Recently Oracle JD Edwards announced a new release strategy for the current Enterprise One 9.2 version. Although this announcement is great news for Oracle JD Edwards users, it is sometimes misunderstood. In this blog, I will clarify this major change which is easily misunderstood.
In recent years, Oracle JD Edwards issued a new major release of the product more or less every three years. So after 9.0 update 2, 9.1 it was followed by 9.2 in 2015. Every release had its own support horizon: 5 years for premier support and 3 years for extended support. Therefore release 9.2 was supported till 2020 on premier support, and until 2023 on extended support.
In parallel Oracle JD Edwards practiced an agile working model resulting in a number of functionality and tools releases in between the main releases . In fact, releases 9.1 and 9.2 were more a roll-up of everything already delivered in previous years, primarily for the sake of the existing support model.
Now a major change materializes: Oracle JD Edwards announced it will stop delivering point releases purely for the benefit of the support model. So while everyone was expecting a release 9.3 in 2018, Oracle JD Edwards extends the support of 9.2 till 2025 for premier support and to 2028 for extended support. In addition to this (and this is the strong part of the message): every year it will be decided if support of release 9.2 will be extended with another year.
So the fact there won’t be a 9.3 release is definitely not the end of the product roadmap, but the start of a new and better release strategy, one which exists already for years in cloud products.
Jack van den Brink MSc is Partner & Chief Innovation Officer at Quistor Digital. Jack has been working in the IT industry since 1986.
Quistor is Europe's largest Oracle Platinum partner specialized in JD Edwards ERP software, Oracle Business Intelligence, Oracle Technology and 3rd party JD Edwards add-on products. Expert knowledge and reliable delivery performance are a solid foundation for the continuous growth and success of Quistor.