Rolling out updates for existing software isn’t a new thing. Irrespective of whether you are using a simple application such as Microsoft word or one as complicated as a CRM tool, updates are everywhere. Most of the time, companies simply offer an option to upgrade the existing software by clicking on the update now button. This is not only easy but also faster.
Recently, Oracle also rolled out a new version of its Oracle Apps software. Unlike others, there’s no update option. Meaning that to attune your system with the current version, you must lift and shift all of the data from Oracle Apps to Oracle Fusion. However, the process won’t be troublesome for you, and had multiple benefits.
In case you aren’t sure how to proceed with the migration process, this article would be of help.
What is Oracle EBS?
Released in 1987, Oracle EBS (E-business Suite) is a family of CRM and ERP solutions designed specifically for businesses that deal largely with data. The newer version namely, Oracle Fusion was released in September 2010. It wouldn’t be wrong to say that Fusion is the better version of Oracle EBS.
However, due to the fact that organizations have been using EBS for more than two decades, they are more familiar with the infrastructure and find it best to stick to the same. In fact, this is one of the reasons why they have been holding back from migrating their EBS to Fusion. But as we say, everything has an end, the Oracle EBS will no longer receive support from the company and there’s nothing that an organization can do but migrate.
Why Should You Migrate to Oracle Fusion?
True that one of the strongest reasons for the migration of the Oracle apps to the fusion platform is Oracle rescinding support from the same. Yet that’s not it. There are many more reasons that opine the need for migration.
A few of the prominent ones include:
- Service-Oriented Architecture
One of the major changes that Oracle has made in the Fusion platform is its service-oriented architecture (SOA). This accounts for a simpler, newer, and smoother approach. Oracle EBS, on the other hand, adopts a database-centric Oracle application architecture approach which makes it complicated when you need to share or transfer data.
- An array of Products & Efficient Data Model
Oracle has acquired a series of products in the last few years. And so the all-new Oracle Fusion platform has and offers all of these products enhancing the end to end offering of the platform. The products include JD Edwards, Siebel, PeopleSoft in addition to the Oracle E-Business Suite (EBS). That is to say, the data model offered by Oracle Fusion is the holistic combination of Oracle EBS, PeopleSoft, Siebel, and hence the name Fusion. Needless to mention that this combination is far more effective and performance-driven as compared to Oracle Apps.
- Smoother Workflow & Reporting
As known, the Oracle EBS platform makes use of the PL/SQL procedural language. However, the updated version: Fusion utilizes the Business Process Execution Language. The difference here lies in the fact that the latter renders a swifter and effective workflow. One thing to note is that both the languages support reporting but the ones offered by BEPL are driven by Business intelligence, which further enhances the level of reporting.
- Tons of Options in Financial Reporting
It is seen that Oracle EBS limits the extent of reporting using the Financial Statement Generator. Fusion, on the other hand, renders a vast scale of Oracle Transactional Business Intelligence and Hyperion Financials Reporting Studio. Each of these levels up the efficiency and productivity of the solution.
- Futuristic Business Intelligence
As mentioned above, the Oracle fusion platform supports Business Intelligence analytics and reporting. The ones using the Oracle EBS Solution may not be aware but the Oracle Discoverer will no longer receive support or be compatible with other solutions.
Migration from Oracle Apps to Oracle Fusion
Having said the above, it is pretty much clear that Fusion is the better alternative. When it comes to migration, fusion provides seamless options, all of which are flexible, and properly defined. It offers tons of migration tools which further simplifies the migration process. Needless to mention that they also provide technical and functionality and migration approaches.
To begin with, every migration follows a set of 3 stages.
One thing to note here is that not all can be migrated to the Oracle Fusion platform. There are a few things that fail to be moved to the fusion platform. These include:
What can be migrated?
- Set-up data can be mapped or migrated
- All of the transactional data can be migrated
- The controlled schema customizations can migrate- For instance, the Descriptive Flex Fields
Even though it might seem pretty simple, in reality, the case is different. It is important that everything is done with sheer dedication and precision. It is best to seek help from someone experienced in doing the same.
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