Oracle JD Edwards Tools Release 9.2.4.3 – Everything You Can Expect

Oracle recently announced the new JD Edwards Tools Release 9.2.4.3, with improvements that will help drive digital transformation within the platform. In this article, we’ll detail everything you can expect from the new update.

JDE Tools Release 9.2.4.3 – What You Need to Know

Oracle announced the new JD Edwards Tools Release 9.2.4.3 will include updates on user experience, advanced features to automate and schedule the maintenance of JD Edwards, and a plethora of new platform certifications. Most of these changes are intended to assist Oracle’s customers, providing them with more tools to customize their environment to their particular needs, all without a complex-code intensive modification within their system.

Orchestrator Debugger:

Now with a faster and easier to use Orchestrator Debugger, you can launch Orchestrations through an interactive tool that will allow execution in a step-by-step mode. You will also be able to see the data values coming through each step of the Orchestration, and modify that data at any point in the execution.

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These updated features will help you build more reliable, robust and well-designed Orchestrations that could be quickly tested and deployed to a production environment.

JD Edwards Tools Release 9.2.4.3

In the past, if we wanted to test, troubleshoot and validate an Orchestration, we were required to execute each section of the Orchestration without the proper understanding of how the variables were being manipulated. This tool helps us understanding the data morphing inside the Orchestration steps, without the need for extensively changing the code.

Call a Business Function as an Orchestration Step:

This new feature enables us to add more business logic into the Orchestrations. Alongside the already familiar “Groovy” and “Java” scripting, you can now select “Business Functions” as a type of custom requests. This will allow you to pass any variable/parameter as an input into a Business Function through Orchestration, and retrieve output values that can be used in other Orchestration Steps. Through this, we can reuse the components already built inside of JD Edwards without the need for custom coding.

JD Edwards Tools Release 9.2.4.3

In the previous Orchestrator release, if we needed to use a business logic function already embedded in JD Edwards, we recurred two options:

  • Use the application or UBE through Orchestrator to force the change. For example, getting the next number from the “Next Number” application, or changing the status of data.

  • Re-code a function in Groovy that was needed to complete a step on an Orchestration. For example, getting UDC values, parsing data into a table-friendly format, string manipulation, Julian Date conversion of Gregorian Date format, etc.

Now, this new feature gives us the flexibility of actually reusing the business functions that are familiar and previously used inside Orchestrator.

Embed Orchestrations and Notifications Without a Connector:

Now we can add Orchestrations and notifications directly as a step in an Orchestration. Previously, we had to create a connector service request in between the required steps. This reduces the amount of time, development and maintenance effort to connecting and customizing notifications that might be needed on any given Orchestration.

JD Edwards Tools Release 9.2.4.3

Maintaining and updating Orchestrator connectors between dependencies was a difficult task, especially when an update remapped the output. With JD Edwards Tools Release 9.2.4.3, all the issues involved in maintenance and custom notifications within Orchestrations are solved. Also, when creating new notifications, we no longer need to create and set custom connectors.

EnterpriseOne Navigation and Page Composer:

Now we can add task folders to an E1 page, which helps us use existing task folder structures to simplify navigations (very useful for iPad containers). Also, you can now allow users to define their preferred E1 pages when they sign into JD Edwards. This will improve navigation since users will be able to narrow down the E1 pages they’ll need, giving priority to the ones they use more frequently.

Lastly, for the menu pane, the E1 page designer can now define a “Personal Form” and query to be executed for an application, enabling us to tailor pages for a specific role or user.

JD Edwards Tools Release 9.2.4.3

This is a neat feature since most of the time several users have set up their main home screen on JD Edwards with multiple E1 pages. However, the majority of them do not need the entire E1 page to be displayed. By allowing us to customize the visible content by user/role, we can focus on the information that matters.

Form Extensibility Improvements:

With the latest update, you can now hide and unhide form controls on applications. You can also rename the labels on form controls, static labels and names. These features are available for all application versions, and will reduce the time, effort and cost to customize and modify form across all applications.

In the past, when a form upgrade was needed, all the version overrides for each application version needed to be done manually. This new feature will cut the developer time significantly since the main form extension is the one that needs to be maintained. It will also allow users to modify tags on their custom form extensions without the need of a major change on the code.

Mobile Applications:

Now you’ll be able to use Oracle’s (or other industry) low-code/no-code design tools to create mobile application user interfaces that connect to JD Edwards through Orchestrations. This update provides flexibility and choice of selecting the proper user interface for the required scenario.

JD Edwards Tools Release 9.2.4.3

Being able to choose the development platform to generate custom connected apps to JD Edwards is a big plus. Especially with the new SDK’s available, most recent developer platforms with low-code or “preset building blocks” can now be connected to JD Edwards, without removing the support to more high-complexity platforms like Eclipse for Android Apps, Swift for iOS, or HTML5 web apps.

Platform Certifications:

The latest Platform Certifications added to this tools release are listed below:

  • Oracle Database 19c – IBM AIX (32-bit)/HP-UX (32-bit)

  • Oracle WebLogic 12.2.1.4

  • Microsoft Windows Server 2019

  • Microsoft SQL Server 2019

These Platform certifications are a big plus since having the most recent support from third-party vendors to maintain your JD Edwards instance is a key security component.

There are additional updates related to the application enhancements of JD Edwards Tools Release 9.2.4.3. However, these are the more prominent details we feel to be most intriguing and key to users. The complete list of enhancements are included in a fully detailed document on Oracle’s Support website (Doc ID 2654468.1).

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