Change of Thinking and Business Opportunity with JD Edwards IoT

Posted by Jonathan Travers

Change of Thinking and Business Opportunity with JD Edwards IoT

Oracle JD Edwards 9.2 innovation not only creates a platform for your business to remain competitive, but also enables you to innovate for digital business by adopting mobility, IoT, and real-time business reporting and analytics.

The JD Edwards Orchestrator is one of the most significant enhancements to JD Edwards EnterpriseOne because it’s not just a new feature, it will transform how customers use their entire JD Edwards system. With JD Edwards 9.2 latest enhancements, customers can quickly react to new business trends, regulatory requirements and technology new features.

JD Edwards and IoT – Exciting!

This is a pretty exciting enhancement, it’s exciting for a number of reasons. Although technically, it’s not that exciting. It’s the change of thinking that is truly exciting. Can I write the word exciting anymore? Let’s see.

Why do I say that technically it’s not exciting? Well, most of the cool stuff has already been released in AIS, so the generic ability to call E1 functionality via rest based calls is totally awesome. This must be the way you choose to integrate anything with JD Edwards moving forward. It seems to be lighter and easier to develop in than BSSV, error handling is better and more forgiving, especially for a human based interface (mobile, website, etc). Don’t get me wrong, BSSV has its place – but it’s no longer that cool.

The technology that is doing the rules based filtering is nice, but fairly rudimentary at this stage. Let’s wait for some graphical tool to assist us, something nice with flows and drag and drop parameters  that would be nice! Don’t stop with the flow and the rules either, how about making AIS development graphical? Come on – there is a challenge.  I’d like some nice tool to drop 3 XML documents into the associated directories and allow me to call them! True, I’m getting old. Although let’s be honest – who calls writing a well-formed XML document “cutting code”?

Change of thinking, business opportunity

This is where I think that the true value is. You don’t need to look too hard for a use case either, especially if you take inputs from anything and enter them into JD Edwards.

JD Edwards is not going to be a great data warehouse, it’s not going to store 100,000’s of rows of asset location data well, of course it can, but it will slow everything else down. You need to design your inputs so that they are meaningful in JD Edwards. Don’t misinterpret what I’m saying, SAVE ALL DATA – you’ll never know what it’s actually worth. Saving it into your production JD Edwards database might not be the most efficient place. Save the triggering event, raise the work order when the temperature device reads too high, but don’t save the normal 1-minute trend data for the last year in JD Edwards. Save this in a data warehouse and show it with CAFE1 if you really need to see it in JD Edwards. Choose the right place for your data.

Remember, IoT is going to create a lot of data. More sensors, more data. Keep and save your data for a rainy and strategic day for the use case that you cannot visualise today.


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I think some fantastic opportunities for this are:

  •     ○ Weighbridge interfaces
  •     ○ Quality readings from products – Steel, food, etc.
  •     ○ RFID for shipping and identification
  •     ○ Anything PLC related
  •     ○ Temperature, moisture (agricultural business), location, angle, speed, noise


There are fantastic opportunities with CAM and with HS&E, this data could be vital when trying to predict incidents that cause harm and report over them. Remember, you’ll get true data from IoT, no mistakes, always entered on time – accurately.

With JD Edwards EnterpriseOne 9.2 you get an integrated IoT platform, powered by the JD Edwards EnterpriseOne Orchestrator, that enables you to increase operating effectiveness and revenue while at the same time reducing costs. Also allowing you to connect IoT data to your business data, so that your machines, along with your people and processes, are all connected. This would have not been possible using old JD Edwards versions.

We’re prototyping some IoT for clients at the moment, if you think that you’ve got a winning use case – we have a winning team that might be able to implement the solution for you at the right price. 

The future of your business largely depends on how you address the opportunities offered by digital transformation technologies.

Shannon Moir – Director of Innovation at Fusion5, a Redfaire International Partner

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