JDE: Partner Summit 2018 – 4 Dimensions of JD Edwards
Following last weeks email of highlights from the JDE Partner Conference, this week looks at the 4 dimensions of JD Edwards.
Approaching JD Edwards based on 4 key dimensions provides a framework for understanding the functions and benefits of the system.
The conference presentation used this framework to review the past, present and future of JDE applications and tools.
The 4 dimensions are; ERP, Digital Technologies, User Experience, and Operational Simplification.
JD Edwards is well established and respected as an ERP system that offers businesses a stable and proven system with many advanced features.
Oracle continues to invest in the development of JDE providing enhancements to meet user expectations, improve the user experience and respond to new technologies and ways of doing business.
Version 9.2 has offered a number of enhancements including more recently;
- Joint Venture Management
- Lease Accounting for Property & Non Property Assets
- Manufacturing Production Execution
- Process Automation (Drag and drop work scheduling)
- Orchestrations (shortages & cycle counts)
2. Digital Technologies
Orchestrator provides the gateway to digital transformation and exposes all new technologies to JDE including;
- IOT (internet of things)
- Autonomous ERP
- AI (artificial intelligence)
- Robotic Processing
For example, Orchestrator provides enhanced Notifications to stay in touch with the business and alert key personnel based on pre-determined parameters for events such as;
- Production exceptions
- Project delays
- OH&S issues.
There are 35 prebuilt Notifications plus the ability to create custom notifications.
3. User Experience
Oracle has greatly enhanced the JD Edwards User Experience.
From advanced navigation tools (E1 Pages) to composite screens (Cafe1) and condition based alerts to pre built process based user screens (UX One).
UX One leverages UDOs (user defined objects) rather than design tools to change and simplify the approach to customisation.
UDOs (user defined objects) have been created in UX One for landing pages, simplified forms, search, and notifications.
Mobility has also been enhanced with 9.2 and users can take advantage of a wide range of mobility applications across all modules.
For example, mobile applications for purchase order approvals, customer account enquiries, and work orders all contribute to streamline internal processes.
4. Operational Simplification
Changes to the delivery and upgrade approach have made managing and upgrading JD Edwards simpler.
The SAAS approach to managing the system provides distinct operational benefits.
Upgrade simplification comes from the ability to focus upgrade and testing on areas of change.
The continuous innovation delivery model enables users to stay code-current and download smaller updates more frequently to take advantage of enhancements and stay up-to-date with less effort.