On November 8th Oracle announced the availability of the latest JD Edwards EnterpriseOne (E1) Tools Release 9.2 Update 3 (9.2.3). This is another action-packed release from the Oracle JD Edwards team, including new features and enhancements that will add significant value to any JD Edwards release 9.1, or 9.2, system.
Emphasis is placed on providing power users with simplified tools they can use to enhance and customise E1. This release includes more functionality to enable digital transformation and automation within the enterprise. With the new support for 64-bit applications, the ground work has been laid for the withdrawal of support for 32-bit Java applications.
Highlights of the new tools release include:
- Orchestrator Enhancements
- UX One Foundation – User Defined Objects
- Server Manager support for Multi-Foundation
- Form Extensibility Enhancements
- Notification Message Center and My Worklist
- 64-bit Enablement
- Platform Certifications
At DWS we have installed Tools 9.2.3 onto our own test systems and have investigated some of these features in more detail.
A new BSFN, B98ORCH, has been provided that allows EnterpriseOne events to launch Orchestrations. Previously, it has only been possible to launch an Orchestration when triggered by an event external to E1. An orchestration or notification can now be launched for any of the following events:
- A table trigger
- A button on a form
- Changing the status of an event
- A UBE
The Orchestration Monitor, P980060X, provides an E1 page dashboard for monitoring all Orchestrations, Notifications and Schedules, running in the JD Edwards environment.
- Support for a new version of the Orchestrator Studio 7.0
- Error handling for Orchestration Steps allows a designer to determine how the Orchestrator handles an error. See the latest Orchestrator Guide for more detail
- Support for the .CSV file format reduces the technical expertise required to define and create the Orchestration inputs.
UX One Foundation – User Defined Objects
A new feature called View Dependencies (P98700D) makes it easier to implement UX One roles by identifying all the objects necessary to set up and implement a UX One role. For example, a composite page consists of many UDO components, Watchlists, Advanced Query, E1 Pages etc. View Dependencies will help ensure that all the requisite components are installed and approved at the correct status.
- Web OMW (P98220W) has been enhanced to simplify the administration of UDO objects.
Server Manager Support for Multi-Foundation
With Tools 9.2.3 Server Manager now includes support for Multi-Foundation configurations. Server Manager can now be used to create a Multi-Foundation set-up when installing a new Tools Release. When migrating to the 64-bit code base this will be especially useful for testing.
Form Extensibility Enhancements
The Form Extension feature has been enhanced to support entry forms i.e. Fix/Inspect, Header Detail, Headerless Detail and Power Browse forms. Form Extensions allows E1 users (citizen developers) to add business view columns to the form header and grid without using Form Design Aid (FDA). With 9.2.3 it is now possible to use extended form controls on AIS service requests and Orchestrations.
Notification Message Center and My Worklist
A new Message Center (P980051X) is available with Tools 9.2.3 that allows users to read Work Center and Notification messages. Users can also use new ‘My Worklist’ functionality to search, group, sort, and delete multiple messages at once, providing easier management of important messages.
Tools release 9.2.3 with Applications 9.2 enables JD Edwards EnterpriseOne support for 64-bit. Much of the existing infrastructure around E1 has been 64-bit for many years, (hardware, operating systems and databases etc…) with some of the existing E1 components like HTML, AIS and other Java based servers also operating at this level.
It is worth noting that migrating to 6-bit is not (yet!) mandatory and the existing 32-bit applications are still supported. This development does lay the groundwork for the withdrawal of support for 32-bit Java and it has also been reported that performance gains of 10-15% have been seen with heavy logic and data intensive batch and interactive processes where the migration to 64-bit has been undertaken.
Tools release 9.2.3 introduces support for the following
- Microsoft Visual Studio 2017
- Mozilla Firefox 60 ESR
- Apple iOS 12
Windows 2012 SP1, Visual Studio 2010 and WebLogic (18.104.22.168.0 or 22.214.171.124.0) have all been deprecated.
The full release from Oracle can be found here: https://docs.oracle.com/cd/E84502_01/learnjde/index.html
Please check back later for a detailed analysis of these latest features!