JDA launches JDA Luminate, promises to "predict and shape demand"
JDA Software has unveiled JDA Luminate, which it says is a first-of-its-kind portfolio of next-generation solutions and core product enhancements, built on an open, cognitive, and connected platform.
The company said that its new solution embraces digital edge technologies such as software-as-a-service (SaaS), the Internet of Things (IoT), artificial intelligence (AI) and advanced analytics.
It is being marketed as an intelligent way to predict and shape demand, fulfill faster and deliver seamless customer experiences.
“JDA Luminate solutions deliver a more cognitive, connected supply chain, which connects everything within and beyond our customers’ extended supply chain – data, systems, trading partners, machines, and networks – enabling them to make cognitive, actionable decisions,” said Desikan Madhavanur, executive vice president and chief development officer, JDA.
“JDA Luminate is built on a unique platform that extends and enhances existing JDA applications, delivering better data, better science, better experiences and ultimately better business outcomes.”
Luminate "seamlessly turns real-time data into fast, profitable business decisions by connecting stores, distribution centres, logistics, and manufacturing in a digital network, matching demand and supply continuously, at every point of the supply chain," said JDA in a release.
It uses edge technologies such as machine learning, AI, and social media, news, events and weather (SNEW) data to power a global supply chain network yielding greater customer insights, delivering better service, and driving competitive differentiation and revenue growth.
JDA Luminate includes the integration of applications, enhancements to core JDA applications, inclusion of a global technology partner ecosystem and cutting-edge innovations, all supported, enabled and delivered by JDA.
Next week, JDA will unveil a new Experience Centre at its world headquarters in Scottsdale that will showcase JDA Luminate, as well as new innovations in collaboration with JDA’s technology partner through mixed media, interactive experiences.
“Simply put, innovation will drive the shift toward the digital supply chain transformation. JDA Luminate is our vision for powering the next-generation supply chain, which is connected, intelligent and autonomous.
“We look forward to showcasing it, along with our innovation partner ecosystem, to our customers and partners at FOCUS this week, and unveiling it next week in the new Experience Center in Scottsdale,” concluded Madhavanur.
Japan Seeks to Revive Stalled Semiconductor Industry
Post-pandemic, Japan has seen the consequences of relying solely on foreign imports for its semiconductors. Over 64.2% of its chips are usually imported from South Korea and Taiwan, leaving the country dependent on its neighbours. Industries from auto manufacturers to consumer electronics firms wait for chips, to no avail. But now, the Japanese government looks likely to put real funding behind its semiconductor industry, with top officials emphasising their support.
Domestic supply chains have never been more important. Rather than remain tied to international shipping routes during shortages and delays, governments are doing everything in their power to develop local lines of supply. But the question remains: can Japan pull it off?
How Will Japan Pay For It?
Herein lies our first issue. Japan’s debt has rapidly increased over the past few years, and the semiconductor industry will need roughly a trillion yen—US$9bn—in this fiscal year alone. This cost, however, pales in comparison to what Japan could lose if it fails to keep up with Europe and the US. Both nations have launched aggressive funding measures to revive their local semiconductor industries. And if Japan refuses to invest due to its debt, it could slow down progress in fields ranging from artificial intelligence to autonomous driving.
According to Tetsuro Higashi, the former president of Tokyo Electron and Japan’s top government advisor in semiconductor strategy, ‘If we miss this opportunity now, there may not be another one’. Yet one advanced wafer fabrication factory can cost more than US$10bn, and any money poured into the industry will go fast. That’s why Japan, rather than invest trillions and trillions in failing domestic firms, is considering a second option.
What Do They Plan To Do?
Japan now intends to look abroad and convince overseas chip foundries to come to its shores. Its past failures mostly centred on trying to merge domestic firms that were already going through tough times. ‘This sort of made-in-Japan self-reliance approach hasn’t worked out well’, said Kazumi Nishikawa, a director at the Ministry of Economy, Trade, and Industry’s IT division. ‘This time the goal is to offer a strong incentive for an overseas logic foundry to come to Japan’.
As follows, Japan will now reach out to industry partners and leaders in other countries, including the industry heavyweight Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. (TSMC), to build Japanese bases. According to the South China Morning Post, the heart of Japan’s mission is a US$337.2mn research and development project in Tsukuba that will involve TSMC and more than 20 Japanese firms. ‘I think we need to cooperate with our overseas counterparts’, said Akira Amari, a senior member of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party. ‘[And] TSMC is the world’s top logic chipmaker’.
Indeed, if that’s Japan’s strategy, the future looks bright. TSMC recently set up a venture near Tokyo to research energy-efficient 3D chips with several Japanese partners. And in the future, the multinational chipmaker may consider expanding its Japanese operations—that is, if government incentives pave the path forward.