Authored by Alana Smith, TeamCain
A lot has changed in a year and two months – I had the time of my life getting married and Oracle released some fancy new versions of JD Edwards. I wrote about JDE support dates back in March 2011 but I thought it was about time that we posted an update. Nothing’s really changed, per se, but with the new releases and the chances that an older release’s support has ended, it’s good to be in the know especially if an upgrade is in the works for 2013.
Oracle JD Edwards EnterpriseOne
Sorry Xe and 8.0 users but looks like this is the last year for your support and extended support is not available. I said it once and I’ll say it again: with older releases, even if you are keeping up on the tools releases, odds are there are real opportunities to revamp your business processes, so an upgrade project should be treated as a great time to improve your business. Those who are on the latest 9.0 and 9.1 releases of EnterpriseOne do have the luxury of extended support dates that are quite some time off but 9.0 users should be aware of that September 2013 support date.
Oracle JD Edwards World
If you’re running an older version of World (A7.3 or A8.1) your support ends this year and unfortunately, there isn’t extended support available. But, there is a silver lining... you can upgrade! A9.2 and A9.3 have support going for at least another year but extended support runs for another 3 years. It is still recommended that if you’re running an older version of World, you might want to upgrade to the latest A9.3 or migrate to EnterpriseOne. And moving to the latest releases does have its advantages on top of longer support dates (read more about that here).
If you are upgrading, the project would go a lot smoother if you purged your older data. You likely need to clear out some of the old and cluttering data from your system, and the Purge-it! solution would be a great one to choose for this. In EnterpriseOne, it gives you access to your archived data directly from production, works within JDE directly, and is surprisingly easy to install and implement. Check out this customer case study or click here for more information.
You also probably have a whack of reports that will need to get upgraded, tested, and deployed - in other words, a lot of time for your tech team and users that could be better spent on other stuff. One of my favourite customer quotes is “Our estimate was it averaged $2 - $5K per report to have them developed by our IT staff using ERW – and we had 500 reports to create. The payback was immense, and the time savings were dramatic.” Wouldn’t you like to be able to say the same? A reporting and analysis solution that works in Excel and connects directly to JDE (and other) data would work wonders and down the road, help when it comes to upgrading. You can learn more about this spreadsheet automation solution here.
**The information found in these tables is from Oracle’s "Lifetime Support Policy, Coverage for Oracle Applications - December, 2012”.
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