By Kem Butller-Oracle on Mar 17, 2015
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 www.learnjde.com
for the latest JD Edwards Integration Platform whitepaper, data sheet, and
other helpful information and tools.
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 www.learnjde.com for the latest JD Edwards Integration Platform whitepaper, data sheet, and other helpful information and tools.