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.