JD Edwards World Upgrade: To The Nines
Date: January 2014
JD Edwards World Upgrade Summary
Headquartered in the Midwest but with locations around the world, this company is one of the largest producers of industrial and value-added sand in North America. Their products are used in various industries including oil and natural gas extraction, building and construction, water treatment, glassmaking, and recreation. In order to keep their thriving business up to date, this company engaged Briteskies, an Oracle Gold Partner, for a JD Edwards World upgrade from A7.3 to A9.3.
The client’s primary reason for upgrading was to maintain their Premier Oracle/JD Edwards support level. Oracle support for A7.3 ended in 2013, and the client recognized that maintaining this level of support was critical to its ongoing operational and compliance requirements. The client also understood the benefits to their operations resulting from implementing the latest features and functionality provided by upgrading to A9.3.
While the technical aspects of this project would not prove too challenging for our team, the surrounding business environment created several risks to an uneventful go-live. The client had two other major initiatives occurring at the same time as the upgrade. One, a major acquisition closed in the middle of the upgrade project schedule, significantly increasing the number of facilities the company was operating. These new facilities were not on JD Edwards and did not follow the same business processes as the new parent company. The other obstacle was that the logistics management software that controlled receiving, shipping, and transportation at distribution facilities was being replaced. These initiatives affected business operations, which could have meant more complications and risk for our team during the upgrade.
As a result of the Briteskies expertise at work on this project, the upgraded system went live with no disruption to everyday business processes and with no interruption in services after go-live weekend.
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