J. D. Edwards Forms B-to-B Unit

FRAMINGHAM (03/15/2000) - J. D. Edwards & Co. yesterday said it's setting up a new business unit that will try to market the company's application software to business-to-business trading exchanges.

The new e-commerce unit will combine J. D. Edwards' order-fulfillment and supply-chain collaboration tools with online procurement and business-to-business marketplace software developed by Ariba Inc. in Mountain View, Calif. Denver-based J. D. Edwards signed a deal to resell Ariba's products last spring.

Michael Schmitt, a senior vice president at J. D. Edwards, was named to head the new business unit. Schmitt previously ran the company's sales and marketing operations.

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