Snow skiing & ERP upgrade....same diff don't ya know
By Kem Butller-Oracle on Nov 03, 2011
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 www.upgradeJDE.com web site