Oracle Releases Latest Version of JD Edwards EnterpriseOne

Adds operational sourcing functionality, transportation shipment sequencing; delivers modules for the food & beverage industry

Adds operational sourcing functionality, transportation shipment sequencing; delivers modules for the food & beverage industry

Nashville, TN — April 25, 2006 — Oracle this week announced the availability of a new release of JD Edwards EnterpriseOne, 8.12, offering new modules and updated features to address the needs of a broad base of EnterpriseOne customers as well as functionality specifically targeted for the food and beverage market.

A new module, JD Edwards EnterpriseOne Operational Sourcing, helps automate the process of obtaining and awarding bids after a request for proposal (RFP) or request for information (RFI) is issued. Integrated with all the JD Edwards EnterpriseOne Supply Management solutions, the addition of operational sourcing functionality means companies can manage all phases of the supplier lifecycle, from critical sourcing decisions to supplier payments, within the solution, according to Oracle.

Elsewhere, JD Edwards EnterpriseOne Human Capital Management now includes employee scheduling, enhanced time and labor and self-service capabilities. Further, customer relationship management applications delivered in the previous release of EnterpriseOne have been updated to drive greater visibility into customer service operations, the solution provider said.

JD Edwards EnterpriseOne Supply Chain Management adds transportation shipment sequencing, which enables OEM suppliers to deliver to manufacturing production lines in the exact sequence in which the parts are required. In addition, the Fixed Asset Management module has been enhanced to facilitate complex accounting and regulatory requirements.

The 8.12 release also is intended to help lower the total cost of ownership by simplifying the deployment and management activities of a JD Edwards EnterpriseOne implementation. By adopting the standards-based XML format for application specifications — also referred to as metadata — key processes such as package builds and deployment are simplified, according to Oracle.

Food and Beverage Functionality

JD Edwards EnterpriseOne also offers specific functionality for the food and beverage producers industry. The package of pre-integrated software, hardware and services is designed to help food and beverage producers automate business processes and gain the visibility to information needed to operate efficiently and deliver high quality products to customers.

Three new modules — JD Edwards EnterpriseOne Blend Management, JD Edwards EnterpriseOne Grower Management and JD Edwards EnterpriseOne Grower Pricing and Payments — are intended to provide the ability for food and beverage producers to manage processes and the manufacturing of blended products. Oracle worked with CIBER, a systems integrator for the food and beverage industry, on product requirements and functional specifications for these new modules.

Global beverage company, Foster's Group, also has been involved with the development of these food and beverage modules since design and development began with JD Edwards.

"We've had a long relationship with JD Edwards, and we're gratified to see the commitment that Oracle has shown for the JD Edwards products through the transition," said Foster's chief information officer, Ian Farnsworth. "Once fully implemented, the three new modules should deliver to Foster's the ability to integrate wine production from grapevine to bottle in a single ERP environment."

EnterpriseOne Path to Oracle Fusion

Finally, Oracle announced that JD Edwards EnterpriseOne customers now have an option to take advantage of the Oracle Technology Foundation, an integrated infrastructure based on the Oracle Database and Oracle Fusion Middleware.

With JD Edwards EnterpriseOne certification on Oracle Fusion Middleware, organizations can use components such as Oracle Containers for J2EE, Oracle BPEL Process Manager, Oracle Identity Management and Oracle Portal to support their enterprise, including business applications, custom applications and standards-based enterprise services.

"Adopting Oracle Fusion technologies today helps companies gradually move towards future technologies at their own pace, absorbing changes in a manner that is manageable and without disruption," Oracle said in announcing the new certification.

The new version of JD Edwards EnterpriseOne includes support for the current and next releases of platforms, such as IBM WebSphere 6.0, IBM Portal 5.1, Sun Solaris Unix 10, Redhat Linux 3.0 and i5/OS V5R4.

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