It was April of 2012… Carly Rae Jepson’s “Call Me Maybe” was just starting to gain traction in the Billboard music charts. Rumors were flying about a radical new design for Apple’s iPhone 5…and Oracle had just made the exciting announcement for the release of EnterpriseOne 9.1. There was a distinct excitement surging through the Mandalay Bay convention center at Collaborate12 in Las Vegas. Finally, 9.1 was here, along with the promise and hope of Oracle’s continued support for the JD Edwards EnterpriseOne product offering. EntepriseOne 9.1 was the release that would restore consumer confidence that JD Edwards was here to stay.

October 6th marked an equally monumental step forward in the evolution of the EnterpriseOne product, as Oracle announced the release of the highly anticipated version 9.2. With the release of EnterpriseOne 9.2, Oracle has extended the current support roadmap into the mid 2020’s. We can all rest easy that EnterpriseOne is more than just a piece to Oracle’s near-term revenue stream. We are now confident that it is rather, a pillar of Oracle’s long-term strategy moving forward!  Early interest in the new 9.2 product seems to be fairly high as well.  In our recent annual JD Edwards survey, roughly 38% of EnterpriseOne companies say that they are fairly likely to upgrade to E1 9.2 within the next 12-24 months.

In light of the big news, I thought it would be helpful to provide a brief sneak-peak into some of functionality that you’ll be able to find in E1 9.2.

Simplified Upgrade Process

Before I get into the new bells and whistles of 9.2, it’s important to note that Oracle is trying to make the upgrade process less…”involved”. With the release of E1 9.2, Oracle has introduced their “Simplified Upgrade Process” for customers that are currently on versions 9.0.2 or 9.1. This process reduces the time and effort required for retrofitting customizations and testing. Customers are able to only apply new/changed objects in an upgrade to 9.2.  Oracle will only deliver net changes/new objects that are required.  If you have changed an object that Oracle does not need to modify, then you won’t have to retrofit.

NEW TECHNOLOGY IN 9.2

  • Advanced Job Forecasting (for project-related industries)
    • Offers capabilities to increase accuracy of cash flow management
    • Helps Project Managers capture/audit expected labor and materials costs
    • Click here for more information
  • Outbound Inventory Management (for the consumer goods, manufacturing and distribution industries)
    • Provides functionality for Vendor Managed Inventory (VMI) and Consignment selling relationships
    • Allows companies to more accurately forecast demand and reduce “stock-out” situations
    • Click here for more information
  • Rental Management Module
  • Work Center Load Review Calendar
    • Daily, Weekly, Monthly Calendar views into Work Center resources, with real-time visibility into remaining capacity
    • Provides options to make scheduling changes and update work orders
    • Click here for more information
  • OneView Financial Statements
  • Modifications to address new accounting standards regarding Revenue Recognition
  • Modifications to support the Affordable Care Act
  • Increased options to personalize your screen with both JD Edwards and non-JDE applications

OpenWorld Note

I’m heading out to San Francisco in a couple of weeks to attend my first Oracle Openworld conference. I’ve heard that it is an unrivaled event, with a chance to see Sir Elton John and Beck in concert. I’m mostly excited though to speak with fellow “JDE’rs” about their thoughts on the new 9.2 product, and overall interest in IoT and Mobility. I’ll make sure to post my thoughts here, and will hopefully be able to provide a few juicy nuggets of inside info on upcoming product innovations.

PS – On a somewhat unrelated note…a former co-worker once told me that when she was a kid, she used to think Elton John was singing, “Hold me closer Tony Danza” in his song. Thanks to her, I’ll never listen to “Tiny Dancer” the same way again…. ☺ Thanks Reagan!