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Do I upgrade to Oracle R12.2 or Fusion Application release 7? Summarized Pros and Cons with key points to guide your decision making

on Tuesday, 01 October 2013. Posted in Enterprise Software , fusion, Blog

Do I upgrade to Oracle R12.2 or Fusion Application release 7? Summarized Pros and Cons with key points to guide your decision making

EBS customers often ask this question but do not get answers to their satisfaction, the answer seems to be consistently ‘it depends’ and most companies begin an assessment effort to understand the business and technological needs of the organization and analyze how those needs can be met by each solution.

 

Let’s begin and get to the points,

Business/Functional Processes and functionality – Oracle Fusion applications is ready for prime time, when it comes to functionality no major difference exists between Fusion Applications and EBS 12.2. A plus on Fusion you get embedded analytics and analytical power that EBS does not have - The GL is underpinned by Essbase and for accountants you can replace the screens with excels spreadsheets .The one delta - downside for government customers within the financial suite of Fusion, encumbrance accounting not available in release 7. What is encumbrance accounting? Encumbrance accounting is mostly used in public sector municipal, government, and schools. It is a reservation of the fund prior to accrual of the expenses. An encumbrance is a transaction that occurs when someone needs to put money away (to hold it) for a specific purpose. In government accounting, an encumbrance is created when a Purchase Order is issued to buy goods or services. The money has not yet been spent, but is selected for that purchase and no one else can use it.

In our everyday life, it`s like you put money into an envelope to hold it to pay a bill, you have encumbered that money. Similar in putting an envelope in your office drawer marked “Phone bill”, the money you put in the envelope for the next bill is your encumbrance. How much should be encumbered? How much do you think your bill is going to be? That’s encumbrance.


User Experience:
Fusion applications makes R12 look bad when you compare the user experience; I have seen customers express a WOW effect when demoing Fusion. Oracle has really taken their time to get Fusion applications right, they have concentrated heavily on the user interface and user experience and they got it right. In my opinion, this is the biggest advantage of Fusion, end users love the look and feel and the functionality empowerment towards the end user in my opinion is a notch above release 12.

 oraclefusion201310

Development: If you are looking at Fusion Applications you need to have a hard look at your existing EBS RICE(Reports-Interface-Conversions-Extension) and determine if they are really needed and whether there is a strong enough business case to carry them forward. Do not ask yourself should I replicate my 50 extensions in Fusion apps; use it as an opportunity to make processes fit as per application. The customizations towards external 3rd party systems using Oracle Fusion Middleware works well in release 7.

Cost/Internal Staff/Long term support - Fusion Applications is built on cutting edge technology and consequently, the hardware required to support it needs to be that much bigger. Internal staff will require re-training and if you look at some facts on the Oracle Fusion customers already in production, they opted for a cloud deployment –current stats 8/10 deployments in production with Fusion apps have been deployed in the cloud. I think clients are taking this approach mostly because expertise does not exist internally and to build the support knowledge this will create challenges to your business case and your project timeline.

Applications Unlimited Program - Customers that have significant investments in EBS, have no other choice than to utilize the co-existence deployment model. Oracle made long-term commitments to older products like EBS or PeopleSoft through its Applications Unlimited Program; I think this has caused a less attractive proposition to go with Fusion applications, I suspect Oracle will begin in 2014 some client incentives to get their clients onto Fusion apps. Customers should not feel it's a one-size-fits-all scenario, from my independent Oracle client discussions some clients have begun their co-existence strategy in implementing HCM, others CRM, others small steps with Fusion Accounting Hub linking to their current ERP financial transactions, others with Fusion GL,AP,etc.

Stability - One of the most common comments I receive, Fusion is not mature, in my opinion that is an incorrect statement, Fusion is a lot more mature than people are realizing out there, especially around HCM and Financials including Fusion accounting Hub, with Fusion you can envision a global instance for your global organization, harder to do than with R12 .

Licensing – As per my knowledge the cost of licensing between Fusion and R12 are similar, but the internal infrastructure cost grows more for Fusion. I think this is the main reason clients are selecting a SaaS deployment approach. The cost savings will come from customers moving to SaaS with Fusion.

Upgrading Starting point – If you plan to upgrade to EBS 12.2, a direct path is included with the releases 11.5.10.2, 12.0 and 12.1

Link to the complete documentation EBS 12.2 Product Information Center (Note 1581299.1)

If you plan to move to Fusion Applications, begin by reading (DOC.id 250.2) here is the link Life Cycle Manager 

Then reference back to Fusion applications- Product Information Center (Doc ID 100.2 ) Link

My view on the current Oracle client mindset is that they are mostly following an approach that is better to continue with the older more mature products with current technologies till the organization is convinced about the benefits from the upgraded system before deciding in favor of a move to Fusion apps, the time will come soon I think, were Oracle will start pushing incentives towards Fusion!

Feel free to share your thoughts on the topic!

 

Oracle Fusion Application Documentation Release 7

on Friday, 05 July 2013. Posted in General - Misc. Tips

Oracle Fusion Application Documentation Release 7

Use this page to access the latest Oracle Fusion Applications documentation and how to make the most of the help embedded within the application pages.

Oracle Fusion Applications Release 7 Documentation

Test drove Oracle Fusion Solution for Mobile Devices with Fusion CRM, my synopsis with 6 pros and 1 con

on Friday, 26 April 2013. Posted in Enterprise Software , Featured

Test drove Oracle Fusion Solution for Mobile Devices with Fusion CRM, my synopsis with 6 pros and 1 con

 

 

With Oracle Fusion CRM you are able to access the data in real time from your mobile device. I used my Blackberry device.

Here is the screenshot from the device once you log in.

 

Pros

 1-Response time was excellent i was in Montreal and Fusion servers in San Francisco, the response time was superb (1-3 seconds)

2- Setting up events on the go with the fusion calendar was responsive and easy to perform.

3- In opportunities you are able to drill down into related contacts and notes and you can easily shoot off an email, process is intuitive nicely done.

4- Natively the mobile applications integrates with your phones email, maps and calendar. No special setups required just allow the application to access your phone settings.

5- Fusion CRM data now validates your data  at point-of-entry ,validation occurs on name duplications, address and company information

6- My favorite feature was the Oracle Voice aka as Fusion Tap, (similar to Siri) and translates your voice into text and uses a worklflow to aggregate your information, finds the opportunity and records your information. Voice recognition was great did not get any glitches during testing.

 oracle voice

 

Here is a screenshot of the Oracle Fusion CRM application we used Vision data

Oracle fusion CRM

Fusion CRM strengths

1) Easy to navigate

2) My view the best new functionality are the predictive analytics it know identifies you more easily and helps you in finding the information to cross-sell and up-sell opportunities by accessing your entire sales team data

Con

Overall the only disadvantage for the Fusion Applications its more of a general comment the adoption of Fusion applications has been slower than Oracle expected. it may take time before corporations adopt and deploy these functionalities, some of these functionalities I believe may cause a large cultural change for some organizations.

 

Overall I think this is a great starting point in making your salesforce become a more mobile workforce. 

As Cloud Computing continues its good adoption rate, I think the prospects of Fusion mobile CRM will be very promising.

 

Oracle Fusion Applications Workflow for Project Implementation & answers to questions received by e-mail on Fusion

on Wednesday, 27 February 2013. Posted in Enterprise Software , Featured, fusion

Oracle Fusion Applications Workflow for Project Implementation & answers to questions received by e-mail on Fusion

 

 

We are now at release 6 of Oracle fusion applications (11.1.6), many questions have been raised on the implementation approach. Fusion don't forget is a combination of multiple Enterprise systems that Oracle acquired and yes Oracle took some of each to create Fusion.

Below is a visual diagram I created on the steps required to implement an instance of fusion applications:

 Oracle fusion apps implementaiton workflow

 

In general , it took me about 3 days to configure HCM and Financials, the functional configuration enables your Offerings and Functional Areas for implementation, and you select the Feature Choices, which typically enable you to integrate Offerings. Below is a screenshot

 

fusion apps setup

Question – What are some of the differences between EBS and Fusion Applications?

This questions comes often and people still believe no major changes exist,    below are 4 of them in the areas of Authentication, Authorization, Security and Segregation of duties.

 

E-Business

Fusion Application

Authentication

FND_USER

FMW(Fusion MiddleWare) OAM/LDAP

Authorization

AOL security model

FMW OPSS Oracle Platform Security Services

Security platform

Proprietary

FMW OPSS

Segregation Of Duties (SOD)

No functionality

Predefined SOD policies
Application Access Controls
Governor (AACG)

Question – In Fusion Applications Vision data does not exist anymore?

This is a common myth; here is a screenshot with some vision data

 fusion vision

Question 3 – Oracle Fusion Applications Documentation not available online?

Below is the link to Oracle Fusion Applications release 11.1.6

 fusion apps doc 11.1.6

http://docs.oracle.com/cd/E37583_01/index.htm

Oracle Fusion documentation is improving rapidly, it know include lots of detail with examples to help us take the right decisions.

 

 

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:

Pros

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

 fusionalextest2147

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.

fusionalexexportsetups

 

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:

 fusionapplications

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.

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