JDA introduces new cloud offerings
JDA Software Group, Inc. has announced a series of new cloud service offerings that enable faster time to market, lower total cost of ownership, and rapid return on investment for customers.
JDA Stratus, a pre-packaged SaaS cloud offering, is aimed at customers that want to leverage the full power and capabilities of JDA’s market-leading solutions. JDA Stratus complements JDA’s existing cloud service offerings, and includes world-class support, including 24/7 service levels. It falls in line with JDA’s mission of giving customers flexible choices for the type of cloud deployment that will work best for their business needs.
Joe Stone, Group VP of Cloud Services at JDA, said: “With customer-centricity and flexibility as its key cornerstones, JDA Stratus combines all the benefits of JDA’s reliable and powerful solutions with the speed, time-to-value and cost savings gained through out-of-the-box cloud deployments. JDA Stratus is a unique pre-packaged SaaS solution that leverages JDA’s 30 years of best practices and templates specific to our customers’ industries. Using JDA Stratus, our customers can get up and running with JDA quickly, while counting on a best-in-class, reliable cloud environment and ‘always on’ support. And since JDA Stratus supports standard software from JDA, customers will always have access to the full range of upgrade, education, support and consulting options available from JDA and its partners.”
JDA Stratus is the latest innovation within the company’s cloud business, which has grown to over $100 million in revenue. In total, JDA now has more than 350 Cloud customers and more than two million users using its cloud solutions.
Intelliwave SiteSense boosts APTIM material tracking
“We’ve been engaged with the APTIM team since early 2019 providing SiteSense, our mobile construction SaaS solution, for their maintenance and construction projects, allowing them to track materials and equipment, and manage inventory.
We have been working with the APTIM team to standardize material tracking processes and procedures, ultimately with the goal of reducing the amount of time spent looking for materials. Industry studies show that better management of materials can lead to a 16% increase in craft labour productivity.
Everyone knows construction is one of the oldest industries but it’s one of the least tech driven comparatively. About 95% of Engineering and Construction data captured goes unused, 13% of working hours are spent looking for data and around 30% of companies have applications that don’t integrate.
With APTIM, we’re looking at early risk detection, through predictive analysis and forecasting of material constraints, integrating with the ecosystem of software platforms and reporting on real-time data with a ‘field-first’ focus – through initiatives like the Digital Foreman. The APTIM team has seen great wins in the field, utilising bar-code technology, to check in thousands of material items quickly compared to manual methods.
There are three key areas when it comes to successful Materials Management in the software sector – culture, technology, and vendor engagement.
Given the state of world affairs, access to data needs to be off site via the cloud to support remote working conditions, providing a ‘single source of truth’ accessed by many parties; the tech sector is always growing, so companies need faster and more reliable access to this cloud data; digital supply chain initiatives engage vendors a lot earlier in the process to drive collaboration and to engage with their clients, which gives more assurance as there is more emphasis on automating data capture.
It’s been a challenging period with the pandemic, particularly for the supply chain. Look what happened in the Suez Canal – things can suddenly impact material costs and availability, and you really have to be more efficient to survive and succeed. Virtual system access can solve some issues and you need to look at data access in a wider net.
Solving problems comes down to better visibility, and proactively solving issues with vendors and enabling construction teams to execute their work. The biggest cause of delays is not being able to provide teams with what they need.
On average 2% of materials are lost or re-ordered, which only factors in the material cost, what is not captured is the duplicated effort of procurement, vendor and shipping costs, all of which have an environmental impact.
As things start to stabilise, APTIM continues to utilize SiteSense to boost efficiencies and solve productivity issues proactively. Integrating with 3D/4D modelling is just the precipice of what we can do. Access to data can help you firm up bids to win work, to make better cost estimates, and AI and ML are the next phase, providing an eco-system of tools.
A key focus for Intelliwave and APTIM is to increase the availability of data, whether it’s creating a data warehouse for visualisations or increasing integrations to provide additional value. We want to move to a more of an enterprise usage phase – up to now it’s been project based – so more people can access data in real time.