Oracle Legacy Apps Holding Fusion Back, Says Forrester
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3/6/2013 | 8:15:01 AM
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2/13/2013 | 3:21:44 PM
re: Oracle Legacy Apps Holding Fusion Back, Says Forrester
Or, by stopping support at some point, Oracle could move some savings to dev, as Doug sggests, and use some to lower costs so that its new suites can compete with SaaS offerings. It does not seem sustainable to support everything forever. IT will get over it with Win XP, they'll get over it with Oracle. Lorna Garey, IW Reports
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2/12/2013 | 7:52:25 PM
re: Oracle Legacy Apps Holding Fusion Back, Says Forrester
I can't agree that it's the right move to promise unending support for apps developed as long ago at 1977 (JD Edwards), 1987 (PeopleSoft), or even 1993 (Siebel). Supporting and upgrading applications costs a lot of money, and each dollar spent on new development could go toward new cloud apps that could carry Oracle past 2020. The Apps Unlimited Promise should have been "Apps Until 2015." Maybe SAP will discover the downside of the "Business Suite 7 until 2020" strategy. But then, SAP has only one suite to keep up to date.
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2/12/2013 | 6:00:54 PM
re: Oracle Legacy Apps Holding Fusion Back, Says Forrester
It feels like Oracle is between a rock and a hard place here, but it also seems like they've done everything they can, supporting legacy apps, offering new apps, allowing application delivery in every possible form. In short, they've made all the right moves. That's all assuming that Fusion applications are worth the price of admission. If so, Oracle will see success eventually, I believe. But at the same time, there's tremendous risk: Customers who may consider change will also consider alternatives, and that could mean success for players like Workday and Salesforce, as well as SAP. It's all there on the line for Oracle to win or lose.

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