Oracle Ships In-Memory Apps for EnterpriseOne
May 14, 2013 Alex Woodie
Oracle last week announced that the two previously announced in-memory applications for JD Edwards EnterpriseOne, In-Memory Project Portfolio Management and In-Memory Sales Advisor, are now generally available. The applications, which are designed to run on Oracle’s “engineered systems” all-in-one mainframe appliances, not only run faster, but bring new functionality, Oracle says.
The new JD Edwards EnterpriseOne In-Memory Project Portfolio Management application is designed to help executives make more informed decisions about their portfolios and projects, and to do it faster than they can now with the applications running on traditional servers.
Oracle claims the new in-memory, job-costing software will work up to 24 times faster than existing EnterpriseOne processes running on a traditionally equipped Solaris server. (Oracle did not provide any comparison figures for the job-costing processes running on IBM i servers. Considering a good percentage of EnterpriseOne shops still run the database component on IBM i , this would be interesting to see.)
What’s more, Oracle says the new in-memory application provides additional functionality, and addresses the complete business requirement of customers. This includes the capability to report across the entire project portfolio (not just a small piece of it); the capability to get visibility into project financials with all associated contract billing; new summaries of project portfolios, by region, sales rep, project type, etc.; and the capability to review project financials with built-in charts.
The other new app, called JD Edwards EnterpriseOne In-Memory Sales Advisor, will allow customer service representatives (CSRs) to analyze large sets of customer data very quickly, thereby gaining the capability to identify good up-sell opportunities without hurting profitability.
Oracle says this multi-threaded app will be able to scan customers’ entire price schedules to identify appropriate quantity level breaks in real time. This will give CSRs the information they need to propose alternative offers to customers (i.e. higher quantities at lower per-unit pricing) while they’re taking orders on the phone, not as follow-up calls or emails.
Lyle Ekdahl, group vice president and general manager of Oracle’s JD Edwards unit, says the new applications will “fundamentally change the dynamics of [customers’] business” by creating new revenue opportunities and lowering total cost of ownership.
Oracle is creating new revenue opportunities of its own with its line of engineered systems, which include a pure Oracle stack of hardware and software, including operating system, middleware, database, and applications. Built by the former Sun Microsystems X64 server group, engineered systems like Exadata, Exalogic, and Exalytics feature skads of DRAM and flash memory, and extremely quick InfiniBand adapters. The systems are also expensive, with starting prices in the mid six figures.
Oracle announced these in-memory EnterpriseOne applications in April at its Collaborate 2013 conference in Denver, Colorado. At the time, it also announced 11 other in-memory apps for several other enterprise systems, including E-Business Suite, PeopleSoft, Oracle SCM (supply chain management), Siebel CRM, and Hyperion EPM (enterprise performance management) suites.