This year at Collaborate 2018, the largest annual technology and applications forum for the Oracle user community in North America, JD Edwards (JDE) once again showcased its continuous innovation spotlighting how businesses are using its breakthrough products to innovate themselves.
Over the five days of Collaborate with more than 1,200 educational sessions for more than 5,500 attendees, there was a lot to take in, so we’ve broken down the highlights:
Making it Happen
In his keynote, Lyle Ekdahl, Senior VP of Oracle, explored how JDE empowers organizations to innovate in the digital economy and how you can make it happen. That included reviewing the frameworks introduced over the last year for JDE 9.2 with new personalizations of the UI, cloud-based services for collaboration and the addition of mobile capabilities. He also raised the question, “How many of you are really using (these features), a year later?”
Oracle’s challenge for itself is to push the JDE community into the mainstream of the digital economy. The result was a full session of answers to the most common JDE challenges, providing practical (without any coding when possible) solutions to real problems JDE users have experienced. We highly recommend checking out the full keynote (embedded below). These real-time, real-world lessons in optimization a a strong reminder of how many users don’t have the time or resources to master these steps that will seriously boost their use of JDE.
A Slow Road to the Cloud
Knowing when to move workloads to the cloud and which workloads to move to the cloud continues to be a challenge for many businesses. For many companies that means a slow but steady pace, making certain everything is where it needs to be. This gradual approach to cloud migration was certainly a theme throughout Collaborate as it became clear that many Oracle JDE users are taking their time moving to the cloud, making sure it’s being done right.
For many companies the result is a hybrid cloud situation with some data living in the cloud, while other data stays on premise for the time being, or in some cases (for compliance reasons) for the long term. There’s no doubt that the move to the cloud is inevitable, but companies are wisely being selective and strategic as they move their data.
The JDE Roadmap
Although much of the week was focused on solving real-world user problems, Collaborate also featured a few closer looks at what’s coming up on the JDE Product Roadmap.There are some exciting things on the horizon including adaptive intelligence, expanded delivery methods, personalization frameworks, experience extension, logic extension, data extension, and much, much more.
The volume of these updates is another reminder of the depth of these products, begging the question, “Are you using it to its full potential?” The sad truth is, for most businesses the answer is no, because doing so would require more resources (in both the financial and personnel sense of the word) than is possible.
If you’re worried you’re not maximizing your use of your Oracle JDE solutions, we’d love to learn more about your company and how we can help you overcome your JDE management struggles.