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

Monday Aug 18, 2014

Why We Do What We Do. (Part 3 of 5 Part Series on JDE 5G Postponed)

By Lyle Ekdahl - Oracle JD Edwards Sr. VP General Manager 

In the closing of part two of this 5 part blog series, I stated that in the next installment I would explore the expected results of the digital overdrive era and the impact it will have on our economy. While I have full intentions of writing on that topic, I am inspired today to write about something that is top of mind. It’s top of mind because it has come up several times recently conversations with my Oracle’s JD Edwards team members, with customers and our partners, plus I feel passionately about why I do what I do….

It is not what we do but why we do that thing that we do

Do you know what you do? For the most part, I bet you could tell me what you do even if your work has changed over the years. 

My real question is, “Do you get excited about what you do, and are you fulfilled? Does your work deliver a sense of purpose, a cause to work for, and something to believe in?” 

Alright, I guess that was not a single question. So let me just ask, “Why?” Why are you here, right now? Why do you get up in the morning? Why do you go to work? Of course, I can’t answer those questions for you but I can share with you my POV.  

For starters, there are several things that drive me. As many of you know by now, I have a somewhat competitive nature but it is not solely the thrill of winning that actually fuels me. Now don’t get me wrong, I do like winning occasionally. However winning is only a potential result of competing and is clearly not guaranteed. So why compete? Why compete in business, and particularly why in this Enterprise Software business? 

Here’s why! I am fascinated by creative and building processes. It is about making or producing things, causing something to come into existence. With the right skill, imagination and determination, whether it’s art or invention; the result can deliver value and inspire. In both avocation and vocation I always gravitate towards the create/build processes. 

I believe one of the skills necessary for the create/build process is not just the aptitude but also, and especially, the desire and attitude that drives one to gain a deeper understanding. The more I learn about our customers, the more I seek to understand what makes the successful and what difficult issues cause them to struggle. I like to look for the complex, non-commodity process problems where streamlined design and modern technology can provide an easy and simple solution. It is especially gratifying to see our customers use our software to increase their own ability to deliver value to the market. What an incredible network effect! I know many of you share this customer obsession as well as the create/build addiction focused on simple and elegant design. This is what I believe is at the root of our common culture. 

Are JD Edwards customers on a whole different than other ERP solutions’ customers? I would argue that for the most part, yes, they are. They selected our software, and our software is different. Why? Because I believe that the create/build process will generally result in solutions that reflect who built it and their culture. And a culture of people focused on why they create/build will attract different customers than one that is based on what is built or how the solution is delivered. In the past I have referred to this idea as character of the customer, and it transcends industry, size and run rate.

Now some would argue that JD Edwards has some customers who are characters. But that is for a different post. As I have told you before, the JD Edwards culture is unique, and its resulting economy is valuable and deserving of our best efforts. 

Tuesday Jul 08, 2014

Part 2 of 5 By Lyle Ekdahl: JDE 5G - What Is It and Do I Even Care?

By Lyle Ekdahl - Oracle JD Edwards Sr. Vice President General Manager

In my last post on Oracle’s JD Edwards 5th Generation, I introduced a world in digital overdrive, where almost everything is connected, interacting, or embedded with digital technologies.  You don’t have to look too far into the distance to see that the lines between work and play, professional and personal life are becoming more and more blurred as a new generation of workers brings its own unique digital experience and new expectations into the work place.  I also shared the concept of the generations of JD Edwards and that we are entering an era we will call JDE 5G or 5th generation.  JDE 5G is all about making the necessary changes in how we operate and in what we deliver to address these shifts in our world so that we might seize opportunities that this change will expose.

First, what will we deliver as JDE 5G?  JD Edwards has always had a design center and corresponding architecture that allowed us – Oracle’s JD Edwards Development, our customers, and our partners – to evolve.  Just as the JD Edwards architecture has evolved from mini-computer to client server to initial web application to modern Cloud SOA/Standards, for JDE 5G we are leveraging our architectural strengths to evolve to the next-generation platform that supports this changing landscape of users, clients and enterprise system requirements.  

The JD Edwards ecosystem has benefited from all of the technologies that we have built or incorporated into our architecture during our history (e.g., enterprise class security, scalability, agile deployment, change management, etc.). Going forward, our architecture coupled with latest innovations will address the following needs: 

• Mobile access as the predominant access point. Mobile apps will be simple, context- and task-based apps that go to the point of process, virtually wherever the user may be.

• There will still be a need for desktop based applications.  And at the desktop we are increasingly enabling pervasive personalization of the software. Users will create their own apps (CYOA) on the fly. The software will be easily adaptable to maximize efficiency and effectiveness, allowing people to work the way they want and flexing for the business while still maintaining process structure.

• Full deployment options, on premise, in the cloud, and at many points in between.  I am often asked, “When will JD Edwards be in the cloud?”  I’m here to tell you–and the world– JD Edwards IS in the cloud today with dozens of partners and hundreds if not thousands of customers running JD Edwards in private, public and hybrid clouds. The go-forward requirement and responsibility for my team is to drive the complexity out of the software and therefore the costs out of operations to eliminate the friction from these choices. 

• New and emerging device types are exploding onto the scene and just as quickly are becoming mainstream.  These new “clients” must be included as first-class citizens of within the JD Edwards architecture: Most notably beacons, sensors, wearables, and other machine-to-machine devices (aka Internet of Things).

The Oracle’s JD Edwards development team cannot build every app. The JD Edwards development team is focusing, based on our differentiated vertical markets, on the application content we deliver.  Additionally we can evolve and expose the platform to enable our customers and partners to easily build, deploy, and upgrade the applications they need.  This is where the Design Time at Run Time and the Interface layers shine and make this process simple.   

So how are we going to tackle this big shift?  With passion, excitement and vision! 

. . . And by taking the lead within our own business unit, embracing emerging disruptive technologies to the extent possible, breaking the ground for you. We will incorporate our learning and experience into the solutions we bring to you and the market. 

Our vision includes an “all in” commitment to our strategy – and we are laser-focused.  There are hundreds, if not thousands of things we could think about, explore, and invest in. But if we chase every good idea, we will miss this amazing opportunity that is before us.  

 My intent is that our focus on our future strategy will be pervasive and a part of our very fiber! 

In Part 3 of the 5G series I will explore the expected results of the digital overdrive era and the impact it will have on our economy. 

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

Monday Jun 16, 2014

Part 1 of 5 By Lyle Ekdahl: JDE 5G – What is it, and do I even care?

Part 1 of 5

JDE 5G – What is it, and do I even care?

If you attended Quest Collaborate 2014 this year and caught the JD Edwards keynote session, you heard the term JDE 5G used for the first time in a public forum. I used the term to describe JD Edwards’ approach to the market, our products and our organizational processes. The fact is that we are at the genesis of Oracle’s JD Edwards’ fifth generation!

So what are the 5 generations you ask?

Generations 1 through 5 mirror the major corporate stages and product changes that we have gone through during our 37 + year history. Let’s review them:

1G – JD Edwards as an independent software company from inception through to a publically traded company on the stock exchange  (Ok I’ll admit this is a very long generation, but stay with me.)

2G – JD Edwards as a set of product lines after acquisition by PeopleSoft (by contrast a short generation)

3G –JD Edwards product division in its early days after being acquired by Oracle

4G – Game changing Oracle’s JD Edwards EnterpriseOne and Oracle’s JD Edwards World software releases 9.x introduced to the market 

5G – Is right NOW!

With that brief review of our history, what’s really important, what really matters to you is the NOW of it.  Because right now disruptive technologies are dramatically changing business, and we plan to lead in the delivery of next generation ERP solutions that leverage technology to position your business for success and leadership.

So what’s different now? If you really think about it, in many ways the processes you have used in business have remained pretty static, and we have applied technology to those stable processes over many years (since the beginning of the industrial revolution).  The business you were in and the processes did not dramatically change because of technology.

What has changed in the recent past is core ERP has become a commoditized offering, with some innovations in the areas of:

Targeted big data applications and related analytics Select mobile apps on select mobile devices

Limited real time collaboration with employees & trading partners

Improved user experience

IT beginning to support BYOD

Organizations embracing cloud

JD Edwards has demonstrated that we can and do support these innovations of modern ERP – and often, we are leading and innovating well ahead of the crowd.

We are also acutely aware of the new advances in technology and the implications for us. In response, we have formulated our 5th generation vision for JD Edwards.

I envision the future transformation of the current state of ERP where technology will literally shape the future of business in new and transformative ways. This future state is the dynamic intersection of processes technology, product and people in ways not possible before the digital overdrive era that we are entering.

How so you ask? Traditionally technology has been layered on top of existing business processes to speed them up and enable them linearly.  In 5G, technology, processes, product and people truly become entwined, more systemically……to enable never before realized benefits and emergent value.

The new technologies combined with a new generation of workers have and will continue to drive dramatic changes, completely reshaping how we interact, and more importantly ENGAGE with our employees, partners and customers. 

Part 2 of this series will explore in more detail what business requirements 5G will address and what the resulting world might look like. 

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

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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