The Deep Dive On Dive Deep – A 4 Part Special
This is the lowdown on Quest JDE Infocus 2021: Part 1
Introducing JD Edwards Release 22 & Quest InFocus Overview
The Quest INFOCUS Dive Deep conference has just wrapped up, as happened last year, for those of us down under sessions were held online in the middle of our night. So I’m sure you’ll join me in thanking our intrepid night owl, Anne Thiele, for keeping her eyes propped open well into the small hours to bring you all the latest JDE gossip.
There were many sessions from Oracle covering applications and tools enhancements, as well as several technical sessions. Due to the volume of sessions delivered at this years conference we have broken up our coverage of the event into 4 parts.
As you know by now, JDE 9.2 is now JDE Release 22. The new name is about emphasising the continuous delivery of enhancements and ongoing commitment from Oracle.
The Hot Topics
- Orchestrator and User Experience (UX) were still the hottest topics at this year’s conference.
- Logic Extensions have been introduced, further extending the capability of the Orchestrator by enabling the introduction of additional logic to applications. Logic extensions are another feature that are designed to reduce the need for JDE Customisations, a topic we briefly touched on in our JDE Release 22 notice.
- Attachments are another UX introduction. Prior to this release, a REST call to an API on the AIS server was required to work with attachments. In this release, a new service request has been introduced to manage attachments.
- Workflow Studio has also been added to Orchestrator. These allow for the management of existing JDE workflows from the Orchestrator Studio, rather than having to manage them via the fat client.
- A short word on JRuby. JRuby is replacing Groovy as the default language for custom coding in Orchestrator going forward. There is more information about this in upcoming articles.
JD Edwards Release 22 Product Update and Roadmap
Oracle highlighted the automatic capture of supplier discounts as well as the enhancements made to manufacturing including;
- simplified update of work centre rates and
- a requirements planning console with graphical interfaces.
Further supporting RPA, business productivity and innovation, is Oracle’s new Workflow Studio, which enables you to manage workflows on the glass from Orchestrator Studio.
Oracle introduced Logic Extensions which allow you to create business logic to perform operations such as string manipulation, arithmetic calculations, conditions, loops, and even table I/O. Unlike traditional custom business functions and named event rules (NER) that require a development workstation, the Orchestrator Studio provides a web-based user interface for developers to create logic extensions. Logic extensions can then be incorporated into orchestrations to perform their designed function.
We provide more detailed information about Workflow Studio and Logic Extensions in part 3 of this special.
Intelligent ERP – Oracle’s Vision for JD Edwards
Oracle are looking into how they can take business automation forward, by starting to recommend possible actions based on past actions taken and then eventually, taking the action and simply notifying you that the action has been taken. Their vision is to move closer and closer to Autonomous System Management.
With that note we’re let’s wrap up part 1 of our 4 part deep dive on Dive Deep.
The next 3 parts are broken up as follows: