Customers set to see early Fusion benefits

Oracle customers will start to see the benefits of Project Fusion long before the first products are actually launched, according to senior executives at the company. While Project Fusion is not due to be completed until 2008, forthcoming Oracle product releases will feature innovations driven by work on it.

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By  Peter Branton Published  May 29, 2005

Oracle customers will start to see the benefits of Project Fusion long before the first products are actually launched, according to senior executives at the company. While Project Fusion is not due to be completed until 2008, forthcoming Oracle product releases will feature innovations driven by work on it, Charles Phillips, Oracle’s president, said at an event in London this month. “We don’t have ten guys in a lab who go away for five years and then come back and say ‘here it is’: you’ll see the functionality in coming product releases,” Phillips told an audience of Oracle customers, including former PeopleSoft and JD Edwards customers the company took on following its US$10 billion acquisition of PeopleSoft last year. Project Fusion has been designed to allow Oracle to take the best of the technology it has acquired from the different product lines, Phillips told the audience. Having kept over 95% of PeopleSoft’s software development teams, Oracle was in a position to benefit from their expertise, he claimed. The scheduled upgrades to the PeopleSoft and JD Edwards products would feature enhancements based on collaboration between engineering teams. “When we got to meet up with these guys, it turned out we’re not that different, the management may have had a few issues, but underneath it we’re all much the same,” he said. “When you have [different] minds working on a project, you see the benefits.” Speaking to reporters afterwards, Phillips dismissed claims that Oracle would struggle to support so many product lines. “They [main rival SAP] have got three product lines to support, they’ve got the same issues there,” he said.

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