Oracle recently announced an updated support timeline for JD Edwards World A9.4, revealing that Premier Support is effective through at least April 2022 and Extended Support through at least April 2025. This announcement confirms that Oracle is throwing their weight behind JD Edwards World A9.4 and that it’s the version all World users should be operating on.
If you aren’t running A9.4, now is the time to upgrade. Here are a few reasons why upgrading to JD Edwards World A9.4 is the best option.
IBM i Operating System Upgrade
If you’re running JD Edwards World along with IBM i, it’s important to know that IBM i OS 7.3 is compatible with World versions A9.4 and A9.3V1. So, if you’re running OS 7.1 or 7.2 and are hoping to upgrade to 7.3 (what with the end of support coming for 7.1), then you'll need to upgrade your JDE World environment as well.
Also, if you’ve been using IBM i Access for Windows, you will need to migrate to IBM i Access Client Solutions (ACS) as it includes support for Windows 10 and will be the only product to be kept updated. Of course, ACS requires a newer version of IBM i OS.
With new support dates, customers can feel confident in upgrading to A9.4 due to its long Premier Support time. Prior to this announcement, JDE users were delaying their decision to upgrade to World A9.4 because of what was then a relatively short Premier Support window. Now that Premier Support is guaranteed through at least April 2022, there is no longer any reason to hesitate. Users are guaranteed three more years of support. That alone is a reason to upgrade, even if you are on a more recent version like JDE World A9.3.
JDE products are moving to a Continuous Delivery program, with customers getting smaller and more timely product innovations without the cost and potential disruption of a major upgrade. These incremental enhancements are easier to consume and users can choose and control when to add new functionality.
World A9.4 updates will be delivered as needed throughout the year. These deliveries will keep your A9.4 environment up to date. These updates are where Oracle will be putting all of their time and effort for World, with A9.4 being the only platform to receive new deliveries in the future.
World A9.4 introduced some new features this year for users in manufacturing, sales and procurement, and financials, including:
- Forecast Consumption by Customer
- Cost by Work Center
- Encumbrance and Commitment
- Updated Tax Field G/L Post
If you’re upgrading from A9.3 you’ll get all of these new features, but if you’re updating from an even older version, just think of all the new functionality you’ll have access to by upgrading to A9.4. You could have the features from A9.3, A9.2, and more at your fingertips, along with these latest offerings.
Direct Data Migration
While we’re all fans of World, it may make sense for your organization to migrate to JD Edwards EnterpriseOne in the future. Upgrading World to A9.4 is a great choice in that case, as A9.4 has a direct data migration to EnterpriseOne. That way, when the time is right, you’ll be poised for a more seamless migration.
Follow JD Edwards Best Practice
As a best practice, JDE recommends that customers maintain their environment and stay current. The best way to do this is to upgrade to A9.4, where JDE is releasing updates as they are needed.
No matter the version, a JD Edwards upgrade is always a challenge. Our clients often look for outside help, and we’re happy to lend a hand in the upgrade process. Contact our experienced team for help planning or executing your next upgrade.