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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?

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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.