Maximizing Your JD Edwards EnterpriseOne Investment with Continuous Delivery

For those that have recently (or not so recently) upgraded to JD Edwards EnterpriseOne, the process is probably still fresh in your mind. Upgrading to EnterpriseOne is typically a long, expensive and disruptive process that can take over a year. It requires a large investment of time and resources – something that businesses are used to when it comes to ERP upgrades.

In the recent past (up to and including moving to EnterpriseOne), when it was absolutely critical to update ERP software, a project team was assembled to tackle the project. It was a massive undertaking, something I like to compare to planning an expedition to Mount Everest. There were months of tedious planning, budgeting, and risk assessments, not to mention RFPs for implementation support. In some cases, there was hardware to procure or update.

Once all these elements were assembled, the expedition could begin the slow, steady ascent. Each phase of the ascent would be celebrated and a new base camp established. As the expedition inched closer to the summit (production cut-over), the stress, costs, and risks also increased – until that fateful day the flag was planted at the top.

Today, customer expectations have changed. Customers’ experiences unrelated with cloud-based applications and consumer devices, such as smartphones, have demonstrated how upgrades can and should be handled. Users now want ERP upgrades and new functionality faster, with less disruption.

In response, Oracle JD Edwards has redefined the way platform upgrades are done. Their new Continuous Delivery model is an approach to software engineering and JD Edwards ERP upgrades that creates and delivery updates in short cycles, not large, massive releases.

Benefits of Continuous Delivery for JD Edwards Customers

With Continuous Delivery (CD), new product innovation and features are delivered as regular updates that are easier to manage and consume. Customers do not need to wait several years before these new capabilities can be packaged and delivered through a major release – they can incrementally add new capabilities as they need them, when they need them, and at the time they have the bandwidth to adopt them.

Quarterly Updates that Shorten Time-to-Value Cycles

The JD Edwards Continuous Delivery model delivers updates every quarter. Each update is in a small batch, consistent with CD methodology that delivers smaller updates more frequently. These incremental enhancements are easier to consume, enabling customers to shorten time-to-value cycles.

Less Expensive, Streamlined Upgrades

Under the CD model, upgrades are simplified. Only new and changed objects from the previous release are installed, ensuring that the majority of your system isn’t affected by the upgrade. This greatly reduces upgrade time and expense, because retrofitting is necessary only for objects customized since the last release.

Greater Customer Control with Less Risk

Continuous delivery is designed to leverage the growing reliance on cloud and hybrid solutions for enterprise resource planning software. Continuous Delivery provides you with control and choice. At the same time, the approach lets your company reduce the time, cost, and risk associated with system upgrades. The incremental upgrade approach offers access to the newest applications and features quickly and affordably.

Leveraging the Ongoing Release Model for JD Edwards EnterpriseOne

To get the most out of Oracle JD Edwards EnterpriseOne 9.2, you should leverage the Continuous Delivery model that offers upgrades every quarter. By leveraging Continuous Delivery, you’ll get timely JD Edwards product innovations that support business needs, without the cost and potential disruption of a major upgrade. Your company’s role is simply to test and implement each upgrade.

hat doesn’t mean Continuous Delivery is a seamless adoption process, however. To get the most out of Continuous Delivery with the least disruption to your business, you still need to:

  • Evaluate each upgrade in terms of technical, functional, and business advantages.
  • Determine whether it makes sense for your business to upgrade every quarter, or wait until a later date.
  • Test and implement upgrades.
  • Train staff on new functionality.

For businesses without experience with Continuous Delivery, or whose IT teams are prioritizing other projects, those tasks can be difficult to manage on a regular basis. Businesses that want their IT teams to continue focusing on innovation, but still leverage CD to get the most from EnterpriseOne, often use JD Edwards managed services to supplement their in-house staff and gain additional expertise.

Use ArganoCSS Managed Services to Get More from JD Edwards EnterpriseOne

The best managed services providers have in-depth JD Edwards knowledge as well as experience in your particular industry. ArganoCSS, for example, works specifically with Oracle technology in the construction, engineering, and manufacturing industries.

We provide the required tools to evaluate business needs as well as to plan, manage, and execute Continuous Delivery update cycles, helping customers get an upgrade that is predictable in cost while allowing choice and control in what to install, when. We help ensure adopting Continuous Delivery eliminates your need for costly, big bang upgrades.

With a proven partner like ArganoCSS, the migration to JD Edwards EnterpriseOne 9.2 and subsequent updates will mean seamless operations and a smooth transition. Additionally, ArganoCSS offers Oracle support services, which means that even the testing and implementation of each upgrade can be handled easily by ArganoCSS’s professional team of experts.

For more information on the JD Edwards Continuous Delivery model and how ArganoCSS can help, download the Continuous Delivery Datasheet.

In my next article, I’ll dive deeper into how you can leverage managed services in your business – including going beyond just a break-fix mentality and using managed services for measurable business improvement.

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