|Industry||Supply chain management, manufacturing planning, retail planning and operations|
|Founder||James Donald Armstrong and Frederick M. Pakis|
|Headquarters||Scottsdale, Arizona, United States|
(Chief Executive Officer)
JDA Software Group, Inc. is an American software and consultancy company (owned by New Mountain Capital), providing supply chain management, manufacturing planning, retail planning, store operations and collaborative category management solutions located in Scottsdale, Arizona. The company claims more than 4,000 companies as customers in the manufacturing, distribution, transportation, retail and services industries. Subsidiary companies include RedPrairie, i2 Technologies, Manugistics, E3, Intactix, and Arthur.
James Donald Armstrong in 1978, founded Calgary, Alberta as a Canadian IBM mid-range software provider. In 1985 Armstrong sold the Canadian business and, along with Frederick M. Pakis, formed U.S.-based JDA Software, Inc. in Cleveland, Ohio. After signing a contract with a Phoenix-based automotive retailer in 1987, all eight JDA employees relocated to the new headquarters in Arizona. After ten years of operation as a privately held firm, JDA became a public corporation on March 15, 1996, re-purchased the original Canadian "JDA" company, and reestablished presence in Canada. In 1998, JDA completed their first major acquisition, the Arthur Retail division, a vendor of planning and allocation software.
In April 2000 the company announced the acquisition of Intactix division, a provider space management software for retailers, suppliers and manufacturers with more than 3,000 customers. In September 2001, JDA acquired E3 Corporation, adding 500 customers in retail and wholesale-distribution in 20 countries. JDA acquired Manugistics in July 2006, expanding their product line with supply management, demand management and pricing, and transportation and logistics applications.
On November 5, 2009, JDA announced its intent to acquire i2 Technologies, a Dallas-based provider of Supply Chain Solutions. The acquisition was completed in January 2010. In June 2010, Dillard's Department Stores won a $246 million judgment against i2, claiming damages from use of two supply chain management systems. JDA announced efforts to reduce or reverse this judgment, noting Dillard's still uses the software in question and has done so since 2000.
On December 21, 2012 RedPrairie, a privately held supply chain, workforce and all-channel commerce software provider headquartered in Alpharetta, Georgia, in the United States bought JDA Software for $1.9 billion.
On April 2, 2013, JDA announced the release of JDA eight, a cloud-based version of its flagship supply chain software product. JDA claims that its software is the first and only platform that connects critical supply chain functions from forecasting to transportation with built in business analytics.
On October 28, 2014, JDA unveiled a new brand identity and logo for JDA featuring the tagline “Plan to deliver™."
On August 8, 2016, JDA is reported to be exploring to sell the company to Honeywell International Inc.  The sale was challenged on August 16, 2016 by The Blackstone Group, giving an alternative option to JDA by offering a financing plan.