New Release of JD Edwards EnterpriseOne Improves the User Experience
This month the Ultra team met with Oracle representatives for an informative briefing on the latest advancements to a number of Oracle products.
As independent ERP consultants, these briefings are important to our team and to the manufacturers we serve. Regular vendor briefings help us keep current with system enhancements and feature functions that help our manufacturing clients seeking business process improvements.
Noted here is the first post summarizing our recent briefing – an overview of enhancements to the latest release of Oracle’s JD Edwards EnterpriseOne.
Upcoming posts will focus on additional products reviewed during the recent briefings.
User Interface Improvements
An improved and intuitive user interface (UI) is the stand-out enhancement offered by the new release of EnterpriseOne. This is a game-changer for this product.
For years JD Edwards has released ERP packages that offer comprehensive features, but with a complex UI. Other vendors, like Microsoft and Epicor, had leaped ahead of the product in terms of ease of use.
Today, that has changed. We see our clients focused on ERP evaluation as “a beauty contest” during ERP selection, focusing heavily on ease of use. Now, Oracle meets and in many cases exceeds the ease of use capabilities of its competitors. Greatly simplified screens and data displays are easy to use, letting the end-user get up and running faster. JD Edwards EnterpriseOne takes advantage of the new UI style that Oracle is building for the next-generation of Oracle Fusion Applications.
Configurable home pages give users quick access to essential applications with a click of the mouse. Freeze, unfreeze, hide, and show column personalization’s allow users to maximize screen space and reduce the need to scroll to see the right data.
Noteworthy features which enhance the user experience include:
1) Access From Multiple Devices
In this day and age of BYOD – or Bring Your Own Device – manufacturing workers demand flexible data access from a variety of devices, such as smart phones or tablets. With EnterpriseOne, users view the responsive designed screens from multiple devices. The system also leverages the power of today’s highly interactive Web browsers. Users now have several options to use whatever device best fits their needs. In fact during the briefing, we were able to see reports and data tables as well as a variety of transactions displayed on an iPad.
2) Powerful “One View “Watchlists”
Users can now define views of critical information that is important to them, by role, and keep a “watch” via easy to access Watchlists. This delivers a powerful business advantage. It’s a simple matter for a user to be alerted to any tasks that they need to do, or thresholds that have been passed, all without complex programming. Users define the information themselves, and the Watchlists are essentially manage by exceptions – meaning users define and monitor key data points and take action when data has reached acceptable thresholds.
As an example, Watchlists might contain expenses needing approval, batch processes in error, customers over their credit limit, or purchase order receipts past due.
Watchlists are built upon the existing JD Edwards EnterpriseOne query framework and are therefore, only supported on forms that support queries.
What’s the big deal here? We anticipate that companies will now push data to the end user outside of the application. The personalized Watchlists will improve user productivity and overall business performance.
3) CAFÉ One “Mash Up” Features
Termed as the “Composite Application Framework for EnterpriseOne,” Café One is a powerful feature that links multiple applications such as maps, barcode information, charts, web applications, data tables or other information into one “mash up” screen, based on the particular role in the company.
EnterpriseOne gives the ability to combine multiple data, presentation, or functionality from various sources. This approach enables the end user to create a single screen with all the specific functionality required to do their job. Uses can dynamically define multiple page layouts and aggregate multiple views into a single view.
Again, this is a significant feature. When embarking upon ERP comparison, our clients must track which vendor can offer this level of business intelligence and customizations, and who has yet to offer it in the marketplace. This approach helps companies increase productivity and work smarter.
4) General User Productivity Enhancements
EnterpriseOne offers a variety of additional enhancements including:
- Carousel – which serves as a user’s “favorites list” to modify and customize screens for easy access to the most used areas of EnterpriseOne.
- Hover capability – a simple to find red box in the upper left of each screen allows users to view details behind summary data on aggregate reports.
- Multi language on the fly – driven by user log-in. At the click of a button or upon log-in, EnterpriseOne easily handles multiple languages on the same page for tabs, buttons, data fields or more.
- Business Intelligence Publisher – user defined intelligence reports allow for creation of custom dashboards, real time KPI reports and data summaries so critical for improved decision making.
In all, we were pleased to see Oracle and JDEdwards take a big leap in terms of offering innovative technology solutions focused on improving a user’s productivity and satisfaction.
Stay tuned for the next blog post summarizing additional product reviews from our recent Oracle briefing.