JD Edwards in the Cloud

Bill Onion

JDE in the cloud.pngAs the cloud continues to be leveraged in all aspects of technology, organizations are looking to move their ERP to the cloud. JD Edwards is facilitating cloud options for their ERP customers and promises benefits like greater business agility, better use of resources, more rapid implementation of new business models, and fewer operational issues.

For companies considering moving their JD Edwards EnterpriseOne environment to the cloud, there are two main options: Infrastructure as a service (IaaS) and Platform as a service (PaaS). These two layers can be used individually or in combination, and with or without on premise solutions depending on business needs. Let’s take a closer look at JD Edwards’ IaaS and PaaS offerings.

Infrastructure as a Service

With IaaS, a vendor provides the servers, storage, and networking hardware to a company. Your organization would lease the hardware and operating system from the service provider, but you would have to buy, install, and maintain the JD Edwards software. This environment consists of a comprehensive set of integrated, subscription-based infrastructure services: compute (hardware) services, storage services, and network services.

Oracle IaaS can be used as the only cloud service layer to support your JDE solution, with JDE running on Oracle’s IaaS while your organization manages your EnterpriseOne database and applications. From there, the available compute services can be provisioned on dedicated or multi-tenant resources.

IaaS allows for a rapid deployment of the cloud without IT bottleneck, with some systems deployed in just hours. The vendor managing the cloud has a dedicated staff who is specialized in cloud deployment and maintenance, making it easier for your company to get things deployed. This solution also allows for plenty of room for growth in the future, as the service provider can easily add disc space and additional hardware if your organization needs more space. Cloud storage services provide secure and scalable storage capacity, meaning your organization can grow without disruption.

IaaS is often seen as a low-risk option and a better use of resources, as there is a predictable cost based on usage and subscriptions can be set up to pay as you go for what you use. Additionally, your organization’s IT resources are free to focus on your business, instead of managing the cloud environment on a daily basis.

Platform as a Service

PaaS includes everything offered with IaaS, plus an application platform. With PaaS, your company would own the JD Edwards software licensing, but rent hosting space for the software from JDE, allowing you to easily extend and complement your JDE functionality. This provides a large number of integrated cloud services supporting application, data, and IT operations management, along with integrations, mobility, visual analytics, and content and process.

You can use a PaaS solution whether your organization chooses to run JDE on premise or in the cloud. Your organization’s software is installed for you and the database is then layered on top of the software. The operating system and connectors to the Internet of Things, mobile applications, and more, are then stored on the cloud.

All software maintenance is taken care of and developers and users can develop, test, and deploy applications more easily, as development and test environments are set up in the cloud while the software is either left on premise or taken up to the cloud as well. Additionally, when you use Oracle Cloud for production or test environments, you can replace your organization’s on premise server with Oracle’s Database Cloud Service (DBCS). This makes moving data to the cloud easier, while maintaining your control over application management. 

Some examples of a PaaS solution include:

  • Mobile Cloud Service, which provides a mobile platform used to manage and secure your mobile applications
  • Integration Cloud Service, used to integrate cloud and on premise applications
  • Using IoT Orchestrator to capture and process device data for EnterpriseOne transactions in tandem with Oracle’s IoT Cloud Service for device management, streaming data analytics, and more

With a PaaS cloud solution, your organization will be able to provision the services you need to quickly use IoT and mobile features whether your JDE system is entirely on the cloud or has EnterpriseOne on premise. You will also see similar benefits as an IaaS deployment, such as reduced operational issues, increased agility, and faster time to market, all while maintaining control of your JDE system.

Change Management and Support

Whether your team chooses to go with IaaS or PaaS, do not underestimate change management. While your cloud environment may be deployed in a matter of hours, it will likely take your team much longer to get used to the new setup. Don’t be shy about leaning on Oracle Support during this process; you’ll be working closely with them from the start. Not only will they address issues through the process, they will be integral to your cloud environment from the implementation phase forward.

For more information to help determine if a cloud solution is right for your organization, check out this Cloud Cheat Sheet, or contact our team.

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