What you may not know about the new JD Edwards EnterpriseOne 9.2

In this blog post, I explain key features of JD Edwards EnterpriseOne 9.2 and Tools Release 9.2., and what to consider before upgrading to EnterpriseOne 9.2.

Just this month Oracle announced the general release of JD Edwards EnterpriseOne 9.2 and Tools release 9.2.

I reviewed this release and thought I’d share a few thoughts on the changes I’m most excited about – some of which you may not even be aware of.

Simplified Upgrade process

This upgrade process allows customers on EnterpriseOne 9.1 or 9.0 (update 2) to upgrade to EnterpriseOne 9.2 by applying only the incremental changed objects. This upgrade “uplift” methodology reduces the amount of code/objects that are changed during the upgrade, therefore reducing the time needed to retrofit and test when upgrading.

If you are considering upgrading to EnterpriseOne 9.2 here are some things you may want to know, and new features you may find interesting.

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Please note: There is both an Applications and Tools release for 9.2, and you don’t need to apply both. You can upgrade the applications and tools independently. Therefore, I’ll discuss some of the new features provided by the tool release and applications release separately.

JD Edwards EnterpriseOne 9.2 Tools Release

In order to upgrade to JD Edwards EnterpriseOne 9.2 Tools release you must be on EnterpriseOne Applications release 9.0 or 9.1.

Better management of User Defined Objects (UDOs)

This includes user customized grid formats, Watchlists, OneView reports, queries, composite applications, and E1 pages. The new Tools release provides an easy-to-use management process to review, approve, and deploy the user defined objects, empowering the users and reducing IT overhead. Here’s the tutorial on this new process, which utilizes the new web-based OMW (Object management workbench).

10 character user ID and password restriction is removed!

Yes, finally in 2015, we can have JD Edwards user IDs and passwords with a length greater than 10 characters. Although this seems like it may be a minor enhancement, many customers who want to integrate JD Edwards user ID/passwords with LDAP have faced the challenge of changing IDs and password to meet these restrictions – a very tedious process. With this restriction gone, integration to LDAP has become much easier.

JD Edwards EnterpriseOne 9.2 Applications Release

Advanced Job Forecasting

Customers in the construction or engineering lines of business may want to take a look at the Advanced Job Forecasting capabilities provided for 9.2. This is a powerful new forecasting tool that allows user to manage and forecast materials, cost changes, and skill sets for remaining project/job phases. Users can execute “what-if” scenarios, and create their own user-defined formulas and methods of computation for forecasting work. Here’s a tutorial on the new Advanced Job Forecasting features.

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One View Financial Statements

For customer who have OneView for the EnterpriseOne Financial module, you now have the ability to create book quality financial statements or use the pre-built financial statements provided. The functionality provided includes specific formatting, calculations and totals to support the needs of financial reporting. This is a nice feature for end-users to create their own financial statement reports, including balance sheets, and income statements.

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Accommodation of new accounting standards

Updates consider the new accounting standards for Recognition of Revenue issued by the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) and the International Accounting Standards Board (IASB). As well as updates for the enhancements for US-based employers, JD Edwards EnterpriseOne has been enhanced to support the Affordable Care Act Employer Shared Responsibility provisions. These are important updates to remain compliant with government regulations.

I’ve only covered a few highlights of the EnterpriseOne 9.2 release, there are many more features you may want to explore. Here are some helpful links to provide more information on the EnterpriseOne 9.2 Applications / Tools releases and upgrading JD Edwards.

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