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Oracle recognizes Cedar Consulting for Expertise in Oracle HCM Cloud

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Oracle HCM Cloud Specialisation (white bkgnd - small)We are delighted to announce that Cedar Consulting has achieved OPN Specialized status for Oracle HCM Cloud.

To achieve this a number of our consultants had to pass a set of exams on Oracle HCM Cloud and as a business we had to have a certain amount of clients. This means that we can proudly display this logo on relevant collateral.

Graham, one of Cedar’s Directors, said:Graham (normal)

“This Specialized status, which follows extensive investment in our Oracle Cloud practice, further demonstrates Cedar Consulting’s commitment to Oracle HCM Cloud.  Having been implementing Oracle HR applications for 20 years we are very excited about the opportunities Oracle Cloud brings for ourselves and our clients”.

Will O’Brien, VP Alliances & Channels, Oracle UK & Ireland said:

“We are delighted at the effort and resources that Cedar Consulting are committing to the Oracle HCM Cloud. Having been the implementation partner for one of the earliest UK customer implementations Cedar are one of the foremost Oracle HCM Cloud consultancies and we look forward to working alongside them to make future client implementations a success.“

You can view the full press release here:

Oracle HCM Cloud Specialisation Press Release

Fusion slips further

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It seems the release of Fusion has now officially slipped to 2010 …

And let me add, next year we are going to be delivering the next generation Fusion applications …

slippingThey’re Larry Ellison’s words, so there’s no arguing with it.  There’s no hint as to which end of the year, or whether this is the general release or one of the previously mentioned ‘beta’ releases to a limited customer set.

This may or may not be huge news as we had suspected that the General Availability release would be 2010 anyway, but there had previously been no comment from Oracle on this.

Further comment (from Vinnie Mirchandani) here.

Fusion timeframe questioned again

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I drew a little criticism a year ago when I posted a link to a site which questioned whether Fusion would go on general release in 2008.  Again, I’m not basing this on anything other than quotes from OpenWorld (and I wasn’t present so I have to take it in good faith that these quotes are legitimate), but it really does seem the case that it’s going to be 2009 at the absolute earliest.

There’s an article on NetworkWorld titled ‘Oracle’s Fusion app suite may not ship until 2010‘.  Now I can’t see any quote specifying 2010, but reading between the lines it sounds a lot more likely than the 2008 we were reassured it was going to be.

Interestingly, the quotes apparently come from Steve Miranda (SVP Fusion Apps Development).

“We’re going to be with early customers at the end of next year, and we’re going to be very, very cautious on the [general availability date],”

As they’ve mentioned an incremental release pattern, if the early customers are to get it at the end of 2009, surely that means the rest of us are looking at sometime in 2010?

Fusion hints from OOW

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Now that Oracle Open World (OOW) has started we’re starting to get little nuggets of info coming through.  The ever interesting Floyd Teter has posted a couple of these:

All seeded reports in the upcoming 12.1 release of the E-Business Suite will be formatted in XML Publisher

I wonder if the following will also be true of upcoming PeopleSoft releases?  I’m sure I’ve heard somewhere that there is an internal project to achieve this, but I may be mistaken.  It may mean (at least in theory) that the document templates for some of the statutory reports could be consistent across all applications.

The first version of Fusion Applications will ship with the WebLogic web server…not OC4J

I think – following recent strategy announcements – I would have put money on this anyway, but it’s good to get confirmation.

‘Mr Fusion’ departing Oracle?

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And now the not so good news.

If the rumours are true then it appears Jesper Andersen has left Oracle.  For those unaware as to his importance, he was the Senior VP of Applications.  In fact, according to the source linked to below, he was sometimes referred to as ‘Mr Fusion’.

I’ve heard Jesper speak in the past at the UKOUG and I’m pretty sure he’s done one or two of Oracle’s podcasts.  Jesper was also one of the ‘ex-PeopleSofters’ so I was always pleased he was in a position of prominence.

There have been a few Fusion or PeopleSoft related departures recently, John Wookey, Doris Wong and now Jesper …

Article here.

Fusion Apps witnessed in the flesh!

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Do you want the good news or the bad news first?  Let’s start with the good news …

Floyd Teter, an Oracle envangelist and big name in the User Group community in the US has had a trip to Oracle and has seen some Fusion Apps in the flesh.  He mentions that whilst they’re not ready yet, they’re looking pretty good.  This is all excellent news as we’ve had little to go on with Oracle’s almost radio silence on release dates and the like.  Most of us out here genuinely want to be excited by what’s coming down the pipeline so info like this is very welcome.

There’s no mention of which Apps were witnessed, let’s hope it was some rough cut versions of Financials or HR, and not the rather niche CRM apps that it seems are going to released first, along with (I expect) much heralding of ‘see, we delivered on time’ etc.

There are lots of encouraging snippets for those of us that would like Fusion to be a success with talk that it is “next-generation” and “intuitive”, with “Web 2.0″ functionality and collaboration plus “embedded analytics”.  Us PeopleSoft folk are used to our app being slightly ahead of the curve, so this is excellent news.

Floyd’s full write-up – and it’s worth a read – is here.