Test drove for the last 6 months Oracle Fusion Applications, they have achieved Incredible Things, 7 Pros and 2 Challenges of Fusion Applications.

on Wednesday, 13 February 2013. Posted in fusion, Blog, Enterprise Architecture

Test drove for the last 6 months Oracle Fusion Applications, they have achieved Incredible Things, 7 Pros and 2 Challenges of Fusion Applications.


As most of you know for the past 6 months with some individuals in Palo Alto,CA. I have been testing, educating myself on the next generation of Oracle applications called Oracle Fusions Applications. What is Oracle Fusion Applications? It is inspired by the best of breed of Oracle’s application: Peoplesoft (HRMS), E-Business Suite (Financials), Primavera (Projects), JD Edwards (Manufacturing/Financials) and Siebel (Embedded analytics)

The question that everyone is asking should i stay on my current ERP or replace my systems with Fusion applications: (I must get an email every two weeks on this topic). Before i share my thoughts on this topic, let me share my experience for the last 6 months on the current version of the Fusion applications:


1)The response time is solid, look and feel is great.


2) They have incorporated a configuration setup workflow that makes it much easier to configure your module. Above screenshot I logged in with Fusion Functional Setup Manager (FSM) this is a one- stop shop for all implementation activities from planning to deployment. FSM is a separate module product, who manages all setups and all the various branches of products groups. Fusion includes FSM to allow implementation by others than the IT department or consultants. This includes plenty of checklists and simplifies the job of the project manager to setup and monitor the setup tasks as identified by Fusion itself. (Functional setup much quicker and easier to perform!)

3) What I appreciated the most was the export setup data, this functionality also allows users to easily migrate configurations from one instance to another (Test/ Production), works great did not encounter any major issues.



4) Oracle Fusion Architecture provides an open architecture ecosystem, which is service & event- enabled.

5) Current present day applications have been on proprietary tools like People Tools, Forms, which require niche skill sets to manage and maintain.

6) Fusion has been developed; with Open standards based technology and is built on re-known Oracle Fusion Middleware (ADF, JAVA, SOA, BPEL, WEB 2.0 etc).

7) Currently CRM and HCM families are the most popular modules of Fusion, followed by Supply chain management (SCM).  Below are all the family products:


Where does PeopleSoft, EBS, Primavera, JDE and Siebel go from there? All these ERP’s had released a major version after the announcement of Fusion GA(General Availability), and there's no end in sight for future support(I guess until 2020). In fact, I think Oracle has good reason to keep these Enterprise systems going, even with Fusion now as an option.

I don't think Oracle is in a rush to try to get people to move to Fusion. PeopleSoft, EBS etc...They are very profitable business for them.

If you just look at PeopleSoft are far more profitable than Fusion precisely because the latter is so new. The dilemma for customers is when to opt for innovation over stability.

Oracle Fusion implementation can be done in 4 ways by

  1. Upgrading—Replacing an existing Oracle Applications instance with a new release (either a currently installed Oracle Applications version or Oracle Fusion Applications)
  2. Reimplementation—Treating an existing Oracle Applications installation as a “legacy system” and implementing some components of a live Oracle Fusion Applications installation or an entirely new Oracle Fusion Applications installation
  3. Coexistence—Adding Oracle Fusion Applications solutions to a customer’s existing Oracle Applications solutions, rather than upgrading or implementing new solutions in place of existing solutions
  4. Migration of data—Converting data from one Oracle instance to another Oracle instance by using Oracle’s Open Interfaces API and other Oracle or third-party conversion tools

I am strong believer of co-existence strategy and architecture for Oracle E-Business Suite, PeopleSoft, JD Edwards and Siebel apps and Fusion, for the following 3 reasons:

1- Risk mitigation, Fusion applications is still in my view a new product

2- You require revamping your technology skills within your organization to extend, maintain and support the various components of Oracle Fusion Applications here is my short list (A coexistence strategy can help you slowly adapt with the change of technologies):

  • SQL, PL/SQL, JAVA & java script
  • XML – Extended Markup Language
  • CSS – Cascading Style Sheets
  • XSL – Extensible Style sheet Language
  • ADF – Application Development Framework
  • JSF – Java Server Faces
  • Web Services
  • BPEL – Business Process Execution Language
  • AIA – Application Integration Architecture
  • Web Center
  • BI Publisher
  • OBIEE – Oracle Business Intelligence Enterprise Edition
  • Hyperion Essbase
  • WebLogic Server Administration
  • Oracle Identity Management

3- Most corporations have invested significant money in their current technologies, and will require a strong business case with facts and numbers on the added value of going to Fusion in a big bang approach.

Interest will remain high with Fusion applications and my predictions in the next 5-8 years everyone will be on Fusion similar model like SAP. Why 5-8 years? Most corporations require lots of inter connections to other systems (spider web architecture) and have invested in significant customizations to meet the corporations global business requirements.

My overall experience with the Fusion applications exceeded my expectations. Would appreciate to hear from clients and others that are live with Fusion.

Comments (30)

  • Sundeep Joshi

    Sundeep Joshi

    13 February 2013 at 02:03 |
    We analyzed Fusion 4 months ago and came up with a similar conclusion We are a PeopleSoft ERP company and will move towards a co-existence strategy. Too much of a big change and risk to the organization. Good writing with great advice. just bookmarked the site.
  • Antonio Hernandez

    Antonio Hernandez

    13 February 2013 at 02:34 |
    Hola Alex, we put in place Oracle Fusion Apps for HCM/CRM and we had issues. We were badly advised by the sales team, product is good but very hard to support dont underestimate the change , thank you for sharing testing results, the consulting company that is helping are laughing at the bank they will be hre for awhile.
    • Alex Antonatos

      Alex Antonatos

      15 February 2013 at 19:13 |
      Hi Antonio, Thank you for sharing your experience on Fusion.
  • Mark Jansen

    Mark Jansen

    13 February 2013 at 03:06 |
    We are a small to midsize organization live since January we used Oracle Accelerate with OUM, we had no customizations we adopted the out of the box process, we are happy with Fusion and agree with your points nice user experience with fusion , we had to learn to work with support when errors occur .
    • Alex Antonatos

      Alex Antonatos

      15 February 2013 at 19:15 |
      Hi Mark,
      Thank you for sharing your experience, Oracle support works well, it is very procedural (You need to adapt to their process), you can also ask for a critical account manager or escalate to a manager if you believe issues are not being addressed accordingly.
  • John T.

    John T.

    13 February 2013 at 03:42 |
    We are live with Fusion, we are a Medium size company with 250 employees, our biggest challenge is the jump in required resources to support Fusion, here is another good site that discusses skill sets issues, greast site http://searchoracle.techtarget.com/news/2240146478/Going-in-house-with-Oracle-Fusion-Applications-demands-vast-skill-set
    • Alex Antonatos

      Alex Antonatos

      15 February 2013 at 19:24 |
      Hi John,
      Thank you for sharing, your fusion experience.
  • Shannon Wils

    Shannon Wils

    13 February 2013 at 08:22 |
    In my company, budgets have just been approved and in the latter half of 2013 we will analyze Fusion. We currently have 4 different ERP's mostly because in the last 3 years we merged and acquired other companies.
  • Vince


    13 February 2013 at 09:10 |
    In the fall after open world , we completed a 3 day analysis with a cross functional tiger team , and the decision was to maintain status quo with our internal erps ebs and psft. Comments were positive, the Fusion user experience is fantastic with the embedded analytics. We will reassess in 24 months. Great article
  • Jeremy


    13 February 2013 at 21:04 |
    Enjoy your professional independent advice, great information, we have JDEdwards and EBS , we will look at Fusion next year. but not in a hurry as you see from my email address, we are a conservative financial services corporation, I think between 4-6 years before we change into Fusion. I subscribed to the website rss good info!
  • Linda Crowley

    Linda Crowley

    13 February 2013 at 22:00 |
    We are live with Fusion apps HCM and CRM and we kept EBS Financials, we were part of the early adopter program. We were all gun-ho at the start we wanted to go wall to wall Fusion Applications and decommission all current systems- big bang approach(I think we all fell into Groupthink). We had to revert back to a coexistence model with Fusion and EBS. Fusion Strong points user friendly, experience has been positive, screens and business flows make more sense, like you mention it uses open technologies we had to revamp internal skill set. Functional Configuration has become so easy compared to EBS. The only downside for management more people were required to support Fusion and at the beginning once we were live we had to install multiple patches to fix certain error messages. great blog!
    • Alex Antonatos

      Alex Antonatos

      17 February 2013 at 18:39 |
      Hi Linda,
      Thank you for sharing your experience with Fusion, it happens often when planning (an excitements exists, we are allowed to dream) but a reality sets in when dollars, timeline and scope are analyzed.
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  • offshore development center

    offshore development center

    19 February 2013 at 08:37 |
    I usually do not leave a great deal of responses,
    however i did some searching and wound up here Test drove for the
    last 6 months Oracle Fusion Applications, they have achieved
    Incredible Things, 7 Pros and 2 Challenges of Fusion Applications.
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  • Aidan


    19 February 2013 at 11:46 |
    Hi Alex
    Thanks for the article. You mention "Fusion includes FSM to allow implementation by others than the IT department or consultants" Do you foresee any need of functional consultants in a Fusion implementation, or is it the config is easier to manage and implement.
    • Alex Antonatos

      Alex Antonatos

      19 February 2013 at 11:59 |
      Hi Aidan,
      Like you mention in your ebook I find the functional consultant has to become more versatile and have a better understanding of the the technical aspect also. I foresee less configuration time for the functional resources and I think this will result that the functional consultant will play a bigger role in testing for Fusion projects. The checklists associated with each module are well designed and make it make more difficult to make setup mistakes.
  • Mark Murray

    Mark Murray

    22 February 2013 at 01:11 |
    Hi Alex, we just finshed our analysis of Fusion and we have pushed out the transformation to Fusion in 5 years, We are an EBS shop and the investments are too large to justify a re-implementation, we will slowly be adding Fusion modules. The user experience has been great and i think it makes sense in the long run, nicely witten blog
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    23 February 2013 at 22:44 |
    Admiring the hard work you put into your website and in depth information you present.
    It's awesome to come across a blog every once in a while that isn't the same old rehashed material.
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