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ITCROSS was a presenter and exhibitor in this year’s INFOCUS Envision Virtual Conference, organized by the Quest Oracle Community from April 12-15, which replaced the usual and in-person Collaborate event of normal times.

Infocus brought together IT leaders, decision makers, and end users to learn about what’s to come from JD Edwards and how to plan for the next few years.

The week started with Lyle Ekdahl’s opening keynote, Oracle’s Senior Vice President of Product Development,  and his colleague Paul Houtkooper, Oracle’s Senior Director, JD Edwards Development.

This year’s  session, called “ Innovation & Digitalization: How to Succeed in Challenging Times”, was long-awaited, as JD Edwards announcements of the year are made then. Here’s  what we found out this time:

  • Extended Premier Support for JD Edwards EnterpriseOne 9.2 now through, at least, 2032
  • New JD Edwards EnterpriseOne Applications and Tools release 9.2.5.3, with updates on:
    • Customer-driven Enhancements
    • Digital Transformation
    • User Experience
    • System Automation
    • Security
  • Some JD Edwards figures:
    • 77% Adoption rate of JD Edwards 9.2
    • 500+ customers extending with Oracle SaaS
    • 670+ new features delivered in 9.2
    • Support until, at least, 2032
    • 600+ Orchestrator customers
    • 87% OCI growth from JDE install base year over year

The executives described what is they can see in the market and what is coming, highlighting they were happy to finally turn over the 2020 page. So are we! They emphasized disruption times are full of opportunities. To make the most of them, it is imperative to adopt an agile mindset to survive, which is exactly what JD Edwards is doing through continuous delivery and constant review of customers’ feedback. They added company leaders say it is also imperative to develop a digital strategy to reduce costs and improve decision making by implementing automation of business processes together with leveraging capabilities, such as AI, machine learning and alternative user experiences. Imperative number three is to embrace a cloud culture and thus get to a modern, hybrid architecture and platform, following the growing trend of surrounding JD Edwards with Oracle SaaS applications.

JD Edwards customers also spoke: Printpack, Treasury Wine Estates, Worthington Industries, CARR Properties and Blattner Company talked about their latest projects.

Yet again the typical funny keynote touch was did not miss the mark, even though it was a virtual conference, with the shirts, hats and beards effects of the presenters!

Infocus days took place on a virtual platform, with lots of educational sessions, an exhibitor showcase, networking lounges, and, even, an online party!

ITCROSS presented many sessions and focused on global implementations and integrations. The main ones were:

  • Reducing maintenance costs in Latin America
  • Addressing legal requirements with Oracle Validated Integrations
  • Bank Payments generation and sync

It was a great informative JD Edwards week, and we look forward to next Infocus!

 

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