One of the most significant enhancements to JD Edwards EnterpriseOne is found in the JD Edwards Orchestrator Studio. The tool, previously known as JDE IoT Orchestrator, is about more than simply connecting “things” and is now the communications hub for all of your connected systems.

Let’s take a closer look at how the Orchestrator works and the ways in which it can improve the efficiency of your JD Edwards EnterpriseOne solution.

What is JDE Orchestrator?

The JDE Orchestration Studio is an application that centers around an easy-to-use graphical interface intended to help technical developers and business analysts automate business processes by creating and deploying orchestrations that meet organizational needs – without the need for complicated coding or programming skills.

Manual data processes can oftentimes lead to more trouble than they’re worth, thanks to threats of human error and high processing costs. Luckily, JDE Orchestrator eliminates those threats by providing a solution that allows for real-time data analysis and continuous improvement of business process automation.

With the Orchestrator automation tool, users can transform how their EnterpriseOne system operates, making their business processes more streamlined and efficient. It offers capabilities that make the collection and filtering of real-time data more efficient, eliminates error-prone manual processes that often lead to unnecessary costs, and automates your orchestrations to run continually on schedule without human intervention.

And, as an added bonus, the JD Edwards Orchestrator also acts as a notification engine, allowing users to keep up with important EnterpriseOne information and identify areas or conditions that need more focused attention.

How to Use JD Edwards Orchestrator Software

The foundation for Orchestrator is the JD Edwards EnterpriseOne Application Interface Services (AIS) Server. While the AIS Server runs JD Edwards applications in the background, the Orchestrator processes orchestrations saved to the AIS Server to transform external data into actionable business processes in Enterprise One.

Orchestrations can even be scheduled to run automatically, and the results can be sent straight to your mobile device so that you can get them on the go.

JDE Orchestrator Studio is simple to use and allows the business analyst (as opposed to a developer) to create, test, and deploy orchestrations using a visual interface that moves the complex code behind the scenes, saving developers time and energy that can be used on other tasks.

Key Steps of the Orchestration Design Process

Whether your data is sourced from an EnterpriseOne application, an IoT device, or any other external system, your orchestration design process remains the same. Before your orchestration can be created or implemented, it’s important to analyze a few key steps of the process:

  • Identify the problem you are solving and the most probable solution
  • Understand the type and quantity of data you intend to collect
  • Create a plan to process the data accurately and efficiently
  • Outline rules and guidelines to follow in your data collection and analysis
  • Ensure collected data is accurate and reliable with structured JDE Orchestrator documentation processes
  • Determine the fields and grid columns to organize EnterpriseOne application inputs
  • Identify the necessity of external systems to manage, analyze, or store data

No matter where your data is coming from or how complex your orchestrations are, performing pre-orchestration analysis and determining the best plan of action for your system and your needs is important. Luckily, the Orchestrator Studio can accept data from any source, providing your team with a more simplified orchestration development process.

Main Advantages of Oracle Orchestrator

One of the most significant benefits to using JD Edwards EnterpriseOne Orchestrator from a bottom-line perspective is that there is no longer a separate license fee—it’s now part of your foundation license.

Some other benefits include:

Connection of IoT Data to Business Data

You can now collect, filter, analyze, and act on real-time data as IoT devices transmit it. This eliminates costly and error-prone manual processes by reacting to (or avoiding) business disruptions in real-time, and through historical data analysis for ongoing improvement.

Testing with the Orchestration Client

Using the Orchestration Client web-based application, users can generate and input JavaScript Object Notation (JSON) messages into the system and test orchestrations and their components to ensure they are operating as efficiently and effectively as possible.

Easy Integration to Other Solutions

Orchestrator functionality supports various integrations, including cloud services, third-party applications, custom programs, and more. With the ability of Cloud services and third-party systems to leverage orchestrations as REST-based services, integrations between JDE and other systems are easier.

JD Edwards System Transformation

The automation within the Orchestrator Studio removes some of the tedious tasks from your EnterpriseOne users, giving them time to focus on more important projects. Automated business processes, scheduled orchestrations, and simplified administrative activities transform your JDE system architecture into one that focuses on optimization and efficiency.

JDE Orchestrator Use Cases

With the core operating functionality in JDE Orchestrator Studio, you can reduce your need for third-party applications and tools, making it easier to build integrations or automate business processes. Even better, the automated solution solves data integration and manual processing issues, leading to more optimized business processes.

Its integration capabilities can span internal JDE applications to IoT devices, third-party applications, and more, making data analytics more accurate and your business processes more efficient.

There are five common use categories for JDE Orchestrator Studio:

1) Internet of Things (IoT):

IoT-enabled machines and devices take human involvement out of the picture, allowing those EnterpriseOne users to keep their JD Edwards system up-to-date and data and orchestrations accurate.

2) Business Process Automation (BPA):

The replacement of tedious manual tasks with those automated and controlled by consistent workflows eliminates the risk of human error in your data and improves workforce productivity and quality of work.

3) App Integration:

Unlike many other workforce solutions targeting one technology or platform, the JD Edwards Orchestrator Studio can seamlessly integrate your JDE system with many other applications and modules without using external third-party tools.

4) Mobile Application:

JD Edwards empowers business analysts, technical developers, and even employees with no programming knowledge to control their application experiences. JDE Orchestrator offers simplified front-end tools to build a mobile application, create an easy-to-use interface, and use orchestrations to their advantage for back-end data support.

5) Automated Testing:

The JDE “Orchestration Assertions” functionality allows users to test applications and various system orchestrations and provides new ways to specify production values and validate orchestration data throughout any step of the orchestration process.

Common JD Edwards Orchestrator Examples

JD Edwards Orchestrator tools can be used in many ways to help automate critical business processes and improve integration capabilities between internal and external tools and systems. Here are a few of the most common ways the JD Edwards Orchestrator is used:

  • Financial Statement Automation: Users can leverage JDE Orchestration inputs to provide specific processing options and data selection types to automate and speed up financial statement processing operations.
  • Category Code Replication: Category codes are essential pieces of the JD Edwards puzzle. So, replicating and copying specific codes from one set of master data within the JDE system to another is critical in achieving success through orchestrations.
  • Purchase Order Automation: With JDE Orchestrations, users can customize their system to send automatically triggered notifications whenever a new purchase order (PO) is created. Automated PO approvals use Form Extensions to trigger the notification to ensure the right information reaches the right person at the right time.
  • CRM Integration: JDE Orchestrations help automate many business processes within an organization’s sales and customer service area, including optimizing customer relationship management (CRM) integrations. With the Orchestrator, users can update or add essential customer data from address books and other data storage mechanisms in CRM systems like Salesforce.
  • Master Record Integration: With JD Edwards EnterpriseOne Orchestrator, companies can better track their human resource information and ensure all of their business and project data remains secure. The Orchestrator allows users to close and copy Position master records from Microsoft Excel to the JDE system and provides the functionality needed to update employee records whenever they are transferred from Excel to JD Edwards.

Why Use JD Edwards Orchestrator?

Well, if the fact that it’s free isn’t enough of a reason, then you should find the simplicity and power in all the automation it brings to your connected enterprise. Users can now get better data from their devices.

We all know that better data means better business insights and actions. JDE E1 Orchestrator is not just a new feature—it will completely change how you use your entire JD Edwards system, adding more value to your investment.

Using JDE orchestrations allows your manual business processes to be replaced by automated ones that require less human involvement and significantly enhances how your information is managed, updated, and transferred between your JD Edwards system and any external systems.

How Can We Help? 

Need more hands-on help with JDE Orchestrator training? Our extensive network of JD Edwards consultants can help you with any project. Need help adding orchestration inputs to your JDE system? Our consultants can help with that, too.

We’ve included a sample profile of one of our JD Edwards EnterpriseOne Orchestrator consultants to help you better understand what to expect when partnering with us.

Surety Senior JDE Orchestrator Consultant

  • 20+ years of experience with EnterpriseOne Development
  • Very comfortable with OMW, NER, and the Development toolset
  • Expert-level experience with BSSV Development and BI Publisher
  • Able to write C-Code, Java, and RPG
  • Extensive JDE Orchestrator experience
  • Former JD Edwards employee

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