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Five Questions to Ask Yourself Before Moving to Oracle Fusion

Five Questions to Ask Yourself Before Moving to Oracle Fusion

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Published by Michelle Williams
When Oracle bought PeopleSoft—which had already purchased J.D. Edwards—in 2005, thousands of customers wondered what was coming next. Must we migrate? If so, where to? Would it make the most sense to wait for general availability of Oracle E-Business Suite R12? And if not, should we simply wait for Oracle to release a combined version of all the platforms it has incorporated?
When Oracle bought PeopleSoft—which had already purchased J.D. Edwards—in 2005, thousands of customers wondered what was coming next. Must we migrate? If so, where to? Would it make the most sense to wait for general availability of Oracle E-Business Suite R12? And if not, should we simply wait for Oracle to release a combined version of all the platforms it has incorporated?

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Five Questions to AskYourself Before Movingto Oracle Fusion
INTRODUCTION: GETTING TO KNOW ORACLE FUSION 
Wondering whether to migrate to Oracle Fusion? You’re not alone. This is an important question—
and,
as you’ll see, a complex one. By way of answering it, let’s take a look back at the past few years.
When Oracle bought PeopleSoft
which had already purchased J.D. Edwards
in 2005, thousands of customers wonderedwhat was coming next. Must we migrate? If so, where to? Would it make the most sense to wait for general availability ofOracle E-Business Suite R12? And if not, should we simply wait for Oracle to release a combined version of all the platformsit has incorporated?
Perhaps aware that PeopleSoft customers typically loved their intuitive, “pure
-
internet” front
-end and would be hesitant togive it up, Oracle announced a massive development project. Project Fusion sought to develop an offering that wouldleverage the strengths of Oracle platform technology, PeopleSoft applications, Oracle E-
Business Suite, and Oracle’s
powerful middleware solutions. Around the same time, Oracle purchased Siebel Systems, giving it more potentialfunctionality to incorporate into Fusion.
Interestingly enough, the Oracle Fusion project led to middleware becoming Oracle’s fastest growing business by 2009.
Oracle Fusion Middleware 11g is designed to let enterprises create and run agile, intelligent business applications whilemaximizing IT efficiency through full utilization of modern hardware and software architectures. As Oracle FusionMiddleware has steadily gained market share, the development of Oracle Fusion applications has continued, with generalavailability scheduled for some time in 2012.In its current form, the Oracle Fusion platform consists of a back-end component, middle-tier technology, and front-endapplications. The back-end technology closely resembles that of Oracle E-Business Suite. The middle layer is based onBEA WebLogic. And the front-end interface will give many users a bit of PeopleSoft nostalgia.There are two Oracle Fusion capabilities that should jump off the page to CIOs who are evaluating the platform. First of all,Fusion is available as a SaaS solution
probably in response to competitors like Workday and Salesforce.com, who have
taken a bite out of Oracle’s market share. Second, Fusion integrates seamlessly with today’s increasingly popular s
ocialnetworks
a capability lacking in Oracle E-Business Suite and PeopleSoft.
That’s the skinny on Oracle Fusion.
The question remains: is now the right time to move to Oracle Fusion?
 
 
 
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1 - Are you on the latest version of your currentERP software?
Everything we’re hearing from Oracle executives
indicates that to ensure the smoothest Oracle Fusion
upgrade path possible, it’s best to start from the most
recent version of Oracle E-Business Suite,PeopleSoft, J.D. Edwards, or Siebel. As you sketchout a possible upgrade path, factor in the time andcost of getting your current applications up to thelatest version.
Keep in mind that even if you don’t decide to upgrade
to Oracle Fusion right away, you can begin to sampleFusion technology by staying current with the latestreleases of your current ERP software. For example,pieces of Oracle Fusion technology are alreadyavailable in the PeopleSoft Enterprise 9.1 release,and Oracle plans to add more Fusion into futurePeopleSoft releases.Staying current, then, gives your organization thechance to try out Oracle Fusion technology beforecommitting all the way. You may find that the hands-on experience you gain helps you determine theright time and right way to make a full transition toOracle Fusion.
2 - Does your company do any manufacturing?
If so, you won’t find the functionality you need in
Oracle Fusion
at least, not yet. Oracle Fusion
doesn’t offer modules for discrete or process
manufacturing, nor for wholesale or retaildistribution. If you
upgrade now, you’ll need to
integrate your existing manufacturing or distributionfunctionality with Oracle Fusion as you wait to seewhat comes next on the Fusion roadmap.
Will Oracle eventually release Oracle Fusion apps thataddress manufacturing? Will they continue to developthe functionality in the manufacturing modules inOracle E-Business Suite, J.D. Edwards, andPeopleSoft? Or both? Only time will tell
but your
business can’t stand still in the meantime. You’ll need
to develop a long-range technology plan that coversboth possibilities.
FIVE QUESTIONS ABOUT YOUR UPGRADE
Should your company start planning its upgrade path to Oracle Fusion? Assuming you’ve gotthe IT budget to devote to the project, it may be tempting to launch a “big bang” migration to
the software platform that has promised to be the new standard for application architecture,design, and deployment.But before you decide to make that leap, there are a few questions you should ask yourself:
 
 
 
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3 - Are you willing to expand your currenthardware footprint?
If you move to Oracle Fusion, you’ll almost certainlyhave to buy more servers. That’s because Oracle
Fusion Architecture (OFA) demands more computingpower. Why? More components and more complexity.
One of OFA’s main components is the
aforementioned Oracle Fusion Middleware.Components within Oracle Fusion Middleware includeOracle WebLogic Suite, Oracle WebCenter, Oracle SOASuite, Oracle Identity Management, Oracle JDeveloper,and a whole host of development tools for creatingrich enterprise applications. Oracle Fusion Middlewarealso provides certified integrations with Oracle Databaseand Oracle Applications to increase reliability.Of course, one of the strengths of Oracle Fusion isits flexible deployment options. You may deployOracle Fusion:
 On your premises, hosted by your company.
 
In a public cloud that’s accessible over the
internet and hosted by Oracle or an Oraclebusiness partner.
 In a private cloud that lives behind your
company’s firewall.
 In a hybrid model that combines on-premiseinstallation with public and/or private cloudofferings to give your users the full functionalitythey need.These choices give you greater control over the timingand speed of your implementation and may help youavoid having to build out your hardware footprint moreaggressively than you would have liked. Willvirtualization now be a viable option for your company?Should you consider running applications on Linux?
With Oracle Fusion, you’ll have many unexpected
decisions to make as you plan your rollout.
4 - How heavily have you customized the backend of your current ERP software?
 
If you answered “very heavily,” then you’ll probably
need to plan an entirely new implementation of OracleFusion rather than a mere upgrade to Fusion. Then
again, it’s possible that many of your previous
customizations are now obsolete because they existas new features in Oracle Fusion.
Before you can upgrade, you’ll need to devote
significant man-hours to assessing your current
customizations and deciding whether they’re stillnecessary. Once you’ve finalized your list of still
-relevant customizations,
you’ll need to determine how
many of these features are offered in Oracle Fusion
or, alternatively, Oracle E-Business Suite R12.

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