… strangely enough, every single timeframe slide that the Oracle team put up that night, still has 2008 as the delivery date. Iâ€™m guessing they are still working out the kinks in Fusionâ€™s calendaring application.
The article is lengthy yet definitely worth a read. From a technical perspective, this article has articulated very well the challenges faced by the ambitious goal and what makes it highly improbable. Oracle’s push on discouraging customizations is a major area that is sadly misguided:
John Wookey: â€œWe recommend you retire customizations.â€
This is sort of like saying â€œWe recommend you get rid of all fonts, bullet points, and coloring in every Word, Excel and PPT document you own. Just use our standard templates for everythingâ€. I could expand on this topic for a long time but the net-net is that this is an unrealistic strategy. There is a reason why customers customize â€“ itâ€™s because everyoneâ€™s business is a little bit different. Oracle, itâ€™s the whole reason they bought your software in the first place. Unless everyone gets together and agrees on how to run their businesses similarly, this will never, ever happen.