Tuesday Aug 18, 2015

Opera, Maestros, and the Internet of Things

By Denise Grills, Vice President JD Edwards Content and Communications Engineering

What do opera and the Internet of Things (IoT) have in common? Trick question, right?

Well, a recent trip with my husband to Opera Festival week in Santa Fe, New Mexico gave me a different way to explain how a newly released, powerful Oracle’s JD Edwards product, called the JD Edwards EnterpriseOne IoT Orchestrator, actually works.

Although we have attended more than 40 operas in Santa Fe over the last 16 years, we find ourselves keen to learn more. We spent our mornings last week in a seminar studying the five operas presented each night.

One of our teachers, a well-known musicologist and flutist, reminded us to pay attention to the orchestra as well as the singers, costumes, and staging. One of the featured operas, Richard Strauss’ Salome (debuted in 1905), had an amazing 88-member orchestra playing elbow to elbow in the orchestra pit. Some of the instruments were available in their current design in Strauss’ time, and others have changed and evolved over the last 100 years. It is the job of the conductor to plan for, manage, and direct all these players, not to mention the singers and dancers on the stage. For this amazing feat conductors earn the title “Maestro.”

Thinking about the conductor’s role in “orchestration” led me to realize some similarities between my opera experience and our latest Oracle JD Edwards product, the aptly named JD Edwards EnterpriseOne IoT Orchestrator - a type of digital “Maestro.”

The JD Edwards EnterpriseOne IoT Orchestrator pulls together all IoT devices and makes their output directly available to JD Edwards EnterpriseOne applications. The JD Edwards applications “listen” to them, and eliminate costly, mundane, and error-prone manual input while supporting enterprise operations based on accurate, real-time data. Devices might measure temperature or moisture, but regardless of device type, the JD Edwards EnterpriseOne IoT Orchestrator allows them to “sing” to JD Edwards applications. When the “music is heard” by the application for example that temperature or moisture levels have dropped to unacceptable levels on a food truck, a notification to the driver can be “orchestrated”. New devices can add the “drumbeat” indicating an ecological problem may be occurring as a result of leaking pipelines. The JD Edwards EnterpriseOne IoT Orchestrator can also “play in harmony” with other products. New instruments may be invented or added at any time, but the JD Edwards EnterpriseOne IoT Orchestrator won’t miss a beat.

Like the opera, the many movements of Internet of Things enabled devices need to be orchestrated for collecting, filtering, and analyzing, real-time data as it is being transmitted. Like the musical score, the “Maestros” provide analysis and guidance that eliminate costly manual processes and react to opportunities for audiences’ expected conclusions.

With the JD Edwards EnterpriseOne IoT Orchestrator, JD Edwards has released game-changing software with an impact that is beginning to reverberate around the corporate offices of the world.

Never underestimate the power of music to illuminate a technical achievement.

For more information on the JD Edwards Internet of Things Orchestrator, go to our launch pad.

For more information on the Santa Fe Opera, go to www.santafeopera.org.

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

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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. 


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