Fusion plans outlined

Fusion will feature best-of-breed functionality from the various Oracle product sets, says Oracle

Oracle will deliver its first Fusion applications in 2007 and plans to make its Fusion applications suite available in 2008, says John Wookey, its senior vice president of applications development.

Wookey laid out a comprehensive battle plan for Oracle’s applications business during the recent Oracle OpenWorld conference. Fusion will feature best-of-breed functionality from the various Oracle product sets. Web 2.0 and SOA also play into Oracle’s Fusion applications strategy, with a planned architecture that understands business services are discrete events performed in organisations.

In the meantime, Oracle remains committed to enabling its acquired technologies such as PeopleSoft, Siebel and JD Edwards to work with application servers and databases from multiple vendors, Wookey says.

Oracle E-Business Suite release 12 was previewed at the conference. It features a streamlined user interface and cross-industry capabilities spanning ERP, CRM and supply chain management. Users of the suite can manage compliance globally with a centralised business rules repository. Integration with third-party applications is also featured. Capabilities are planned for profit analysis, network optimisation and projects portfolio analysis.

PeopleSoft, for its part, is being fitted with vertical functionality for areas such as higher education and financial services and JD Edwards is getting its first major functional release since 1998, which will be called JD Edwards World A9.1.

For Siebel, modular functionality will be added to the on-demand version of the platform.

Search, XML-based reporting, role-based analytics and integration capabilities are also on the radar screen, Wookey says.

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