Highlights from the JD Edwards Summit
Dave Litzenberg, Ron Kelley and I attended the JD Edwards (JDE) Summit held January 30 – February 2, 2012 in beautiful Broomfield, CO. It was a great opportunity to hear from Oracle regarding JDE and also to network with other partners specializing in JDE.
The JDE Partner community is very strong and it is great to be part of this Oracle community that provides such dedication to their customers.
Oracle continues to reinforce their commitment to the JDE Products, both World and EnterpriseOne (E1). Here are just a few of the things that JDE customers enjoy…
- Published Roadmaps for long-term upgrade planning
- Dedication to lower total cost of ownership (TCO)
- 100-Day Upgrade Workshops
- New and improved tools such as the Technology Catalog, which allows you to analyze changes between releases and data models
- Major focus on user interface (UI) improvements such as E1 9.1 Tools and iPad/Mobile Device applications (Have you seen it yet? WOW!)
In keeping with the idea of lower TCO, Oracle offers the Oracle Validated Integrations (OVI) program. Here at IIS we have been a part of this program since the early JDE World days. Oracle continues to promote this program to partners and it is a huge benefit to customers. Check out information about our current validation on the Oracle website. New this year, with the new E1 9.1 Applications software coming soon, Oracle has offered Beta release software to OVI partners. We are currently participating in this program with our DocuSphere All-in-One for JD Edwards Accounts Payable solution and I will be blogging more about it next month.
Once again, keeping in mind lower TCO, Oracle recognizes that it is generally much more expensive to change your entire software suite than it is to upgrade. No JDE customers will be forced to the Fusion Applications. JDE customers can continue on their current path with regard to upgrades, or if there are Fusion Applications that make sense for your business, you can adopt a co-existence path.
Of course, a big message that continues from Oracle with regard to JDE is “GO9”! This messaging gets its name from the fact that the latest releases of both JDE World and E1 have 9’s in them. Oracle has unveiled their new JDE Portal that has everything you need in one place.
I think I speak for most of the JDE Partner attendees that Oracle put on a fine event. Not only was it a great event, but the location is spectacular! Though the three of us managed to escape the blizzard that engulfed the Denver area late that week, others were not so lucky! We will be back again next year.