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Oracle on Monday announced upgrades to both its JD Edwards EnterpriseOne and JD Edwards World software.
Both are the first major product releases in three years. One expert said that inventory features in JDE World 9.3 and reporting features in JD EnterpriseOne 9.1 are what caught his eye.
Al Marmero, a JD Edwards product manager and SearchOracle.com expert, said he liked the JD Edwards World General Ledger inventory detail reconciliation ability.
“This has been a long-awaited feature that currently is supported by third-party tools,” Marmero said. “This will save users money.”
Marmero also liked a new feature in EnterpriseOne called OneView Reporting, which Oracle claims will allow business users to create more custom reports on their own without help from IT.
Oracle has been busy with periodic JD Edwards updates, supporting mobile devices and releasing JD Edwards Enterprise Tools 9.1 in December. Bob Monahan, Oracle JD Edwards senior director, said the company has filed for almost 20 patents around JD Edwards EnterpriseOne in recent months.
Probably the biggest new feature of the EnterpriseOne 9.1 enterprise resource planning (ERP) software is OneView Reporting. Monahan said it will allow business users to drill into data more easily. For example, a user might want to dig into a pie chart to look at a particular sales region and see the customers there.
“It’s meant for the end users,” Monahan said. “They don’t require IT to do it for them.”
EnterpriseOne 9.1 also includes features around vertical industries like agribusiness and real estate, addressing specific industry-related compliance issues.
JD Edwards World 9.3 is another ERP package, with its customers running the platform on IBM i, commonly known as the AS/400 or iSeries. The inventory feature provides reports that compare different ledger transactions to assist the reconciliation process. Other features of JD Edwards World 9.3 are support for PDF export and XML import, as well as additional role-based capabilities to improve security.
Oracle made the announcement at Collaborate, a conference of Oracle user groups being held in Las Vegas this week. Both products are generally available starting Monday. Monahan wouldn’t say exactly how many JD Edwards customers there are, but did say it is “in the thousands.”