Wednesday Dec 10, 2014

Announcing JD Edwards EnterpriseOne Tools Release 9.1 Update 5 and Application Enhancements

JD Edwards EnterpriseOne Tools 9.1 Update 5 demonstrates Oracle’s commitment to continuous innovation for the JD Edwards EnterpriseOne 9.0 and 9.1 Application releases. Tools 9.1 Update 5 will enable JD Edwards EnterpriseOne customers to achieve competitive advantage by improving IT processes, driving down costs, and overall transforming their business.

JD Edwards EnterpriseOne Tools 9.1.5 Overview

Every JD Edwards EnterpriseOne installation is supported by a JD Edwards EnterpriseOne Tools release delivering an innovative user experience, scalability, high performance, and security for the JD Edwards EnterpriseOne application modules. Tools update releases are typically delivered every six to twelve months and contain new feature enhancements, new platform certifications, and product maintenance.

The JD Edwards EnterpriseOne Tools 9.1 Update 5 release (Tools 9.1.5) includes key enhancements to support the end-user experience, Oracle In-Memory database option, One View Reporting, System Administration, and Server Management.

JD Edwards EnterpriseOne end-user experience enhancements include:

A modern application look based on an updated style sheet called ‘Alta’ including changes in colors, fonts, icons, tabs, and buttons. This enhancement helps standardize the JD Edwards EnterpriseOne UI to match other Oracle ERP product and cloud offerings.

Simplified media objects with the ability to drag and drop files from the desktop.

Improved menu navigation using “breadcrumbs”, which provides quick access to recently run applications by preserving recent breadcrumbs between user sessions.

Simplified user interface navigation designed for the casual or infrequent user. Configurable by user or role, EnterpriseOne Pages provide simplified navigation, contain minimal applications, and exclude extra features such as menus and the carousel.

Improved calendar and email integration enabling users to send email and create meeting invitations from any application with a link back to the application.

JD Edwards One View Reporting Usability features provide the ability to:

Display a notification or warning message when a report exceeds the maximum amount of records that can be displayed and is configurable for PDFs that are shared among users.

Display the query criteria used on the application to generate the One View Report.

Simplify interaction by using a drill-back link from a report to automatically start the process of loading results into the called application.

Server Management and System Administration enhancements for:

Management of mobile applications through Server Manager to include the daily tracking of key metrics such as connected users, connected device type, mobile application and version, monitoring, and logging.

Reduce the time to build and deploy modifications and patches to servers by removing the requirement to build a client package prior to the build of a server package.

Support for clustered Business Services Server instance for JD Edwards EnterpriseOne outbound web services and Application Interface Services (AIS) Server to enable scalability, load balancing, and high availability for JD Edwards environments.

Platform Product Certifications to support:

Maintenance of your JD Edwards EnterpriseOne infrastructure with the latest platform components from Oracle and our technology vendors.

Oracle Database, including the Database In-Memory option

Oracle Database 12.1.x on IBM AIX and HP-UX

Internet Explorer 11 in native mode, rather than in compatibility mode

IBM DB2 on IBM AIX and Microsoft Windows

IBM i 7.2

JD Edwards EnterpriseOne Tools 9.1 Update 5 is the final planned update to Tools 9.1. The next planned tools release is JD Edwards EnterpriseOne Tools 9.2.

Available as part of standard maintenance, JD Edwards EnterpriseOne Tools 9.1 Update 5 is available for Application releases 9.0 (including Updates 1 & 2) and 9.1 (including Update 2). JD Edwards EnterpriseOne Tools 9.1 Update 5 is not compatible with application releases preceding JD Edwards EnterpriseOne Applications 9.0.

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Thursday Dec 04, 2014

Friday Workshops for the JDE Summit in Denver announced


yesterday I have seen the announcement for additional Friday Workshops during the JD Edwards Summit in Broomfield/Denver. The summit itself is scheduled for TUESDAY - THURSDAY (Feb 3-5).

The additional offering is for FRIDAY, Feb 6th. Please read the announcement and the Details about the Agenda on the extra Registration page

If you have not registered for the Summit so far please do so on this page

Tuesday Nov 25, 2014

JD Edwards EnterpriseOne Pre-InFocus Partner Day

Monday, December 1, 2014
9:30 AM – 5:30 PM MDT  (-7 UTC)

Dial-in Information:.
US Dial in: +1-866-682-4770
Meeting ID: 8561671
Security Code: 123456
International Call Link

Web Conference Information:
Event Number: Various
Password: OracleJDE01

This month, we are bringing a variety of topics that will be covered as part of our (now) annual Pre-InFocus Partner Day that will be hosted on the JDE Campus in Denver.

Please join each month’s call to hear the latest on various JDE technical topics, upcoming events, as well as current & new JDE project progress

Projected Topics & Speakers

(Links to each web conference the title of the session, (all times Mountain Standard Time)

Event  Number:  596 788 297
Time:  9:30 am – 10:00 am MST (-7 UTC)
Jeff Erickson
, Senior Manager, JD Edwards EnterpriseOne Tools and Technology

Event  Number:  598 733 316
Time:  10:00 am – 12:00 pm MST (-7 UTC)
Darryl Shakespeare,
Product Development Director, JD Edwards EnterpriseOne Tools and Technology

Event  Number:  590 369 010
Time:  1:00 pm – 2:00 pm MST (-7 UTC)
Janet Rans,
Principal Software Engineer, JD Edwards EnterpriseOne Tools and Technology

Event  Number:  598 334 579
Time:  2:00 pm – 3:00 pm MST (-7 UTC)
AJ Schifano
, Senior Principal Product Manager, JD Edwards EnterpriseOne Tools and Technology

Event  Number:  595 953 143
Time:  3:00 pm – 4:00 pm MST (-7 UTC)
Clayton Seeley
, Principal Product Manager, JD Edwards EnterpriseOne Tools and Technology

Event  Number:  596 224 333
Time:  4:00 pm – 5:00 pm MST (-7 UTC)
Gurbinder Bali
, Director Product Strategy, JD Edwards EnterpriseOne Tools and Technology

Wednesday Nov 19, 2014

SAVE THE DATE - EMEA JDEdwards Partner & Customer Summit - DURBAN FEB 16-20, 2015

I want to announce the next EMEA JD Edwards Partner Community event in Durban, South Africa in FEB 2015.

You find the save-the-date announcement inside the NOV newsletter (just released) and the complete information here.

We do have a sponsorship model and certain rules for Partner to participate. I will prepare a separate announcement on this. Expect this within the next week (NOV 24-28, 2014)

Customers are invited to attend Day 3 and also the workshops on Day 4-5 for free

We will release a detailed schedule and a registration page shortly.

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