"Our strategy is to help customers make the right choices for their business whether it has to do with their existing investments in Oracle or moving to the cloud," said Steve Miranda, Oracle executive vice president of application development, in an emailed statement.
Oracle hasn't figured out how to avoid every strategic roadblock in front of Fusion, however.
It still has a massive installed base of customers running its other business application suites, such as JD Edwards and PeopleSoft, on-premises, and it will likely remain that way for quite some time.
A high-level roadmap session for Fusion Applications held during OpenWorld drew a nearly full house of attendees, suggesting there's ample interest in Fusion if not an overwhelming number of customers ready to pull the trigger.
Leone, who led the roadmap session, had to promote the value of Fusion while also taking pains to stress Oracle's commitment to its Applications Unlimited strategy, which promises customers that its older product lines won't go away anytime soon.
"We will continue to invest and bring all of our applications forward," Leone said. "We've had no less than two major releases of every application since 2006, 2007." A healthy majority of Oracle applications customers are also keeping pace with the latest releases, he added.
Some observers have suggested that Applications Unlimited is holding back customers from adopting Fusion.
Indeed, Oracle released version 12.2 of its E-Business Suite product earlier this month, an update that provides long-desired features such as online patching.
"Oracle has built a very good product with EBS 12," Wang said.
Chris Kanaracus covers enterprise software and general technology breaking news for The IDG News Service. Chris' email address is Chris_Kanaracus@idg.com