You have a decision to make: extended support for Oracle E-Business Suite (EBS) 11i is going to end soon – should you opt for EBS R12 or Fusion Applications?
It’s easier for SAP users, who have one single core ERP product to choose from. But Oracle offers two viable options: upgrade to the latest Oracle EBS R12 (either 12.1.3 or 12.2) or switch to Fusion Applications.
This presents a real dilemma to quite a few organizations, as is also reflected in various online debates.
BrightStar’s Oracle experts have been called for consultation on this dilemma many times, so here’s our take:
Oracle customers have a number of options to consider as they plan their move to Oracle Fusion Applications. Depending on their implementation and solution requirements, they may choose to:
* Upgrade to new leading-edge applications
* Replace their existing legacy systems with Oracle Fusion Applications
* Phase in Oracle Fusion Applications while retaining functionality with their current solutions
Many customers have custom interfaces and extensions, commonly known as CEMLI (configurations, extensions, modifications, localization, and integration) built on their existing Oracle solutions. The number of CEMLIs and their complexity can affect the approach to Oracle Fusion Applications adoption. A heavily customized environment might be best served by using phased approach-replacing some existing systems with Oracle Fusion Applications while keeping others. Oracle Applications customers using the latest releases, such as Oracle eBusiness Suite 12.1.x solutions, may not be ready to completely replace their solutions with Oracle Fusion Applications; however, an environment where Oracle Applications and Oracle Fusion Applications co-exit could be beneficial.
Why Oracle Fusion Applications?
The Benefits of Making the Leap to Fusion
It’s certainly tempting to move to Fusion. Here are some reasons why:
Designed from the ground up using the latest technology advances and incorporating the best practices gathered from Oracle’s thousands of customers, Oracle Fusion Applications are 100 percent open-standard-based business applications that set a new standard for the way we innovate, work, and adopt technology. Built on a set of unique design principles, only Oracle Fusion Applications set a new standard for business.
Oracle Fusion Applications are a complete, standard-based platform. They can help you:
** Reduce staffing overhead and training budgets
** Enable IT consolidation and reduce management costs
** Accelerate the pace of change and time-to-market for new initiatives
** Create unique processes and differentiation
** It’s positioned as the next-generation Business Applications solution by Oracle
** It offers the best-of-breed from enterprise solutions acquired by Oracle
** It’s built on a service-oriented architecture and SaaS model.
Oracle Fusion Applications also provide a flexible approach to adoption and deployment.
** A complete yet modular approach enables the uptake of Oracle Fusion Applications at your pace and on your timeline
** New and value-added applications work with and add significant business value to other Oracle Applications
** Flexible deployment options include on-premise, public clouds, private clouds, and software as a service (SaaS)
All in all, it certainly isn’t a bad choice.
Now Why You Might Want to Consider EBS R12.x
Fusion is great but, if you’re using EBS 11i now, upgrading to R12 might be better as an initial step. Here’s why:
** R12 offers significant improvements and advances over 11i
** It’s a direct upgrade – so making the shift is significantly easier
**You don’t have to switch to an entirely new system–like you would for Fusion Applications
** For most organizations, leaping from 11i directly to Fusion is too much to bite off in one go
And…One More Thing to Consider
R12 runs on Fusion Middleware – just like the Fusion Applications do. This means that you can upgrade to R12 and immediately enjoy some of the most advanced ERP functionality available, while also gaining a platform that is very similar at its foundation to Fusion. Your upgrade will be relatively painless compared to bringing in an entirely new ERP (especially if you use an Upgrade Automation solution), and you can then start bringing in aspects of Fusion Applications at a measured pace (such as Fusion HCM), getting just the parts of it you most want at first, and then eventually building toward a system that is completely Fusion.
Fusion may be the future of Oracle’s ERP offerings. It’s a future that many Oracle EBS “shops” should consider embracing in the foreseeable future, but you don’t necessarily have to make the leap immediately. R12 gives you so much, not the least of which is a convenient entry point to Fusion Applications in an easy and controlled manner.