Planning to upgrade your current version of JDE World

Advantages of upgrading to the latest JDE World release

Companies that are currently running an older version of JDE World have many options available to them for modernizing JDE. A key question to ask is, “Why not JDE World?” There are many advantages of upgrading the JDE World software to the latest release. First, there are a plethora of new features and functionality in each new release. By upgrading, most companies eliminate at least 50% of their custom code. Typically, the customization logic has been included in the more recent version of the software. Also, sticking with JDE World allows your organization to continue to leverage your seasoned IT professionals. These folks typically have years and years of industry expertise, not to mention years of expertise within their own companies.

Why you should consider a JDE World to World Upgrade

Due to its stability and reliability, companies that are running JD Edwards World software have usually been on the platform for many years, sometimes even decades. It can be hard to justify an upgrade when “everything is working fine,” but there are many benefits to upgrading beyond simply performance. We have compiled a list of the top  7 reasons for upgrading to a newer version of World according to our customers, click here to read what they had to say.

6 Questions For Developing Your Upgrade Strategy

  1. What are my upgrade options for JDE World? Check out our paper on How to Execute a Successful World to World Upgrade.
  2. Which Type of Upgrade: Technical, Functional or Transformational will help your organization reach your goals?
  3. What new functionality and software applications best align with your business objectives and will enable you to increase business process efficiency?
  4. Will replacing customized code with standard business processes across your organization increase your compliance abilities and decrease cost of ownership?
  5. Are you on the verge of losing maintenance support and moving to sustaining support? Is your organization comfortable with the associated risks of being on sustained support? 
  6. Will your current environment meet the demands of your business in the next 3-5 years?

Risks of Staying on Sustaining Support

Oracle estimates that 46% of World customers are still on A7.3 and A8.1, which is concerning considering that these products went into Sustaining Support, as opposed to Premier Support, on December 31, 2013.

Risk #1 – Business Continuity Protection

Even if you have been running the software for years, changing business needs may dictate the implementation of additional modules or advanced functionality that could require fixes and patches that were published while the product was on Premier Support.

Risk #2 – IBM i/iSeries Operating System not current

If you want to keep your IBM iSeries OS current, you will need Oracle patches to continue to run A7.3 and A8.1 on the latest IBM operation system versions. These patches are only available if you are on maintenance.

Risk #3 – External Security Threats

External security threats have not been prevalent with JD Edwards World, but should Oracle identify a liability, it would be addressed through support. Keep in mind that Oracle typically does not communicate the nature of the threat publicly to avoid tipping off hackers, so you or your third party will not have all the information necessary to secure the software yourselves without support.

  • Determine Your Upgrade Path
  • Assign an internal resource as the only project manager
  • Build an Upgrade Team with Broad and
    Complementary Skills
  • Identify Peer and Oracle Resources to utilize
  • Define Your Upgrade Activity as a Formal
    Company Project
  • Prepare the Organization for the change – communicate, communicate, communicate

Potential Risk: Not explaining what a new system
means to users before starting the project

  • Decide on an Appropriate Change Management Strategy
  • Agree on when to Change or Add Business Processes

Key Consideration: Will you implement the new functionality as part of the upgrade, or upgrade your current processes without change, and implement new functionality as a follow-on project?

  • Outline Your Issues Management Strategy/Process
  • Ensure the Quality of Your Data
  • Identify possible Project Risks and Develop
    Contingency Plans
  • Prepare Your Technical Environment
  • Test with a Copy of the Production Database
  • Train end users as well as technical users
  • Utilize functional end users to compete testing
  • Utilize GO Live checklist

There’s a reason we love World. Oracle continues to invest in the product, making it easier for clients to remain on the software while taking advantage of the latest technologies. Our focus is to help you upgrade the World system quickly and efficiently, allowing your team to get back to running the business. ” Dave Balser, JD Edwards Delivery Director

Check out some recent JDE World blog posts:

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