JDA Takes Its Supply Chain To Google Cloud

by CXOtoday News Desk    Jun 11, 2015


JDA Software, a supply chain management application provider, said it will deliver its next-gen software as a service offerings via Google Cloud Platform. Under a collaboration agreement, JDA will employ Google’s App Engine, Cloud Dataflow and related technologies as the basis for a range of upcoming services.

Experts believe the collaboration is a nice win for Google’s enterprise cloud ambitions. Other enterprise software players Infor, Informatica, Pegasystems, Software AG and Tibco have chosen Amazon Web Services (AWS) to power their solutions. However, software providers say retail customers are reluctant to give business to AWS. A WSJ article mentions, Amazon Web Services, the cloud-computing arm of Amazon Inc. may be paying the price for its parent’s rocky relationship with the retail industry.

“Google Cloud Platform offers the unparalleled speed, performance, scalability and reliability we need to launch truly differentiated solutions. After thoroughly evaluating potential Platform as a Service (PaaS) providers, JDA chose to work with Google due to its unsurpassed technology platform, investments and deep culture of innovation,” said Serge Massicotte, executive vice president and CTO at JDA Software.

 This collaboration, which will significantly accelerate the development of JDA’s next generation cloud solutions, is JDA’s most recent initiative aimed at delivering innovative products and services for its customers.

 The company recently formed JDA Labs – a dedicated research and development group committed to delivering patents, best practices and entirely new products to the market. Google Cloud Platform initiatives will be developed out of the JDA Labs in Montreal.  JDA’s work with Google also complements JDA’s newly announced FLEX platform strategy, which easily connects JDA’s existing cloud-based solutions and on-premise solutions with next generation solutions built on Google Cloud Platform.

 “With thousands of successful customers — including 21 customers named as part of the Gartner Supply Chain Top 25 for 2015 — JDA has clearly established its leadership in delivering world-class retail and supply chain solutions,” said Massicotte.

Now JDA will concentrate on working with our customers to co-develop ‘groundbreaking solutions’ with Google Cloud Platform. 

Dan Powers, director, Google Cloud Platform said, “The supply chain and omni-channel industry is ripe to benefit from the innovation, scale and flexibility of our public cloud offering, and by betting on Google, JDA can now focus on creating high impact business solutions while quickly adapting to meet customer needs.”

 “Google and JDA both have a good history of identifying and launching technology innovations that add value for their customers,” noted Bob Parker, Group Vice President at IDC Industry Insights. “With the founding of JDA Labs and other initiatives, JDA has demonstrated a strong commitment to research and development. Now, Google Cloud Platform should ensure that the resulting innovations reach the market faster.”