Blue Stack Deadline Looms for JD Edwards Shops
July 20, 2016 Alex Woodie
In just over two months, JD Edwards shops that run EnterpriseOne ERP software on the “Blue Stack” of IBM middleware, including DB2 and WebSphere products, will no longer be able to get technical support for those products from Oracle. Customers have had nearly six years to prepare for the September 30 deadline, but there are those who have yet to make a decision. Luckily, Blue Stack stragglers still have options available to them.
We told you about Oracle’s decision to kill Blue Stack support just after it announced it way back at the end of 2010. It’s been about two-and-a-half years since Oracle stopped selling new licenses for the Blue Stack, which is officially called the EnterpriseOne Technology Foundation and consists of DB2 for Linux, Unix, and Windows (LUW), WebSphere Application Server, and WebSphere Portal. And on September 30, it will cease providing technical support for those products.
It’s not surprising that Oracle would use hardball tactics with its customers. The technology giant is known to use aggressive tactics regarding licensing issues with its customers. It’s not that SAP, Microsoft, and IBM don’t do the same thing. It’s just that Oracle seems to do more of it.
But the fact that Oracle was still selling the Blue Stack on behalf of IBM through the end of the 2013, and will support the Blue Stack through the end of September 30, is actually a sign of reasonableness. The company could have killed the products and forced customers to shift to its own Red Stack much sooner, just as it gave zero notice when it ceased providing IBM i binaries for the MySQL database back in late 2010. Yes, abruptly killing the Blue Stack would have angered many JDE customers. But business is business, as they say, and selling and supporting your closest competitors’ software doesn’t make a lot of sense.
In any event, the end of Blue Stack support means JDE EnterpriseOne shops that run the EnterpriseOne Technology Foundation must make a decision. They have several options open to them regarding the EnterpriseOne components, including application servers and databases, that run on Windows, Linux, or Unix platforms. It’s worth noting that Oracle will continue to support EnterpriseOne running on IBM i and the DB2 for i database, as well as Windows Server and SQL Server. And it’s also worth noting that none of this impacts JDE World shops, which run the whole kit and caboodle on the IBM i platform. (Oracle seems to know it would face a major backlash if it tried to completely separate JD Edwards from its AS/400 roots.)
So, what are the options for Blue Stack users? Let’s go through the list.
Ray Grigsby, vice president of Global JD Edwards Service Delivery for Las Vegas, Nevada-based Rimini Street, says EnterpriseOne shops need to be aware of their options. “By switching to Rimini Street independent support services, for example, licensees can continue to run their existing JD Edwards applications with full support for Blue Stack, along with interoperability and customizations,” Grigsby tells IT Jungle via email. “All JD Edwards support issues are managed and resolved through the Rimini Street Primary Support Engineer (PSE) saving time, money, and resources.”
Regardless of which approach an EnterpriseOne customer chooses, it doesn’t change the fact that it will need to make a decision soon. The clock is ticking.