2011 Year in Review

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We Finally Closed the Books…

2011 was another exciting year for JBF Consulting and our partners. I’m happy to report that over the past 3 years, JBF has grown revenues by 70%. Since our start in 2003, we have grown consistently at a steady pace of 30% year over year. Our number one source of new business: our happy clients. As we’ve grown, we’ve been careful to stay nimble, and we make it our mission to tune in and respond to the ever-evolving needs of our customers. Helping our clients achieve business success remains our #1 focus going forward.

We were fortunate to deliver on some very notable project work in 2011, including:
  • We completed the very first deployment of the JDA Transportation Management System (TMS) on version 7.6.

This project was a turnkey upgrade from Manugistics TMS version 7.1 for a repeat client of ours in the CPG/Pharma space. The project was completed on time and on budget, and the business users have reported much higher satisfaction with their system using version 7.6.

  • We were retained for another year on JDA Software’s largest current TMS implementation.

One of our biggest ‘wins’ with this long-term client was a custom design + build object that is currently helping them reduce optimization solution (ASD) runtime by more than 70%. A task that previously took 60-70 minutes now takes less than 15 minutes. JBF was able to pinpoint excessive runtime inside the algorithm and dynamically restrict data — with no reduction in solution quality.

  • We kicked off and completed numerous projects on multiple emerging supply chain platforms.

The completion of our first Oracle Transportation Management (OTM) implementation set the stage for building out this practice area in 2012 and beyond, and we are currently working with a high-tech company to implement Steelwedge software for Sales & Operations Planning.

We also made strides on the business side:
  • We added two new partners to our team, ideally positioning us to support the stream of new projects in our pipeline.

Wynn Marlow and Pawel Sliwinski, both senior consultants with deep technical expertise, came on board, expanding our team to 10 dedicated partners across our TMS, Technology, and Strategy business lines.

  • We partnered with TMS provider LeanLogistics.

The partnership provides opportunities for us to bring our knowledge and expertise in complex integration strategies and cross-platform optimization to LeanLogistics’ strong client base. Our existing clients will benefit from our in-house LeanLogistics product training and the addition of the LeanLogistics product suite to our growing solutions menu. For details, see the press release.

  • We attended the annual CSCMP conference in Philadelphia.

At the conference, we witnessed first hand the tangible excitement in the “on-demand” technologies from providers like LeanLogistics. While JDA Software is still our primary focus, we believe many clients will continue their ‘flight to safety’ into either stable upgraded releases of the Manu-Classic TMS or into new vendor packages altogether. Many JBF clients attended the event, giving us a great opportunity to offer our own insights and advice on this hot topic. We believe we are well positioned to remain a top implementation partner as this evolution moves forward.

All of us at JBF are excited about the prospects of 2012 and look forward to the opportunity to work with each of you to help drive your own business success.

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