JDA Software has announced a strategic partnership with Microsoft to enable JDA to build cognitive SaaS solutions on the Microsoft Azure cloud platform.
This will, in turn, accelerate JDA’s vision to deliver an autonomous supply chain through an infusion of advanced, intelligent cloud platform capabilities.
The partnership further advances JDA’s innovation initiatives along with its recently announced definitive agreement to acquire Blue Yonder, which specialises in artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) solutions for retail and supply chain.
These announcements support JDA’s strategy to develop more cognitive and connected solutions to power digital transformations and create competitive advantage for its customers.
“JDA’s supply chain solutions provide a faster response to demand signals from consumers, cognitive insights, and intelligent decisions based on edge sensors. Microsoft Azure will fuel our ongoing SaaS momentum as JDA applications deliver seamless customer experiences across cloud, on-premise, and edge solutions,” said Girish Rishi, chief executive officer, JDA.
“Our strategic partnership with Microsoft accelerates JDA ‘s mission as the supply chain platform company, enabling our broad ecosystem of joint partners and developers to further leverage our AI/ML-based solutions.”
Scott Guthrie, executive vice president, Microsoft Cloud + AI Group, Microsoft said, “Microsoft Azure is driving new levels of organisational productivity and intelligent data-driven experiences, making it the ideal platform to bring JDA’s vision of an Autonomous Supply Chain to life.
“The powerful combination of JDA’s proven applications with Azure will empower customers to take advantage of real-time insights for smarter business decisions and profitable business growth.”
Victoria Brown, research manager, IDC said, “This partnership between established, trusted providers, uniting cloud services via Microsoft Azure, and supply chain via JDA addresses a gap in the supply chain ecosystem as cloud becomes a prerequisite for enterprises today as they embark on their digital supply chain transformations.
“Cloud-based supply chain deployments account for only about 40% of deployments today, and this new, trusted partnership could send that on an upward trajectory quite quickly.”