UK Oracle User Group

Oracle partners with UK Oracle User Group to shape the future of the JD Edwards application

23 November 2016

The JD Edwards Product Development team at Oracle are joining forces with UK Oracle User Group (UKOUG) to crowd source ideas for product enhancements. Suggestions for innovative product developments will be generated by an "Ideathon" competition hosted at UKOUG JD Edwards Conference & Exhibition 2016. The event will take place at the ICC, Birmingham between 5th and 7th December.



JD Edwards analysts, finance managers, application developers and IT managers are invited to collaborate and submit their ideas to the Oracle JDE Executive Team to be considered as a workable implementation within the next version of the product. 


The partnership between UKOUG and the ERP solutions provider is the first of its kind within the UK and presents a unique offering for the user community to have a direct effect on the way consumers use Oracle’s JD Edwards applications. Lyle Ekdahl, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Oracle JD Edwards said: "My team and I are looking forward to participating in this unique and exclusive competition as part of UKOUG JDE16.

We started using the Ideathon concept internally a little over a year ago and the yield in ideas and tangible new capability has paid huge dividends for the JD Edwards product.  We thought that it would be great to extend this process to our valued customers so that they can have the opportunity to directly influence that next great product enhancement."


“Bringing together different perspectives with a focus on unmet client needs is one of the best ways to bring about change and innovate," said Linda Barker, UK Oracle User Group President. Adding: "This is a unique opportunity for the JD Edwards user community to help shape the future product and we are delighted that Oracle has partnered with UKOUG to host this event."


Idea proposals should be submitted online by 09:00 (GMT) 28th November, and a shortlist of entries will be invited to present at UKOUG JD Edwards Conference & Exhibition 2016 on 7th December when the winner will be announced live by Oracle's Executive JD Edwards Team.

The panel will choose the winning entry based on:

- The level of creativity & innovation within the solution

- It’s business problem definition

- Potential use of the solution for other customers/end users

UKOUG JD Edwards Conference & Exhibition 2016 (JDE16) is the largest gathering of Oracle JD Edwards professionals in the UK and each year strives to maintain and expand a community of JDE professionals, offering a forum to share stories, insights and business solutions. Leading experts in Mobility, IoT, Cloud, Business Analytics, Reporting and Training will make presentations and lead demonstrations and roundtables on how to utilise current JD Edwards software as well as the impact Cloud will have on the users of the product.

This year's conference keynote will be Neil Sholay, Oracle Vice President Digital Business, EMEA, who will be speaking on Data Driven Business. Also on the agenda will be sessions with representatives from Aggregate Industries, Redfaire, Miller Homes, QSoftware, KPIT and Mizuno.


Further information about UKOUG's JDE16 Conference, including the agenda and attending companies can be found at


UKOUG hosts three co-located annual conferences which are the largest gatherings of Oracle professionals in the UK. Held in Birmingham, 5-7 December 2016. Each of the three conferences focuses on a specific area of Oracle:

- Over 200 attendees are expected for UKOUG JD Edwards Conference & Exhibition 2016 (JDE16), to learn, network and exchange information around cloud, complementary tools, integration, mobility and wearables
- The largest of the three conferences is UKOUG Technology Conference & Exhibition 2016 (Tech16) with 1,000+ expected attendees. The content will be focused around APEX, Database, Development, Engineered Systems, Hardware, Middleware, Operating Systems and Virtualisation
- UKOUG Applications Conference & Exhibition 2016 (Apps16) will attract over 800 Oracle Applications professionals, with content covering Business Analytics, Business & Strategy, Cloud, Digital CX, Oracle E-Business Suite and PeopleSoft

UK Oracle User Group (UKOUG) is an independent, not for profit membership body created to support Oracle stakeholders. Established over 30 years ago, UKOUG now has over 8,000 member contacts. Leveraging on the collective strength of the combined Oracle community, UKOUG acts as a single independent voice to influence the future design, functionality and technology of Oracle products.


UKOUG provides the Oracle community with over 40 events a year across the UK and Ireland to inform and educate its members about Oracle products and new developments. All of its events enable members to network, share knowledge and feedback to Oracle representatives and other industry leaders. UKOUG Conferences are the largest collection of independent Oracle events in EMEA.

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