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People Power

Community is one of the keys to continued success for Oracle’s JD Edwards EnterpriseOne products.

by Aaron Lazenby

August 2014

Every year when I attend the COLLABORATE user conference, I am greeted by an amazing collection of people from Oracle’s JD Edwards EnterpriseOne community: Oracle executives, partners, developers, customers, and more. And every year, I am impressed by the energy and openness these folks exhibit. It’s contagious, and I hope it shows in the pages of this magazine, the fifth annual JD Edwards special edition of Profit.

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People like Lyle Ekdahl, senior vice president and general manager, JD Edwards, who—within 30 minutes of my arrival at COLLABORATE—was telling me about how the integration of Google Glass with JD Edwards EnterpriseOne applications is going to change inventory management.

Or Denise Grills, senior director of content and communications engineering at Oracle, who does such a wonderful job of connecting Profit with the whole JD Edwards EnterpriseOne ecosystem—including the great people at Graniterock.

I am always greeted by an amazing collection of people from Oracle’s JD Edwards EnterpriseOne community: Oracle executives, partners, developers, customers, and more.”

Or Tom Smith, director of IT at FinishMaster, who took a break from his busy conference schedule to have a long conversation with me about aligning business process with enterprise technology.

Or Pete Ballou, vice president at CSS International, who (over a glass of wine) shared with me his thoughts about the future of the music industry—and the story of an amazing upgrade project his company worked on with Harrah’s Cherokee Casino Resort.

Without these people, there is no vision. No successful IT projects. No community. No stories to tell. It’s these people—along with advertisers and the Profit editorial, design, and production staff—who make this publication possible.

I’m looking forward to seeing you all again at Oracle OpenWorld 2014—and also in the pages of next year’s JD Edwards special edition.

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