An Open Letter from Lyle Ekdahl, Group Vice President and General Manager, Oracle's JD Edwards

From Lyle Ekdahl, Group Vice President and General Manager, Oracle's JD Edwards

As you may have heard, we recently announced some changes to the way Oracle will offer licensing of technology products with JD Edwards EnterpriseOne. Specifically, we have withdrawn from new sales the product known as JD Edwards EnterpriseOne Technology Foundation ("Blue Stack"). Our motivation for this change is simply to streamline licensing for our customers. Going forward, customers will license Oracle products from Oracle and IBM products from IBM. Customers who are currently licensed for Technology Foundation will continue to receive support--unchanged--through September 30, 2016.

This announcement affects how customers license these IBM products; it does not affect Oracle's certification roadmap for IBM products with JD Edwards EnterpriseOne. Customers who are currently running their JD Edwards EnterpriseOne infrastructure using IBM platform components can continue to do so regardless of whether they license these components via Technology Foundation or directly from IBM. New customers choosing to run JD Edwards EnterpriseOne on IBM technology should license JD Edwards EnterpriseOne Core Tools from Oracle while licensing Infrastructure and any licenses of IBM products from IBM.

For more information about this announcement, customers should refer to My Oracle Support article 1232453.1

Questions included in the "Frequently Asked Questions" document on My Oracle Support:

Is Oracle dropping support for IBM DB2 and IBM WebSphere with JD Edwards EnterpriseOne?

No. This announcement affects how customers license these IBM products; it does not affect Oracle's certification roadmap for these products. The JD Edwards EnterpriseOne matrix of supported databases, web servers, and portals remains unchanged, including planned support for IBM DB2, IBM
WebSphere Application Server, and IBM WebSphere Portal. Customers who are currently running their JD Edwards EnterpriseOne infrastructure using IBM platform components can continue to do so regardless of whether they license these components via Technology Foundation or directly from IBM. As always, the timing and versions of such third-party certifications remain at Oracle's discretion.

Does this announcement mean that Oracle is withdrawing support for JD Edwards EnterpriseOne on the IBM i platform?

Absolutely not. JD Edwards EnterpriseOne support on the IBM i platform remains unchanged. This announcement simply states that customers will acquire Oracle products from Oracle and IBM products from IBM. In fact, as evidenced by the recent "IBM i Solution Edition for JD Edwards" offering, IBM and the JD Edwards product teams continue to innovate and offer attractive, cost-competitive solutions to the ERP marketplace. For more information about this offering see: http://www-03.ibm.com/systems/i/advantages/oracle/.


I hope this clarifies any concerns. Let me know if you have any additional questions or concerns.

-Lyle

UPDATE 3-Jan-2011
Additional information about Oracle JD Edwards EnterpriseOne can be found on oracle.com here.

An FAQ on this topic is provided here.

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