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What's Next: JDEvolution

The digital evolution of JD Edwards technology

By Denise Grills

Fall 2017

As we completed work on this year’s JD Edwards special issue of Profit, I started reflecting on how much fun it has been to work with this team—how much things have changed, but also how they have stayed the same.

Eight years ago, I launched this annual offering with Profit and many of our key partners to shed some light on what Editor in Chief Aaron Lazenby noted then as the “amazing work Oracle customers, partners, and developers are doing with the [JD Edwards] application family and how it fits into Oracle’s overall IT strategy.” Aaron noted in the first issue, “JD Edwards has a loyal customer base, an active user community, and functionality that fits well with specific industries, business processes, and enterprise sizes.”

All of the above is still true—but time and technology have changed our methods. In our first issue, Lyle Ekdahl, senior vice president of product development at Oracle, discussed integrations with Oracle Fusion Middleware, Oracle SOA Suite, and Oracle's Primavera applications. In 2017, the focus is on practical scenarios for integrating with Oracle human capital management, customer experience, and enterprise performance management cloud solutions. Our top developers utilize our own Oracle products to reduce development time, allowing us to bring solutions to market faster.

As we move forward in the digital economy, we will stay true to supporting our specific industries, business processes, and enterprise sizes with new technologies.”

Technology has also changed the ways we deliver news and content. With this issue, Profit has embraced a completely digital delivery. JD Edwards customers have a newly enhanced information portal that contains news for Oracle's JD Edwards customers, product demos, quick tours of new offerings, videos of executive keynotes, and tutorials and enhancement documentation. We encourage you to visit and bookmark learnjde.com.

But the biggest change in these eight years may be the speed of sharing on social media. Our community learns and contributes on a daily basis through our Twitter, LinkedIn, and other social content. We are approaching 20,000 LinkedIn followers on our JD Edwards Professionals site, and our partner community tweets regularly on their latest technology products and services.

That active user community is digital as well. Our user groups are investing in digital experiences to provide ongoing education, networking, and advocacy opportunities year round and globally. Quest Board of Directors Chairman Kevin Touchette stated, “With more users of our member companies interacting digitally, our board has recognized the need to continue the improvement of the digital delivery of our education and networking opportunities. With what began last year with the launch of an updated website, we will continue our efforts by hiring a digital agency to help us with UX design and we have been receiving input from our community to continue to improve our digital experiences.”

Our top developers utilize our own Oracle products to reduce development time.”

I write this on the eve of our JD Edwards User Conference, Quest INFOCUS, held in Denver, Colorado, where JD Edwards was founded more than 40 years ago. Our end users, partners, and JD Edwards developers will come together to share more amazing work, network for their mutual benefit, and give us some friendly input on what we at Oracle are doing right and wrong. We wouldn’t have it any other way.

We are thankful to our JD Edwards community for their partnership with us on this journey. As we move forward in the digital economy, we will stay true to supporting our specific industries, business processes, and enterprise sizes with new technologies. We may just be sharing those with you in different ways.

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