As part of the announcement with IBM, JD Edwards plans to make its advanced planning modules available native on the iSeries in phases, beginning next year.
JD Edwards' Demand Consensus 2.0, which is designed to allow companies to predict demand more accurately based on input from multiple stakeholders, supports the collaborative process by incorporating expert information and historic demand information into a corporate forecast for greater accuracy.
The application weights forecasters' inputs based on their accuracy in the past. The latest version also includes an enhanced user interface and integration with Microsoft's Excel. This integration is designed to allow businesses to exploit the popularity of Excel to encourage broader participation and inputs into the demand planning process. Users can provide forecasts directly into Demand Consensus by using either a Web interface, XML integration, or via a direct real-time link to Excel.
Demand Consensus, which was first detailed earlier this year, is available as a standalone module or as part of the larger JD Edwards 5 family of collaborative enterprise software products.