Oracle has begun fleshing out its roadmap for Fusion, its strategy and architecture for integrating its enterprise software and database portfolio.
Speaking at the UK Oracle User Group Conference, Oracle UK managing director Ian Smith presented the company's Fusion strategy and reassured attendees that it was evolutionary.
"Fusion will not mean a complete change for you," he said. "We have to focus on evolving our products and services to help our customers succeed."
Eric Austvold, an analyst at AMR Research, said he expected Oracle, PeopleSoft, JD Edwards and Retek users to buy into the Fusion strategy but estimated that it could take some users up to 15 years before they were running a unified Oracle system.
Smith outlined a range of new products that will appear in 2006. He said Oracle would deliver version 12 of its E-Business Suite, which will focus on the high-tech and healthcare sectors.
There will also be new versions of JD Edwards and PeopleSoft enterprise applications and Oracle will be making its XML Publish tool available to JD Edwards and PeopleSoft users.
Oracle has taken the first step to deliver on the Fusion strategy with a product that integrates its Retek retail product (Oracle Retail Merchandising System) with the Oracle Financials component of its E-Business Suite.
Based on Fusion, the product uses Oracle BPel Process Manager to integrate the retail and financial applications. By linking the Oracle Retail Merchandising System with Oracle Financials, the company said users would be able to match purchase orders, invoices and receipts, and reconcile discrepancies.