Sun Exhibits at National Manufacturing Week Annual Convention

3/4/2003 - Sun Microsystems is exhibiting at the National Manufacturing Week Annual Convention with its largest and most dynamic presence ever. Sun is introducing a series of integrated business solutions targeted at solving real-world customer issues. Along with its partners, Sun will demonstrate Java technology enabled adaptive and collaborative manufacturing. In the booth and through presentations, Sun will show how manufacturers can build secure compute environments today from product development to the supply chain and to the factory floor.

"We understand that security is paramount in today's manufacturing environments," said Bill Gerould, director of manufacturing at Sun. "By joining Sun's professional services team together with our partners, we are able to provide our customers with secure technology solutions that allow them to focus on their business while we worry about protecting their corporate intellectual property and enterprise."

In addition to these announcements, Sun will host several presentations throughout the week demonstrating its position as a leader in providing network computing solutions for manufacturing, including:

"Making The Leveraged Supply Net Work: eOperations at Sun". On Tuesday, March 4 at 10:15 AM CST in room N229, Sun's Ashok Gupta, Sr. IT Manager, will highlight Sun's worldwide operations and successful supply chain implementation built on the Sun ONE architecture. He will also discuss how Sun was able to reduce planning cycle time to five days, cut material costs by over $200M, cut raw material inventory by $350M and eliminate one transit day.

"Security of Manufacturing Systems". On Tuesday, March 4 at 11 AM CST in the Exhibitor Theater, booth #230, Sun's Bill Gerould, Director of Manufacturing, will explain how manufacturers are addressing the increasing need for security throughout their virtual enterprises.

On Tuesday, March 4, at 12:00 PM CST in booth #1004, Sun, Ariba, Accenture and leading pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca will discuss how to make spend management software work for enterprises, kicking off The Supply Chain Thought Leadership Series.

On Tuesday, March 4, at 2:00 PM CST in booth #808, a live webcast with Sun, MSI Magazine, J.D. Edwards, Deloitte & Touche and AMR Research will highlight how to manage enterprise infrastructures for real returns from collaborative efforts.

Presentations will be given every 15 minutes in booth #800 showing how Sun and its best-in-class partners are helping manufacturers gain, and maintain the level of security they need for today's Web-driven business environment.

Daily in booth #800, Sun partners 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 will showcase their ERP and supply chain solutions.

Presentations and customer case studies in the Speaking Theater will include speakers from Oracle, i2, SAP, Manugistics and several other network members. More information about Sun's participation at National Manufacturing Week's Annual Convention and Sun in manufacturing, can be found online at

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