Tuesday Mar 17, 2015

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

If you could get one wish fulfilled to achieve a great IT system for your company, what would it be? There’s certainly no shortage of big ideas that are constantly being promoted and dissected in business and IT publications, social media, online discussion groups, and blogs. Big data, the cloud, the Internet of Things are some of the main themes energizing the current debate, and there are, without question, some great emerging ideas and technologies that are already driving transformation.

Still, an IT executive might be forgiven for thinking first about the added complexity these great ideas would bring rather than the solutions they might provide to business problems. Your IT executive might actually have some more immediate, pressing concerns that need to be addressed before your organization is able to launch into big data, the Internet of Things, or the cloud. While no one can, or would want to, ignore the potential of these technologies, many businesses deal with a pressing issue that impacts the efficiency and cost of doing business today – the integration of their system and applications.

Application integration or, more accurately, the lack of integration, can be the “elephant in the room.” Businesses often work with multiple on-premise systems and cloud applications, but at the same time are continually driven to optimize their business processes to improve efficiency and thereby reduce cost. Resolving this conundrum can be a challenge because:

  • Lack of integration leads to poor visibility of consolidated business data and information required to support business decisions. Lack of insight, in turn, can translate into poor or delayed decisions, increasing both cost and risk.
    • Integration poorly executed undermines productivity and compromises confidence in the resulting data, while still not achieving the goal of having timely access to data to support rapid and well-informed business decisions.
    • Having to manage disparate systems consumes IT and business resources and thus reduces business agility and the ability to be responsive to changing business conditions and advancing technologies. These technologies could be leveraged more quickly and effectively if resources were not tied up supporting the monitoring and maintenance of various systems.

So what is the answer then? How can your IT organization optimize your ERP business processes today and be prepared for the technologies of tomorrow? The answer is to think about integrations as an integral part of any IT strategy and to consider integration capabilities of any solution or solution set as a key part of buying and upgrade decisions.

The good news is that with JD Edwards EnterpriseOne you already have or get a comprehensive, agile, and forward-looking integration solution that enables you to run an efficient business today and will help you prepare for the great solutions of tomorrow.

How so? Here are just some examples of how JD Edwards EnterpriseOne not only supports your integration needs but makes these integrations easy for numerous integration scenarios.

  • Looking for application integrations? - JD Edwards has done extensive work using the EnterpriseOne architecture and toolset to provide business interfaces that enable interfaces between JD Edwards EnterpriseOne and a range of Oracle and third-party applications. These business interfaces save effort and cost, while providing the flexibility to adapt the integration to a company’s specific requirements and achieve key business objectives.
  • Looking to build your own integrations? - JD Edwards supports this capability by providing interfaces, such as business (web) services and real-time events, that you can use to easily build integrations. These interfaces are built based on SOA standards and the Oracle Middleware SOA Suite.
  • Need integrations on demand? - JD Edwards enables you to use a Composition Application Framework to create quick and easy user interface integrations.
  • Wanting to move to mobile? - JD Edwards has not only delivered 80+ mobile applications across the ERP spectrum using the most modern, light-weight architecture in the form of RESTful business services, but also empowers customers to extend mobile apps by customizing existing mobile apps or building their own using the same technology.
  • Moving to the cloud? - JD Edwards has already provided the building blocks for interfaces to several Oracle Cloud applications. JD Edwards’s partners also provide integrations to cloud solutions or can host cloud solutions for you. And as Oracle expands the technologies and solutions to enable easy on premise to cloud application integrations, JD Edwards will develop strategies to embrace them where it makes sense. For more information on Oracle’s planned Integration Cloud Service, go here.

 

This list does not exhaust the list of integration options that JD Edwards offers. JD Edwards integration options include point-to-point solutions, as well as outbound and inbound batch processes.

Beyond what is available today, JD Edwards is also actively engaging with customers’ future needs and requirements. Look for upcoming discussions of JD Edwards initiatives on how to unlock the potential of ERP in many industries, like never before, using Internet of Things.

Please visit www.learnjde.com for the latest JD Edwards Integration Platform whitepaper, data sheet, and other helpful information and tools.

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Monday Feb 16, 2015

It’s the Best of Times for Oracle JD Edwards Partners: JD Edwards Puts a Spotlight on Global Partner Excellence

Partners play an important role in Oracle’s JD Edwards ecosystem. They collaborate with JD Edwards on many levels from sales leadership to successful customer implementations. The closeness and productiveness of these relationships developed over many years was in evidence at the recently concluded sixth annual JD Edwards Summit conference.

 To acknowledge the importance of our partners, we announced the winners of the JD Edwards Partner Excellence Award at Summit 2015. Partners were nominated for their creative contributions in solving real-world customer challenges and for their development and deployment of JD Edwards applications.

Annual JD Edwards Partner Conference Showcases Partner Excellence

The JD Edwards award selection team was overwhelmed with the number of nominations for these awards; this fact is in itself an acknowledgement of the importance and achievements of JD Edwards partners.

The awards were presented during the Summit 2015 awards ceremony on Wednesday, February 4, 2015 at Omni Interlocken Hotel and Resort in Broomfield, CO. Recognition went to partner solutions and best practices for innovative and successful uses of Oracle JD Edwards applications. Honorees demonstrated excellence in multiple categories including sales, marketing, cloud deployment, vertical industry solutions, and innovation. The recipients represent Oracle PartnerNetwork members from around the world.

The 2015 Awards recognized 21 Oracle partners, across 13 solution and momentum categories. Recipients included:

• Regional License Revenue Production – Global – IBM

• Regional License Revenue Production – EMEA – Redfaire

• Regional License Revenue Production – North America – CSS International, Inc.

• Regional License Revenue Production – Asia-Pacific – UXC Red Rock Consulting • Cloud Integration – The MASYC Group, Inc.

• Cloud Deployment and Offerings – Syntax

• Creative Marketing – Denovo

• Innovation – New Technology – Guidewire Software and Elephant Head

• Vertical Industry Breakout Execution – Cadran Consultancy b.v.

• New Hire Development – L&T Infotech

• Upgrades – Grant Thornton LLP

• Customers Reinvesting in JD Edwards – WhiteLight Group, LLC

• Support of Customer User Groups – Corning Data Services, Inc.

• Best Success Story – Cyret Technologies

• Best Success Story – ITCROSS

• Best Success Story – iSP3 Solution Providers Inc.

• Best Success Story – Terillium Inc.

• Best Success Story – Tata Consultancy Services Limited

• Year-Round Success Story Nominations – KPIT Technologies Ltd.

• Sales Enablement – Emerald Cube Solutions, LLC

During the awards ceremony, John Schiff, Vice President JD Edwards, conveyed appreciation from the JD Edwards executive team for the contributions made by JD Edwards partners on a daily basis. “We are pleased to honor the innovation, dedication and excellence that the JD Edwards Partner Excellence Award winners have demonstrated over the past year.” He went on to explain, “these partners demonstrate their commitment each year for original technologies and unique approaches to solving real world client challenges. The submissions we received this year illustrate the passion and pride our partners have in working with Oracle to deliver JD Edwards customers winning, proven solutions to solve their most critical business challenges.”

Acknowledgement also came from Terri Hall, Group Vice President, NAS Alliances and Innovative Client Services. "The JD Edwards Partner Excellence Awards recognize the innovative solutions and business achievements of partners within the Oracle PartnerNetwork. The growing number of nominations for award categories is evidence of the enthusiasm, success, and pride Oracle JD Edwards partners have for their solutions. The Oracle PartnerNetwork remains a valuable asset to Oracle, its partners, and our customers, and we will continue to work closely with partners to deliver solutions that JD Edwards customers need."

Don’t forget Lyle’s challenge! Each partner should encourage our JD Edwards customers to become “more Social” by connecting to our JD Edwards channels on LinkedIn, Twitter, or the JD Edwards Blog. Please ask your customers to follow @OracleJDEdwards and @lyleekdahl on Twitter. Join our LinkedIn profile for customers at J.D. Edwards Professionals. And read our Oracle blog from JD Edwards Attitude@Altitude.

The JD Edwards Summit 2015 was a resounding success in many ways. Honoring partner successes and achievements took the conference experience to a new level for all attendees. There is much to look forward for the JD Edwards Summit 2016 with many more innovative partner solutions and sales successes to celebrate.

Friday Oct 31, 2014

Internet of Things— Superfood for your Business

By Ward Quarles - JD Edwards Director

Popeye is depicted as capable of creating solutions to problems that everyone else thought were insurmountable. After consuming his superfood, spinach, solutions were possible because of his superhuman strength.  Will the Internet of Things become superfood to our businesses?

The Internet of Things (IoT) is the next frontier in technology and business development. JD Edwards customers are exploring IoT technologies that allow them to capture, transmit and analyze an unprecedented amount of data, much of which was trapped in their ERP systems. More importantly, these customers are looking for ways to use this data to improve or even radically change their business, and to combine operations technology with information technology to learn something new. The IoT could supercharge any vertical market using JD Edwards EnterpriseOne applications.

Oracle’s JD Edwards Internet of Things platform delivers an integrated, secure, and comprehensive solution. Just as JD Edwards EnterpriseOne applications help organizations improve their business results, data collected from an organizations business process using an IoT strategy enables organizations to further extend value to their company assets, manufacturing operations, projects and services, and supply chain.

It’s easy to see how an integrated, connected JD Edwards system leveraging IoT technology will create a competitive advantage. Maybe even more compelling than the leafy greens that gave Popeye his strength.

Read Lyle Ekdahl's blog on Forbes

Watch JD Edwards IoT

Wednesday Aug 27, 2014

6 Tips on How to Choose and Implement an ERP System

By:

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

Cliff Godwin, Senior Vice President, Applications Development, Oracle

The chief purpose of an Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) system is to integrate all departments and functions, such as accounting and finance, human resources, sales management, supply chain management, customer relationship management, and more, into a single computer system that can serve all of the different departments’ needs.

Although choosing and implementing an ERP system is crucial to many different types of businesses, this task can be challenging. Many businesses struggle with concerns about management, cost, and ROI. According to a survey by Panorama Consulting Solutions, the average ERP project in 2013 cost $2.8 million and lasted 16 months, with 54 percent of projects exceeding budget.

Here are six tips for choosing and implementing an ERP system to help ensure you are on time and on budget:

Thoroughly evaluate the ERP system and the vendor’s technology pace

You should seek the closest fit to your business requirements. Look beyond commodity processes at deep industry capability. Explore how aggressively the vendor is incorporating the latest technologies (mobile, big data, IoT, etc.) that create potential for a competitive business advantage for your organization.

Use sound business reasoning when choosing deployment options

Decide on your mix of on-premise, hosted, or various cloud options based on current skills, infrastructure, culture, and business appetite for investment in your organization. Some combination of these deployment options may be necessary. Your needs will change in the future so consider the flexibility of the solution and keep options open.

Evaluate the user community and how its members want to work with the ERP system

Delivering a simplified user interface is no longer just a nice-to-have, but has become a must-have. “Consumerization of IT” means that your users’ expectations are aligned with the modern user experience paradigm. Today’s users and incoming millennials expect easy-to-use, highly functional technologies that are optimized for any device.

Study the vendor’s integration approach

Most customers need multiple applications for their business, but the successful integration of all these applications can be a major pain point for CIOs. Modern integration technologies (SOA, ESB, REST, etc.) are critical for achieving both low cost and flexible interoperability. Understanding how your ERP solution inherently integrates with a diverse set of products helps with current infrastructure needs and provides insight into the vendor‘s plans for addressing application directions. Evaluate any complementary solutions the ERP vendor offers, as these solutions could play a role in how suitable the vendor’s ERP package is for your business.

Find the right implementation team and tools

Look for a partner with relevant, recent experience for your specific ERP package, products, and version. Consider industry, region and company size experience of the proposed team members. Always check references for specific individuals and especially leaders. Evaluate and leverage all applicable tools the vendor and partner provide to ensure on-time, on-budget and business-fit implementations. And don’t forget tools and process for upgrades in the future. 

Take responsibility, own your system, and crowd-source knowledge

Regardless of the software distribution method, ERP is a valuable asset. After implementation, be prepared to take the keys! Knowledge transfer is critical to successfully driving best practices and daily operations. Outsourcing all knowledge of system technology and business capability can create vulnerability. Finally, never underestimate the value of networking. Attend user group meetings that can help you discover unknown product capabilities and receive feedback on ideas and plans from those experienced in ERP. Networking provides leverage when working with your vendor on a future road map. 

Oracle offers the broadest and deepest range of ERP solutions, addressing all key business functions, including human resources, manufacturing, financial management, business intelligence, and supply chain management-all backed with Oracle's industry-leading technology. To learn more about our latest ERP offerings, visit: http://bit.ly/1rFz1JQ

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

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

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

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. 

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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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