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Optio, J.D. Edwards Expand Relationship

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Optio Software Inc. (NASDAQ:OPTO) is expanding its strategic partnership with J.D. Edwards (NASDAQ:JDEC). Under the terms of the new relationship, Optio has been named the preferred partner for information customization and delivery software for J.D. Edwards’ new Solution Kits, a rapid deployment method designed to reduce time-to-benefit by accelerating the software implementation.

As part of the program, Optio will deploy a pre-packaged suite of its core solutions to improve the quality of an organization’s electronic interactions with its customers, suppliers, partners and employees by customizing, delivering and exchanging information based on individual preferences.

“In today’s rapidly growing e-market, providing solutions that support an organization’s need for collaborative commerce is what J.D. Edwards and Optio are all about. The synergy between our two organizations is evident at all levels,” said C. Wayne Cape, Optio Software’s chief executive officer.

The Alpharetta, Ga.-based Optio has more than 4,000 customers, including Delta Airlines, Dell Computer Corp., Perrier, Schlumberger, Lucent Technologies and Avery Dennison.

Optio’s products are being used to integrate diverse applications requiring high availability and throughput, as infrastructure for B2B commerce and to tailor the information from enterprise, e-business and legacy applications for delivery and exchange as XML, EDI, Web content and customized documents according to individualized requirements.

“Our selection of Optio to help us rapidly deploy J.D. Edwards applications reflects our belief in the value of Optio’s technology,” said Paul Pronsati, director of implementation tools and methodologies at J.D. Edwards. “Optio and J.D. Edwards have had a long-standing partnership, and their contribution to our Solution Kits methodology provides capabilities that will prove valuable to our customers.”

With headquarters in Denver, J.D. Edwards provides collaborative solutions for the Internet economy. The company’s open solutions give organizations the flexibility to choose how they assemble their internal applications and how they collaborate with partners and customers across the supply chain to increase competitive advantage.

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