Earlier this month, I wrote a post regarding Oracle's intention to build its next-generation Fusion applications on the Oracle E-Business Suite data model and business processes.
My conclusion: for JDE and PeopleSoft customers, Fusion will not be like an upgrade to a new version but a migration to a whole new product.
Since then, Josh Greenbaum had the opportunity to sit down with Oracle's John Wookey to understand "the details of where Fusion 1.0 planning is today." Josh writes for Datamation
, "I will say that Oracle’s strategy is now starting to make some sense."
Josh sums up Oracle's new Fusion story as this:
Fusion 1.0, instead of being a superset of the functionality available from the different stand-alone products that Oracle now owns, will be a subset culled from Oracle’s many product lines. That subset will appeal mostly to companies that think technology innovation along the lines of web services and business modeling is more important than functional innovation along vertical industry lines.
This means that Fusion 1.0 is not E-Business Suite 13, though many of the EBS data models will be part of Fusion 1.0. Nor is this a "SAP-killer" by any stretch of the imagination. The reality is that Fusion 1.0 is an alternative path toward web services, modeling, and other next generation functionality.
Well that certainly clears things up now, doesn't it?
Josh indicates that Oracle is about to launch "a road show designed in part to clear the air about what Fusion Applications are all about."
If Oracle's interview with Josh is any indication of what they will be presenting to customers, they might want to practice in front of the mirror a bit more before hitting the road. Related postsFusion to build on Oracle's E-Business Suite