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 …
They’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.
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?
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 …