Wednesday Nov 19, 2014

NOV Newsletter is out

The latest EMEA JD Edwards Partner Community Newsletter is available to you here.

Thursday Nov 13, 2014

Now Generally Available: JD Edwards EnterpriseOne Mobile Framework for Developing and Extending Mobile Enterprise Applications

Now Generally Available: JD Edwards EnterpriseOne Mobile Framework for Developing and Extending Mobile Enterprise Applications

Extending its commitment to powering the world’s increasingly mobile workforce, Oracle is announcing support for mobile development and extensibility for JD Edwards EnterpriseOne Mobile Enterprise Applications.

JD Edwards EnterpriseOne Mobile Framework

JD Edwards EnterpriseOne Mobile Framework, in conjunction with Oracle Mobile Application Framework, addresses the challenge of simplifying mobile application development, enabling developers to securely create and deliver a more customer-specific mobile experience. JD Edwards EnterpriseOne customers can maximize IT investments and lower application development costs for enterprise mobility, using tools that enable organizations to easily build and securely extend mobile applications.

Oracle Mobile Application Framework (Oracle MAF) is a hybrid mobile framework that enables developers to rapidly develop single-source applications and deploy them to both Apple's iOS and Google's Android platforms. Oracle MAF leverages Java, HTML5, and JavaScript to deliver a complete Model View Control (MVC) framework with declarative user interface definition, device feature integration, and built in security. Oracle MAF provides a visual development experience and maximizes code reuse to achieve faster development of mobile applications.

JD Edwards EnterpriseOne Mobile Framework simplifies the development of mobile applications built with Oracle MAF for JD Edwards EnterpriseOne back office applications. Now customers and partners can leverage the same framework tools that enabled JD Edwards development to deliver many JD Edwards EnterpriseOne Mobile Enterprise Applications within one year. These framework tools enable customers and partners to build new mobile applications or extend existing Mobile Enterprise Applications.

Customers and partners can extend and modify existing JD Edwards EnterpriseOne Mobile Enterprise Applications by downloading Mobile Application Archives (MAA) that are now available on the Oracle Software Delivery Cloud and JD Edwards Update Center. Extensibility with Oracle Mobile Application Framework 2.0 enhancements is now available for these eighteen (18) previously released JD Edwards EnterpriseOne Mobile Enterprise Applications with more MAA coming soon.

  • Manage Equipment for Tablet & Smartphone
  • Manage My Work Orders for Tablet & Smartphone
  • Template Meter Readings for Tablet
  • Create Work Order for Tablet
  • Review Team Work Orders for Tablet & Smartphone
  • Work Order Time Entry for Tablet & Smartphone
  • General Ledger Batch Approvals for Tablet & Smartphon
  • Invoice Batch Approvals for Tablet & Smartphone
  • Receipt Batch Approvals for Tablet & Smartphone
  • Voucher Batch Approvals for Tablet & Smartphone

The MAA download includes a license for the Oracle Mobile Application Framework Foundation supplying limited, but valuable change capabilities without a full-use Oracle Mobile Application Framework license. This limited license permits changes, such as signing and deploying the mobile application, and leveraging Mobile Application Management solutions to manage applications. The license also allows customers and partners to make modifications to apps, such as changing the icon and skin, adding additional fields integrated with JD Edwards EnterpriseOne, and modifying business logic.

For additional information on JD Edwards EnterpriseOne Mobile Framework and a full description of the MAF license usage, refer to the Developing and Customizing Mobile Enterprise Applications Guide.

For additional information on JD Edwards EnterpriseOne Mobile Framework Java APIs for developing custom mobile enterprise applications, refer to the JD Edwards EnterpriseOne Mobile Framework Java API Reference Guide.

JD Edwards EnterpriseOne Mobile Framework is available on a minimum Tools Release  Development of new mobile applications is supported for application releases 9.0 and 9.1. Mobile Application Archives are delivered for Release 9.1.

For additional information on JD Edwards EnterpriseOne mobile applications, refer to the Mobile Enterprise Applications Implementation Guide.

JD Edwards EnterpriseOne Mobile Enterprise Applications are available on Release 9.1 and minimum Tools Release Tablet and Smartphone apps are available for download from Apple’s App Store for iOS and from Google Play for Android.

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Tuesday Nov 11, 2014

Internet of Things (IoT) - Real life JD Edwards example from OpenWorld

IoT, enabled by Oracle Fusion Middleware and JD Edwards

With each Open World we continue to see incredible innovations carried out by our customers and partners. One theme that has gained a lot of traction this year is Internet of Things (IoT). Today we will take a closer look at a session that covered a live IoT story at one of our customers, co-presented with our customer, partner, and product teams. We will look at Oracle’s IoT platform and how Fusion Middleware bridges the gap between device data and enterprise applications.

IoT drives industrial innovations but also presents various challenges. For example, the lack of standardization and the lack of integration prohibit a lot of businesses from benefiting from this industrial trend. Oracle has a complete IoT platform that answers to those challenges in the following ways:

  • Standardized Java platform to develop & deploy applications across devices and applications
  • Scalable analytics with Big Data, event processing and Business Intelligence
  • Integrate processes between people, applications and devices 
  • Enable security, compliance and data protection across devices and enterprise data center

Middleware especially provides key functionalities such as real-time analysis (through our Fast Data offering), integration (delivered by SOA and BPM), security (through our Identity Management stack), and monitoring (through our WebCenter products and Mobile Application Framework)

Let us take a closer look at our customer, Superior Industries, who presented in this Open World session. Superior implemented an automatic equipment tracking and JD Edwards process automation solution with an Oracle Gold Partner, EmeraldCube Solutions. A Minnesota manufacturing company selling material-handling equipment, Superior Industries is a JD Edwards customer that faced a particular problem: they had no automated way to track machine usage and maintenance. Their manual tracking using paper, vocal communication, and manual work orders produced a number of issues: lack of accuracy, consistency, reliability and scalability. Machines were often either over-maintained or under-maintained.  

To address these problems, Superior reached out to EmeraldCube, an Oracle partner who provides an IoT solution including sensor technology and a Java-embedded platform for JDE users. Their EmeraldSensor was used to track Superior’s equipment utilization and cycles via electric current monitoring; when machines need maintenance, the platform automatically creates work orders in JDE through the Assets & Maintenance module.

Superior benefits from this implementation in numerous ways. 

  • Safety: Machines maintained based on actual usage equal safer equipment and fewer injuries
  • Liability: Hard data reflecting actual usage allows Superior to legally prove that maintenance follows manufacturers recommendations
  • Maintenance: Technicians only do preventive maintenance when needed thus recovering some lost opportunity costs
  • Trends: Visibility into usage patterns and how they correlate with production. Allows plant managers to detect if machines are over/under utilized

The projected savings amount to over $80,000/year in labor costs alone, and over $100,000/year in maintenance costs.

The session concludes with a demo from Oracle’s Fusion Middleware product management team, showing a facility monitoring scenario that happens to closely resemble the use case from Superior. Equipment temperature data is monitored and analyzed by Java-embedded gateways, which perform first level of processing. Alerts are sent to the Fusion Middleware enterprise back end to go through a second level of event processing. Business processes are driven by these alerts. When a work order needs to be created, Fusion Middleware also performs that automatically through JDE EnterpriseOne’s asset management API. Meanwhile, user interactions are performed in an Oracle MAF application, where business rules on the gateway can also be updated. Because the gateway is smart, it can open up APIs and understand commands coming from outside.

This session proves that IoT is no longer a catchphrase. Oracle customers are already benefiting and innovating from this revolution, and Oracle has a complete IoT platform with best-in-class technology in every level, from Java-embedded devices and gateways to middleware and applications – engineered to work together. 

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(Thanks to my colleague Jürgen Kress for putting my attention to this content)

Monday Nov 03, 2014

NEW EMEA JD Edwards EnterpriseOne Reference Story

Jordan Petroleum Refinery Accelerates Its Supply Chain, Shortens Sales Cycles, and Improves Customer Service

  Read the complete Story here

Wednesday Oct 15, 2014

Additional Enhancements and NEW Mobile Apps now Generally Available