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JDE Speak – Today’s Word: Migrate

DictionaryAlthough it does not exactly make for an easy read, The Oxford English Dictionary is one of my favorite books. It has it all; action, people, places and things, a rich historical narrative with a plethora of powerful descriptive discourse and the occasional occasion for interpretation and debate. In 1972, The Times Literary Supplement acclaimed the OED as, “the ultimate authority on the English language as well as a history of English speech and thought from its infancy.” Before starting at CD Group, I would have whole heartedly agreed. Now, I can’t help but feel that the OED is seriously lacking in an entire subset of vocabulary in the English language, JDE Speak.

The OED has added many entries as new words emerged and modified older entries as new definitions developed in response to technological advancement, but there is still a disparity between how these words are used in the day to day of the JD Edwards community and how they are defined in my favorite dictionary. Especially for those of us who are new to the industry, so pretty much anyone working in JDE that was born after JD Edwards World Software, a simple denotative definition is not enough. Solution, welcome to Jordan’s JD Edwards Jargon Dictionary.

I’ll start with a bit of JDE jargon that, as I mentioned in a post a few weeks ago, caused me a considerable amount of confusion when I first joined CD Group. That word is “migrate”.

Migrate
1. (Of and animal, typically a bird or a fish) move from one region or habitat to another, especially regularly according to the seasons.
This as a child was my first understanding of the word from perhaps an elementary school teacher or one of my parents. As one of my earliest understandings of the word, when I first heard migrate used at CD Group, I assumed they were referring to the geese that gather outside our Denver office and I thought to myself, “but they are outside year round.”

1.1 (Of a person) move from one area or country to settle in another, especially in search of work.
The first time I heard the word migrate used in association with a person at CD Group was in reference to one of team members working on a migration. I genuinely thought we were talking about him moving. When I asked him where he was moving to, the look of confusion I received as an answer now makes complete sense.

1.2 Move one specific part of something to another.
This definition is usually accompanied with an example sentence regarding water migrating across pigment. I didn’t understand this in college Biology and I still don’t understand it now.

1.3 Computing Change or cause to change from using one system or another.

1.4 [With Object] Computing Transfer (programs or hardware) from one system to another.
These last two definitions while at least in the realm of technology and computing are still not a thorough enough definition for Jordan’s JD Edwards Jargon Dictionary.

Migrate Migrate or Upgrade
1. (Of JD Edwards) to make the decision that there is cause to change from using World to EnterpriseOne followed by the planning, building and executing of a global migration process. This process includes making the hardware decision, archiving, learning the new E1 functionality, learning how to leverage that functionality to positively impact your business processes, making sure all security is compliant, testing and then finally you can go-live and enjoy the return of investment!

If you’d like to hear more about the migration process, join our World to E1 migration workshop, Monday August 17th at INFOCUS15. Sign up here.  If you’d like more information about our workshop before signing up, please contact Jordan Landrum at jlandrum@cdgroup.com.

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The Best is Yet to Come – A Look Back on CD Group’s History

Larry CampbellTwenty three years ago, 15 people lost their jobs. Although they may not have known it at the time, this ending was also the beginning. On June 19th, 1992 those same 15 people decided to start their own company and CD Group, Inc. was founded. In celebration of CD Group’s 23rd anniversary and the amazing twenty three years to come, I interviewed CD Group’s President and founder, Larry Campbell.

When I first asked Larry if he would mind being interviewed, always willing to help, he agreed but laughed a little in skepticism that anyone would want to read it. Being fully confident that I’m not the only history lover, I begin.

What was the inspiration for founding CD Group in 1992?

“We wanted to create a company of partners where we all worked together for the common good.”

What was the catalyst or event that turned your inspired ideas into a reality?

“Some of us had worked at a previous company that let us all go together, so we began on Day 1 with 15 people.”

How did you feel that first year?

“Great, we all did anything needed. I remember, everyone staying late, unloading the used furniture truck and setting up cubicles together. We truly created a team approach.”

What were some of CD Group’s very first goals?

“‘To expect to win.’ For example, we had a committee who said that we could not afford 401k matching at first, but we said if we expect to win, let’s act like winners and we put [401k matching] in.”

What are some of your favorite memories at CD Group?

“We won a big contract at a Fortune 100 company but when we went to meet with their team an executive there asked for the phone number of one of our female employees during the meeting. He did not ask that of any of the other employees so I pulled the team and sent them back to the office. On the way back to the office, I got a flat tire on 185 so by the time I got back to the office I was hot and mad. The team was worried about losing a big contract but I reminded them of our focus; a contract would never be important enough to put one of our teammates in a bad situation. The team saw that we were a team who took care of each other. This event created a true sense that we were one team.”

Then Larry added as an afterthought, “Oh and the company replaced the executive and we got the contract after all.”

I’ve oCD Group Teamnly been at CD Group a little over a year, but there is definitely still a very true sense of team. Where do you see CD Group 23 years from now?

“Same but different; same focus on teammates and clients with all new technology. The ‘what’ never changes while the ‘how’ will always change. CD Group is and always be about helping each other, clients and mates.”

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A Millennial Mind Exploring JD Edwards

Mark Hurd, CEO at OracleMark Hurd, CEO at Oracle Tweeted recently, “By 2020 #millennials will be %50 of the workforce.” Being that he is one of the main thought leaders in the Oracle JD Edwards community, I am inclined to agree with Hurd’s prediction. But my experience since starting at CD Group seems to directly contradict such a forecast for the future of the workforce in JD Edwards. Whether accurate or not, this prediction inspired an idea, this idea blossomed into this, my new CD Group blog.

I was hired at CD Group in March of 2014 as a part of the business development & marketing teams. My role included many responsibilities: prospect research, meeting coordination, social media & website maintenance, and event coordination. I was excited about my new position but I was anxious about how little I knew about the industry.J.D._Edwards_Logo

I learned two things about the JD Edwards industry very quickly. First, I was one of few on the lower end of the age echelon in the JD Edwards world. Second, I became quickly and acutely aware that my skill set would only be a meaningful asset to the company if I became more knowledgeable about the JD Edwards community, the work we do, and the amazing ways in which our work can affect the world.

The morning of my first day, I woke up excited and confident. Orientation went well that morning and my confidence continued to grow. Fast forward to lunch, I’m sitting at Pizza Republica with my new boss and two other seasoned CD Group employees. As they chatted away about pipeline, upcoming deals to close, and projects going live that week, my confidence began to crumble. I felt as if every other word was an acronym or term I had never heard before: ERP, World, E1, Equip IQ, OVR, BI, AS 400, and so on. Are they speaking English? I thought nervously. This was the first of many moments of genuine confusion.

computer-on-desk-2A few days later, I was researching a prospective customer who at the time was using the most current version of World. Problem, I really only understood the difference between World and EnterpriseOne in a chronological sense. E1 was created after World, and although I knew that both of these ERP’s were being updated periodically, it only seemed logical to me that E1 must be better. My millennial mind assumed that a product created later would inherently have improvements that would make it better. As a result of my inaccurate assumptions, the phone call I placed to the IT Director of this particular prospect was to say the least, unproductive.

As I asked him a series of questions as to why he wasn’t considering E1, he became quite flustered, unsure as to why I was so adamant about a migration to E1 when he had just finished an upgrade project. I had yet to even hear the word migration and continued to ask when they planned to upgrade to E1. The confused IT Director’s response that they had just upgraded made little sense to me. Why wouldn’t you continue to upgrade until you had the “newest” (and therefore best) version, which to me seemed to be the latest version of E1. The call ended and our Support Services Director, having overheard the conversation, kindly explained to me that many JD Edwards users like World because they are familiar with the user interface. Additionally, he explained the appropriate way to use the terms migration and upgrade. Red faced and more than mortified, I thought to myself; Never again.

Question IconSo, I started to ask questions, a lot of questions and yes, some of these questions seem laughable now. I don’t know many people who enjoy admitting ignorance but if I wanted to excel in my job, I needed to set aside my fear of embarrassment to expand my understanding of JD Edwards. I also attained an iLearn license from our partner that specializes in JD Edwards education.  As I started to ask and explore JD Edwards history, language, culture and business, I was relieved to find that it wasn’t as complicated as it all initially sounded. I was also relieved to find that the passionate JD Edwards professionals at CD Group were excited to talk about their area of expertise. I am grateful for all the help from everyone I’ve worked with at CD Group.  With their help I already feel years ahead of the me sitting lost at lunch last year.

I still have a lot to learn and I was reminded of this by Mark Hurd’s tweet about millennials. After all if Hurd is right then, I’m not the only millennial that may feel a little lost in an industry that is older than most of us. This thought inspired me to write this piece, the first of many entries.  I will continue to share my thoughts as I continue to expand my knowledge to better enable me to support our passionate team as they support businesses around the country. Next week, I’ll have a laugh looking back on my struggles with the language that I now know as JDE Speak and in a special anniversary piece, I will interview one of our founders in celebration of the past 23 amazing years.

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