Wednesday Nov 11, 2015

JDE101 Graduates

Back in May we began recruiting our first class of new JDE professionals to attend the newly launched JDE101 training program (see the original May 26, 2015 post below).  The students successfully completed the course and many are now looking to begin their JDE careers. If you have open JDE positions in your company, please take a few minutes to explore the resumes of these great candidates. Who knows, you may find the perfect person for you company.

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Help us recruit new talent into the JD Edwards Community! Calling All College Students – IT & JD Edwards, the Perfect Pairing for a Great Career

By Kem Butler-Oracle on May 26, 2015

Are you interested in seeing more trained JD Edwards resources in the market?

If you are a member of the JD Edwards EnterpriseOne community, either as a customer or partner, then you probably agree that having more new trained JD Edwards consultants would be a good thing. And it’s entirely within your power to help make it happen…and we need your help NOW.

JDE101 is proud to announce the first JD Edwards training and certification program as part of university curriculum. Students studying Information Technology that wish to boost their learning and resumes with specific ERP training can now enroll for a two week JD Edwards Financials and Distribution training and certification program being offered at the University of Colorado.

Read about the University of Colorado JD Edwards program

Encourage students to apply

We hope that if you know of students studying Information Technology that you will encourage them to enroll in the JD Edwards training. Students and recent graduates from any college or university may sign up for a two week JD Edwards course held in Denver, co-sponsored by the University of Colorado Denver Business School.

Please take a few minutes to explore JDE101 and then share the link with anyone you think would be interested!


Tuesday Oct 06, 2015

Announcing JD Edwards EnterpriseOne Release 9.2

Transformational business innovation for companies to thrive in the digital economy

Extending its commitment to Oracle’s JD Edwards, Oracle announces JD Edwards EnterpriseOne Release 9.2. This latest release provides transformational business solutions to allow companies to innovate in the digital economy, new industry solutions to achieve competitive advantage, and enhanced choices of platform and deployment options to run your business your way.

"For Oracle’s JD Edwards customers and the markets we serve, JD Edwards EnterpriseOne Release 9.2 is a transformational shift to new approaches to solving business problems while offering deeper industry capability and deployment choice," said Lyle Ekdahl, senior vice president general manager, Oracle’s JD Edwards. "With this new release, Oracle has invested in innovation that addresses the demands of the digital economy. These kinds of dramatic improvements give rise to transformative change and can enable organizations to implement new business technologies and innovate with new products and services that were unthinkable before this release. Our existing and prospective customers will immediately notice the value of our JD Edwards EnterpriseOne 9.2 enhancements and will move to capitalize on them to establish a competitive advantage."

Transformation for the Digital Economy

New JD Edwards EnterpriseOne 9.2 capabilities enable workers to:

  • Facilitate SMART (strategic, mobile, architected for real-time) change.
  • Accelerate business execution on their mobile device.
  • Benefit from meaningful and timely data and machine-to-machine transaction processing from devices that are IoT enabled with the JD Edwards EnterpriseOne Internet of Things (IoT) Orchestrator.
  • Adopt enhanced real-time end user personalization to provide a greater interactive user experience and easier, faster views into complex information.
  • Achieve significant agility, time and cost savings with new simplified administration and upgrade processes.

Industry Focus that Creates Competitive Advantage

New product functionality for the projects, consumer goods, and manufacturing and distribution industries.

Advanced Job Forecasting provides key capabilities for project-focused industries, such as engineering and construction to prevent project cost overruns due to lack of detail forecast visibility and to provide more accurate cash flow management throughout the project lifecycle.

  • Project managers gain significant new capabilities to capture and audit a project’s expected labor and material expenses.
  • Forecasts can now include anticipated material quantities and cost changes, as well as specific skills and pay levels required for remaining job phases.
  • Project managers can use several new forecast calculation methods and can define their own calculations.
  • Users can save and compare multiple forecasts, to compare what/if scenarios and store audits of forecasted versus actual factors.

Outbound Inventory Management optimizes inventory performance and significantly reduces business complexity for suppliers in the consumer goods and manufacturing and distribution industries.

  • Manages the complete vendor-managed inventory and consignment lifecycle – from defining agreements through ordering, shipping, invoicing, and replenishment.
  • Facilitates stronger customer collaboration, reduces customer stock-outs, and improves forecast accuracy, all of which results in increased customer loyalty and improved supplier profitability.

Choice – Your Business. Your Way.

JD Edwards EnterpriseOne maintains its position as the leading ERP open-systems platform and now offers customers:

  • Multiple technology options to run the product, including a complete vertically integrated Oracle technology stack.
  • Enhanced JD Edwards EnterpriseOne integration platform that improves co-existence with other applications, including Oracle Cloud applications.
  • A choice of deployment options, including on-premise or hybrid deployment, Oracle or partner managed private cloud, and partner-managed public cloud.
  • Tools to enable citizen developers to create new business solutions that easily extend the JD Edwards EnterpriseOne platform, offering companies personalized approaches to transform and grow their businesses.

JD Edwards EnterpriseOne Release 9.2 platform and products provide more options for personalization, extension, and co-existence with other applications to support agile business solutions that respond to customers’ unique business needs. This release enables business transformation for the digital economy, improves capabilities for several key industries, and provides customers with the choices they want to run their business their way.

For additional details on JD Edwards EnterpriseOne Applications Release 9.2 and JD Edwards EnterpriseOne Tools Release 9.2, click here.

Thursday Sep 03, 2015

Opera, Innovation and The (R)evolution of Steve Jobs

By Denise Grills, Vice President, JD Edwards Content and Communications Engineering

In my last blog, I told you about my recent trip to the Santa Fe Opera and what I learned about orchestration and its meaning for technology. However, this year’s Santa Fe opera experience sparked another thought process, this time about tradition and innovation, and it’s not what you might think.

The current summer season of the Santa Fe Opera includes a world premiere of the opera Cold Mountain. A world premiere is a big deal in opera. Imagine being in the audience when Strauss brought Salome to the stage.

However, with anything new there is no shortage of controversy and different opinions. My husband is not a fan of contemporary opera. In Cold Mountain, he was waiting for the big stand-and-sing or “Park and Bark” arias of the classics (as was the reviewer from the New York Times). Other reviewers and opera fans, myself included, like the newer opera formats that tell the story with orchestra and singing in a way different than the traditional. Regardless, the traditional opera basics are still there: a conductor leading singers and musicians, a story broken into acts, and wonderful scores. Innovation continues building on the foundation of the past.

In the Oracle’s JD Edwards development organization, we have worked to take the tradition and strength of the JD Edwards architecture and stretch and expand it for new audiences. Where our earlier users were typically found in an office or manufacturing plant, we now have new users on mobile devices in the field. JD Edwards software has long allowed power users to make their software perform with quick shortcuts they had memorized. Now, however, new users and those on mobile devices want fewer screens to reach their operational objectives. Some users may not be humans at all but devices. Harmony results from ease of use and a better user experience. It’s precisely, the powerful, flexible technology foundation with strong industry functionality that enables us to modernize and innovate JD Edwards software to meet the demands of the next generation.

Opera and technology may, at first glance, inhabit different ecosystems, but both actually demonstrate that innovation thrives best with a strong tradition at its back.

If this comparison between opera and technology seems a bit of a stretch, wait until 2017 when the Santa Fe Opera will premiere a new opera “The (R)evolution of Steve Jobs,” with music by Mason Bates. Bates is known for combining electronic sounds and traditional instruments.

It’s a bit of a wait – fortunately, you won’t have to wait long for the next great innovation from JD Edwards.

Tuesday Aug 18, 2015

Opera, Maestros, and the Internet of Things

By Denise Grills, Vice President JD Edwards Content and Communications Engineering

What do opera and the Internet of Things (IoT) have in common? Trick question, right?

Well, a recent trip with my husband to Opera Festival week in Santa Fe, New Mexico gave me a different way to explain how a newly released, powerful Oracle’s JD Edwards product, called the JD Edwards EnterpriseOne IoT Orchestrator, actually works.

Although we have attended more than 40 operas in Santa Fe over the last 16 years, we find ourselves keen to learn more. We spent our mornings last week in a seminar studying the five operas presented each night.

One of our teachers, a well-known musicologist and flutist, reminded us to pay attention to the orchestra as well as the singers, costumes, and staging. One of the featured operas, Richard Strauss’ Salome (debuted in 1905), had an amazing 88-member orchestra playing elbow to elbow in the orchestra pit. Some of the instruments were available in their current design in Strauss’ time, and others have changed and evolved over the last 100 years. It is the job of the conductor to plan for, manage, and direct all these players, not to mention the singers and dancers on the stage. For this amazing feat conductors earn the title “Maestro.”

Thinking about the conductor’s role in “orchestration” led me to realize some similarities between my opera experience and our latest Oracle JD Edwards product, the aptly named JD Edwards EnterpriseOne IoT Orchestrator - a type of digital “Maestro.”

The JD Edwards EnterpriseOne IoT Orchestrator pulls together all IoT devices and makes their output directly available to JD Edwards EnterpriseOne applications. The JD Edwards applications “listen” to them, and eliminate costly, mundane, and error-prone manual input while supporting enterprise operations based on accurate, real-time data. Devices might measure temperature or moisture, but regardless of device type, the JD Edwards EnterpriseOne IoT Orchestrator allows them to “sing” to JD Edwards applications. When the “music is heard” by the application for example that temperature or moisture levels have dropped to unacceptable levels on a food truck, a notification to the driver can be “orchestrated”. New devices can add the “drumbeat” indicating an ecological problem may be occurring as a result of leaking pipelines. The JD Edwards EnterpriseOne IoT Orchestrator can also “play in harmony” with other products. New instruments may be invented or added at any time, but the JD Edwards EnterpriseOne IoT Orchestrator won’t miss a beat.

Like the opera, the many movements of Internet of Things enabled devices need to be orchestrated for collecting, filtering, and analyzing, real-time data as it is being transmitted. Like the musical score, the “Maestros” provide analysis and guidance that eliminate costly manual processes and react to opportunities for audiences’ expected conclusions.

With the JD Edwards EnterpriseOne IoT Orchestrator, JD Edwards has released game-changing software with an impact that is beginning to reverberate around the corporate offices of the world.

Never underestimate the power of music to illuminate a technical achievement.

For more information on the JD Edwards Internet of Things Orchestrator, go to our launch pad.

For more information on the Santa Fe Opera, go to

Tuesday Jul 28, 2015

ERP at the Speed of Intelligence: The Internet of Things Makes the Supply Chain Faster and Smarter

By Barbara Verble, Manager JD Edwards Information Development

In just a few years, the Internet of Things has exploded across the technology world and beyond. For businesses running on ERP systems, the Internet of Things is no longer just a futuristic idea, but a clear and present opportunity. It’s not the proverbial elephant in the room because the techie and business blogosphere can’t STOP talking about it.

What about the Internet of Things and ERP? Yes, we’re talking about that too – a lot! Lots of ideas, lots of use cases are being floated around and experimented with. According to a recent Forbes blog, business cases can be made, but are still waiting to be articulated and quantified by companies looking to deploy the Internet of Things in a way that benefits their business.

So perhaps it’s time to go back to the basics: What is the rationale for implementing an ERP system in the first place? Isn’t it to gain operational efficiency by doing such things as reducing cost and enhancing productivity? If that’s true, then improved operational efficiency is also a good starting point for considering an Internet of Things deployment. Yes, the business case will need to get more specific than that eventually, but for starters, making today’s ERP work better is a worthy goal.

The idea of just making ERP work better may actually be an understatement. When we start looking at the capabilities inherent in connecting operational and informational technology, the IoT-powered ERP looks more like ERP on steroids: Sensors, beacons, and other devices embedded in manufacturing, maintenance, and logistics processes can provide the data and data volume that will exploit the power of ERP systems in ways never possible before – in real time.

Internet of Things use cases are being developed for many aspects of ERP, but perhaps none more so than for manufacturing. Some examples:

  • Forecasting demand as accurately as possible is one of the holy grails of ERP, with accurate forecasts translating into profitability. Imagine a manufacturer of consumer products who is able to translate real-time data on the sale of products into immediate adjustments of production volume. On-demand manufacturing has been around for a while, but the ability to update demand constantly to avoid over-or underproduction has not. In an environment where demand might be volatile, the ability to act on real-time data could have an enormous impact on the manufacturer’s bottom line.
  • Getting immediate feedback on the purchase of consumer products would benefit not only the manufacturer but also retail and transportation. The retailer can order and manage inventory with greater accuracy, and the logistics company can adjust routes and destination based on demand.
  • Related to the framework of adjusting production to real-time demand information is the process for adjusting the component supply on the production line. As a result of demand adjustments, the required number of parts for a production can be reset and the replenishment process regulated by sensors that detect the volume or weight of parts and initiate replenishment processes accordingly.
  • Production can be maintained with minimal interruption if the machines are equipped with sensors that provided early warning of performance degradation and schedule maintenance and a shift to other production lines to avoid production disruptions at critical times.
  • Finally, there is the other holy grail of ERP – quality. An article in IndustryWeek argues that the Internet of Things offers several avenues for quality improvements beyond the production process itself. For example, sensors attached to the product could be used to keep tabs on the product after it’s sold. These sensors would provide targeted maintenance feedback and services and thus maintain customer satisfaction.

All of these scenarios are central to the ERP space. Not many would dispute the benefits of upping the game on these use cases. The main challenges revolve around the “how,” not the “why” of these applications, that is, the best way to make the collected data available to the ERP system to generate appropriate action.

Enter the Oracle’s JD Edwards EnterpriseOne Internet of Things Orchestrator. JD Edwards is going to market with Internet of Things technology that provides a virtually seamless, powerful integration of operational and information technology. Without limiting our customers to specific applications, such as sketched on the examples above, JD Edwards provides a tool that “hears” the vast amount of sensor “sounds,” filters out the “noise,” and creates a sound score that the ERP system understands, records, and turns into the “music” of targeted action.

Yes, ERP has been around for a while, and it’s tried and true in many ways. However, this old dog is learning some great new tricks, and you, your customers, and your employees benefit.

Find detailed information on Oracle’s JD Edwards EnterpriseOne Internet of Things solutions here.

Sunday Jul 12, 2015

Partnering to Focus on Software Quality

By John Schiff, Vice President JD Edwards

JD Edwards delivers new software products, new features and product enhancements to the market on a regular basis. Our top organizational goals are to deliver compelling, value add solutions to our customers, and to do so with high software quality, ensuring customers can achieve a rapid time to value and low risk. JD Edwards software is very high quality, and our quality trending remains positive as is evidenced in our solid customer satisfaction ratings, our low bug reported rate and very few customer escalations.

We believe in investing in quality, and in this post, I want to share with you our recent efforts as we are very excited about the impact and value customers can expect. In short we have stepped up our Beta testing software programs. “Beta” software refers to computer software that's not officially released to the market.

In our recent development projects, we sought out and engaged partners and customers to participate in our Beta Programs.  The response we are experiencing is strong and the results are worth sharing.

We sought out partners to beta test new planned tools and technology features. Participating qualified partners included Auto Deploy, Circular Edge, Forza Consulting BV, GSI (Global Systems Integration), and Q Software Global Limited. Due to their efforts, the next tools release of JD Edwards will be ready for prime time! I'd particularly like to single out Auto Deploy and Forza for their technical expertise, detailed testing and feedback. Auto Deploy went so far as to send videos of the issues they were running into with the software. This greatly helped the support and development teams work with the reported bugs.

A successful beta program helps JD Edwards deliver a quality product. We can better evaluate the total customer experience and address bugs/issues before the software is GA. The beta testing allows us to analyze and improve real-world performance and test real-world compatibility. We are able to assess and improve the user experience, documentation, tutorials and other support materials.

From the customer perspective, knowing there are partners with early awareness and experience with the latest and greatest features should provide confidence in your planning adoption and uptake of new tools and technologies designed to advance your business.

Many thanks again to Auto Deploy LLC,  Circular Edge, LLC, Forza Consulting BV, GSI, and  Q Software Global Limited for taking the time to participate and help us improve the quality of our future products.

Tuesday May 26, 2015

Help us recruit new talent into the JD Edwards Community! Calling All College Students – IT & JD Edwards, the Perfect Pairing for a Great Career

Are you interested in seeing more trained JD Edwards resources in the market?

If you are a member of the JD Edwards EnterpriseOne community, either as a customer or partner, then you probably agree that having more new trained JD Edwards consultants would be a good thing. And it’s entirely within your power to help make it happen…and we need your help NOW.

JDE101 is proud to announce the first JD Edwards training and certification program as part of university curriculum. Students studying Information Technology that wish to boost their learning and resumes with specific ERP training can now enroll for a two week JD Edwards Financials and Distribution training and certification program being offered at the University of Colorado.

Read about the University of Colorado JD Edwards program

Encourage students to apply

We hope that if you know of students studying Information Technology that you will encourage them to enroll in the JD Edwards training. Students and recent graduates from any college or university may sign up for a two week JD Edwards course held in Denver, co-sponsored by the University of Colorado Denver Business School.

Please take a few minutes to explore JDE101 and then share the link with anyone you think would be interested!


Tuesday Mar 17, 2015

Look No Further - JD Edwards EnterpriseOne is Your Integration Solution Today.

If you could get one wish fulfilled to achieve a great IT system for your company, what would it be? There’s certainly no shortage of big ideas that are constantly being promoted and dissected in business and IT publications, social media, online discussion groups, and blogs. Big data, the cloud, the Internet of Things are some of the main themes energizing the current debate, and there are, without question, some great emerging ideas and technologies that are already driving transformation.

Still, an IT executive might be forgiven for thinking first about the added complexity these great ideas would bring rather than the solutions they might provide to business problems. Your IT executive might actually have some more immediate, pressing concerns that need to be addressed before your organization is able to launch into big data, the Internet of Things, or the cloud. While no one can, or would want to, ignore the potential of these technologies, many businesses deal with a pressing issue that impacts the efficiency and cost of doing business today – the integration of their system and applications.

Application integration or, more accurately, the lack of integration, can be the “elephant in the room.” Businesses often work with multiple on-premise systems and cloud applications, but at the same time are continually driven to optimize their business processes to improve efficiency and thereby reduce cost. Resolving this conundrum can be a challenge because:

  • Lack of integration leads to poor visibility of consolidated business data and information required to support business decisions. Lack of insight, in turn, can translate into poor or delayed decisions, increasing both cost and risk.
    • Integration poorly executed undermines productivity and compromises confidence in the resulting data, while still not achieving the goal of having timely access to data to support rapid and well-informed business decisions.
    • Having to manage disparate systems consumes IT and business resources and thus reduces business agility and the ability to be responsive to changing business conditions and advancing technologies. These technologies could be leveraged more quickly and effectively if resources were not tied up supporting the monitoring and maintenance of various systems.

So what is the answer then? How can your IT organization optimize your ERP business processes today and be prepared for the technologies of tomorrow? The answer is to think about integrations as an integral part of any IT strategy and to consider integration capabilities of any solution or solution set as a key part of buying and upgrade decisions.

The good news is that with JD Edwards EnterpriseOne you already have or get a comprehensive, agile, and forward-looking integration solution that enables you to run an efficient business today and will help you prepare for the great solutions of tomorrow.

How so? Here are just some examples of how JD Edwards EnterpriseOne not only supports your integration needs but makes these integrations easy for numerous integration scenarios.

  • Looking for application integrations? - JD Edwards has done extensive work using the EnterpriseOne architecture and toolset to provide business interfaces that enable interfaces between JD Edwards EnterpriseOne and a range of Oracle and third-party applications. These business interfaces save effort and cost, while providing the flexibility to adapt the integration to a company’s specific requirements and achieve key business objectives.
  • Looking to build your own integrations? - JD Edwards supports this capability by providing interfaces, such as business (web) services and real-time events, that you can use to easily build integrations. These interfaces are built based on SOA standards and the Oracle Middleware SOA Suite.
  • Need integrations on demand? - JD Edwards enables you to use a Composition Application Framework to create quick and easy user interface integrations.
  • Wanting to move to mobile? - JD Edwards has not only delivered 80+ mobile applications across the ERP spectrum using the most modern, light-weight architecture in the form of RESTful business services, but also empowers customers to extend mobile apps by customizing existing mobile apps or building their own using the same technology.
  • Moving to the cloud? - JD Edwards has already provided the building blocks for interfaces to several Oracle Cloud applications. JD Edwards’s partners also provide integrations to cloud solutions or can host cloud solutions for you. And as Oracle expands the technologies and solutions to enable easy on premise to cloud application integrations, JD Edwards will develop strategies to embrace them where it makes sense. For more information on Oracle’s planned Integration Cloud Service, go here.


This list does not exhaust the list of integration options that JD Edwards offers. JD Edwards integration options include point-to-point solutions, as well as outbound and inbound batch processes.

Beyond what is available today, JD Edwards is also actively engaging with customers’ future needs and requirements. Look for upcoming discussions of JD Edwards initiatives on how to unlock the potential of ERP in many industries, like never before, using Internet of Things.

Please visit for the latest JD Edwards Integration Platform whitepaper, data sheet, and other helpful information and tools.

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Monday Feb 16, 2015

It’s the Best of Times for Oracle JD Edwards Partners: JD Edwards Puts a Spotlight on Global Partner Excellence

Partners play an important role in Oracle’s JD Edwards ecosystem. They collaborate with JD Edwards on many levels from sales leadership to successful customer implementations. The closeness and productiveness of these relationships developed over many years was in evidence at the recently concluded sixth annual JD Edwards Summit conference.

 To acknowledge the importance of our partners, we announced the winners of the JD Edwards Partner Excellence Award at Summit 2015. Partners were nominated for their creative contributions in solving real-world customer challenges and for their development and deployment of JD Edwards applications.

Annual JD Edwards Partner Conference Showcases Partner Excellence

The JD Edwards award selection team was overwhelmed with the number of nominations for these awards; this fact is in itself an acknowledgement of the importance and achievements of JD Edwards partners.

The awards were presented during the Summit 2015 awards ceremony on Wednesday, February 4, 2015 at Omni Interlocken Hotel and Resort in Broomfield, CO. Recognition went to partner solutions and best practices for innovative and successful uses of Oracle JD Edwards applications. Honorees demonstrated excellence in multiple categories including sales, marketing, cloud deployment, vertical industry solutions, and innovation. The recipients represent Oracle PartnerNetwork members from around the world.

The 2015 Awards recognized 21 Oracle partners, across 13 solution and momentum categories. Recipients included:

• Regional License Revenue Production – Global – IBM

• Regional License Revenue Production – EMEA – Redfaire

• Regional License Revenue Production – North America – CSS International, Inc.

• Regional License Revenue Production – Asia-Pacific – UXC Red Rock Consulting • Cloud Integration – The MASYC Group, Inc.

• Cloud Deployment and Offerings – Syntax

• Creative Marketing – Denovo

• Innovation – New Technology – Guidewire Software and Elephant Head

• Vertical Industry Breakout Execution – Cadran Consultancy b.v.

• New Hire Development – L&T Infotech

• Upgrades – Grant Thornton LLP

• Customers Reinvesting in JD Edwards – WhiteLight Group, LLC

• Support of Customer User Groups – Corning Data Services, Inc.

• Best Success Story – Cyret Technologies

• Best Success Story – ITCROSS

• Best Success Story – iSP3 Solution Providers Inc.

• Best Success Story – Terillium Inc.

• Best Success Story – Tata Consultancy Services Limited

• Year-Round Success Story Nominations – KPIT Technologies Ltd.

• Sales Enablement – Emerald Cube Solutions, LLC

During the awards ceremony, John Schiff, Vice President JD Edwards, conveyed appreciation from the JD Edwards executive team for the contributions made by JD Edwards partners on a daily basis. “We are pleased to honor the innovation, dedication and excellence that the JD Edwards Partner Excellence Award winners have demonstrated over the past year.” He went on to explain, “these partners demonstrate their commitment each year for original technologies and unique approaches to solving real world client challenges. The submissions we received this year illustrate the passion and pride our partners have in working with Oracle to deliver JD Edwards customers winning, proven solutions to solve their most critical business challenges.”

Acknowledgement also came from Terri Hall, Group Vice President, NAS Alliances and Innovative Client Services. "The JD Edwards Partner Excellence Awards recognize the innovative solutions and business achievements of partners within the Oracle PartnerNetwork. The growing number of nominations for award categories is evidence of the enthusiasm, success, and pride Oracle JD Edwards partners have for their solutions. The Oracle PartnerNetwork remains a valuable asset to Oracle, its partners, and our customers, and we will continue to work closely with partners to deliver solutions that JD Edwards customers need."

Don’t forget Lyle’s challenge! Each partner should encourage our JD Edwards customers to become “more Social” by connecting to our JD Edwards channels on LinkedIn, Twitter, or the JD Edwards Blog. Please ask your customers to follow @OracleJDEdwards and @lyleekdahl on Twitter. Join our LinkedIn profile for customers at J.D. Edwards Professionals. And read our Oracle blog from JD Edwards Attitude@Altitude.

The JD Edwards Summit 2015 was a resounding success in many ways. Honoring partner successes and achievements took the conference experience to a new level for all attendees. There is much to look forward for the JD Edwards Summit 2016 with many more innovative partner solutions and sales successes to celebrate.

Friday Oct 31, 2014

Internet of Things— Superfood for your Business

By Ward Quarles - JD Edwards Director

Popeye is depicted as capable of creating solutions to problems that everyone else thought were insurmountable. After consuming his superfood, spinach, solutions were possible because of his superhuman strength.  Will the Internet of Things become superfood to our businesses?

The Internet of Things (IoT) is the next frontier in technology and business development. JD Edwards customers are exploring IoT technologies that allow them to capture, transmit and analyze an unprecedented amount of data, much of which was trapped in their ERP systems. More importantly, these customers are looking for ways to use this data to improve or even radically change their business, and to combine operations technology with information technology to learn something new. The IoT could supercharge any vertical market using JD Edwards EnterpriseOne applications.

Oracle’s JD Edwards Internet of Things platform delivers an integrated, secure, and comprehensive solution. Just as JD Edwards EnterpriseOne applications help organizations improve their business results, data collected from an organizations business process using an IoT strategy enables organizations to further extend value to their company assets, manufacturing operations, projects and services, and supply chain.

It’s easy to see how an integrated, connected JD Edwards system leveraging IoT technology will create a competitive advantage. Maybe even more compelling than the leafy greens that gave Popeye his strength.

Read Lyle Ekdahl's blog on Forbes

Watch JD Edwards IoT

Wednesday Aug 27, 2014

6 Tips on How to Choose and Implement an ERP System


Lyle Ekdahl, Senior Vice President General Manager, Oracle’s JD Edwards

Cliff Godwin, Senior Vice President, Applications Development, Oracle

The chief purpose of an Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) system is to integrate all departments and functions, such as accounting and finance, human resources, sales management, supply chain management, customer relationship management, and more, into a single computer system that can serve all of the different departments’ needs.

Although choosing and implementing an ERP system is crucial to many different types of businesses, this task can be challenging. Many businesses struggle with concerns about management, cost, and ROI. According to a survey by Panorama Consulting Solutions, the average ERP project in 2013 cost $2.8 million and lasted 16 months, with 54 percent of projects exceeding budget.

Here are six tips for choosing and implementing an ERP system to help ensure you are on time and on budget:

Thoroughly evaluate the ERP system and the vendor’s technology pace

You should seek the closest fit to your business requirements. Look beyond commodity processes at deep industry capability. Explore how aggressively the vendor is incorporating the latest technologies (mobile, big data, IoT, etc.) that create potential for a competitive business advantage for your organization.

Use sound business reasoning when choosing deployment options

Decide on your mix of on-premise, hosted, or various cloud options based on current skills, infrastructure, culture, and business appetite for investment in your organization. Some combination of these deployment options may be necessary. Your needs will change in the future so consider the flexibility of the solution and keep options open.

Evaluate the user community and how its members want to work with the ERP system

Delivering a simplified user interface is no longer just a nice-to-have, but has become a must-have. “Consumerization of IT” means that your users’ expectations are aligned with the modern user experience paradigm. Today’s users and incoming millennials expect easy-to-use, highly functional technologies that are optimized for any device.

Study the vendor’s integration approach

Most customers need multiple applications for their business, but the successful integration of all these applications can be a major pain point for CIOs. Modern integration technologies (SOA, ESB, REST, etc.) are critical for achieving both low cost and flexible interoperability. Understanding how your ERP solution inherently integrates with a diverse set of products helps with current infrastructure needs and provides insight into the vendor‘s plans for addressing application directions. Evaluate any complementary solutions the ERP vendor offers, as these solutions could play a role in how suitable the vendor’s ERP package is for your business.

Find the right implementation team and tools

Look for a partner with relevant, recent experience for your specific ERP package, products, and version. Consider industry, region and company size experience of the proposed team members. Always check references for specific individuals and especially leaders. Evaluate and leverage all applicable tools the vendor and partner provide to ensure on-time, on-budget and business-fit implementations. And don’t forget tools and process for upgrades in the future. 

Take responsibility, own your system, and crowd-source knowledge

Regardless of the software distribution method, ERP is a valuable asset. After implementation, be prepared to take the keys! Knowledge transfer is critical to successfully driving best practices and daily operations. Outsourcing all knowledge of system technology and business capability can create vulnerability. Finally, never underestimate the value of networking. Attend user group meetings that can help you discover unknown product capabilities and receive feedback on ideas and plans from those experienced in ERP. Networking provides leverage when working with your vendor on a future road map. 

Oracle offers the broadest and deepest range of ERP solutions, addressing all key business functions, including human resources, manufacturing, financial management, business intelligence, and supply chain management-all backed with Oracle's industry-leading technology. To learn more about our latest ERP offerings, visit:

Monday Aug 18, 2014

Why We Do What We Do. (Part 3 of 5 Part Series on JDE 5G Postponed)

By Lyle Ekdahl - Oracle JD Edwards Sr. VP General Manager 

In the closing of part two of this 5 part blog series, I stated that in the next installment I would explore the expected results of the digital overdrive era and the impact it will have on our economy. While I have full intentions of writing on that topic, I am inspired today to write about something that is top of mind. It’s top of mind because it has come up several times recently conversations with my Oracle’s JD Edwards team members, with customers and our partners, plus I feel passionately about why I do what I do….

It is not what we do but why we do that thing that we do

Do you know what you do? For the most part, I bet you could tell me what you do even if your work has changed over the years. 

My real question is, “Do you get excited about what you do, and are you fulfilled? Does your work deliver a sense of purpose, a cause to work for, and something to believe in?” 

Alright, I guess that was not a single question. So let me just ask, “Why?” Why are you here, right now? Why do you get up in the morning? Why do you go to work? Of course, I can’t answer those questions for you but I can share with you my POV.  

For starters, there are several things that drive me. As many of you know by now, I have a somewhat competitive nature but it is not solely the thrill of winning that actually fuels me. Now don’t get me wrong, I do like winning occasionally. However winning is only a potential result of competing and is clearly not guaranteed. So why compete? Why compete in business, and particularly why in this Enterprise Software business? 

Here’s why! I am fascinated by creative and building processes. It is about making or producing things, causing something to come into existence. With the right skill, imagination and determination, whether it’s art or invention; the result can deliver value and inspire. In both avocation and vocation I always gravitate towards the create/build processes. 

I believe one of the skills necessary for the create/build process is not just the aptitude but also, and especially, the desire and attitude that drives one to gain a deeper understanding. The more I learn about our customers, the more I seek to understand what makes the successful and what difficult issues cause them to struggle. I like to look for the complex, non-commodity process problems where streamlined design and modern technology can provide an easy and simple solution. It is especially gratifying to see our customers use our software to increase their own ability to deliver value to the market. What an incredible network effect! I know many of you share this customer obsession as well as the create/build addiction focused on simple and elegant design. This is what I believe is at the root of our common culture. 

Are JD Edwards customers on a whole different than other ERP solutions’ customers? I would argue that for the most part, yes, they are. They selected our software, and our software is different. Why? Because I believe that the create/build process will generally result in solutions that reflect who built it and their culture. And a culture of people focused on why they create/build will attract different customers than one that is based on what is built or how the solution is delivered. In the past I have referred to this idea as character of the customer, and it transcends industry, size and run rate.

Now some would argue that JD Edwards has some customers who are characters. But that is for a different post. As I have told you before, the JD Edwards culture is unique, and its resulting economy is valuable and deserving of our best efforts. 

Tuesday Jul 08, 2014

Part 2 of 5 By Lyle Ekdahl: JDE 5G - What Is It and Do I Even Care?

By Lyle Ekdahl - Oracle JD Edwards Sr. Vice President General Manager

In my last post on Oracle’s JD Edwards 5th Generation, I introduced a world in digital overdrive, where almost everything is connected, interacting, or embedded with digital technologies.  You don’t have to look too far into the distance to see that the lines between work and play, professional and personal life are becoming more and more blurred as a new generation of workers brings its own unique digital experience and new expectations into the work place.  I also shared the concept of the generations of JD Edwards and that we are entering an era we will call JDE 5G or 5th generation.  JDE 5G is all about making the necessary changes in how we operate and in what we deliver to address these shifts in our world so that we might seize opportunities that this change will expose.

First, what will we deliver as JDE 5G?  JD Edwards has always had a design center and corresponding architecture that allowed us – Oracle’s JD Edwards Development, our customers, and our partners – to evolve.  Just as the JD Edwards architecture has evolved from mini-computer to client server to initial web application to modern Cloud SOA/Standards, for JDE 5G we are leveraging our architectural strengths to evolve to the next-generation platform that supports this changing landscape of users, clients and enterprise system requirements.  

The JD Edwards ecosystem has benefited from all of the technologies that we have built or incorporated into our architecture during our history (e.g., enterprise class security, scalability, agile deployment, change management, etc.). Going forward, our architecture coupled with latest innovations will address the following needs: 

• Mobile access as the predominant access point. Mobile apps will be simple, context- and task-based apps that go to the point of process, virtually wherever the user may be.

• There will still be a need for desktop based applications.  And at the desktop we are increasingly enabling pervasive personalization of the software. Users will create their own apps (CYOA) on the fly. The software will be easily adaptable to maximize efficiency and effectiveness, allowing people to work the way they want and flexing for the business while still maintaining process structure.

• Full deployment options, on premise, in the cloud, and at many points in between.  I am often asked, “When will JD Edwards be in the cloud?”  I’m here to tell you–and the world– JD Edwards IS in the cloud today with dozens of partners and hundreds if not thousands of customers running JD Edwards in private, public and hybrid clouds. The go-forward requirement and responsibility for my team is to drive the complexity out of the software and therefore the costs out of operations to eliminate the friction from these choices. 

• New and emerging device types are exploding onto the scene and just as quickly are becoming mainstream.  These new “clients” must be included as first-class citizens of within the JD Edwards architecture: Most notably beacons, sensors, wearables, and other machine-to-machine devices (aka Internet of Things).

The Oracle’s JD Edwards development team cannot build every app. The JD Edwards development team is focusing, based on our differentiated vertical markets, on the application content we deliver.  Additionally we can evolve and expose the platform to enable our customers and partners to easily build, deploy, and upgrade the applications they need.  This is where the Design Time at Run Time and the Interface layers shine and make this process simple.   

So how are we going to tackle this big shift?  With passion, excitement and vision! 

. . . And by taking the lead within our own business unit, embracing emerging disruptive technologies to the extent possible, breaking the ground for you. We will incorporate our learning and experience into the solutions we bring to you and the market. 

Our vision includes an “all in” commitment to our strategy – and we are laser-focused.  There are hundreds, if not thousands of things we could think about, explore, and invest in. But if we chase every good idea, we will miss this amazing opportunity that is before us.  

 My intent is that our focus on our future strategy will be pervasive and a part of our very fiber! 

In Part 3 of the 5G series I will explore the expected results of the digital overdrive era and the impact it will have on our economy. 

Wednesday Jul 02, 2014

The JD Edwards EnterpriseOne Accreditation path is now live!

By Kathie Simpson | Oracle Senior Principal Proactive Support Engineer

The Accreditation program series is designed to help Oracle customers increase their expertise with My Oracle Support core functions and build their skills to better leverage product solutions, tools, and knowledge. The program is targeted to customers and partners who actively use My Oracle Support and Oracle products, including JD Edwards EnterpriseOne. The content is focused on building skills around best practices, recommendations, and tools enablement. The EnterpriseOne path will help you to stay informed, find answers and make use of available tools when working on EnterpriseOne projects or diagnosing issues.

A user may choose to pursue My Oracle Support Accreditation for some or all of these reasons: 

  • Fully leverage support  capabilities delivered in My Oracle Support (MOS) - You've been using MOS and want to be sure you are taking advantage of the core functions in your business. The Level 1 Accreditation for My Oracle Support will refresh and test your skills for this.
  • Fully leverage EnterpriseOne capabilities - You've been using MOS actively and want to be sure you are taking advantage of EnterpriseOne-specific tools and resources to work more efficiently and proactively. The Level 2 Accreditation for EnterpriseOne will refresh and test your skills for this.
  • Add best practices to your feature knowledge – the accreditation modules focus on specific business examples of the features (including things like stay informed, implementations, patching, etc.) to help you understand how/when to use them, including easy-to-implement suggestions that can enhance the value of the feature.
  • Take advantage of product expertise - the use cases, examples, and user types come directly from the Support team's product knowledge and experience in working with customers.
  • Efficiency with Oracle tools - spend time on your primary business role and accomplish your tasks more quickly. You have to get as much done each day as you can and want to streamline your process. This is our focus when developing the paths and content.
Start with the "My Oracle Support Accreditation - Series Index" (Doc ID 1583898.1) to launch the "My Oracle Support Accreditation Series - Level 1 My Oracle Support" (Doc ID 1579751.1) which focuses on My Oracle support core functions such as Support Identifiers and Service Request best practices. 
When you've completed the Level 1 path, please continue on to the "My Oracle Support Accreditation Series - JD Edwards EnterpriseOne" (Doc ID 1625633.1) to refresh your working knowledge and become accredited for EnterpriseOne on these topics:
  • Staying Informed about EnterpriseOne
  • EnterpriseOne Support Tools Overview
  • Troubleshooting
  • Install, Upgrade and Migrate
  • Patching
  • Globalizations
  • Investigating Performance Issues
  • Additional Tools and Resources 

Note: There is no cost associated with any of the My Oracle Support Accredited courses or exams. All accreditation content is provided as part of your support plan.

Monday Jun 23, 2014

Delivering Real-time JD Edwards Analytics with Oracle Database In-Memory

By Ward Quarles - Oracle JD Edwards Product Strategy Director 

Are your internal and external constituents demanding instantaneous information? With the availability of Oracle Database 12c In-Memory, world-class technologies are available for JD Edwards’s users. Leverage optimized in-memory capabilities across applications, middleware, databases, and systems to transform your hyper-connected, mobile and social business into a “real time enterprise” and revolutionize business insight, communications and collaborative business processes.

Oracle Database In-Memory transparently extends the power of Oracle Database 12c to enable organizations to discover business insights and analytics in real-time while simultaneously increasing transactional performance.  With Oracle Database In-Memory, users can get immediate answers to business questions that previously took hours to obtain and business insight never before possible.

Can every JD Edwards customer benefit from in-memory? Your enterprises will quickly make data-driven decisions, respond instantly to customer demands, and continuously optimize business processes to maximize profitability. JD Edwards customers who have deployed applications on Oracle database technology can dramatically expand the value of these applications by delivering instant answers to any business question. Consumers expect immediate response and an “always online” style of interaction. Oracle Database In-Memory, an option to Oracle Database, makes these desires a reality.

What changes are required to adopt the new technology? Oracle Database In-Memory delivers leading-edge performance without restricted functionality, and without increasing complexity or risk. Deploying Oracle Database In-Memory with virtually any existing Oracle Database-compatible application is as easy as flipping a switch—no application changes are required.

Benefits for JD Edwards customers include:

1. Faster Decision-Making – Oracle Database In-Memory implements leading-edge columnar data processing to accelerate analytics, increasing the number of data values analyzed per second while providing answers instantly that would take minutes or hours to obtain.

2. Easily Adopted – Existing Oracle database applications simply need to identify the data to place in-memory to run dramatically faster. It couldn’t be easier.  Your JD Edwards application developers don’t need to change the application or learn new programming techniques to adopt Oracle Database In-Memory.

With in-memory solutions, you will run your business differently, ask more questions and change your business processes resulting in a quicker understanding of real time data. Iterative analysis that would historically take hours now takes minutes or seconds to process. JD Edwards applications can access strategic data instantaneously.  And it is Cloud ready. 

As soon as Oracle Database 12c In-Memory becomes generally available, we will post again with links to specific JD Edwards and Oracle Database 12c In-Memory documents. 

Watch Larry Ellison’s prelaunch video here

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Welcome to the JD Edwards Blog. Post are contributed by the JD Edwards strategy and development teams, covering a broad range of topics. The goal of the blog is to create opportunities for information and idea sharing, to engage JD Edwards customers/users, partners, and Oracle employees in conversation, the spirit of improving the experience and effectiveness of all that participate in the community. Both EnterpriseOne & World products are fair game for blog topics. Topics will cover functional, technical, business topics,but it is not the intent of this blog to provide "support" activities and those discussions will be best served via My Oracle Support or Oracle Mix. We invite your comments and feedback, and look forward to lively conversation.


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