JD Edwards Tools Release Feature Updates

Oracle JD Edwards Tools Release strengthens their innovation strategy that continues to serve the EnterpriseOne community. We’ll dive deeper into the new Tools Release functions, and how Oracle’s Continuous Innovation model supports it.

Over the years, JD Edwards has evolved as an on-premises ERP solution to keep up with the fast forward shift in technology. Oracle’s development team continues to improve JD Edwards by leveraging their large ecosystem focusing on high ROI and low total cost of ownership. JD Edwards Tools Release, as supported by Oracle’s Continuous Innovation model (detailed in the image below), helps deliver new and enhanced functionalities to the EnterpriseOne platform.

JD Edwards Tools Release

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The “simplify and automate” approach to the ongoing maintenance of JD Edwards ensures that the TCO remains low, and also ensures the JDE system takes full advantage of available innovation opportunities. Before we jump into the new functionalities of JD Edwards Tools release, here’s a detailed breakdown of the Continuous Innovation model:

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Simplify and Automate

  • Simplify life cycle of system administration with upgrades.

  • Enterprise-class infrastructure through Oracle Cloud.

  • Continuous innovation and deployment  through low/no code framework.

  • Improved user experience and user interface.

  • Blue-Green Deployment – This is a continuous delivery process to reduce downtime and risk during JD Edwards tools deployment. This deployment process runs two identical environments (Blue and Green) through a load balancer. See the image below for a visual description:

JD Edwards Tools Release

ERP Optimization

  • Customer-driven productivity through process efficiency, visibility to pertinent information and personalization.

  • Enhanced business processes through horizontal and industry compression.

  • Country-specific regulatory compliance.

Digital Transformation

  • Process automation

  • Low/no-code UI

  • Integration and extensibility

The images below further detail Oracle’s Application Unlimited and Premier Support, promised to be extended until 2031:

JD Edwards Tools Release

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JD Edwards Tools Release

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Breaking Down JD Edwards Tools Release

Main Features

Though the new JD Edwards Tools Release already features around 65 enhancements total, ongoing maintenance of the platform continues to ensure the total cost of ownership remains low. To support application releases 9.1 and 9.2, the new JD Edwards Tools Release places a primary focus on three critical areas:

  • Orchestrator enhancements to drive digital process transformation.

  • Improvements on user experience.

  • Support for Oracle Autonomous Database.

JD Edwards EnterpriseOne Orchestrator

  • Return orchestration inputs in the output: With this feature, Orchestrator inputs are shown on the outputs page, and the orchestration designer can easily select to include them in the final output.

  • Printing an orchestration: Orchestrations can now be captured as a printed document or as a PDF file for auditing or archival purpose.

  • Expand/collapse nested orchestrations: Orchestrator Studio now allows the designer to expand and collapse orchestrations and notifications that are included in a parent orchestration. When expanded, the designer can also edit the nested orchestration or notification.

  • External REST Authentication via Public Key Certificates: Now, JDE Orchestrator can be securely integrated with other systems and services using authentication to external REST Service using X.509 public-key certificates. This enhancement broadens the range of third-party REST services that orchestrations can securely invoke.

  • HTTP compression for AIS output: This enhancement is to improve the performance by compressing the data, thus reducing the size of the payload that is transmitted over the network.

  • Queue control for AIS requests: This enhancement allows designers to have more control over the runtime processing of orchestrations. Designers can specify whether the orchestration is in a single-threaded queue, a fire-and-forget multi-threaded queue, or a default queue.

User Experience

Personalization is also a key upgrade of JD Edwards Tools release, such as repositioning form controls marked as “required”. This functionality enhancement enables end-users to do the following:

  • Reposition the required form controls from one tab to another on the same form.

  • Get an alert message when trying to hide the form controls for the group box that contains required fields.

  • Display the required form control when reset is done, even if the parent tab is hidden.

Creating form and row exits in Form Extensions is also a key enhancement. Additionally, end-users pass information in the exit using form interconnects, so specific data is available in the called form, all without customizations. In the new release, media objects also have a Multiple Attachment Selection feature. Through this feature, the media objects feature provides the capability to select, download or delete multiple attachments at one time.

Lastly, there are now additional translations for UDOs.  This enhancement enables customers to translate labels and exits with Form Extensions and Personal Forms for specific languages using standard UDO translations.

Autonomous JD Edwards Database

Now, customers can integrate their JD Edwards installation on Oracle Cloud with Oracle Autonomous Database on dedicated Exadata infrastructure, and on Cloud@Customer. This functionality currently supports the following:

  • Planned database maintenance: Oracle Autonomous Database enables planned maintenance with zero downtime for JD Edwards through extended application continuity service drain time for database connections. This capability enables automatic patching of the database with the latest fixes without any application downtime, manual intervention, and impact on business.

  • Manual deployment of Oracle JD Edwards with Oracle Autonomous Database: Customers can integrate their existing JD Edwards deployed on Oracle Cloud Infrastructure to Oracle Autonomous Database by manually migrating their data.

Here are some of the Autonomous Database capabilities that are currently not supported at this time:

  • JD Edwards availability during unplanned maintenance or failures through the self-repairing capabilities of Oracle Autonomous Database.

  • Scaling up or down Oracle Autonomous Databases through both manual scaling and automatic scaling.

  • Optimization of Oracle Autonomous Database through automatic indexing.

  • Oracle Autonomous Database on shared Exadata infrastructure.

Oracle Continues Their Commitment to Innovation

Through their continuous innovations model, Oracle continues to build on JD Edwards EnterpriseOne functionalities that are beneficial to the community end user. With Application Unlimited product support until 2031, JD Edwards users can continue to build, plan, operate and deploy impactful workflows within their on-premise ERP solution.

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