As we hoped, there was some Fusion news at OpenWorld from Larry’s Keynote:
- We’ll see Fusion next year. I’m guessing the tail end of 2010, rather than January. Maybe even next year’s OpenWorld?
- It is code complete, and it’s currently being tested internally.
- It covers many modules, but not all. No manufacturing or public sector from the off.
- It’ll be very modular and hot-plugable so will interoperate well with existing ERP implementations.
- It can run in the cloud (SAAS) or on premise.
There are some highly impressive screenshots here. It’s worth going through to the end, particularly for us HR folks for the talent management 9-boxes and org charts. I’m not overstating when I say that it looks awesome.
Oracle today announced a new module for PeopleSoft, catchily named ‘Enterprise Workforce Communications’.
It appears to allow HR departments to communicate outwards to employees, and deploy surveys enabling feedback from the workforce.
I’m not sure with the current market it’s necessarily the optimum time to release a product in a more ‘touchy-feely’ area like this, but I will always welcome new development in the PeopleSoft sphere so this gets a thumbs up.
There are some details here, including links to further info.
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.