Oracle Applications Users Group (OAUG) president Jan Wagner says that Oracle Fusion — Oracle’s plan to combine the spoils of its many acquisitions onto a single platform — will be one of the major themes discussed at the upcoming Collaborate ’07 conference in Las Vegas.
Collaborate ’07 is one of the biggest Oracle users’ conferences of the year, and as usual, I’ll be there covering it. So I wanted to speak to Wagner to record this Collaborate ’07 preview podcast and get an idea what to expect at the show. After all, he should know. The OAUG is sponsoring the event along with the Independent Oracle Users Group and the Quest Users Group.
Here’s what Wagner had to say about Fusion at Collaborate ’07. It’s edited slightly for clarity:
“I think Fusion will really key off at this conference. This year the people understand that, with the Applications Unlimited program, if they are E-Business users they have the opportunity to stay an E-Business customer. But for those that are interested in taking it to the next level with Fusion, it will probably be one of the very hot topics. I think we have between 25 and 30 Fusion related sessions at Collaborate.”
Wagner also had some stuff to say about the newly released Oracle E-Business Suite 12, which is sure to be another hot topic at Collaborate:
“As you know there are about 1500 new features in Oracle E-Business Suite 12. […] What I personally like from what I’ve seen is the update of the user interface. It more easily ties together information from systems spread across different regions and company divisions and also the XML publisher the [support for] open standards. And there’s been quite a significant change in the ability to talk to some of the other applications like Siebel CRM. It’s not as integrated, as Fusion gets, but it’s certainly a step toward the overarching Fusion vision.
What struck me as interesting about these comments is Wagner’s statement that people understand that they won’t have to upgrade to Fusion if they don’t want to. It is true that Oracle announced that it would continue to support and enhance applications under it’s Applications Unlimited program, but I’m not sure how aware people are of that program. Has Oracle done enough to get the word out about Applications Unlimited? Let me know what you think.
And if there’s anything you’d like me to cover at Collaborate ’07 while I’m there, be sure to let me know about that too. I’m open to your ideas.
— Mark Brunelli, News Editor