Stop Forcing Your Employees to Use Your ERP
Post by Dan Barford, Vice President of Project Delivery at Terillium
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The pace at which ERP technology changes is typically faster than an organization’s ability to adopt those changes. So, chances are, you’re operating on an outdated ERP System. Software companies, like Oracle, spend millions – if not billions – on research and development. As new enhancements are introduced to an ERP, companies must decide how to leverage those tools within their organization.
Ignoring change, and resisting a continuous innovation model, not only delays an organization’s path to digital transformation – it also causes users to resent (or abandon) their ERP system. Employee engagement and innovation, combined with an enterprise’s ability to quickly adopt new technology are key factors for business success today.
The JD Edwards ERP community is no different, and the benefits of adopting a continuous innovation mindset are real. If you are one of the many in the JDE community considering new ERP features and functionality, below are three compelling benefits of JD Edwards EnterpriseOne 9.2. These benefits enable legitimate opportunities for forward-thinking organizations, as well as give users something to be excited about when it comes to user experience and ERP enhancements.
No Force Required - Three Compelling Reasons to Use (and Leverage) JDE ERP
1. New JDE Features are Game-Changers
The game-changing features in JD Edwards EnterpriseOne 9.2 enable some powerful benefits including the ability to:
- Leverage the latest ERP technology trends including personalization, IoT, and machine learning
- Move from reactive to proactive with tools like notifications and watchlists
- Leverage Citizen Developer capabilities in order to reduce modifications
- Take advantage of enhanced modules like Lease Accounting and Joint Venture Management
2. The Path to Digital Innovation is Real
“We fundamentally believe that digital transformation is real and that it radically alters the value equations in the marketplace” – Lyle Ekdahl
Digital transformation has been a buzz word for a few years now, and as a business strategy it’s gaining momentum. Leading enterprises today are moving toward continuous innovation using digital technologies, and organizations running JDE are no different. Companies who have committed to JD Edwards EnterpriseOne are leveraging modern ERP capabilities with IoT, machine learning and a movement towards an autonomous ERP.
In a recent interview, Lyle Ekdahl, senior vice president of product development at Oracle and general manager of Oracle’s JD Edwards product line, outlined three phases of digital transformation when it comes to ERP.
- Phase one: Moving beyond traditional ERP, to ERP as a digital platform. A digital ERP platform is not static, it’s real-time and at the heart of the business.
- Phase two: Establishing “richer sources of data, through machines as well as humans.”
- Phase three: Leveraging business intelligence, gained through richer data, to “create intelligence in the ERP.”
Including your team on the path toward digital transformation is an opportunity to increase employee engagement, as well as ensure ERP user adoption. Having key employees involved who are familiar with old processes, and excited about improvement, is also a good way to ensure the successful implementation of new technology.
3. Your Future with JDE will Have Less Cost & Effort (Really)
For those who upgrade to EnterpriseOne 9.2 and maintain a strategic roadmap, the payoff means a reduction of cost and effort going forward.
With the release of EnterpriseOne 9.2, the JD Edwards product team introduced a new strategy for the JDE software roadmap. Rather than large releases requiring big upgrade projects, JDE has adopted a continuous delivery model that matches the trends in the enterprise software market. Rather than releasing a 9.3 for example, the team is continually enhancing the 9.2 code line. Once you get to 9.2. you have access to more new feature packs and innovation, without the work of a major upgrade. Access to the latest features includes a better user experience for your team.
Tying it All Together
Global spending on digital transformation by enterprises in 2019 is projected to reach $1.18 trillion.* This doesn’t mean you have to spend millions to take steps towards digital innovation, but it does illustrate that digital transformation as a business strategy today is real (and that your competitors are likely investing in it).
An important benefit of implementing continuous innovation is the chance to engage your employees by offering modern tools that empower them to do their jobs better and improve overall company performance.
About the Author | Dan Barford
Dan is Vice President of our JD Edwards practice at Terillium. He has more than 19 years of experience helping hundreds of customers implement and upgrade Oracle applications.