, end-to-end solution that integrates the Internet storefront with back-office fulfillment.”

“Our goal is to provide customers with a flexible and dynamic e-commerce software solution that allows them to rapidly put their ideas into action in order to achieve competitive advantage and speed time to market,” said Don Beck, vice president of Strategic Alliances at J.D. Edwards. “By integrating OneWorld with Site Server Commerce Edition, we will help businesses deploy and manage business-to-consumer, corporate-purchasing and supply-chain management. This integration also includes a comprehensive set of server components, management tools and sample sites to significantly reduce development time and costs.”

About J.D. Edwards

J.D. Edwards provides Idea to Action TM software for managing the enterprise and supply chain. The company’s integrated applications give customers control over their front office, manufacturing, logistics and distribution, human resources, and finance processes for the consumer products, industrial and services industries. J.D. Edwards enables Idea to Action with ActivEra, a collection of tools and technologies that extend the J.D. Edwards SCOREX and AIMX supply chain solutions, and OneWorld and WorldSoftware TM enterprise business software. ActivEra allows customers to change their enterprise software quickly and easily during and after implementation. The company’s solutions operate in multiple computing environments, including Windows NT, UNIX and OS/400, and are Java- and HTML-enabled.

Founded in 1977, J.D. Edwards & Company (Nasdaq “JDEC”) is headquartered in Denver and posted fiscal 1998 revenues of $934 million. Additional information can be obtained by e-mailing www.pid@jdedwards.com or via the Internet at www.jdedwards.com.

About Site Server Commerce Edition

Microsoft Site Server Commerce Edition is a comprehensive Internet commerce server – optimized for Microsoft Windows NT Server – that enables businesses to engage and transact with customers and partners online cost-effectively for both business-to-consumer and business-to-business applications.

About BizTalk

Introduced in March, BizTalk is a new cross-platform e-commerce framework that helps make it easier for businesses to integrate applications and conduct business over the Internet with trading partners and customers. The BizTalk framework is based on new XML schema and industry standards that enable integration across industries and between business systems, regardless of platform, operating system or underlying technology. The newly created XML specification will provide streamlined, accelerated and easy-to-use business processes and eliminate current system boundaries; help companies create more online business; and increase the opportunity to communicate and cooperate with other companies.

About Microsoft

Founded in 1975, Microsoft (Nasdaq “MSFT”) is the worldwide leader in software for personal computers. The company offers a wide range of products and services for business and personal use, each designed with the mission of making it easier and more enjoyable for people to take advantage of the full power of personal computing every day.

Microsoft, BizTalk, BackOffice and Windows NT are either registered trademarks or trademarks of Microsoft Corp. in the United States and/or other countries.

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