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Committed to Customers and Product Innovation: 2030 and Beyond

Oracle will continue Premier Support for JD Edwards! Oracle's Lifetime Support policy provides JD Edwards EnterpriseOne 9.2 customers with Premier Support through AT LEAST 2030, and Sustaining Support indefinitely. A stable and predictable long-term support policy enables customers to maximize and expand their existing investments with ample time for future planning. They gain access to new features and capabilities as updates to their existing release without having to upgrade, and run the same application on premises or in Oracle Cloud Infrastructure (IaaS). Oracle previously announced the Continuous Innovation delivery model for JD Edwards EnterpriseOne. Via the Continuous Innovation model, Oracle plans to deliver all new functionality to JD Edwards products as updates to the existing release; upgrades are not required to gain access to new features and capabilities. All fixes and updates are cumulative and available to all customers in the most current release. Oracle reassures JD Edwards customers that they can continue to run the current release of JD Edwards applications with ongoing support and enhancements for the foreseeable future. For more information on Continuous Innovation releases, please visit the JD Edwards EnterpriseOne Releases page. Oracle understands that on-premises applications are important for many customers. Oracle has no intention to end Oracle Premier Support on the continuous innovation release for JD Edwards EnterpriseOne. Oracle will provide support for EnterpriseOne 9.2 through at least 2030 and we are committed to review and update this annually. For more information on the Premier Support announcement, please visit: Oracle Applications Unlimited and Oracle Premier Support.

Oracle will continue Premier Support for JD Edwards! Oracle's Lifetime Support policy provides JD Edwards EnterpriseOne 9.2 customers with Premier Support through AT LEAST 2030, and Sustaining Support...

JD Edwards Education Available at COLLABORATE18

This year's program at COLLABORATE 18 features key themes such as how to achieve breakthrough value from existing on-premise and database offerings; increase the value of on-premise investments by migrating, connecting, and extending with Oracle's Cloud solutions; and how emerging technologies impact established business processes. COLLABORATE, the premiere, annual technology and applications forum for the Oracle community, will take place this year April 22-26, at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada. Hosted by three Oracle user groups – Quest International Users Group, IOUG, and OAUG – the five-day user conference will host more than 5,000 attendees in keynotes, sessions, workshops, networking events, and an exhibitor showcase with 200+ vendors. COLLABORATE 18 offers more than 1,200 educational sessions, with 230 being led by Oracle speakers. For Oracle on-premise customers, sessions include 314 focused on Oracle E-Business Suite, 214 JD Edwards, 179 PeopleSoft, and 99 Hyperion. Steve Daheb, Senior Vice President for Oracle Cloud, will present the Oracle keynote: Oracle Cloud – How to Build Your Own Personalized Path to Cloud. Attendees can then select from over 500 sessions spanning how Oracle's SaaS, IaaS, and PaaS solutions can accelerate business transformation, increase agility, and optimize security with their existing solutions. Below are some of the 200+ JD Edwards sessions to explore at COLLABORATE 18: JD Edwards JD Edwards Keynote Lyle Ekdahl, Senior Vice President, General Manager, Oracle JD Edwards [Session ID: 110980] JD Edwards Roadmap Bob Monahan, VP, Product Management, Oracle-JD Edwards [Session ID: 110990] Discover the Awesome Power of JD Edwards Orchestrator and AIS Server AJ Schifano and Darryl Shakespeare, Oracle-JD Edwards [Session ID: 111410] Implementing JD Edwards UX One Angela Enyeart, Oracle-JD Edwards [Session ID: 111170] JD Edwards Notifications: Under the Hood Darryl Shakespeare, Oracle-JD Edwards [Session ID: 111400] Database and Tech The Future of Autonomous – Powered by Oracle Monica Kumar, Vice President, Product Marketing, Oracle [Session ID: 1162] The Next Big Things: AI, Machine Learning, Chatbots, IOT, and Blockchain Ed Zou, Vice President, Product Management, Oracle [Session ID: 110080] Check out the complete JD Edwards agenda where you can search by keyword or apply filters by education track, product line, business goal, or industry. You can also create a profile to build and save your personal education plan. Haven't registered? What are you waiting for? For more information, visit attendcollaborate.com and register today!

This year's program at COLLABORATE 18 features key themes such as how to achieve breakthrough value from existing on-premise and database offerings; increase the value of on-premise investments by...

Let’s Get Personal: Using JD Edwards UX One Components to Personalize the User Experience

By Louise Farner Never before has a JD Edwards user had so much power and ease of use to personalize their experience. With a focus on personalization, users can now address their specific needs of the software using JD Edwards UX One components, rather than relying on customizations. This is important because customizations get in the way of taking ESUs and upgrades and become barriers to staying code current. Let’s level set: UX One components are web objects users create using the EnterpriseOne web interface. They can create them for their own use, view ones that other employees have created, or share theirs so that others can view and use them. Their ability to perform any of these tasks depends on the permissions granted by the administrator. There are two important things about leveraging UX one components: (1) understanding what they are and how to create and manage them and (2) understanding the types of problems they address. Even though users can create these themselves, they may lack the insight of how to use UX One components to solve problems. At the end of the day, they often benefit from consulting help. JD Edwards EnterpriseOne UX One components have been available since release 9.0. Additional components were introduced in release 9.2. The UX One components include: Queries Grid Formats One View Reports One View Watchlists  Composite Application Framework (CafeOne) Classic EnterpriseOne Pages (Release 9.2.0.2) Composed EnterpriseOne Page (Landing Page) (Release 9.2.0.2) Page Composer (Release 9.2.0.2) Images (Release 9.2.0.2) Orchestration components (Release 9.2.1) Personal Forms (Release 9.2.1) Springboard (Release 9.2.1) Analytic Component Framework (JET) (Release 9.2.1) Analytic Component Content (Release 9.2.1) Search Groups (Release 9.2.1.2) Notifications (Release 9.2.2) Schedules (Release 9.2.2) Consider this use case. Lucy, a maintenance supervisor, wants to be able to see how well she is doing on the metrics she is measured by: (1) responsiveness, how fast her team is at responding to work orders, (2) commitment execution, how well they are completing the preventive, pre-scheduled work, and (3) work load, how balanced the work assignments are across her team. To accomplish this, Lucy modified a UX One Landing Page (one of JD Edwards pre-built role-based EnterpriseOne Composed Pages) to display a graph for each of her three metrics. Watchlists were created and added to her Landing Page to help monitor overdue work orders. Additionally, Lucy has selected a menu to display as a Springboard on her page so that she can quickly navigate to her desired applications. Lucy set up a notification in the Orchestrator to keep her informed of developing situations even when she is away from her office. She also used Personal Forms to provide a simplified view of equipment information within a CafeOne window on her work order application. This eliminated the need to navigate to look up associated equipment information. The things she cares about on a daily basis are all on her Landing Page. Here’s a look at Lucy’s personalized Landing Page. We recently demonstrated exactly this use case in a webinar for the Quest COLLABORATE18 Sneak Peek Day. This is available on the Quest website here. If you need a refresher on what these are and how to create and manage them, refer to the wealth of information we have at LearnJDE.com. Search on UX One or UDO, or User Defined Objects.  You can also view on the OracleJDEdwards YouTube Channel.

By Louise Farner Never before has a JD Edwards user had so much power and ease of use to personalize their experience. With a focus on personalization, users can now address their specific needs of...

JD Edwards Investments – A Year in Review

2017 has been a great year for the JD Edwards product. Are you aware of the many new support and product announcements that were made in 2017? Let’s get everyone up-to-date.   Longer Support Timelines for EnterpriseOne and World We announced longer support timelines, to at least 2028 for EnterpriseOne Release 9.2 and at least 2025 for World Release A94. We are committed to frequent product enhancements that provide measurable business value for your organizations.   Continuous Value Delivered in 2017 We have delivered four EnterpriseOne 9.2 Application feature pack enhancement releases, one Applications Update (9.2 Update 2), ten 9.2 tools maintenance packs, one Tools Update (9.2 Update 2), new One-Click Provisioning to automate the deployment of JD Edwards within Oracle Cloud Infrastructure and updates to JD Edwards EnterpriseOne Trial Edition. We also provided numerous platform certifications and localizations over the past twelve months using the continuous delivery model. And we released World A94 Global Software Update 1 as well as World platform, localization, and language translation updates.   Investment and Innovation Focused Our investment and innovation is focused around four key initiatives:   ERP Modernization – We continue to enhance and build on our deep Industry solutions and leverage digital technologies to simplify and automate ERP processes. Our modern ERP solutions scale and adjust for business outcomes, support product and process innovation, and leverage digital technologies with rapid time to benefit. ERP modernization examples include: Manufacturing Production Execution Process Simplification Basket Pricing for Procurement Lease Management (Phase 1) Joint Venture Management (Phase 1)   UX Innovation – We delivered real time role based business alerts, a dynamic visual representation of business data, and personalized application UI for a modern and intuitive user experience. We are aligning JD Edwards EnterpriseOne applications to how your users work. Some examples of UX innovation include: 50 UX One role based landing pages UX One application form personalization List View grid format EnterpriseOne Search   Digital Transformation – This is a shift from traditional modes of operation with manual steps and paper, to real time connected enterprises and value chains with the goal to create new business models, and deliver new customer outcomes that can create competitive advantage. Recent examples of digital transformation capabilities include: Mobile applications with Watchlists and location services Orchestrator expanded REST based extensibility to more easily connect to the digital world of IOT, Mobile, Cloud and Service Request capability to connect application processes Orchestrator notifications to proactively push alerts within or outside JD Edwards Integration to Document Management and Social Conversations  through Oracle Content and Experience Management Cloud Service   Operational Simplification – Our continued focus on Total Cost of Ownership helps your organization streamline and automate, reducing time, cost and risk. We are delivering tools that are intuitive and that fit your IT environment and methods. Our automated processes reduce the time it takes to perform a wide range of functions, from provisioning, to applying software updates, to providing ongoing management. Examples of recent enhancements for simplifying your operations include: Server Manager health checks REST enabled services for Server Manager Object Tracking and enhanced Impact Analysis Enhanced One-Click provisioning and Trial Edition for Oracle Cloud Infrastructure   Your Journey We’re innovating with a focus on creating customer outcomes that align with your business goals. Digital Transformation is forcing change upon your organization, and ours, which creates an opportunity for innovation. Our innovation creates a platform for your business to remain competitive. We recommend three phases to help enable your digital journey.   9.2 Upgrade – Your future and our innovation aligns on the EnterpriseOne 9.2 code line. This release is the culmination of all development by JD Edwards for the last decade. With this release, we’re setting our customers up for success. But you have to get to 9.2.   In the past year, we have delivered many high value EnterpriseOne features that have been across multiple industries. Visit LearnJDE for access to the Product Catalog to view all these new features and compare what is available now to the release you are currently running.   Continuous Delivery and Adoption – Your business is demanding delivery of new solutions and innovation in much shorter cycle times.  Now is the time to shift away from big bang upgrades that occur once every several years. Innovative new features and solutions are  being delivered throughout the year, when you need them. We call this continuous delivery.   Obtaining continuous innovation and continuous value is a balanced equation. JD Edwards is providing new innovation in the marketplace through continuous delivery—you, our customers, can be deriving continuous value from all this innovation through continuous adoption. Our strategy requires a parallel customer strategy. Like a two sided coin. JD Edwards is delivering new innovation and our customers (and their partners) should evaluate and adopt this business value  in a more frequent timeframe.   Cloud Journey – Your organization should consider practical cloud journeys that leverage one or all layers of Oracle Cloud. IaaS to optimize, PaaS to extend, and SaaS to complement. Cloud creates agility in your business, removing friction associated with traditional IT approaches. Cloud solutions will complement your existing systems, providing agility to rapidly respond to evolving business conditions or to capture market opportunities.   The combination of JD Edwards as your ERP platform plus the right cloud solutions for your business can help transform your organization into a digital business.   A Year of Transformative Solutions and a Bright Future What a year! We have significantly enhanced the Lifetime Support Policy for EnterpriseOne 9.2 and World A9.4 releases. We’ve rapidly responded to the needs of your businesses, delivering Application and Tools enhancements and updates in a continuous and cost effective manner. We are creating customer cloud journeys that transform your businesses while protecting your investments in JD Edwards. And we’ve delivered digital technologies that will evolve your business into digital enterprises. We encourage you to embrace the business value delivered this year and look forward to an exciting 2018.  

2017 has been a great year for the JD Edwards product. Are you aware of the many new support and product announcements that were made in 2017? Let’s get everyone up-to-date.   Longer Support Timelines...

Your JD Edwards Applications on Oracle Cloud Infrastructure: Upcoming Regional Events

Are you currently running JD Edwards on premises? Are you interested in learning about continued investments in JD Edwards? Do you want know how to move your JD Edwards applications to Oracle Cloud? If yes, you are invited to attend our upcoming half-day event – Simplify Your Oracle Apps with a Custom Cloud Path. Oracle Product Management and our Partners will cover: How to achieve cloud benefits while still leveraging your existing Oracle investments The value of running JD Edwards EnterpriseOne on Oracle Cloud Infrastructure The tools Oracle offers to migrate your solutions to the cloud How Oracle can best help you develop your enterprise cloud roadmap Breakout Sessions include: Oracle JD Edwards, E-Business Suite, PeopleSoft product updates Moving your Oracle applications to Oracle Cloud (IaaS and PaaS) For more information and registration, chose the location nearest you and click on the meeting dates below. January Events Atlanta - January 10 Raleigh - January 11 Boston - January 17 Philadelphia - January 18 New York City - January 23 Minneapolis - January 25 February Events Houston - February 6 Chicago - February 8 Toronto - February 13 References JD Edwards on Oracle Cloud Landing Page Oracle E-Business Suite on Oracle Cloud Landing Page PeopleSoft on Oracle Cloud Landing Page

Are you currently running JD Edwards on premises? Are you interested in learning about continued investments in JD Edwards? Do you want know how to move your JD Edwards applications to Oracle Cloud?...

Continuous Delivery: What and Why? A JD Edwards Engineering Perspective

An discussion from Manish Somani, Senior Director, JD Edwards If you are a customer or partner of Oracle JD Edwards, you probably have heard about our recent announcements regarding support timelines and continuous delivery: We recently made two important support and ongoing product release announcements. The support announcement expanded the Oracle Lifetime Support for JD Edwards EnterpriseOne 9.2 to AT LEAST 2028.  A longer support timeline is something that customers have requested and this expands that timeline by 5 years.  We plan to revisit this timeframe regularly, but for now the new date is over 10 years out. We also introduced the term Continuous Delivery. With a Continuous Delivery model, we release product innovation and features in smaller updates on a more frequent basis. This allows our customers to achieve shorter time-to-value cycles for their investments in JD Edwards, without the cost and disruption associated with a major upgrade cycle. Customers still have the choice and control on when and what they want to adopt. As a matter of fact, our most recent release (April 2017) was the sixth round of continuous delivery enhancements since the JD Edwards EnterpriseOne 9.2 release became generally available in October 2015. Take a look at the feature highlights page on LearnJDE.com to learn more. During my trip to the COLLABORATE17 conference, I met with several customers and partners just after the announcement to gauge their initial reaction. There were a few who were super excited as if we had delivered a winning lottery combination; others wanted to learn more and understand how they could leverage this new model for their business and organizations. With this blog series, we hope to start a dialog where we can have open discussions around the whole continuous delivery model and how it applies to Oracle JD Edwards EnterpriseOne products. Let’s recap “what” – Continuous Delivery is the ability to release all types of product changes (including enhancements along with maintenance, regulatory updates, and technology improvements), and deliver to the customers, in a reliable way at any time. Most (if not all) of the SaaS-based products/applications follow some form of continuous delivery model – typically releasing a new bundle every 3-4 months. ERP application providers have been generally reluctant to get into this model, primarily because of the inherent complexities and variations/permutations of business processes that they need to validate every time. At JD Edwards, we were able to methodically adopt new tools and processes to overcome these barriers and develop the ability to deliver high-value product features quicker to the market. For JD Edwards, this translates into product innovation and features being delivered to the market in smaller packages, 3-4 times a year. Let’s talk about “why” – The continuous delivery model has been actively practiced by several software companies for a while now. It gained a lot of popularity with the Agile/Scrum development processes – the fundamental premise being to get the features/product into the hands of the customers and end users as soon as possible and to get feedback, which in turn should guide the next set of feature development. Additionally, there are several proven and documented benefits such as low-risk releases, faster time to market, lower costs, and better products. For JD Edwards, the primary driving reason to adopt a continuous delivery model was the market – all of you and what your business needs. Let me explain. Every business is embarking (or at least wants to embark) on a “digital transformation” journey. We all talk about how the modern enterprise should desire to become a digital enterprise, but what does that really entail? It means that the technology is no longer a support function – it is part of the operational DNA of the enterprise. And to keep up with the dynamic environment, its technology and software needs to be agile, allowing for rapid uptake of new features and capabilities. You should be able to define what you need, when you want to adopt those changes – you need the ability to exercise choice and control, and the enterprise systems need to be flexible enough to allow that. You should be able to do all this very efficiently, with low risk and disruption. And since this will be the new norm, it has to be predictable and consistently repeatable. You want your technology vendor to stand by you so that you don’t have to worry about being out of compliance or frozen out when you need support. Traditional models require that customers upgrade their systems to get new features and capabilities, technology uptakes, and for general maintenance. How many times have you asked us to backport a certain feature so that you can leverage that value without going through an upgrade? And as soon as there’s a mention of upgrade, there are concerns about time, effort, cost, and general disruption. It has always been a balancing act of value vs. cost for upgrades. And based on what we have seen, a lot of customers simply need to upgrade because the support timeline clock is running out. The Continuous Delivery model allows us to address these effectively. Internally, we adopted several new tools and processes (JD Edwards’ own digital transformation!) to become agile throughout the product definition and engineering lifecycle. We are now able to go through the design-code-test-package cycle a lot more quickly and have built the capability of delivering these out on a more frequent basis in a predictable manner. New product innovation and features are being delivered as updates –smaller digestible chunks that are easier to manage and consume. Customers do not need to wait several years before these new capabilities can be packaged and delivered through a major release – they can incrementally add these new capabilities as they need it when they need it and have the required bandwidth to adopt them. And all this choice and control without the need to embark on costly, disruptive upgrades. We provide the required tools to evaluate business needs as well as to plan, manage, and execute these update cycles. If needed, we will plan for a future major release – for example, if a large functional or technology change cannot be delivered effectively as an enhancement release, this would lead us to consider packaging updates into a major release. In the past, projects such as Unicode conversion, XML metadata specs, and multithreaded kernels required a major release packaging. Meanwhile, we will focus on delivering future new enhancement releases on the EnterpriseOne 9.2 code line. And as previously mentioned, we have expanded the Oracle Lifetime Support for JD Edwards EnterpriseOne 9.2 to AT LEAST 2028. We plan to revisit this timeframe regularly, but for now that is over 10 years of support. Take a look at the FAQ to learn more details about the Continuous Delivery model. Continuous Delivery is the vendor side of the equation, just the one half. The other side of the equation, what applies to our customers, Code Current, is equally important for this to be successful. Let’s tackle this topic in the next blog. Meanwhile, do send us your comments and questions.

An discussion from Manish Somani, Senior Director, JD Edwards If you are a customer or partner of Oracle JD Edwards, you probably have heard about our recent announcements regarding support timelines...

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Provisioning Automation for JD Edwards on Oracle Cloud

JD EdwardsOne-Click Provisioning gives customers an easy-to-use, automated framework fordeploying JD Edwards EnterpriseOne environments in Oracle Cloud. Customersinherit all the benefits of an agile cloud deployment while keeping fullcontrol of their deployment options to meet unique business needs. JD EdwardsOne-Click Provisioning provides an intuitive interface for automateddeployment. This interface enables customers to configure their Oracle Cloudaccount details and orchestrate the deployment plan by choosing the JD EdwardsEnterpriseOne components, server names, and virtual machine sizes. After thedeployment plan is completed, a single click automatically deploy a JD EdwardsEnterpriseOne Applications 9.2 and Tools 9.2.1 environment to the cloud. Thecompleted deployment comprises a fully functional JD Edwards EnterpriseOnesystem running on Oracle Cloud virtual servers, including: Databaseserver in Oracle Database Cloud Service. HTMLand AIS servers in Oracle Java Cloud Service. Deploymentserver and enterprise server in Oracle Compute Cloud Service. ServerManager console to manage all the deployed EnterpriseOne servers. Customerscan leverage their existing technology licenses for Oracle Database and OracleWebLogic Servers on Oracle Compute Cloud Services. JD EdwardsOne-Click Provisioning is complemented by the release of our ApplicationManagement Suite for JD Edwards EnterpriseOne (AMS4JDE) Version 13.2.2.1.0 forOracle Enterprise Manager Cloud Control (EM 13c). This version of the AMS4JDEplug-in allows customers to automatically deploy the Enterprise Manager HybridCloud Agent to their Oracle Cloud environments and enables them to manage JDEdwards EnterpriseOne deployments to Oracle Cloud and on-premise from a singleconsole. The automateddeployment of a JD Edwards EnterpriseOne system with JD Edwards One-ClickProvisioning powered by Oracle’s Compute, Database, and Java Cloud Servicesenhances agility and lowers the total cost of ownership (TCO) for customerswhile preserving the choice and control they have over their JD EdwardsEnterpriseOne system. For moreinformation about how to get started with JD Edwards One-Click Provisioning,see the following resources: Oracleby Example: “Deploying JD Edwards EnterpriseOne Release 9.2 Using the One-ClickProvisioning Server.” To access this document, go to the OracleCloud Marketplace andsearch for “JD Edwards One-Click Provisioning. View the JD Edwards on Oracle Cloud content website. JD Edwards content on LearnJDE/Cloud.

JD Edwards One-Click Provisioning gives customers an easy-to-use, automated framework for deploying JD Edwards EnterpriseOne environments in Oracle Cloud. Customersinherit all the benefits of an agile...

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Why Attend COLLABORATE17? Let’s Network!

COLLABORATE17 is the most comprehensive and widely attended conference for Oracle’sJD Edwards business applications users and IT decision makers. Theconference offers a wide variety of education and networking opportunities,including updates on the latest product information from JD Edwards. The conference highlights transformational contenton today’s hot topics including cloud, mobility, internet of things technology,and industry solutions presented by JD Edwards, Quest customers, and JD Edwardspartners. At the conference, you also have access to an expansive exhibit hallshowcasing JD Edwards applications and a wide range of partner solutions. Whyshould you attend COLLABORATE17? “This is an opportunity to hear directly from JD Edwards” says LyleEkdahl, Senior Vice President and General Manager for JD Edwards. “Ourcustomers get one-on-one interactions with our subject matter experts, attendhundreds of JD Edwards sessions, and network with other customers using JDEdwards.” Many of you are experiencing fundamental change in your marketplace. AtCOLLABORATE17, you can learn how your businesses can become digital businesses.JD Edwards will share: The latest solutions for industry, functional and technology users, that enable digital transformation. Education sessions that explain “Why” you should make a change and show “How” to get started. Updates on new JD Edwards EnterpriseOne digital enablers including UX One, mobility that brings JD Edwards to the point of process, IoT to interact with equipment and machines, and the strategic role of cloud. Watch LyleEkdahl’s video message on why your organization should attendCOLLABORATE17. So who should attend COLLABORATE17? The conference deliversstrategic content and solutions for: Decision-makers and end-users looking for what’s new. C-level and management executives looking for insights and innovation. Functional users looking for product best practices. Technical users looking for the latest information on upgrades, tools and technology. Techno-functional users looking for case studies. Registernow for COLLABORATE17. Let’s Network!

COLLABORATE17 is the most comprehensive and widely attended conference for Oracle’s JD Edwards business applications users and IT decision makers. Theconference offers a wide variety of education and...

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Digital Transformation in a JD Edwards Digital World

Digitaltransformation results from the realignment of, or new investment in, technology andbusiness models to more effectively engage customers. What does this meanfor your organization? For most organizations, digital transformation replacespaper shuffling, manual data entry, and error prone human processes withtechnologies that digitize data. The broadergoal, however, is to break down barriers between people, businesses, and things inorder to accelerate the creation of new products and services and find moreefficient ways of doing business. Why is Digital Transformation Important? Digitaltransformation enables companies to reduce friction throughout the business.Friction is anything that causes processes to slow, pause, veer off track orstall outright. Increasing efficiency through reducing friction releases resourcesneeded to increase revenue and create competitive advantage. Modern companies must transform themselves by adoptingthe technology and processes and aligning internal skills to operate successfullyin today’s digital world. Howto Create a Successful Digital Business Plan? Driving digital businesstransformation is not easy. Yet business leaders are looking to rapidlytransform their business processes and achieve tangible business outcomes. Industry-specificdigital business plans do not just make the enterprise more efficient andcost-effective. They build a platform that reinvents value creation, drivesindustry direction, and helps create: New sources of revenue from new lines of business Higher net profits from the new revenue opportunities Greater customer, partner and employee experience generating loyalty and lifetime value Businesses that seamlessly blend people, processes, content andcommunications achieve this vision. They apply digitaltechnology with transformational changes in business processes and optimizationof the value chain. Consequently, companies unlock the potential for bothbreakthrough performance and massive operational cost control. The speed andagility achieved through digital transformation enables companies to outperformtheir competition. Your Digital Mission ifyou Choose to Accept It From mining and manufacturing to services andasset intensive industries, leaders are breaking norms and re-imagining thedefinition of possible. The right digital technology platform can unite andoptimize every segment of your value chain, transform current processes, unveilnew and more efficient ways of doing business, and keep your employees andcustomers happy. Announcing the JD Edwards Digital Transformation Workshop JD Edwards in collaboration with our partners are excited toannounce the launch of the JD Edwards Digital Transformation workshops.  The goal of the workshops is for our JDEdwards EnterpriseOne customers to: · Understand the impact of digital transformation · Gain awareness of the available digitaltransformation technologies and industry applicability. · Inspire future digital strategies whileleveraging the customer’s investment in JD Edwards EnterpriseOne ERP. To learn more about the upcomingworkshops please visit OLL – Digital Transformation Workshops or contact Kem.Butler@oracle.com / Pat.Mariles@oracle.com. Click here for the current Workshop schedule withlinks to registration sites (where available).

Digital transformation results from the realignment of, or new investment in, technology and business models to more effectively engage customers. What does this meanfor your organization? For most...

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Digital Transformation in a JD Edwards Digital World

What does digital transformation meanfor your organization? For most organizations, digital transformation replacespaper shuffling, manual data entry, and error prone human processes withtechnologies that digitize data. The broadergoal, however, is to break down barriers between people, businesses, and things inorder to accelerate the creation of new products and services and find moreefficient ways of doing business. Why is Digital Transformation Important? Digitaltransformation enables companies to reduce friction throughout the business.Friction is anything that causes processes to slow, pause, veer off track orstall outright. Increasing efficiency through reducing friction releases resourcesneeded to increase revenue and create competitive advantage. Modern companies must transform themselves by adoptingthe technology and processes and aligning internal skills to operate successfullyin today’s digital world. Announcing the JD Edwards Digital Transformation Workshop JD Edwards in collaboration with our partners are excited to announce the launch of the JD Edwards Digital Transformation workshops. The goal of the workshops is for our JD Edwards EnterpriseOne customers to: Understand the impact of digital transformation Gain awareness of the available digital transformation technologies and industry applicability. Inspire future digital strategies while leveraging the customer’s investment in JD Edwards EnterpriseOne ERP. Below is the current workshop schedule (with links to registration sites where available). Partner Location Date Smartbridge Dallas Nov. 17, 2016    Smartbridge Houston Dec. 1, 2016 MSS Technologies Denver Dec. 2, 2016 GSI Atlanta Dec. 8, 2016 Terillium/RF Smart Chicago Dec. 13, 2016 Redfaire International -Sinfo One Parma Italy   Dec. 14, 2016 Circular Edge New York   Dec. 15, 2016 Your Digital Mission ifyou Choose to Accept It From mining and manufacturing to services andasset intensive industries, leaders are breaking norms and reimagining thedefinition of possible. The right digital technology platform can unite andoptimize every segment of your value chain, transform current processes, unveilnew and more efficient ways of doing business, and keep your employees andcustomers happy.  Join us at a Digital Transformation Workshop near you. Learn more about Digital Transformation on LearnJDE.com.

What does digital transformation mean for your organization? For most organizations, digital transformation replaces paper shuffling, manual data entry, and error prone human processes withtechnologies...

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JD Edwards EnterpriseOne Now Available in Oracle Infrastructure as a Service on the Oracle Public Cloud

Oracle recentlyannounced JD Edwards EnterpriseOne availability on the Oracle Public Cloud. Companiesthat rely on JD Edwards solutions for innovating in the digital economy benefitfrom enhanced platform choice and operational control including running JDEdwards with other Oracle solutions in a hybrid Cloud model. Oracle’s Compute Cloud Service offers self-service provisioning ofnetwork, compute, and storage resources, tested with JD Edwards EnterpriseOneapplications. Subscription-based pricing, predictable performance from an optimized hardware infrastructure,and highly secure data centeroperations provide JD Edwards customers with a trusted Infrastructure as aService (IaaS) solution. This IaaS solution eliminates capital expenditures forhardware, releases internal resources to focus on initiatives that providecompetitive advantage, and enhances the operational agility which createsbusiness transformation. The JD EdwardsEnterpriseOne Trial Edition on the Oracle Public Cloud is an all-in-one imagewith demo data which enables customers to explore new functionality in JDEdwards EnterpriseOne Application Release 9.2, such as new industry modules,One View Financial Statements, Internet of Things Orchestrator, as well asmobile and user experience, without installing JD Edwards EnterpriseOne intheir data centers. Alternatively,Edwards EnterpriseOne Application Release 9.1 can be provisioned as aDevelopment/Test environment. This solution in combination with the migration toolkit provided by Oracle allows customers to easily move their development andtest data, customizations, and patch level from their on-premise instance toOracle IaaS. Customers can optionally leverage Oracle Database Cloud Service forthe JD Edwards database layer. The combination of IaaS and DBaaS enablescustomers to quickly provision new instances of JD Edwards, resulting inreduced administration cost and increased agility. Benefits of JDEdwards in the Oracle Public Cloud include: Maximizes value by balancing the use of internal assets and external services—controllingcosts while enabling better scalability. Provides control of the application environment—upgrades are customermanaged for frequency and timing which reduces risk. Adapt rapidly to changes in the business environment—costefficiency, faster time to market, greater ability to create new products. When configured to useboth private and public clouds (Hybrid), provides significant economies ofscale—without exposing mission-critical applications or vital data tothird-party risks. JD EdwardsEnterpriseOne continues to lower the Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) with simpleprovisioning of JD Edwards EnterpriseOne in Oracle IaaS. Customers can stillextend JD Edwards as needed to meet their unique business requirements, adoptnew capabilities on their terms, determine what to adopt, and when to includeit. Access to JD Edwardson Oracle Compute Cloud Services is available on the Oracle Cloud Marketplace.

Oracle recently announced JD Edwards EnterpriseOne availability on the Oracle Public Cloud. Companies that rely on JD Edwards solutions for innovating in the digital economy benefitfrom enhanced...

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How has JD Edwards EnterpriseOne 9.2 Transformed your Business?

At a time of rapidchange in technology and business, maintaining a balance between stability andagility is essential. Even as we pursue innovation with new disruptivetechnologies and business models, we must sustain what works and what keeps thelights on. JD Edwards,specifically in our EnterpriseOne 9.2 release, provides an ERP platform to helpyour business navigate this duality of sustainability and innovation for thedigital economy. For this release wehave focused in on three main areas: Transformational technologies that enable SMART solutions – Strategic, Mobile, Architected for Real-Time. Enablement of deep Industry specific capability. And Choice – because we believe that the problems and opportunities that you face have a matrix of potential solutions: How you strategically go about addressing that space can be a source of differentiation. Many JD Edwards customershave already downloaded this new release and are well into theirimplementations. Our support organization has helped hundreds of customers downloadthe new release and several customers are already live on 9.2. What should customers expect from Release 9.2? Transformation For JD Edwards, transformationrequires a SMART approach that is Strategic, Mobile, and Real-Time providingthe capability to fundamentally alter business processes and change the wayorganizations interact with customers, partners, and employees. We are enablingbroad collaboration and interactions with hardware-to-hardware andmachine-to-machine communications. As a result of these transformations, you increasedigital density, reduce system friction, and provide more agility in your laborand capital mix. Industry JD Edwards’ philosophy is that industrycapability is a differentiator, that industry matters, and that YOUR industrymatters! Lower-level business processes are necessary to sustain any company. Thebasic solutions that you need and that are fundamental to industry bestpractices are the same or similar for every company in the industry. In contrast,industry depth at a functional and technical level that can be leveraged,uniquely configured and extended provides you with a unique competitiveadvantage. While JD Edwards does provide a broad ERP platform, it is one thatis informed by the select industries that we focus on. For all the specific industry capabilities that we released inEnterpriseOne 9.2, we have worked with focus groups of customers in thosespecific industries to help us validate our hypotheses and shape the product. Choice The JD Edwards EnterpriseOne platform andproducts offer a large number of options for personalization, extension, andco-existence with other applications, including Oracle Cloud applications, tosupport agile business solutions that meet customers’ unique business needs. JDEdwards EnterpriseOne Release 9.2 provides customers with the choices to runtheir business their way. Our cloud computing strategy offers JD Edwardscustomers choice and a balance between sustainability and innovation. JDEdwards customers will continue to derive value from their on-premisetechnology investments and at the same time can explore a variety of cloudcomputing models. We are providing offerings in all of these deployment models enablingyou to choose your path to the cloud. We are asking for feedbackon JD Edwards EnterpriseOne Release 9.2. What goals are youpursuing by installing this new release? What transformation doyou expect for your business? How will the newindustry solutions improve your competitive advantage? What JD Edwardscomputing models will your business choose to implement to create agileoperations? We look forward to hearingfrom you.

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Thriving in the JD Edwards Economy: JD Edwards Global Partner Excellence Awards

Partners are an important contributorin Oracle’s JD Edwards ecosystem. They collaborate with JD Edwards on manylevels from sales leadership to successful customer implementations. Thecloseness and productiveness of these relationships developed over many yearswas in evidence at the recently concluded seventh annual JD Edwards Summitconference. The winners of the JD EdwardsPartner Excellence Awards were announced at Summit 2016. Partners werenominated for their creative contributions in solving real-world customerchallenges and for their development and deployment of JD Edwards applications. The key theme of the Summitconference was Thriving in the JD Edwards Economy. Key components of THRIVEincluded: Transform your business Harness the power of alignment Reach for new opportunities Industry focus Value of choice Engage in new ideas The awards were presented during theSummit 2016 keynote on Tuesday, February 2, 2016 at Omni Interlocken Hotel andResort in Broomfield, CO. Recognition went to partner solutions and bestpractices 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. Therecipients represent Oracle PartnerNetwork members from around the world. The 2016 awards recognized 24 Oraclepartners, across 15 solution and momentum categories. Recipients included: Generate Regional License Revenue Production – Global – IBM Regional License Revenue Production – JAPAC – UXC Red Rock Consulting Regional License Revenue Production – North America – Terillium Incorporated Regional License Revenue Production �� North America – CSS International Regional License Revenue Production – EMEA – Steltix Regional License Revenue Production – Asia-Pacific – UXC Red Rock Consulting Create Marketing Buzz – New Age Marketing – Whitelight Group, LLC Create Marketing Buzz – Classic Marketing – KPIT Technologies Adopt New Technologies and Modules – CSS International Bring Back from OFF Maintenance – Redfaire International Position and Extend JD Edwards for Vertical Industries – GrantThornton Position and Extend JD Edwards for Vertical Industries – ITCROSS Provide Cloud Integration and Positioning – KPIT Technologies Deploy JD Edwards in the Cloud – Denovo Ventures, LLC Support 9.2 Readiness – Product – DWS Support 9.2 Readiness – Consulting Services – Terillium Incorporated Create Customer Value Through Upgrades – Syntax Support Quest and Other User Groups – Velocity Technology Solutions, Inc. Support Quest and Other User Groups – Benelux Consortium Thrive in the JD Edwards Economy – Success Stories – Cyret Technologies Thrive in the JD Edwards Economy – Success Stories – TGVAmericas Thrive in the JD Edwards Economy – Success Stories – iSP3 Solution Providers Inc. User Experience Demo Contest – Innovation for Technical Users – ERP Suites User Experience Demo Contest – Innovation for Application Users – CD Group Industry Expertise Video Contest – ITCROSS JohnSchiff, Vice President JD Edwards, conveyed appreciation from the JD Edwardsexecutive team for contributions made by JD Edwards partners. “Our JD Edwards partnersdemonstrate their commitment each year for innovative technologies and customerfocused solutions to solving real world client challenges. The submissions wereceived this year illustrate the passion and pride our partners have inworking with Oracle to deliver JD Edwards transformational businesssolutions for customers to address the demands of the digital economy." Innovative new JD Edwards solutions are facilitating SMART (Strategic, Mobile, Architected for Real-Time) change. Summit 2016 was a resoundingsuccess. Honoring partner successes and achievements will continue in years tocome. We look forward to JD Edwards Summit 2017 and the celebrations of our innovativepartner solutions and sales successes.

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JDE101 Graduates

Back in May we began recruiting our first classof new JDE professionals to attend the newly launched JDE101 training program(see the original May 26, 2015 post below).  The students successfullycompleted the course and many are now looking to begin their JDE careers. Ifyou have open JDE positions in your company, please take a few minutes to explore the resumes of these greatcandidates. Who knows, you may find the perfect person for you company. Original Post:  Help us recruit new talent into the JD EdwardsCommunity! Calling All College Students – IT & JD Edwards, the PerfectPairing for a Great Career By Kem Butler-Oracle on May 26, 2015 Are you interested in seeingmore trained JD Edwards resources in the market? If you are a member of the JDEdwards EnterpriseOne community, either as a customer or partner, then youprobably agree that having more new trained JD Edwards consultants would be agood thing. And it’s entirely within your power to help make it happen…and weneed your help NOW. JDE101 isproud to announce the first JD Edwards training and certification program aspart of university curriculum. Students studying Information Technology thatwish to boost their learning and resumes with specific ERP training can nowenroll for a two week JD Edwards Financials and Distribution training andcertification 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 ofstudents studying Information Technology that you will encourage them to enrollin the JD Edwards training. Studentsand recent graduates from any college or university may sign up for a two week JD Edwardscourse held in Denver, co-sponsored by the University of Colorado DenverBusiness School. Please take a few minutes toexplore JDE101 and then share the link with anyone you think would beinterested! FAQ

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Announcing JD Edwards EnterpriseOne Release 9.2

Transformational business innovationfor companies to thrive in the digital economy Extending its commitment to Oracle’sJD Edwards, Oracle announces JD Edwards EnterpriseOne Release 9.2. This latest releaseprovides transformational business solutions to allow companies to innovate inthe digital economy, new industry solutions to achieve competitive advantage, andenhanced choices of platform and deployment options to run your business yourway. "ForOracle’s JD Edwards customers and the markets we serve, JD EdwardsEnterpriseOne Release 9.2 is a transformational shift to new approaches tosolving business problems while offering deeper industry capability anddeployment choice," said Lyle Ekdahl, senior vice president general manager,Oracle’s JD Edwards. "With this new release, Oracle has invested in innovationthat addresses the demands of the digital economy. These kinds of dramaticimprovements give rise to transformative change and can enable organizations toimplement new business technologies and innovate with new products and servicesthat were unthinkable before this release. Our existing and prospectivecustomers will immediately notice the value of our JD Edwards EnterpriseOne 9.2enhancements and will move to capitalize on them to establish a competitiveadvantage." Transformation for the Digital Economy New JDEdwards 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 andmachine-to-machine transaction processing from devices that are IoT enabled withthe JD Edwards EnterpriseOne Internet of Things (IoT) Orchestrator. Adopt enhanced real-time end user personalization toprovide a greater interactive user experience and easier, faster views intocomplex information. Achieve significant agility, time and cost savings with newsimplified administration and upgrade processes. Industry Focus that Creates CompetitiveAdvantage New productfunctionality for the projects, consumer goods, and manufacturing anddistribution industries. AdvancedJob Forecasting provides key capabilities for project-focused industries, suchas engineering and construction to prevent project cost overruns due to lack ofdetail forecast visibility and to provide more accurate cash flow managementthroughout the project lifecycle. Project managers gain significant new capabilities tocapture and audit a project’s expected labor and material expenses. Forecasts can now include anticipated material quantitiesand cost changes, as well as specific skills and pay levels required forremaining job phases. Project managers can use several new forecast calculationmethods and can define their own calculations. Users can save and compare multiple forecasts, to comparewhat/if scenarios and store audits of forecasted versus actual factors. OutboundInventory Management optimizes inventory performance and significantly reducesbusiness complexity for suppliers in the consumer goods and manufacturing anddistribution industries. Manages the complete vendor-managed inventory and consignmentlifecycle – from defining agreements through ordering, shipping, invoicing, andreplenishment. Facilitates stronger customer collaboration, reducescustomer stock-outs, and improves forecast accuracy, all of which results inincreased customer loyalty and improved supplier profitability. Choice – Your Business. Your Way. JDEdwards EnterpriseOne maintains its position as the leading ERP open-systemsplatform and now offers customers: Multipletechnology options to run the product, including a complete verticallyintegrated Oracle technology stack. EnhancedJD Edwards EnterpriseOne integration platform that improves co-existence withother applications, including Oracle Cloud applications. A choiceof deployment options, including on-premise or hybrid deployment, Oracle orpartner managed private cloud, and partner-managed public cloud. Tools toenable citizen developers to create new business solutions that easily extend theJD Edwards EnterpriseOne platform, offering companies personalized approachesto transform and grow their businesses. JDEdwards EnterpriseOne Release 9.2 platform and products provide more optionsfor personalization, extension, and co-existence with other applications tosupport agile business solutions that respond to customers’ unique businessneeds. This release enables business transformation for the digital economy,improves capabilities for several key industries, and provides customers withthe choices they want to run their business their way. Foradditional details on JD Edwards EnterpriseOne Applications Release 9.2 and JDEdwards EnterpriseOne Tools Release 9.2, click here.

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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 SantaFe 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 worldpremiere of the opera Cold Mountain. Aworld premiere is a big deal in opera. Imagine being in the audience when Straussbrought Salome to the stage. However, with anything new there is no shortage of controversyand different opinions. My husband is not a fan of contemporary opera. In Cold Mountain, he was waiting for thebig stand-and-sing or “Park and Bark” arias of the classics (as was thereviewer 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 ina way different than the traditional. Regardless, the traditional opera basicsare still there: a conductor leading singers and musicians, a story broken intoacts, and wonderful scores. Innovation continues building on the foundation ofthe past. In the Oracle’sJD Edwards development organization, we have worked to take the traditionand strength of the JD Edwards architecture and stretch and expand it for newaudiences. Where our earlier users were typically found in an office ormanufacturing plant, we now have new users on mobile devices in the field. JDEdwards software has long allowed power users to make their software performwith quick shortcuts they had memorized. Now, however, new users and those onmobile devices want fewer screens to reach their operational objectives. Someusers may not be humans at all but devices. Harmony results from ease of useand a better user experience. It’s precisely, the powerful, flexible technologyfoundation with strong industry functionality that enables us to modernize andinnovate JD Edwards software to meet the demands of the next generation. Opera and technology may, at first glance, inhabit differentecosystems, but both actually demonstrate that innovation thrives best with astrong tradition at its back. If this comparison between opera and technology seems a bitof 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 forcombining electronic sounds and traditional instruments. It’s a bit of a wait – fortunately, you won’t have to waitlong for the next great innovation from JDEdwards.

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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? Trickquestion, right? Well, a recent trip with my husband to Opera Festival week in SantaFe, New Mexico gave me a different way to explain how a newly released, powerfulOracle’sJD Edwards product, called the JD EdwardsEnterpriseOne IoT Orchestrator, actually works. Although we have attended more than 40 operas in Santa Fe over thelast 16 years, we find ourselves keen to learn more. We spent our mornings lastweek in a seminar studying the five operas presented each night. One of our teachers, a well-known musicologist and flutist, remindedus to pay attention to the orchestra as well as the singers, costumes, andstaging. One of the featured operas, Richard Strauss’ Salome (debuted in 1905), had an amazing 88-member orchestra playingelbow to elbow in the orchestra pit. Some of the instruments were available intheir current design in Strauss’ time, and others have changed and evolved overthe last 100 years. It is the job of the conductor to plan for, manage, anddirect all these players, not to mention the singers and dancers on the stage. Forthis amazing feat conductors earn the title “Maestro.” Thinking about the conductor’s role in “orchestration” led me to realizesome 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 EdwardsEnterpriseOne IoT Orchestrator pulls together all IoT devices and makes theiroutput directly available to JD Edwards EnterpriseOne applications. The JDEdwards applications “listen” to them, and eliminate costly, mundane, anderror-prone manual input while supporting enterprise operations based onaccurate, real-time data. Devices might measure temperature or moisture,but regardless of device type, the JD Edwards EnterpriseOne IoT Orchestratorallows them to “sing” to JD Edwards applications. When the “music is heard” bythe application for example that temperature or moisture levels have dropped tounacceptable levels on a food truck, a notification to the driver can be“orchestrated”. New devices can add the “drumbeat” indicating an ecologicalproblem may be occurring as a result of leaking pipelines. The JD EdwardsEnterpriseOne IoT Orchestrator can also “play in harmony” with other products. Newinstruments may be invented or added at any time, but the JD EdwardsEnterpriseOne IoT Orchestrator won’t miss a beat. Like the opera, themany movements of Internet of Things enabled devices need to be orchestratedfor 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 processesand react to opportunities for audiences’ expected conclusions. With the JD EdwardsEnterpriseOne IoT Orchestrator, JD Edwards has released game-changing softwarewith an impact that is beginning to reverberate around the corporate offices ofthe world. Never underestimate the powerof music to illuminate a technical achievement. For more informationon the JD Edwards Internet of Things Orchestrator, go to our launch pad. For more informationon the Santa Fe Opera, go to www.santafeopera.org.

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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 explodedacross 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 andpresent opportunity. It’s not the proverbial elephant in the room because thetechie and business blogosphere can’t STOP talking about it. What about the Internet of Things and ERP? Yes, we’retalking about that too – a lot! Lots of ideas, lots of use cases are beingfloated around and experimented with. According to a recent Forbes blog,business cases can be made, but are still waiting to be articulated andquantified by companies looking to deploy the Internet of Things in a way thatbenefits their business. So perhaps it’s time to go back to the basics: What is therationale for implementing an ERP system in the first place? Isn’t it to gainoperational efficiency by doing such things as reducing cost and enhancingproductivity? If that’s true, then improved operational efficiency is also agood starting point for considering an Internet of Things deployment. Yes, the businesscase 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 anunderstatement. When we start looking at the capabilities inherent inconnecting operational and informational technology, the IoT-powered ERP looksmore like ERP on steroids: Sensors, beacons, and other devices embedded inmanufacturing, maintenance, and logistics processes can provide the data anddata volume that will exploit the power of ERP systems in ways never possiblebefore – in real time. Internet of Things use cases are being developed for manyaspects of ERP, but perhaps none more so than for manufacturing. Some examples: Forecasting demand as accurately as possible is one of theholy grails of ERP, with accurate forecasts translating into profitability.Imagine a manufacturer of consumer products who is able to translate real-timedata on the sale of products into immediate adjustments of production volume.On-demand manufacturing has been around for a while, but the ability to updatedemand constantly to avoid over-or underproduction has not. In an environmentwhere demand might be volatile, the ability to act on real-time data could havean enormous impact on the manufacturer’s bottom line. Getting immediate feedback on the purchase of consumerproducts would benefit not only the manufacturer but also retail andtransportation. The retailer can order and manage inventory with greateraccuracy, and the logistics company can adjust routes and destination based ondemand. Related to the framework of adjusting production toreal-time demand information is the process for adjusting the component supplyon the production line. As a result of demand adjustments, the required numberof parts for a production can be reset and the replenishment process regulatedby sensors that detect the volume or weight of parts and initiate replenishmentprocesses accordingly. Production can be maintained with minimal interruption ifthe machines are equipped with sensors that provided early warning of performancedegradation and schedule maintenance and a shift to other production lines toavoid production disruptions at critical times. Finally, there is the other holy grail of ERP – quality. Anarticle in IndustryWeekargues that the Internet of Things offers several avenues for qualityimprovements beyond the production process itself. For example, sensors attachedto the product could be used to keep tabs on the product after it’s sold. Thesesensors would provide targeted maintenance feedback and services and thusmaintain customer satisfaction. All of these scenarios are central to the ERP space. Notmany would dispute the benefits of upping the game on these use cases. The mainchallenges revolve around the “how,” not the “why” of these applications, thatis, the best way to make the collected data available to the ERP system togenerate appropriate action. Enter the Oracle’s JD Edwards EnterpriseOne Internet ofThings Orchestrator. JD Edwards is going to market with Internet of Thingstechnology that provides a virtually seamless, powerful integration ofoperational and information technology. Without limiting our customers tospecific applications, such as sketched on the examples above, JD Edwardsprovides a tool that “hears” the vast amount of sensor “sounds,” filters outthe “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 andtrue in many ways. However, this old dog is learning some great new tricks, andyou, your customers, and your employees benefit. Find detailed information on Oracle’s JD EdwardsEnterpriseOne Internet of Things solutions here.

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Partnering to Focus on Software Quality

By John Schiff, Vice President JD Edwards JDEdwards delivers new software products, new features and product enhancementsto the market on a regular basis. Our top organizational goals are to delivercompelling, value add solutions to our customers, and to do so with highsoftware quality, ensuring customers can achieve a rapid time to value and lowrisk. JD Edwards software is very high quality, and our quality trendingremains positive as is evidenced in our solid customer satisfaction ratings,our low bug reported rate and very few customer escalations. We believein investing in quality, and in this post, I want to share with you our recentefforts as we are very excited about the impact and value customers canexpect. In short we have stepped up our Beta testing software programs.“Beta” software refers to computer software that's not officially released tothe market. Inour recent development projects, we sought out and engaged partners andcustomers to participate in our Beta Programs.  The response we areexperiencing is strong and the results are worth sharing. Wesought out partners to beta test new planned tools and technology features.Participating qualified partners included Auto Deploy, Circular Edge, ForzaConsulting BV, GSI (Global Systems Integration), and Q Software Global Limited.Due to their efforts, the next tools release of JD Edwards will be ready forprime time! I'd particularly like to single out Auto Deploy and Forza fortheir technical expertise, detailed testing and feedback. Auto Deploy wentso far as to send videos of the issues they were running into with thesoftware. This greatly helped the support and development teams work withthe reported bugs. Asuccessful beta program helps JD Edwards deliver a quality product. We canbetter evaluate the total customer experience and address bugs/issues beforethe software is GA. The beta testing allows us to analyze and improvereal-world performance and test real-world compatibility. We are able to assessand improve the user experience, documentation, tutorials and other supportmaterials. Fromthe customer perspective, knowing there are partners with early awareness andexperience with the latest and greatest features should provide confidence inyour planning adoption and uptake of new tools and technologies designed toadvance your business. Manythanks again to AutoDeploy LLC, CircularEdge, LLC, ForzaConsulting BV, GSI, and  QSoftware Global Limited for taking the time to participate and help us improve thequality of our future products.

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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

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! FAQ

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

If you could get one wish fulfilled to achieve a great ITsystem for your company, what would it be? There’s certainly no shortage of bigideas that are constantly being promoted and dissected in business and ITpublications, social media, online discussion groups, and blogs. Big data, thecloud, the Internet of Things are some of the main themes energizing thecurrent debate, and there are, without question, some great emerging ideas and technologiesthat are already driving transformation. Still, an IT executive might be forgiven for thinking firstabout the added complexity these great ideas would bring rather than the solutionsthey might provide to business problems. Your IT executive might actually havesome more immediate, pressing concerns that need to be addressed before yourorganization is able to launch into big data, the Internet of Things, or thecloud. While no one can, or would want to, ignore the potential of thesetechnologies, many businesses deal with a pressing issue that impacts theefficiency and cost of doing business today – the integration of their systemand applications. Application integration or, more accurately, the lack ofintegration, can be the “elephant in the room.” Businesses often work withmultiple on-premise systems and cloud applications, but at the same time arecontinually driven to optimize their business processes to improve efficiencyand thereby reduce cost. Resolving this conundrum can be a challenge because: Lack of integration leads to poor visibility ofconsolidated business data and information required to support businessdecisions. Lack of insight, in turn, can translate into poor or delayeddecisions, 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 organizationoptimize your ERP business processes today and be prepared for the technologiesof tomorrow? The answer is to think about integrations as an integral part ofany IT strategy and to consider integration capabilities of any solution orsolution set as a key part of buying and upgrade decisions. The good news is that with JD Edwards EnterpriseOne youalready have or get a comprehensive, agile, and forward-looking integrationsolution that enables you to run an efficient business today and will help youprepare for the great solutions of tomorrow. How so? Here are just some examples of how JD EdwardsEnterpriseOne not only supports your integration needs but makes theseintegrations easy for numerous integration scenarios. Looking for application integrations? - JDEdwards has done extensive work using the EnterpriseOne architecture and toolsetto provide business interfaces that enable interfaces between JD EdwardsEnterpriseOne and a range of Oracle and third-party applications. These businessinterfaces save effort and cost, while providing the flexibility to adapt theintegration to a company’s specific requirements and achieve key businessobjectives. Looking to build your own integrations? - JDEdwards supports this capability by providing interfaces, such as business(web) services and real-time events, that you can use to easily buildintegrations. These interfaces are built based on SOA standards and the OracleMiddleware SOA Suite. Need integrations on demand? - JD Edwardsenables you to use a Composition Application Framework to create quick and easyuser interface integrations. Wanting to move to mobile? - JD Edwards has notonly delivered 80+ mobile applications across the ERP spectrum using the mostmodern, light-weight architecture in the form of RESTful business services, butalso empowers customers to extend mobile apps by customizing existing mobileapps or building their own using the same technology. Moving to the cloud? - JD Edwards has alreadyprovided the building blocks for interfaces to several Oracle Cloudapplications. JD Edwards’s partners also provide integrations to cloudsolutions or can host cloud solutions for you. And as Oracle expands the technologies andsolutions to enable easy on premise to cloud application integrations, JDEdwards will develop strategies to embrace them where it makes sense. For moreinformation on Oracle’s planned Integration Cloud Service, go here. This list does not exhaust the list of integration optionsthat JD Edwards offers. JD Edwards integration options include point-to-pointsolutions, as well as outbound and inbound batch processes. Beyond what is available today, JD Edwards is also activelyengaging with customers’ future needs and requirements. Look for upcomingdiscussions of JD Edwards initiatives on how to unlock the potential of ERP inmany industries, like never before, using Internet of Things. Please visit www.learnjde.comfor the latest JD Edwards Integration Platform whitepaper, data sheet, andother helpful information and tools. GoNow

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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.

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...

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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 ForbesWatch JD Edwards IoT

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6 Tips on How to Choose and Implement an ERP System

By: LyleEkdahl, Senior Vice President General Manager, Oracle’s JD Edwards Cliff Godwin, Senior Vice President,Applications Development, Oracle The chiefpurpose of an Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) system is to integrate alldepartments 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 differentdepartments’ needs. Although choosingand implementing an ERP system is crucial to many different types ofbusinesses, this task can be challenging. Many businesses struggle withconcerns about management, cost, and ROI. According to a survey by PanoramaConsulting Solutions,the average ERP project in 2013 cost $2.8 million and lasted 16 months, with 54percent of projects exceeding budget. Here are sixtips for choosing and implementing an ERP system to help ensure you are on timeand on budget: Thoroughlyevaluate the ERP system and the vendor’s technology pace You shouldseek the closest fit to your business requirements. Look beyond commodityprocesses at deep industry capability. Explore how aggressively the vendor isincorporating the latest technologies (mobile, big data, IoT, etc.) that createpotential for a competitive business advantage for your organization. Use soundbusiness reasoning when choosing deployment options Decide onyour mix of on-premise, hosted, or various cloud options based on currentskills, infrastructure, culture, and business appetite for investment in yourorganization. Some combination of these deployment options may be necessary.Your needs will change in the future so consider the flexibility of the solutionand keep options open. Evaluatethe user community and how its members want to work with the ERP system Delivering asimplified 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 themodern user experience paradigm. Today’s users and incoming millennials expecteasy-to-use, highly functional technologies that are optimized for any device. Study thevendor’s integration approach Mostcustomers need multiple applications for their business, but the successfulintegration of all these applications can be a major pain point for CIOs.Modern integration technologies (SOA, ESB, REST, etc.) are critical forachieving both low cost and flexible interoperability. Understanding how yourERP solution inherently integrates with a diverse set of products helps withcurrent infrastructure needs and provides insight into the vendor‘s plans foraddressing application directions. Evaluate any complementary solutions the ERPvendor offers, as these solutions could play a role in how suitable thevendor’s ERP package is for your business. Find theright implementation team and tools Look for apartner with relevant, recent experience for your specific ERP package,products, and version. Consider industry, region and company size experience ofthe proposed team members. Always check references for specific individuals andespecially leaders. Evaluate and leverage all applicable tools the vendor andpartner provide to ensure on-time, on-budget and business-fit implementations. Anddon’t forget tools and process for upgrades in the future.  Takeresponsibility, own your system, and crowd-source knowledge Regardless ofthe software distribution method, ERP is a valuable asset. After implementation,be prepared to take the keys! Knowledge transfer is critical to successfullydriving best practices and daily operations. Outsourcing all knowledge ofsystem technology and business capability can create vulnerability. Finally, neverunderestimate the value of networking. Attend user group meetings that can helpyou discover unknown product capabilities and receive feedback on ideas andplans from those experienced in ERP. Networking provides leverage when workingwith your vendor on a future road map.  Oracleoffers the broadest and deepest range of ERP solutions, addressing all keybusiness functions, including human resources, manufacturing, financialmanagement, business intelligence, and supply chain management-all backed withOracle's industry-leading technology. To learn more about our latest ERPofferings, visit: http://bit.ly/1rFz1JQ

By: Lyle Ekdahl, Senior Vice President General Manager, Oracle’s JD Edwards Cliff Godwin, Senior Vice President, Applications Development, Oracle The chiefpurpose of an Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP)...

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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, Istated that in the next installment I would explore the expected results of thedigital overdrive era and the impact it will have on our economy. While Ihave full intentions of writing on that topic, I am inspired today to writeabout something that is top of mind. It’s top of mind because it has come upseveral times recently conversations with my Oracle’s JD Edwards team members, withcustomers and our partners, plus I feel passionately about why I do what I do…. It is not what we dobut why we do that thing that we do Do you know what you do? For the most part, I bet you could tell mewhat 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 youfulfilled? Does your work deliver a sense of purpose, a cause to work for, andsomething 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 doyou go to work? Of course, I can’t answer those questions for you but I canshare with you my POV.   For starters, there are several things that drive me. As many of youknow by now, I have a somewhat competitive nature but it is not solely thethrill of winning that actually fuels me. Now don’t get me wrong, I do likewinning occasionally. However winning is only a potential result of competing and is clearly not guaranteed. So whycompete? Why compete in business, and particularly why in this EnterpriseSoftware business?  Here’s why! I am fascinated by creative and building processes. It isabout making or producing things, causing something to come into existence. With the right skill, imaginationand determination, whether it’s art or invention; the result can deliver valueand inspire. In both avocation and vocation I always gravitate towards thecreate/build processes.  I believe one of the skills necessary for the create/build process isnot just the aptitude but also, and especially, the desire and attitude that drives one to gain a deeperunderstanding. The more I learn about our customers, the more I seek tounderstand what makes the successful and what difficult issues cause them tostruggle. I like to look for the complex, non-commodity process problems where streamlined design and modern technology can provide an easy and simplesolution. It is especially gratifying to see our customers use our software to increase their own abilityto deliver value to the market. What an incredible network effect! I know many of you sharethis customer obsession as well as the create/build addiction focused on simple and elegant design. Thisis 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 selectedour software, and our software is different. Why? Because I believe that thecreate/build process will generally result in solutions that reflect who builtit and their culture. And a culture of people focused on why they create/buildwill attract different customers than one that is based on what is built or howthe solution is delivered. In the past I have referred to this idea ascharacter of the customer, and it transcends industry, size and run rate. Now some would argue that JD Edwards has some customers who arecharacters. But that is for a different post. As I have told you before, the JDEdwards culture is unique, and its resulting economy is valuable and deservingof our best efforts. 

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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. 

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The JD Edwards EnterpriseOne Accreditation path is now live!

By Kathie Simpson | Oracle Senior Principal Proactive Support Engineer TheAccreditation program series is designed to help Oracle customers increase their expertisewith My Oracle Support core functions and build their skills to better leverageproduct solutions, tools, and knowledge. The program is targeted to customersand 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 tostay informed, find answers and make use of available tools when working onEnterpriseOne projects or diagnosing issues. Auser may choose to pursue My Oracle Support Accreditation for some or all ofthese reasons:  Fully leveragesupport  capabilities delivered in My Oracle Support (MOS) - You've been using MOS and want to be sure you are taking advantage of thecore functions in your business. The Level 1 Accreditation for My OracleSupport will refresh and test your skills for this. Fully leverageEnterpriseOne capabilities - You've been using MOS actively and want to be sure you are taking advantage of EnterpriseOne-specific toolsand resources to work more efficiently and proactively. The Level 2Accreditation for EnterpriseOne will refresh and test your skills for this. Add bestpractices to your feature knowledge – the accreditation modules focus onspecific business examples of the features (including things like stayinformed, implementations, patching, etc.) to help you understand how/when touse them, including easy-to-implement suggestions that can enhance the value ofthe feature. Take advantage ofproduct expertise - the use cases, examples, and user types come directly fromthe Support team's product knowledge and experience in working with customers. Efficiency withOracle tools - spend time on your primary business role and accomplish yourtasks more quickly. You have to get as much done each day as you can and wantto streamline your process. This is our focus when developing the paths andcontent. Startwith the "My Oracle Support Accreditation - Series Index" (Doc ID 1583898.1)to launch the "My Oracle Support Accreditation Series - Level 1 My OracleSupport" (Doc ID 1579751.1)which focuses on My Oracle support core functions such as Support Identifiersand Service Request best practices.  When you've completed the Level 1 path,please continue on to the "My Oracle Support Accreditation Series - JDEdwards EnterpriseOne" (Doc ID 1625633.1)to refresh your working knowledge and become accredited for EnterpriseOne onthese topics: Staying Informedabout EnterpriseOne EnterpriseOneSupport Tools Overview Troubleshooting Install, Upgradeand Migrate Patching Globalizations InvestigatingPerformance Issues Additional Toolsand Resources  Note:There is no cost associated with any of the My Oracle Support Accreditedcourses or exams. All accreditation content is provided as part of your supportplan.

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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 demandinginstantaneous information? With theavailability of Oracle Database 12c In-Memory, world-class technologies areavailable for JD Edwards’s users. Leverage optimized in-memory capabilitiesacross applications, middleware, databases, and systems to transform yourhyper-connected, mobile and social business into a “real time enterprise” and revolutionize business insight, communications andcollaborative business processes. Oracle Database In-Memory transparently extends thepower of Oracle Database 12c to enableorganizations to discover business insights and analytics in real-time whilesimultaneously increasing transactional performance.  With Oracle Database In-Memory, users can getimmediate answers to business questions that previously took hours to obtain andbusiness insight never before possible. Can every JD Edwards customer benefit fromin-memory? Your enterprises will quickly make data-driven decisions, respondinstantly to customer demands, and continuously optimize business processes tomaximize profitability. JD Edwardscustomers who have deployedapplications on Oracle database technology can dramatically expand the value ofthese 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 thesedesires a reality. What changes are required to adopt the new technology? Oracle Database In-Memory delivers leading-edgeperformance without restricted functionality, and without increasing complexityor risk. Deploying Oracle DatabaseIn-Memory with virtually any existing Oracle Database-compatible application isas easy as flipping a switch—no application changes are required. Benefits for JD Edwardscustomers include: 1. FasterDecision-Making – Oracle Database In-Memoryimplements leading-edge columnar data processing to accelerate analytics,increasing the number of data values analyzed per second while providinganswers instantly that would take minutes or hours to obtain. 2. Easily Adopted – Existing Oracle database applications simply need to identifythe data to place in-memory to run dramatically faster. It couldn’t be easier.  Your JD Edwards application developers don’tneed to change the application or learn new programming techniques to adoptOracle Database In-Memory. Within-memory solutions, you will run your business differently, ask more questionsand change your business processes resulting in a quicker understanding of realtime data. Iterative analysis that wouldhistorically take hours now takes minutes or seconds to process. JD Edwards applications can access strategic datainstantaneously.  And it is Cloud ready.  Assoon as Oracle Database 12c In-Memory becomes generally available, we will postagain with links to specific JD Edwards and Oracle Database 12c In-Memory documents.  Watch LarryEllison’s prelaunch video here Learnmore

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Part 1 of 5 By Lyle Ekdahl: JDE 5G – What is it, and do I even care?

Part 1 of 5 JDE 5G –What is it, and do I even care? If you attended Quest Collaborate 2014 this year and caughtthe JD Edwards keynote session, you heard the term JDE 5G used for the firsttime in a public forum. I used the termto describe JD Edwards’ approach to the market, our products and ourorganizational processes. The fact isthat we are at the genesis of Oracle’s JD Edwards’ fifth generation! So what are the 5 generations you ask? Generations 1 through 5 mirror the major corporate stagesand product changes that we have gone through during our 37 + yearhistory. Let’s review them: 1G – JD Edwards as an independent software company frominception through to a publically traded company on the stock exchange  (Ok I’ll admit this is a very longgeneration, but stay with me.) 2G – JD Edwards as a set of product lines after acquisitionby PeopleSoft (by contrast a short generation) 3G –JD Edwards product division in its early days afterbeing acquired by Oracle 4G – Game changing Oracle’s JD Edwards EnterpriseOne and Oracle’sJD Edwards World software releases 9.x introduced to the market  5G – Isright NOW! With that brief review of our history, what’s reallyimportant, what really matters to you is the NOW of it.  Because right now disruptivetechnologies are dramatically changing business, and we plan to lead in thedelivery of next generation ERP solutions that leverage technology to positionyour business for success and leadership. So what’s different now? If you really think about it, inmany ways the processes you have used in business have remained pretty static,and we have applied technology to those stable processes over many years (sincethe beginning of the industrial revolution). The business you were in and the processes did not dramatically changebecause of technology. What has changed in the recent past is core ERP has become acommoditized offering, with some innovations in the areas of: • Targetedbig data applications and related analytics• Selectmobile apps on select mobile devices • Limitedreal time collaboration with employees & trading partners • Improveduser experience • ITbeginning to support BYOD • Organizationsembracing cloud JD Edwards has demonstrated that we can and do support theseinnovations of modern ERP – and often, we are leading and innovating well aheadof the crowd. We are also acutely aware of the new advances in technologyand the implications for us. In response, we have formulated our 5thgeneration vision for JD Edwards. I envision the future transformation of the current state ofERP where technology will literally shape the future of business in new andtransformative ways. This future state is the dynamic intersection of processestechnology, product and peoplein ways not possible before the digitaloverdrive era that we are entering. How so you ask? Traditionally technology has been layered on top of existing business processes to speed them up and enable them linearly.  In 5G, technology, processes, product andpeople truly become entwined, more systemically……to enable never beforerealized benefits and emergent value. The new technologies combined with a new generation ofworkers have and will continue to drive dramatic changes, completely reshapinghow we interact, and more importantly ENGAGE with our employees, partners andcustomers.  Part 2 of this series will explore in more detail whatbusiness requirements 5G will address and what the resulting world might looklike. 

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ERP in a Flash! Latest News on JD Edwards and Oracle VM Templates

Oracle Announces the Availability of Oracle VM Templates for JD Edwards EnterpriseOne 9.1 Update 2 and Tools 9.1 Update 4.4 Continuing the commitment to rapid and predictable deployments of JD Edwards EnterpriseOne, Oracle announces the general availability of Oracle VM templates for JD Edwards EnterpriseOne Application release 9.1 Update 2 and Tools release 9.1 Update 4.4. These templates can be used with Oracle VM for x86, on the Oracle Exalogic Elastic Cloud, and on the Oracle Database Machine.Oracle VM Templates for JD Edwards EnterpriseOne accelerate the process of setting up a working environment compared to the traditional installation process. The templates can be a key component to a well-managed cloud infrastructure, allowing system administrators to quickly provision fully functional JD Edwards EnterpriseOne environments for evaluation, development, or production use. The templates contain preconfigured images of the major JD Edwards EnterpriseOne server components, including: •Enterprise server • HTML server •Database server •BI Publisher (for use with One View Reporting) •Business Services Server and ADF Runtime (for use with Mobile Smartphone Applications) •Application Interface Services (new with this release, for use with Mobile Enterprise Applications) •Server Manager (new with this release) The virtual server images are built on a complete Oracle technology stack, including Oracle VM for x86, Oracle Linux, Oracle WebLogic Server, Oracle Database, and Oracle Business Intelligence Publisher. The templates can be installed into an Oracle VM for x86 system running on standard x86 servers, the Oracle Exalogic Elastic Cloud, and the Oracle Database Appliance as a composite “all-in-one” system. The database can be deployed as a fully preconfigured VM template, or it can be deployed to a preexisting database server, for example, the Oracle Exadata Database Machine or the Oracle Database Appliance. This latest set of templates includes the following applications and technology components: •JD Edwards EnterpriseOne Applications Release 9.1 Update 2 with ESUs as of April 8, 2014 •JD Edwards EnterpriseOne Tools 9.1 Update 4, maintenance pack 4 (9.1.4.4) •Oracle Database 12c (12.1.0.1)•Oracle WebLogic Server 12c (12.1.2) •Oracle Linux 5 Update 8, 64-bit •Oracle Business Intelligence Publisher 11.1.1.7.1, for use with JD Edwards EnterpriseOne One View Reporting •JD Edwards EnterpriseOne Business Services Server and Oracle Application Development Framework (ADF) 11.1.1.5, for use with the JD Edwards EnterpriseOne Mobile Applications. The delivery also includes a JD Edwards EnterpriseOne deployment server preconfigured to match the content of the templates.This edition of the templates also includes enhanced configuration utilities that greatly simplify the process of configuring the templates for deployment into a running system. The templates are immediately available for download from the Oracle Software Delivery Cloud. For more information see: • My Oracle Support article 884592.1 • Oracle Technology Network

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Get The Goods From The Source – Fast, Efficient, Accurate.

Lyle EkdahlSenior Vice President General Manager, Oracle’s JD Edwards Oracle’s JD Edwards has a vibrant, thriving eco-system, andfor that we are thankful! This eco-system is a community of passionate,energized people and organizations that are eager to share their knowledge,resources, ideas and solutions with the market. We believe our community is uniqueand we truly consider ourselves a family. We hope you have experienced thebenefits of being part of this family. Thanks to each of you who contribute to the community in somany ways. We recognize there is an extraordinary power and value that comesfrom the networking and sharing that occurs between so many of you. We want to do our part to ensure thecommunity has the most up to date news, information and resources available directlyfrom the source – Oracle JD Edwards. It is with great please that I announce the launch of Oracle’sJD Edwards Resource Library. The JD Edwards Resource Library organizes content, gives users access to training,documentation, and information on JD Edwards’s products, and provides links torelevant information on www.oracle.com, www.runjde.com,www.upgradejde.com, and the Oracle University site.  By providing contentin this fashion, we aim to improve your efficiency and minimize the risk associatedwith using 3rd party sites to find functional and technicalinformation that may or may not be accurate and current. We invite you to usethe source you can trust, Oracle’s JD Edwards Resource Library. The content is well organized and users will enjoy a newlevel of ease in locating just what they need. I encourage each and every one of you to spend a few minutes exploringthe JD Edwards Resource Library so that when the need for information arises,you will know where to go and how to find what you need. Be sure to note that we now provide our current product dataschemes for our latest releases, free net change training videos, release netchange reporting, product documentation that is easily searchable, and muchmore. This truly is a one stop for those resourcesthat fall outside the realm of the powerful My Oracle Support web site. When used in combination with My OracleSupport’s website, the JD Edwards community can rest assured that they have theinformation, resources and tools required to gain the highest value from Oracle’sJD Edwards solutions.

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Collaborate 2014: Dramatic Changes are Coming in ERP and JD Edwards Continues To Lead!

Last week, Collaborate 2014,the annual Quest International independent user group conference, was held in Las Vegas, Nevada. Once again the JD Edwards team made several innovative product announcements including new Mobile Apps, a new In-Memory Application, new Business Process Models, and the availability of EnterpriseOne Tools Release 9.1.4:  Summary:  Twenty additional new EnterpriseOne Mobile Enterprise Applications, putting into users’ hands role based and fit for purpose applications on the most popular mobile devices.  A new module, JD Edwards EnterpriseOne In-Memory Planning Advisor, to help organizations respond quickly to changes in supply and demand.  New editable Business Process Models for EnterpriseOne 9.1 which simplify deploying and using JD Edwards, thus reducing costs while leveraging best practices.  Tools release 9.1 Update 4, which includes technical and platform enhancements in addition to several compelling user experience enhancements such as Watch list within EntrpriseOne Pages, Scratch Pad and create your own application capabilities as part of user personalization features.  But the most compelling and engaging statements made by Lyle Ekdahl, Sr. Vice President of JD Edwards, were his commitment to invest in the technologies that are driving the future of ERP; including Simplification, Internet of Things (IoT), Big Data and the Consumeration of IT. JD Edwards software will make it easier, faster, cheaper and safer for customers to benefit from rapidly delivered enhancements…and by collaborating with our customers and partners, we are developing innovative and differentiated solutions that provide high value. The JD Edwards call to action encouraged customers to go mobile, embrace the simplified user experience, leverage deep vertical features, consider in-memory benefits and to collaborate with product development to shape the future of business. Watch this blog for further product announcements and updates from Collaborate 2014! Supporting Resources •JD Edwards EnterpriseOne Mobile Applications Data Sheet •Mobile Apps on Oracle.com •Oracle JD Edwards In-Memory Planning Advisor •Oralce JD Edwards In-Memory Applications •Oracle In-Memory Applications

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No Excuse Not To Train on JD Edwards EnterpriseOne. We Have What You Need

The amount of collaboration and support for JD Edwards across the Oracle internal eco-system is an awesome thing. The resources and leverage that Oracle brings to bear for JD Edwards customers and partners has never been stronger.  A point of evidence of Oracle's commitment and investment in JD Edwards is the recent focus by Oracle University in providing new and updated JD Edwards training curriculum.  Oracle University has a robust schedule of JD EdwardsEnterpriseOne 9.x training courses plus new certifications forimplementers. Each class is delivered byexperts and includes premium content developed by the same JD Edwards teamsworking to develop the JD Edwards products. New and Featured JD Edwards 9.x coursesinclude: JDEdwards EnterpriseOne Accounts Receivable Rel 9.x JDEdwards EnterpriseOne Capital Asset Management Rel 9.x JDEdwards EnterpriseOne Common Foundation Rel 9.x JDEdwards EnterpriseOne Development Tools I/II Accelerated Rel 9.x JDEdwards EnterpriseOne Fixed Assets Accounting Rel 9.x JDEdwards EnterpriseOne Human Resources Accelerated Rel 9.x JDEdwards EnterpriseOne Job Cost Accounting Rel 9.x JDEdwards EnterpriseOne Payroll Accelerated for Canada Rel 9.x JDEdwards EnterpriseOne Payroll Accelerated for US Rel 9.x JDEdwards EnterpriseOne Report Writing Rel 9.x JDEdwards EnterpriseOne Development Tools Part 1 Rel 9.x - AvailableOn Demand JDEdwards EnterpriseOne General Accounting Rel 9.x - Available On Demand JDEdwards EnterpriseOne Sales Order Management Rel 9.x - Available On Demand Oracle University delivers courses in Live Virtual Classand traditional classroom formats and a few of the courses are also availablein the Training On Demand format. ManyLive Virtual Classes are included in the public schedule. ContactOracle University if you are interested in classroom training or dates thatyou do not see on the public schedule as they can often accommodate special requests. You can view Oracle University’s complete catalog of JDEdwards Enterprise One courses here. Find courses for the latest release by searching JD Edwards 9.x from thefront page of education.oracle.com. Dothe Oracle University training courses cover Release 9.0 or 9.1? Oracle University’s JD Edwards EnterpriseOne 9.x coursesinclude content for both release 9.0 and 9.1 so it is relevant to both 9.0 and9.1 users.  All guides reference and all classes are taught on a 9.1environment. Howdo I find the list of scheduled courses? View a list of publicly scheduled courses for US hereand Canada here.  Oracle University includes both Live VirtualClass and Classroom courses in the public schedules. Oracle University is alsoable to accommodate requests for events in specific time frames orlocations. Contact your local OracleUniversity representative to find out what courses are scheduled in your areaor submita request here if you are not able to find the course or schedule thatworks for you. Schedules are availablefor all countries worldwide Howdo Oracle University’s training courses differ from other JD Edwards Workshops? Oracle University delivers deep-dive, lab-intensive trainingthat provides you with hands-on practice with the different JD Edwardsfeatures. Don’tsee the course you are looking for or can’t find a class in a location near youor in the time frame you need? Oracle University prides itself on giving all students thetraining they need when they need it. Submit your request to Oracle Universityif you are having trouble finding the right course or schedule that works foryou. To discuss training options, simplyprovideyour contact information and details around the course(s) you are lookingfor and an Oracle University representative will follow up with you right away. Oracle University can also come to yourlocation to provide private training to your team. Howmuch does it cost? Pricing varies by course. All prices are listed on the Oracle University website for eachcourse. You may be eligible for otherdiscounts on your training. We recommendyou contact your Oracle University representative or call OracleUniversity customer service to find out. Ourorganization needs training for very specific topics, but we don’t have time totake several courses. Oracle University frequently creates custom trainingcontent to address an organization’s specific training needs andenvironment. Contact your OracleUniversity representative with your request. Haveanother question? Ask here and we’ll get you an answer.

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Ensure Lower JD Edwards TCO Using Change Assistant!

One of the best and easiest ways to get higher value and to lower the cost associated with managing your JD Edwards software is to leverage JD Edwards EnterpriseOne and World Change Assistant - an awesome tool provided on My Oracle Support. Change Assistant allows a single point of entry to facilitate administration of software updates & fixes. This application utilizes a navigational tree to help manage your deployment processes and enhance your search capability over Update Center and My Oracle Support information.  Change Assistant is available to customers on EnterpriseOne release 8.9 and higher. Features include the following: Defect Category for searching specific defects such as memory and performance concerns Package Details and SAR Details buttons have been added to tabs to allow better content integration Work with Batches buttons have been added to allow editing for better deployment of packages Integrated News & Links for current information regarding downloads and installation guides Advanced Search including: Date Ranges, System Code Searches and Multiple Object Selection Subscriptions utilizing Saved Personal Queries and JD Edwards Pre-Defined Queries Net Change comparing current packages to superceded Integrated Downloading per result page Deployment Features including direct download and deployment of multiple ESUs to selected environments Help - New Enhancements shows all the new enhancements introduced in the version Analyze and Summarize options help determine the deployment impact and consolidates Special Instructions Impact Analysis option automates the Impact Analysis application Visual UDC and Glossary Compare option automates the process to update the Automated Special Instructions Support for deploying Oracle Business Accelerators for JD Edwards EnterpriseOne Enhanced JDBC driver support JDK 1.6 Support Enhanced Support for Locale Preferences Enhanced Business Accelerator Support Batch Deployment Enhancements Note that Change Assistant also works for Localization. Localization ESUs are grouped on their own, then broken listed by region, country and release. Installing Change Assistant:  1) Click here to install the Java SE Runtime Environment 6 Update 24 for 32-bit Windows (i.e., JRE 1.6.0_24). Be sure to install the 32 bit version (i.e. from the list choose Windows Offline Installation, jre-6u24-windows-i586.exe). EnterpriseOne and Change Assistant are 32 bit applications which require the 32 bit version of the JRE.  If you have not installed the JRE, Change Assistant cannot be launched and executed.  2) Click here to install and launch the latest version of Change Assistant.  If you are already using Change Assistant, we would love to hear your comments about how it's working for you!

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Summit 2014 Registration Is Open

Attention Oracle (employees) Field Team and Oracle JD Edwards Partners REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN for Oracle's5th Annual JD Edwards Summit - Monday, January 27th through Friday, January 31st,2014, in Broomfield, Colorado. The themeof this year's Summit is "Success Through Continued Innovation”.  Our goalsare to update you on our current and future product roadmap, new products, sellingstrategies for new prospects, growing the footprint in our JD Edwards install base,as well as providing a venue for networking.  The JD Edwards Summit is to the selling and servicing communitywhat COLLABORATE is to the user community.  This is a MUST ATTEND event if you recommend, sell,implement and/or support the JD Edwards product, whether you are new to JD Edwardsor a seasoned pro, an executive, account executive, in presales or in consulting.  The Summit promises a content-rich and unique networking experiencefor all attendees. Highlights include:  Monday afternoonkicks off the Summit with a variety of workshops as well as an afternoon previewof the Sponsor Showcase.  Start your networkingat the Summit kickoff party Monday evening. Tuesday morningfeatures several informative keynotes in the Summit General Assembly followedby key messages delivered in Super Sessions in the afternoon, focused on each ofthe JD Edwards community audiences. The educationalofferings continue on Wednesday and Thursday with over 90 breakout sessions ontopics spanning technology, applications (core JD Edwards, Edge, Fusion), Sales,Presales and Implementation. Friday concludeswith new workshops for the implementation community.A Attendeeswill be enriched with numerous opportunities to network with fellow partners and Oracle throughout the week.  Consider bringing your team and using this venue to hold yourown organization kickoff meeting prior to or post Summit. Contact Sheila Ebbitt (Sheila.ebbitt@oracle.com) for furtherassistance with your planning.  Attendees will be charged a Summit fee of US$ 250. Online registration cut-off is January 17, 2014. All registration requests after that timewill be processed on-site at the event with an attendee fee of US$ 500. Please contact Rene Chapman (rene.chapman@oracle.com) for informationon sponsorship opportunities. For further details on the JD Edwards Summit includingagenda, workshops, educational sessions, lodging,  sponsors and Summit registration, click here! Registernow! This is going to be an awesome event! John Schiff Vice President JD Edwards Business Development 

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Nucleus Research Names Three Oracle Product Lines in the ERP Leader Category

Nucleus Research recently released its 2013 first half Technology Value Matrix for ERP. Oracle stood strong against the competition -- three of our ERP product lines were named as leaders: the Oracle E-Business Suite, Oracle Fusion Applications, and Oracle’s JD Edwards. Oracle’s PeopleSoft was recognized in the Expert category.For the report, Nucleus, a global provider of technology research, evaluated both the usability and functionality of ERP applications. The offerings were then placed into four categories of the Nucleus Research Technology Value Matrix: Leaders, Experts, Facilitators, and Core Providers. Being placed in the Leader quadrant signals that Oracle’s products have the ability to deliver initial ROI and ultimately, maximum value over time.According to the report, many companies are considering changing up their ERP apps. Decision makers are drawn to the intuitive UIs, powerful analytics, and mobile platforms of emerging solutions. They see moving their ERP to the Cloud as an attractive option to derive more benefit from their ERP investment. They want to upgrade, consolidate, and streamline as they plan their ERP future.In response, vendors have to step up their game to maintain their position in the ERP market. Customer expectations are putting pressure on ERP vendors to show both initial and ongoing incremental benefits of their products. Here are some snippets from the Nucleus report about the Oracle products in the Leader category:“Nucleus continues to see customers upgrading their Oracle E-Business Suite deployments to take advantage of features and components that leverage Oracle’s newer technology.”“Nucleus has found that for companies evaluating new ERP opportunities, Oracle Fusion Applications’ (Oracle ERP Cloud) standards-based foundation, built-in social and collaboration capabilities, choice of cloud or on-premise deployment, and modular approach make Oracle, in principle, an attractive contender.”“Nucleus has found that, as a result of key investments in usability and specific vertical functionality, JD Edwards continues to both attract new customers and drive existing customer upgrades and consolidation onto later versions of EnterpriseOne. The JD Edwards team has also had razor focus on articulating to customers the roadmap for maximizing value from their existing JD Edwards investment whether they upgrade or not, which is a refreshing message for customers in a risk-averse marketplace.”The entire Nucleus Research Technology Value Matrix First Half 2013 for ERP is posted on Oracle.com.

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Cream of the Crop

JD Edwards has been working hard to ensure that you shouldn't have to work so hard! Yet there are still JD Edwards customers that may not be up to speed on all the new and or improved tools and utilities we have delivered, all designed to make your life easier.So today, I want to share what I consider to be the cream of the crop….those items that every customer should know about and leverage to make ERP life just a little bit (or A LOT) easier!These are my top picks, the cream of a very good crop! Explore and enjoy, and gain some of your time back to do with as you please.www.runjde.com It’s where to go when you need to know! The Resource Kits available on www.runjde.com provide comprehensive Resource Kits (guides) by user type. The guides provide brief descriptions of the wide array of resources that are available to JD Edwards’s eco system and links to each of those resources.  My Oracle Support (MOS) Information Centers   This link will take you to an index that is designed to provide you with simple and quick navigation to the available EnterpriseOne Information Centers. This index provides links to:EnterpriseOne Application specific Information Centers EnterpriseOne Tools and Technology Information Centers EnterpriseOne Performance Information Center EnterpriseOne 9.1 and 9.0 Information Centers Information Centers give Oracle the ability to aggregate content for a given focus area and present this content in categories for easy browsing by our customers.Information Centers offer a variety of focused dynamic content organized around one or more of the following tasks.Overview Use Troubleshooting Patching and Maintenance Install and Configure Upgrade Optimize Performance Security Certify   JD Edwards Newsletters Be in the know by reading the Global Customer Support Product Newsletters. They are PACKED with news and information covering a wide range of topics and news. It is a must read if you want to know what’s happening in the JD Edwards universe!Read the latest EntepriseOne newsletterRead the latest World newsletterLearn How to receive notification when a new newsletter edition is publishedOracle Learning Library – (OLL) Oracle Learn Library is the place to go for easy access to JD Edwards Application and Tools training.For a comprehensive view of the training available for a specific product/functional area, explore the Knowledge PathsFor Net Change (new feature) training, explore the TOI sessions (TOI stands for Transfer Of Information).Tip: Be sure to experiment with the search filters!www.upgradejde.com The site designed to help customers and partners with the process of upgrading JD Edwards. The site is a wealth of information, tools and resources designed to assist in the evaluation, planning and execution steps required when upgrading.   Of note is the wildly successful upgrade strategy known as “The Art of the Possible” wherein JD Edwards and many of our partners hold free workshops to teach customers how to conduct upgrades in 100 days or less.Equally important is the fact that on www.upgradejde.com, customers can gain visibility into planned enhancements using the Product and Technology Feature Catalogs. The catalogs are great for creating customer specific reports about the net change between older releases and current or planned releases.Examples of other key resources on www.upgradejde.com are the product data base changes between releases, extensibility guides, (formerly known as programmer’s guides), whitepapers, ROI calculators and much more!

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Oracle Open World 2013 - JD Edwards at Your Fingertips

The Oracle & JD Edwards Universe at Your Fingertips!  Oracle Open World features thousands of sessions from which attendees can choose, including keynotes, technical sessions, demos, and hands-on labs. Hundreds of exhibitors will be on hand to share what they’re bringing to the leading edge of Oracle technology. You will have an infinite number of opportunities to network, trade information with peers, and gain insights from experts. For JD Edwards’ customers this valuable experience is twofold. Enjoy the convenience of attending the core JD Edwards’ program featured at the Intercontinental Hotel and experience the keynotes, educational sessions, networking events and partner solutions exhibited at the adjacent Moscone Convention Center.  Highlights for JD Edwards Customers:  Kickoff with the JD Edwards General Session, followed by product strategy road map sessions.  Select from over 60 educational sessions specifically applicable to JD Edwards.  Deepen your knowledge by attending the JD Edwards EnterpriseOne technical hands on lab sessions including: o One View Reporting – basic and advanced o EnterpriseOne Page Generator o User Interface Personalization o Configuring Composite Applications with Café One  Chose from thousands of educational sessions offered throughout the entire conference covering Oracle applications, industries, middleware, server and storage systems and database.  Meet the JD Edwards experts in the Oracle DEMOGrounds and get hands on experience with the latest and hottest features in Applications, Tools and Technologies, Mobility, In-Memory Applications, Health and Safety Incident Management, User Experience and Reporting.  Visit the JD Edwards Partner Pavilion at the Intercontinental Hotel featuring partner organizations with solutions for JD Edwards’ customers.  Meet with the Oracle JD Edwards Upgrade team during the conference as part of the Upgrade Care Program. Maximize your conference experience and leave with the information and contacts you need to turbo-charge your upgrade planning. Contact Barbara.canham@oracle.com prior to the conference for more information.  Arrive on Sunday to participate in sessions presented by the Special Interest Groups of Quest International User Group. Oracle OpenWorld

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On Economics and Enterprise Software - Comparing Apples to Asparagus

LyleEkdahl, Group Vice President General Manager, Oracle’s JD Edwards “Substitute your lies for fact I can seeright through your plastic mac…” The Who In recent discussions in the board roomsof some of my customers and as discussed in various media outlets from currentage Twitter posts to classic WSJarticles, there seems to be a common discussion based on a fundamentally flawedpremise. OK you ask, “What the devil areyou talking about?” Well, maybe I shouldstart with the basic proposition. “Whywould anyone in their right mind pay a vendor $X for a good or service whenthey can get the exact same thing for $½X?” Why indeed? If people are handingout bowls of free money why would you not want to belly up and drink deep? Unfortunately that is where the discussiongoes awry. As your dad used to tell you,“Money does not grow on trees.” At least I hope that is what he told you. In fact, the reason why the other good orservice is cheaper really falls into just a few categories – there a costadvantage, a technology applied, etc. The first category that always needs to be explored is the economicconcept of substitutes. Specifically meaning,do two compared products or services have a positive cross elasticity ofdemand. Classic economic examples are margarineand butter or petroleum and natural gas. Now the substitutability of any two compared goods is always a matter ofdegrees but if one is really trying to get to the heart of the matter, againwhy would I pay a premium for one offer over another, you need to start withthe concept of the “perfect substitute”. To define the “perfect substitute” is to say that utility is perfectlyequal such that the marginal rate of substitution is constant and I would add withoutany loss in value or increase in risk. “Why go through that trouble of comparison?”your CFO may say. “Cheaper is good.” Thatis when you pull out another old adage, “You can have cheap or you can havegood, but seldom can you have both.” To put a finer point on it, try thiscomparison, “ A personal auto and a bus ticket are both transportation and abus ticket is a lot less than half the price of a car, so why are there so manydang cars on the road?” The answer of course is utility, or thetotal satisfaction and or value received in consuming the good or service. Now the classically trained economists aregoing to jump on this one as they see I equated utility with value. Please keepyour Menger, Wieser and Bohm-Bawerk out of this discussion for now. We can addressthe higher order of mans’ needs and desires in future blog posts. So now the beef or perhaps the chicken ofthe matter, let’s take for example the fees associated with Oracle’s JD Edwardsmaintenance. For theory sake, let’s justsay that there were “agents” in the market that make a claim they have aperfect substitute that costs you 50% less. Again intriguing until you break down the actual offer and the utilityor value received. So what do Oracle’s JD Edwards maintenancefees buy you anyway? Well, there areactually multiple categories and layers of valuable deliverables in theoffer. The most succinct list of value categoriesthat I can find includes ten as delivered by Oracle’s JD Edwards Developmentand Support: 1) Future rights to product & technology releases2) Technical Support (Trouble shooting, issue identification & resolution)3) Knowledge Base Access (Exposure to the issues and resolutionacross a broad community – 1000’s of customers)4) Updates, patches/fixes (Both new features and fixes to bugs)5) Proactive security, data integrity, performance and scalabilitytesting & resolutions (Yes we are watching what the “hacksters” areattempting and we have your back)6) Tax, legal and regulatory updates (Yes we are watching whatgovernments are attempting and we have your back)7) Upgrade Scripts (So that you can exercise your rights)8) Certifications with New Oracle Products (Oracle buys lots ofstuff)9) Certifications for existing third party products and versions (Haveyou noticed the rate of change in browsers?)10) Certifications for new third party products and versions (Yestechnology marches on) A pretty impressive list if I do say so. However,there is one additional factor that needs to get on the table. To oversimplify a bit, JD Edwards’ productscome in two chunks– that which is non-compiled and that which is compiled. I bring this up to make sure you are awarethat certain functions in the list of ten can ONLY be performed at the factory,so when assessing value and making a comparison be aware of what is and is notpossible. For example, if you are willing to takethe 50% off pitch you should be prepared to freeze your technicalinfrastructure. So to paraphrase Seinfeld’sinfamous Soup Nazi, “No new browser for you,” even if it becomes the corporatestandard or plugs a security hole. More later, but for now I will leave youwith this thought: have you ever asked yourself what is the difference betweena can of chicken purchased at your local grocer conveniently located down thecanned meat aisle and that which you can find five rows over in the cat foodsection? Looks to me like a can ofchicken designed for your family’s cacciatore is about two times more expensivethen the chicken you put on the floor for Fluffy - Caveat Emptor or perhaps I should say, Bon Appétit.

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Unprecedented Speed and Business Agility: Introducing Oracle’s JD Edwards EnterpriseOne In-Memory Applications

By Lyle Ekdahl, Group Vice President General Manager, Oracle’s JDEdwards Imagine that you could, in a moment’s notice, access your entireportfolio of projects or products in one view, including cost andprofitability. Now imagine that your customer service representatives had real-timeaccess to your customers’ historical order information and profitability whiletaking orders. That kind of speed and agility changes the game. Imagine newgrowth opportunities, smarter decisions, reduced costs, and all the benefitsthat come with being able to outsmart and outmaneuver your competition. But this isn’t about imagining. We’ve made it a reality with the new Oracle In-MemoryApplications for Oracle Engineered Systems. As announced at COLLABORATE 13last month, our new in-memory applications make older computing approaches obsoleteand can take runtime out of the equation. Now you can have instant access to scadsof information and perform complex data analysis in near real time on live datasets. The result is better context and insights to solve your critical businessproblems. Here’s the really good news! We have released Oracle’s JDEdwards EnterpriseOne In-Memory Applications – specifically, Oracle’sJD Edwards EnterpriseOne In-Memory Project Portfolio Management and Oracle’sJD Edwards EnterpriseOne In-Memory Sales Advisor. Oracle’s Engineered Systems make it possible for us to providefunctionality in these applications that we couldn’t deliver before. Forexample, in the past, a team of data analysts would use the Extract, Transferand Load (ETL) methodology, plus spreadsheets, to pull data. The information youwould receive was stale, the manual process was error prone, and the conclusionscould be questionable. Today, with JD Edwards EnterpriseOne In-Memory Applications,you get immediate access to massive sets of near real-time transactionalinformation that is broad and deep. Your data is fresher, richer, and moreaccurate. Which would you rather use to base your business decisions on? We are very excited about what these In-Memory Applications mean forour JD Edwards customers. We’ve seen the increased speed and improved visibilitytranslate directly to increased revenue and profitability. And just so you know, we are in the process of making In-Memory Apps availablefor the other Oracle Applications business lines. As we roll these high-performancesolutions out and as the technology continues to evolve, you can trust thatOracle will be a leader to meet your performance and agility needs – even thoseyou can’t imagine today. In the meantime, let’s focus on the excitingpossibilities that these In-Memory Applications bring to us and the dawn of anew era in enterprise applications.

By Lyle Ekdahl, Group Vice President General Manager, Oracle’s JD Edwards Imagine that you could, in a moment’s notice, access your entireportfolio of projects or products in one view, including...

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Did You Miss Collaborate 2013? That's No Reason To Be In The Dark!

Six Major JD Edwards Announcements Made at Collaborate2013 Collaborate 2013, the annual Quest International independentuser group conference, was held in Denver from April 8 – 11, 2013 in Denver,Colorado.  As is the tradition, the JD Edwards team used this venue tomake major product announcements to the hundreds of JD Edwards customers andpartners that were in attendance. The announcements include new productannouncements, a new tools releases, an exciting new focus initiative and a newwebsite, all designed to provide value to customers, while increasing customersatisfaction and loyalty.  Learn More About each of the Product Announcements:  Tools 9.1 Update 3 is now generally available Oracle VM V5 for JD Edwards EnteprriseOne 9.1 World A9.3 Update 1 is now generally available Pre-Announcement of In Memory Applications for JD Edwards EnterpriseOne Extended Support uplift Fees Waived for the 9s Releases www.runjde.com Launched ANNOUNCEMENT 1: EnterpriseOne Tools Release 9.1 Update 3 is now generally available JD Edwards EnterpriseOne Tools 9.1 update 3 (Tools 9.1.3) isthe next update release to the groundbreaking Tools 9.1 release which delivereda next generation user experience for JD Edwards EnterpriseOne 9.0 and 9.1Application releases.  Background Information Supporting every JD Edwards EnterpriseOne installation is aJD Edwards EnterpriseOne Tools release which delivers a platform with aninnovative user experience, scalability, high performance, security andreliability for the JD Edwards EnterpriseOne application modules. Tools updatereleases are typically delivered every six to twelve months and contain newfeature enhancements, new platform certifications and productmaintenance.  This update release includes enhancements to the End Userexperience and Mobile Solutions, Reporting, and System Administration andDevelopment Tools.  Tools 9.1 Update 3 continues to enhance the JD EdwardsEnterpriseOne End User Experience · A new iPad application that can be installeddirectly onto the iPad device, will optimize the EnterpriseOne User Interfacefor the iPad, and provide interfaces to native device capabilities such as thecamera and images. · A new One View feature, Watchlist, can be usedas a "Manage by Exception" solution allowing users to define andmonitor key data points over base EnterpriseOne applications and then easilyidentify and take action when data has exceeded acceptable thresholds. · A Composite Application Framework which enablesan end user to define a multiple frame layout consisting of an EnterpriseOneapplication, Oracle Business Intelligence reports and external web applicationsinto a single view. * An intuitive drop down list feature for UserDefined Code entry fields that can be used as alternative to the Visual Assist(flashlight search / select dialog). · Transaction Change Confirmation Warnings whichprompt a user when an action could result in data loss or unnecessary databaseupdates. Tools 9.1 Update 3 continues to enhance the native JDEdwards EnterpriseOne reporting capabilities One View Reports can now be displayed in anEnterpriseOne page, such as the first home page the user is presented with uponlogin. One View Reports can now be launched in a singlestep from JD Edwards Menus, Favorites, EnterpriseOne Pages, or even from anexternal web application. The Embedded BI Publisher reports can now beconfigured to dynamically select the printer for output as well as output to acombination of different printers and email addresses in a single report. Additional Postscript printer types, includingthose which do not support a PDF to Postscript conversion on the printeritself, are supported.  Tools 9.1 Update 3 adds System Administration andApplication Development capabilities · An updated version of the OracleVM templates for JD Edwards EnterpriseOne includes updated software and newtemplate support for One View Reporting and JD Edwards Mobile applications. · A simplified process within the Server Managertool is available for provisioning new JD Edwards EnterpriseOne instances andfor cloning existing JD Edwards instances · Application Development ProductivityImprovements including a collapsible group box option within the Forms DesignAid tool and more powerful search capabilities within the toolset. · Additional security controls are available forusers of the JD Edwards EnterpriseOne Smartphone mobile applications. Key Facts JD Edwards EnterpriseOne Tools 9.1 Update 3 is the second update to Tools 9.1.  Available as part of standard maintenance, JD Edwards EnterpriseOne Tools 9.1 Update 3 is available for Application releases 9.0 (including Updates 1 & 2) and 9.1. JD Edwards EnterpriseOne Tools 9.1 Update 3 is not compatible with Application releases prior to JD Edwards EnterpriseOne Applications 9.0.  Resources and other information Upgrade Value Proposition and Release Notes for Tools 9.1 Update 3 (All) Releases Documentation Overview JD Edwards EnterpriseOne Documentation Library Oracle Learning Library – JD Edwards Content JD Edwards EnterpriseOne Tools Library Net Change Guide Video Demos of the Tools 9.1 Update 3 User Interface Tools 9.1 Update 3 Release Overview Functional Transfer of Information  Minimum Technical Requirements for JD Edwards EnterpriseOne are now available from the “Certifications” tab on My Oracle Support JD Edwards EnterpriseOne Whitepaper library Customer version of this announcement is on My Oracle Support Sales collateral on the JDEdwards EnterpriseOne Tools and Technologies page (Selljde.com) Announcement 2 – Oracle VM V5 For JD Edwards EnterpriseOne 9.1 OracleAnnounces the general availability of Oracle VM templates for JD EdwardsEnterpriseOne Application release 9.1 and Tools release 9.1.3. These templatescan be used with Oracle VM for x86 version 3.1 or later and on the OracleExalogic Elastic Cloud. Customerscan realize significant time and cost savings when they use Oracle VM Templatesto install JD Edwards EnterpriseOne.  Not only do the templates speed theimplementation process, they dramatically reduce the complexity by reducing thenumber o f disk and reference materials, and experience/skills  requiredto successfully complete the task.  These VM templates are one componentto the “Innovating for Simplification” initiative that was also launched atCollaborate.  Read more about this here: BackgroundInformation• My Oracle Support article884592.1 OracleVM Templates for JD Edwards EnterpriseOne accelerate the process of setting upa working environment compared to the traditional installation process. Thetemplates contain preconfigured images of the JD Edwards EnterpriseOneenterprise, HTML, and database servers, complete with Linux operating system,Oracle WebLogic Server, and Oracle Database. Thetemplates can be installed into an Oracle VM for x86 system running on standardx86 servers, the Oracle Exalogic Elastic Cloud, and the Oracle DatabaseAppliance X3-2. The templates can be a key component to a well-managed cloudinfrastructure, allowing system administrators to quickly provision fullyfunctional JD Edwards EnterpriseOne environments for evaluation, development,or production use. Thelatest set of templates includes the following applications and technologycomponents: · JD Edwards EnterpriseOne Applications Release9.1 including ESUs as of February 15, 2013 · JD Edwards EnterpriseOne Tools 9.1 Update 3 · Oracle Database 11g R2 (11.2.0.3) · Oracle WebLogic Server 11g R1 (10.3.5) · Oracle Linux 5 Update 8, 64-bit Inaddition to the templates for JD Edwards EnterpriseOne enterprise server, HTMLserver, and database server this release includes two new templates: · Oracle Business Intelligence Publisher, foruse with JD Edwards EnterpriseOne One View Reporting · JD Edwards EnterpriseOne Business ServicesServer and Oracle Application Development Framework (ADF), for use with the JDEdwards EnterpriseOne Mobile Applications Thedelivery also includes a JD Edwards EnterpriseOne deployment serverpreconfigured to match the content of the templates. Resources and other information • OracleTechnology Network ANNOUNCEMENT 3 - OracleAnnounces Oracle’s JD Edwards World Release A9.3 Update 1 JD Edwards World A9.3 Update 1, the first setof significant enhancements for JD Edwards World A9.3, includes enhancements toFinancial, Distribution, Manufacturing, Human Capital Management, Reporting,and Technical Foundation applications. BackgroundInformation Organizations from around the world rely onJD Edwards World applications for their daily business operations. JD EdwardsWorld has long enjoyed a well-earned reputation for robust capability, renownedstability, and a proven low Total Cost of Ownership. Flexibility, strength,simplicity, and consistency continue to be key words for A9.3 Update 1. JDEdwards World builds upon current version A9.3, making user requests a realitywith significant enhancements to application capabilities and technologyfoundation.  Robust and actionable information is delivered throughapplication and reporting enhancements, reduced costs through streamlinedprocesses, improved control through robust security and increased visibility ofprocesses, and continued commitment to globalization through availability ofdouble-byte language support. A9.3 Update 1 delivers robust and actionable informationthrough business process enhancements · AssetWarranty and Incident Management manages all the information about warranties andincidents associated with an asset, including renewals. There is now one placeto go to manage all warranties and their associated incidents for Fixed Assets. · ElectronicDocument Delivery (EDD) now supports archiving of documents flowing through thegateway to Oracle BI Publisher. The desired storage directory is defined foreach EDD profile, if archival of formatted documents is desired. This includesbursting logic, so archiving supports different placement based on acombination of the values being used for bursting. · Anadditional document type is supported by Import/Export to support export of aformatted Excel spreadsheet. Using XML as the basis, it is now possible toexport a document from World and open it in a spreadsheet application withouthaving to reset the formatting of the spreadsheet. · Dependentsand Beneficiaries by Employee is enhanced to filter out past enrollment and toonly display the current effective enrollments. A new field has been added toDependents and Beneficiaries by Employee to display only the current enrollmentrecords. When set to yes, the application displays the most current record foreach Plan Id, based on the Effective From Date. · TheAutomatic Overtime Generator has been enhanced to allow more flexibleprocessing when creating overtime from timecards that include equipment. Whensome hours of a timecard are split off to overtime, and those timecards includeequipment, a processing option setting determines whether the equipmentinformation should be included on the overtime split timecards. If the entiretimecard becomes overtime, the equipment values will always be retained. A9.3 reduces costs and improves compliance support throughstreamlined processes · TheDepreciation Expense Allocation application automatically books thedepreciation expense from a single asset to multiple business units based on aspecified formula.  · Thebudget spread application allows setting of budget spread pattern codes bycompany and business unit.  · An enhancement to Pre-Payroll allows optionally generatingtimecards for all or a subset of employees being processed in the payroll.  · Utilizingintegration with Vertex’s Q Series for Canadian Payroll Tax, A9.3 Update 1provides market-leading tax compliance for managing Canada payroll taxation. A9.3 dramatically improves process control and visibility · Field level security uses a database level IBM i7.1 operatingsystem database-level convention called Field Procedure (Fieldproc).Implementation of this feature allows masking of values contained in thedisplay file. · PurchaseCard Management now integrates with Approvals Management.  · Extensibilityfor JD Edwards World! When analyzing the impact of a World version upgrade, ifone of the biggest obstacles is reapplying modifications to World applications,this enhancement can have significant impact on the cost and effort of thatimportant task.  · Interoperabilityfor Plant & Equipment and Quality Management is enhanced by the addition ofZ-File processing, making movement of data to external applications orspreadsheets much easier. · InventoryLot Management and Planning is enhanced through the addition of a Future LotEffective Date to determine future availability of a Lot for sales order andplanning commitments. · ReverseShip Confirm is enhanced to include reversal of freight, adjustment, and othermiscellaneous line items as well as support for reversal of direct ship lineitems. A9.3 supports popular localizations for global presence Double-bytelanguage support is delivered simultaneously with single-byte support in A9.3Update 1 Resources and other information · UpgradeValue Proposition and Release Notes for World A9.3 Update 1 · (All)Releases Documentation Overview · Worldcontent on Oracle.com JDEdwards World page · MinimumTechnical Requirements for JD Edwards World are now available on the“Certifications” tab · Salescollateral on the JD Edwards Worldpage (Selljde.com) Announcement 4 - In Memory JD Edwards EnterpriseOne Applications Oraclepre-announced new In Memory applications that will be available in May. The pre-announcement included two new JD Edwards In Memory Applications, InMemory Sales Advisor and In Memory Project Portfolio Management.  InMemory applications provide the ability to complete complex logic/calculationson large data sets in real time that previously has been unavailable. Please find additional information and resources on these new application onoracle.com here. Announcement 5 – Extended Support Uplift Fee Waived for Select JDEdwards Versions To ensure Oracle’s JDEdwards applications customers continue to receive world class, high valuemaintenance and support from Oracle and have ample opportunity to maximizereturn on their JD Edwards assets, Oracle recently announced the followingchanges to Oracle’s Lifetime Support: Waiver of Extended Support Fee uplifts on JD Edwards EnterpriseOne Releases  9.0 and 9.1  Waiver of Extended Support Fee uplifts on JD Edwards World Releases A9.1, A9.2 and A9.3. These fee waiverscover the entire three years or remaining Extended Support period for the abovereleases.  By upgrading to the “9’s” JD Edwards customers receive theextended support commitment at a predictable cost. The description ofOracle’s Support Policy and definition of Extended Support for JD Edwardsapplications are documented in the “Oracle Lifetime Support Policy” for OracleApplications found here: http://www.oracle.com/us/support/library/lifetime-support-applications-069216.pdf Thisannouncement supports Oracle’s commitment to help customers take advantage ofthe latest innovation packed releases on a schedule that works with theirbusiness goals.    Announcement 6 – JD Edwards Launches the Innovating forSimplification Initiative In response to customer feedback, JD Edwardsis launching an initiative focused on simplifying – where every possible! The initiative will not be limited to just simplifying how the softwarefunctions (User Experience for example), but will address complexities that mayexist in any part of the ERP lifecycle, including how we deliver training,information, news, documentation, how utilities work, the install andupgrade processes, etc.  JD Edwards announced at Collaborate 2013 thenew www.runjde.com web page (sister page toupgradejde.com) and this new site is aimed at all users/customers, not justthose that are upgrading.  Phase One of runjde.comprovide new Resource Kits that are comprehensive guides to the vast body ofresources and tools available to the JD Edwards community.  The resourcesare organized by user role so that distinct types of users can easily get acomprehensive index of resources available, a brief descriptions with key tips,and links to those resources. Please explore the runjde.com site and theresource kit, and PLEASE share them with your JD Edwards userand support communities. 

Six Major JD Edwards Announcements Made at Collaborate 2013 Collaborate 2013, the annual Quest International independent user group conference, was held in Denver from April 8 – 11, 2013 in Denver,Color...

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What's Happening at Collaborate 2013 for JD Edwards Customers?

We are so excited that COLLABORATE is going to be back in Denver, CO – the home of JD Edwards! The JD Edwards community is stronger than ever! We have announced more products in the past 18 months than during any similar period in the history of JD Edwards. With the conference in Denver, you will have access to many of the JD Edwards experts from product strategy, development and support. That coupled with JD Edwards’ reputation for adding some real fun into many sessions, should be enough to entice you to attend this year. We have a FANTASTIC agenda planned for COLLABORATE. Our goal is to update you on our product strategies, new products and functionality, cloud options and more. You will not want to miss out on the education, networking and fun with the Quest International User Group community at COLLABORATE this year! Select from nearly 200 educational sessions specifically applicable to JD Edwards. Visit the JD Edwards experts in the Oracle Demo Grounds and get hands on experience with the latest features in applications, mobility, user experience, technology and reporting. Meet with the Oracle JD Edwards Upgrade Program and Technology team (UPTO) during the conference as part of the Upgrade Care Program. Maximize your conference experience and leave with the information and contacts you need to turbo-charge your upgrade planning. Contact barbara.canham@oracle.com prior to the conference for more information and to set an appointment. Participate in the JD Edwards World and EnterpriseOne Upgrade Consortium meetings. Network with fellow JD Edwards World customers at the World User Group (WUG) meeting and reception. SPECIAL OPPORTUNITIES AT THE CONFERENCE JD Edwards World Workshops brought to you by Quest’s World User Group and the Oracle JD Edwards strategy team. Two workshops Sunday 9 am-noon (Import/Export, Electronic Document Delivery, BI Publisher Gateway) and (Procure to Pay) Two workshops Sunday 1-5 pm (BI Publisher) and (Security). JD Edwards EnterpriseOne User Interface and One View Reporting Workshop. Sunday 9-5pm Other Product and Industry SIG meetings on Sunday and during the week. JD Edwards EnterpriseOne Upgrade in 100 days workshop provided by the Oracle JD Edwards Upgrade Program and Technology team (UPTO). Discover the Art of the Possible: resources, tools and best practices based on companies who have upgraded successfully. Thursday 8:30-4pm New JD Edwards 9.1 Training Before and After Collaborate 2013 If you’re attending the Collaborate 2013 Conference, take full advantage of your experience and save on travel expenses by taking a new JD Edwards 9.1 course from Oracle University. In support of Oracle’s JD Edwards’ team, Oracle University is offering a series of instructor-led and in-class courses in Denver and San Francisco before and after Collaborate. These 9.x courses are taught on the latest 9.1 release of JD Edwards EnterpriseOne and are fully relevant to students on prior releases.  Courses in Denver: JD Edwards EnterpriseOne Development Tools Part 1 Rel 9.xApril 1, 2013 (Monday, 5 Days)Denver Education Center  JD Edwards EnterpriseOne General Accounting Rel 9.xApril 15, 2013 (Monday, 4 Days)Denver Education Center Course in San Francisco: JD Edwards EnterpriseOne Sales Order Management Rel 9.xApril 22, 2013 (Monday, 5 Days)San Francisco Education Center Learn more about Oracle University’s JD Edwards EnterpriseOne training. See the full training schedule of JD Edwards EnterpriseOne training. Talk to Your Education Sales Representative Oracle University provides customers with personalized service. Contact us on our toll-free number at 1.800.633.0575 (in the US) or 1.800.510.3432 (in Canada) and one of our customer service representatives can connect you with your personal Education Sales Representative. Go To COLLABORATE site

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Join Massimo Zanetti Beverage at JD Edwards Event, N. Carolina

-Posted by Kem Butler, JD Edwards, Communications Director  I thought I would share the open letter from JD Edwards customer, Mr. Bob Ashford, VP IT at Massimo Zanetti Beverage USA.  He is speaking at the upcoming JD Edwards update event in  Greensboro NC, USA on March 5th and invites you to hear how Massimo Zanetti improved their ERP ROI by 25 %.  For those in the NC area, we hope you will join Bob!     From:Bob Ashford, VP Information Technology, MassimoZanetti Beverage USA Subject: Personal invite foryou to hear my JD Edwards Success Story in Greensboro, NC March 5th Importance: High Business executives,  What you and I have in common is an interest in improvingcustomer satisfaction by delivering superior value.   MassimoZanetti Beverage USA is a rapidly growing business with a goal severalyears ago to:  · Streamline operations · Improve financial performance · Gain better visibility of our value chain We managed to accomplish this while increasing sales volume,improving forecasting accuracy, improving fill rates, reducing safety stock,and increasing inventory turns, while saving on system maintenance and hostingwith consolidated processes. Perhaps you are interested in knowing how wedid this?  Join me on Tuesday, March 5th to find outabout the single scalable platform through which we run user-friendlymanufacturing, logistics, warehousing, forecasting, and financial managementapplications.  I’ll explain how our consolidation of these criticalprocesses eliminated the cost and aggravation of multiple software packageswhile delivering an ROI of 25%+  Oracle will host a ½ day JD Edwards Community Updateevent at the Grandover Resort in Greensboro, NC on Tuesday, March5th.  Be sure to join me for lunch, a keynote presentationfrom Dawn Baker, VP of JD Edwards Development and the Massimo Zanetti Beveragesuccess story.  Stay for breakout sessions on complementary products to JDEdwards software, like Demantra, which we used to achieve these results. Be sure to bring others on your team to hear about the many improvements JDEdwards is offering.  Reserve your space now  - call 1-800-820-5592 Ext 11376. Or go to and share this link to reserve online: http://bit.ly/JDEGreensboro Let’s talk further on March 5th. I’m looking forward to meeting you –  Bob Ashford VP Information Technology Massimo Zanetti Beverage USA Post on behalf of and with permission from Bob Ashford.

-Posted by Kem Butler, JD Edwards, Communications Director  I thought I would share the open letter from JD Edwards customer, Mr. Bob Ashford, VP IT at Massimo Zanetti Beverage USA.  He is speaking at...

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JD Edwards in the Cloud…Really Already!

Yes, there is a lot of conversation about Oracle and thecloud.  Many of you may assume that Oracle applications in the cloud only apply to Oracle Fusion Applications.  And JD Edwards customersare curious about if, when and how JD Edwards might be offered to them as asubscription offering.  The truth of the matter is that Oracle partnerstoday are providing a JD Edwards subscription offering.  In order to helpyou understand what’s available, please read on for the reader’s digest version! Let’s start with a definition.  JD EdwardsEnterpriseOne is available as an Accelerate subscription.  Oracle“Accelerate” subscription is Oracle's approach for providing simple to deploy,packaged, enterprise-class software solutions to growing midsize organizationsthrough its network of expert partners. The partners that offer Oracle  JD EdwardsAccelerate Subscriptions do so via their Partner Private Clouds (PPC). The Oracle JD Edwards cloud solutions are offered only by qualified Oracle JDEdwards partners and they provide customers a complete Oracle solution thatincludes license software, maintenance, hosting and other services on a monthlysubscription basis.  Qualified partners must bemembers of OraclePartnerNetwork, be an OracleAccelerate solutions provider and be enabled to deliver JD Edwardsapplications via OracleBusiness Accelerator rapid implementation technology.  Currently we have many JDEdwards partners around the globe that offer the JD Edwards AccelerateSubscription model.  To access a list of Oracle JD Edwards partnerscurrently in this program click here.  To learn more about Oracle JDEdwards Cloud Computing read this recently published white paper:   OracleJD Edwards Cloud Computing. Choosing a deployment strategy that fits

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Are You "INFOCUS"? We are!

The JD Edwards team is looking forward to participating in JDEdwards INFOCUS, the inaugural JD Edwards EnterpriseOne deep dive conferencefrom Quest International Users Group. We've worked diligently with theleadership of Quest’s JD Edwards Special Interest Groups (SIGs) and RegionalUser Groups (RUGs) to make sure this national user event delivers JD Edwardscontent that meets the needs of the community. Plus, this event is being held rightin JD Edwards’ backyard… Denver (Broomfield), Colorado! JD Edwards INFOCUS will be held November 7-9 at the OmniInterlocken Resort. Through our Product Strategy, Development andSupport teams, Oracle will provide support for education sessions inthese key tracks: · HCM · Financials · Manufacturing and Distribution · Real Estate Industry Forum · Supply Chain · Tools & Technology Oracle will host a JD Edwards EnterpriseOne Support demo boothtoshowcase many of the new capabilities available toyou plus best practice approaches with existing capabilities, all to enhanceyour support experience. Oracle is also hosting a classroom-basedUpgrades Workshop to explore methodology for a complete JD EdwardsEnterpriseOne ERP software upgrade project. Space is limited so pre-register atQuestDirect.org/INFOCUS by adding the workshop to your agenda using the AgendaBuilder on the Education tab. Finally, participate in one of the many enhancementdiscussions for key JD Edwards solutions at INFOCUS and contribute tothe future of  JD Edwards through an interactive forum.  All of thisis part of the 140+education sessions being offered by the customer and vendorcommunity.   There’s a lot of buzz around this conference, so don’t delay inregistering key members of your team today.  We look forward to seeing youthere so register NOW!

The JD Edwards team is looking forward to participating in JD Edwards INFOCUS, the inaugural JD Edwards EnterpriseOne deep dive conference from Quest International Users Group. We've worked...

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12 for 12 – a Flag, a Gun and a Duck (REDACTED*)

By LyleEkdahl, Oracle JD Edwards Group Vice President General Manager Well it is that time of year for predictions. Ok maybe I am a few weeks late but frankly Ilike to read all the other prediction posts before I stick my neck out. Here are my 12 predictions for 2012: #12 In late January,early February the biggest ever (bigger than the first two) Oracle JD Edwards Summit will occur with over 500 in the JD Edwardsecosystem converging on Broomfield, Colorado. With  80% confidence, over 90% of the people attending will beinterested in getting product updates and building business, not theskiing. Good news since the real snowwon’t start till mid-February this year. #11 Absolutely no one will make a net new ERP acquisitiondecision based on whether the underlying architecture is OMG model driven. However over 5 0% of all ERP purchase decisionswill be made based on mobile device access, UI and or TCO. #10 Technology acquisitions in the mobile, collaboration andsocial networking spaces will occur both before and after the US PresidentialElection in November. #9 EnterpriseOne Tools 9.1 will be one of the mostsuccessful tools release in the history of JD Edwards with >50% of the customer baseupdating to this release in the next 12 to 18 months. #8 Riding on the heels of JD Edwards on iPad and Tools 9.1release, in calendar 2012 you will seecontinued major developments and innovation for JD Edwards, of course I cannot tellyou what or when given rules of revenue recognition. But by Oracle OpenWorld plus or minus half ofthe JD Edwards community will recognize the unfolding brilliance of our six yearplans. #7 The Ramones will not do a reunion tour for variousreasons, including the fact that several members are no longer with us, but TheConference Room Pilots will cover one of their songs at Collaborate 2012. #6 More ERP deployments will feature use of tablet devicesled by the iPad. This will cause theproponents of the, “it’s only about the business and not technology” school tobegin taking anti-depressants. #5 Moore’s law will not be broken, but several vendors willbe cited for attempting it in a cheap marketing stunt. #4 There will be a growing number, approaching 12%, of new JD Edwardsprivate cloud deployments in every region of the world. #3 I will be involved in cheap marketing stunts at bothCollaborate and Oracle OpenWorld potentially involving a flag, a duck and agun. #2 The world WILL NOT end on December 22, 2012 – however anincreasing number of World customers citing a lesser known vision ofQuetzalcoatl, will begin to move off A7.3 to the 9’s. #1 The 2012 lists of colossal ERP failures and relatedlawsuits will continue to feature (>70% of the list) the same vendor that those lists have featured for the last decade.Maybe someday selection committees will do their homework and “zombie” CIO’swill wake up but unfortunately it won’t be in 2012. So there you have it – my 12 for 12. In 2013 let’s revisit and see if I have acareer option in prognostication. *- Oracle blog policy prohibits executives from makingspecific forward-looking statements. The Editor.

By Lyle Ekdahl, Oracle JD Edwards Group Vice President General Manager Well it is that time of year for predictions. Ok maybe I am a few weeks late but frankly Ilike to read all the other prediction...

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Sea Monkey Sales & Marketing, and what does that have to do with ERP?

Tier One Defined By Lyle Ekdahl, Oracle JD Edwards Group Vice President and General Manager  I recently became aware of the latest Sea Monkey Sales & Marketing tactic. Wait now, what is Sea Monkey Sales & Marketing and what does that have to do withERP? Well if you grew up in USA duringthe 50’s, 60’s and maybe a bit in the early 70’s there was a unifying media ofculture known as the comic book. I was abig Iron Man fan. I always liked the troubled hero aspect of Tony Start and heyhe was a technologist. This is goingsomewhere, just hold on. Of course comicbooks like most media contained advertisements. Ninety pound weakling transformed by Charles Atlas in just 15 minutesper day. Baby Ruth, Juicy Fruit Gum andall assortments of Hostess goodies were on display. The best ad was for the “Amazing LiveSea-Monkeys – The real live fun-pets you grow yourself!” These ads set thestandard for exaggeration and half-truth; “…they love attention…so eager toplease, they can even be trained…” Thecartoon picture on the ad is of a family of royal looking sea creatures –daddy, mommy, son and little sis – sea monkey? There was a disclaimer at the bottom in fine print, “Caricatures shownnot intended to depict Artemia.” Ok whatten years old knows what the heck artemia is? Well you grow up fast once you’ve been separated from your buck twentyfive plus postage just to discover that it is brine shrimp. Really dumb brineshrimp that don’t take commands or do tricks. Unfortunately the technology industry is full of sea monkeysales and marketing. Yes believe it ornot in some cases there is subterfuge and obfuscation used to securecontracts. Hey I get it; the picture onthe box might not be the actual size. Make up what you want about your product,but here is what I don’t like, could you leave out the obvious falsity when itcomes to my product, especially the negative stuff. So here is the latest one – “Oracle’s JDEdwards is NOT tier one”. Really? Definition please! Well a whole host of googleable and reputable sourcesconfirm that a tier one vendor is large, well known, and enjoys national andinternational recognition. Let me seelarge, so thousands of customers? Oh and part of the world’s largest businesssoftware and hardware corporation? Checkand check JD Edwards has that and that. Well known, enjoying national andinternational recognition? Oracle’s JD Edwards EnterpriseOne is available in 21languages and is directly localized in 33 countries that support some of theworld’s largest multinationals and many midsized domestic marketcompanies. Something on the order of halfthe JD Edwards customer base is outside North America. My passport is on its third insert after 2years and not from vacations. So if youdon’t mind I am going to mark national and international recognition in the gotit column. So what else is there? Welllet me offer a few criteria. Longevity – The JD Edwards products benefit from 35+ yearsof intellectual property development; through booms, busts, mergers andacquisitions, we are still here Vision & innovation – JD Edwards is the first full suiteERP to run on the iPad as just one example Proven track record of execution – Since becoming part ofOracle, JD Edwards has released to the market over 20 deliverables includingmajor release, point releases, new apps modules, tool releases, integrations…. Solid, focused functionality with a flexible, interoperable,extensible underlying architecture – JD Edwards offers solid core ERP with specialty modules for verticals alldelivered on a well defined independent tools layer that helps enable you toscale your business without an ERP reimplementation A continuation plan – Oracle’s JD Edwards offers ourcustomers a 6 year roadmap as well as interoperability with Oracle’s nextgeneration of applications Oh I almost forgot that the expert sources agree on oneadditional thing, tier one may be a preferred vendor that offers product andservices to you with appealing value. You should check out the TCO studies of JD Edwards. I think you will see what the thousands ofcustomers that rely on these products to run their businesses enjoy – that isthe tier one solution with the lowest TCO. Oh and if you get an offer to buy an ERP for no license charge, rememberthe picture on the box might not be the actual size. 

Tier One Defined By Lyle Ekdahl, Oracle JD Edwards Group Vice President and General Manager  I recently became aware of the latest Sea Monkey Sales & Marketing tactic. Wait now, what is Sea Monkey Sales...

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Snow skiing & ERP upgrade....same diff don't ya know

An Analogous Rationalof Upgrading Ski Gear and JD Edwards Software Rudy Lukez - JD Edwards Director One of Colorado’s largest ski resorts, Copper Mountain,opens tomorrow (November 4) for the winter season and I will be there with mynine year old daughter for some fresh tracks, a party or two, and swag. Over the past few weeks, as she has beenupgrading her alpine gear to get ready for her competitive development trainingnext month, I thought about some of the similarities between skiing and JDEdwards upgrades. - Growth - My daughter needednew gear simply because she is physically growing. Just like JD Edwards customers who areexperiencing their own growth, there is a time when new and upgraded equipmentis not just nice to have but a necessity to handle growth.-     Performance - Shealso needs to upgrade her equipment to ski better. She could certainly ski in her program witholder style single tip, one width skis and I know she would ski well (includingbeating me down to the bottom of a black diamond bump run). However, last week we upgraded her gear totwin tip shape skis which will give her the ability to make faster turns in awider variety of conditions. Likewise,there are customers who run their business today with older versions of oursoftware, but with all the enhancements and additions we have delivered in eachnew release, these customers could do more, better and faster.-    Functionality –With her upgraded equipment, my daughter will not only better cruise theterrain parks but gain the ability to ski backwards in powder. When customers upgrade JD Edwards they usenew out-of-the-box functionality to improve their operations. -    Complete - Thevernacular of the outdoor products industry has an interesting alignment withinformation technology (soft goods (i.e., clothing) as software, hard goods (i.e.,skis, poles and boots) as hardware), I realized how we paralleled (punintended) Oracle’s “software – hardware – complete” message as we assembled ourcollective gear for our first day on the slopes.-    Buy or rent –To minimize my capital outlay – which is likewise a concern for any company – Idid a season rental for my daughter’s skis and boots. Likewise, JD Edwards’ customers have manyoptions today regarding how they want to deploy our ERP software.-    Clouds – With skiing at12,000 feet above sea level, we will certainly experience days in the clouds. Likewise, JD Edwards’ customers can upgrade toa complete cloud experience. It is going to be agreat day between this week’s Rocky Mountain snow storms, especially as thisseason shapes up to be another record year for snowfall. And while I am out in the powder tomorrow,take a moment to check out all of the resources and upgrade workshops we haveadded this week at our upgraded www.upgradeJDE.comweb site

An Analogous Rational of Upgrading Ski Gear and JD Edwards Software Rudy Lukez - JD Edwards Director One of Colorado’s largest ski resorts, Copper Mountain,opens tomorrow (November 4) for the winter...

Lyle Ekdahl

Dawn of the Dead or Zombieland…A thought on ERP competition and Halloween.

By Lyle Ekdahl, JD Edwards Group Vice President and General Manager It’s a tiredline repeated by countless competitive sales representatives in the market. They utter the words to long time Oracle’s JDEdwards customers and prospects alike, “Oh JD Edwards, that product is dead.” Really? Dead, like in deprived of life, dead? Oris it that they are implying JD Edwards no longer has commercial relevance, ortechnical significance? Hmmmm, last time I checked there were thousands ofcustomers successfully running their businesses every day on JD Edwardsproducts. And they are joined every yearby hundreds more. That seems to define commercial relevance. The strategy? Repeatsomething often enough and maybe, just maybe it becomes reality or at leastconvince enough to believe so that there is a perceived reality. Willful deceit, perhaps but hey who needsfacts when you have the mantra. Besidesfacts can just lead to logical decision making and who does that benefit? Like a line from the 1978 version of Dawn of the Dead, Dr.Millard Rausch, Scientist: We mustthink logically. We must deal with his crisis logically. With a calm andunemotional response! We have to remain rational. We have to remain logical. TV Commentator: Scientists like you always think that way. That's not howpeople think. Dr. Millard Rausch,Scientist: We've got to! We've got toremain logical. There's no choice. It has to be that. It's that or the end. What aboutthese facts? Let’s talk about over 20releases of software including major releases, minor releases, technicalreleases, new modules and integrations all from JD Edwards in the last six anda half years. Does that sound deprivedof life? How about last month’sannounced support for Oracle’s JD Edwards EnterpriseOne on iPad along withnewly developed gestures specifically for ERP navigation – does that sound technicallyirrelevant? Also note that there is afull roadmap shared on My Oracle Support and at major conferences that shows yearsof continuing investment. Oracle’s JD Edwards dead? We are thriving, thank you very much! Ever noticehow in zombie movies at some point in the plot the living are pointed at by amember of the undead as that creature makes some hideous screeching noise. This is the clarion call for all zombies toattack. But who are the zombies in this reenactment of a horror film classic, thosethat continue to produce innovation and satisfied customers or those whomindlessly repeat a mantra without basis in fact? Zombies byall accounts are brain dead. No longer ableto think, they point, shriek and attack those who are actually living. On the other hand, we are the living. Yes there are more of them constantly tryingto feast on the flesh that is the IT budget – taking many of their victims downin a veritable gore-fest of cost overrun, failed implementation and losteconomic productivity. But we are theprotectors of the living. We have beento the mall. We have stocked up on theammunition of innovation, low TCO and complete flexible solutions. Remember the words from Zombieland, Tallahassee: My mama always told me someday I'd be good at something. Who'da guessed that something'd be zombie-killing? Columbus: Probably nobody. Don’t forgetto double tap! Oh and Happy Halloween.

By Lyle Ekdahl, JD Edwards Group Vice President and General Manager It’s a tiredline repeated by countless competitive sales representatives in the market. They utter the words to long time Oracle’s...

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Breaking the Boss's Rule...

By Kem Butler - JD Edwards Communications Director  My Boss (Denise Grills, JD Edwards Sr. Director ProductStrategy) has one rule that applies to the entire JD Edwards team thatcontribute blog posts for Attitude@Altitude; she insists on proof readingevery entry before it's posted.  This is not a rule designed to squash ourfree expression of opinion, but she knows that we are mostly a bunch ofengineer & developer types, not professional writers/communicators andthat our spelling and attention to grammar rules might be a bit lax. So in an effort to ensure your reading pleasure, she edits for us. ThanksDenise!  But today, I am breaking her rule and posting withoutgoing through the edit cycle (so please be kind if you see an error!). I am breaking the rule because I want to express a spontaneousand heartfelt thank you to Denise and Lyle Ekdahl (JD Edwards GroupVP and General Manager) for being good managers.   I have been reflecting on my professional career, and I haveto say I have had some good managers, but I have also had some terriblemanagers (and I do mean awful!).  It's with that perspective in mindthat I thought I would take a couple of minutes to say thanks.  As anemployee, I work hard. I work to beproductive and effective....and I enjoy being recognized and thanked for a jobwell done.  Doesn't it just make sense then that we as employees should anticipatethat our managers would appreciate the same treatment when they are doing agood job? It starts at the top, and Lyle Ekdahl does a great job of leading ourteam, of being focused, calm, positive, kind and effective!  Thanks Lyle. Denise thanks for you trust, your support and on-going recognition of ourefforts.  It makes coming to work so much more rewarding, and personally,it motivates me.  Thanks again - and sorry for breaking the rule! Is there a manager or executive in your life you should say thanks to?  

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Got Angry Birds in your enterprise?

By Dawn Baker, JD Edwards EnterpriseOne VP Development  The recent announcement of support for EnterpriseOne on aniPad probably triggered some on-going debates about the role of tablets inyour business. Beyond Angry Birds,Facebook, and email…do they really have a place in an enterprise systemsenvironment? For those in ITover the past several years, the invasion of the tablet has been a bit of alove-hate relationship at times. We accepted laptops as the next generation PC,acquiesced on the infusion of smart phones into our world (cause “you gotta have a phone anyway”), but then were overrun withusers’ demands for tablets, in some cases before we could catch our breath longenough to figure out why we needed them. Does this still feel like a solutionlooking for a problem to solve? Maybe we werecloser than we all thought back in 1994 when the prototype tabletnewspaper was showcased. Fast forward to 2011 and manystill agree that the tablet is probably closer to a replacement for paper thanPC’s. For those of us (now converted)paper-holics, that’s a reluctant acknowledgement….but swapping a legal pad foran iPad seems to be short-selling its value too…what about all those unique designpoints, multi-media, and computing capabilities? In reality, tabletsare simply a new class of device; “tethering” them to existing technology optionsis not necessarily helping tablets find their optimized role in an enterprisesystems world. By capitalizing on their uniquecapabilities, we can find ways to create new access points for existing systems,or brand-new synergies between business and technology.  Let’s start with thepaper vs. PC debate. No question that tabletsare great for consuming information. It’s no wonder that some industries havesnapped up these new devices and transformed their paper intensivebusinesses. Your cue…look for those “paperbombs” on clipboards; find places you can bring information to the point ofprocess, electronically. And while you’re at it, optimize on themulti-media capabilities that no legal pad can match…you’ve got web, video, anda camera available at the source of the business transaction. But while the content-consuming vs. content-creating debate rages on, few users will be content to remain passive readers only. These devices will beguile even the mosttechnology-resistant with their siren song of features: · The simple, natural interface seems approachableeven to the most computer-resistant…the next operating system upgrade for iPadeven cuts the dependency on a PC to manage the device. · Long battery life and instant-on wins over thecasual user who needs occasional access to information. · And for those who don’t live behind a desk, the sizepromotes better interaction and opens up computing to places in the businesswhere a PC was not practical. Your cue …look fornew access points into your systems where PC’s could not previously go, thatneed simple interfaces for casual intermittent users who will warm up to adevice that looks like a clipboard (sans the pen on a string). Not that you needreminders, but yes, the challenges are real – security, connectivity, support,management, etc. But technology tends todrive change to meet new challenges and will continue to attack these obstacleswith solutions as the tablet world matures….more on that in a future post. I’m not trying sella bunch of iPads here (or promote anymore addiction to shooting birds at pigs)…but whether you’re leading thecharge or forced kicking and screaming into the tablet-mania, here’s just a bit of encouragement to go beyond the obvious to enable new access pointsinto your enterprise systems and find some real business opportunities. And we’ll continue working alongside todeliver products and technology that help enable more capabilities….beyondAngry Birds. 

By Dawn Baker, JD Edwards EnterpriseOne VP Development  The recent announcement of support for EnterpriseOne on an iPad probably triggered some on-going debates about the role of tablets inyour...

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Oracle’s One Big Happy Virtual family…..well almost!

by AJ Schifano - JD Edwards, Principal Product Manager (Tools/Technology) Tron—remember thatsci-fi movie from 1982? I just got around to seeing the 2010 sequel. Still acool concept: the computer whiz-kid gets sucked into the virtual world. Isuppose that there are a number of us in the IT arena that are immersed in andloving what the virtualized world affords our companies these days. I base this observation on the question that I am asked quitefrequently in one form or another: “Can I virtualize my JD EdwardsEnterpriseOne servers?” Oftentimes the question is directed at some specificvirtualization product, such as Oracle VM, VMware, Hyper-V, Oracle VM, amongmany others. The answer is quite simple and direct: yes, you canvirtualize your JD Edwards EnterpriseOne servers. You don’t have to take myword for it. The next time you attend a conference or users’ group meeting,just ask your peers. It’s highly likely that many—perhaps even most—are alreadyvirtualizing some layer of their JD Edwards EnterpriseOne implementation. The first question inevitably leads to the next question,usually phrased more explicitly: “Is JD Edwards EnterpriseOne supported on VMware?” [In place ofVMware, feel free to insert your favorite virtualization product.] The answer to that question is also quite simple and direct.JD Edwards EnterpriseOne, being an Oracle product, follows Oracle’s broaderpolicy, which is clearly stated in My Oracle Support document 249212.1. I think the following excerpt from that document summarizesthe essence of Oracle’s policy: “Oracle will only provide support for issuesthat either are known to occur on the native OS, or can be demonstrated not tobe as a result of running on VMware.” Therefore, if a customer chooses to virtualize somecomponents of their JD Edwards EnterpriseOne infrastructure using avirtualization technology from a vendor other than Oracle, the customer willnot be “exiled” from all support activity. In truth, most application issues donot trace to the underlying server being physical or virtual. These issues canbe resolved completely transparently to the server layer. However, if an issue does trace itself to an anomaly inbehavior between a physical server and a virtual server, the Oracle supportteam will refer the customer to their third party virtualization vendor. Thisincludes issues such as: - “It used to work like [this] on my physical server, butnow it works like [that] (or it doesn’t work) on my VMware machine.” - “It used to be fast on my physical server, but now it’sslow on my VMware machine.” - “Can you provide instructions for installing andconfiguring JD Edwards EnterpriseOne on VMware?” Oracle product teams, including JD Edwards EnterpriseOne, dotest with and provide support for configurations running Oracle virtualizationproducts. The Oracle virtualizationtechnologies that we have tested JD Edwards EnterpriseOne with are detailed ina Minimum Technology Requirements (MTR) document here: The bottom line: Oracle product teams, including JD EdwardsEnterpriseOne, test with and provide support for configurations running OracleVM. We do not test with nor “certify” configurations running virtualizationproducts from other vendors. Oracle strives to offer industry-leading solutions at everytier in the technology stack, including virtualization, yet we acknowledge thatour customers may use a mix of solutions from an array of technology vendors. Aclear understanding of Oracle’s policy and guidelines for support helpcustomers weigh the benefits, costs, and risks in order to make informedtechnology choices. 

by AJ Schifano - JD Edwards, Principal Product Manager (Tools/Technology) Tron—remember that sci-fi movie from 1982? I just got around to seeing the 2010 sequel. Still acool concept: the computer...

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My Frustration with Oracle OpenWorld...

By Lorrie Noll, JD Edwards - Product Strategy  It’s hard to believe that Oracle OpenWorld (OOW) is right around the corner. The conference will be held October 2nd – 6th in San Francisco. I am amazed and sometimes a bit frustrated at the number of comments that I hear that lead me to believe that many customers and partners do not understand what’s available to them at OOW. It seems that many customers think that the spring Collaborate conference is “the” Oracle conference for JD Edwards customers and that there is nothing really offered for them at OOW. In my role within the Oracle JD Edwards Business Unit, Sheila Ebbitt and myself are responsible for planning and organizing our JD Edwards participation and programs at OOW, and I can assure you that customers attending OOW will not be disappointed. This is Oracle’s annual premier conference intended to inform, educate and connect our community! Although Oracle OpenWorld is a large event, we do our best to provide a “conference within a conference” for our JD Edwards attendees. We realize that it can be a bit overwhelming, so I wanted to highlight what JD Edwards is offering at the conference: •An educational session program at the Westin St. Francis specifically for JD Edwards. We will have over 50 sessions at the Westin St. Francis and 20 closely related sessions at other conference venues. We have scheduled several panel sessions with customers who have successfully upgraded and opportunity to share best practices. •JD Edwards General Session covering the high level strategy and direction for JD Edwards – as well as announcements and other news. •Roadmap sessions from Strategy leads for World and EnterpriseOne. •A dedicated partner pavilion for JD Edwards at the Westin St. Francis. •A JD Edwards dedicated area in the Oracle Demo Grounds. •A “Meet the Experts” session with Development, Quality and Strategy leads. •Hands on Labs for new product technology. •Customized programs for upgrading customers with the Denver Upgrade team. •Networking receptions with partners and a JD Edwards Quest reception. In addition, there is plenty of opportunity to hear and learn from other members of the Oracle Applications and Technology groups and of course keynotes by Larry Ellison and other Oracle executives.  After all, most JD Edwards customers in this day and age use multiple Oracle products, technologies and services and all are represented at OOW, giving you the opportunity to tap into a vast array of knowledge and resources. So please do not sell short the value of OOW based on misconceptions that there’s nothing for the JD Edwards customer at there! Click here to register for OpenWorld or visit the home page for more information. If you should have any questions regarding the JD Edwards program, and specifically the customized Upgrade Care program being offered at OpenWorld for JD Edwards customers not yet on current releases, please feel free to contact Sheila Ebbitt at Sheila.ebbitt@oracle.com or myself, Lorrie Noll at lorrie.noll@oracle.com.We look forward to seeing you in San Francisco and making this your best conference yet!

By Lorrie Noll, JD Edwards - Product Strategy  It’s hard to believe that Oracle OpenWorld (OOW) is right around the corner. The conference will be held October 2nd – 6th in San Francisco. I am amazed...

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Browsers are ‘more than just a pretty face’ – a new look at client-side performance tuning

By Chris Papineau, JD Edwards Senior Principal Engineer  I recently discovered what appears to be an excellent tool for collecting browser metrics while researching methods of JD Edwards performance analysis for the “client side”. By “client side”, of course, we no longer mean the “fat client”, but rather the so-called “thin client” or web-browser. Current JD Edwards trending methodologies do not measure any browser side metrics; they merely blast html traffic at a JAS server and measure the response times. This, however, leaves an opportunity in the “thin client” part of the JD Edwards ecosystem. The browser includes the following very significant items which are arguably the cause of performance challenges just as often as server-side items. 1. Number of server roundtrips 2. Payload (size of data) 3. JScript runtimes 4. Network latency 5. Browser renderings 6. DOM related measurements We can no longer think of the browser as merely some sort of “façade to a western town” which doesn’t do anything except look pretty. We cannot simply focus on the server side of interactive transactions, under the dated assumption that business functions are where the time is really spent, and the user interface layer is insignificant. “Pay no attention to the man behind the curtain” The browser has become less and less a “thin” part of the architecture as it may have been in the fledgling days of web browsers (NCSA Mosaic, anyone??). Today the browser is a complex piece of machinery in which business logic has crept its way in via JavaScript, where the rendering of large graphics is the norm, and very long grids spanning dozens of screens and hundreds of rows are commonplace. In any case – the tool in question is called dynaTrace, and appears to be a one-stop shopping for answering the fundamental performance question on the web browser side: “Where is the code spending its time?” It is freeware, works on both IE and Firefox, is easy to use and install, has a very intuitive interface, and appears to provide data for all six critical performance metrics cited above. The premium version, which is available for a fee, is even capable of “Comparing Different Test Runs” per the claims on their website. This appears to be right in the wheelhouse of what we need for client-side performance trending efforts. I will keep readers of this blog up to date on further developments. It may be a significant difference maker not only for client-side trending, but in our ability to resolve challenging performance problems more efficiently. Stay tuned…..

By Chris Papineau, JD Edwards Senior Principal Engineer  I recently discovered what appears to be an excellent tool for collecting browser metrics while researching methods of JD Edwards performance...

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Ovum Publishes Note on Oracle Continued Investment to its Application Suites

By Denise Grills - Sr. Director, Oracle JD Edwards Strategy  Ovum just published a research note that discussesOracle’s continued commitment to its Applications Suites – “Oracle has a crediblestory on continued enterprise applications investment”.  You canfind more information about this and other related notes on the ApplicationsAR Blog. As I talk to customers and prospects around the world, we oftenget asked how Oracle can continue to invest in our product line.   Iencourage you to read the research note from Ovum for an analyst opinion on theissue.  In the research note, Ovum challenges IT Executives tocontinue a dialogue with Oracle applications executives about roadmaps andplans. Keeping in touch and engagingin a dialog as prescribe by Ovum can be a challenge.  But if you subscribeto this blog (Attitude@Altitude) you are on the right track as we continue toshare new information about our ongoing plans and investments here, and in avariety of other venues.  I also encourage you to attend Oracle OpenWorldin San Francisco, Oct. 2-6 for the most up to date, consolidated Oracle and JDEdwards news, and roadmap information available.  For those of you notattending, we have several recorded webinars on our roadmap and strategyavailable here (click on the locations link lower left, then Resource Library and thenJD Edwards).  Lyle Ekdahl, Group VP and General Manager of JD Edwards, andour management team are always happy to host conference calls or Denver visitsin the spirit of open dialog with our customers.  I’d love to hear or read what you think of the researchnote….  Regards, Denise 

By Denise Grills - Sr. Director, Oracle JD Edwards Strategy  Ovum just published a research note that discusses Oracle’s continued commitment to its Applications Suites – “Oracle has a crediblestory on...

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"Procrastination is the art of keeping up with yesterday." ~Don Marquis

By Bob Monahan,  Sr. Director Oracle JD Edwards Applications Strategy and Product Management In the last several months I have met with many customerswho ask the same question regarding upgrading their current JD Edwards World orEnterpriseOne release: should I upgradeto the current release or wait for the next release. This is a very key question as it begins toform the basis of a larger overall upgrade planning strategy looking many yearsinto the future. Clearly there is no single answer that applies to every customer.Many factors outside of specific software functionality need to be consideredas part of the upgrade and timing decision such as plans around hardware andinfrastructure, current release support timelines, the business culture ofbeing an early release adopter, financial budgets and availability of funds,cyclical busy times of the business, and other strategic business projectscompeting for the same resources just to name a few. Many customers considering upgrading today have asked whymove now since Premier Support for JDE World A9.2 and JDE EnterpriseOne 9.0 arealready more than halfway through their respective Premier Support timelines. The thought was to just wait until the nextrelease comes out to get the most time out of a new Premier Support timelinestarting with the GA of the next major releases. However, the problem withwaiting is that business conditions or factors mentioned above could changefrom today and prevent an upgrade when the new releases are available, plusmany of the features available in the now current releases can providesignificant and immediate benefits now. BothWorld and JDE EnterpriseOne are PLANNING major releases in calendar year 2012. Procrastination can sometimes be very hard toovercome. To address this timing dilemma, JD Edwards listened to ourcustomers and announced in April at the CollaborateUser Conference that we are designating major release status to JD EdwardsEnterpriseOne Release 9.0, Update 2 and JD Edwards World Release A9.2, Update 1. The result of this designation is that JDE EnterpriseOne9.0 Update 2 is covered under Premier Support through November 2015, with an optional3 years through November 2018 for Extended Support. World A9.2, Update 1 is covered under PremierSupport through May 2015, with an optional 3 years of Extended Support throughMay 2015. This change removes thebarrier to upgrading now due to a short Premier Support timeline and thenhaving to consider another upgrade maybe two years after going live. Customers now have plenty of time to upgradeto the current and proven releases and then plan evaluate their strategicupgrade plans going forward. Some customers may view the new capability coming in thenext major releases (available on-line through My Oracle Support via the Electronic Upgrade Value Proposition Tool) as key business value drivers and decide to upgradedirectly to the next major release. However, these customers should still consider starting with upgradeplanning (net change evaluation, the need to forward fit custom modifications,end user training, technology stack upgrades…) with the current releases. Thisis all work that needs to be done so why not start now. Then applying the update to go from thecurrent releases of World and EnterpriseOne to the next major releases will bea much smaller part of an overall upgrade project. Bottom line: there is much you can be doingnow even in a test environment so don’t put all of the work off waiting for thenext releases. World customers have one additional consideration- stay onWorld and upgrade to the next major release, or migrate to JDE EnterpriseOne. Again, this your choice based on what youbelieve best meets the needs of your business. We have published a World ToEnterpriseOne Upgrade Advisor on My Oracle Support to help with this evaluation as well. We can also work with you or your implementation partner toanswer questions on this important decision. Please let us know if we canhelp. And thanks for being an Oraclecustomer. 

By Bob Monahan,  Sr. Director Oracle JD Edwards Applications Strategy and Product Management In the last several months I have met with many customerswho ask the same question regarding upgrading their...

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The Second Annual Special JD Edwards Edition of Profit Magazine is here!

By Denise Grills, Sr. Director JD Edwards Strategy If you are a subscriber to Profit Magazine, the second annualspecial edition with be arriving soon in your mailbox. If you aren’t a subscriber, go to thefollowing link to view online. http://www.profitmagazine-digital.com/profitmagazine/201108?sub_id=DVv3cNO2Hw6oT&u1=002#pg2 We in the JD Edwardsorganization are thrilled that Profit chose JD Edwards not only as the firstproduct line to focus on but to continue to work with us on what is becoming anannual issue. We hope you will find thisissue enjoyable with case studies and profiles on varied JD Edwards customersand partners. We are particularly proud of our cover story on UnitedStreetcar, a JD Edwards customer who has reignited light rail manufacturing inthe United States. Chandra Brown, president of United Streetcar,is committed to establishing a U.S.-based supply chain that sources at least 60percent of manufacturing materials from domestic suppliers. “Streetcars, like light rail, are 100 percentelectric, so it’s zero emissions. Theyare incredibly green,” stated Brown. Another interesting read is an interview with editor in chiefof Profit, Aaron Lazenby, and our group vice president and general manager ofOracle’s JD Edwards, Lyle Ekdahl. Lylediscusses his concept of a “New Era of ERP” reflecting the pace at which marketvolatility and technological advances are transforming business. The issue is filled with other case studies detailing thegrowth in our product line and community. Thank you to the team at Profit, our wonderful customers whoparticipated and the advertising partners that made this issue possible. We have heard from our customers and partners that you liketo see JD Edwards specific stories and advertising – well here you are for thesecond year and counting. I’d love tohear your reaction to the issue, and your ideas for the next.

By Denise Grills, Sr. Director JD Edwards Strategy If you are a subscriber to Profit Magazine, the second annualspecial edition with be arriving soon in your mailbox. If you aren’t a subscriber, go to...

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To Be or Not To Be.....Of Course You Should Be!

By Kem Butler - Oracle JD Edwards, Communications Director In all my years of experience in business (and they are considerable at this point!) there is one constant and predominate thing I have noticed, regardless of industry, product or service in question. This “thing” is the fact that nearly every prospective customer wants and demands that the vendors provide pre-purchase references. I don’t blame them. Given the magnitude and high risk/reward equation tied to the purchase of ERP and other Enterprise software it’s perfectly logical to companies require references. What is not logical is that often the very companies that have the most strident reference requirements are the least willing to act as a reference once the time comes. It’s my opinion that customers that have requested and/or demanded references as a prerequisite for purchase have an obligation to reciprocate, assuming the implementation has resulted in business benefits. But looking beyond any “obligation” factor, acting as a reference has benefits that you may not have considered…… 1. Software vendors constantly need to invest in on-going maintenance and development. One key element in our investment decision making process is an evaluation of which products are generating a healthy return on investment. Assuming that the product(s) you use are serving you well, acting as a reference helps to ensure the products continues to be successful in the market and are profitable for the vendor, thus increasing the likelihood of additional vendor enhancement and innovation, and an extended product lifecycle. 2. Oracle has a long standing policy that we do not provide monetary compensation for our customers that act as product references. But the compensation comes in the form of relationships and influence, two elements that are often invaluable in the world of business. And while Oracle values each and every customer and honors the investments that our customer make in licenses and maintenance dollars, there are times when influence and relationships can and do have an impact on which customer requested enhancements make it to the top of the list.3. Collaborate for mutually beneficial marketing, promoting your business and brand. It’s always good to have your company’s name and your business promoted publically in positive light. Reference customers may work with Oracle to release joint press release(s) and to publish customer snapshots and/or videos highlighting the benefits of their implementation, partner support, products, etc. These materials are widely used by the Oracle and/or partner sales organizations and are available for the public’s viewing www.oracle.com.  See examples here. 4. Customers that participate in the reference program may be nominated into various award programs, sponsored Oracle and others by which also can also result in positive name and brand exposure for winning companies company. 5. Reference customers are often given preference when product and strategic customer councils are formed. These councils are consist of a limited number of key and strategic customers that have opportunities to interact directly with Oracle’s business and development organizations, providing a great opportunity to share your needs, insights and visions that are driving your business and industry today and in the future.So take a moment and consider becoming a JD Edwards reference account. After all, it’s only logical. If you would like to explore the customer reference program(s) and opportunities, please email either anna.matthews@oracle.com or Ioana.Roseanu@oracle.com, or fill out this short registration form to have someone form Oracle references contact you. Thanks in advance for your interest!

By Kem Butler - Oracle JD Edwards, Communications Director  In all my years of experience in business (and they are considerable at this point!) there is one constant and predominate thing I have...

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Herding Cats - That's My Job....

Written by Mike Schmitz - Sr. Director, Program Management Oracle JD Edwards  I remember seeing asuper bowl commercial several years ago showing some well dressed people on theAfrican savanna herding cats. I rememberturning to the people I was watching the game with and telling them, “You justwatched my job description”. Releasingsoftware is a multi-facetted undertaking. In addition to making sure the code changes are complete, you also needto make sure the other key parts of a release are ready. For example when you have a question about thesoftware, will the person on the other end of the phone be ready to answer yourquestion? If you need training on thatcool new piece of functionality, will there be an online training course ready foryou to review? If you want to read abouthow the software is supposed to function, is there a user manual available? Putting all therelease pieces together so they are available at the same time is what the JDEdwards Program Management team does. It is my team’s job to work with all thedifferent functional teams so when a release is made generally available youhave all the things you need to be successful. The JD Edwards ProgramManagement team uses an internal planning tool called the Release Process Model(RPM) to ensure all deliverables are accounted for in a release. The RPM makessure all the release deliverables are ready at the correct time and in thecorrect format. The RPM really helps all the functional teams in JD Edwards knowwhat release deliverables they are accountable for and when they are to bedelivered. It is my team’s job tomake sure everyone understands what they need to do and when they need to deliver.We then make sure they are all on track to deliver on-time and in the rightformat. It is just that some days this feels like herding cats.

Written by Mike Schmitz - Sr. Director, Program Management Oracle JD Edwards  I remember seeing a super bowl commercial several years ago showing some well dressed people on theAfrican savanna herding...

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Starving to death while standing in the parking lot of a supermarket with cash in hand…..

By Kem Butler - JD Edwards Communications & Content Specialist Starving to death while standing in the parking lot of a supermarket with cash in hand….a situation that would seem ludicrous to all of us, yet, it seems to be a fitting analogy to happens all too frequently when it comes to ERP system usage and support. Let me explain. I cannot tell you how many times it happens that as the Oracle JD Edwards team interacts with our community that we hear comments such as “the software doesn’t do what I need, or I have this problem that I have to manually work around, or I have a spreadsheet to track some things as it’s the only or easiest way to do it”, etc. You get the picture. But often, the software does in fact provide an eloquent solution, or at the very least a workable option that is much better than the manual effort or workarounds in use. Yet users suffer frustration, waste time and energy and work in ways that cost their companies money. Why? There is no doubt a variety of reasons why, but a very small number of reasons are probably the most common, and probably the easiest to address! So as not to belabor the reasons why or point blame, I would rather focus my remaining comments on some suggestions for how to feed these poor starving souls with the plethora of food that is readily available! MyOracle Support (MOS) is better than it’s ever been and recently there has been a huge investment in making it better resources for all of Oracle’s customers across all of our product offerings. JD Edwards is no exception. If you have not visited MyOracle Support recently, I challenge you to schedule a little time to go and explore…you will not be disappointed! (And I literally mean schedule the time on your calendar, otherwise it will never happen and the suffering and high cost of ERP dissatisfaction and under utilization will continue!). Below are just a few of my “favorite picks” for getting started with MOS.  (Note:  links go to MOS sites and requires your MOS sign on)  • Take about ½ hour and view the short effective recorded “power training” videos. They are quick and to the point and packed with tips that will allow you start loving MOS.  Access the complete list of recordings here • After watching the videos, set up power views (literally it takes seconds) that will pre-filter data/views for you to deliver consolidated information on just the products that you care about. • How can I personalize the My Oracle Support interface so that it's most relevant to my function or to my configurations? • Did you know that in 2011 alone there have been 210 EnterpriseOne FAQ documents posted on MyOracle Support? FAQs are being defined for many popular topics and they are a wonderful resource for finding all the help/tips/whitepapers, etc. on the specific topics. Try searching for Frequently Asked Questions on a topic/product of interest. Here is a quick tip for finding specific functional help that you might need on any given day: • Login to MyOracle support• Click on the “Knowledge” tab • To find all 2011 FAQs use the search %FAQ% 2011 To narrow it down, just add the topic (such as %FAQ% kits, or %FAQ% 1099, etc.) • If your organization has upgraded and it was largely a technical upgrade, chances are that the user community is unaware of the thousands of the features/functions available that could probably make their life easier and more productive. Give your users access to the new electronic upgrade value proposition tool so that they can see the net change between the old release and the new current release. Many of the new features can be leveraged right now on demand without risk or disruption to the business. Others can be implemented with minor planning and training etc. But the fact is that you CANNOT benefit if you don’t know it’s there! http://bit.ly/mFW960  (Electronic Upgrade Value Proposition Tool) And you can still have control over who can and cannot enter/track bugs etc. You can grant access to knowledge without giving up control! Get training for free! The JD Edwards strategy team produces recorded net change training (called TOIs – transfer of Information) available to all customers. These functional overviews provide a review of new feature/function in each release, the intended benefits and often the setup steps are included.  TOI / New Features online training  It is my impression that many IT organizations have restricted access to My Oracle based on the old model that My Oracle Support was largely just the tool for reporting bugs and tracking fix status. I am inviting (begging you!) to re-examine your use of My Oracle Support and open it up to the user community so they can get out of the parking lot and into the store to feed their hunger for knowledge, help, tips and information! It could transform the user community and business customer satisfaction levels and improve the effectiveness of your ERP solution in general! Your comments and feedback are always welcome…have you experienced benefits of MOS you can share with the community?

By Kem Butler - JD Edwards Communications & Content Specialist  Starving to death while standing in the parking lot of a supermarket with cash in hand….a situation that would seem ludicrous to all of...

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Getting The Test On Monday (Written By Dawn Baker, JD Edwards VP of Development)

May. Here in Denver, the month brings spring fever and for many semester-worn students…the anxiety of final exams. Hopefully those students had instructors this year with the same habit as one of my college professors. In his helpful (but somewhat annoying) way, he stomped his foot twice when a topic was going to be on the final exam. Naturally, we vigorously highlighted that section in our notes… (and a few students woke up to at least catch the end of that lecture). Awhile ago, our Oracle JD Edwards engineering team decided to take a lesson from that professor. It started with discussions on how to reduce the churn occurring late in the development cycle. Great ideas for improving the code surfaced during system testing when they are difficult and expensive to implement. Comments like “I didn’t think you were going to run it that way” drove incremental work to get an optimized solution. At that time, we already had a robust development cycle that connected solution requirements through testing and back. But no matter how well-executed, multiple handoffs by nature leave small opportunities for re-interpretation…the classic “telephone game”. A change seemed in order and during one of musings came the flashback to that helpful college professor – “it’s like the professor is offering us Friday’s exam on Monday, but no one is raising their hand”. A-ha…let’s get the test on Monday. While test-driven development is not a new idea, thinking about the end of the process first helped re-frame our development model in several positive ways. By starting with the end in mind, we were able to drive extreme clarity around the solution early in the process which improved the ramp time of the team and drive the optimal ideas to the front of the cycle. But test-driven development was only part of the answer. We also found ways to drive ambiguity out of the solution early on by documenting the tests in a clear, structured method. And finally, we tapped into one of the unique strengths of the JD Edwards team – collaboration. We overlaid the process with a heightened collaborative model that minimized the hand-offs and indirect communication that cause scope drift. Simple changes…but combined to produce positive results: Better visibility and less churn on the back-end produced more consistent on-time delivery, less rework, and more confidence around the completeness of the solution before testing starts. But whether these methods produce the same results elsewhere is not as important as the reminder that we all need to be “students of our experience” -- continually looking for new ways to solve old problems. In the same way that we acknowledge standing still on technology brings risk of lost opportunities, we also need to keep innovating the ways we build those technology solutions. JD Edwards is fortunate to have a depth of experience that is continuously introspective about how we can improve our products through better engineering… innovating product and process together. To those students still cramming for those finals – all the best. Those of us at Oracle’s JD Edwards are getting the test on Monday…at least for this week.

May. Here in Denver, the month brings spring fever and for many semester-worn students…the anxiety of final exams. Hopefully those students had instructors this year with the same habit as one of...

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Collaborate 2011 - What makes a good user conference anyway??

Quest's Collaborate 2011, the annual independent Oracle users groupcommunity group conference came to a close Friday, April 15th.  My personal observation leads me to claimthat it was a successful event.  Butthose of us that typically attend this and similar conferences are apt to makethat assessment... (Else we risk not getting approval to go again!).  But on a more serious note, I am going homewith some thoughts and ideas about how we as a community potentially improvethe conference experience.  In the last couple ofmonths I have transitioned from leading JD Edwards product managers  to a focus on communicating JD Edwardscontent and news to our sales groups, partners, employees, prospects andcustomers.  In the past when I reviewedwhether or not conferences were successful, considerations tended to includewhether or not the sessions I presented had drawn a good crowd, what type ofresponse did the audience have to my content, was I able to answer the majorityof customers question at the booth regarding a concern or issue they mightraise, etc.  This year my evaluationcriterion is somewhat different than they have been in the past.In my new role, Ispent most of my time in sessions, trying to gain a better perspective on thecustomer's conference experience, and what might make it even better.  What strikes me is that I didn't really learnanything new about what makes for a really good conference.The bottom-line isthat attendees will have the best possible conference experience when a largenumber of the educational sessions offered are customer prepared anddelivered.  The real world experience andinsight only available from those that have actually selected a solution,designed the implementation approach, defined a project plan, executed thework, dealt with the surprises, experienced the risk, overcome obstacles, wonover the masses, and experienced the thrill of go-live (or recovery from afailed effort), is what we all want to hear about - all in the spirit oflearning from other's real world experiences. So why is it alwaysso hard to recruit customers to present at these conferences?  While I understand that fear of publicspeaking is a reality for some, it likely that the list of reasons for notpresenting include things such as:I don't have timeto prepareOur story is notvery interestingOther people arebetter speakersMy company wouldwant to share our mistakesYada Yada YadaBut, if you foundyourself nodding your head in agreement that often the most valuable sessionsare those lead by customers, then I challenge you as a customer to considerspeaking at a future conference.  Itembodies the principle of "give and take", and promises to enrich theconference experience for all of us that look forward to successful events eachyear.  The call for customer submittedsession topics for Oracle Open World 2011 has closed already, but the Oracle JDEdwards product strategy teams will be recruiting customers to co-present withthem in sessions they will submit in the next couple of weeks.  We can help you craft and deliver yourpresentation.  The entire community willthank you for your valuable contribution!If you are interestedin presenting at Oracle OpenWorld in October, please respond to me or emailkem.butler@oracle.com and I will match you with an Oracle presentation.  

Quest's Collaborate 2011, the annual independent Oracle users group community group conference came to a close Friday, April 15th.  My personal observation leads me to claimthat it was a successful...

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Point Counter Point: Forget About Technology: ERP Systems are All About Business.

As an avid reader of Panorama Consulting's 360° ERP News and Information, I was immediately drawn to the March 16th article, Forget About Technology: ERP Systems are All About Business. I figured this was just another one of their great hooks only to read on and find out that they were serious. With all due respect, the statement that "Technology doesn't matter," is not as much anathema as it is absurd. Imagine a thorough definition of ERP without using the word technology or at least qualifying with technology industry terms like software or database. The fact is that in the genesis and evolution of ERP, business goals and technology are inextricably linked. Without technology and technological advance, there would be no meaningful ERP. Still the 360° article seems to imply that ERP is more a product of Peter Drucker than the Gartner Group.Take two identical, competing $200M manufacturing companies and give one (a) paper, pencil and an abacus and the other (b) a modern ERP system. Which one runs the greater likelihood of controlling purchasing and inventory levels, shipping on time, closing its books faster? Is this a silly rhetorical exercise or fatalistic scenario for company (a)?So why react this way? Well besides the point that I currently run the Oracle JD Edwards development organization (full disclosure), I have been intrigued lately by this sort of unbalanced argument in the ERP community that seeks to create a type of divisive techno-phobia. This fear of technology's influence on ERP runs counter to the role that technology plays in our day to day lives and the true three legged stool spirit of ERP (Systems, People & Process). It is exactly statements like "Technology doesn't matter," that relegates IT to a, "not of the business, but only in support of" status. In my experience in talking to hundreds of customers, this often leads to technically ill-informed point decision making where business purchasers are susceptible to Sea- Monkey sales and marketing tactics. Ultimately such a road is paved with non-rationalized and sub-optimal systems that act as friction on the business. In the last organization chart I looked at IT was part of the business. I am not saying that technology should be the only consideration or that IT has the only say. However, in today's market the business must embrace IT and technical expertise in a true dialog so that together we can create sustainable business growth and innovation. The 360° article also featured a few "fun facts" gleaned, I imagine, from what in the past has been very thought provoking research. In summary, the idea was that vendors and products don't really matter. Any ERP system will do, just pull a name from a hat. In my mind these "facts" deserve more analysis. Still, I feel safe in saying that this is at least a trivialization of the exercise of software selection and implementation. More aggressively it is a complete denial of the lack of universal standards when it comes to definitions for company, success, time required and deployment budget. One system does not fit all in ERP. While there are some similarities in the business level functions across software packages there are also big differences. At the end of the day, company size, industry, growth targets, skills - business and technical, supply chain sophistication, process maturity and yes technical maturity (see the works of Geoffrey Moore) - all matter. To say you can pull any software solution out of a hat and run the same chance of success in a given ERP deployment is like saying it doesn't matter what car you should buy. Take a 1978 Ford Pinto, 1998 Hyundai Elantra, 2011 BMW 5 Series, a Chevy Volt and a S10 pick up and put them all in a hat? Blind draw, why not?  They all help you get from point A to B.One can highlight business importance and key drivers in ERP deployment without denigrating technology or putting IT in a second order. This is not a zero sum system. In today's market, CFO's and CIO's, together you either grow or fail. And depending on your journey, make sure you pick the right car.Lyle EkdahlGroup Vice President and General Manager Oracle JD Edwards

As an avid reader of Panorama Consulting's 360° ERP News and Information, I was immediately drawn to the March 16th article, Forget About Technology: ERP Systems are All About Business. I figured...

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