Oracle is embedding business intelligence tools in its new Fusion enterprise resource planning (ERP) system.
When Fusion launches in 2008, business intelligence tools will be included in the core transactional processes. Oracle’s E-Business Suite system, which will be replaced by Fusion, only has business intelligence capabilities as added extras.
“In the next generation of applications, corporate performance management and business intelligence reporting tools will not be an afterthought,” Oracle’s senior director of product strategy for business intelligence applications Jag Vasudevan said.
Business intelligence tools tell users what has happened and what is happening in their ERP systems. Corporate performance management tools tell managers why things have happened in their ERP systems.
Oracle acquired the technology to integrate business intelligence with transactional processes when it bought Siebel at the beginning of this year.
Business intelligence tools have limited effectiveness when they are not integrated with users’ ERP systems. Oracle wants the new tools to provide some business intelligence capabilities to each individual user of its systems.
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