To ensure your transformation initiatives are met successfully, catching the next wave of innovation around building intelligence is key. With the announcement of JD Edwards Release 23 and the progress on process automation, we’re diving into the newest enhancements that help increase productivity, eliminate manual tasks, and enable transformation for quicker responses to change.
EnterpriseOne Release Naming Methodology
For those that aren’t aware of the new naming conventions, let’s break it down.
Every year a major release will be introduced. Release 22 was the first naming convention change, which took place last year. This year, the new release is 23. It’s from our understanding that that Release 24 will come out sometime in the fall (just in time for the JDE-focused conference, INFOCUS).
Throughout 2023, Oracle will be making small incremental changes to allow you to gather and utilize the different improved technology. In relation to the old naming convention, Release 23 is the 9.2.7 tools release. By utilizing a continuous code line and shifting the delivery frequency, Oracle JD Edwards eliminated the number of upgrades and lessened the degree of change between releases.
With the announcement date of October 20, 2022, JDE EnterpriseOne Release 23 is still new. Although, we do see some customers already moving to it.
*To see the newest JD Edwards Release 23 enhancements in action, watch our webinar ‘What’s New and Exciting with EnterpriseOne Release 23’.*
What’s New with JD Edwards Release 23 – Applications vs Technology
When we think of the different areas of JD Edwards EnterpriseOne Release 23, let’s break in down into two different categories – the application side and the technology side. The technology side encompasses digital transformation, Orchestrator, notifications, logic extractions, etc. – which really can be leveraged across any application inside of EnterpriseOne.
Oracle is continuously coming out with new features and functions around applications. Let’s break these into the three key COGS that come to mind when we refer to JDE – manufacturing, finance, and distribution sites. Some of these are pretty neat when we think of the ability to do substitute components on the work order print.
Applications – Increasing Productivity
There’s new functionality around the address book map, which is a view where you can put in a geographical range on the map. It’ll show all the customers that you have in that area. Same thing with allowing you to do attachments at the line of business level. If you use line of business inside of your organization, now you’re going to be able to add attachments to it. There is some AP automation voucher matching technology that has come out, which helps with some of the vendor invoices and automation. It’s still not OCR or anything like that, but it is giving some different feature functionality to help in that area.
Then when we get into the distribution side, there’s some new functionality to help from an EDI perspective and inside of the rebates management. Now, all of this (or many of it) is based on the processing options associated to these. When you think of the option to print component item substitutes, that’d be updating the processing options on the R31 410. The default work order routing operations is going into the receipts application and also into the work order routing. These are essentially flags that we need to switch inside of the organization, which would not be a huge shift to take on. While this gets into more of the tool side of it, these are the high-level application enhancements that came with the new release.
Let’s break these down into two key areas – transformation and system automation. System automation is more around the backend CNC functionality, which is the ability to do updates on:
- The web client
- A web OMW spec object report
- Publishing batch information for APIs
Digital Platform – Driving Customer’s Digital Transformation
The tools in the digital transformation area are more around improvement or enhancement of the technology for the business users or even the functional, technical IT team. This allows the ability to do updates on Orchestrator and logic extensions. In turn, this provides the ability to manage files easier and reset passwords. While this is a simple add to the tool, long gone are the days of resetting and managing passwords.
Now that we’ve talked through just a high-level overview of the tools and some of the enhancements around it, let’s jump into EnterpriseOne to see these enhancements in action.