Converting from JDE to Cloud? Why you need an expert in both Oracle Cloud applications and JD Edwards Consulting.

Companies that take their JD Edwards application to the Cloud are realizing an average of a return on investment of 3.2x while reducing their total costs of ownership by more than 50%. That, all by itself, is a highly compelling argument for migrating your ERP solution to the Cloud.

How this transition can optimally take place, though, can vary from company to company. For some, it can make sense to migrate in one complete transition and rollout. For others, it can be better to migrate one business line or division at a time, enjoying its benefits before going to the next rollout in a carefully designed strategy and schedule.

To craft the most effective transformational journey that dovetails with your company’s challenges and opportunities, it’s important to choose the right JDE consultant, one that also has significant experience with Cloud migrations. To help you get started with your consultant of choice, we’ll share:

  • Benefits of the ERP to Cloud migration, overall
  • Industries where CSS migrates JDE to the Cloud
  • Considerations when choosing your consultant
  • How CSS can help

If you’re ready to discuss how we can meet your JD Edwards Cloud needs, please contact us online. We can set up a complimentary consultation call and talk about your unique requirements.

Benefits of Moving JDE to the Cloud

Benefits include the ROI realization and reduced TCO as described above, but that’s only the beginning. Companies that transition their JDE to the Cloud spend 63% less on their technology infrastructure, on average, while using 91% less energy.

Additional benefits of this transition include your ability to leverage world-class technologies at reduced costs, along with:

  • Fast integrations that provide your company with real-time access to innovations and new functionalities
  • Increased ability, in today’s ultra-fast business world, to effectively compete
  • Customized rollout times
  • Ease of scalability
  • Ability to strategically use freed up human resource talent

Moving your ERP solution to the Cloud positions your company as a future-thinking organization, whether large or small, that can minimize routine tasks through intelligent automation. Oracle has been investing in AI, ML, IoT, and blockchain, making them available in the Cloud (only in the Cloud!) to provide companies with competitive advantages.

The Oracle Cloud is a comprehensive solution that allows companies to glean deep insights and use them to create far more accurate projections. This technology empowers decision making, thanks to real-time analytics and reports, and facilitates your company’s ability to expand around the world with next-gen technologies.

All of this can be accomplished while also controlling risk and complying with regulations.

Now, after providing this overview of the benefits of JD Edwards, we’ll focus on the ways that a migration can benefit companies in specific industries where CSS specializes.

Industry Specialties

Our Oracle JD Edwards Cloud consulting team works with a broad range of industries, including the following.

Manufacturing

We provide unique services for a variety of manufacturing clients, including in:

  • Aerospace & Defense
  • Automotive
  • Chemicals
  • Durable Goods
  • Industrial Manufacturing
  • Pulp & Paper
  • Steel & Metals
  • Textiles

Oracle consultants at CSS provide customized solutions for world-class companies in each of these niche manufacturing spaces, among others—providing them with seamless transformational experiences.

Engineering and Construction

Our engineering and construction clients design and build with quality front of mind, and so do we. While they design or build structures that are physical—and we do so in the Cloud—we share the same philosophy of crafting exactly the right solutions.

Our clients are from companies that focus on:

  • General Contractors/Construction
  • Heavy Civil Engineering
  • Specialty Construction
  • Engineering Procurement Construction (EPC)
  • Industrial/ETO Construction
  • Home Building & Construction

Distribution and Logistics

Distribution clients range from wholesale distributors to those that specialize in logistics. CSS consultants help them to streamline functions that range from planning to designing, and from coordinating and managing to improving processes as they maximize their ability to move goods in highly efficient ways. Our JD Edwards consultants can tailor functionalities in the Cloud to optimize their entire supply chain and provide transparency and maximum visibility.

Consumer Packaged Goods

Speed and agility are top priorities with our CPG clients, and our consultants can implement Cloud technologies that helps them to swiftly take advantage of marketplace opportunities. Areas of our CPG specialties include:

  • Agribusiness
  • Clothing & Textiles
  • Food & Beverages
  • Print & Packing

JD Edwards consultants at CSS have deep familiarity with problems faced in the CPG industry and work closely with each client to create tailored and transparent supply chains and sustainable solutions.

Business Services

Our Oracle consultants provide award-winning services to a wide range of business service clients. They include:

  • Facilities Management
  • Staffing
  • Break/Fix Services
  • Home Services & Repair
  • Technology Services
  • Equipment Rentals & Repair

As part of the transformation process, business service companies must rethink how they offer products and services in a future-forward way, seeking long term opportunities and solutions. CSS can help.

Professional Services

Companies that offer professional services can grow and capitalize through a business model that leverages digital services. Forward-looking niches that use CSS consultants to grow revenue and become more profitable include:

  • Management Consulting
  • Accounting & Audit
  • Advertising & Public Relations
  • Legal
  • IT Consulting

Our Oracle consultants excel in using technology to transform your professional services digital footprint.

Media and Communications

Clients in the communications industry are seeing rapid changes and our JDE Cloud consultants help them to expertly nativate evolving business models and maximize them through digital technology. Companies we work with include those in these specialty areas:

  • Telecommunications
  • Television
  • Cable & Broadband
  • Radio
  • Communication Services
  • Print

In an era when communications business models are moving to direct-to-consumer, those with the most well-developed technological applications and support can differentiate themselves and move ahead of the competition.

Technology and Innovation

Technology continues to innovate at a rapid-fire pace, with each new evolution changing lives in ways that were almost unimaginable a decade ago. JDE consultants at CSS dovetail ERP Cloud solutions in these technology industries and more:

  • Hardware
  • Software
  • Semiconductors
  • Internet & e-Commerce
  • Computer Services
  • Telecom Equipment

Because of data privacy issues, tech companies will need to continue to adopt modern solutions to maintain public trust, and we specialize in those solutions.

Asset Intensive

By this, we refer to the following industries:

  • Oil & Gas
  • Utilities
  • Mining
  • Renewable Energy
  • Aggregates
  • Milling Products
  • Building Materials
  • Chemicals

Each of these organizations will have a unique way to develop their products and services, and a digital transformation through JD Edwards and the Oracle Cloud can streamline the process to support the process most effectively.

Entertainment

Our entertainment clients run the gamut, providing engaging and enriching experiences for other people. These industries can include:

  • Hospitality
  • Gaming
  • Sports Teams & Leagues
  • Theme Parks
  • Concessions

Consumers today want their entertainment delivered today real time, so companies in these industries must capture their attention in cutting-edge ways. Oracle consultants at CSS are experienced in supporting these organizations as they embrace new technology to engage with their fans.

Retail

The retail industry is already shifting from being product-centric to one that’s customer-centric, with personalization and shopper convenience at the core. People are looking for a shopping experience. Our JD Edwards consulting team works with retailers such as these, providing them with modern technology to future-proof their companies:

  • Online Retailers
  • Grocery & Supermarkets
  • Restaurants & Dining
  • General Merchandise
  • Specialty Retail

Modern retailers can leverage the Cloud to become agile and ultra responsive.

Life Sciences and Wellness

Life science organizations today must balance the provision of personalized care with outcomes that are value driven. To deliver their life-saving products and services efficiently, today’s providers must choose the appropriate technology. CSS consultants help the following types of life science companies achieve these goals:

  • Medical Devices
  • Medical Products Distribution
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Nutraceuticals
  • Clinical Research

JD Edwards in the Cloud facilitates their ability to to have the real-time visibility they need to deliver across complex global supply chains.

Don’t see your industry in this list? We invite you to contact our Oracle consultants at CSS to discuss how our deep Oracle wisdom, broad JDE and Cloud implementation and migration experience, and real-life know-how can help your company.

Choosing the Right JDE Cloud Consultants

When choosing a consultant to transform your JDE technology in the Cloud, it’s crucial to pick one with deep industry knowledge and a stellar track record. To create a list of candidates, you can ask business colleagues and members of organizations to which you belong for recommendations. Then collect answers to the following questions.

  • What kind of services does this company offer?
  • How well do their offerings match what you need?
  • What certifications do they have?
  • What industry awards have they won?
  • What kind of testimonials and case studies can they share?
  • How clearly do they seem to understand your challenges?
  • How willing are they to answer your questions?
  • How do they provide services during COVID?

To help, here are three case studies where we transitioned JD Edwards to the Oracle Cloud:

  • Acme Brick: Our technology solution allowed this leader in brick products to evolve their S&OP while also lowering their TCO, improving their response time, and unifying their supply and demand generation and analysis.
  • Graniterock: Their Oracle solution allowed this manufacturing and engineering company to benefit from a scalable modern footprint. It eliminated cumbersome manual processes and met their business requirements while creating a plan for future phase rollouts.
  • Skanska USA: The continuous delivery model allows this construction and development company to benefit quickly and efficiently from enhancements, including their ability to manage diverse forecasting requirements while complying with new regulations.

When considering which consultant to use, talk to them about their pre-implementation processes, including how and when implementation will take place, what services are available during these times—such as organizational change management and training opportunities—and the support that’s available afterwards, such as ongoing managed support.

Before implementation, for example, a quality consultant will put a strong focus on your on-premise data. How clean is it? Where is it located? What kind of duplication exists? What data is still being used and what can be archived?

The consultant should also review your documentation and compare it against best practices, and then compare those against your internal processes. What differences exist? How should they be addressed? Areas where this needs to be considered include finance, inventory, manufacturing, planning, procurement, and sales.

What process mapping has been done? On-premise customizations? How many customizations are there? How complex? Which ones must be brought forward into the Cloud?

Besides going through more standardized pre-implementation processes, your consultant should talk to you about unique issues related to your industry, such as their regulations, or to your company, specifically.

When considering consultants, talk to them about how they’ll implement your solution and leverage the platform for maximum impact. How would they integrate technology with other Oracle applications? With third-party solutions?

What rollout plan do they recommend? Why? How will they manage business interruption in the meantime? Help your company to provide a training plan? Manage change?

Our consultants provide customized service to each client by following these four broad steps, with each one tailored to unique needs:

  • Gain insights into specific business challenges
  • Craft recommendations to solve today’s challenges and to position you for the future
  • Implement the solution in the most impactful way for your company
  • Provide on-call technology support and/or functional support, 24/7/365

More About Choosing CSS as Your JDE to Cloud Consultant

Our JDE consulting team was one of the very first in the Oracle Partner Network to implement and integrate JD Edwards with the Oracle ERP Cloud in a hybrid environment. This can be required when data is located on multiple platforms, for example, or when a merger is taking place. Our experienced consultants can transition you into the Cloud while you continue to leverage the robust capabilities of JD Edwards. We ensure that, if you transition in stages, you’ll receive the same benefits that you would if you go all-in with one comprehensive transition.

We create unique and contemporary solutions for companies, each uniquely tailored to a company’s needs and goals. And, whether your upgrade is large or small, we optimize business value to the fullest.

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