JDA Software is to acquire supply chain software provider Manugistics in a bid to integrate its portfolio replenishment software with Manugistics’ J2EE-based demand planning product.
Gartner research vice-president Andrew White said one result of the merger would be that JDA would quickly cut down the core Manugistics supply chain planning line.
Manugistics products are based on Oracle and Java 2 Enterprise Edition (J2EE), whereas JDA’s are based on Microsoft .net.
JDA plans to merge Manugistics’ demand planning product into its own portfolio replenishment software, with a unified .net user interface. “This will be a challenge, as no other enterprise application vendor has done this on any sustainable scale,” said White.
Gartner’s recommendations for Manugistics users with live implementations are to monitor developments and contact JDA to find out its ongoing support commitments. Manugistics users should also continue with any current projects, but delay any decision on new projects and get a product roadmap from JDA as soon as possible.
JDA customers include Philip Morris, Procter & Gamble, Cadbury Trebor Bassett and River Island.
Ford, AstraZeneca, BAE Systems, Wal-Mart and Nestlé are among Manugistics users.