JD Edwards Internet of Things Orchestrator (AIS vs BSSV)

“Internet of Things” for your JD Edwards E1

If you have plans for implementing IoT at your JD Edwards E1 shop, there’s a very interesting announcement from Oracle. JD Edwards E1 IoT Orchestrator has been launched.
The good news for those on E1 9.0 is that it also supports 9.0 along with E1 9.1 – all it requires is upgrading to the latest Tools web components which should not be a major issue.

At Ephlux, we have nose-dived right in to it already

At Ephlux, our R&D team has jumped on it right away and we’re getting our hands dirty – we’ll be relaying our findings and you’re welcome to join in on our research forums. This release strongly helps us solidify our position as as the “customer experience integrator” since many companies will continue to have JD Edwards on-prem co-exist with Oracle CX Cloud apps as well as their mobile, social, web and location-based apps and other on-field and in-venue smart devices.
We are already leaders with BSSV but our millennial “chatty” app developers wanted REST badly
We, at Ephlux, as most of you would know, are already the leaders with JD Edwards BSSV (Business Services) – the more traditional integration framework for E1 using SOAP based web-services that help connect E1 to external applications.

Business Services (BSSV) – SOAP based Webservices

However, our mobile, web and IoT developers have never been great fans of SOAP because of the extra overhead which makes it rather sluggish for the sort of “User Experience” and agility you need on today’s modern mobile, social and “chatty” apps.

Application Interface Services (AIS) – REST | JSON based API Engine

They were quite eager to feast on a REST based engine for JD Edwards and now having not just AIS (REST API Engine for E1) but also an IoT orchestration layer on top of it is simply a cherry topping for them.

Comparing BSSV with AIS

Although BSSV is a robust option for most E1 to external application integration scenarios, the extra overhead that SOAP carries makes it inefficient and sluggish when it comes to integrating to smartphones, social networks and other modern interfaces including smart devices and IoT.

Side-by-side comparison of Business Services (BSSV) and Application Interface Services (AIS)
It is for this specific purpose, Oracle released AIS – Application Interface Services to provide a more nimble, light-weight and faster REST API Engine thus opening up possibilities for high UX integration possibilities with consumer touchpoints and industrial IoT devices where the real-time OR near real-time integration speeds are critical.
We had a key question on Oracle’s strategy with AIS, IoT Orchestrator and how it co-exists with BSSV – and here’s what Oracle has responded, as expected:
Q: Will the JD Edwards EnterpriseOne IoT Orchestrator replace OR co-exist with my Business Services?

A: The JD Edwards EnterpriseOne Business Services server is a robust tool for integrating JD Edwards EnterpriseOne inbound and outbound transactions as web services using the SOAP protocol. For certain integration patterns, the Business Services server remains the method of choice. The IoT Orchestrator—and more specifically the Application Interface Services (AIS) server—provides a new alternative integration method based on the REST service protocol. The nature of IoT device integration makes the REST protocol a better choice for IoT orchestrations. Both BSSV and AIS continue to be important components in the broader JD Edwards EnterpriseOne Integration Platform.

If you are a JD Edwards E1 9.0 OR 9.1 customer planning to integrate JDE using AIS, IoT Orchestrator OR BSSV, please fill the form below and we’ll get in touch to discuss y our needs:

Overview for JD Edwards EnterpriseOne Internet of Things Orchestrator

With this release, Oracle announces the JD Edwards EnterpriseOne Internet of Things (IoT) Orchestrator. This new product enables customers to collect, filter, analyze, and act on real-time data as it is being transmitted by IoT devices. JD Edwards EnterpriseOne customers benefit by eliminating costly manual processes, by reacting to—or avoiding— business disruptions in real-time, and by analyzing historical data for continuous process improvement.

IoT Orchestrator using Application Interface Services (AIS) – REST | JSON based API Engine

The building blocks of the JD Edwards EnterpriseOne IoT Orchestrator are:

Building Blocks of IoT Orchestrator

  1. Registration (Cross Reference):Identifies the devices that are authorized to send data to the IoT Orchestrator and associates those devices with data stored in the JD Edwards EnterpriseOne system, such as equipment number, asset ID, location, business unit, etc
  2. Rules Engine:Establishes criteria and thresholds against which the IoT Orchestrator evaluates incoming device data to invoke the appropriate action based on conditions.
  3. Action (Service Request):Defines the specific JD Edwards EnterpriseOne application form or custom Java program to be invoked as the result of a predefined condition. The IoT Orchestrator passes incoming device data into the form(s) and launches the applications. Any JD Edwards EnterpriseOne form, including customers’ customized forms, can be invoked by the orchestration.

We can’t emphasize enough as to how big this news is for E1 customers who’re looking to integrate E1 with the smart devices in their field operations, and the cloud apps and want to orchestrate them together through a robust SOA middleware cloud.

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About the Author
M. Ali Nasim
Ali has around 14 years of experience, spanning areas of strategic technology management, product and business development for the US, UK, South Asia and Middle East regions across telecom, hospitality, healthcare and other verticals.
At Ephlux, Ali is currently focused on CX (Customer Experience) platforms and consulting, SOA, enterprise mobility, digital marketing and integration of ERPs and CRMs with customer-centric mobile, social, e-commerce, in-venue and other digital touch-points.
Ali and his company Ephlux has worked on customer experience, integration and mobility projects for large enterprises and start-ups alike, including PHILIPS, Disney, Gibson Guitars, Johnson & Johnson, IKEA and many more.
Ali can be reached out on his twitter handle @m_ali_nasim and on his email at ali.nasim@ephlux.com

Update: JD Edwards E1 BSSV Integration Training finally launched

Over the past 2 years we have been constantly approached by many seasoned, mid-level and fresh JD Edwards consultants alike to provide BSSV Training to help them integrate JD Edwards E1 to 3rd party applications, enterprise cloud apps, mobile apps and social channels.
We are glad to finally announce the launch of “JD Edwards Business Services (BSSV) Integration Training”. Find more details and register here: JD Edwards E1 BSSV Integration Training Registration