Oracle Delivers Massive Update to JD Edwards EnterpriseOne
December 13, 2011 Alex Woodie
Oracle last week released new technological underpinnings for JD Edwards EnterpriseOne. The tech giant says the large number of new features in EnterpriseOne Tools 9.1–including a new GUI, reporting enhancements, administration improvements, new high availability features, and a new SQL Alter Table function–makes it the largest EnterpriseOne release since it acquired the software.
Seeing is believing and nothing impacts the way users view the applications they use like the quality and ease-of-use of its user interface. To that end, Oracle delivered a new Web browser-based GUI with Tools 9.1 that it claims will enhance the user experience and increase productivity.
For starters, Tools 9.1 is mobile. That is, Oracle claims users can use whatever device they want to access EnterpriseOne apps (provided the device supports a Web browser). iPads are supported, and Oracle has even created JD Edwards-specific gestures to speed tasks on iOS devices.
Oracle says the new drop-down menu toolbar will serve as an excellent replacement for the left-hand navigation system that EnterpriseOne previously used, while saving 25 percent of screen real-estate. The toolbar will be used to launch applications, access reports, and access personalized favorites. Users can optimize their screens by freezing or hiding columns.
Users can configure their EnterpriseOne home pages to give them quick access to essential applications with a click of the mouse. The company has also included “process maps,” or visual guides that help users find the right application to use “based on the next logical step in any business process.”
Oracle has also delivered an enhanced query mechanism that it claims will give users “a quick way to create powerful searches using lists of value ranges or date ranges” and to “interactively design complex queries easily and save favorites for quick access.”
Administrators gained new features that should help them manage an EnterpriseOne system. This includes a new memory usage alerts and thresholds in the Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c that help to identify and fix runaway EnterpriseOne jobs. Installation should be easier thanks to the capability to restart or rerun installation processes using the Oracle Universal Installer function in EnterpriseOne Tools 9.1. Other Oracle tools that work with this release include Oracle VM Server for X86, Oracle Business Intelligence Publisher, and Oracle HTTP Server.
Oracle says the availability and scalability of EnterpriseOne Web portal environments has been improved by enabling the software to be clustered across multiple servers. This release also brings clustering enhancements to the core EnterpriseOne environment, Oracle says.
This release also introduces the new SQL Alter Table function, which should simplify and speed up the process of performing table conversions and adding more columns to a database.
EnterpriseOne Tools 9.1 is backward compatible with all EnterpriseOne 9.0 application releases. It’s certified with the latest 11g release of Oracle Fusion Middleware. And it’s available across all platforms, including IBM i.