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  • February 4, 2014

Hugs and Kisses from the Oracle JD Edwards Partner Summit

by Jim Lein | Sr. Principal Product Marketing Director | Oracle Midsize Programs 

The fifth annual Oracle JD Edwards Partner Summit was held last week in Broomfield CO. I've been to them all but this was the best one yet. I learned a lot and made some great new connections. I caught up with my friend Lyle Ekdahl, SVP in charge of JD Edwards. My boss Steve Cox flew over from England for the event (I see him about once a year). And I finally got to meet our social selling evangelist Jill Rowley in person and pick her brain on social media strategy.

I started my IT career with JD Edwards in 1999 so I saw dozens of people I've known for a very long time. Lots of heartfelt handshakes, plenty of hugs, and here and there a bus on the cheek. I joined JD Edwards when it was a young public company that still acted like a private company. The very first day you learned the company's 7 guiding principles, including # 5, "Respect and Value Each Other", and #6, "Build Strong Customer Partnerships". They weren't hollow phrases. You lived those principles or you didn't last long.

We extended those principles to our relationships with partners. The strength of those relationships was clearly evident at the Summit. I met with many partners, some of whom I've worked with for a long time and some I met for the first time. Denovo. Corning Data. Brij. Terillium. CSS International. Capscient. Syntax. ERA Consulting.

Let me tell you...the Oracle JD Edwards partner community is busy, busy, busy. Plenty of net new customers. Lots of upgrades. Lots of projects for add-ons products like HCM, Talent Management, Marketing Automation, and Project Portfolio Management.

And, of course, Cloud was on everyone's mind. The partners shared stories of how many of their net new and upgrading customers are choosing to deploy their JD Edwards footprint in the Cloud and are increasingly taking advantage of managed services. It's all about reducing costs and simplifying IT.

Even though I live just an hour up the hill, I felt like was out of town on a business trip. One of those fun and interesting business trips. A reunion, of sorts. I'm proud to be a part of the Oracle JD Edwards community. And even though I don't commute down to the JD Edwards headquarters in the Denver Tech Center anymore, I'm not "ex-JDE". There's no such thing.

The views expressed on this blog are mine and do not necessarily reflect the views of Oracle.

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