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Carlson Hotels Worldwide Selects JDA Software To Implement
Chain-wide Revenue Optimization Solutions
Carlson Partners with JDA to Drive Value for its Franchisees
with Next Generation Revenue Optimization Capabilities


Scottsdale, Ariz. – April 17, 2007 – JDA® Software Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: JDAS) today announced it has signed a ground- breaking agreement with Carlson Hotels Worldwide to implement a cutting edge Revenue Optimization platform to increase asset value and profitability for Carlson franchisees. The first phase of the implementation enables Carlson to develop strong forecasting capability using JDA software, driving optimized rates and higher revenues at its more than 900 properties. Carlson operates in 71 countries under the brands Regent Hotels & Resorts; Radisson Hotels & Resorts; Park Plaza® Hotels & Resorts, Country Inns & Suitessm; and Park Inn ®.
“Carlson is taking the lead in chain-wide Revenue Optimization for its franchisees by partnering with the most experienced revenue management company in our industry,” said Yvonne La Penotiere, president of Carlson Hotels Worldwide – The Americas.  “We identified the most effective way of delivering revenue optimization and selected JDA Software Group to implement it.” 

Investing in Revenue Optimization is part of Carlson’s strategic future development plan to drive greater profitability for its operators, she added. 

Carlson tapped JDA because of its industry-leading forecasting solution, JDA Demand, and its broad, cross-industry revenue optimization and forecasting experience, both of which will benefit Carlson’s operators. JDA provides revenue optimization and demand forecasting solutions to leading companies, such as Continental Airlines Cargo, DHL and Dollar Thrifty Automotive Group. Within hospitality, Omni Hotels and several of the industry’s largest hotel franchise chains have implemented JDA’s revenue management solutions.
JDA Group Vice President Revenue Management Andy Archer said, “JDA has a matchless understanding of Revenue Optimization in the hospitality franchise space that will mean higher revenues for Carlson operators. Our track record of consistently delivering cutting edge enterprise revenue optimization capabilities to hotel chains makes JDA the right choice for Carlson’s plan to roll it out to franchisees.”

Carlson is taking a multi-phased approach to its Revenue Optimization implementation. In Phase One the company will provide accurate property-specific demand forecasting to each of its hotels, enabling them to capitalize on brand strengths and property characteristics. 
“By providing each franchisee with an accurate expectation of demand, operators will be able to maximize rates and more profitably manage staffing, marketing and other areas,” Archer said. 

Before selecting JDA, Carlson analyzed the industry and found many chains were failing to realize the benefits of Revenue Management because they lacked strong forecasting capabilities.  Carlson worked with JDA to identify a way to deploy Revenue Optimization to its operators that is more effective in optimizing property performance. 

Jim Rozell, leading Carlson’s Revenue Optimization team added, “Starting with an industry-leading forecasting capability, Carlson will implement franchise Revenue Optimization more effectively than any other hotel company. JDA understands this discipline better than any other provider.”

About Carlson Hotels Worldwide
Minneapolis-based Carlson Hotels Worldwide operates 948 locations in 71 countries, including Regent Hotels & Resorts, Radisson Hotels & Resorts®, Park Plaza® Hotels & Resorts, Country Inns & Suites By Carlsonsm, and Park Inn®. Carlson Hotels Worldwide is one of the major operating groups of Carlson, a global leader in providing marketing, travel and hospitality services. Other names among the Carlson family of brands and services are: Regent Seven Seas Cruises, Carlson Marketing Group, Carlson Wagonlit Travel, Results Travel, Cruise Holidays, T.G.I. Friday’s and Pick Up Stix restaurants. The company has been recognized by both Fortune and Working Mother magazines as one of the "100 best places to work for in America.”

About JDA Software Group, Inc. 

JDA® Software Group, Inc. (Nasdaq:JDAS) is the enduring demand and supply chain partner to the world’s leading retailers, manufacturers and suppliers, helping more than 5,500 customers in more than 60 countries realize real demand chain results. JDA has solidified a unique marketplace position, in that only JDA can offer a complete vertically-focused solution with the depth and breadth of capabilities necessary to enable the Customer-Driven Value Chain. JDA software solutions enable high-performance business process optimization and execution to achieve a connected view of the customer from raw materials flowing into production to end-consumer products at the shelf. With offices in major cities around the world, JDA employs the industry’s most experienced supply and demand chain experts to develop, deliver and support its solutions. For more information, visit, email or call 1-800-479-7382. 

This press release contains forward-looking statements that are made in reliance upon the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements are generally accompanied by words such as “will,” and “expect” and other words with forward-looking connotations. In this press release, such forward-looking statements include, without limitation, Mr. Archer’s remarks regarding the prospective success of the Carlson project, Mr. Rozell’s comments regarding Carlson’s ability to implement Revenue Optimization more effectively than any other hotel company, and other comments concerning the future use of JDA’s solutions, and the prospective benefits of using our software . The occurrence of future events may involve a number of risks and uncertainties, including, but not limited to: the risk that not all users will be able to implement or use our software successfully, the risk that Carlson  may not achieve the anticipated results from using our solutions, and other risks detailed from time to time in the “Risk Factors” section of our filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Additional information relating to the uncertainty affecting our business is contained in our filings with the SEC. As a result of these and other risks, actual results may differ materially from those predicted. JDA is not under any obligation to (and expressly disclaims any such obligation to) update or alter its forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise. 

“JDA” is a  trademark or registered trademark of JDA Software Group, Inc. Any trade, product or service name referenced in this document using the name “JDA” is a trademark and/or property of JDA Software Group, Inc. 



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JDA Software Group

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