Eye on Oracle

Jan 28 2009   9:37AM GMT

Oracle integrates J.D. Edwards, CRM On Demand, gets closer to Fusion

Shayna Garlick Shayna Garlick Profile: Shayna Garlick

Oracle CRM users have much to look forward to with the new release of Oracle CRM On Demand, including an unlimited number of custom objects, a single-tenancy option and a disaster recovery service.

But another group of customers may have reason to be excited as well.

J.D. Edwards users will finally see their software integrated with Oracle’s, just four years after the PeopleSoft acquisition. As part of the latest Oracle CRM on Demand release, users will soon have the prepackaged integration with J.D. Edwards EnterpriseOne.

Will J.D. Edwards users really want that integration?

 J.D. Edwards users have had mixed views about Fusion applications; however, many of the uncertainties had to do with the fact that most of the Fusion apps’ functionalities were simply unknown.

But now, many of these unknowns are becoming a reality, starting with Oracle’s CRM Fusion products.  The first Fusion application — Oracle Sales Prospector, “a new social CRM application designed to enhance CRM and the productivity of sales professionals” — was previewed back in June.

Also, earlier this month, Oracle senior vice president and Fusion development head Thomas Kurian told Information Week that 450 customers will soon begin to test an early version of the Fusion application suite that is near completion. Kurian also said that Oracle will release a beta version of the application suite this year. The final version — which, as planned, combines the best features of applications like Siebel, J.D. Edwards and E-Business Suite – will be offered both as a full product suite and as individual applications.

If you are a J.D. Edwards (or Siebel or PeopleSoft) user, do you plan to migrate to Fusion applications? Why or why not? Has your strategy changed over the past few years? What are the major factors influencing your decision? Would you prefer to purchase the whole suite or just pick and choose applications?

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