Debra Lilley

Three Real-World Strategies for Adopting Oracle Fusion Applications

IT managers are seeing enterprise-class success with these approaches to Oracle Fusion Applications.

by Debra Lilley, March 2013 Oracle ACE Director

Oracle Fusion Applications make up a suite of products that delivers functionality the way people want to work today. The technology behind the applications, Oracle Fusion Middleware, brings capabilities to the enterprise that we take for granted in our internet-enabled lives. Seamless use of data processing across multiple systems, pervasive intelligence, visual delivery of information that can be drilled into and sliced with the click of a button, and instant social interaction with coworkers and other stakeholders: this is the user experience of Oracle Fusion Applications.

These applications deliver traditional functions, such as financial management and human capital management, as well as new functions such as order orchestration and compensation management. Some traditional areas, such as talent management, have been enhanced because their importance in organizations has grown. Ultimately, all enterprises can gain benefits from using the cutting-edge functionality of Oracle Fusion Applications to accomplish their business objectives.

Among the many strategies available to adopting Oracle Fusion Applications, the three below are being most commonly employed by enterprises at a high success rate.

1. Co-existence

Large organizations that have a business need to expand their systems may be interested in Oracle Fusion Applications, but for various reasons, may not be ready to “rip and replace” their entire environment. In this case, many employ the co-existence strategy. Co-existence is not a new concept—CIOs have always run multiple systems together–but what is different here is that Oracle Fusion Middleware, the technology behind Oracle Fusion Applications, delivers the integration between applications as seamlessly as it does between Oracle Fusion Application modules. Oracle has this integration in place for the obvious processes, such as between payroll and compensation management among applications such as Oracle E-Business Suite and Oracle’s JD Edwards. Oracle Fusion Middleware, however, can be used to integrate an Oracle Fusion Applications module with any other application.

Co-existence integration is not simply the joining up of the two sides. The ability to tailor or extend options within Oracle Fusion Applications allows users to bring in services from existing applications. For example, users can run a human resources process that takes place in PeopleSoft Human Capital Management (HCM) from within the new Oracle Fusion HCM, without switching back and forth. This makes a lot of sense for users who spend 90 percent of their time in the Fusion Talent Management module, but still have a process to run with PeopleSoft HCM. Co-existence is an effective strategy for CIOs who are happy with their existing IT investments, but who see value in the new functionality that Oracle Fusion Applications offer.

2. The SaaS model

The way we consume IT is changing. Software-as-a-service (SaaS) is very popular for CIOs who want to control capital costs and ensure they stay current on their systems without separately funded upgrades. SaaS is not just a managed service—it is a totally different way of delivering IT. Oracle Fusion Applications delivered via the SaaS model provide the next-generation user experience that users crave yet save organizations the up-front investment in the technology. SaaS is an effective option for customers who want to concentrate on the applications and receive the business benefits. Another way of adopting SaaS is through Oracle partners who are certified to provide the implementation and continuous services around SaaS. This is especially attractive to managed service customers who do not want to break up the services they have today.

3. The option of on-premise

Some CIOs may need to keep everything on premise for security reasons, or want to make an upfront technology investment in Oracle Fusion Middleware. In these cases, Oracle offers on-premise solutions for Oracle Fusion Middleware and Oracle Fusion Applications. Oracle Fusion Applications are easier to implement for organizations that have already adopted Oracle Fusion Middleware. In addition, some organizations with Oracle Fusion Middleware are building their own Oracle Fusion solutions with the design principles and patterns that Oracle Development has shared with the general community. Such solutions are driving real value for their business.

An effective organization has a constantly evolving IT strategy that supports the business. To learn more ways to make Oracle Fusion Applications part of your enterprise’s strategy, visit Oracle Fusion Applications or find an Oracle partner to help. User groups also have a lot of information to share, and will showcase others who have already started the journey.


Debra Lilley is Oracle Alliance Director for Fujitsu UK, an Oracle ACE Director and Fusion Applications UX Advocate.