JDE Community Survey - What JD Edwards Users Find Most Important in 2023
We recently asked the JDE community about their #1 priority/initiative for 2023 and the results are in! If you read last year’s community survey results, then this won’t be a surprise. In fact, we saw a 5% increase in this particular initiative from 2022 to 2023.
The top three initiatives that JD Edwards users are prioritizing in 2023 are:
1st Priority: Upgrading their JD Edwards System
With the announcement of JD Edwards EnterpriseOne Release 23, 50% of the JDE community surveyed is planning to upgrade in 2023. Even with its recent announcement date of October 20, 2022, we’re already seeing customers moving to Release 23.
But why upgrade with this release?
After 9.2 was released 7 years ago, JD Edwards went into a continuous innovation model, focusing on delivering incremental value quarter after quarter. 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. This makes it easier to implement and maintain a code current strategy, which further enables a continuous adoption mindset.
Oracle is continuously coming out with new features and functions around applications. In fact, more enhancements and tools were added January 2023. Let’s break these down:
- Financial Year End 2022 – 1099
- Year End Payroll for USA and Canada 2022
- On Hand Inventory Repost
- Purchase Order Acknowledgment Approval to Buyer or a Single Recipient
- Option to Exclude Scrap When Determining Work Order Operation Status
- Uplift Transportation Reports to Support Updated Oracle Transportation Management (OTM) XML Validation Schema
- Automatically Calculate Tax and Net Amount for Freight Adjustments
- Ability to Specify G/L Dates for Freight Audit History Application
- Enable Batch Replenishment Programs to Validate Lot Status Groups
- Digital Transformation
- Text Attachment API Enhancements
- Exclude Orchestrations from OpenAPI Document
- Define Inputs for a Scheduled Orchestration
- User Modifications to the Orchestrator OpenAPI Document
- User Experience
- Import Excel Data Containing Formulas, Functions, and Cell Formatting
- Platform Certifications
Moving forward with an upgrade also means moving JDE entirely to a 64-bit ERP. Customers on tools release 9.2.5.x and earlier are most likely running 32-bit JD Edwards and will need to upgrade in order to take the latest tools (9.2.6.x and above). Take this year as an opportunity to get current with code, infrastructure, third party apps and orchestrator. The upgrade is a requirement for customers who want to evolve JD Edwards from a Traditional to a Digital ERP with the goal to transform into an Intelligent ERP.
To ensure your transformation initiatives are met successfully, catching the next wave of innovation around building intelligence is key.
Planning Your JD Edwards EnterpriseOne Upgrade
When it comes to delivering a successful JDE upgrade, you can forget about “best practices.” To succeed, you need real, practical techniques that involve the entire project team. Below, our Vice President of the JD Edwards practice shares the most important principles for managing your upgrade project.
2nd Priority: Additional JDE Functionality / Modules
If an upgrade isn’t the top priority for the JDE users surveyed, then they’re most likely strategizing how to make the most of the data that they have with their EnterpriseOne system. Over 18% of the community surveyed is prioritizing addition functionality/modules to help automate and eliminate friction within their business processes.
For those JDE users surveyed that are prioritizing additional functionality/modules, almost 58% said orchestrator capabilities were at the top of their list.
While Orchestrator has been around for a bit, let’s set the foundation.
Oracle JD Edwards Orchestrator Studio enables a cost-effective way for organizations to streamline their business processes in EnterpriseOne applications. It provides an intuitive, graphical user interface that hides the complexity of the rooted code that’s required for processing orchestrations and service requests – which contain the process steps for turning the Internet of Things (IoT) data into transactions in EnterpriseOne.
With the ever-changing nature of the industry, it’s important to keep your financial records, inventory, manufacturing processes, and project data accurate and up to date. Orchestrator also allows you to translate your third-party data to EnterpriseOne values with cross reference mapping.
Collect, filter, analyze, and act on real-time data with these Release 23 Orchestrator improvements:
- Call an Orchestration from a Workflow
- Logic Extensions: Call Directly from a Form Extension
- Logic Extensions: Aggregation Support
- Data Set Processing for Logic Extensions
- Complex Queries to the EnterpriseOne Database
- Access to AIS APIs from E1pagehelper
- File Selector for Orchestrations Launched from an EnterpriseOne Page
If you’re not on the latest release, Oracle breaks down more information on what Orchestrator enhancements your organization can leverage. For users on Release 22, dive into real use case demonstrations with the video below.
3rd Priority: JDE Support
Chances are you have a JD Edwards “wish list.” The list could include new reports, additional training for your team, help with certain areas like accounts payable or fixed assets – or it might simply be that you’d like to “do more” with JDE.
You’re not alone – over 12% of the JDE community surveyed said that JDE Support is their top priority for the year.
The right partner can help you optimize JD Edwards. If you’re answering yes to any of these questions, it might be time to choose a JD Edwards support partner.
1. You know you could be doing more with JD Edwards.
You might have specific features, functionality or modules in mind that you’d like to leverage in JD Edwards but haven’t had the time or resources to make it happen. Or you might not have identified specific enhancements yet, but you know there are opportunities for optimization and automation with JD Edwards.
A JD Edwards partner can provide the resources and expertise to help you make your wish list items a reality. The right partner can also help you map out what new tools or functionality you can take advantage of, then prioritize based on where you’ll see the biggest impact.
2. You need more (or ongoing) JDE training.
Whether it’s a regular training need, for onboarding or other purposes, or project-based training to learn a new module or feature – the right JD Edwards support partner can help. Using a partner to conduct training ensures you and your employees learn from certified consultants who have worked on numerous JD Edwards projects and can provide:
- New Orchestrator, UX One or other new functionality
- Analyze the value and cost of your JDE options
- A personalized plan for an upgrade or world migration
- A strategic roadmap for a path to continuous improvement
Learn more about our JD Edwards Training workshops.
3. You need help, in general.
Maybe you have a bigger, comprehensive project in mind to improve how your organization uses JD Edwards. Or, maybe you have smaller but frequent tasks you’d like addressed. Common support requests include:
- Implementing new modules
- Specific configurations or optimizations
- Creating dashboards
- Third-party app integrations
- Creating scripts
- EDI integration
- Setting up new users or other administrative tasks
While those are the top three goals for JD Edwards users in 2023, many businesses are choosing to focus on other important areas of growth and innovation. Implementing digital transformation and optimizing current JDE with cloud-based applications were selected as #4 and #5 top priorities in 2023 among JD Edwards users who completed the survey. See the complete results below.
Are you planning on any additional initiatives or functionalities? With the announcement of Release 23 and those looking to implement 64-bit, half of the JDE users surveyed plan to upgrade their JD Edwards system in 2023.
Finding the Best Path Forward
Today there are more choices than ever for Oracle ERP solutions. Making sense of the offerings when it comes to a path forward with JD Edwards can be a confusing and time-draining experience.
Tailored to your organization’s needs, our JD Edwards roadmap workshop will help you understand:
- What’s new with JD Edwards EnterpriseOne (including a demo)
- How to create a JDE roadmap for continuous improvement
- How to be successful with implementing new features and functionality
- How to plan for an upgrade (if applicable)
Take advantage of the latest/greatest and move forward with a JDE roadmap that make sense for your organization.