As we type this it is Tuesday morning here in San Francisco and we are heading into day two of the Oracle OpenWorld conference.
The conference started for us with Larry Ellison's opening keynote on Sunday evening. He announced some new server products in the Oracle Exadata line, including a new Exalogic middleware machine.
The most significant announcement however was that Oracle Fusion Applications will be generally available in the first quarter of the 2011 calendar year. This is a significant announcement - Fusion Apps has already been in development five years and represents the next generation of applications from Oracle. It is likely to be a part of the future for JD Edwards customers at some stage but in our opinion this is unlikely in the next few years. Oracle themselves describe Fusion Apps as 'not instead of, but in addition to' your existing ERP, eg JDE, via Fusion Middleware. Larry himself said that initial adopters - including Oracle themselves - will be 'brave customers'!
We are spending a significant portion of our time here at conference investigating Fusion Apps in more detail. We have already had a hands on session with the software and found it very interesting. We were surprised to see how broad the Fusion Apps functional footprint is already as the messaging to date has been it would initially only have a narrow footprint that would grow over time.
Yesterday - Monday here - we focused on getting the latest news about JD Edwards. Lyle Ekdahl's keynote (he is Group Vice President responsible for JDE within Oracle) emphasised that they are continuing to invest in JDE and will continue to do so for the foreseeable future. Conference announcements included the release of Fullfilment Management which provides more flexibility for allocating inventory to open orders when orders exceed supply. It was also interesting to hear that globally 34% of JDE EnterpriseOne customers are already on a 9.x release.
Lyle also focussed on the new Apparel module for JDE which is in development and expected to be released next year. Lyle highlighted one of our New Zealand customers who has been participating in the beta testing, and she featured in a video.
We also went to a JDE World product strategy and roadmap session. World is still a product with a future and has a loyal customer base in New Zealand. In the five years under Oracle there have been two major releases and a third is being planned. Oracle is working hard to make World more open so it can operate within a Service Oriented Architecture - like their own Fusion Middleware - even though this is more challenging with JDE World than it is with JDE EnterpriseOne. Examples of this are the JDBC driver for World which allows for integrations, including some that have been prebuilt by Oracle, and JDE World can now utilise Oracle BI Publisher which is a reporting and forms tranformation solution within the Oracle Fusion Middleware stack.
We are also renewing, and making new, relationships with key Oracle JDE people. These relationships are invaluable to our customers and ourselves.
If you would like to meet up at OpenWorld to discuss how Jireh can help you with your JDE system, or if you have a particular question you would like us to investigate at the conference, please contact us on Twitter (@JirehJDE) or directly:
- Mark Elley, Director of Technology Consulting, +64 (27) 672 5126, firstname.lastname@example.org;
- Gavin Knight, Director of Business Consulting, +64 (21) 428 059, email@example.com.