JD Edwards

Oracle JD Edwards Licensing Guide for 2023

Introduction to Oracle JD Edwards Licensing

Oracle JDE licensing can be complex as there are many licensing models, both current and legacy metrics.

Oracle JDE Licensing & Introduction

This article will help you understand how Oracle JD Edwards licensing works and what Oracle JDE is used for.

JD Edwards is a name given to a company that makes enterprise resource planning software. Its nameplate, ERP system, is still sold by Oracle.

Oracle JD Edwards licensing metrics depend on when you purchased JD Edwards and which products.

  • Named User license,
  • Concurrent User license,
  • Processor license,
  • Enterprise license
  • Metered license.

What database does JD Edwards use?

jd edwards database

Oracle JD Edwards software is designed to work with a variety of databases, including:

  1. Oracle Database: Oracle JD Edwards supports using Oracle Database, a relational database management system (RDBMS) developed by Oracle Corporation.
  2. Microsoft SQL Server: Oracle JD Edwards can also be integrated with Microsoft SQL Server, a relational database management system (RDBMS) developed by Microsoft.
  3. IBM DB2: Oracle JD Edwards can also be integrated with IBM DB2, a relational database management system (RDBMS) developed by IBM.
  4. PostgreSQL: Oracle JD Edwards can also be integrated with PostgreSQL, a powerful, open-source object-relational database system.

It’s important to note that the above list is not exhaustive, and Oracle JD Edwards may also work with other databases; checking with Oracle about the compatibilities is recommended.

JD Edwards Pricing

JD Edwards has used five pricing models in its 26-year history.

  1. Server Model-based – used before October 1993. The license fees were calculated based on an organization’s IBM AS/400 servers. This pricing model did not include users. The end-user would then license the server’s capacity and could have as many users as the server can host.
  2. Concurrent User-based – used between November 1993 and November 1996.
    The model contained a list of products many users could use. These users were considered concurrent—software license agreements listed by OneWorld and World products.
  3. Suite-based – Used between November 1993 and February 2002. Companies with existing contracts that used suite-based pricing were eligible to purchase licenses for additional users and products up until February 2004.

Two components were used to calculate the software license fees:

  1. A collection of products (the “suite”)
  2. Software license agreements include user fees. There are many types of user fees. These will be explained in detail below.
  3. Solution-based pricing – initially launched in February 2002. It was the last pricing model JD Edwards used.
    This model was further developed in 2004 and became the basis of PeopleSoft’s solution pricing model. Suite-based licenses can be compared to solution software licenses. However, products are more detailed. It would be similar if the Financial Suite consisted of Accounts Payables, Accounts Receivables, and General Ledger. Under the solution-based model, end-users could only purchase specific components.
  4. Enterprise licensing – permits unlimited users. End-users can purchase individual products as they need them.
  5. There are also JD edwards pre-requisites licensing that you should be aware of.

These types of user licenses (metrics), were used in conjunction with Suite or Solution-based pricing for World and EnterpriseOne.

JD Edwards User Licenses

jd edwards user licenses

Concurrent User

Concurrent users can be considered “Full-Use” users. Full use means the user can access all products, modules, and features.

The maximum number of concurrent users licensed is determined by how many users can access the JDE software at any given time. Read our full article about JD Edwards concurrent licensing.

Named User

Named users are considered “Full-Use” users. One individual can have a named user license. One license is equal to one user.

Moderate user

Moderate user licenses are limited in functionality. One license for Moderate Users is assigned to one individual. One license is equal to one user.

Inquiry or casual user

Transactions are not permitted for Inquiry Users. A license for Inquiry Users is assigned to one individual. One license is equal to one user.

JDE Licensing models

jd edwards licensing models

Oracle offers three pricing models for JD Edwards Applications:

Licensing for components

Oracle’s “a la carte” pricing model is Component Pricing. Although most products are priced according to Application Users, some use different metrics.

Prices for HR/Payroll products vary depending on the number of employees; supply chain products are priced based on the $M cost of goods sold; Expense Management licenses are based on the number of expense reports processed yearly.

Custom Application Suite (CAS) Pricing

This model allows products to be sold in a custom-made “suite” (or bundle) for a certain number of users (the Custom Suite Users). Some products cannot be purchased on the CAS pricing model. However, they can be combined with component-based licenses.

How to audit JDE

You can use a version of Oracle LMS Scripts to measure your license compliance.

Pricing for Enterprise

oracle jd edwards price

This pricing model allows for licensing of products across the entire organization. This model has three license metrics: $M revenue, $M cost of goods sold, or employee count.

Oracle first used these models after PeopleSoft was acquired in 2006. They are still being used today.  You can also sign an Oracle ULA for JDE to achieve unlimited license grants. You can find the JDE price list here.

If you need help with JDE licensing and making sure you are compliant, contact us to learn more about our services.

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  • Fredrik Filipsson

    Fredrik Filipsson possesses 20 years of experience in Oracle license management. Having worked at Oracle for 9 years, he gained an additional 11 years of expertise in Oracle license consulting projects. Fredrik has provided assistance to over 150 organizations worldwide, ranging in size and tackling various Oracle licensing challenges, including Licensing Assessments, Oracle audits, Oracle ULAs, and more.