Friday, October 27, 2006

10 Things You Can Do To Prepare for Fusion Applications

Although we won't see Fusion Applications until 2007 or an integrated Fusion Applications Suite until 2008, many components of the Fusion technology stack are available today to help prepare for the arrival of Fusion Applications.

The Fusion message at Oracle OpenWorld 2006, in multiple sessions and from multiple presenters, was very consistent: don’t wait for the release of Fusion Applications to start preparing for Fusion. The Fusion tools and technologies available today can be leveraged to extend the value of Oracle applications and provide a head start on preparing for Fusion Applications.

The gist of the Fusion message was presented in Dr. Nadia Bendjedou’s very popular session "Oracle E-Business Suite Customers: 10 Things You Can Do Now to Prepare for Oracle Fusion Applications". The session was moved to the largest available room on Tuesday, and was repeated on Thursday due to popular demand. Although this particular presentation was directed to E-Business Suite users, similar sessions were provided for the remaining Oracle Apps product lines. In fact, the presenters coordinated with each other to assure a consistent message across the board. The "10 Things" from Nadia's presentation were:

1. Rethink your customization strategy
2. Consider Master Data Management (MDM)
3. Move to SOA-based integration
4. Extend your business intelligence portfolio
5. Adopt enterprise reporting and publishing
6. Secure your global enterprise
7. Consider grid computing
8. Centralize your lifecycle management
9. Upgrade to the e-Business Suite R12
10. Prepare a Fusion project plan

Fortunately, Nadia was kind enough to provide me with a copy of her presentation slides for reference. I also have rather extensive notes of my own. Rather than write one incredibly long-winded post to cover all 10 points, I'll break these up into small pieces that will be posted over the next few days.

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