Flipbook: It's Time to ERP Differently

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It’s true—JD Edwards is working hard every day in your organization and is likely indispensable. But let’s be candid. Post-upgrade or staying the course, JD Edwards remains complex to manage and full of untapped potential for many. With many other priorities now tugging at you, where will you focus your resources? There has never been a better time—strategically or cost effectively—to explore your JD Edwards management options.

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Flipbook: It's Time to ERP Differently

  1. 1. IT’S TIME TO ERP DIFFERENTLY STRATEGY BRIEF
  2. 2. What’s next for your JD Edwards Environment? It’s true—JD Edwards is working hard every day in your organization and is likely indispensable. But let’s be candid. Post-upgrade or staying the course, JD Edwards remains complex to manage and full of untapped potential for many. With many other priorities now tugging at you, where will you focus your resources? There has never been a better time—strategically or cost effectively—to explore your JD Edwards management options. > > > > > > Moving beyond stand-in coverage pg. 3 Heading off performance issues pg. 4 Getting back on track, post upgrade pg. 5 Migrating or modernizing platforms with confidence pg. 6 Returning your focus to innovation pg. 7 Enabling the business and driving revenue with native functionality pg. 8 > Engaging winning resources pgs. 9, 10
  3. 3. Move Away from Coverage-as-Usual: It’s a classic scenario. You may be asking a server or network admin to cover JD Edwards, providing some training to get them started as a stand-in sys admin. We understand—JD Edwards is, after all, only one enterprise application among many supported by IT. Your focus is on the season (overall IT strategy)—not the game. A JD Edwards expert is better positioned to help you fully realize benefits and see the big picture of ongoing fine tuning and strategy while you tend to all the business needs.
  4. 4. Head Off Performance Issues: A common ERP curve ball can be persistent performance issues. Why? > Proper architecting and configuration is often overlooked at the expense of functionality and customizations. A little fine tuning can go a long way. > Application performance problems often lead back to the database, which can be the nastiest of bottlenecks—and the most difficult to find amongst log files, code, and architecture. Senior DBAs have virtually seen it all and can ultimately help save you time and money when considering opportunity costs. > Testing of applications and systems can often be overlooked, delayed, delegated to untrained resources, or eliminated entirely. End-to-end performance and scalability testing for JD Edwards—whether it’s predeployment, in-stream, or on a periodic basis—can help you predict and resolve problem spots.
  5. 5. Get Back on Track: If you’ve recently completed an upgrade, you know how all-consuming the process can be for some resources, while other resources are sidelined and refocused until the project is complete up to six months later. The return to business-as-usual can be a bit challenging. JD Edwards needs typically go beyond pure “CNC” capabilities or bundles of outsourced help desk hours— postupgrade and beyond. Senior-level experts who understand your JD Edwards environment and business needs help ensure ongoing strategic management to get you back on track and save money.
  6. 6. Migrate or Modernize with Confidence: If you’re still relying on investments in legacy platforms to support ERP, you’re not alone. IT organizations everywhere still trust these platforms, but are acknowledging the need for a change—whether it’s to save time and resources or move away from a decommissioned system, e.g., IBM iSeries V5R4. > If support for your current platform is no longer available, you may choose to migrate to a newer version of that platform, given the trust you’ve developed in that solution over the years. > If digital demands or changing business models are pushing for new functionality, you might modernize your infrastructure through private cloud, a SaaS solution, or a hybrid-ERP solution (slowly stepping into the cloud, module by module). Working with a provider who understands your applications, your platform, and your evolving business goals will be crucial to making the game-winning pass.
  7. 7. Focus on Innovation and Information: Data isn’t just growing. It’s taking on new life, becoming more than static financials, inventory snapshots, HR records, or purchasing activity. Data is becoming mobile, multidimensional, and interconnected—a strategic business asset in its own right—capable of driving revenue and gleaning efficiencies that might not have been previously apparent. IDC estimates that the digital universe will surpass 40 zettabytes by 2020, which is 57 times the number of all the grains of sand on all the beaches on Earth. That’s some heavy lifting, to say the least. So, while ERP remains critical, cloud, MDM, better business intelligence, visual analytics, reporting—and many other demands—are now going to take some extra muscle to support. Could it be time to offload your JD Edwards environment to a provider you can trust while you focus on innovation?
  8. 8. Enable the Business and Drive Revenue: JD Edwards remains an ERP powerhouse, releasing hundreds of enhancements in the last few years alone and offering complex business applications across 80 modules. Many organizations are finding that with planning and development, they can take their JD Edwards upgrade to the end zone by tapping into native functionality. With later versions of JD Edwards, you can implement powerful views to suit all stakeholders, faster performing applications, sophisticated native reporting, mobile capabilities, user friendly functionality to reduce end-user requests, and smarter configurations for greater efficiency—just to name a few possibilities.
  9. 9. Meet the team. Using proven methodologies, ManageForce™ helps sustain maximum value from JD Edwards, improve operational efficiencies, ensure business continuity, increase productivity, and protect IT investments. > We have consulted on, supported, or managed hundreds of JD Edwards installations. > Fifty percent of the ManageForce team is comprised of former Oracle employees, and we are an Oracle Gold Partner. > We have been recognized as a Global Top 100 managed IT services provider, based on number of devices/seats managed and total managed IT services revenue. > Every ManageForce team member has 10+ years of experience. > A senior-level, technical program manager is dedicated to each customer to help ensure success. > We have built a complete portfolio of JD Edwards support, development, and maintenance services to help you take the next step—whether it’s a full upgrade, managed services, or some fine-tuning and configuration. > We support JD Edwards customers: • With locations in every global region, including Europe, Asia-Pacific, North America, and Latin America • Across virtually every industry, such as retail, hospitality, manufacturing and distribution, transportation, automotive, real estate, government, public sector, and higher education • Of all sizes—from SMB to global enterprises—with an approach that offers consistent commitment and care
  10. 10. What’s next? Contact us—we’re ready to help! 630.592.8648 info@manageforce.com JD EDWARDS RESOURCE CENTER © 2013 ManageForce Corporation. All rights reserved. All marks are the property of their respective owners. 080713

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