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Is it Time to Leverage JD Edwards in The Cloud?

Posted by John Hughes | 4/6/16 7:00 AM

"Research found that cloud applications deliver 1.7 times more ROI than on-premise ones, largely because four out of five cloud deployments deliver increasing benefits over time.” — Oracle White Paper on JD Edwards Cloud computing

Touting the advantages of taking apps to the cloud may seem like preaching to the converted. But sometimes a friendly sermon works to remind the faithful why they switched instead of clinging stubbornly to the heat and hassle of spinning hard drives in spaghetti-wired server backrooms.

Cloud computing came along not too long ago and everyone jumped onboard online collaboration, and other web-based communication tools—meaning, applications designed specially for the cloud.

Traditionally, ERP systems were sold as on-premise solutions, heavily dependent on proper IT infrastructure and maintenance. The cloud market exploded when the ability to host enterprise applications offsite sidestepped infrastructure costs and transferred system support to cloud solution experts. Once ERP systems were able to migrate to the cloud, it gave businesses the flexibility needed to grow and seamlessly connect to business operations in real-time, on-demand. ERP cloud applications give businesses of all sizes a flexible, cost-effective option to streamline operations compared to traditional on-premise ERP apps.

Nevertheless, you may have opted to keep mission-essential systems on-premise and maintained locally. Your management and stakeholders likely expressed some security concerns, or maybe you were just satisfied with the status quo. After all, if it isn't broke, why fix it? Well, actually, here’s why:

JD Edwards EnterpriseOne and ERP Functionality

If JD Edwards EnterpriseOne ERP drives your status quo, take a bow, because you have one of the best ERP products on the market.  The depth and breadth of JDE’s value come from its adaptability and choices of databases, operating systems, and the wide variety of hardware it runs on.

JDE offers over 80 application modules to support financial, project, asset lifecycle, orders, and manufacturing management. It’s deployable as a mobile solution, and its customized reporting spans to all the application modules, without the need for additional IT programming.


Questions you need to ask

But are you resting on shaky laurels here? JDE has enormous capabilities, but are you gaining full value from its ERP suite by hosting it on-premise?

Ask around: Are your users satisfied with its features and interface? Does the application improve users’ productivity, or slow them down? How much time does your IT team spend responding to maintenance requests—looking into, looking after, and looking out for your ERP—instead of integrating what they do with what the business goals are?


So, Why go to the Cloud?

If you don't like the answers to the previous questions, it may be time to look at migrating your ERP suite to the cloud.

Going to the cloud is not a simple endeavor. But, at the end of the day the added flexibility is well worth the planning. Cloud ERP refers to either an ERP system delivered in the Software as a Service model, or it can refer to hosting a traditional on-premise ERP system in a cloud environment— meaning the infrastructure and servers are hosted offsite on a public or private cloud. While both solutions have significant operational details to plan, the long-term benefits of both are well worth it.

Moving JDE to the cloud has all the immediate and long-term cost-saving benefits inherent to the cloud. But, there are tremendous operational benefits and flexibility that JDE in the cloud brings. The improvement in productivity that a properly set up cloud application brings to business in all sorts of industries is tremendous.


By migrating JDE to the cloud, you can do all the following:

On-demand Access Anywhere

Increase your overall productivity and decrease downtime. JDE in the cloud provides unlimited storage and bandwidth to keep your ERP running at its full potential. Likewise, your users will realize the full power and functionality of every application at all times. It makes connecting to business operations seamless, giving your team instant productivity.

Reliable Backup & Disaster Recovery Features

An often overlooked value of JDE in the cloud  is the inherent benefit that can be realized with Business Continuity Planning (BCP) and Disaster Recovery (DR).  As one client put it, “the time and cost savings with BCP and DR alone justified our entire ERP cloud migration.” The short-term and long-term benefits from migrating your ERP impact all sorts of aspects of your IT management. Your organization will love the improved reliability of your applications and it’ll be felt throughout the whole company.

Stay Slim or Beef Up On-demand

It's called scalability, and it’s an inherent advantage of the cloud itself. Move your JDE ERP to the cloud and pay only for the services you use. Likewise, you can ramp up overnight if you ever need more capacity. You gain instant access to what you need, when you need it. The accessibility and scalability of JDE in the cloud is ideal for managing a growing business.

Easily Update, Abandon the Kludge, and Improve Overall Usability

A kludge solution is a collection of local tweaks and coding put together to fulfill a particular purpose. Kludges tend to either not work very well or be abandoned later and turn into an unused silo of potentially useful functionality, never integrated with the rest of your environment. It gets ugly. On the other hand, JDE in the cloud is always properly organized and always updated. Updating is easy with cloud-based ERP, and often automated. Keeping your application up to date is inherent to cloud solutions, and will solve a lot of issues that slow down performance in the long-run. Upgrading your cloud-based JDE system can also be inexpensive and efficient, and a partner like ManageForce can take care of all the infrastructure upgrades—making the process even easier for you.

Keep Things Simple.

A result of the phenomenon of kludge is that on-premise ERP solutions come with way more IT complexity and internal support requirements than the cloud. Cloud ERP solutions are inherently simpler, because they are tested, turnkey, and looked after from development to retirement. They can be deployed instantly and reduce the overhead of complexity. And, yes, they cost less both near- and long-term.

Minimize Risk and Safeguard Your Applications

The cloud has somewhat of a bum rap when it comes to security. It’s actually not less secure—and is often more secure—than on-premise systems. According to David Linthicum of Cloud Technology Partners:

  • The cloud is more secure than traditional systems, generally speaking.
  • The physical location of your data matters less than the means of access.
  • The builders of cloud-based platforms for enterprises focus more on security than those who build local systems existing inside firewalls.

Having your JDE in the cloud takes advantage of other inherent security measures, like daily data backup, maintenance that is proactive rather than reactive, and constant vigilance against piracy and theft.

Put the Emphasis on the R of ROI.

You want to focus on what you do best—delivering your products to customers—and you need to show that your IT costs are skewed more towards return than on investment. Well, migrate your JDE to the cloud and you can tap into the best benefits and integration solutions built right into everything your business already does.


ManageForce Cloud ERP Solutions

JDE is one of the best systems in the world because it offers an enormous range of ERP solutions and integration options. Cloud-based ERP solutions let you create a nimble but powerful business, equipped with the right tools to let the business grow and adapt to changing goals. Leveraging cloud hosted solutions can get complex and daunting, but we’re experienced JDE and cloud management experts. We are a long-standing managed services partner, and can provide support at whatever level you might need—from strategic planning down to full-time application monitoring.

Visit our homepage and download our JD Edwards resources and demos. Check out the links under JD Edwards in the Cloud and let us know if your team has any questions about bringing JDE to the cloud.


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Topics: Cloud, JD Edwards

Written by John Hughes


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