IT Jungle: Is Getting Off Oracle JDE/Maintenance an Option?

Dan Burger at IT Jungle has an interesting piece about the burgeoning third-party Oracle JDE maintenance marketplace, and why companies are providing alternatives to and people are getting off of Oracle maintenance.

To me, the relevant part of the article is right here.

Companies are getting around to looking at the value proposition and are not happy with what they are getting compared to the amount they are paying…

A lot of customers are planning upgrades to [JDE World] A9.3, the latest World release, which occurred less than two weeks ago. They will get to that release over the next three to 18 months, but when maintenance comes up for renewal they will bail on the maintenance contract with Oracle and come to third-party vendors like us for maintenance. They will ride that version of JDE for five years while deciding what to do.

My experience with Oracle JDE on IBM i is that yes, maintenance is a major piece of a company’s IT operations budget. However, you don’t always have the option to get out, if you’re ever planning on upgrading your operating system for new hardware.

But this is a great read on the state of third-party maintenance, especially JDE. And it’s worth taking the time to read the entire article by clicking here.

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