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.

Tuesday Apr 16, 2013

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

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, Colorado.  As is the tradition, the JD Edwards team used this venue to make major product announcements to the hundreds of JD Edwards customers and partners that were in attendance.

The announcements include new product announcements, a new tools releases, an exciting new focus initiative and a new website, all designed to provide value to customers, while increasing customer satisfaction and loyalty. 

Learn More About each of the Product Announcements:

  1.  Tools 9.1 Update 3 is now generally available
  2. Oracle VM V5 for JD Edwards EnteprriseOne 9.1
  3. World A9.3 Update 1 is now generally available
  4. Pre-Announcement of In Memory Applications for JD Edwards EnterpriseOne
  5. Extended Support uplift Fees Waived for the 9s Releases
  6. 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) is the next update release to the groundbreaking Tools 9.1 release which delivered a next generation user experience for JD Edwards EnterpriseOne 9.0 and 9.1 Application releases. 

Background Information

Supporting every JD Edwards EnterpriseOne installation is a JD Edwards EnterpriseOne Tools release which delivers a platform with an innovative user experience, scalability, high performance, security and reliability for the JD Edwards EnterpriseOne application modules. Tools update releases are typically delivered every six to twelve months and contain new feature enhancements, new platform certifications and product maintenance.  This update release includes enhancements to the End User experience and Mobile Solutions, Reporting, and System Administration and Development Tools. 

Tools 9.1 Update 3 continues to enhance the JD Edwards EnterpriseOne End User Experience

· A new iPad application that can be installed directly onto the iPad device, will optimize the EnterpriseOne User Interface for the iPad, and provide interfaces to native device capabilities such as the camera and images.

· A new One View feature, Watchlist, can be used as a "Manage by Exception" solution allowing users to define and monitor key data points over base EnterpriseOne applications and then easily identify and take action when data has exceeded acceptable thresholds.

· A Composite Application Framework which enables an end user to define a multiple frame layout consisting of an EnterpriseOne application, Oracle Business Intelligence reports and external web applications into a single view.

* An intuitive drop down list feature for User Defined Code entry fields that can be used as alternative to the Visual Assist (flashlight search / select dialog).

· Transaction Change Confirmation Warnings which prompt a user when an action could result in data loss or unnecessary database updates.

Tools 9.1 Update 3 continues to enhance the native JD Edwards EnterpriseOne reporting capabilities

  • One View Reports can now be displayed in an EnterpriseOne page, such as the first home page the user is presented with upon login.
  • One View Reports can now be launched in a single step from JD Edwards Menus, Favorites, EnterpriseOne Pages, or even from an external web application.
  • The Embedded BI Publisher reports can now be configured to dynamically select the printer for output as well as output to a combination of different printers and email addresses in a single report.
  • Additional Postscript printer types, including those which do not support a PDF to Postscript conversion on the printer itself, are supported. 

Tools 9.1 Update 3 adds System Administration and Application Development capabilities

· An updated version of the Oracle VM templates for JD Edwards EnterpriseOne includes updated software and new template support for One View Reporting and JD Edwards Mobile applications.

· A simplified process within the Server Manager tool is available for provisioning new JD Edwards EnterpriseOne instances and for cloning existing JD Edwards instances

· Application Development Productivity Improvements including a collapsible group box option within the Forms Design Aid tool and more powerful search capabilities within the toolset.

· Additional security controls are available for users 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

Announcement 2 – Oracle VM V5 For JD Edwards EnterpriseOne 9.1

Oracle Announces the general availability of Oracle VM templates for JD Edwards EnterpriseOne Application release 9.1 and Tools release 9.1.3. These templates can be used with Oracle VM for x86 version 3.1 or later and on the Oracle Exalogic Elastic Cloud.

Customers can realize significant time and cost savings when they use Oracle VM Templates to install JD Edwards EnterpriseOne.  Not only do the templates speed the implementation process, they dramatically reduce the complexity by reducing the number o f disk and reference materials, and experience/skills  required to successfully complete the task.  These VM templates are one component to the “Innovating for Simplification” initiative that was also launched at Collaborate.  Read more about this here:

Background Information
• My Oracle Support article 884592.1

Oracle VM Templates for JD Edwards EnterpriseOne accelerate the process of setting up a working environment compared to the traditional installation process. The templates contain preconfigured images of the JD Edwards EnterpriseOne enterprise, HTML, and database servers, complete with Linux operating system, Oracle WebLogic Server, and Oracle Database.

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 X3-2. 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 latest set of templates includes the following applications and technology components:

· JD Edwards EnterpriseOne Applications Release 9.1 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

In addition to the templates for JD Edwards EnterpriseOne enterprise server, HTML server, and database server this release includes two new templates:

· Oracle Business Intelligence Publisher, for use with JD Edwards EnterpriseOne One View Reporting

· JD Edwards EnterpriseOne Business Services Server and Oracle Application Development Framework (ADF), 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.

Resources and other information

Oracle Technology Network

ANNOUNCEMENT 3 - Oracle Announces Oracle’s JD Edwards World Release A9.3 Update 1

JD Edwards World A9.3 Update 1, the first set of significant enhancements for JD Edwards World A9.3, includes enhancements to Financial, Distribution, Manufacturing, Human Capital Management, Reporting, and Technical Foundation applications.

Background Information

Organizations from around the world rely on JD Edwards World applications for their daily business operations. JD Edwards World has long enjoyed a well-earned reputation for robust capability, renowned stability, and a proven low Total Cost of Ownership. Flexibility, strength, simplicity, and consistency continue to be key words for A9.3 Update 1. JD Edwards World builds upon current version A9.3, making user requests a reality with significant enhancements to application capabilities and technology foundation.  Robust and actionable information is delivered through application and reporting enhancements, reduced costs through streamlined processes, improved control through robust security and increased visibility of processes, and continued commitment to globalization through availability of double-byte language support.

A9.3 Update 1 delivers robust and actionable information through business process enhancements

· Asset Warranty and Incident Management manages all the information about warranties and incidents associated with an asset, including renewals. There is now one place to go to manage all warranties and their associated incidents for Fixed Assets.

· Electronic Document Delivery (EDD) now supports archiving of documents flowing through the gateway to Oracle BI Publisher. The desired storage directory is defined for each EDD profile, if archival of formatted documents is desired. This includes bursting logic, so archiving supports different placement based on a combination of the values being used for bursting.

· An additional document type is supported by Import/Export to support export of a formatted Excel spreadsheet. Using XML as the basis, it is now possible to export a document from World and open it in a spreadsheet application without having to reset the formatting of the spreadsheet.

· Dependents and Beneficiaries by Employee is enhanced to filter out past enrollment and to only display the current effective enrollments. A new field has been added to Dependents and Beneficiaries by Employee to display only the current enrollment records. When set to yes, the application displays the most current record for each Plan Id, based on the Effective From Date.

· The Automatic Overtime Generator has been enhanced to allow more flexible processing when creating overtime from timecards that include equipment. When some hours of a timecard are split off to overtime, and those timecards include equipment, a processing option setting determines whether the equipment information should be included on the overtime split timecards. If the entire timecard becomes overtime, the equipment values will always be retained.

A9.3 reduces costs and improves compliance support through streamlined processes

· The Depreciation Expense Allocation application automatically books the depreciation expense from a single asset to multiple business units based on a specified formula. 

· The budget spread application allows setting of budget spread pattern codes by company and business unit. 

· An enhancement to Pre-Payroll allows optionally generating timecards for all or a subset of employees being processed in the payroll. 

· Utilizing integration with Vertex’s Q Series for Canadian Payroll Tax, A9.3 Update 1 provides 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 operating system database-level convention called Field Procedure (Fieldproc). Implementation of this feature allows masking of values contained in the display file.

· Purchase Card Management now integrates with Approvals Management. 

· Extensibility for JD Edwards World! When analyzing the impact of a World version upgrade, if one of the biggest obstacles is reapplying modifications to World applications, this enhancement can have significant impact on the cost and effort of that important task. 

· Interoperability for Plant & Equipment and Quality Management is enhanced by the addition of Z-File processing, making movement of data to external applications or spreadsheets much easier.

· Inventory Lot Management and Planning is enhanced through the addition of a Future Lot Effective Date to determine future availability of a Lot for sales order and planning commitments.

· Reverse Ship Confirm is enhanced to include reversal of freight, adjustment, and other miscellaneous line items as well as support for reversal of direct ship line items.

A9.3 supports popular localizations for global presence

Double-byte language support is delivered simultaneously with single-byte support in A9.3 Update 1

Resources and other information

· Upgrade Value Proposition and Release Notes for World A9.3 Update 1

· World content on Oracle.com JD Edwards World page

· Minimum Technical Requirements for JD Edwards World are now available on the “Certifications” tab

· Sales collateral on the JD Edwards World page (Selljde.com)

Announcement 4 - In Memory JD Edwards EnterpriseOne Applications

Oracle pre-announced new In Memory applications that will be available in May.  The pre-announcement included two new JD Edwards In Memory Applications, In Memory Sales Advisor and In Memory Project Portfolio Management.  In Memory applications provide the ability to complete complex logic/calculations on large data sets in real time that previously has been unavailable.  Please find additional information and resources on these new application on oracle.com here.

Announcement 5 – Extended Support Uplift Fee Waived for Select JD Edwards Versions

To ensure Oracle’s JD Edwards applications customers continue to receive world class, high value maintenance and support from Oracle and have ample opportunity to maximize return on their JD Edwards assets, Oracle recently announced the following changes 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 waivers cover the entire three years or remaining Extended Support period for the above releases.  By upgrading to the “9’s” JD Edwards customers receive the extended support commitment at a predictable cost.

The description of Oracle’s Support Policy and definition of Extended Support for JD Edwards applications are documented in the “Oracle Lifetime Support Policy” for Oracle Applications found here: http://www.oracle.com/us/support/library/lifetime-support-applications-069216.pdf

This announcement supports Oracle’s commitment to help customers take advantage of the latest innovation packed releases on a schedule that works with their business goals.   

Announcement 6 – JD Edwards Launches the Innovating for Simplification Initiative

In response to customer feedback, JD Edwards is launching an initiative focused on simplifying – where every possible!  The initiative will not be limited to just simplifying how the software functions (User Experience for example), but will address complexities that may exist in any part of the ERP lifecycle, including how we deliver training, information, news, documentation, how utilities work, the install and upgrade processes, etc. 

JD Edwards announced at Collaborate 2013 the new www.runjde.com web page (sister page to upgradejde.com) and this new site is aimed at all users/customers, not just those that are upgrading.  Phase One of runjde.com provide new Resource Kits that are comprehensive guides to the vast body of resources and tools available to the JD Edwards community.  The resources are organized by user role so that distinct types of users can easily get a comprehensive index of resources available, a brief descriptions with key tips, and links to those resources.

Please explore the runjde.com site and the resource kit, and PLEASE share them with your JD Edwards user and support communities. 

Wednesday Apr 10, 2013

It's what we do - taking care of our customers! Get To The 9s!

Announcement of Waiver of Extended Support Fees for JD Edwards “9” Releases 

To ensure Oracle’s JD Edwards applications customers continue to receive world class, high value maintenance and support from Oracle and have ample opportunity to maximize return on their JD Edwards assets, Oracle recently announced the following changes 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 waivers cover the entire three years or remaining Extended Support period for the above releases. By upgrading to the “9’s” JD Edwards customers receive the extended support commitment at a predictable cost.

The description of Oracle’s Support Policy and definition of Extended Support for JD Edwards applications are documented in the “Oracle Lifetime Support Policy” for Oracle Applications found here.

This announcement supports Oracle’s commitment to help customers take advantage of the latest innovation packed releases on a schedule that works with their business goals.

Friday Mar 08, 2013

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-AT-oracle-DOT-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:

Course in San Francisco:
See the full training schedule of JD Edwards EnterpriseOne training.
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Monday Feb 25, 2013

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, Massimo Zanetti Beverage USA

Subject: Personal invite for you 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 improving customer satisfaction by delivering superior value.   Massimo Zanetti Beverage USA is a rapidly growing business with a goal several years 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 hosting with consolidated processes. Perhaps you are interested in knowing how we did this? 

Join me on Tuesday, March 5th to find out about the single scalable platform through which we run user-friendly manufacturing, logistics, warehousing, forecasting, and financial management applications.  I’ll explain how our consolidation of these critical processes eliminated the cost and aggravation of multiple software packages while delivering an ROI of 25%+ 

Oracle will host a ½ day JD Edwards Community Update event at the Grandover Resort in Greensboro, NC on Tuesday, March 5th.  Be sure to join me for lunch, a keynote presentation from Dawn Baker, VP of JD Edwards Development and the Massimo Zanetti Beverage success story.  Stay for breakout sessions on complementary products to JD Edwards software, like Demantra, which we used to achieve these results.  Be sure to bring others on your team to hear about the many improvements JD Edwards 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.

Tuesday Oct 23, 2012

JD Edwards in the Cloud…Really Already!

Yes, there is a lot of conversation about Oracle and the cloud.  Many of you may assume that Oracle applications in the cloud  only apply to Oracle Fusion Applications.  And JD Edwards customers are curious about if, when and how JD Edwards might be offered to them as a subscription offering.  The truth of the matter is that Oracle partners today are providing a JD Edwards subscription offering.  In order to help you understand what’s available, please read on for the reader’s digest version!

Let’s start with a definition.  JD Edwards EnterpriseOne 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 organizations through its network of expert partners.

The partners that offer Oracle  JD Edwards Accelerate Subscriptions do so via their Partner Private Clouds (PPC).  The Oracle JD Edwards cloud solutions are offered only by qualified Oracle JD Edwards partners and they provide customers a complete Oracle solution that includes license software, maintenance, hosting and other services on a monthly subscription basis. 

Qualified partners must be members of Oracle PartnerNetwork, be an Oracle Accelerate solutions provider and be enabled to deliver JD Edwards applications via Oracle Business Accelerator rapid implementation technology. 

Currently we have many JD Edwards partners around the globe that offer the JD Edwards Accelerate Subscription model.  To access a list of Oracle JD Edwards partners currently in this program click here

To learn more about Oracle JD Edwards Cloud Computing read this recently published white paper:   Oracle JD Edwards Cloud Computing. Choosing a deployment strategy that fits

Wednesday Oct 10, 2012

Are You "INFOCUS"? We are!

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 diligently with the leadership of Quest’s JD Edwards Special Interest Groups (SIGs) and Regional User Groups (RUGs) to make sure this national user event delivers JD Edwards content that meets the needs of the community. Plus, this event is being held right in JD Edwards’ backyard… Denver (Broomfield), Colorado!

JD Edwards INFOCUS will be held November 7-9 at the Omni Interlocken Resort. Through our Product Strategy, Development and Support teams, Oracle will provide support for education sessions in these key tracks:

· HCM

· Financials

· Manufacturing and Distribution

· Real Estate Industry Forum

· Supply Chain

· Tools & Technology

Oracle will host a JD Edwards EnterpriseOne Support demo booth to showcase many of the new capabilities available to you plus best practice approaches with existing capabilities, all to enhance your support experience. Oracle is also hosting a classroom-based Upgrades Workshop to explore methodology for a complete JD Edwards EnterpriseOne ERP software upgrade project. Space is limited so pre-register at QuestDirect.org/INFOCUS by adding the workshop to your agenda using the Agenda Builder on the Education tab. Finally, participate in one of the many enhancement discussions for key JD Edwards solutions at INFOCUS and contribute to the future of  JD Edwards through an interactive forum.  All of this is part of the 140+ education sessions being offered by the customer and vendor community.  

There’s a lot of buzz around this conference, so don’t delay in registering key members of your team today.  We look forward to seeing you there so register NOW!

Tuesday Feb 14, 2012

Meet Some Of The Key Players Behind New E1 User Experience

By Kem Butler, Oracle JD Edwards, Communications Director 

Most of you are aware that JD Edwards has recently delivered Tools release 9.1.  This release delivers a host of enhancements designed to dramatically modernize and improve the ERP user experience.  If you would like to meet some of the core team, see their faces and hear their perspective on this ground breaking release, you will want to read this interview as conducted by the Oracle's own Kathy Miedema, Market Research Analyst-Applications User Experience. http://ow.ly/92NcL

If you have not yet seen the new EnterpriseOne look and feel, view a demo on YouTube

Enjoy! 

Tuesday Jan 24, 2012

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


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 I like 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 Edwards ecosystem converging on Broomfield, Colorado. With  80% confidence, over 90% of the people attending will be interested in getting product updates and building business, not the skiing. Good news since the real snow won’t start till mid-February this year.

#11 Absolutely no one will make a net new ERP acquisition decision based on whether the underlying architecture is OMG model driven. However over 5 0% of all ERP purchase decisions will be made based on mobile device access, UI and or TCO.

#10 Technology acquisitions in the mobile, collaboration and social networking spaces will occur both before and after the US Presidential Election in November.

#9 EnterpriseOne Tools 9.1 will be one of the most successful tools release in the history of JD Edwards with >50% of the customer base updating to this release in the next 12 to 18 months.

#8 Riding on the heels of JD Edwards on iPad and Tools 9.1 release, in calendar 2012 you will see continued major developments and innovation for JD Edwards, of course I cannot tell you what or when given rules of revenue recognition. But by Oracle OpenWorld plus or minus half of the JD Edwards community will recognize the unfolding brilliance of our six year plans.

#7 The Ramones will not do a reunion tour for various reasons, including the fact that several members are no longer with us, but The Conference Room Pilots will cover one of their songs at Collaborate 2012.

#6 More ERP deployments will feature use of tablet devices led by the iPad. This will cause the proponents of the, “it’s only about the business and not technology” school to begin taking anti-depressants.

#5 Moore’s law will not be broken, but several vendors will be cited for attempting it in a cheap marketing stunt.

#4 There will be a growing number, approaching 12%, of new JD Edwards private cloud deployments in every region of the world.

#3 I will be involved in cheap marketing stunts at both Collaborate and Oracle OpenWorld potentially involving a flag, a duck and a gun.

#2 The world WILL NOT end on December 22, 2012 – however an increasing number of World customers citing a lesser known vision of Quetzalcoatl, will begin to move off A7.3 to the 9’s.

#1 The 2012 lists of colossal ERP failures and related lawsuits 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’s will 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 a career option in prognostication.

*- Oracle blog policy prohibits executives from making specific forward-looking statements. The Editor.

Tuesday Jan 17, 2012

Lyle's New Year’s Resolution

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

My New Year’s resolution is to post more short blog entries.

Wednesday Nov 23, 2011

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 with ERP? Well if you grew up in USA during the 50’s, 60’s and maybe a bit in the early 70’s there was a unifying media of culture known as the comic book. I was a big Iron Man fan. I always liked the troubled hero aspect of Tony Start and hey he was a technologist. This is going somewhere, just hold on. Of course comic books like most media contained advertisements. Ninety pound weakling transformed by Charles Atlas in just 15 minutes per day. Baby Ruth, Juicy Fruit Gum and all assortments of Hostess goodies were on display. The best ad was for the “Amazing Live Sea-Monkeys – The real live fun-pets you grow yourself!” These ads set the standard for exaggeration and half-truth; “…they love attention…so eager to please, they can even be trained…” The cartoon 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 shown not intended to depict Artemia.” Ok what ten years old knows what the heck artemia is? Well you grow up fast once you’ve been separated from your buck twenty five plus postage just to discover that it is brine shrimp. Really dumb brine shrimp that don’t take commands or do tricks.

Unfortunately the technology industry is full of sea monkey sales and marketing. Yes believe it or not in some cases there is subterfuge and obfuscation used to secure contracts. Hey I get it; the picture on the 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 it comes to my product, especially the negative stuff. So here is the latest one – “Oracle’s JD Edwards is NOT tier one”. Really? Definition please!

Well a whole host of googleable and reputable sources confirm that a tier one vendor is large, well known, and enjoys national and international recognition. Let me see large, so thousands of customers? Oh and part of the world’s largest business software and hardware corporation? Check and check JD Edwards has that and that. Well known, enjoying national and international recognition? Oracle’s JD Edwards EnterpriseOne is available in 21 languages and is directly localized in 33 countries that support some of the world’s largest multinationals and many midsized domestic market companies. Something on the order of half the JD Edwards customer base is outside North America. My passport is on its third insert after 2 years and not from vacations. So if you don’t mind I am going to mark national and international recognition in the got it column. So what else is there? Well let me offer a few criteria.

Longevity – The JD Edwards products benefit from 35+ years of intellectual property development; through booms, busts, mergers and acquisitions, we are still here

Vision & innovation – JD Edwards is the first full suite ERP to run on the iPad as just one example

Proven track record of execution – Since becoming part of Oracle, JD Edwards has released to the market over 20 deliverables including major 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 all delivered on a well defined independent tools layer that helps enable you to scale your business without an ERP reimplementation

A continuation plan – Oracle’s JD Edwards offers our customers a 6 year roadmap as well as interoperability with Oracle’s next generation of applications

Oh I almost forgot that the expert sources agree on one additional thing, tier one may be a preferred vendor that offers product and services to you with appealing value. You should check out the TCO studies of JD Edwards. I think you will see what the thousands of customers that rely on these products to run their businesses enjoy – that is the tier one solution with the lowest TCO. Oh and if you get an offer to buy an ERP for no license charge, remember the picture on the box might not be the actual size. 

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