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 …
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.