Thursday Feb 13, 2014

No Excuse Not To Train on JD Edwards EnterpriseOne. We Have What You Need

The amount of collaboration and support for JD Edwards across the Oracle internal eco-system is an awesome thing. The resources and leverage that Oracle brings to bear for JD Edwards customers and partners has never been stronger.  A point of evidence of Oracle's commitment and investment in JD Edwards is the recent focus by Oracle University in providing new and updated JD Edwards training curriculum. 

Oracle University has a robust schedule of JD Edwards EnterpriseOne 9.x training courses plus new certifications for implementers. Each class is delivered by experts and includes premium content developed by the same JD Edwards teams working to develop the JD Edwards products.

New and Featured JD Edwards 9.x courses include:

JD Edwards EnterpriseOne Accounts Receivable Rel 9.x

JD Edwards EnterpriseOne Capital Asset Management Rel 9.x

JD Edwards EnterpriseOne Common Foundation Rel 9.x

JD Edwards EnterpriseOne Development Tools I/II Accelerated Rel 9.x

JD Edwards EnterpriseOne Fixed Assets Accounting Rel 9.x

JD Edwards EnterpriseOne Human Resources Accelerated Rel 9.x

JD Edwards EnterpriseOne Job Cost Accounting Rel 9.x

JD Edwards EnterpriseOne Payroll Accelerated for Canada Rel 9.x

JD Edwards EnterpriseOne Payroll Accelerated for US Rel 9.x

JD Edwards EnterpriseOne Report Writing Rel 9.x

JD Edwards EnterpriseOne Development Tools Part 1 Rel 9.x - Available On Demand

JD Edwards EnterpriseOne General Accounting Rel 9.x - Available On Demand

JD Edwards EnterpriseOne Sales Order Management Rel 9.x - Available On Demand

Oracle University delivers courses in Live Virtual Class and traditional classroom formats and a few of the courses are also available in the Training On Demand format. Many Live Virtual Classes are included in the public schedule. Contact Oracle University if you are interested in classroom training or dates that you do not see on the public schedule as they can often accommodate special requests.

You can view Oracle University’s complete catalog of JD Edwards Enterprise One courses here. Find courses for the latest release by searching JD Edwards 9.x from the front page of education.oracle.com.

Do the Oracle University training courses cover Release 9.0 or 9.1?

Oracle University’s JD Edwards EnterpriseOne 9.x courses include content for both release 9.0 and 9.1 so it is relevant to both 9.0 and 9.1 users.  All guides reference and all classes are taught on a 9.1 environment.

How do I find the list of scheduled courses?

View a list of publicly scheduled courses for US here and Canada here.  Oracle University includes both Live Virtual Class and Classroom courses in the public schedules. Oracle University is also able to accommodate requests for events in specific time frames or locations. Contact your local Oracle University representative to find out what courses are scheduled in your area or submit a request here if you are not able to find the course or schedule that works for you. Schedules are available for all countries worldwide

How do Oracle University’s training courses differ from other JD Edwards Workshops?

Oracle University delivers deep-dive, lab-intensive training that provides you with hands-on practice with the different JD Edwards features.

Don’t see the course you are looking for or can’t find a class in a location near you or in the time frame you need?

Oracle University prides itself on giving all students the training they need when they need it. Submit your request to Oracle University if you are having trouble finding the right course or schedule that works for you. To discuss training options, simply provide your contact information and details around the course(s) you are looking for and an Oracle University representative will follow up with you right away. Oracle University can also come to your location to provide private training to your team.

How much does it cost?

Pricing varies by course. All prices are listed on the Oracle University website for each course. You may be eligible for other discounts on your training. We recommend you contact your Oracle University representative or call Oracle University customer service to find out.

Our organization needs training for very specific topics, but we don’t have time to take several courses.

Oracle University frequently creates custom training content to address an organization’s specific training needs and environment. Contact your Oracle University representative with your request.

Have another question? Ask here and we’ll get you an answer.

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!

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.

Wednesday Nov 23, 2011

Sea Monkey Sales & Marketing, and what does that have to do with ERP?

Tier One Defined

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

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

Unfortunately the technology industry is full of sea monkey sales and marketing. Yes believe it or not in some cases there is subterfuge and obfuscation used to secure contracts. Hey I get it; the picture on the box might not be the actual size. Make up what you want about your product, but here is what I don’t like, could you leave out the obvious falsity when it comes to my product, especially the negative stuff. So here is the latest one – “Oracle’s JD Edwards is NOT tier one”. Really? Definition please!

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

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

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

Proven track record of execution – Since becoming part of Oracle, JD Edwards has released to the market over 20 deliverables including major release, point releases, new apps modules, tool releases, integrations….

Solid, focused functionality with a flexible, interoperable, extensible underlying architecture – JD Edwards offers solid core ERP with specialty modules for verticals all delivered on a well defined independent tools layer that helps enable you to scale your business without an ERP reimplementation

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

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

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 www.upgradeJDE.com 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.
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