27 July 2016 / Blog
JDE Blog Series: Mastering the Upgrade Balancing Act with the JDE Simplified Upgrade for EnterpriseOne
The cost and time associated with upgrading is causing disruption and economic challenges for your team.
From healthcare to retail to financial services, high-priority, highly-visible IT projects drive competitive new services and innovation. The challenge for internal IT staff is staying on top of these priority projects, while managing increasingly complex, multi-platform infrastructures.
However, for corporate IT directors it is the management of infrastructure upgrades and the integration of technologies that top the list of technical challenges, rather than implementing the shiny new toys, according to a recent Gartner report of 2016 IT Director’s Forum.
“Business applications need to be upgraded over time to let users take advantage of features in the newer versions or releases. However, businesses need to find the right balance between the speed of innovation of their vendors and their own needs….This will lead to more, but smaller, projects enabling the ideal of continuous innovation.”
Formulating your upgrade strategy
With upgrades topping the IT issues list, it is more important than ever to collaborate with the JD Edwards Upgrade Team to assess IT readiness and determine what level of upgrade (i.e. feature/function, customization, etc.) is really needed and the time/labor/cost required:
At the same time, it is essential to pro-actively plan and prepare how to avoid common pitfalls like:
- Poorly documented processes
- Scope/budget creep due to customizations
- Failure to keep the software constant during the upgrade
- Assuming your internal tech people can pick up 15 years of experience in a couple of weeks
Introducing the new Simplified Upgrade process for JD Edwards EnterpriseOne - a fast-track upgrade path streamlining the process around retrofitting, applying updates and training, typically allowing you to upgrade in 100 days or less, with:
- Lower Risk: Control when to upgrade as well as less change for the organization overall
- Lower Cost: less merging of customizations / focus testing on areas of change
- Higher Value: stay current and competitive with latest innovations
Who can take advantage of the Simplified Upgrade process
Organizations running JD Edwards EnterpriseOne 9.1 or 9.0.2 can take advantage of Simplified Upgrade. According to Oracle, approximately 88% of JD Edwards EnterpriseOne customers are running on either 9.0 or 9.1. The majority of those users will be able to select the Simplified Upgrade process. If you are not currently on 9.1 or 9.0.2, the new Simplified Upgrade process is one of many new capabilities available post-upgrade and should be included as a primary upgrade driver along with Security Updates, FASB/IASB Revenue Recognition Changes, Mobile Applications, Internet of Things, Hybrid Cloud Integrations, Industry Solutions and New Tools for Modernizing the User Experience.
How is the Simplified EnterpriseOne Upgrade different from the traditional EnterpriseOne Upgrade
The Simplified EnterpriseOne Upgrade requires a much smaller number of objects than a traditional upgrade. While the old process replaced all of the objects in the central objects data source, only about 25% of objects need updating in an existing install between 9.1 and 9.2. Simplified Upgrade retains the previous object specifications for the path code to be upgraded. With the data source left intact, the specification merge process only merges updated, added and removed objects that have also been changed in the new release. This means the post-upgrade retrofit of customizations is only needed for the subset of objects that had been customized and then modified again by the upgrade, saving time, resources, and accelerating time to value.
Addressing the Cost Issue
For those who may have put off upgrading due to cost issues, with the new Simplified Upgrade approach, Oracle and its partner Velocity are working together to cut costs by upgrading only the necessary components by pursuing either the technical or functional upgrade routes, depending on your needs. This way, you gain increased control over the timing of each upgrade, so you can better manage your budget and user expectations, allocating resources more efficiently.
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Accelerate your cloud journey
Moving JD Edwards applications to the cloud with Velocity makes your company even more agile and competitive by adding a predictable cost model, lowering risk with managed disaster recovery, and delivering consistently superior service.
With Velocity, your JD Edwards Application is covered end-to-end
- End-to-end JD Edwards service team can handle all JDE upgrade and implementation requirements.
- Business process expertise to ensure your JD Edwards solution is designed according to industry best practices.
- Global team of IT infrastructure and CNC administrator resources trained in JD Edwards.
- “Follow the sun” global technical and functional support for JD Edwards World and EnterpriseOne software.
Ready To Take Advantage of The Simplified Upgrade Process?
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