Oracle’s Project Fusion making headway
On January 18th Oracle marked its anniversary of its acquisition
of PeopleSoft and J.D Edwards with a presentation and reception at
San Francisco's City Hall in order to lay down plans for merging
Oracle with PeopleSoft and J.D. Edwards software products:
Because several "myths" have spawned from the acquisitions of
PaopleSoft and J.D. Edwards, President Charles Phillips sought to
dismiss some of these myths:
Phillips sought to debunk what he called "myths" about
Fusion, which he noted is no longer called "Project Fusion"
because so much work has been done, and the word project sounds
"exploratory." For example, Oracle is not actually merging code
of all of the disparate applications; rather, it's taking the
best features and ideas and rewriting the code, based heavily on
Oracle's eBusiness Suite.
Other notions he aimed to dispel: A Fusion upgrade would be
costly and painful for customers, and a project of this scale
had never been done before. "It has. We're just releasing a new
product," he said, adding that Oracle releases new products all
the time. "If we hadn't made [a single] acquisition, we would
still need a next-generation" product, he added. His overall
soothing message: Fusion isn't as scary as it sounds, and
customers won't be forced to do anything.
Oracle also claims that it is easing customers into its new
product, Fusion by implementing certain features. Oracle also
says that Fusion Middleware already works with old applications
taken from the acquired companies.
Oracle counters that it's giving customers an opportunity
to ease into Fusion, by implementing certain features of the new
application set in new versions of J.D. Edwards, PeopleSoft, and
Oracle applications coming out this year. And Fusion Middleware
-- the foundation for the new applications -- can already work
with the old applications inherited from each company.
Wookey urged customers to start the process by upgrading to
these new versions when they come out this year. He noted that
worried customers had been holding off upgrading because of
uncertainty over whether there was a clear path to upgrade from
say, the new PeopleSoft suite to Fusion. "There is," Wookey
said, confidently. For the last year customers have been waiting
to see what Oracle would deliver. Now that Oracle has given them
details, the market will monitor sales of new software licenses
and Fusion Middleware in the coming quarters to see whether
clients are getting on board or still sitting on the fence.