Just like that, the Quest JD Edwards INFOCUS conference came and went. Traditionally held in December, our annual trip to Denver just wrapped last week, sans the snow.
If you’ve never participated as a JD Edwards user (or potential user), you’re missing out. Smartbridge exhibits, speaks and attends the event, so we get exposed to many ideas, themes, breaking news and updates around JD Edwards.The most significant message that I received from INFOCUS was that Oracle is stepping up their commitment to JDE’s loyal customer base. In the Oracle Special Interest Group (SIG) meetings that were held to packed houses, we were told, “Oracle wants to take this product to the next level. They are asking for all of your ideas on how to make both World and E1 an even better product.” The audience members came up with some great suggestions and they were dutifully recorded and will be transmitted to Oracle via Quest, the organizers of INFOCUS.
In the session led by Karen Brown, Senior Principal Product Manager for Oracle, we heard about the Interactive Integrities that are now available in 9.1, as well as the Data Reconciliation applications and Universal Batch Engines (UBE) that have been available in both World and EnterpriseOne for some time.
I had already begun to work with the Financial Interactive Integrities, but the Inventory to General Ledger Interactive Integrity was a welcome eye-opener. There are three grids on the form – one that lists the transactions that the system was unable to reconcile, one that lists all transactions from the Item Ledger (Cardex) and another that lists the General Ledger Detail. Since some of the transactions in the Item Ledger come through into the General Ledger with a different document number, this will be a real time-saver for those of us who have been responsible for reconciling the Inventory to the General Ledger Inventory Account.
The Bank Reconciliation has been available and improving with every release. It is becoming less and less manual as the product matures and electronic communications between businesses and banks becomes more prevalent. In addition to the Bank Reconciliation, Karen briefly walked us through four lesser-known Data Reconciliation processes:
- Open Accounts Receivable to General Ledger
- Open Accounts Payable to General Ledger
- Clearing Accounts (you define the Accounts to be reconciled)
- Received Not Vouchered
I’m looking forward to learning about these Data Reconciliations and will be producing more blog posts and/or videos as I become more proficient in their use.
As always, it was great to hear the feedback and enthusiasm from my fellow JDE lovers and I learned a lot – both from the speakers and from other attendees. It was wonderful to hear that Oracle is focusing on ease of use and the user experience with their JDE products to enhance the stability, flexibility, functionality and consistency for which JDE has always been know. Job Security!
Did you attend INFOCUS this year? Please share your thoughts in the comments!