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JDA Software Launches Intactix pro/floor at FMI's 2000 Supermarket Industry Convention.

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SCOTTSDALE, Ariz.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--May 3, 2000

Closes the Gap between Space and Category Management,

Links Merchandising to Floor Planning

JDA(R) Software Group Inc. (NASDAQ: JDAS) announced today that it is launching its new Intactix merchandising modeling software, pro/floor(TM), for analyzing fixture, space, and performance data of products, at the Food Marketing Institute's 2000 Supermarket Industry Convention and Educational Exposition, May 7 through 9, 2000.

Running on Microsoft Windows '95, 98 and NT, pro/floor connects the data, the software systems and the people driving the processes of floor, space and category planning to maximize profitable category and product locations.

"Retailers and manufacturers face a multitude of challenges as they deal with limited floor and shelf space and multiple product assortments for multiple store formats, layouts and categories," said Kevin Stadler, JDA vice president and managing director of JDA-Intactix.

"We've designed pro/floor to help efficiently address these challenges, whether based on a top-down financial plan or shelf-level product demand."

Pro/floor: Retail Floor and Category Optimization

Specifically tailored for retailers who analyze and plan product category size and adjacencies as well as for manufacturers, who analyze destination categories, pro/floor can help users maximize the position, performance and layout of product categories.

Used together with Intactix flagship space management solution, pro/space(TM), pro/floor can link buyers, space and category planners, merchandisers, and floor planning engineers through a seamless software environment designed to enhance the decision-making processes pertaining to each area of expertise.

Highlights include the following:

-- Enhanced merchandising capability. Using pro/floor, users can

create planogram(a) projects that encompass entire aisles,

departments, or stores for comprehensive analysis and

reporting. They can also use pro/floor's merchandising

controls, which are available in three dimensions, to provide

more control over how product fixtures and sections are

merchandised throughout the store. (a)Planograms are

computer-generated, virtual representations of products as

they are placed in retail shelf sets or fixtures.

-- Comprehensive analytics and reporting: Pro/floor gives users

complete reporting control over an entire store system,

individual stores, or individual floor plans. They can use

pro/floor to print planograms straight from layout designs and

incorporate various views with reports and charts into

complete store packages.

-- CAD Compatibility: Pro/floor is designed to work with

floorplan drawings, which are used by architectural engineers

in planning the interior layouts of stores. Pro/floor imports

CAD files as traceable templates for space and

category-oriented floor planning, and it also allows users to

export the work they've done in pro/floor back to the

engineering department. This means pro/floor users can rely on

the expertise of engineers who work with software like AutoCAD

and/or MicroStation for the store's architectural layout

without having to perform merchandising work in a CAD-based

software environment.

-- State-of-the-art, 3D visualization: Pro/floor gives users true

3D walk-through visualization via the latest Microsoft DirectX

technology. They can use it to move through the floor plans

they create and view the virtual representations of the

products and fixtures they have placed on the floor.

More About pro/space

Designed to integrate with the existing and future JDA Intactix suite of merchandising solutions, pro/space is a software application for analyzing fixture, space, and performance data of products. It enables creation and maintenance of multiple planogram projects and delivers cross-planogram analysis.

It expands merchandising activities with multidimensional positioning capabilities and its 3-D visualization and delivers innovative fixture types (curved rods, polygonal shelves and more) to meet real-world needs.

The software's architecture supports advanced 3-D graphics, project planogram clusters, and relational database integration, among other features. It provides new productivity possibilities and unrivaled integration capacity with its state-of-the-art automation architecture.

About JDA Software

JDA Software Group Inc. is the leading global provider of integrated software products and professional services with more than 4,100 retail and manufacturing clients in over 50 countries.

Designed for multi-channel companies with physical, virtual and catalog operations, JDA's e-retail solutions include merchandising, planning, space management, allocation and decision support systems; warehouse management and logistics systems; point-of-sale and back-office in-store systems; and such dynamic B2C and B2B applications as Internet Portals and the industry's first integrated commercial e-commerce solution.

Founded in 1985, JDA employs approximately 1,100 associates operating from 26 offices worldwide. With headquarters in Scottsdale, the company has offices in major cities throughout the United States as well as internationally in Canada, the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Sweden, The Netherlands, Mexico, Brazil, Chile, Hong Kong, Japan, Malaysia, Singapore, and Australia.

For more information, refer to JDA's Web site at http://www.jda.com.

Forward-looking statements contained in this press release are made under the Safe Harbor Provision of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Any such statements are subject to risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those anticipated. Such factors are described from time to time in SEC reports filed by the company.

"JDA" is a registered trademark of JDA Software Group. Any trade, product or service name referenced in this document using the name "JDA" is a trademark and/or property of JDA Software Group. All other trade, product, or service names referenced in this release may be trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective holders.
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