18 October 2001 | Robin Parker
JDA Software is optimistic that its acquisition of inventory optimisation systems group E3 will strengthen its presence in the distribution and manufacturing industries.
JDA acquired E3 for more than £30 million. The groups already shared 110 international clients, and the deal gives JDA a stronger European presence, including an additional office in the UK, and extends E3's products to Asia.
The combined ranges cover computer-assisted supply ordering and replenishment. JDA was particularly attracted by E3's collaborative, planning, forecasting and replenishment solutions.
More than half of E3's 550 clients are outside the retail sector, the traditional stronghold of JDA's software services. Access to new markets was crucial to the purchase, said Peter Charness, JDA's chief product officer.
"E3 has spent 30 per cent of its time in manufacturing, and having it on our roster will round out our product footprint," he told SM.
E3's products will continue to bear its brand, but will otherwise be fully integrated into the JDA portfolio, and all of its offices will be rebranded, Charness added.