Collaborate 18 – Leaving Las Vegas!

by Barry Burke

Collaborate has always been one of those “must attend” events for DWS. 2018 signalled our tenth consecutive appearance at the show, and we were looking forward to meeting up with customers, partners, Oracle execs and old friends from across the JD Edwards community.

There was a tinge of nostalgia about this year’s event as it would be the last time the show was held in Las Vegas (at least for the foreseeable future). From 2019, Collaborate would be moving to its new home in San Antonio, Texas.

The JDE keynote presentation has always been a highlight. It’s an important session as, in many ways, it sets the tone for the JDE faithful for the rest of the week. Lyle Ekdahl (General Manager & SVP Oracle JD Edwards) took to the stage again this year, ably assisted by key members of the JDE team.

Unlike previous keynotes, Lyle and the team eschewed the traditional discussions of support timelines, product roadmaps and new feature sets. Instead, they took delegates through a series of real-world use-cases, demonstrating the functionality of tools release (keep an eye out for future blogs on the latest features).

Over the past two years, JDE has introduced several new frameworks and features that enable users to position EnterpriseOne at the centre of their digital transformation strategy, making the most of cloud agility, mobility and orchestration.

The underlying theme of the use-cases was one of empowerment; demonstrating how users could personalize and customize their EnterpriseOne systems with low-code or no-code options. This has the added benefit of making E1 more “upgrade proof”; which make the adoption of the preferred continuous delivery model for 9.2 much simpler.

The product team demonstrated some clever use-cases for User Defined Objects (UDO’s), form personalization, Orchestrations and Notifications. One example showcased a Vineyard with sophisticated monitoring equipment, used to determine what and when to irrigate. It involved the use of IoT, JDE applications, Orchestrations, Notifications, Inbound and Outbound REST services, External database and scheduler.

It sounds complicated, but the configuration of the touch points themselves was relatively straightforward. This use-case was particularly effective as it brings all of the latest features together in an easy to understand and unified format. You can find it all here.

Throughout the event, we heard lots of positive feedback about the extensive set of features and tools available in the later 9.2 releases. Many E1 users were on-board with the continuous delivery model introduced a year ago, and those that had made the move to 9.2 were enthusiastic about implementing a code-current strategy.

Automation was a hot topic this year. The latest features and tools in 9.2 provide users with a wealth of opportunities to streamline workflows and help bring down the TCO of E1. Here at DWS we’ve been developing a suite of products and services, native to E1, that enable users to run smaller, faster and smarter JDE E1 change event projects.

There was a lot of interest in our test planning and automation software and we were delighted with the attendance at the speaker session hosted by one of our customers. Pinal County, a local government authority in the heart of Arizona, demonstrated how the adoption of DWS testing products had dramatically improved productivity and quality when managing EnterpriseOne change events.

Collaborate 2018 was capped off by another stellar performance from the Conference Room Pilots at the annual House of Blues event. A big thanks to everyone who attended. Although, we’re sad to be leaving Las Vegas, we’re looking forward to some Texan hospitality in San Antonio, April 2019. It promises to be another great event!

If you have any questions about DWS products and services or indeed any questions about Oracle’s latest features and tools – then please don’t hesitate to contact us and we will be very happy to discuss with you.