Fusion Applications is a bigger change than you realize. It's a bigger change than I realized.
If I had seen this book on the shelf I would have flipped through it and dismissed it. It looks
like a lot of descriptions of acronyms made up of other acronyms -- recursive acronyms. But
I did read it, and I'm glad I did. The move to Fusion Applications requires moving to open
standards and that requires learning about all those acronyms.
I need to be prepared to support Fusion Applications. I found many resources and among
them were three books from Oracle Press. This is one of them, along with WebLogic Server
11g Administration Handbook and Oracle Fusion Middleware 11g Architecture and
Management. Since I have reviewed other Oracle Press books, they sent me copies of each
to read and review.
Reading this book really helped me understand just how big a change the move to Fusion
Apps will be. The description of the history of Oracle Applications, both those developed
by Oracle and those acquired by Oracle, is the best I've ever seen. It provides the context
I've been looking for to really understand why this change is happening and why it has to
be such a big change.
I understand that many Oracle professionals that currently support Oracle Enterprise Suite
and other products in what is now called Oracle Applications Unlimited will be looking for
resources that show them the technical details of implementing and supporting Fusion
Applications. This book will not appear to be relevant since it doesn't attempt to address
those issues. However, Fusion Applications is not just Applications Unlimited with some
new stuff bolted on the side. It is a complete overhaul and integration of all the various
applications products with some new stuff mixed in. Wrapping your head around all this
requires a high-level review and that is what this book provides.
Unlike most books I've reviewed, this one has some of the best information in the introduction.
Don't skip it. In the first few pages we find - "The structure of this book is intended to help you
first build a basic understanding of Fusion Applications..." Indeed, and you need this high-level
overview to get that basic understanding. From "A Brief History" onward, this `introduction'
helped me the most. It gave me the context I was looking for, explaining how the evolution of
applications, access and user experience all led to Fusion Applications.
Fusion Applications is a big change. This means that persons with experience in the current
Oracle applications offerings will need to embrace change. Most people will be new to Fusion
Applications so this is also a great time to get started. This book is a good way to get exposed
to just how much is new and different. You won't learn how to install Fusion Applications,
but, whether you accept it or not, you really do need to become comfortable with all the new
ideas, acronyms and processes that make up Fusion Applications. This book is a very high-level
view of what will be involved in managing Fusion Applications. I think everyone involved would
benefit from reading this book.