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 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

Tuesday Nov 12, 2013

Sorry For The Short Notice! November Deep Dive Demo Invitations

If you would like to get a deep dive overview and demo of two of JD Edwards hottest products in the privacy of your own office, you are in luck!  The Oracle sales team invites you to attend their on-line seminars covering EnterpriseOne One View Reporting and EnterpriseOne Health and Safety Incident Management.

You can get the details and register via these links.

EnterpriseOne One View Reporting - November 13 

EnterpriseOne Health and Safety Incident Management - November 20 

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.

Tuesday Apr 16, 2013

Did You Miss Collaborate 2013? That's No Reason To Be In The Dark!

Six Major JD Edwards Announcements Made at Collaborate 2013

Collaborate 2013, the annual Quest International independent user group conference, was held in Denver from April 8 – 11, 2013 in Denver, Colorado.  As is the tradition, the JD Edwards team used this venue to make major product announcements to the hundreds of JD Edwards customers and partners that were in attendance.

The announcements include new product announcements, a new tools releases, an exciting new focus initiative and a new website, all designed to provide value to customers, while increasing customer satisfaction and loyalty. 

Learn More About each of the Product Announcements:

  1.  Tools 9.1 Update 3 is now generally available
  2. Oracle VM V5 for JD Edwards EnteprriseOne 9.1
  3. World A9.3 Update 1 is now generally available
  4. Pre-Announcement of In Memory Applications for JD Edwards EnterpriseOne
  5. Extended Support uplift Fees Waived for the 9s Releases
  6. www.runjde.com Launched

ANNOUNCEMENT 1: EnterpriseOne Tools Release 9.1 Update 3 is now generally available

JD Edwards EnterpriseOne Tools 9.1 update 3 (Tools 9.1.3) is the next update release to the groundbreaking Tools 9.1 release which delivered a next generation user experience for JD Edwards EnterpriseOne 9.0 and 9.1 Application releases. 

Background Information

Supporting every JD Edwards EnterpriseOne installation is a JD Edwards EnterpriseOne Tools release which delivers a platform with an innovative user experience, scalability, high performance, security and reliability for the JD Edwards EnterpriseOne application modules. Tools update releases are typically delivered every six to twelve months and contain new feature enhancements, new platform certifications and product maintenance.  This update release includes enhancements to the End User experience and Mobile Solutions, Reporting, and System Administration and Development Tools. 

Tools 9.1 Update 3 continues to enhance the JD Edwards EnterpriseOne End User Experience

· A new iPad application that can be installed directly onto the iPad device, will optimize the EnterpriseOne User Interface for the iPad, and provide interfaces to native device capabilities such as the camera and images.

· A new One View feature, Watchlist, can be used as a "Manage by Exception" solution allowing users to define and monitor key data points over base EnterpriseOne applications and then easily identify and take action when data has exceeded acceptable thresholds.

· A Composite Application Framework which enables an end user to define a multiple frame layout consisting of an EnterpriseOne application, Oracle Business Intelligence reports and external web applications into a single view.

* An intuitive drop down list feature for User Defined Code entry fields that can be used as alternative to the Visual Assist (flashlight search / select dialog).

· Transaction Change Confirmation Warnings which prompt a user when an action could result in data loss or unnecessary database updates.

Tools 9.1 Update 3 continues to enhance the native JD Edwards EnterpriseOne reporting capabilities

  • One View Reports can now be displayed in an EnterpriseOne page, such as the first home page the user is presented with upon login.
  • One View Reports can now be launched in a single step from JD Edwards Menus, Favorites, EnterpriseOne Pages, or even from an external web application.
  • The Embedded BI Publisher reports can now be configured to dynamically select the printer for output as well as output to a combination of different printers and email addresses in a single report.
  • Additional Postscript printer types, including those which do not support a PDF to Postscript conversion on the printer itself, are supported. 

Tools 9.1 Update 3 adds System Administration and Application Development capabilities

· An updated version of the Oracle VM templates for JD Edwards EnterpriseOne includes updated software and new template support for One View Reporting and JD Edwards Mobile applications.

· A simplified process within the Server Manager tool is available for provisioning new JD Edwards EnterpriseOne instances and for cloning existing JD Edwards instances

· Application Development Productivity Improvements including a collapsible group box option within the Forms Design Aid tool and more powerful search capabilities within the toolset.

· Additional security controls are available for users of the JD Edwards EnterpriseOne Smartphone mobile applications.

Key Facts

  • JD Edwards EnterpriseOne Tools 9.1 Update 3 is the second update to Tools 9.1. 
  • Available as part of standard maintenance, JD Edwards EnterpriseOne Tools 9.1 Update 3 is available for Application releases 9.0 (including Updates 1 & 2) and 9.1.
  • JD Edwards EnterpriseOne Tools 9.1 Update 3 is not compatible with Application releases prior to JD Edwards EnterpriseOne Applications 9.0. 

Resources and other information

Announcement 2 – Oracle VM V5 For JD Edwards EnterpriseOne 9.1

Oracle Announces the general availability of Oracle VM templates for JD Edwards EnterpriseOne Application release 9.1 and Tools release 9.1.3. These templates can be used with Oracle VM for x86 version 3.1 or later and on the Oracle Exalogic Elastic Cloud.

Customers can realize significant time and cost savings when they use Oracle VM Templates to install JD Edwards EnterpriseOne.  Not only do the templates speed the implementation process, they dramatically reduce the complexity by reducing the number o f disk and reference materials, and experience/skills  required to successfully complete the task.  These VM templates are one component to the “Innovating for Simplification” initiative that was also launched at Collaborate.  Read more about this here:

Background Information
• My Oracle Support article 884592.1

Oracle VM Templates for JD Edwards EnterpriseOne accelerate the process of setting up a working environment compared to the traditional installation process. The templates contain preconfigured images of the JD Edwards EnterpriseOne enterprise, HTML, and database servers, complete with Linux operating system, Oracle WebLogic Server, and Oracle Database.

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 X3-2. 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 latest set of templates includes the following applications and technology components:

· JD Edwards EnterpriseOne Applications Release 9.1 including ESUs as of February 15, 2013

· JD Edwards EnterpriseOne Tools 9.1 Update 3

· Oracle Database 11g R2 (11.2.0.3)

· Oracle WebLogic Server 11g R1 (10.3.5)

· Oracle Linux 5 Update 8, 64-bit

In addition to the templates for JD Edwards EnterpriseOne enterprise server, HTML server, and database server this release includes two new templates:

· Oracle Business Intelligence Publisher, for use with JD Edwards EnterpriseOne One View Reporting

· JD Edwards EnterpriseOne Business Services Server and Oracle Application Development Framework (ADF), 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.

Resources and other information

Oracle Technology Network

ANNOUNCEMENT 3 - Oracle Announces Oracle’s JD Edwards World Release A9.3 Update 1

JD Edwards World A9.3 Update 1, the first set of significant enhancements for JD Edwards World A9.3, includes enhancements to Financial, Distribution, Manufacturing, Human Capital Management, Reporting, and Technical Foundation applications.

Background Information

Organizations from around the world rely on JD Edwards World applications for their daily business operations. JD Edwards World has long enjoyed a well-earned reputation for robust capability, renowned stability, and a proven low Total Cost of Ownership. Flexibility, strength, simplicity, and consistency continue to be key words for A9.3 Update 1. JD Edwards World builds upon current version A9.3, making user requests a reality with significant enhancements to application capabilities and technology foundation.  Robust and actionable information is delivered through application and reporting enhancements, reduced costs through streamlined processes, improved control through robust security and increased visibility of processes, and continued commitment to globalization through availability of double-byte language support.

A9.3 Update 1 delivers robust and actionable information through business process enhancements

· Asset Warranty and Incident Management manages all the information about warranties and incidents associated with an asset, including renewals. There is now one place to go to manage all warranties and their associated incidents for Fixed Assets.

· Electronic Document Delivery (EDD) now supports archiving of documents flowing through the gateway to Oracle BI Publisher. The desired storage directory is defined for each EDD profile, if archival of formatted documents is desired. This includes bursting logic, so archiving supports different placement based on a combination of the values being used for bursting.

· An additional document type is supported by Import/Export to support export of a formatted Excel spreadsheet. Using XML as the basis, it is now possible to export a document from World and open it in a spreadsheet application without having to reset the formatting of the spreadsheet.

· Dependents and Beneficiaries by Employee is enhanced to filter out past enrollment and to only display the current effective enrollments. A new field has been added to Dependents and Beneficiaries by Employee to display only the current enrollment records. When set to yes, the application displays the most current record for each Plan Id, based on the Effective From Date.

· The Automatic Overtime Generator has been enhanced to allow more flexible processing when creating overtime from timecards that include equipment. When some hours of a timecard are split off to overtime, and those timecards include equipment, a processing option setting determines whether the equipment information should be included on the overtime split timecards. If the entire timecard becomes overtime, the equipment values will always be retained.

A9.3 reduces costs and improves compliance support through streamlined processes

· The Depreciation Expense Allocation application automatically books the depreciation expense from a single asset to multiple business units based on a specified formula. 

· The budget spread application allows setting of budget spread pattern codes by company and business unit. 

· An enhancement to Pre-Payroll allows optionally generating timecards for all or a subset of employees being processed in the payroll. 

· Utilizing integration with Vertex’s Q Series for Canadian Payroll Tax, A9.3 Update 1 provides market-leading tax compliance for managing Canada payroll taxation.

A9.3 dramatically improves process control and visibility

· Field level security uses a database level IBM i7.1 operating system database-level convention called Field Procedure (Fieldproc). Implementation of this feature allows masking of values contained in the display file.

· Purchase Card Management now integrates with Approvals Management. 

· Extensibility for JD Edwards World! When analyzing the impact of a World version upgrade, if one of the biggest obstacles is reapplying modifications to World applications, this enhancement can have significant impact on the cost and effort of that important task. 

· Interoperability for Plant & Equipment and Quality Management is enhanced by the addition of Z-File processing, making movement of data to external applications or spreadsheets much easier.

· Inventory Lot Management and Planning is enhanced through the addition of a Future Lot Effective Date to determine future availability of a Lot for sales order and planning commitments.

· Reverse Ship Confirm is enhanced to include reversal of freight, adjustment, and other miscellaneous line items as well as support for reversal of direct ship line items.

A9.3 supports popular localizations for global presence

Double-byte language support is delivered simultaneously with single-byte support in A9.3 Update 1

Resources and other information

· Upgrade Value Proposition and Release Notes for World A9.3 Update 1

· World content on Oracle.com JD Edwards World page

· Minimum Technical Requirements for JD Edwards World are now available on the “Certifications” tab

· Sales collateral on the JD Edwards World page (Selljde.com)

Announcement 4 - In Memory JD Edwards EnterpriseOne Applications

Oracle pre-announced new In Memory applications that will be available in May.  The pre-announcement included two new JD Edwards In Memory Applications, In Memory Sales Advisor and In Memory Project Portfolio Management.  In Memory applications provide the ability to complete complex logic/calculations on large data sets in real time that previously has been unavailable.  Please find additional information and resources on these new application on oracle.com here.

Announcement 5 – Extended Support Uplift Fee Waived for Select JD Edwards Versions

To ensure Oracle’s JD Edwards applications customers continue to receive world class, high value maintenance and support from Oracle and have ample opportunity to maximize return on their JD Edwards assets, Oracle recently announced the following changes to Oracle’s Lifetime Support:

  • Waiver of Extended Support Fee uplifts on JD Edwards EnterpriseOne Releases  9.0 and 9.1 
  • Waiver of Extended Support Fee uplifts on JD Edwards World Releases A9.1, A9.2 and A9.3.

These fee waivers cover the entire three years or remaining Extended Support period for the above releases.  By upgrading to the “9’s” JD Edwards customers receive the extended support commitment at a predictable cost.

The description of Oracle’s Support Policy and definition of Extended Support for JD Edwards applications are documented in the “Oracle Lifetime Support Policy” for Oracle Applications found here: http://www.oracle.com/us/support/library/lifetime-support-applications-069216.pdf

This announcement supports Oracle’s commitment to help customers take advantage of the latest innovation packed releases on a schedule that works with their business goals.   

Announcement 6 – JD Edwards Launches the Innovating for Simplification Initiative

In response to customer feedback, JD Edwards is launching an initiative focused on simplifying – where every possible!  The initiative will not be limited to just simplifying how the software functions (User Experience for example), but will address complexities that may exist in any part of the ERP lifecycle, including how we deliver training, information, news, documentation, how utilities work, the install and upgrade processes, etc. 

JD Edwards announced at Collaborate 2013 the new www.runjde.com web page (sister page to upgradejde.com) and this new site is aimed at all users/customers, not just those that are upgrading.  Phase One of runjde.com provide new Resource Kits that are comprehensive guides to the vast body of resources and tools available to the JD Edwards community.  The resources are organized by user role so that distinct types of users can easily get a comprehensive index of resources available, a brief descriptions with key tips, and links to those resources.

Please explore the runjde.com site and the resource kit, and PLEASE share them with your JD Edwards user and support communities. 

Tuesday Oct 23, 2012

JD Edwards in the Cloud…Really Already!

Yes, there is a lot of conversation about Oracle and the cloud.  Many of you may assume that Oracle applications in the cloud  only apply to Oracle Fusion Applications.  And JD Edwards customers are curious about if, when and how JD Edwards might be offered to them as a subscription offering.  The truth of the matter is that Oracle partners today are providing a JD Edwards subscription offering.  In order to help you understand what’s available, please read on for the reader’s digest version!

Let’s start with a definition.  JD Edwards EnterpriseOne is available as an Accelerate subscription.  Oracle “Accelerate” subscription is Oracle's approach for providing simple to deploy, packaged, enterprise-class software solutions to growing midsize organizations through its network of expert partners.

The partners that offer Oracle  JD Edwards Accelerate Subscriptions do so via their Partner Private Clouds (PPC).  The Oracle JD Edwards cloud solutions are offered only by qualified Oracle JD Edwards partners and they provide customers a complete Oracle solution that includes license software, maintenance, hosting and other services on a monthly subscription basis. 

Qualified partners must be members of Oracle PartnerNetwork, be an Oracle Accelerate solutions provider and be enabled to deliver JD Edwards applications via Oracle Business Accelerator rapid implementation technology. 

Currently we have many JD Edwards partners around the globe that offer the JD Edwards Accelerate Subscription model.  To access a list of Oracle JD Edwards partners currently in this program click here

To learn more about Oracle JD Edwards Cloud Computing read this recently published white paper:   Oracle JD Edwards Cloud Computing. Choosing a deployment strategy that fits

Wednesday Oct 10, 2012

Are You "INFOCUS"? We are!

The JD Edwards team is looking forward to participating in JD Edwards INFOCUS, the inaugural JD Edwards EnterpriseOne deep dive conference from Quest International Users Group. We've worked diligently with the leadership of Quest’s JD Edwards Special Interest Groups (SIGs) and Regional User Groups (RUGs) to make sure this national user event delivers JD Edwards content that meets the needs of the community. Plus, this event is being held right in JD Edwards’ backyard… Denver (Broomfield), Colorado!

JD Edwards INFOCUS will be held November 7-9 at the Omni Interlocken Resort. Through our Product Strategy, Development and Support teams, Oracle will provide support for education sessions in these key tracks:

· HCM

· Financials

· Manufacturing and Distribution

· Real Estate Industry Forum

· Supply Chain

· Tools & Technology

Oracle will host a JD Edwards EnterpriseOne Support demo booth to showcase many of the new capabilities available to you plus best practice approaches with existing capabilities, all to enhance your support experience. Oracle is also hosting a classroom-based Upgrades Workshop to explore methodology for a complete JD Edwards EnterpriseOne ERP software upgrade project. Space is limited so pre-register at QuestDirect.org/INFOCUS by adding the workshop to your agenda using the Agenda Builder on the Education tab. Finally, participate in one of the many enhancement discussions for key JD Edwards solutions at INFOCUS and contribute to the future of  JD Edwards through an interactive forum.  All of this is part of the 140+ education sessions being offered by the customer and vendor community.  

There’s a lot of buzz around this conference, so don’t delay in registering key members of your team today.  We look forward to seeing you there so register NOW!

Thursday Aug 25, 2011

Oracle’s One Big Happy Virtual family…..well almost!

by AJ Schifano - JD Edwards, Principal Product Manager (Tools/Technology)

Tron—remember that sci-fi movie from 1982? I just got around to seeing the 2010 sequel. Still a cool concept: the computer whiz-kid gets sucked into the virtual world. I suppose that there are a number of us in the IT arena that are immersed in and loving what the virtualized world affords our companies these days.

I base this observation on the question that I am asked quite frequently in one form or another: “Can I virtualize my JD Edwards EnterpriseOne servers?” Oftentimes the question is directed at some specific virtualization product, such as Oracle VM, VMware, Hyper-V, Oracle VM, among many others.

The answer is quite simple and direct: yes, you can virtualize your JD Edwards EnterpriseOne servers. You don’t have to take my word for it. The next time you attend a conference or users’ group meeting, just ask your peers. It’s highly likely that many—perhaps even most—are already virtualizing some layer of their JD Edwards EnterpriseOne implementation.

The first question inevitably leads to the next question, usually phrased more explicitly: “Is JD Edwards EnterpriseOne supported on VMware?” [In place of VMware, feel free to insert your favorite virtualization product.]

The answer to that question is also quite simple and direct. JD Edwards EnterpriseOne, being an Oracle product, follows Oracle’s broader policy, which is clearly stated in My Oracle Support document 249212.1.

I think the following excerpt from that document summarizes the essence of Oracle’s policy: “Oracle will only provide support for issues that either are known to occur on the native OS, or can be demonstrated not to be as a result of running on VMware.”

Therefore, if a customer chooses to virtualize some components of their JD Edwards EnterpriseOne infrastructure using a virtualization technology from a vendor other than Oracle, the customer will not be “exiled” from all support activity. In truth, most application issues do not trace to the underlying server being physical or virtual. These issues can be resolved completely transparently to the server layer.

However, if an issue does trace itself to an anomaly in behavior between a physical server and a virtual server, the Oracle support team will refer the customer to their third party virtualization vendor. This includes issues such as:

- “It used to work like [this] on my physical server, but now it works like [that] (or it doesn’t work) on my VMware machine.”

- “It used to be fast on my physical server, but now it’s slow on my VMware machine.”

- “Can you provide instructions for installing and configuring JD Edwards EnterpriseOne on VMware?”

Oracle product teams, including JD Edwards EnterpriseOne, do test with and provide support for configurations running Oracle virtualization products. The Oracle virtualization technologies that we have tested JD Edwards EnterpriseOne with are detailed in a Minimum Technology Requirements (MTR) document here:

The bottom line: Oracle product teams, including JD Edwards EnterpriseOne, test with and provide support for configurations running Oracle VM. We do not test with nor “certify” configurations running virtualization products from other vendors.

Oracle strives to offer industry-leading solutions at every tier in the technology stack, including virtualization, yet we acknowledge that our customers may use a mix of solutions from an array of technology vendors. A clear understanding of Oracle’s policy and guidelines for support help customers weigh the benefits, costs, and risks in order to make informed technology choices. 

Friday May 27, 2011

Starving to death while standing in the parking lot of a supermarket with cash in hand…..

Starving to death while standing in the parking lot of a supermarket with cash in hand….a situation that would seem ludicrous to all of us, yet, it seems to be a fitting analogy to happens all too frequently when it comes to ERP system usage and support. Let me explain...[Read More]
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Welcome to the JD Edwards Blog. Post are contributed by the JD Edwards strategy and development teams, covering a broad range of topics. The goal of the blog is to create opportunities for information and idea sharing, to engage JD Edwards customers/users, partners, and Oracle employees in conversation, the spirit of improving the experience and effectiveness of all that participate in the community. Both EnterpriseOne & World products are fair game for blog topics. Topics will cover functional, technical, business topics,but it is not the intent of this blog to provide "support" activities and those discussions will be best served via My Oracle Support or Oracle Mix. We invite your comments and feedback, and look forward to lively conversation.

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