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Building on Community

Loyal users and active partners helped JD Edwards make major strides in the past 12 months.

by Denise Grills

What a year this has been for Oracle’s JD Edwards community: new products and platforms, record commitment from our partner network, and the publication of the third annual special JD Edwards edition of Profit magazine!

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The JD Edwards development organization recently completed a six-month release cycle that delivered more products to the market at one time than in the entire 35-year history of the JD Edwards product lines. We brought the first enterprise resource planning full application suite to the iPad, bringing JD Edwards into the tablet era.

A new JD Edwards EnterpriseOne Tools release introduced a revolutionary user interface to the applications. Four new mobile applications support JD Edwards users on the go. Major releases of both JD Edwards EnterpriseOne and JD Edwards World product lines bring modern functionality to our customers. And a new set of modules deliver easy reporting functionality to the end user.

In addition, the JD Edwards Summit—held in Colorado in January 2012—demonstrated the strength of the JD Edwards partner community. More than 600 select partners, JD Edwards sales and consulting personnel, and guests met for three days of product education, sales training, and networking. The buzz during the breaks and networking sessions was phenomenal, as partners discussed joining products and skills to benefit their prospects and customers.

With new products, strong partner support, and positive analyst feedback, there has never been a better time to be part of the JD Edwards community.

According to John Schiff, vice president of Oracle’s JD Edwards business unit and the host of the JD Edwards Summit, the JD Edwards community and product line is sronger than it has ever been. Oracle’s continued investment in JD Edwards products as well as the leverage from Oracle R&D investment in Oracle Fusion Middleware, database solutions, complementary applications, and now hardware gives our sales and partner community much more to offer our customers.

Schiff, who was honored at the conference for his 25 years of service with the JD Edwards product lines, said there is excitement globally—with partners attending from 29 countries this year. Industry analysts have also noted the success of JD Edwards. For example, Christine Dover, research manager for International Data Corporation’s Software Channels research service recently shared her thoughts on the advances made by the JD Edwards community.

“The collaboration and alignment that the JD Edwards product team has with its partners and customers is remarkable,” says Dover. “That, added to the identity that JD Edwards has retained for itself in the midst of all the other Oracle products, is what makes this a special organization. Lyle Ekdahl [group vice president and general manager of Oracle’s JD Edwards product family] and his team are to be congratulated.”

We invite you to learn more about JD Edwards partners, products, and customers in this special issue. With new products, strong partner support, and positive analyst feedback, there has never been a better time to be part of the JD Edwards community.

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