If you do not have the finances to purchase, maintain, customize and from time to time upgrade your JD Edwards software then you may want to consider cloud JDE implementation. This will reduce your costs and you will be able to conveniently access the system via the Internet. Most people are afraid that the security level of cloud computing is low but in truth there are quite stringent security measure in place for cloud computing. When it comes to implementing your JD Edwards you will need to go through four steps.
The first one is initialization where you begin to look at the roles and responsibilities you will have versus those of your host. This is also where you will look at the scope of services and applications provided, read and understand the contract prior to signing. It is important to note that when it comes to cloud computing it is the host who will be responsible for purchasing the licenses needed. However sometimes, depending on what is written in the contract, this may vary from company to company. Cloud JDE implementation may mean that you may be required to purchase third party software. This is something you should inquire about and if it is necessary you can then account for it as well.
Implementation is the second step. This should be guided by a project plan that you and your hosting partner will have worked on prior. Make sure that you have agreed before hand on the processes and procedures and your roles in the roll out. It is also important to make sure that the people you have on the team have the expertise to carry out every step of the process accurately. Make sure that everyone understands how and when to carry out backup, refresh and restore requirements that will arise in the process of JDE implementation.
Step three, Go live, is critical in JDE implementation. Make sure that you have identified any risks to the business and taken steps to mitigate them. The idea is to ensure that there is minimal disruption to the business and you must have a disaster recovery plan in place should things go awry. Once you are live, step four is support and stabilization of the product. This will mean making sure that everyone understands their role and that there is a help desk available where the in-house team can receive open tickets and take steps to resolve issues.