JDE Supply Chain Book Review

Apr 17th, 2012

Review of Oracle JD Edwards EnterpriseOne 9.0:  Supply Chain Management Cookbook.

Besides Oracle’s documentation, there are not too many books on the market that deal with JD Edwards.  I’m aware of only 2 or 3, and they are technical in nature and long since out of print.  In the functional area there were none, until now.  I was excited to find out that Packt Publishing has released a functional book in March 2012 called Oracle JD Edwards EnterpriseOne 9.0:  Supply Chain Management Cookbook.

The Table of Contents displays a lot of material, and the book itself is 370 pages long.  Most of the distribution topics are covered:  Inventory, Costing, Procurement and Sales Order Management.

Each module contains a chapter on how to set it up, followed by chapters on how to use it via specific transactions.  The book is structured like a cookbook, with each transaction being a different recipe.  I like the structured approach of each recipe.  Every recipe format is consistent, and is made up of the following sections:

  • Getting Ready
  • How to do it
  • How it works
  • There is more

1.   First I read the book on its own.  The setup sections are far from comprehensive.  They discuss the required setups for only one or two scenarios, and omit the rest.  The author walks thru the required setup steps, but doesn’t cover the implications of choosing one setup over another.

The recipe sections are not comprehensive either.  When specific fields are discussed, a few are mentioned but other fields are omitted whether they’re important or not.

Chapter 13 provides instructions for creating 3 custom reports.
The first is a Custom Stock Analysis report. Based on the provided instructions, a developer might be able to figure out how to do it.  An end-user or a functional consultant would not.

The second is a Custom PO report.  This report’s ER code was lifted right out of vanilla R43500 report, and likely would not work here without major modifications.

2.   Next I compared the book to what’s available on Oracle’s JD Edwards Hosted Documentation website.  Compared to this book, the website’s documentation is much more comprehensive.  It covers a lot more scenarios and discusses various implications to help you choose one setup over another.

What I found disturbing and disappointing is the uncanny similarity of the book’s structure to Oracle’s website.  There are whole paragraphs in the book duplicated word for word from the website.  This smells of plagiarism.

3.   Conclusion:  skip this book.  It doesn’t add any value to what you can already get on Oracle’s website for free.

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