By WardQuarles-Oracle on Sep 03, 2015
By Denise Grills, Vice President, JD Edwards Content and Communications Engineering
In my last blog, I told you about my recent trip to the Santa Fe Opera and what I learned about orchestration and its meaning for technology. However, this year’s Santa Fe opera experience sparked another thought process, this time about tradition and innovation, and it’s not what you might think.
The current summer season of the Santa Fe Opera includes a world premiere of the opera Cold Mountain. A world premiere is a big deal in opera. Imagine being in the audience when Strauss brought Salome to the stage.
However, with anything new there is no shortage of controversy and different opinions. My husband is not a fan of contemporary opera. In Cold Mountain, he was waiting for the big stand-and-sing or “Park and Bark” arias of the classics (as was the reviewer from the New York Times). Other reviewers and opera fans, myself included, like the newer opera formats that tell the story with orchestra and singing in a way different than the traditional. Regardless, the traditional opera basics are still there: a conductor leading singers and musicians, a story broken into acts, and wonderful scores. Innovation continues building on the foundation of the past.
In the Oracle’s JD Edwards development organization, we have worked to take the tradition and strength of the JD Edwards architecture and stretch and expand it for new audiences. Where our earlier users were typically found in an office or manufacturing plant, we now have new users on mobile devices in the field. JD Edwards software has long allowed power users to make their software perform with quick shortcuts they had memorized. Now, however, new users and those on mobile devices want fewer screens to reach their operational objectives. Some users may not be humans at all but devices. Harmony results from ease of use and a better user experience. It’s precisely, the powerful, flexible technology foundation with strong industry functionality that enables us to modernize and innovate JD Edwards software to meet the demands of the next generation.
Opera and technology may, at first glance, inhabit different ecosystems, but both actually demonstrate that innovation thrives best with a strong tradition at its back.
If this comparison between opera and technology seems a bit of a stretch, wait until 2017 when the Santa Fe Opera will premiere a new opera “The (R)evolution of Steve Jobs,” with music by Mason Bates. Bates is known for combining electronic sounds and traditional instruments.
It’s a bit of a wait – fortunately, you won’t have to wait long for the next great innovation from JD Edwards.