by Jim Lein, Oracle Midsize
I read a press release the other day announcing that, since the first of the year, Oracle has released 57 new JD Edwards EnterpriseOne 9.1 mobile applications optimized for smartphones and tablets. 57! That sounded like a pretty big deal to me so I called up Bob Monahan, Senior Director of JD Edwards Product Management to make sure it wasn’t a typo.
“You read it right,” said Monahan. “These are all new, purpose built or role built companion applications to JD Edwards EnterpriseOne core applications.”
Monhahan went on to explain that mobile applications feature subsets of functionality that users have licensed for a desktop or a laptop. Instead of trying to take everything you would do on a desktop or laptop and squishing it down to fit on a smaller display, Oracle had developed these applications displaying a smaller set of functionality that enables a mobile workforce to do very specific tasks on a specific device—a tablet or smartphone.
“We all know the world is moving to more mobile applications whether it’s consumer or business,” says Monahan. “But our customers don’t want or need to do everything on their mobile devices that they can do at their desktop or laptop. They want to be able to perform very specific tasks that are practical when they aren’t sitting in an office. You’re not going to walk around a warehouse with a laptop to look up inventory availability. Plus Mobile apps can leverage device properties such as camera, GPS, scratchpad, phone and voice to provide additional functionality and business value not available on a traditional desktop application.
Some examples of new mobile capability include allowing managers to quickly perform reviews and approvals , field maintenance staff can review and complete work orders on-site, and construction supervisors can enter time for employees to a job, and update the job status on the site rather than going back to the trailer to do so.”
Equally important, new technology in JD Edwards EnterpriseOne 9.1 greatly simplifies how customers can quickly deploy the applications. They can download them from the Apple or Google stores. Then, IT just provides a URL that points users to an enterprise server with all their standard JD Edwards security.
Simple and practical. I like that.
Go to JD Edwards EnterpriseOne Mobile Solutions for more details on what these applications do.