Josh Greenbaum attended Oracle's briefing on Project Fusion, where co-president Charles Phillips said that Oracle is "half-way to Fusion." Josh thinks that Fusion is more like 25 percent complete, based on a start date of January 2005 (when Oracle acquired PeopleSoft) and Oracle's projected completion date of 2008.
Josh is also questioning the timeline based upon the fact that Oracle is counting on functionality from acquisitions to fill out Fusion:
I'm still very pessimistic about these dates, mostly because I still see a lot of unfinished business that I'm not sure can be resolved in time. One of the main issues is CRM: with the Siebel acquisition still not closed, it's hard to imagine that Fusion CRM, and the all-important customer record and vertical functionality that are supposed to be coming from Siebel, will also be delivered in this 2008 timeframe.
Then there's all those yet-to-be-acquired vertical applications that are supposed to propel Fusion into serious competition with SAP's vertical functionality. I’m not sure how you can deliver by 2008 something you haven't even tried to buy, much less integrate. Call me negative, but it's hard to imagine that Oracle is anywhere near half-way to its stated goal of a broadly verticalized product suite.
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