Collaborate 2018 Highlights
For those of you who made it to Collaborate this week, we trust everyone had a safe trip home after a very intense week full of great sessions. With 200+ JD Edwards Education Sessions available, I felt overwhelmed with the amount of information provided. I promised myself to summarize what I learned as soon as I got back home, this way all the information would be fresh and available when I needed it! Also, I wanted to share this information with those of you who could not make it out to the conferences this year.
From my point of view (based on the sessions I attended), this year there were 3 main tracks:
- Maximizing the 9s
- Continuous Delivery
- Orchestrator and Notifications
Let’s dive in a bit on each category, and use the links provided to get more information.
Maximizing the 9s
No matter what version of JD Edwards you are on, it is important that you maximize the use of all tools available to you. From real business cases (learn from others) to Oracle’s latest, the overall experience was to convey the idea of taking advantage of the features and functionality available to improve user experience and ultimately maximize your investment. Many sessions highlighted the key features that have been delivered in previous Tools releases and how customers are leveraging these features.
Features and Tools by Tool Release:
UX One Highlights:
Proving an Intuitive, Efficient, and Effective Way for Users to Perform Their Day-to-Day Tasks Using UX One:
Announcing JD Edwards EnterpriseOne User Experience Enhancements, New Mobile Features, Modern ERP Enhancements, and Tools Digital Transformation Features (TR 188.8.131.52)
Announcing JD Edwards Lease Management Enhancements for Equipment and Other Non-Property
User Experience: Form Extensions (new in 184.108.40.206) – Oracle Support Document 2384606.1
Oracle’s commitment is to continue to enhance the 9.2 release with incremental enhancement packs, two or three times per year. The questions are, what does this mean and how will this approach affect us? The goal is to create a strategy to move from the “upgrade” to the “update” mentality.
The “Simplified Upgrade” was introduced in TR 9.2. In contrast with the “Traditional Upgrade”, where all the EnterpriseOne objects were replaced, the Simplified Upgrade process identifies and replaces only specific standard JD Edwards EnterpriseOne objects that have changed between application release 9.0 Update 2 or 9.1 and 9.2. The concept is to simplify the upgrade in terms of diminishing the requirement to retrofit custom changes.
JD Edwards Product Roadmap (Doc ID 1317204.1)
Oracle Support for JD Edwards EnterpriseOne Now Through at Least 2028
Understanding Upgrade Types after Tools Release 9.2 and Simplified Upgrade Process (Doc ID 2061189.1)
Additional Tools available:
- Customize Object Analyzer (TR 9.2.1)
The Customization Object Analyzer (COA) utility can be used to list EnterpriseOne objects that have been customized. This information is then used to determine the impact and level of effort needed to retro-fit the customizations into a newer application release of the system. A review of the information, prior to performing modifications within the software, allows for a smoother and more predictable upgrade.
Understanding Customization Object Analyzer and Application Configuration Analyzer (Doc ID 1499756.1)
- Application Configuration Analyzer (TR 9.2.1)
This tool that was introduced with applications release 9.1 and Tools Release 9.1.2. ACA will generate reports to identify differences between environments or data sources for: Processing Options, Data Dictionary items, and User Defined Codes. Comparing these between two environments or data sources is helpful for upgrades as an audit type tool or for helping to diagnose an issue that occurs in one environment but not another.
Understanding Application Configuration Analyzer (Doc ID 2013069.1)
- Object Usage Tracking (TR 220.127.116.11)
This tool provides information to determine frequency of objects being used within a path code. Object usage is captured by User/Role/Environment/Path code each time an object is launched by the user or the system
Object Usage Tracking Functionality (Doc ID 2267215.1)
- Simplifying Stay Current (TR 9.2.2)
- Object Tracking and Enhanced Impact Analysis: This new capability provides tracking and visibility of business functions (BSFN) execution within JD Edwards EnterpriseOne. Business functions are the core logic processing for JD Edwards EnterpriseOne interactive/batch application, hence providing greater insight into their usage simplifies upgrade/patching processes, assists with troubleshoot performance, analyze issues, and manage compliance. Similar to tracking usage of interactive/batch application, business functions statistics are consumable by out of the box UX One analytics and helps customers identify business functions used in their business processes. WATCH VIDEO: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9CYTR4WOS_c
- Batch Deploy of UDO Packages: This streamlines the process and reduces the effort of applying and deploying key enhancements such as UX One and other User Defined Objects (UDO). Customers can now deploy multiple (UDO) packages at the same time and to multiple environments along with a generating a deployment summary report.
- Customization Workbench enhanced to support ESUs: The streamlined process of retrofitting customizations which was earlier available for Simplified Upgrade is now extended to support all customized JD Edward EnterpriseOne objects impacted by Electronic Software Updates (ESU).
Orchestrator and Notifications
Orchestrator is an integral part of an Internet of things (IoT) configuration with EnterpriseOne, supporting various integrations such as integrations with Cloud services, third-party applications, custom programs, and more. Combining the power of the JD Edwards EnterpriseOne Orchestrator and AIS Server enables organizations to:
- Connect IoT data to your business data. The Orchestrator enables customers to collect, filter, analyze, and act on real-time data as it is being transmitted by IoT devices.
- Simplify the integration of IoT data with the JD Edwards EnterpriseOne Orchestrator Studio. Available starting with EnterpriseOne Tools 18.104.22.168, the Orchestrator Studio is an intuitive, easy to use web-based application that business analysts can use to create orchestrations that tie IoT device data directly to JD Edwards EnterpriseOne applications, thus eliminating costly, mundane, and error-prone manual input.
- Extend integrations to other solutions. Starting with EnterpriseOne Tools 22.214.171.124 and Orchestrator Studio 5.1.0, the Orchestrator functionality has expanded to support various integrations including integrations to Cloud services, third-party applications, custom programs, and many more. Keep using it for integrating JD Edwards EnterpriseOne with IoT devices. But start using it for all you REST-based integrations to JD Edwards.
Fresh out of the oven with Tool Release 126.96.36.199
With Orchestrator Studio 6.1.0 and Tools 188.8.131.52, you can access the Orchestrator Process Recorder in EnterpriseOne to record business process steps directly in the system and save the steps as a form request, which you can then open in the Orchestrator Studio and add to an orchestration. The Process Recorder makes it easier than ever before to turn traditional manual business processes into automated functions with orchestrations.
Confirmed Completion of Orchestrations
This feature enables Orchestrator to record the status and details of its successful and unsuccessful REST service requests, allowing successful requests to be confirmed and unsuccessful requests to be retried or debugged.
Launch a Report as an Orchestration Step
This enhancement adds the ability to launch a JDE report or batch job as an orchestration step, thereby giving the business analyst even more capability to automate and simplify business processes.
Orchestrator File Transfer
Business analysts use the Orchestrator Studio to create orchestrations that enable automation of their previously manual business processes, as well as pass and retrieve data between JDE and external systems. Many automated business processes require the movement of physical files from one system to another. To accommodate this requirement, business analysts can use Orchestrator file transfer features to either retrieve a file or send a file to a known location using FTP, SFTP, or REST protocols. These features enable you to create a FTP connector or REST connector in the Orchestrator Studio, that when added to an orchestration, enables the transfer of files to an external server. For example, a business analyst could create an orchestration that runs a JD Edwards EnterpriseOne report and then sends the report output (PDF file) to a document management system via FTP, SFTP, or REST.
For more information and tutorials:
Notifications enable you to stay connected to your business by pushing valuable information to you. More than just a pop-up alert, the notification system enables users to remain in touch with the critical conditions and events that happen continuously throughout the system, and to quickly act upon those events even when they are not signed on to the JD Edwards system. Using Orchestrator Studio, business analyst can design notifications specific to their organizations processes, rules, and required action. Users can subscribe to available notifications and receive updates by email, by text, as browser pop-ups, within the new notification list on the EnterpriseOne menu bar, or in the Work Center. A scheduler allows the notifications to run periodically and automatically, and continuously monitoring the system for critical conditions and events. When a critical event or exception is detected, the notification system will notify the appropriate users via their preferred delivery.
Many notifications have been created and delivered for use by JDE customers via UDOs (User Defined Objects). Each system has its own set of notifications that can be downloaded via the Update Center or Change Assistant. Use the following link to review and download them:
Fresh out of the oven with Tool Release 184.108.40.206
Assigned Subscriptions remove the requirement for a JDE users to subscribe individually to receive a notification. Now a manager or business analyst can assign subscriptions by role to groups with a common interest or common security settings. The assigner can allow subscribers to opt out of assigned subscriptions, or the assigner can disallow subscribers to opt out, thus ensuring that they receive critical notifications.
For more information and tutorials: