By Chacko Thomas, IBM Partner for Oracle Digital Transformation
The benefits of moving your Oracle JD Edwards (JDE) environment to the cloud are clear. Of course, there’s the added flexibility, cost savings and resiliency that only cloud can provide, but the opportunities don’t stop there.
The real reason JDE users should be pursuing a cloud migration now is that it could be the first step toward greater innovation and success in the era of digital transformation. With a JD Edwards cloud migration strategy centered around innovation, you can position your organization to benefit from groundbreaking new technologies like the Internet of Things (IoT), artificial intelligence (AI), blockchain and automation.
JD Edwards recommends that your cloud strategy include elements of software as a service, platform as a service, and infrastructure as a service:
It takes all three of these elements working together to create a cloud environment that can truly prepare you for the era of digital transformation. Let's walk through the possibilities
A cloud migration strategy can also help you take full advantage of the JD Edwards EnterpriseOne 9.2 release. The hallmark of the 9.2 release is continuous delivery: small updates containing new product innovations and features are delivered as soon as they become available. These updates allow you to start benefiting from new innovations quicker, and remove the business disruption that occurs when major releases are spaced out over several years.
One of the early steps to consider in your cloud migration is performing a lift and shift of your JD Edwards environment to Oracle Cloud Infrastructure (OCI). Each JD Edwards user is unique, so not all cloud migrations will look alike; it’s important that you develop your migration strategy to help you address your specific goals and requirements. To achieve this, there are three lift and shift patterns you should consider:
Only you and your cloud migration partner can decide which of these three patterns might be ideal for your organization.
With OCI or OCI Classic, you have the added advantage of innovations from JD Edwards 9.2, like One-Click Provisioning, containerization, and many other tightly integrated plays. OCI is the only cloud platform certified to run Oracle JD Edwards 9.2. This means that Oracle will provide complete SLA-driven support to the OS level, and together with its managed services providers, will also support the full stack of applications and infrastructure on this version. Clients are experiencing a 30 to 40 percent ROI through their migrations to Oracle Cloud Infrastructure.
One of the greatest benefits of a cloud platform is the ability to scale with artificial intelligence and cognitive solutions. In today’s expanding marketplace, AI services can be consumed in the cloud through REST-based APIs. This makes it easy to choose the AI-powered capabilities you want to add to your modernized application portfolio.
For example, Oracle has introduced intelligent chatbots with its Mobile Cloud Platform. These bots come with full dialogue and conversation capabilities, multilingual reach, machine learning, and the ability to integrate adaptively with Oracle applications. Deploying a support chatbot for JD Edwards could reduce L1 call volumes by as much as 70 percent.
As you upgrade into the cloud, you could also consider automating repetitive processes, systems tasks, events and Infrastructure.
As you transition your workloads into the cloud, it’s critical to have a partner that can not only migrate you, but also help digitize your footprint in the cloud and grow your business in the cloud economy. You need a partner that runs their JDE programs using agile methodologies, can prototype in days, has proven assets and methodologies, and can leverage design thinking principles in managing and transforming your business.
While there are several viable partners, IBM is among the leading vendors offering a full portfolio of offerings to the JD Edwards ecosystem, including consulting, managed services, cloud, and systems. We have real cognitive solutions for JD Edwards, developed using micro-services capabilities and JD Edwards chatbots, and are also implementing blockchain for JD Edwards clients.
Read this white paper to learn about an interesting Direct to Consumer AI solution deployed on Oracle Cloud Infrastructure.
I hope you’ve found this brief introduction to JD Edwards cloud migration helpful. Check out the IBM Oracle Cloud Impact Assessment to find out how we can help you plan your Oracle cloud migration roadmap. It could be the first step on your journey toward claiming your own piece of the coming productivity boom. Learn more about our partnership and services at ibm.com/oracle.