2020 – Are you ready to roar?

by Barry Burke

Seeing in the new year always feels a little different when the calendar ticks over to another decade. The last “twenties” was a period of significant change; socially, politically and technologically. So, as we welcome 2020, we thought we might share some of our predictions for the year ahead.

Continued migration of customers from legacy versions of JDE E1 to 9.2

Since its introduction in October 2015, 9.2 has set the standard for EnterpriseOne. Adoption has been strong, driven in part by Oracle’s long-term support roadmap (extended support will be available until at least 2030). Last year saw 9.2 become the dominant release amongst the install base, with more than 55% of users having migrated to the latest version.

Increased migration of JD Edwards World customers over to EnterpriseOne 9.2

In recent years, we’ve seen a slight increase in the number of businesses migrating from World to EnterpriseOne. The robustness of the E1 9.2 code, the enhanced functionality and the extended roadmap for support out to at least 2030 makes it an attractive proposition.

Increased E1 9.2 Customers embracing code-current-as-a-service and continuous adoption

Since Oracle announced its model of continuous delivery, we have seen a significant move towards the adoption of code-current as a strategy. Implementing smaller, annual change event projects makes code-current more predictable and affordable.

More customers moving JD Edwards workloads to the cloud

We’ve already seen a significant migration to the cloud, with Oracle Cloud Infrastructure (OCI) heavily in the mix alongside Microsoft Azure and AWS. Over the next couple of years, we’ll see the speed of adoption increase as more and more workloads are moved to the cloud. Expect a greater level of collaboration between Oracle and Microsoft’s cloud platforms to support this move.

Huge uptake on Orchestrator and the use of orchestrations for process automation

Since its introduction, Orchestrator has proved incredibly popular. It is transforming the way organization’s integrate JDE with third-party applications and is driving significant improvements in process efficiencies.

We also expect to see an increase in E1 customers kick-starting automation and roboticization projects; using the latest JD Edwards tools technology and DWS test automation tools to bring real value to their own digital transformation journeys

What’s on the horizon for DWS

In response to these trends and predictions, DWS have continued to invest in our people and products. Last year we grew our sales, product and delivery teams significantly. We now have a sales presence in the Western, Central and Eastern US regions.

We continue to go from strength to strength.  2019 was our best performing year in our 21-year history and saw us introduce another new SaaS product to market – Dimension LoadTest™. We are particularly proud of the significant cost savings our customers have realised via our test automation tools with 50%+ reductions in testing time.

In 2020, we expect to see a further uptake in the JD Edwards marketplace for ‘code-current-as-a-service’ otherwise known as Dimension Tempo™ at DWS. Customers have been talking to us about their plans to embrace continuous adoption and continuously reap the benefits of all that the JD Edwards product development team are producing under Lyle Ekdahl’s guidance. Customers want a predictable time and cost cadence for code-current events that are budgeted for and are seen as regular maintenance events rather than exceptional, high cost events.

DWS will soon release a version of our JD Edwards script automation tool, Dimension SwiftTest™ for Oracle Cloud Applications. Oracle Cloud Application customers still need to test Oracle updates before switching over to live software. We are excited at the prospect of bringing the joy of test automation to the Oracle Cloud App community in 2020.

Happy New Year to all!

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