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Q Series Integrator

The Q Series Integrator for JD Edwards World Payroll

According to a recent Aberdeen Group report, almost half of the companies surveyed cited fear of disruption to the business as a reason that they would not upgrade their software. The report also stated “when upgrades are forced, the costs may cause an organization to look for alternative solutions”.

For many organizations in the United States and Canada running older versions JD Edwards (JDE) World Payroll, an upgrade decision is being forced upon them. Vertex® has chosen to provide a limited level of  support for the Payroll Tax L Series (PTL) through December, 2014, however there are still many organizations that are not ready to upgrade to A9.2.1 or A9.3 in order to have access to Vertex Payroll Tax Q Series (PTQ). Organizations running JDE World Payroll on any other versions cannot utilize PTQ, which calculates vital payroll information.  

Spinnaker Support has developed a proven package of programs that provide integration to the new PTQ product from your old version of JDE World.  The solution can be applied to any JDE World version running IBM OS V5R4 or greater. There is no need to upgrade to continue receiving vital, accurate payroll tax calculations provided by PTQ. This solution has minimal impact, is cost effective, and will be supported by Spinnaker Support as long as the integration solution is in use.

There is no indication that Vertex is going to further extend their limited level of support for PTL beyond December 31, 2014. Some things organizations need to consider immediately are:


Upgrading to A9.3

If upgrading to JDE World A9.3 is in the strategic plan for an organization, keep in mind that the Operating System (OS) supported by PTQ must be at a minimum level of V7R1. If all of this is in place, Spinnaker Support consultancy can help plan and execute the upgrade with your internal team.

However, if an upgrade is not the plan or budget this year, the Spinnaker Support Q Series Integrator Solution could save you tens of thousands of dollars.

Cost of Other Options

Other options include migrating to a non-JDE ERP and/or Payroll system that deliver the necessary payroll tax requirements or developing a custom solution internally or through a partner. By Spinnaker Support’s estimates, these options could cost a minimum of $350,000.

Outsourcing the payroll application to a third-party solution could also prove to be a costly solution as many of these vendors price their solution per employee, per month. As an example, you could pay a minimum of $25 per employee per month. If the organization has 350 employees, the cost for the basic service will exceed $100,000 per year.

The Solution

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The Q Series Integrator delivers real-time integration between your version of World Software and the Vertex PTQ product. Implementation of the solution includes all development, testing, and consulting services. The solution causes marginal interruption as all of the work can be done remotely by the Spinnaker Support team. The Integrator works flawlessly, has minimal impact, and is a more cost effective alternative to an upgrade, migration, or outsourced payroll services. The Q Series Integrator will be supported by Spinnaker Support for as long as the solution is in use.