During INFOCUS 20, Ward Quarles, Senior Vice President of Product Development, presented an overview and demonstration of the new JD Edwards Product Catalog.
Product Catalog Overview
The Product Catalog is easily accessible on LearnJDE and can help users find product-specific information related to the release that they are on. The Product Catalog is a search-driven application, so users can enter a keyword or keyword phrase to look for information. The bottom of the landing page is also pre-loaded with customer success stories, key topics, and resources for users to explore. The page defaults to search within JD Edwards EnterpriseOne, but users can select the icon with two arrows to switch to JD Edwards World.
Quarles started his demonstration by searching “Project Status Inquiry.” The search screen preloads a dropdown with phrases that the user may want to search for – phrases that others have searched for or that are common within the EnterpriseOne product family. The search will pull up clickable resources relating to the topic.
A form will appear that gives more information regarding what release the feature is in, whether it’s in the Tool or Applications layer, and if it’s readily available. It will give a description of the feature as well, an option to direct to My Oracle Support, and even download that ESU into a non-production environment in your systems.
The idea is to bring better awareness to features through the Product Catalog. It’s important to remember that both the Product Catalog and My Oracle Support require the Oracle Single Sign On process because they both house information about the product.
Quarles searched “work order” next, and several available product features containing the key phrase appeared. They appear in descending order by date, and each feature is clickable. You also have the ability to download the search results in case it’s something you want to preserve. You can put it into an Excel or PDF to share with others in your organization.
There is also the option to use Advanced Search. Quarles demonstrated that and searched by module. You can also change your keyword search phrase in the Advanced Filter. The most requested additional filter that customers wanted was the ability to search by date, so you can search for new enhancements after a particular release. The process has several ways to help narrow the search.
The Product Catalog is a historical record of all new product features. If you’ve already upgraded to EnterpriseOne 9.2, you can choose to limit search results to only 9.2 and eliminate results for other releases. This helps ensure that you are looking at the most recent and relevant information.
In the upper right side of the Product Catalog, you’ll see the Announcements tab. This is where you can see all product announcements that JD Edwards has made. These announcements usually surface on LearnJDE first, along with LinkedIn, Twitter, and Instagram. From the Product Catalog, you can click on the announcements and view the features that were a part of it. Announcements happen on almost a quarterly basis. You’ll see the month, date, and a brief description of the announcement in the Product Catalog. If you want more detail, you can search for that data at either an Applications or Tools level.
The release information on the left may look more frequent than quarterly, and that is because software functionality is posted to My Oracle Support as it is made available. Think of announcements as a quarterly summary and searching by releases as a month-by-month, feature-by-feature representation.
Another tab that you can utilize is the Compare tab. This gives you the opportunity to compare one release to another or from one date to another. The majority of customers are following the Continuous Delivery and Continuous Adoption model, but if your product adoption doesn’t align with quarterly releases, you can look at it by date. Remember, you can see when that feature was released and directly download it from the Product Catalog.
Everything in the comparisons is described and downloadable, so you can share the information with others in your organization.
What’s Coming Next
The last tab shows what’s coming next. The Product Catalog provides visibility into the things that JD Edwards’ engineering organization is working on and will classify them without a release identifier, known as 9.x. Then, in that process, JD Edwards is able to track the items that are coming out in a future release. Items that are “planned” usually mean within the next 12 months from the current date. This helps give you an idea of new features that are coming out by product module or family. You are also given a brief description of the features. There is no way to download it until it is made available.
If you are interested in a feature, you can log your interest with Oracle Support, and they will add your company name to the SR that is guiding the development activity, and you will have awareness once that feature is delivered.
If there are features you’d like to see that aren’t currently in the Product Catalog, hover over your profile in the upper right. Use the Contact Us form if you have questions about the Product Catalog or ideas on how it can be improved.
The Product Catalog allows you to look at both EnterpriseOne and World features. The arrows next to the description allow you to toggle between, and you have a search capability that is keyword-driven. You also have additional filters, like product and date, to add to the keyword search.
Once you find the feature you are interested in, you can download the feature from the Download Center.
If you’re not current, you can look at your products by Applications or Tools release. You can also compare your current release to the release you want to go to. You can also compare from the date that you took your last update to today’s today or a prior date.
The Product Catalog is feature-rich and provides you with the opportunity to look at new features that are available to your organization. All of this information is available for you to research, download, and share with your organization. From there, you can work with your IT department and get the features downloaded.
To learn more about how to use the JD Edwards Product Catalog, check out the video below.
For more, check out the INFOCUS 20 presentation and additional resources below.
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