If you are an organization that runs any type of ERP solution for your backend systems you have probably heard of Oracle Fusion.  Hearing about fusion is the easy part, but gaining an understanding of the technology and setting the direction for you own organization is the tricky part.  The choices your organization faces can sometimes seem daunting, complex, and full of contradictions.

Should you upgrade from your current Oracle application, or go Fusion?  Should you drop your old, and in some cases dying, ERP vendor and move on to a full suite state-of-the-art application?  Should you evaluate some of the new and untested cloud-only solutions?  Or should you wait and see what everyone else does?

Clearly in IT there is no easy answer.  If you wanted easy you would have stretched out your college career to last 10 years, then moved back with Mom and Dad to fine tune your music career. And no offense to musicians, who make up 23.5% of BTRG’s population and 100% of my management.  I LOVE MUSICIANS.

So back to Fusion.  If you own PeopleSoft, eBusiness, JD Edwards or one of the 253 other companies Oracle acquired in the past few years you have a lot of choices.  And the good thing is that Oracle is leaving you with those choices.  You can stay on PeopleSoft or other systems with unlimited support and continue your upgrade path. You can continue your model of on-premise or outsourced systems, or unlike any other vendor in the ERP market, you can choose exactly what combination you want.

Next time you are talking to a non-Oracle vendor, tell them you want to keep your Projects and Procure-to-Pay system in-house, but have full integration with an outsourced cloud Talent Management System from a different ERP package, and also setup an in-house cloud for all your other ERP applications.  Then wait for the loud discordant music to start clashing and trying to deaden your sensitivities to choices and harmony.

My advice for harmony is to not panic, but get ready to position your organization for a future move to Oracle Fusion Applications.  The choices you make will depend on the situation you are in, but your thinking has to be long term and not technology-of-the-moment, or status quo.  So ignore the hype, put on some meditative music (I like Black Flag), and think long term.

Join me in my next article on some of the steps you can do to prepare for Oracle Fusion Applications, some of the options you have to survive the next few years, and why musicians are really good people.

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