Manugistics, Sun Improve Access to Critical Demand and Supply Chain Apps

10/9/2003 - Sun Microsystems, Inc. and Manugistics Group. Inc. (Nasdaq: MANU) announced an expansion of their strategic relationship, making Manugistics a certified reseller of the Sun Java System Application Server, a preferred platform for Manugistics web-based collaborative planning solutions. Manugistics, a leading global provider of supply and demand chain management solutions, will also resell the Sun Java System Identity Server and Sun Java System Directory Server as the preferred platform for secure authentication and user profile management respectively.

The expanded relationship announced today means customers across industries from manufacturing and retail to government and transportation can accelerate the deployment of flexible solutions that are built to be easily integrated into existing operations, and designed to scale as business requirements and priorities evolve. In this more affordable IT environment, clients also benefit from improved access to critical supply and demand chain applications and data across an extended enterprise. The agreement also helps wipe out costs associated with onsite integration and complexity through seamless integration of key Sun Java System applications.

"Sun shares our commitment to help clients achieve desired business growth, get the maximum value of existing IT investments, and ensure the security and integrity of their global demand and supply chains by delivering highly reliable and scalable enterprise class systems," said Lori Mitchell-Keller, Senior Vice President of Market Strategy at Manugistics. "This agreement is part of a radical new approach that ultimately helps customers synchronize their IT investment with their business needs."

"Together, Sun and Manugistics can help customers eradicate complexity and make enterprise infrastructure software more predictable in its delivery, more accessible for evaluation and even more affordable for our customers to purchase," said Stuart Wells, senior vice president, market development, Sun Microsystems. "With first hand experience using Manugistics" solutions combined with the Java System software, Sun looks forward to passing on those benefits to customers."

Key Java System Software Available from Sun and Manugistics
A leader in Web services performance, the Sun Java System Application Server 7 provides a J2EE compatible platform for developing and delivering Java technology-based applications. It integrates a powerful application development environment with Sun ONE Studio 5 that increases developer productivity and helps speed overall time to market.

The Sun Java System Directory Server provides a central repository for storing and managing identity profiles, access privileges, application and network resource information. With more than 1.5 billion licenses, the Java System Directory Server is one of the most widely deployed general-purpose, LDAP-based directory servers.

The Sun Java System Identity Server provides fine-grained access control to the Web and Web-based resources for secure delivery of business information. It supports Liberty Alliance federated identity and SAML Web services security while improving the user experiences and infrastructure security through Web single sign-on.

About Manugistics Group, Inc.
Manugistics provides the industry's most comprehensive, best-in-class demand and supply chain management solutions. Today, more than 1,400 clients trust Manugistics to help them drive profitable growth, unlock the value of their existing IT investments, and ensure the security and integrity of their global supply chains. Its clients include industry leaders such as AT&T, BMW, Boeing, Brown & Williamson, Cingular, Circuit City, Coca-Cola Bottling, Continental Airlines, Diageo, DuPont, Fairchild Semiconductor, Harley-Davidson, John Deere, McCormick's, Nestle, Nissan, RadioShack, Williams-Sonoma and Unilever. For more information, go to

About Sun Microsystems, Inc.
Since its inception in 1982, a singular vision -- "The Network Is The Computer" -- has propelled Sun Microsystems, Inc. (Nasdaq: SUNW) to its position as a leading provider of industrial-strength hardware, software and services that make the Net work. Sun can be found in more than 100 countries and on the World Wide Web at

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