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Oracle Asks JD Edwards Customers: Do You Have A Plan?

May 17, 2011

Blog based on Oracle Webcast: JD Edwards - Go 9! May 6, 2011 presented by Oracle)
Blog authored by TeamCain

There has been a change in business as well as the technology that supports business since the early ‘90s. With business, there have been mergers, expanding markets, and regional and local businesses have found themselves competing at a global scale. With technology there was the birth of the internet, rapid progression, the explosion of social media, and the consumerization of corporate infrastructures. We are entering a new era.

The New Era of ERP

ERPs are changing along with business and technology so we are at a new era for ERPs as well. Now the focus is on affordable, productive ways customers can respond and thrive in the changed business and technology structure. The Big Bang era - where you implemented your ERP once, carried out basic changes every so often, and didn’t get a progressive value out of it – is over. The new era is one of evolutionary change where you have more deployment options and there is a focus on collaborative consumer-oriented usability that is simple and engaging.

An example of the new ERP era can be seen when looking at JDE 9. Lyle Ekdahl, Group Vice President and General Manager of JD Edwards at Oracle, said recently that “JDE 9 is more than a release. It’s a strategy.” Unlike the previous JDE versions, JDE 9 positions businesses to thrive and develop plans that will lesson technological, marketplace, and business risk. If you don’t develop a plan, then there is a risk to the overall business. Oracle wants its users to join them with the JDE 9 strategy and develop the plans necessary for propelling business forward into the new era.

How Oracle Is Helping With The Plan

Oracle is helping its users enter into the new strategy by improving the user experience when working with EnterpriseOne and World. There is easier navigation, options that can fulfill international needs, and newer modules designed with inventory management in mind. Oracle has also helped drive the cost of upgrading down. With the latest versions of EnterpriseOne and World, the steps it takes to go from release to release have gone down and you now get a better sense on what has changed from release to release. If you are on an older release there will still be a cost to go to the latest release but you will find, as newer versions are released, that the cost to upgrade will decrease because you are staying current and maintaining that strategic level of JDE 9. Many Oracle customers today are using JDE 9 and are getting incremental value, faster solutions, and a broader set of capabilities.

In order to get to JDE 9, there has to be a plan in place. Luckily, Oracle has developed their own plan to help more customers take advantage of the JDE 9 strategic level. Oracle’s plan began with really supporting their partner community. Partners are working with Oracle to figure out better ways to serve the marketplace and making sure that resources are available in the marketplace to meet JD Edwards’s needs. Oracle has also set up their 6 year roadmap plan and shared it with their users and partners, so everybody knows where they are heading. The planned product roadmap shows major releases, upgrades, tools, applications – all information that can help a company plan their own strategy going forward. Oracle has also planned to invest their focus on usability, mobility, reporting, co-existence, collaboration and easier upgrades.  Already, Oracle has mobile applications that are set to launch.

Oracle's Support Line For Update Releases

The heart of Oracle’s plan is their new premiere support line for update releases. Both EnterpriseOne and World carry premier support through 2015, with extended support going to 2018. Oracle introduced this new support line because it makes it easier for their users to move from release to release and to develop plans to mitigate the risk associated with marketplace and technology. More often than not, those risks are greater than any risk one might associate with upgrading to JDE 9.  On the recent Oracle webcast Lyle Ekdahl and John Schiff made it quite clear that they are very serious about JD Edwards, it is not going anywhere anytime soon and they have a plan.  It will continue to be supported and is very much a strategic part of Oracle going forward towards Fusion.  Once you get to strategic level 9 Oracle feels you are in a good position to have interoperability with strategic pieces of fusion, to add in pieces that add differentiated value to your business.

Oracle Lays Out The Steps

Oracle wants to know what users and customers have planned. The steps are clear in order to enter the new strategic level and the new era of ERPs to develop your own plan. First, you need to educate yourself. Next, you need to stay current with what is going on in the JDE community so you need to engage. You can easily engage with Oracle on Twitter, Facebook, and through various blogs, in order to keep up on the latest and greatest. The final step is you need to execute your plan and Oracle has many support options in place to help you along the way. All in all, without having a plan, you do face risks. You need to assess your position within the construct of change and the future of JD Edwards. 

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