Eye on Oracle

Feb 22 2007   12:53PM GMT

Oracle Fusion: Is your company ready?

Derek Kuhr Derek Kuhr Profile: Derek Kuhr

The first round of Oracle Fusion applications will enter the market in 2008. Is your company ready?

According to Oracle executives, industry analysts and several published reports and blogs, there are numerous things to consider as companies decide whether or not to upgrade to Fusion — Oracle’s plan to overhaul all of its existing and newly acquired applications to run on Oracle Fusion Middleware.

Reasons to upgrade

If your firm is committed to services oriented architecture (SOA), then experts say Oracle Fusion is the way to go. In fact that’s the main goal of the redesign — to give Oracle customers a Java based, modular platform upon which to build an SOA.

Experts say another benefit of Fusion is that companies will be getting the “best of the best” features and functionality that Oracle has acquired in recent years. That means the best of PeopleSoft, Siebel, JD Edwards and about 20 other acquired companies.

Another reason to be keen on Fusion is that the host of newly designed applications will incorporate business intelligence and other analytical software giving users a better understanding of their respective businesses.

Reasons to wait

On the other hand, as with most new software releases, many companies will opt to hold off on Fusion while the early adopters iron out the kinks.

Also, Oracle has promised unlimited support for all of its acquired applications regardless of whether or not people upgrade to Fusion. Although some doubt that Oracle can keep innovating these standalone apps forever, Oracle says it will be no problem. If your company only really needs one of these apps, then maybe Fusion isn’t worth it to you.

Finally, those in the know point out that Oracle Fusion experts will be few and far between and expensive to employ. It may also be costly to train existing employees on how to effectively manage and make use of Fusion applications.

What say you?

Is your company steadfast in it’s march toward Fusion, or does it plan to play a game of wait-and-see? I’d like to hear your opinions on this topic for a feature story I’m writing. Tell me about your Fusion plans and concerns and I’ll talk to some experts to get a response. And remember, ready or not, Fusion is coming.

Mark Brunelli, News Editor

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