In a company the size of Oracle, there are almost always a dozen things happening that could affect JD Edwards users in some way. Here’s a rundown on the “happenings” that have caught my eye lately. I have also thrown in a handful of resources that many of you will find helpful.

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Now that Oracle owns BEA, users of the acquired vendor’s products are itching to know what Oracle intends to do with their software. If you are one of those users, you will want to attend an upcoming webcast where Oracle will unveil its strategy. The webcast, which takes place on July 1, will feature presentations from Oracle President Charles Phillips and Thomas Kurian, Senior VP for Server Technologies Development. To register for the event, click over to the signup page on Oracle’s web site.

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Last week Oracle announced a partnership with OATSystems, a provider of software for capturing, managing, and leveraging RFID tag data. As part of the alliance, OATSystems has written a new application interface that links its software to Oracle applications. OATSystems is working with Oracle to identify specific customers and industries where the two vendors can offer integrated RFID solutions. This could include customers running JD Edwards applications. For JD Edwards users who are bringing RFID into their organization or are in need of better managing the RFID data they have, the Oracle-OATSystems partnership may be a fruitful avenue to explore.

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While we’re discussing partnerships between Oracle and independent software vendors (ISVs), I have a question for you. Do you know which ISVs partner with Oracle to support your company’s business processes? If you’re not sure, point your browser to Oracle’s ISV Solution Maps web site. The site, which recently received a huge facelift, offers information about Oracle’s ISV partnerships in 18 vertical industries and 8 horizontal business processes. Each map displays a variety of business functions and tells you whether each function is supported by Oracle products, ISV applications, or a combination of the two. If an ISV is involved, you get the ISV’s name and (in some cases) a link to a profile. While the site still lacks information on all ISVs, it is a solid advance over what Oracle used to offer its customers.

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At OpenWorld 2007 last year, Oracle encouraged its users to come visit a new web site it was opening called Oracle Mix. As its name implies, Mix is a social networking site for Oracle users that lets you join groups, ask and answer questions, and submit ideas for everyone to rate. A number of JD Edwards groups have formed already, though many are still thin on content. That said, Mix is an interesting effort on Oracle’s part that deserves a “look see” from the JD Edwards community. Stop by when you have the chance, create a profile, and have a look around.

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Speaking of social networking, several of our favorite JD Edwards bloggers have been cranking out some good stuff. One of them, Stewart Schatz, has written many helpful pieces for EnterpriseOne professionals at his E1 Tips and Tricks site. Check out the following posts, which number among my favorites:

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