In the last area of the last keynote at Oracle Open World last night, Larry Ellison finally gave some specifics concerning Oracle’s Fusion Applications, its next-generation of business software. These are the areas where Fusion really shines. The very best summary I’ve seen so far about Fusion applications comes from Forrester’s Paul Hamerman.

Those relying on Fusion to be a comprehensive successor for Oracle’s existing products, however, will be disappointed. According to Ellison, when Fusion reaches general availability first, you won’t provide the breadth of efficiency available in Oracle’s existing stock portfolio. It has been self-evident, but Oracle has made it established now.

  • 8 years ago from Pennsylvania, USA
  • Chambers of Business and Industries
  • Reduces and optimizes the routes and goods blood flow
  • My permit has expired. How do I get it back
  • You change your type of business to broaden or discontinue what you sell
  • 9 years back from Bristol England
  • Promote adaptive planning and a people-centric strategy
  • Explain the role of authorities in consumer security

Here’s the big disappointment. In the last sentence of his keynote nearly, Ellison indicated that Fusion apps would be available “next year.” That might be 2010. So literally, Oracle could release Fusion apps next December–14 or 15 months from now–and still meet Ellison’s timetable. Until then, for most customers, Fusion is only a roadmap.

Although Oracle asserts that the apps are “code complete,” the product is within what Oracle phone calls “in-house beta.” Customers have been brought in to check applications installed on Oracle premises within this program. You can find no live customers currently, but early adopters are signing on these days. Alternatively, you could spin the Fusion timetable in a positive light. The fact that software sales are frustrated right now because of this of the downturn means it is a good time for Oracle to be causing this to be a transition.

In addition, I would rather see Oracle takes the time to get it right with Fusion than hurry it into general availability only to suffer a lack of credibility when clients encounter problems. But when Fusion does reach general availability even, most Oracle customers will need to consider Fusion applications along with industry-specific modules from existing Oracle products.

Unless a business only needs the horizontal features in the bullet factors listed earlier, we’re discussing Oracle offering Fusion apps in combination with other Oracle products. A making industry prospect would have to buy Fusion applications plus processing modules from Oracle’s E-Business Suite or J.D. Edwards, for example. A retail industry potential customer would have to buy Fusion apps, plus Oracle’s Retek products. Oracle can roll all of that industry-specific efficiency into Fusion.

Compounding the problem, Oracle’s existing products are a moving target. From other information gleaned during Open World presentations, it’s clear if you ask me that Oracle’s development business is not standing still using its current portfolio. For example, I noticed some very deep CRM features recently introduced for municipal government in Oracle’s E-Business Suite.

I don’t know when Oracle can incorporate such features into Fusion. From the quick screen shots and demo situations provided during Ellison’s keynote, it appears Fusion applications shall be a great product. However the limited functional coverage of the original release for Fusion means, as I noted, that most Oracle prospects and customers will need to sign up for Fusion in mixture with other, existing, Oracle products. For existing customers, the greater straightforward path would be to simply stick with Oracle’s existing products, that Oracle has promised to continue support under its Apps Unlimited program.

Around me there are businesses such as United Foods, which has every food possible for any restaurant. By going directly to them you will be given a representative who goes to your restaurant and list every meal that you might need. After you have done which means you will get a delivery of food from the business and expenses.