No rush to Fusion
Hughes said that Oracle's recommend approach for existing customers looking to avoid big IT overhauls was to take adding on new IT capabilities -- and moving to the vendor's new Fusion apps -- in three steps: upgrade, optimise, and extend.
"We are saying that there is no need to rush to Fusion," he said. "We say to customers that first, upgrade to the latest version of the stack that you are on... that is your bounce point to go to Fusion.
"Optimise: Start to look at middleware as it is fundamental to deploying your applications in the future. Anyone not on middleware as their basepoint is missing the boat, because to do next generation applications you need to have things set up, such as identity management for roles-based operations, content management for enterprise sharing... and business intelligence which in next generation apps is ubiquitous and is on every screen for decision making.
"Extend: Since 2007 all of our acquisitions have been designed to co-exist... they have all been designed to add on functionality."
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