Oracle has devoted five years and invested probably somewhere around $4 billion in developing its almost-ready Fusion applications, a project Larry Ellison has called "an enormous engineering undertaking" and a "stunningly large project."
And while Ellison was supposed to save the Fusion apps introduction for his Wednesday keynote at Oracle Open World, his excitement got the best of him Sunday night as he couldn't resist giving just a glimpse of what this megaproject has been all about.
I want to share the key points from that sneak-peek Ellison offered but also give you a much more substantial overview of what to expect from Fusion apps courtesy of a long conversation I had two months ago at Oracle headquarters with executive vice-president and head of product strategy Thomas Kurian, who described in significant detail Oracle's goals and objectives for the applications that Ellison believes will allow his company to overtake SAP as the world leader in enterprise applications.
So first here are some key points from Ellison's preview, and then much more-detailed analysis and perspective from Kurian. From Ellison:
And here are some key insights from Kurian on the strategic objectives Oracle intends that Fusion applications will fulfill. (For the full range of Kurian's comments, you can read Global CIO: Oracle Product Chief Offers Glimpse At New Fusion Apps.)
Like Ellison, Kurian stressed the BI-centric nature of Fusion Apps plus their native social networking and collaboration features, and below you'll find Kurian's analysis for Fusion Apps for CRM, Financials, and Supply Chain, as well as his explanation of how Oracle is trying a number of new approaches to give customers a variety of unintimidating approaches to try out the new applications: