But Mark Clark, senior partner with Oracle partner O2Works and president of the Oracle Application User Group (OAUG), said that customer response to Fusion could be somewhat muted initially.
"I'm impressed with the way Oracle is taking very cautious steps in rolling out [Fusion Apps]," Clark said. "They are taking very small, very controlled steps," to ensure that consumers are not spooked by the new technology, he said.
"This is a major change that is taking place," Clark said. "Oracle has technology it has acquired over the years, and now they are supposedly taking the best of that technology and bringing it to a common data model."
Clark said that nobody he has spoken with has any immediate plans to deploy Fusion. "They are looking at the first, early adopters. They want to see some successes," before they are willing to risk moving to the new technology, he said. "I think people know that it takes a few releases before something becomes stable."
Andy Flower, managing director of Right Triangle Consulting and president of the Independent Oracle User Group (IOUG), said that Oracle appears to be giving customers a couple of options for deploying Fusion Applications.
"The premise is you can take modules and components and integrate them into what you have, when you need it," Flower said.
Customers have the choice of installing the software on premise, or signing up for it under a cloud service or SaaS model, he said.
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