JDA Software

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JDA Software Group, Inc.
Industry Supply Chain Management
Manufacturing Planning
Retail Planning
Store Operations
Collaborative Category Management
Founded 1985
Founder James Donald Armstrong and Frederick M. Pakis
Number of locations
Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, India, Italy, Japan, Korea, Mexico, Norway, China, Philippines, Poland, Russia, Singapore, South Africa, Sweden, Taiwan, The Netherlands, United Kingdom, USA
Area served
Key people
Bal Dail
(Chief Executive Officer)
Marc Levine
(Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer)
Serge Massicotte
(Executive Vice President, Chief Technology Officer)
Enrique (Quique) Rodriquez
(Executive Vice President, Chief Sales Officer)
Kevin Iaquinto
(Executive Vice President, Chief Marketing Officer)
Brian Boylan
(Executive Vice President, Chief Human Resource Officer)
Salil Joshi
(Executive Vice President, Global Center of Excellence)
Products Software
Number of employees
4,800 (2014)[1]
Website jda.com

JDA Software Group, Inc. is an American software and consultancy company (owned by New Mountain Capital), providing supply chain management, manufacturing planning, retail planning, store operations and collaborative category management solutions[2] located in Scottsdale, Arizona. The company claims to have more than 4,000 companies as customers in the manufacturing, distribution, transportation, retail and services industries.[3] Subsidiary companies include RedPrairie, i2 Technologies, Manugistics, E3, Intactix, and Arthur.[2]


James Donald Armstrong founded JDA In 1978, Calgary, Alberta as a Canadian IBM mid-range software provider. In 1985 Armstrong sold the Canadian business and, along with a partner, Frederick M. Pakis, formed U.S.-based JDA Software, Inc. in Cleveland, Ohio. After signing a contract with a Phoenix-based automotive retailer in 1987, all eight JDA employees relocated to the new corporate headquarters in Arizona. After ten years of operation as a privately held firm, JDA became a public corporation on March 15, 1996, re-purchased the original Canadian "JDA" company and reestablished presence in Canada. In 1998, JDA completed their first major acquisition, the Arthur Retail division,[4] a vendor of planning and allocation software.

In April 2000 the company announced the acquisition of Intactix division,[5] a provider of solutions for space management for retailers, suppliers and manufacturers with more than 3,000 customers worldwide.[citation needed] In September 2001, JDA acquired E3 Corporation,[6] adding 500 customers in retail and wholesale-distribution in 20 countries. JDA acquired Manugistics in July 2006,[7] expanding their product line with supply management, demand management and pricing, and transportation and logistics applications.

On November 5, 2009, JDA announced its intent to acquire i2 Technologies, a Dallas based provider of Supply Chain Solutions.[8] The acquisition was completed in January 2010. In June of the same year, Dillard's Department Stores won a $246 million judgment against i2, claiming damages from use of two supply chain management systems. JDA announced efforts to reduce or reverse this judgment, noting Dillard's still uses the software in question and has done so since 2000.[9]

On December 21, 2012[10] RedPrairie, a privately held supply chain, workforce and all-channel commerce software provider headquartered in Alpharetta, Georgia, in the United States bought JDA Software for $1.9 billion.[11]

On April 2, 2013, JDA announced the release of JDA eight,[12] the most recent version of JDA’s flagship supply chain software product. JDA eight is a cloud-based supply chain planning, optimization and business analytics software product that reflects the global software trend of multi-product offerings on a single platform. The company’s marketing materials suggest that the product contains more than 30 different products in an effort to unify supply chain planning, optimization and business analytics for deployment in the cloud. JDA claims that its software is the first and only platform that connects critical supply chain functions from forecasting to transportation with built in business analytics.

On October 28, 2014, JDA unveiled a new brand identity and logo for JDA featuring an important new tagline for the company: “Plan to deliver™."[13] JDA partnered with Lippincott, a leading global branding firm, to develop this new tagline and a new ground-up reimagining of JDA’s visual look, attributes and logo which according to JDA is a fresh, modern articulation of JDA’s leading market position.

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