Long Live JDE: How Oracle’s Revamping its Beloved Platform
“The rumors of my death have been greatly exaggerated. “ — Oracle JD Edwards
If JD Edwards was a living person, I think this quote would best summarize “his” current status. There has been significant buzz shifts in the ERP landscape that imply Oracle’s investment in JD Edwards is declining and that emerging cloud ERP solutions will soon replace the platform. However, with this series of blog posts, I’m going to debunk this myth with real world evidence that indicates how JD Edwards is still very much alive.
Myth #1 Cloud ERP solutions are replacing JD Edwards EnterpriseOne
It’s true that many customers are looking to cloud-based solutions for their increased flexibility and ease of maintenance. However, JD Edwards can also be a cloud based solution. In fact, Oracle provides migration tools to transfer your data and objects from on premise infrastructure to the Oracle Cloud IaaS (Infrastructure as a Service).
Oracle supports JD Edwards 9.0, 9.1 and 9.2 in the Oracle Cloud, and provides several models of transitioning to the cloud using IaaS and with the Oracle database as PaaS (Platform as a Service). Today, you can sign-up for a free trial of a JD Edwards EnterpriseOne 9.2 demo environment on the cloud, with all the bells and whistles such as an AIS server, BI Publisher and IOT (Internet of Things) Orchestrator.
If you missed my JD Edwards Simplified Upgrade and Cloud In Concert webinar, you can watch it on-demand here. In the webinar, I discuss various cloud models and methods you can deploy while upgrading JD Edwards to the cloud.
Myth #2 Oracle’s investment in JD Edwards is declining
Although I can’t speak directly to the financials, I can provide actual evidence that Oracle has been investing heavily in improving JD Edwards via many new or pending features and capabilities.
I’ve discussed some key new features with my JD Edwards 9.2 regarding Revenue Recognition and Outbound Inventory Management webinar. These are brand new functional capabilities that allow businesses to operate more effectively and efficiently. In addition to new functional modules, JD Edwards has accomplished the following over the past decade:
- Added 1 new customer every day
- Spent $5 Billion in research & development
- Delivered 86 mobile applications
- Delivered 17 user defined reporting modules
- Delivered 5 Internet of Things orchestrations
- Delivered 810 New Application Features
- Delivered 363 New Tools Features
- Received 54 patents
Those are just some of the highlights, and I can go on about new functionality. Rather than provide just bullet points, I’d like to take a deeper dive in some of the key current and upcoming enhancements.
One of these major updates is related to something that will impact every user: the user interface. In my next blog post, I’ll discuss UX One, a major enhancement based on the Alert-Analyze-Act user interface paradigm.