Thursday Nov 03, 2011

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

An Analogous Rational of Upgrading Ski Gear and JD Edwards Software

Rudy Lukez - JD Edwards Director

One of Colorado’s largest ski resorts, Copper Mountain, opens tomorrow (November 4) for the winter season and I will be there with my nine year old daughter for some fresh tracks, a party or two, and swag. Over the past few weeks, as she has been upgrading her alpine gear to get ready for her competitive development training next month, I thought about some of the similarities between skiing and JD Edwards upgrades.

- Growth - My daughter needed new gear simply because she is physically growing. Just like JD Edwards customers who are experiencing their own growth, there is a time when new and upgraded equipment is not just nice to have but a necessity to handle growth.

-     Performance - She also needs to upgrade her equipment to ski better. She could certainly ski in her program with older style single tip, one width skis and I know she would ski well (including beating me down to the bottom of a black diamond bump run). However, last week we upgraded her gear to twin tip shape skis which will give her the ability to make faster turns in a wider variety of conditions. Likewise, there are customers who run their business today with older versions of our software, but with all the enhancements and additions we have delivered in each new release, these customers could do more, better and faster.

-    Functionality – With her upgraded equipment, my daughter will not only better cruise the terrain parks but gain the ability to ski backwards in powder. When customers upgrade JD Edwards they use new out-of-the-box functionality to improve their operations.

 -    Complete - The vernacular of the outdoor products industry has an interesting alignment with information technology (soft goods (i.e., clothing) as software, hard goods (i.e., skis, poles and boots) as hardware), I realized how we paralleled (pun intended) Oracle’s “software – hardware – complete” message as we assembled our collective gear for our first day on the slopes.

-    Buy or rent – To minimize my capital outlay – which is likewise a concern for any company – I did a season rental for my daughter’s skis and boots. Likewise, JD Edwards’ customers have many options today regarding how they want to deploy our ERP software.

-    Clouds – With skiing at 12,000 feet above sea level, we will certainly experience days in the clouds. Likewise, JD Edwards’ customers can upgrade to a complete cloud experience.

It is going to be a great day between this week’s Rocky Mountain snow storms, especially as this season shapes up to be another record year for snowfall. And while I am out in the powder tomorrow, take a moment to check out all of the resources and upgrade workshops we have added this week at our upgraded web site

Tuesday Nov 01, 2011

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

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

It’s a tired line repeated by countless competitive sales representatives in the market. They utter the words to long time Oracle’s JD Edwards customers and prospects alike, “Oh JD Edwards, that product is dead.”

Really? Dead, like in deprived of life, dead? Or is it that they are implying JD Edwards no longer has commercial relevance, or technical significance? Hmmmm, last time I checked there were thousands of customers successfully running their businesses every day on JD Edwards products. And they are joined every year by hundreds more. That seems to define commercial relevance.

The strategy? Repeat something often enough and maybe, just maybe it becomes reality or at least convince enough to believe so that there is a perceived reality. Willful deceit, perhaps but hey who needs facts when you have the mantra. Besides facts can just lead to logical decision making and who does that benefit? Like a line from the 1978 version of Dawn of the Dead,

Dr. Millard Rausch, Scientist: We must think logically. We must deal with his crisis logically. With a calm and unemotional response! We have to remain rational. We have to remain logical.
TV Commentator: Scientists like you always think that way. That's not how people think.
Dr. Millard Rausch, Scientist: We've got to! We've got to remain logical. There's no choice. It has to be that. It's that or the end.

What about these facts? Let’s talk about over 20 releases of software including major releases, minor releases, technical releases, new modules and integrations all from JD Edwards in the last six and a half years. Does that sound deprived of life? How about last month’s announced support for Oracle’s JD Edwards EnterpriseOne on iPad along with newly developed gestures specifically for ERP navigation – does that sound technically irrelevant? Also note that there is a full roadmap shared on My Oracle Support and at major conferences that shows years of continuing investment. Oracle’s JD Edwards dead? We are thriving, thank you very much!

Ever notice how in zombie movies at some point in the plot the living are pointed at by a member of the undead as that creature makes some hideous screeching noise. This is the clarion call for all zombies to attack. But who are the zombies in this reenactment of a horror film classic, those that continue to produce innovation and satisfied customers or those who mindlessly repeat a mantra without basis in fact?

Zombies by all accounts are brain dead. No longer able to think, they point, shriek and attack those who are actually living. On the other hand, we are the living. Yes there are more of them constantly trying to feast on the flesh that is the IT budget – taking many of their victims down in a veritable gore-fest of cost overrun, failed implementation and lost economic productivity. But we are the protectors of the living. We have been to the mall. We have stocked up on the ammunition of innovation, low TCO and complete flexible solutions. Remember the words from Zombieland,

Tallahassee: My mama always told me someday I'd be good at something. Who'd a guessed that something'd be zombie-killing?
Columbus: Probably nobody.

Don’t forget to double tap!

Oh and Happy Halloween.

Tuesday Oct 25, 2011

Breaking the Boss's Rule...

By Kem Butler - JD Edwards Communications Director 

My Boss (Denise Grills, JD Edwards Sr. Director Product Strategy) has one rule that applies to the entire JD Edwards team that contribute blog posts for Attitude@Altitude; she insists on proof reading every entry before it's posted.  This is not a rule designed to squash our free expression of opinion, but she knows that we are mostly a bunch of engineer & developer types, not professional writers/communicators and that our spelling and attention to grammar rules might be a bit lax.  So in an effort to ensure your reading pleasure, she edits for us. Thanks Denise!

 But today, I am breaking her rule and posting without going through the edit cycle (so please be kind if you see an error!).  I am breaking the rule because I want to express a spontaneous and heartfelt thank you to Denise and Lyle Ekdahl (JD Edwards Group VP and General Manager) for being good managers.  

I have been reflecting on my professional career, and I have to say I have had some good managers, but I have also had some terrible managers (and I do mean awful!).  It's with that perspective in mind that I thought I would take a couple of minutes to say thanks.  As an employee, I work hard. I work to be productive and effective....and I enjoy being recognized and thanked for a job well done.  Doesn't it just make sense then that we as employees should anticipate that our managers would appreciate the same treatment when they are doing a good job?

It starts at the top, and Lyle Ekdahl does a great job of leading our team, of being focused, calm, positive, kind and effective!  Thanks Lyle.  Denise thanks for you trust, your support and on-going recognition of our efforts.  It makes coming to work so much more rewarding, and personally, it motivates me.  Thanks again - and sorry for breaking the rule!

Is there a manager or executive in your life you should say thanks to?  

Monday Oct 03, 2011

Got Angry Birds in your enterprise?

By Dawn Baker, JD Edwards EnterpriseOne VP Development 

The recent announcement of support for EnterpriseOne on an iPad probably triggered some on-going debates about the role of tablets in your business. Beyond Angry Birds, Facebook, and email…do they really have a place in an enterprise systems environment?

For those in IT over the past several years, the invasion of the tablet has been a bit of a love-hate relationship at times. We accepted laptops as the next generation PC, acquiesced on the infusion of smart phones into our world (cause “you gotta have a phone anyway”), but then were overrun with users’ demands for tablets, in some cases before we could catch our breath long enough to figure out why we needed them. Does this still feel like a solution looking for a problem to solve?

Maybe we were closer than we all thought back in 1994 when the prototype tablet newspaper was showcased. Fast forward to 2011 and many still agree that the tablet is probably closer to a replacement for paper than PC’s. For those of us (now converted) paper-holics, that’s a reluctant acknowledgement….but swapping a legal pad for an iPad seems to be short-selling its value too…what about all those unique design points, multi-media, and computing capabilities?

In reality, tablets are simply a new class of device; “tethering” them to existing technology options is not necessarily helping tablets find their optimized role in an enterprise systems world. By capitalizing on their unique capabilities, we can find ways to create new access points for existing systems, or brand-new synergies between business and technology. 

Let’s start with the paper vs. PC debate. No question that tablets are great for consuming information. It’s no wonder that some industries have snapped up these new devices and transformed their paper intensive businesses. Your cue…look for those “paper bombs” on clipboards; find places you can bring information to the point of process, electronically. And while you’re at it, optimize on the multi-media capabilities that no legal pad can match…you’ve got web, video, and a camera available at the source of the business transaction.

But while the content-consuming vs. content-creating debate rages on, few users will be content to remain passive readers only. These devices will beguile even the most technology-resistant with their siren song of features:

· The simple, natural interface seems approachable even to the most computer-resistant…the next operating system upgrade for iPad even cuts the dependency on a PC to manage the device.

· Long battery life and instant-on wins over the casual user who needs occasional access to information.

· And for those who don’t live behind a desk, the size promotes better interaction and opens up computing to places in the business where a PC was not practical.

Your cue …look for new access points into your systems where PC’s could not previously go, that need simple interfaces for casual intermittent users who will warm up to a device that looks like a clipboard (sans the pen on a string).

Not that you need reminders, but yes, the challenges are real – security, connectivity, support, management, etc. But technology tends to drive change to meet new challenges and will continue to attack these obstacles with solutions as the tablet world matures….more on that in a future post.

I’m not trying sell a bunch of iPads here (or promote any more addiction to shooting birds at pigs)…but whether you’re leading the charge or forced kicking and screaming into the tablet-mania, here’s just a bit of encouragement to go beyond the obvious to enable new access points into your enterprise systems and find some real business opportunities. And we’ll continue working alongside to deliver products and technology that help enable more capabilities….beyond Angry Birds. 

Thursday Aug 25, 2011

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

by AJ Schifano - JD Edwards, Principal Product Manager (Tools/Technology)

Tron—remember that sci-fi movie from 1982? I just got around to seeing the 2010 sequel. Still a cool concept: the computer whiz-kid gets sucked into the virtual world. I suppose that there are a number of us in the IT arena that are immersed in and loving what the virtualized world affords our companies these days.

I base this observation on the question that I am asked quite frequently in one form or another: “Can I virtualize my JD Edwards EnterpriseOne servers?” Oftentimes the question is directed at some specific virtualization product, such as Oracle VM, VMware, Hyper-V, Oracle VM, among many others.

The answer is quite simple and direct: yes, you can virtualize your JD Edwards EnterpriseOne servers. You don’t have to take my word for it. The next time you attend a conference or users’ group meeting, just ask your peers. It’s highly likely that many—perhaps even most—are already virtualizing some layer of their JD Edwards EnterpriseOne implementation.

The first question inevitably leads to the next question, usually phrased more explicitly: “Is JD Edwards EnterpriseOne supported on VMware?” [In place of VMware, feel free to insert your favorite virtualization product.]

The answer to that question is also quite simple and direct. JD Edwards EnterpriseOne, being an Oracle product, follows Oracle’s broader policy, which is clearly stated in My Oracle Support document 249212.1.

I think the following excerpt from that document summarizes the essence of Oracle’s policy: “Oracle will only provide support for issues that either are known to occur on the native OS, or can be demonstrated not to be as a result of running on VMware.”

Therefore, if a customer chooses to virtualize some components of their JD Edwards EnterpriseOne infrastructure using a virtualization technology from a vendor other than Oracle, the customer will not be “exiled” from all support activity. In truth, most application issues do not trace to the underlying server being physical or virtual. These issues can be resolved completely transparently to the server layer.

However, if an issue does trace itself to an anomaly in behavior between a physical server and a virtual server, the Oracle support team will refer the customer to their third party virtualization vendor. This includes issues such as:

- “It used to work like [this] on my physical server, but now it works like [that] (or it doesn’t work) on my VMware machine.”

- “It used to be fast on my physical server, but now it’s slow on my VMware machine.”

- “Can you provide instructions for installing and configuring JD Edwards EnterpriseOne on VMware?”

Oracle product teams, including JD Edwards EnterpriseOne, do test with and provide support for configurations running Oracle virtualization products. The Oracle virtualization technologies that we have tested JD Edwards EnterpriseOne with are detailed in a Minimum Technology Requirements (MTR) document here:

The bottom line: Oracle product teams, including JD Edwards EnterpriseOne, test with and provide support for configurations running Oracle VM. We do not test with nor “certify” configurations running virtualization products from other vendors.

Oracle strives to offer industry-leading solutions at every tier in the technology stack, including virtualization, yet we acknowledge that our customers may use a mix of solutions from an array of technology vendors. A clear understanding of Oracle’s policy and guidelines for support help customers weigh the benefits, costs, and risks in order to make informed technology choices. 

Wednesday Aug 24, 2011

My Frustration with Oracle OpenWorld...

By Lorrie Noll, JD Edwards - Product Strategy 

It’s hard to believe that Oracle OpenWorld (OOW) is right around the corner. The conference will be held October 2nd – 6th in San Francisco. I am amazed and sometimes a bit frustrated at the number of comments that I hear that lead me to believe that many customers and partners do not understand what’s available to them at OOW. It seems that many customers think that the spring Collaborate conference is “the” Oracle conference for JD Edwards customers and that there is nothing really offered for them at OOW.

In my role within the Oracle JD Edwards Business Unit, Sheila Ebbitt and myself are responsible for planning and organizing our JD Edwards participation and programs at OOW, and I can assure you that customers attending OOW will not be disappointed. This is Oracle’s annual premier conference intended to inform, educate and connect our community! Although Oracle OpenWorld is a large event, we do our best to provide a “conference within a conference” for our JD Edwards attendees. We realize that it can be a bit overwhelming, so I wanted to highlight what JD Edwards is offering at the conference:

• An educational session program at the Westin St. Francis specifically for JD Edwards. We will have over 50 sessions at the Westin St. Francis and 20 closely related sessions at other conference venues. We have scheduled several panel sessions with customers who have successfully upgraded and opportunity to share best practices.

• JD Edwards General Session covering the high level strategy and direction for JD Edwards – as well as announcements and other news.

• Roadmap sessions from Strategy leads for World and EnterpriseOne.

• A dedicated partner pavilion for JD Edwards at the Westin St. Francis.

• A JD Edwards dedicated area in the Oracle Demo Grounds.

• A “Meet the Experts” session with Development, Quality and Strategy leads.

• Hands on Labs for new product technology.

• Customized programs for upgrading customers with the Denver Upgrade team.

• Networking receptions with partners and a JD Edwards Quest reception.

In addition, there is plenty of opportunity to hear and learn from other members of the Oracle Applications and Technology groups and of course keynotes by Larry Ellison and other Oracle executives.  After all, most JD Edwards customers in this day and age use multiple Oracle products, technologies and services and all are represented at OOW, giving you the opportunity to tap into a vast array of knowledge and resources.

So please do not sell short the value of OOW based on misconceptions that there’s nothing for the JD Edwards customer at there! Click here to register for OpenWorld or visit the home page for more information. If you should have any questions regarding the JD Edwards program, and specifically the customized Upgrade Care program being offered at OpenWorld for JD Edwards customers not yet on current releases, please feel free to contact Sheila Ebbitt at or myself, Lorrie Noll at We look forward to seeing you in San Francisco and making this your best conference yet!

Tuesday Aug 16, 2011

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

By Chris Papineau, JD Edwards Senior Principal Engineer

 I recently discovered what appears to be an excellent tool for collecting browser metrics while researching methods of JD Edwards performance analysis for the “client side”. By “client side”, of course, we no longer mean the “fat client”, but rather the so-called “thin client” or web-browser. Current JD Edwards trending methodologies do not measure any browser side metrics; they merely blast html traffic at a JAS server and measure the response times.

This, however, leaves an opportunity in the “thin client” part of the JD Edwards ecosystem. The browser includes the following very significant items which are arguably the cause of performance challenges just as often as server-side items.

1. Number of server roundtrips

2. Payload (size of data)

3. JScript runtimes

4. Network latency

5. Browser renderings

6. DOM related measurements

We can no longer think of the browser as merely some sort of “façade to a western town” which doesn’t do anything except look pretty. We cannot simply focus on the server side of interactive transactions, under the dated assumption that business functions are where the time is really spent, and the user interface layer is insignificant.

“Pay no attention to the man behind the curtain”

The browser has become less and less a “thin” part of the architecture as it may have been in the fledgling days of web browsers (NCSA Mosaic, anyone??). Today the browser is a complex piece of machinery in which business logic has crept its way in via JavaScript, where the rendering of large graphics is the norm, and very long grids spanning dozens of screens and hundreds of rows are commonplace.

In any case – the tool in question is called dynaTrace, and appears to be a one-stop shopping for answering the fundamental performance question on the web browser side: “Where is the code spending its time?” It is freeware, works on both IE and Firefox, is easy to use and install, has a very intuitive interface, and appears to provide data for all six critical performance metrics cited above. The premium version, which is available for a fee, is even capable of “Comparing Different Test Runs” per the claims on their website.

This appears to be right in the wheelhouse of what we need for client-side performance trending efforts. I will keep readers of this blog up to date on further developments. It may be a significant difference maker not only for client-side trending, but in our ability to resolve challenging performance problems more efficiently. Stay tuned…..

Friday Aug 12, 2011

Ovum Publishes Note on Oracle Continued Investment to its Application Suites

By Denise Grills - Sr. Director, Oracle JD Edwards Strategy 

Ovum just published a research note that discusses Oracle’s continued commitment to its Applications Suites – “Oracle has a credible story on continued enterprise applications investment”.  You can find more information about this and other related notes on the Applications AR Blog.

As I talk to customers and prospects around the world, we often get asked how Oracle can continue to invest in our product line.   I encourage you to read the research note from Ovum for an analyst opinion on the issue. 

In the research note, Ovum challenges IT Executives to continue a dialogue with Oracle applications executives about roadmaps and plans. Keeping in touch and engaging in a dialog as prescribe by Ovum can be a challenge.  But if you subscribe to this blog (Attitude@Altitude) you are on the right track as we continue to share new information about our ongoing plans and investments here, and in a variety of other venues.  I also encourage you to attend Oracle OpenWorld in San Francisco, Oct. 2-6 for the most up to date, consolidated Oracle and JD Edwards news, and roadmap information available.  For those of you not attending, we have several recorded webinars on our roadmap and strategy available here (click on the locations link lower left, then Resource Library and then JD Edwards).  Lyle Ekdahl, Group VP and General Manager of JD Edwards, and our management team are always happy to host conference calls or Denver visits in the spirit of open dialog with our customers. 

I’d love to hear or read what you think of the research note…. 



Wednesday Aug 03, 2011

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

By Bob Monahan,  Sr. Director Oracle JD Edwards Applications Strategy and Product Management

In the last several months I have met with many customers who ask the same question regarding upgrading their current JD Edwards World or EnterpriseOne release: should I upgrade to the current release or wait for the next release. This is a very key question as it begins to form the basis of a larger overall upgrade planning strategy looking many years into the future.

Clearly there is no single answer that applies to every customer. Many factors outside of specific software functionality need to be considered as part of the upgrade and timing decision such as plans around hardware and infrastructure, current release support timelines, the business culture of being an early release adopter, financial budgets and availability of funds, cyclical busy times of the business, and other strategic business projects competing for the same resources just to name a few.

Many customers considering upgrading today have asked why move now since Premier Support for JDE World A9.2 and JDE EnterpriseOne 9.0 are already more than halfway through their respective Premier Support timelines. The thought was to just wait until the next release comes out to get the most time out of a new Premier Support timeline starting with the GA of the next major releases. However, the problem with waiting is that business conditions or factors mentioned above could change from today and prevent an upgrade when the new releases are available, plus many of the features available in the now current releases can provide significant and immediate benefits now. Both World and JDE EnterpriseOne are PLANNING major releases in calendar year 2012. Procrastination can sometimes be very hard to overcome.

To address this timing dilemma, JD Edwards listened to our customers and announced in April at the Collaborate User Conference that we are designating major release status to JD Edwards EnterpriseOne Release 9.0, Update 2 and JD Edwards World Release A9.2, Update 1. The result of this designation is that JDE EnterpriseOne 9.0 Update 2 is covered under Premier Support through November 2015, with an optional 3 years through November 2018 for Extended Support. World A9.2, Update 1 is covered under Premier Support through May 2015, with an optional 3 years of Extended Support through May 2015. This change removes the barrier to upgrading now due to a short Premier Support timeline and then having to consider another upgrade maybe two years after going live. Customers now have plenty of time to upgrade to the current and proven releases and then plan evaluate their strategic upgrade plans going forward.

Some customers may view the new capability coming in the next major releases (available on-line through My Oracle Support via the Electronic Upgrade Value Proposition Tool) as key business value drivers and decide to upgrade directly to the next major release. However, these customers should still consider starting with upgrade planning (net change evaluation, the need to forward fit custom modifications, end user training, technology stack upgrades…) with the current releases. This is all work that needs to be done so why not start now. Then applying the update to go from the current releases of World and EnterpriseOne to the next major releases will be a much smaller part of an overall upgrade project. Bottom line: there is much you can be doing now even in a test environment so don’t put all of the work off waiting for the next releases.

World customers have one additional consideration- stay on World and upgrade to the next major release, or migrate to JDE EnterpriseOne. Again, this your choice based on what you believe best meets the needs of your business. We have published a World To EnterpriseOne Upgrade Advisor on My Oracle Support to help with this evaluation as well.

We can also work with you or your implementation partner to answer questions on this important decision. Please let us know if we can help. And thanks for being an Oracle customer. 

Tuesday Aug 02, 2011

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

By Denise Grills, Sr. Director JD Edwards Strategy

If you are a subscriber to Profit Magazine, the second annual special edition with be arriving soon in your mailbox. If you aren’t a subscriber, go to the following link to view online.

We in the JD Edwards organization are thrilled that Profit chose JD Edwards not only as the first product line to focus on but to continue to work with us on what is becoming an annual issue. We hope you will find this issue enjoyable with case studies and profiles on varied JD Edwards customers and partners.

We are particularly proud of our cover story on United Streetcar, a JD Edwards customer who has reignited light rail manufacturing in the United States. Chandra Brown, president of United Streetcar, is committed to establishing a U.S.-based supply chain that sources at least 60 percent of manufacturing materials from domestic suppliers. “Streetcars, like light rail, are 100 percent electric, so it’s zero emissions. They are incredibly green,” stated Brown.

Another interesting read is an interview with editor in chief of Profit, Aaron Lazenby, and our group vice president and general manager of Oracle’s JD Edwards, Lyle Ekdahl. Lyle discusses his concept of a “New Era of ERP” reflecting the pace at which market volatility and technological advances are transforming business.

The issue is filled with other case studies detailing the growth in our product line and community. Thank you to the team at Profit, our wonderful customers who participated and the advertising partners that made this issue possible.

We have heard from our customers and partners that you like to see JD Edwards specific stories and advertising – well here you are for the second year and counting. I’d love to hear your reaction to the issue, and your ideas for the next.

Sunday Jul 10, 2011

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

By Kem Butler - Oracle JD Edwards, Communications Director 

In all my years of experience in business (and they are considerable at this point!) there is one constant and predominate thing I have noticed, regardless of industry, product or service in question. This “thing” is the fact that nearly every prospective customer wants and demands that the vendors provide pre-purchase references. I don’t blame them. Given the magnitude and high risk/reward equation tied to the purchase of ERP and other Enterprise software it’s perfectly logical to companies require references.

What is not logical is that often the very companies that have the most strident reference requirements are the least willing to act as a reference once the time comes. It’s my opinion that customers that have requested and/or demanded references as a prerequisite for purchase have an obligation to reciprocate, assuming the implementation has resulted in business benefits.

But looking beyond any “obligation” factor, acting as a reference has benefits that you may not have considered……

1. Software vendors constantly need to invest in on-going maintenance and development. One key element in our investment decision making process is an evaluation of which products are generating a healthy return on investment. Assuming that the product(s) you use are serving you well, acting as a reference helps to ensure the products continues to be successful in the market and are profitable for the vendor, thus increasing the likelihood of additional vendor enhancement and innovation, and an extended product lifecycle.

2. Oracle has a long standing policy that we do not provide monetary compensation for our customers that act as product references. But the compensation comes in the form of relationships and influence, two elements that are often invaluable in the world of business. And while Oracle values each and every customer and honors the investments that our customer make in licenses and maintenance dollars, there are times when influence and relationships can and do have an impact on which customer requested enhancements make it to the top of the list.

3. Collaborate for mutually beneficial marketing, promoting your business and brand. It’s always good to have your company’s name and your business promoted publically in positive light. Reference customers may work with Oracle to release joint press release(s) and to publish customer snapshots and/or videos highlighting the benefits of their implementation, partner support, products, etc. These materials are widely used by the Oracle and/or partner sales organizations and are available for the public’s viewing  See examples here.

4. Customers that participate in the reference program may be nominated into various award programs, sponsored Oracle and others by which also can also result in positive name and brand exposure for winning companies company.

5. Reference customers are often given preference when product and strategic customer councils are formed. These councils are consist of a limited number of key and strategic customers that have opportunities to interact directly with Oracle’s business and development organizations, providing a great opportunity to share your needs, insights and visions that are driving your business and industry today and in the future.

So take a moment and consider becoming a JD Edwards reference account. After all, it’s only logical. If you would like to explore the customer reference program(s) and opportunities, please email either or, or fill out this short registration form to have someone form Oracle references contact you. Thanks in advance for your interest!

Tuesday Jun 21, 2011

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

I remember seeing a super bowl commercial several years ago showing some well dressed people on the African savanna herding cats. I remember turning to the people I was watching the game with and telling them, “You just watched my job description”......   

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Friday May 27, 2011

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

Starving to death while standing in the parking lot of a supermarket with cash in hand….a situation that would seem ludicrous to all of us, yet, it seems to be a fitting analogy to happens all too frequently when it comes to ERP system usage and support. Let me explain...[Read More]

Tuesday May 24, 2011

Your Upgrade Weekend: Table Conversions or Golfing?

Jeff Amerine, new member of the JD Edwards product strategy team, talks about the newly formed team he has joined and their focus on enabling upgrades, what they plan to do and resent results of their early efforts!

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Friday May 13, 2011

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

Dawn Baker, JD Edwards Vice President of Development shares her perspective on the benefits of "getting the test on Monday".[Read More]

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


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