Make Your JD Edwards ERP System More Nimble with Continuous Delivery

In the world of software development and deployment, there has always been a lifecycle associated with product releases. They were usually large, very intensive both in cost and labor, and disruptive to the business. Recently, Oracle’s JD Edwards development team changed that lifecycle by adopting a continuous delivery model.

Continuous delivery is a set of principles and practices that allows new technology, such as customizations, updates, and bug fixes, to be released to end users quickly. For software systems, continuous delivery has a range of benefits, including shortening development cycles, reducing the cost, time and risk of making changes, and keeping systems code current.

Continuous delivery ensures incremental changes can be deployed quickly throughout an organization’s systems, meeting the need for regularly updated functionality without the disruption associated with a large technology rollout.

With continuous delivery, both vendor and end users can achieve a more synergistic relationship balancing new functionality to drive the business, shortening the deployment lifecycle, and ensuring code currency on a continual basis that reduces the business disruption.

Internal Reflection

In order to embrace any change, you need to have that “lightbulb moment” that your current IT practices are impeding your capability to scale, the inability to address the Lines of Business need or meet market demands. Look at your current spend on running, growing, and transforming the business.

You need business processes that allow for short-cycle development and testing in a non-production environment, as well as adopting Oracle’s continuous delivery model for JD Edwards. Maybe you’re leveraging or maintaining too many custom systems that can be retired. Are you keeping pace with your competition or is it starting to outpace you? Once you have come to this realization, you can make the changes your business and IT department needs to innovate, such as adopting continuous delivery.

Here are three steps that will help you successfully adopt continuous delivery for your JD Edwards system.

1. Create a Long-Term ERP Strategy

Creating a long-term ERP strategy that aligns technology with strategic goals is an important step in securing your company’s future position in the market. It ensures that the frequent updates associated with continuous delivery not only keep code current, but also leverage technology to maximize impact throughout the organization.

When creating your ERP strategy, think about your business goals. Are you trying to increase revenue or cut costs? How does your JD Edwards system fit in achieving the goal? Once you’ve determined your business goals, you can create a plan for developing new functionality to meet your needs as well as prioritizing the Oracle updates that will be most impactful for your business.

2. Adopt an Innovation IT Model

Traditional development methods like waterfall create large chunks of code and updates over several months, then releasing the new functionality all at once. That’s in direct contrast to continuous delivery’s short development cycles, where updates and improvements are designed and deployed rapidly in an ongoing process. So to effectively adopt continuous delivery, your IT team also needs to adopt new development methods like agile.

Innovation IT models such as Agile or Scrum break up development projects into short ‘sprints’, complementing continuous development process requirements. New functionality is released more frequently, but in smaller batches, to compliment continuous delivery.

Internal technology teams that adopt such a methodology can align with JD Edwards’ continuous delivery model. This will help ensure that system code is current, with new features and upgrades are implemented on a timely basis.

3. Engage a Partner

Continuous delivery is a fast-paced, innovative development methodology that isn’t always easy to manage in a large organization – especially when your IT team has too many projects on their plate and not enough JD Edwards experience. The use of a JD Edwards business partner that offers managed services with full business and technical acumen can help fill that gap.

The transformational journey that you are embarking upon should not be started without a guide. A that has expertise in JD Edwards, continuous delivery models, and business technology strategy will provide you with that navigation. The best business partners and JD Edwards managed services providers will create a collaborative environment that will help define and develop a corporate strategy around your JD Edwards system while supporting your tactical needs such as upgrades, emergency support, testing, training, custom code retrofits, functional development, and technical support.

JD Edwards Continuous Delivery Can Give You a Business Advantage

By leveraging JD Edwards’ continuous delivery model and adopting an Innovation IT model, your business can ensure its technology is up to date without the constant worry or a large upgrade causing more problems than it fixes. You can also make your entire organization more agile, developing functionality to meet business needs and shifting with your market.

The best business partners will work with your team to develop a complete strategy for your JD Edwards system that incorporates continuous delivery and prioritizes your business needs so you get the best results from your JD Edwards system and your IT team.

Use the three steps above to help your business and, more specifically, your IT team, get set up for success with continuous delivery.

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John H Hutchison
Manager, Innovation Services
ArganoCSS International

About the author:
John has over 30 years of software development, deployment, and strategy experience. He has had a distinguished management career leading organization to embrace digital transformation throughout the U.S. and abroad. He leads the innovations services team at ArganoCSS international and is a frequently speaker on business transformation and innovation.