Sunday, 23 September 2012

A Learning Experience

Last week, I gave two presentations on Fusion HCM.  One at the UKOUG Public Sector HCM Customer Forum - the subject was Fusion HCM - Preparing for the Future, the other at the Criminal Justice Forum in London where the subject matter was 'Cloud computing for Shared Services - a new way of thinking'.  Here's a brief synopsis of the talks:

We've been involved with Fusion HCM on a daily basis now for the last 8 months, mainly doing training and teaching people about Functional Setup Manager, Fusion HCM Implementation, Fusion Compensation Management and Fusion Talent Management.  We've also been showcasing the application to potential customers and proposing Fusion based solutions to them.

What's become apparent is that Fusion Applications provides a learning experience for us all.  By that I include customers, implementation consultants and Oracle themselves.  This is a new product, it's not the next version of EBS or PeopleSoft, incidentally a fact that a lot of people are only just waking up to.

The real challenge is to have a new mindset  when approaching Fusion Applications.  Most customers will probably opt for a SaaS model (see previous posts) and this will mean thinking more about the service your SaaS provider offers rather than 'can I customise the application?'.

Fusion HCM has some fantastic functionality.  Don't be blinkered and just think it is a shiny new version of EBS.  Be prepared to explore it and find out what the product can do.  You may be very surprised!

Ove the next few weeks, I will post some articles based on what I learn from the Oracle OpenWorld 2012 conference.  Keep watching...

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