So WHAT IS "ORACLE FUSION"?
People often get confuse with this term .To start with, it will be a good idea to know the difference between Fusion Applications and Middleware. Oracle Fusion is composed of two parts: Fusion middle ware and Fusion applications.
- Oracle Fusion Middle ware aka FMW : Comprises of the Oracle Application Server and other technology stack components that Oracle has acquired in past few years.
- Fusion Middleware is a family of middleware products covering areas like BI, Identity Management, Content Management and SOA.
- Each of these areas has it's own stack of products. Fusion Middleware was previously called Oracle Application Server.
- Oracle Fusion Applications ....you can called as ERP module for Fusion : Oracle Fusion Applications is Oracle's next generation suite of applications that eventually replace E-Business Suite. It will assimilate best of breed features from:
- E-Business Suite
- JD Edwards
Fusion Applications is build on top of the Oracle Fusion Middleware technology stack using Oracle's Fusion Architecture as blueprint.
Therefore Fusion you can be refer to any of three things Middleware, Application, Architecture.With this Oracle is not only moving to the next generation technology stack like SOA, BPEL, BAM, JSF, Ajax, ESB, etc, but will also bring together the best in class underpinnings, of each of the incumbent suites, like Business Structure, Security Model, Workflow Process, and Event Models which you will find in later part of discussion.Before let have a quick look on Oracle's Fusion Architecture .
ORACLE FUSION ARCHITECTURE
Oracle Fusion Architecture (OFA) is a standards-based technology reference architecture or blueprint for building applications. Note that Oracle Fusion Architecture is not a product, and can be used without licensing it from Oracle. Many organizations use it to write applications that can run on Oracle Fusion Middleware or that compliment Oracle Fusion Applications.[Adopted http://www.oracle.com]
Oracle Fusion Architecture is based on the following core principles:
- Model Driven: For applications, business processes and business information
- Service & Event- enabled: For extensible, modular, flexible applications and processes
- Information Centric: For complete and consistent, actionable, real-time intelligence
- Grid-Ready: Must be scalable, available, secure, manageable on low-cost hardware
- Standards-based: Must be open, pluggable in a heterogeneous environment
The Oracle Fusion Architecture’s SOA and EDA(event-driven architecture) technology consists of
- An integrated service environment (ISE) to develop services
- A multi-protocol enterprise service bus (ESB) to integrate applications
- A services registry for discovering and managing the life cycle of services
- A BPEL-based orchestration engine to tie services into business processes
- A business rules engine to enable business policies to be captured and automated
- A Web services management and security solution to enforce authentication and authorization policies on services and to monitor services and processes for compliance to SLAs
Combining all you can see the Architectural presentation as fig below:
Fusion Middleware Component for E-Business Suite
In the Fusion Middleware of E-Business Suite, here are the list of components :
- Application Server
- BPA Suite (Business Process Analysis)
- Business Integration
- Business Intelligence
- Identity Management
- SOA Suite (Service Oriented Architecture)
- WebCenter Suite
On the technology front, Fusion Applications is completely developed using Fusion Middleware 11g on Oracle database 11g. Here is the list of technologies used in developing Fusion Applications:
- SOA Suite (BPEL, BPM)
- BI Publisher
- Application Integration Architecture (AIA)
- Applications Development Framework (ADF)
- Applications Server
- Business Intelligence Enterprise Edition (OBIEE)
- Content Management
- Database 11g
- Enterprise Manager
- Fusion apps are metadata driven which is managed by the MDS
let summarize these all in various components and products and tools
WHAT IS IN FUSION V1.0 ORACLE FUSION APPLICATIONS
Oracle Fusion Applications offer a complete suite spanning seven critical business areas consist of 100+ Oracle Fusion Applications modules which is targeted for first release.These are distributed across the following product families: 34 - Sales & Marketing; 21 - Human Resources; 13 - Financials; 6 - Purchasing; 7 - Projects Portfolio Management; 10 - Supply Chain Management; and 10 - Governance, Risk and Compliance. Majors are:
- Financial management
- Supply chain management
- Human capital management
- Project portfolio management
- Governance, risk, and compliance
- Enterprise performance management
Not is scope so far(v1.0) are CRM(Service, Call Centre, Order Capture), SCM(Core Manufacturing, Manufacturing Execution),Industry(Public Sector -encumbrance accounting, etc.)
When Fusion is coming out
Hoping Oracle announced the general availability of Oracle Fusion Applications in the sometime in first quarter of this year
Fusion V1 & Fusion V2 functionality
Fusion V2 will be more likly to be more focused for Manufacturing, Supply Chain gaps, more localizations,and public sector functionality
MIGRATION TO ORACLE FUSION APPLICATIONS
The Oracle Fusion Applications platform was built with flexibility in mind,so companies can selectively add modules if and when it makes business
With the initial release of Oracle Fusion Applications likely focused on point solutions, most users will be concerned with how to integrate Oracle Fusion Applications into their core applications. This will be a substantially easier effort than migrating the entire core functionality
There are options/proposed path which can observed in various Oracle papers.
Here’s a plan for IT side which may be consider to be crafted roadmap for the future of enterprise applications
- Continue on Your Current Path .That mean you need to evaluate the latest Applications Unlimited releases Oracle Applications releases such as Oracle E-Business Suite 12.1.3, PeopleSoft Enterprise 9.1, Siebel Customer Relationship Management 8.2, and JD Edwards EnterpriseOne 9.1 for the additional value they bring to the businesse .In addition to gaining value today, you will be in a position to upgrade to Oracle Fusion Applications in the future, if and when you choose.
- EBS -> Fusion Apps
- PeopleSoft Financials to Fusion Apps
- PeopleSoft HRMS to Fusion Apps
- Siebel CRM to Fusion Apps
- Move to Fusion Step by Step . You need to adopt standards-based technology first. Consider Oracle Fusion Middleware as inhouse new initative and developing skill sets in technologies such as Oracle Application Development Framework, Oracle content management products, Oracle SOA Suite, and Oracle WebCenter. These tools will help you integrate, extend, and manage your applications environment today and prepare you to add Oracle Fusion Applications if and when you choose by upgrading one environment and then reimplement rest what ever/when ever.
- Upgrade to Fusion Applications . Decide(if and when appropriate.)
If you use any functionality that is not part of V1 but still see business value in going to Fusion Apps, this may result in multiple Fusion Apps instances.
- Adopt a coexistence strategy . Add Oracle Fusion Applications modules to your existing environment or implement “pillars” (human capital management, sales, financials, or supply chain management applications whatever suits) to extend the power of Oracle Fusion Applications into your applications portfolio.
Product Supported Release for Fusion Upgrade
- E-Business Suite :Release 11.5.10, 12 or later
- PeopleSoft: Release 8.8, 8.0, 9.0 or later
- JD Edwards EnterpriseOne: Release 8.11, 8.12 or later 34
- JD Edwards World Release: A7.3, A8.1, A9.1 or later Siebel Release 7.9, 8.0 or later
You can refer to this for details http://www.oracle.com/support/library/brochure/lifetime-support-applications.pdf.
SKILL REQUIREMENT FOR FUSION SPACE
Inhouse IT as well as Consulting companies need skill such as BPM and process governance, to manage an Oracle Fusion Applications implementation.
The following technical skills are need to extend, maintain and support the various components of Oracle Fusion Applications:
- 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
Next few days, will share some more thoughts on hands-On perspective on Oracle Fusion Applications application business modules.until then keep watching this space.:)