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Collaborate 13 Oracle Fusion HCM Sneak Preview

Collaborate 13 Oracle Fusion HCM Sneak Preview
Questions for Gustavo GonzalezCollaborate 13 is right around the corner, and as usual IT Convergence will be there in force. In anticipation of the event, we sat down with Gustavo Gonzalez, Chief Technology Officer at IT Convergence, to discuss his session on Oracle Fusion Applications HCM.

Q: You’ve titled your Collaborate 13 presentation on Oracle Fusion HCM “Reality vs. Myth:  Co-Existence of Oracle Fusion Applications HCM with Oracle E-Business Suite HRMS.” Going directly on what you’ve titled the presentation, what are some of the myths that surround Fusion HCM and EBS HRMS CoExistence?

A: Since Fusion Applications became available, Human Capital Management has probably been the most adopted family since it is a perfect solution in that it easily be extended to any ERP solution. There are multiple approaches to running Oracle Fusion HCM in your organization but the most two commons are: SaaS and On-premise.

Now, since the first time that “Fusion Apps” introduced, “integration” was also a key word that interested and worried every CIO and IT Decision maker. When Oracle presented Fusion Apps and explained its out-of-the-box integration with Applications Unlimited (E-Business Suite, PeopleSoft, JDEdwards, Siebel) a lot experienced industry pros were skeptical and wondered if this easy integration was just a wish or was a reality.

At IT Convergence we decided to find out for ourselves by joining the early adopters program, opting to perform a co-existence implementation alongside our with E-Business Suite on our on-premise HRMS installation. In order to accomplish that, we made a lot of significant research and our technical and functional teams worked hand-in-hand in order to evaluate which of the different options was the most suitable for our co-existence. So one of the myths that we’re looking to bust is the common belief that Fusion Applications HCM integration has to be prohibitively complicated. It is not and we’ve proven that

Another myth we’ll discount relates to release levels. We’re on Release 12, but a lot of users think that Oracle Fusion Applications  does not integrate with 11i, which is wrong, and I’m going to share this and other valuable information at my session.

Q: Last year you gave presentations at Collaborate 12 and Oracle OpenWorld 2012 on Oracle Fusion Applications. Now that you’ve had another year to “get your hands dirty” with Fusion Applications what about Fusion stands out now that wasn’t so obvious a year ago?

A: In my opinion what stands out is the continuous cycle of improvements that go on-line thanks to the new releases that Fusion Apps that become available every 6 months. These releases includes many new features and enhancements that early adopters (just like us) are requesting as they move forward with their implementations. While this is certainly a positive, if I am forced to admit it, it is sometimes a challenge for us to keep up with Oracle.

I’d also have to comment and how remarkable the user experience of Fusion Applications is, and this makes it incredibly easy to train users, which in turn fosters adoption in each product family. The combination of business intelligence and a direct access to the transactions makes it extremely convenient for the users.

Q: Oracle Corporation is presenting Fusion Applications as an ERP paradigm shifting solution. And when you look at the various Cloud vs. on premise and hybrid-Coexistence options there’s no denying that’s the case. One would figure that calibrating the Cloud vs. on premise and hybrid-Coexistence mix in a way that is just right for a particular company would be very complicated. How deeply are you going to be able to address that question during your presentation?

A: It is a one-hour session so I’ll be doing my best to introduce Fusion Applications very quickly and then I’ll jump into the different options for co-existence. Also within each option I’ll provide some examples of how the co-existence will work in a SaaS or On-premise and in particular for those who want to co-exist with Fusion HCM as SaaS with an Applications Unlimited solution on-premise. So this will be an overview, not a deep dive, but it will give everyone a great opportunity to get into these topics which are now on the top priorities of every organization.

Q: During Collaborate 13 the OAUG alone has 21 sessions per time slot with another 44 being scheduled by the IOUG and Quest. That means your Fusion HCM session is competing for airtime against 65 other presentations. What kind of sneak preview can you offer attendees to entice them to make a point of attending “Reality vs. Myth:  Co-Existence of Oracle Fusion Applications HCM with Oracle E-Business Suite HRMS” while at Collaborate 13 in Denver.

A:  Fusion Applications needs to be on the table for every IT Department and it does not necessarily have to replace your Oracle investment in every case. For those who want to know from a real experience customer on how you can have your Fusion HCM co-existence, then you cannot miss this session.

Take Full Advantage of Collaborate 13 Education Opportunities
Gustavo Gonzalez’s session, “Reality vs. Myth:  Co-Existence of Oracle Fusion Applications HCM with Oracle E-Business Suite HRMS” will be held on Tuesday April 9th at 2:00 in room 610 of the Colorado Convention Center.

If you’re planning on traveling to Denver for Collaborate 13, plan to attend and/or plan to stop by booth #1423 to meet Gustavo in person.

IT Convergence is doing all it call to connect those unable to make it to Collaborate 13 to the conference. First you can down load our presentation materials at our Collaborate 2013 resources  page and you can follow the action on the Collaborate 13 thread on the IT Convergence blog .