JD Edwards Feature Spotlight: Object Management Workbench — Web
Object Management Workbench — Web (Web OMW) is a new feature included with JD Edwards Tools 9.2. But why should you care? It adds value, or more accurately, cuts out the Configurable Network Computing (CNC) Middle man when it comes to managing User Defined Objects (UDOs).
For those of you who aren’t sure what I’m talking about, CNCs are JD Edwards Administrators or, as I like to refer to them, JD Edwards Ninjas and UDOs will be covered later. So how does removing the CNC as the middle man help? Super Users or Developers can easily manage UDOs themselves. Just imagine a world where the users don’t have to wait for IT or network administrators to accomplish a task.
If you feel like me, the words “SOLD”, “YES”, or some other muffled term of elation just escaped from your lips. The bottom line: Web OMW streamlines object management by reducing time, effort, and frustration on both sides of JD Edwards administration.
What is Object Management Workbench — Web?
Web OMW is a new and simple web-based tool designed to manage User Defined Objects or (UDOs). Web OMW is accessed through the standard JD Edwards web client.
Currently Web OMW does not support the management of Object Librarian (OL) Objects. However, you can still see OL objects and Projects through the Web OMW interface. Is Oracle playing with our emotions or have they set the ground work for making all object accessible through Web OMW? I’m not sure, but it is a feature to pay attention to in future Tools releases. To fully appreciate Web OMW, we need to understand the new UDO classification.
User Defined Objects in 9.2
UDOs have existed in JD Edwards for several Tools releases because Oracle continually adds features and functionality into JD Edwards. Historically each of the UDO features needed to be managed independently with its own process and typically required the assistance of a CNC. All of these object types are now designed to work with Web OMW and object management will function similarly to the Standard Object Management Lifecycle. In this Tools release Oracle has classified the following features as UDOs:
Web OMW streamlines object management by reducing time, effort, and frustration on both sides of JD Edwards administration.
- One View Reports
- One View Watchlists
- Advanced Queries or Queries
- EnterpriseOne Pages
- Grid Formats
- Composite Application Framework (CafeOne)
- Composite Pages (Release 184.108.40.206)
- Images (Release 220.127.116.11)
The Composite Pages and Images features were introduced with Tools 9.2. For the Technical people, the UDOs reside in the Central Objects data source tables.
Web OMW Adds Value
The combination of the functionality added by Web OMW and the reclassification of several existing objects into UDOs has produced several benefits.
- The most value is added when we consider the ease of management of each of these objects. Before the reclassification, each object or feature was managed in its own way. We now have one process for all UDOs. I hope I have your attention now because it gets better.
- Second we have a centralized location that manages all of the UDOs. Yes, that is correct Oracle just streamlined the administration process again.
- Third and our favorite, users can easily create and work on the UDOs from the web without needing access to a Fat Client. Why is this our favorite benefit? Well from CNC perspective it reduces our workload and *cough* reduces interaction with the end users…
- Last, The Web OMW imposes a manger level approval process before the UDO are Published and shared.
So let’s review. We can now manage all UDOs with one process, in one place, and keeps the work within one team.
Screen Shots and a Quick Introduction
To those of you that have made it through the forest of quips and brief introduction into Web OMW’s background, we have put together a few screen shots to help you get started with Web OMW.
Access Web OMW
Web OMW can be accessed from the web client fast path (P98220W) or through Menu Navigation as shown below. We recommend using the Fast path and saving yourself the frustration.
The Web OMW interface has three different sections we would like to cover.
1. Query Section:
This section helps the user filter the OMW Projects based on User, OMW Project Status, and the standard OMW Roles. These OMW Roles, like Developer and PVC administrator, are assigned to the project and provide a list of allowed actions to the user. These are not the same as JDE Roles from application (P0092) or (P0092L) that are associated with the JDE User ID.
2. Project Section:
The project section displays the OMW project details and the project related controls. To manipulate projects in the Web Interface these projects must have been created through the web interface. Some of the actions available to the user are Advance Project, Import, and Export. Each of these options will only be available for projects created through the web interface.
The Advance Project Control Icon is available for each of the projects. The user can click on the icon and promote or demote the project from one environment to another. The next two actions available are Import and Export. The Import/Export process differs from the standard OMW process because it produces XML files that are compressed in the .zip format instead of the standard .par format.
3. Objects Section:
The objects section displays the objects that are associated with the selected project, information about the objects and project, and provides an interface to perform several actions. This section has 3 main tabs — Project Objects, Token Information, Project members
Project Objects Tab
On the Project Objects Tab, the users have the following options:
- Find — The user can search for existing objects
- Add Existing Object — Add an Object(s) to the Project
- Remove Object — Remove Objects from the Project
- Preview Object — Preview an Object
- Several other Row Exit actions like: Check-out, Share, Logging, Get and several others.
It is important to note that the Check-In option is not available here. So where do you check in your work? The Check-Out icon will double as the Check-In Icon.
Token Information Tab
The Token Information Tab displays information about the project Tokens and the users have the following options:
- Find — Find an Object to review.
- Release Token — Releases the Token and allows another user to modify this object.
- Switch Token — Same owner of 2 projects switch the token from project to another project.
- Request Token — Get in line to inherit the token when the current developer has released it.
- Inheritance Projects — The same token used by objects in different projects.
Project Members Tab
The Project Members Tab has controls to Add User, Remove User, and Change Role. The Role dictates actions the user is allowed to take.
What Middle Man?
The new Web OMW interface allows a centralized and efficient way to manage UDOs that simultaneously removes a burden from the CNC team. Super Users and Developers can access and manage UDOs without the intervention of the CNC team. Not only does this remove the middle man, but it allows users, developers, and CNCs to stick to their respective jobs and streamlines a previously archaic process. Oracle has and continues to improve JD Edwards; Web OMW is just one example of the multitude of features that the 9.2 release includes.
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