JDA Software

JDA Software is a private American software consultancy firm founded in 1985 by Fredrick M. Pakis and James Donald Armstrong. With its headquarters in Scottsdale, Arizona, the business entity offers its services to various industries including the transportation, manufacturing, distribution, retail and services industries. JDA Software has since then developed from a mid-range software provider to one of the most reputable companies, working with international brands like DHL, DELPHI, Asian Paints, Unilever, Vineyard Vines and Walgreens among others.

Going by the slogan “plan to deliver” the company offers its products to more than 4,000 clients worldwide. Additionally, it has some subsidiary companies under it. Some of these are i2 Technologies, RedPrairie, Intactix, E3, and Arthur.

JDA started as a mid-range software provider in Calgary, Alberta. He later sold the business and joined forces with Fredrick M. Pakis to form JDA Software Inc. based in Ohio, U.S. In 1987, JDA Software signed a contract with an Arizona-based automotive retailer, prompting the need for all eight employees to shift to Arizona. The company operated as a private business for more than ten years, before registering to become a corporation in March 1996. They went on to re-purchase the original JDA Company in Canada. The year 1998 marked the successful completion of JDA’s first acquisition of Arthur Retailers, a dealer of planning and allocation software.

Two years late, JDA Software announced the completion of an acquisition contract with Intactix, a software provider, supplier and manufacturer of retail management with more than 3,000 clients. JDA later acquire E3 Corporation, gaining a further 500 customers and a wholesale-distribution stretch to more than twenty countries. In July 2006, JDA Software acquired Manugistics, which enabled them to expand their product line with supply, demand management & pricing as well as transport and logistics applications. In late 2009, the company further expressed its intent to acquire i2 Technologies, which was successful by the end of January 2010. Six months later, Dillard’s Department Stores won a $246 million case against i2 Technologies, demanding damages for the misuse of two supply chain store management systems. JDA Software tried to appeal this judgment contesting that the Complainant had been using the said system to the said date for more than ten years.

RedPrairie, a privately owned supply chain workforce later bought JDA Software for $1.9 billion on December 21, 2012. The company’s release of JDA 8 was announced in April 2013. This was a cloud-based version of the supply-chain software flagship product. The company claimed that this was the only platform that could connect the critical supply chain functioning from transportation to forecasting, with inbuilt business analytics. The slogan “Plan to deliver” was thus unveiled in the following year on October 28.

As at May 2016, JDA Software had idled three software solutions, JDA CRM, JDA Store and JDA Win/DSS. Veras Retail, therefore, resolved to acquire all three entities and renaming the CRM to Veras Reach. JDA late opted to sell the company to Honeywell International Inc., but The Blackstone Group chose to challenge Honeywell’s exploration on August 16, 2016. They felt it wise to offer JDA Software a financing plan as an alternative.

Match.com

Match.com is a commercial online dating service owned by IAC. The company aims at connecting adults in search of relationship partners. This online service was developed more than 22 years ago (1995), and is active to date. To access their services, one needs to be over the legal age. Additionally, the site requires that you go through a registration process.  Presently, the site offers its services to more than 25 countries translated into more than eight languages. With its headquarters in Dallas, Texas, Match.com has its offices in West Hollywood, Dallas, San Francisco, Rio de Janeiro, Beijing, and Tokyo.

Founded by Gary Kremen, Peng T. Ong and Fran Maier in 1993, the company started as a proof-of-concept aimed at providing a classified advert system for newspapers. Peng helped Gary in designing the initial system. Simon Glinsky enhanced the development of the first Internet business plan for Match.com, offering technical management and marketing expertise. The first business model developed by this team included an inclusion of diverse communities with massive first trial and market leaders’ status. This included technology professionals, women, as well as the lesbian and gay community. The subscription model, which is now very common among personal services, was also included.

In late 1994, Fran Maier joined the team to lead the business unit. She considerably strengthened the strategy to make Match.com accessible and friendly to women. Men would then follow these women. In 1995, Match.com went live as a free beta, initially profiled in the Wired magazine. In a bid to develop a user database for the other paying clients, the initial users of this service were offered free lifetime charter membership upon signing up. Match.com was purchased by Cendant in 1998 and later resold to IAC. IAC moved the service to Dallas, Texas, and merged it with One & Only networks that had been bought the same year by IAC (then called TicketMaster).

Match.com was brought to the public by joining it with Love@AOL and collaborating with MSN and AOL. By this time, membership at Love@AOL was no longer free but shifted all the names to allow a greater audience to access Match.com services. The monthly subscription cost was $24.95. Jim Safka served as the Chief Executive Officer of Match.com from September 2004 to April 2007. Thomas Enraght-Moony later succeeded him from April 2007 to February 2009. Upon his departure, Gregory R. Blatt joined Match.com and served as the CEO from February 2009 to December 2010.

Match.com launched a mobile app that used the same algorithms as Tinder. This app was named “Steam.” The app matched individuals upon photographs using geotags.

Matthew Evans filed a class action against Match.com on November 10, 2005. Matthew claimed that Match.com secretly employed people to send fake emails and go for up to three dates a day, and more than a hundred dates a month in a bid to increase their clientele. IAC repudiated the suit as baseless and later dismissed by the Courts. Match.com subsequently received various lawsuits that challenged the quality of services they offered. These suits were however turned down on merit that Match.com had not violated any of its user agreements. In 2011, a woman claimed someone she met on Match.com raped her. Her lawyer demanded that the company conducted background checks on every user to prevent sex offenders from using this platform.

The company has however made an assurance that all their registered subscribers are legitimate and any form of misbehavior is intolerable.