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Fusion Applications @ IT Convergence – Collaborate 12 Special

Fusion Applications @ IT Convergence – Collaborate 12 Special
Lots of updates from our last Fusion update. As many of you know,Collaborate 12 was held during the last week of April. This is one of the biggest Oracle conferences sponsored by the Oracle Applications Users Group (OAUG), the International Oracle Users Group (IOUG) and Quest International Users Group (PeopleSoft, JD Edwards).

IT Convergence had a huge success at this conference with 8 official sessions, a booth and different customer events.

The sessions were presented by ITC employees: Barry Markovic, Hernan Hamburg, Parimal Pardikar, Cecilia Aceti and me. Click here for more details.

We had renewed our booth introducing the new names for our lines of business:

  • Development & Testing
  • Enterprise Cloud and Managed Services
  • Education & Training Services
  • Consulting Services

We also presented a big differentiator among our competitors with Release 12.2 Beta Program and Fusion Applications Early Adoption.

In general, the Collaborate 12 sessions were still around the upgrade to Release 12.1.3 and the companies were still trying to minimize the complexity of the upgrade. As part the continued effort from Oracle to reduce the complexity, they have released two important notes:

1. E-Business Suite File Comparison Report MOS Note 1446430.1 – 04/30/12

2. E-Business Suite Pre-Install Patches Report Note 1448102.1 – 04/30/12

The hottest topic was Fusion Applications and, besides presenting, I attended most of these sessions where the different companies presented multiple views of Fusion Applications.

Some important facts provided by Oracle are that there are more than 150 licenses sold since October 2011 (just think of a brand new product), of which 65% are in the cloud. The product is gaining momentum very quickly and it is expected to increase dramatically in 2012.

The Fusion presentations by IT Convergence were packed and got great feedback and lots of leads from multiple companies asking for more information and help from our experience. Many of the questions were tracked on our blog here and here.

The concept of implementing modules and leveraging the new Fusion Middleware architecture is one of the main drivers of Fusion Applications. Cloud computing and having an ERP not-on-premise is still being a debate and not many organizations are ready for that change and that’s why IT Convergence will offer a mix of flavors.

Fusion Applications is already a topic that every organization should be talking about and we encourage you -whether you’re a sales person or at the recruiting department- to bring that subject to your clients to see how they can work on the strategy towards Fusion Apps or building a professional career around this new software that will change the way we know business applications.

Stay tuned for more information on the progress of the Oracle Fusion Applications implementation. Thanks for your support!

– Gustavo Gonzalez