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JDA Software launches innovation lab


SCOTTSDALE, Arizona - JDA Software announced the creation of JDA Labs – a research and development group assembled to drive game-changing innovation.

This global team, headquartered in Montreal, will innovate new and existing products and deliver patents, best practices and entirely new products to the market. JDA Labs currently is driving research and innovation around three key areas: data science, user experience and product innovation.

“Bringing game-changing innovation to market is in JDA’s DNA,” said Jean-Francois Gagne, chief innovation officer, JDA Software. “JDA Labs is the next generation of this legacy – taking inputs from our smart and creative JDAers around the world, as well as our unparalleled customer base, and creating new products and processes that will change the supply chain landscape for some time to come. Technology is advancing at unprecedented rates and JDA Labs will strive to look into the future, grasp what is going to be possible and research opportunities to deliver market defining innovations to our customers.”

There are currently three distinct focus areas within JDA Labs:

• Suresh Acharya, VP of data and decision science, is leading a group researching leading edge approaches to turn data into actionable insight.

• Scott Ehlke, director of user experience, is leading a team focused on redefining the user experience.

• Gabriel Duford, director of product innovation, is leading a Product innovation group within JDA Labs, charged with driving innovative opportunities to advance JDA’s solutions.

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