Mastering JD Edwards Form Control

    Imagine evaluating your procurement staff to determine who's doing well and who may need extra support. You're trying to develop an automated, data-based evaluation system, so you will use JD Edwards form controls to collect procurement data.

    But there's a problem. Sometimes, procurement employees don't enter their employee numbers in the procurement form. They also neglect to enter customer addresses or select the correct currency. As a result, your data is nearly useless.

    With JD Edwards form control extensions, you can create an automated system that requires employees to enter the necessary data on each form. This gives you reliable, usable data that paves the way for evaluation capabilities. But this is just the beginning.

    JDE form control extensions empower you to change existing forms or make new ones to meet business objectives. Here's a breakdown of how JDE form control extensions work and how they simplify the user experience, no matter your technical experience.

    JD Edwards Form Control Extensions: An Overview

    In JDE, you use forms to interface with your system and data. They make it easy to see, organize, and interact with data.

    Form control extensions give you detailed control over how your forms present and interact with data. They transform you from someone who enters data into a virtual puppet master, marionetteing your forms and what they do.

    This makes form extensions powerful tools for people with very little technical knowledge. With form control extensions, you don't have to know a single line of code to create complex, comprehensive automation that can shave hundreds of hours off business processes.

    For instance, suppose you want to keep track of why clients stop doing business with your company so that you can do a better job with customer retention. You can use form control extensions to automatically produce a "Reason for Leaving" field whenever a rep processes a request to end a business relationship.

    You can then turn the "Reason for Leaving" field into a dropdown box with the most common reasons customers choose to move on. In this way, you get valuable data for each departing customer. For example, if they usually leave because prices are too high, you can consider dropping your rates. Or, if the functionality of your product or service doesn't meet customer requirements, you can let your R&D team know, and they can start working on enhancements.

    Simplifying User Experiences with Form Extensions

    The newest version of JD Edwards comes with extensibility enhancements that open up even more possibilities than older versions.

    For instance, you can cut and paste fields from one form to another when editing your forms. You can also drag and drop fields and resize them with click-and-drag functionality.

    You can also personalize your Exits with a couple of clicks. An Exit is a programming structure you can use to customize what a form does. For example, you can tell a form to automatically pull the address of a business from a different application when you enter that company's name. By adding and deleting Exit features quickly, you can easily create forms that align with business logic.

    Modifying Form Extensions Based on Application Version

    When modifying form extensions, it's essential to consider the version you're working with to avoid incompatibility issues and get the most out of your new version.

    To illustrate, with Tools Release 9.2.3, you can use orchestrations to pull extended forms automatically. This enables you to collect and manage data from other facets of your business in any form you're working with. So when modifying form extensions in Tools 9.2.3, remember this capability.

    For instance, suppose a manufacturer wants to use a customer-facing report to demonstrate its efficiency in fulfilling customer orders. You can set up an orchestration that inserts manufacturing performance data into the report (or form) the customer sees when they login to their client portal.

    For example, every time an order gets fulfilled at least 10% sooner than anticipated, the orchestration brings the following data into the form the customer sees:

    • The time it took to fulfill the order
    • The number of components used
    • The time it took to procure the parts, if applicable
    • The amount of energy saved or carbon footprint reduced thanks to a more efficient process

    This positions your form as more than just a source of basic information. The form matures into a marketing and customer retention tool.

    Introduce Next-Level Efficiency Improvements Using Form Control Extensions with GSI

    GSI's JDE experts understand how to maximize your JDE forms using control extensions. Whether you want to automate a labor-intensive task, generate forms that save time, or make an existing set of forms easier to use, GSI has you covered.

    With GSI, you get a partner with deep knowledge working with JDE and applying JDE to a range of industry verticals.

    Contact us today to see the potential for your business.