For many, JD Edwards solutions are at the core of a successful IT environment.
by Aaron Lazenby, August 2013
It’s been four years since I launched the first Oracle’s JD Edwards special issue of Profit. When I started working on the project with my amazing counterparts on the JD Edwards product team, the goal was to address the devoted and tight-knit community that uses and supports the enterprise resource planning (ERP) solutions acquired by Oracle in 2005. The idea was to serve a unique IT community with content that addressed their specific needs and culture, separate from the broader Oracle community.
Readers will still find these pages filled with details about new JD Edwards functionality, success stories about JD Edwards implementations, and thought leadership about ERP-intensive industries. That makes up the nuts and bolts of this project.
But what a difference four years makes. This special edition is also filled with information about how Oracle customers are connecting Oracle Hyperion solutions to JD Edwards data to do financial consolidation. Or using Oracle Business Intelligence solutions to analyze data from a JD Edwards system. Or connecting JD Edwards data and processes to Oracle WebLogic solutions, Oracle’s PeopleSoft solutions, and even Oracle Social Relationship Management solutions.
Sources I spoke to while researching this issue repeatedly told me: JD Edwards software is at the core of their IT environments, which include a variety of other Oracle products.
Sources I spoke to while researching this issue repeatedly told me: JD Edwards software is at the core of their IT environments, which include a variety of other Oracle products. I heard that the stability, ease of use, and efficiency of JD Edwards solutions make them an ideal business process foundation, upon which a broader enterprise application portfolio can be built.
Beth Zuke, enterprise solutions manager at Amway, whom I interviewed for this issue (see “Seller's Market”), put it best: “JD Edwards is the backbone of our headquarters and supply chain systems.”
I hope this year’s JD Edwards special issue demonstrates that even if the JD Edwards community has a distinct culture and perspective, the products themselves can serve as an ERP central nervous system, driving new benefits into other software that coexists in the same data center. And that connecting out to other Oracle products will only strengthen your business posture.
Editor in Chief, Profit