by Ryan McBride
When EnterpriseOne 9.2 was launched in October 2015, Oracle JD Edwards announced that this base code change would be their final major release. After nearly 20 years of operating under a paradigm of delivering a new major release every 3 to 5 years, Oracle adopted a more agile strategy of continuous delivery onto the same base. Their big bet was that this change would enable their customers to more willingly and easily adopt new functionality and digitally transform the way they operate their businesses. Five years into this strategy, nearly one third of all E1 customers have yet to make the move to 9.2.
In a recent webinar I delivered to the JD Edwards Houston Regional User Group (HUG), I compared this final major move a company makes to EnterpriseOne 9.2 to the idea of a family retiring to The Villages. For those not familiar, The Villages is a collection of retirement neighborhoods located in the heart of Florida. Each neighborhood consists of a different, increasingly smaller, type of home designed for residents to continue to reduce their “footprint” throughout their golden years. One of the key selling points for those considering retirement to The Villages is that once you’re there, you’re there for good. Again, after one last major move, they will continue to optimize their lifestyle along an established “downsizing path”. I’m sure that Lyle would submit that once you’ve made it to 9.2, you’re home for good (at least until 2031).
In my comparison, I paralleled The Villages “downsizing path” to that of Oracle’s mantra of reducing customizations whenever possible throughout your journey on EnterpriseOne 9.2. Driving this idea of becoming less modified is the belief that to be more effective and efficient, organization should strive to continuously adopt the innovation Oracle delivers. The more vanilla your implementation, the easier it will be to accept new code as your retrofitting needs are reduced at every code-current change event. To that end, Oracle is building tools and has delivered functionality that enables no-code/low-code “personalization” options and aid organizations in their “de-cluttering” efforts.
With all that said, JDE’s tool set to help customers reduce their modified footprint is understandably immature. For years, a key selling point for their ERP was how malleable it was and how it could be tailor fit to meet the most complex of businesses. This sudden about face and move towards de-customization has left them a little behind the curve when it comes to providing the tools required to unwind years of custom development. The good news for E1 customers, however, is that there are highly evolved offerings in the market specifically designed to address this growing need.
One such offering, which I happen to believe is best-of-breed, is DWS’s Dimension Analyze service. To continue the “downsizing and last big move” analogy one step further, think of our software led professional service as a highly specialized “clutter evaluator and garage sale hosting service.” We’ll come to your home, look in all your closets, sift through all your junk and not only determine what needs to be packed up and moved but we’ll get rid of the stuff you don’t need. On top of that, we’ll offer you a FIXED-PRICE quote to bubble wrap everything you’re moving and deliver it scratch-free to your new home, guaranteed. Like I said, it’s pretty awesome. The best thing about it is that we offer a FREE-OF-CHARGE initial evaluation of your modified footprint and give you a 15+ page report outlining exactly how we can help get you ready for your move.
Again, if your organization hasn’t made the move yet and you are eyeing your new home in The Villages, shoot me a note, I would love to help you plan and execute your company’s last big E1 move.
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