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ERP Cloud

Make the Connection

It’s not just about connecting to community—it’s about connecting to cloud.

by Aaron Lazenby

August 2016

In 2010, I wrote my first editor’s note for a JD Edwards special issue of Profit. That same year, the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) published an article called “A View of Cloud Computing” detailing the economic prospects of “computing as a utility.” “We predict cloud computing will grow, so developers should take it into account,” wrote the authors—a prediction that, from the vantage point of 2016, reads like a massive understatement.

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With the publication of this JD Edwards special issue of Profit, we celebrate seven years of covering the development of one of Oracle’s critical enterprise resource planning (ERP) technologies. And we’re still going strong. But seven years is a generation in the tech industry—maybe even several generations. And the role JD Edwards plays within Oracle’s product portfolio has evolved along with Oracle’s business overall.

As the ACM predicted, cloud computing has (ahem) grown. And Oracle’s JD Edwards offering has grown with it. But rewriting an application for the cloud is just one way to keep a platform modern and relevant. In this issue, Lyle Ekdahl, senior vice president and general manager, JD Edwards, makes the commitment to cloud very clear: “Oracle made a strategic decision a couple years ago to make sure JD Edwards could embed, leverage, and coexist with every layer of the cloud that Oracle offers.”

Looking back on this special issue, that’s the theme that stands out to me: JD Edwards is a powerful, stable ERP engine for the modern enterprise.”

Looking back on this special issue, that’s the theme that stands out to me: JD Edwards is a powerful, stable ERP engine for the modern enterprise. Ekdahl’s team has done the work to keep the JD Edwards products relevant, and that’s evident in the two features we created for this issue—Pharmavite’s IT modernization effort and OPAIN S.A.’s business-driven project to improve service at one of South America’s busiest airports.

As enterprise technology evolves over the next seven years, JD Edwards is the digital business platform that transforms processes and business models, empowers workforce efficiency and innovation, and through personalization improves the customer experience. And that’s a result of keeping an eye on the future, in addition to staying in touch with the past.

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