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A Perspective from JDA FOCUS 2016

Last week several members of the RPE team attended the JDA FOCUS 2016 user conference in Nashville where the reoccurring theme was all about creating a seamless supply chain in an industry where disruption is the new normal. For those of you unable to attend, and the many of you who were there, here are our top take aways that we believe will have the most impact on JDA users.

RPE and vineyard vines win Best Partner Project award
RPE and vineyard vines were honored to be recognized by JDA in the presence of more than 2,000 of our colleagues. The JDA Real Results Award for Best Partner Project recognizes a JDA customer and Alliance Partner that achieved success and demonstrated innovation implementing a JDA solution. RPE implemented seven solutions in six years at vineyard vines. This award is further acknowledgement of RPE’s commitment to helping our customers achieve success.

Transitioning to was the hot topic. Created on a Google cloud-based platform guided by big data intelligence, will have a dramatic impact on how software is built and used. A more modern user interface is far removed from the spreadsheet look and feel of most applications. Assortment is the first solution to leverage this technology with other applications rolling out in the near future. This is where JDA is headed, and JDA users need to begin the strategic thought process required to adopt and transition to this next generation of capabilities.

Importance of Demand Fulfillment
Demand fulfillment was another topic we continually heard discussed during the sessions and at our booth. The importance of integrating forecasts to assortments and financial plans has become even more critical in today’s volatile, omni-channel environment.

Keeping Up with Version Upgrades
JDA continues to release version updates with Enterprise Planning and JDA Allocation the more recent. Many of you are left wondering if you should upgrade, what the benefits will be and if are you maximizing all the functionality currently available. RPE helps retailers through the process of evaluating the status of your current version and the potential benefits of a more current version.

Creating a Partner-Centric Culture
An emphasis on continuing to create a partner-centric culture was shared by Greg O’Sullivan, group vice president, Global Alliances and Channels during a partners meeting. In this new position, he will work to expand collaboration with partners to ensure customers receive the most value out of their solutions to drive results that impact the bottom line.

Whether you need to begin the strategic thought process to transition to, integrate demand fulfillment or conduct a Health Check to assess your JDA solutions for possible upgrades, why look anywhere else when you have a trusted partner in RPE.