How Oracle Fusion Middleware Can Enhance JD Edwards Experience

“Change is inevitable”, businesses grow, change and even transform overtime and so do the business processes. Across the industries the biggest challenge for CIO and CTO while “IT enabling”  their business is to keep it simple yet aligned to their business processes, however when business level transformations occur these IT enabled processes often fail. Several businesses face severe consequences of implementing costly ERP solutions when they no longer meet the needs of changed business processes.
The aim of Oracle fusion middleware is to provide the businesses to control and organize their IT systems including the hardware and software systems in case of changing environments. The oracle fusion middleware suite allows businesses to model, execute, manage and optimize the business processes throughout the applications.
Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) provides a flexible and pluggable interface to better responding information systems and has quickly became a software architecture standard. The SOA framework uses reusable components such as web services and open standards, involving least amount of customization in order to make them easily configurable to business process changes as well as provides a safe interface for information sharing across partners and alliances.
The modern era of IT enabling also recommends integrating SOA framework with even the most established application suites, such as enterprise resource planning (ERP), customer relationship management (CRM), and supply chain management to extend their functionality and adoption across businesses. Due to this increasing need of integration and extensibility the scope of middleware is also changing , what initially was thought of as integration and runtime engine between applications , now constitutes of portals, business intelligence tools and applications, content management, identity management, and systems management.  Now, businesses are relying on SOA framework to extend the functionality and usability of their existing ERPs, CRM and other applications to their partners and customers. Among these time tested industry standard ERPs JD Edwards has enjoyed a consistent trust for approx 30 years for solving business problems for their clients across all industries. The ERP has evolved over time and continues to deliver the best combination of application and technology solution.
Regardless of the nature or industry of the business the choice of middleware architecture involves several strategic decisions. The choice of the infrastructure can provide the control for maximizing the benefits from the business processes and applications while leveraging the most out of the people, team or enterprise. Oracle provides a comprehensive stack of infrastructure, middleware and application to meet the requirements of enterprises, furthermore the components of Oracle fusion middleware supports the JD Edwards EnterpriseOne at all levels and layers in the architecture including:
• JD Edwards EnterpriseOne HTML Server
• Service Oriented Architecture
• Business Intelligence
• Identity Management
• Enterprise 2.0, including user interaction and portals
• Enterprise Management
The technology needs and assessment for organization might differ but the strategic need of the customer is always the same that is to maximize the ROI on implementing such systems such as JD Edwards EnterpriseOne while aligning their people, processes and systems. Thus the natural choice for leveraging the most out of the JD Edwards EnterpriseOne is to run it on Oracle stack due to several reasons such as the following ( also shown by the figure 1) :

  • Oracle products are tested and comply to industry standards.
  • Oracle product and application lineup includes inter-operatable components that can be configured easily.
  • Oracle fusion middleware and SOA framework simplifies acquiring and integrating diverse set of services to  support the solution.Considering these benefits, Oracle is investing in research and enhancement in all of these layers in the stack to ensure simplified integration with JD Edwards EnterpriseOne while providing long term support too. JD Edwards is also actively involved in aligning this strategy too as the benefits that can be reaped out of this combo promise higher returns to the customer.  SOA framework integration with the JD Edwards EnterpriseOne can provide several more benefits such as:
    • Managing Agility of business  processes by externalizing processes out of JDE.
    • Managing sharing of business data and JDE information across the associates such as partner ‘s application and customers etc
    • Managing growth of content, application, processes and people, while enhancing the user experience and service level.
    • Ensuring better ROI fro customers implementing the ERP.
    • Ensuring an extensible system that leverages JDE architecture while easily adopts to newer strategic technologies.

    Ephlux has successfully designed and tested such innovative solutions that are based on giving the customer full control of their business and to accommodate any changes with least efforts by utilizing the unique capabilities of oracle fusion middleware and specifically the SOA framew

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