I’m quite entertained that Oracle President Charles Phillips thinks “Oracle is already halfway to achieving its Fusion promise … and the company’s developers have defined necessary software functions for the suite.”
- First thing is to decide what you want in scope. If we are thinking HR, then:
- do we want compensation and how much of it?
- What specific functions do we want to program, and what do we leave out?
- What is the cost of each additional compensation feature?
- What is the time needed to program these features, and are resources available?
This is the business documentation of functionality. Basically can we do it and how?
- After the business justification is written for each function (in a good HRMS, there will be hundreds – for a good ERP 1000’s) then the technical specifications need to get written. This is stuff like:
- What tables do we need?
- what’s the field name?
- what are the key fields?
- how do table relate to each other?
- what will the on-screen presentation look like?
This is the type of stuff that goes in the technical specification. Every table, field, screen, everything needs to be fully detailed.
- After that, the hoards of programmers get to work coding. FUN FUN FUN!!!
- Interspersed with coding is all the testing that goes on. Oracle could be testing a single line of code, a screen, or a whole module. In my opinion, Oracle is not halfway through until they are mostly done with coding and beginning to enter testing hell.
- After the last testing phase, Oracle is going to test more. And then some more.
- If Oracle is lucky, they will go into beta testing with a few partner clients willing to be guinea pigs.
- Beta testing will most likely reveal a few holes and bugs not discovered in prior testing rounds. These need to get fixed.
That’s just my opinion of what needs to happen at a high level. Oracle has been at this for a year. They have 2 years to go. In my opinion, they are still in step 2. I had been assuming for a few months that they were coding already. Therefore, I’m going to say they are nowhere near halfway through the Fusion project and they might even be behind.
I’ve been saying for a while that my personal belief is Fusion is never going to go into general release. As time moves on, I doubt my position. However, I definitely think Oracle President Charles Phillips is being much too optimistic.