In conjunction with Oracle’s JD Edwards Summit being held this week in Broomfield, Colorado, Oracle has announced a second phase of mobile access applications that are being made available for the specific JD Edwards EnterpriseOne applications suite.  These include:

  • Mobile Requisition Self Service Approval – designed to provide real-time transaction processing access for the review, approval or rejection of requisitions.
  • Order Approval Mobile Purchase – Helps enable mobile workers to review and approve purchase orders regardless of physical location.
  • Mobile Sales Inquiry – Addresses the needs of sales representatives, service technicians and managers by providing access to sales orders, item availability and item base price on-demand.

Each of these applications will now support smartphone enablement to include the Apple, Android and Blackberry specific platforms.

Supply Chain Matters had the opportunity to speak with Oracle JD Edwards Group Vice-President and General Manager Lyle Ekdahl regarding this week’s announcement, and we were especially interested as to why Oracle elected to have its premiere mid-market ERP offering lead the charge for mobile computing enablement, particularly in supply chain related applications.  Ekdahl’s response was that mid-market companies are just as challenged with reduced staffing and doing more with less, forcing many supply chain functional teams to be much more mobile in their day-to-day business activities.  When the JDE customer councils prioritized areas for needed future enhancements, mobile support was at the top of the list. This week’s announcement is the second iteration from a prior announced support of Apple iPad enablement  made at Oracle Open World last Fall. Ekdahl also noted that there will be several waves of JDE mobile enablement over the next 18 months. He also clarified that each of Oracle’s ERP product lines will have separate rollout strategies relative to mobile enablement.

We still find it interesting that that the JDE suite is currently leading Enterprise Business Suite in this area. Meanwhile, SAP and Microsoft continue to be low-key on their respective supply chain applications mobility strategies and support for customers.

The needs for select mobility enablement among certain supply chain business processes is a growing need and it is interesting to observe how the major ERP providers select processes and applications for mobility support.  Security of information however, will continue to remain a rather important requirement for businesses deploying more mobility features.

Bob Ferrari