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Up Close and Personal

A visit to Denver—and the people who make JD Edwards work

by Aaron Lazenby

August 2015

For five years, I have been working with the stellar Oracle JD Edwards team on this annual special issue of Profit. Over the past half decade, I’ve met those colleagues at conferences and in meetings all over the country and at Oracle headquarters in California. But until this year, I’d never traveled to Denver, Colorado, to work directly with the team on their home turf.

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As I’ve written in this space before, I’ve been impressed by the esprit de corps that exists among the JD Edwards community. And I got a taste of that community as we spent a week in Denver, working together on this issue of the magazine.

At the Denver Technological Center I got to chat with John Schiff not only about the JD Edwards product line, but also about the software industry as a whole. He introduced me to the theory of the mythical man-month (that adding people to a software project does not necessarily speed delivery). It’s people like John who make up the amazing brain trust that defines the JD Edwards culture.

I also spent a day demoing the toys that Gary Grieshaber and Gurbinder Bali play with in JD Edwards Labs. These two big thinkers search for new enterprise use cases for the perpetual parade of new technologies Oracle engineers must consider when they design and build the latest versions of our products. Getting a peek at that process (which is covered in some detail here) was an inspiration.

I’ve been impressed by the esprit de corps that exists among the JD Edwards community. And I got a taste of that community as we spent a week in Denver, working together on this issue of the magazine.”

The Laser Technology Inc. team also took the time to give me a tour of their facility. Walking the floor of the manufacturing facility gave me a ground-floor view of the business. The work they are doing is representative of the innovation and operational excellence so common in the JD Edwards customer community. And that interaction translated into a great cover story for this issue.

Finally, I also got to work closely with a new member of the JD Edwards team, Ward Quarles. Many thanks to Ward for his work pulling all the talented JD Edwards folks together and making this fifth special edition of Profit possible.

While IT is our job, it’s the people who make it interesting and fun. I’m grateful for the opportunity to work so closely with so many great people. Many thanks to you all for all that you do.

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