Sun Introduces iForce Enterprise Resource Planning/Supply Chain Network

3/4/2003 - Today more than ever, companies need to manage effectively and efficiently real-time information between their internal and external business processes. To increase a company's ability to develop and launch new products and services, while adapting to market changes and cost control, integrated systems are required to expand a company's reach of influence to its constituents, including suppliers, customers, and employees. In response to this market need Sun Microsystems, Inc. launched a one-of-a-kind industry network, the Sun iForce[tm] Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP)/Supply Chain (SC) Network for ISV, SI and reseller partners. Sun's new partner network provides customers with highly integrated, efficient and secure ERP/SCM solutions based on the open, reliable and scalable Sun[tm] Open Net Environment (Sun ONE).

Honeywell Federal Manufacturing & Technologies (FM&T) is a prime contractor for the National Nuclear Security Administration's Kansas City Plant, and a joint Sun and Ariba[r], Inc. customer. "Honeywell FM&T strives to constantly improve and streamline its business processes to meet customer expectations and remain on the leading edge of the increasingly competitive market place," said Susie Ross, Manager of eProcurement, Honeywell FM&T. "As a result of the implementation of Ariba[r] Enterprise Spend Management solutions on the Sun platform at Honeywell FM&T, we expect to streamline purchasing processes, reduce cycle times, and transaction costs, and develop better relationships with key suppliers."

"Sun's new iForce ERP/SC Network offers a best practices roadmap of how customers can lower their total cost of ownership while reducing system complexity," said Michael Schmitt, EVP and Chief Marketing Officer, Ariba Inc. "Together, Sun and Ariba deliver real-world solutions to meet specific business needs for our customers across a variety of industries, including industrial and process manufacturing, financial services and pharmaceuticals."

The Sun iForce ERP/SC Network, with more than forty premier partner members, provides revenue-generating opportunities, including demand-generation programs, and support from community members such as Cap Gemini Ernst & Young, Stanford Global Supply Chain Forum, MSI, Supply Chain Management Review, Agile Software, Demand Management, i2, J.D. Edwards, Kadiri, Kronos, Manugistics, OATSystems, Oracle, QAD, SAP, Vizional, and alliance member Deloitte & Touche. All participating partners can enjoy a strong portfolio of benefits offered through the iForce Initiative, including iForce Solutions, iForce Solution Centers and other iForce go-to-market programs, enabling a faster roll out of ERP/SCM solutions to their customers.

"We have significant global growth plans to increase sales and explore new, untapped markets, and to better serve our more than 50,000 customers worldwide," said Michael Saunders, vice president and chief information officer, Russ Berrie and Company. "The flexibility, scalability and availability of J.D. Edwards software on the Sun platform are helping us achieve these goals throughout our entire supply chain, linking our offices and factories in North America, Europe and Asia-Pacific."

"To handle the complex and challenging task of managing a world-wide inventory with over a million products for a specialized marketplace, Arrow selected a comprehensive set of Manugistics supply chain management solutions optimized to run on a Sun platform," said Charlie Bonomo, Arrow Electronics vice president of strategic initiatives. "Even early into the implementation we are realizing immediate benefits of Manugistics' and Sun's iForce collaboration, including faster time to implementation and a well-tuned configuration for maximum uptime and reliability."

In addition, through its Global Solutions Alliance with Cap Gemini Ernst & Young (CGE&Y), Sun offers a suite of joint adaptive supply chain management solutions designed to integrate demand and supply management, automate the procurement process, help negotiate better supplier prices, and improve productivity and speed product time-to-market.

"Sun's iForce ERP/ Supply Chain Network is a compelling go to market engine, as the Supply Chain Thought Leadership Series and Stanford's Global Supply Chain Forums provide Sun and its partners thought leadership in Supply Chain Management," said Dr. Hau Lee, Professor of Operations, Information and Technology, Stanford Business School.

The Sun iForce ERP/SC Network is currently available worldwide. More information can be found at

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