Tuesday Jul 08, 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Wednesday Jul 02, 2014

The JD Edwards EnterpriseOne Accreditation path is now live!

By Kathie Simpson | Oracle Senior Principal Proactive Support Engineer

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

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

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

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


Monday Jun 23, 2014

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

By Ward Quarles - Oracle JD Edwards Product Strategy Director 


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

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

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

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

Benefits for JD Edwards customers include:

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

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

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

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

Watch Larry Ellison’s prelaunch video here

Learn more

Monday Jun 16, 2014

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 caught the JD Edwards keynote session, you heard the term JDE 5G used for the first time in a public forum. I used the term to describe JD Edwards’ approach to the market, our products and our organizational processes. The fact is that 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 stages and product changes that we have gone through during our 37 + year history. Let’s review them:

1G – JD Edwards as an independent software company from inception through to a publically traded company on the stock exchange  (Ok I’ll admit this is a very long generation, but stay with me.)

2G – JD Edwards as a set of product lines after acquisition by PeopleSoft (by contrast a short generation)

3G –JD Edwards product division in its early days after being acquired by Oracle

4G – Game changing Oracle’s JD Edwards EnterpriseOne and Oracle’s JD Edwards World software releases 9.x introduced to the market 

5G – Is right NOW!

With that brief review of our history, what’s really important, what really matters to you is the NOW of it.  Because right now disruptive technologies are dramatically changing business, and we plan to lead in the delivery of next generation ERP solutions that leverage technology to position your business for success and leadership.

So what’s different now? If you really think about it, in many ways the processes you have used in business have remained pretty static, and we have applied technology to those stable processes over many years (since the beginning of the industrial revolution).  The business you were in and the processes did not dramatically change because of technology.

What has changed in the recent past is core ERP has become a commoditized offering, with some innovations in the areas of:

Targeted big data applications and related analytics Select mobile apps on select mobile devices

Limited real time collaboration with employees & trading partners

Improved user experience

IT beginning to support BYOD

Organizations embracing cloud

JD Edwards has demonstrated that we can and do support these innovations of modern ERP – and often, we are leading and innovating well ahead of the crowd.

We are also acutely aware of the new advances in technology and the implications for us. In response, we have formulated our 5th generation vision for JD Edwards.

I envision the future transformation of the current state of ERP where technology will literally shape the future of business in new and transformative ways. This future state is the dynamic intersection of processes technology, product and people in ways not possible before the digital overdrive 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 and people truly become entwined, more systemically……to enable never before realized benefits and emergent value.

The new technologies combined with a new generation of workers have and will continue to drive dramatic changes, completely reshaping how we interact, and more importantly ENGAGE with our employees, partners and customers. 

Part 2 of this series will explore in more detail what business requirements 5G will address and what the resulting world might look like. 

Thursday Jun 12, 2014

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

Thursday Apr 17, 2014

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

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

Oracle’s JD Edwards has a vibrant, thriving eco-system, and for 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 unique and we truly consider ourselves a family. We hope you have experienced the benefits of being part of this family.

Thanks to each of you who contribute to the community in so many ways. We recognize there is an extraordinary power and value that comes from the networking and sharing that occurs between so many of you. We want to do our part to ensure the community has the most up to date news, information and resources available directly from the source – Oracle JD Edwards.

It is with great please that I announce the launch of Oracle’s JD 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 to relevant information on www.oracle.com, www.runjde.com, www.upgradejde.com, and the Oracle University site.  By providing content in this fashion, we aim to improve your efficiency and minimize the risk associated with using 3rd party sites to find functional and technical information that may or may not be accurate and current. We invite you to use the source you can trust, Oracle’s JD Edwards Resource Library.

The content is well organized and users will enjoy a new level of ease in locating just what they need. I encourage each and every one of you to spend a few minutes exploring the 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 data schemes for our latest releases, free net change training videos, release net change reporting, product documentation that is easily searchable, and much more.

This truly is a one stop for those resources that fall outside the realm of the powerful My Oracle Support web site. When used in combination with My Oracle Support’s website, the JD Edwards community can rest assured that they have the information, resources and tools required to gain the highest value from Oracle’s JD Edwards solutions.

Monday Apr 14, 2014

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

Friday Nov 22, 2013

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!

Tuesday Nov 12, 2013

Sorry For The Short Notice! November Deep Dive Demo Invitations

If you would like to get a deep dive overview and demo of two of JD Edwards hottest products in the privacy of your own office, you are in luck!  The Oracle sales team invites you to attend their on-line seminars covering EnterpriseOne One View Reporting and EnterpriseOne Health and Safety Incident Management.

You can get the details and register via these links.

EnterpriseOne One View Reporting - November 13 

EnterpriseOne Health and Safety Incident Management - November 20 

Sunday Nov 03, 2013

Summit 2014 Registration Is Open

Attention Oracle (employees) Field Team and Oracle JD Edwards Partners


REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN for Oracle's 5th Annual JD Edwards Summit - Monday, January 27th through Friday, January 31st, 2014, in Broomfield, Colorado. The theme of this year's Summit is "Success Through Continued Innovation”.  Our goals are to update you on our current and future product roadmap, new products, selling strategies 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 community what 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 Edwards or a seasoned pro, an executive, account executive, in presales or in consulting. 

The Summit promises a content-rich and unique networking experience for all attendees. Highlights include:

  •  Monday afternoon kicks off the Summit with a variety of workshops as well as an afternoon preview of the Sponsor Showcase.  Start your networking at the Summit kickoff party Monday evening.
  • Tuesday morning features several informative keynotes in the Summit General Assembly followed by key messages delivered in Super Sessions in the afternoon, focused on each of the JD Edwards community audiences.
  • The educational offerings continue on Wednesday and Thursday with over 90 breakout sessions on topics spanning technology, applications (core JD Edwards, Edge, Fusion), Sales, Presales and Implementation.
  • Friday concludes with new workshops for the implementation community.A
  • Attendees will 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 your own organization kickoff meeting prior to or post Summit. Contact Sheila Ebbitt (Sheila.ebbitt@oracle-DOT-com) for further assistance 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 time will be processed on-site at the event with an attendee fee of US$ 500.

Please contact Rene Chapman (rene.chapman@oracle-DOT-com) for information on sponsorship opportunities. For further details on the JD Edwards Summit including agenda, workshops, educational sessions, lodging,  sponsors and Summit registration, click here! Register now! This is going to be an awesome event!

John Schiff
Vice President JD Edwards Business Development 

Friday Sep 13, 2013

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.

Tuesday Jun 25, 2013

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. 

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 newsletter

Read the latest World newsletter

Learn How to receive notification when a new newsletter edition is published

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 Paths

For 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!

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-AT-oracle-DOT-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

Monday May 20, 2013

On Economics and Enterprise Software - Comparing Apples to Asparagus

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

“Substitute your lies for fact I can see right through your plastic mac…” The Who

In recent discussions in the board rooms of some of my customers and as discussed in various media outlets from current age Twitter posts to classic WSJ articles, there seems to be a common discussion based on a fundamentally flawed premise. OK you ask, “What the devil are you talking about?” Well, maybe I should start with the basic proposition. “Why would anyone in their right mind pay a vendor $X for a good or service when they can get the exact same thing for $½X?” Why indeed? If people are handing out bowls of free money why would you not want to belly up and drink deep?

Unfortunately that is where the discussion goes 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 or service is cheaper really falls into just a few categories – there a cost advantage, a technology applied, etc. The first category that always needs to be explored is the economic concept of substitutes. Specifically meaning, do two compared products or services have a positive cross elasticity of demand. Classic economic examples are margarine and butter or petroleum and natural gas. Now the substitutability of any two compared goods is always a matter of degrees but if one is really trying to get to the heart of the matter, again why would I pay a premium for one offer over another, you need to start with the concept of the “perfect substitute”. To define the “perfect substitute” is to say that utility is perfectly equal such that the marginal rate of substitution is constant and I would add without any loss in value or increase in risk.

“Why go through that trouble of comparison?” your CFO may say. “Cheaper is good.” That is when you pull out another old adage, “You can have cheap or you can have good, but seldom can you have both.” To put a finer point on it, try this comparison, “ A personal auto and a bus ticket are both transportation and a bus ticket is a lot less than half the price of a car, so why are there so many dang cars on the road?”

The answer of course is utility, or the total satisfaction and or value received in consuming the good or service. Now the classically trained economists are going to jump on this one as they see I equated utility with value. Please keep your Menger, Wieser and Bohm-Bawerk out of this discussion for now. We can address the higher order of mans’ needs and desires in future blog posts.

So now the beef or perhaps the chicken of the matter, let’s take for example the fees associated with Oracle’s JD Edwards maintenance. For theory sake, let’s just say that there were “agents” in the market that make a claim they have a perfect substitute that costs you 50% less. Again intriguing until you break down the actual offer and the utility or value received.

So what do Oracle’s JD Edwards maintenance fees buy you anyway? Well, there are actually multiple categories and layers of valuable deliverables in the offer. The most succinct list of value categories that I can find includes ten as delivered by Oracle’s JD Edwards Development and Support:

1) Future rights to product & technology releases
2) Technical Support (Trouble shooting, issue identification & resolution)
3) Knowledge Base Access (Exposure to the issues and resolution across 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 scalability testing & resolutions (Yes we are watching what the “hacksters” are attempting and we have your back)
6) Tax, legal and regulatory updates (Yes we are watching what governments 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 of stuff)
9) Certifications for existing third party products and versions (Have you noticed the rate of change in browsers?)
10) Certifications for new third party products and versions (Yes technology 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’ products come in two chunks– that which is non-compiled and that which is compiled. I bring this up to make sure you are aware that 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 not possible.

For example, if you are willing to take the 50% off pitch you should be prepared to freeze your technical infrastructure. So to paraphrase Seinfeld’s infamous Soup Nazi, “No new browser for you,” even if it becomes the corporate standard or plugs a security hole.

More later, but for now I will leave you with this thought: have you ever asked yourself what is the difference between a can of chicken purchased at your local grocer conveniently located down the canned meat aisle and that which you can find five rows over in the cat food section? Looks to me like a can of chicken designed for your family’s cacciatore is about two times more expensive then the chicken you put on the floor for Fluffy - Caveat Emptor or perhaps I should say, Bon Appétit.


Thursday May 09, 2013

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

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

Imagine that you could, in a moment’s notice, access your entire portfolio of projects or products in one view, including cost and profitability. Now imagine that your customer service representatives had real-time access to your customers’ historical order information and profitability while taking orders. That kind of speed and agility changes the game. Imagine new growth opportunities, smarter decisions, reduced costs, and all the benefits that 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-Memory Applications for Oracle Engineered Systems.

As announced at COLLABORATE 13 last month, our new in-memory applications make older computing approaches obsolete and can take runtime out of the equation. Now you can have instant access to scads of information and perform complex data analysis in near real time on live data sets. The result is better context and insights to solve your critical business problems.

Here’s the really good news! We have released Oracle’s JD Edwards EnterpriseOne In-Memory Applications – specifically, Oracle’s JD Edwards EnterpriseOne In-Memory Project Portfolio Management and Oracle’s JD Edwards EnterpriseOne In-Memory Sales Advisor.

Oracle’s Engineered Systems make it possible for us to provide functionality in these applications that we couldn’t deliver before. For example, in the past, a team of data analysts would use the Extract, Transfer and Load (ETL) methodology, plus spreadsheets, to pull data. The information you would receive was stale, the manual process was error prone, and the conclusions could be questionable. Today, with JD Edwards EnterpriseOne In-Memory Applications, you get immediate access to massive sets of near real-time transactional information that is broad and deep. Your data is fresher, richer, and more accurate. Which would you rather use to base your business decisions on?

We are very excited about what these In-Memory Applications mean for our JD Edwards customers. We’ve seen the increased speed and improved visibility translate directly to increased revenue and profitability.

And just so you know, we are in the process of making In-Memory Apps available for the other Oracle Applications business lines. As we roll these high-performance solutions out and as the technology continues to evolve, you can trust that Oracle will be a leader to meet your performance and agility needs – even those you can’t imagine today. In the meantime, let’s focus on the exciting possibilities that these In-Memory Applications bring to us and the dawn of a new era in enterprise applications.

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