Over the past few months, I’ve travelled across the globe – from Malaysia, Singapore and Hong Kong, to Israel, Belgium and Las Vegas – to participate and present at various Oracle EBS user group events. I had the opportunity to hear decision-makers from Oracle, including Cliff Godwin (Senior Vice President, Applications Development) and Nadia Bendjedou (Senior Director, Product Strategy) talking about Oracle’s strategy and roadmap for the years ahead.
It was encouraging to see how deeply Oracle is connected to the EBS user community. Throughout the conferences, Oracle management paid close attention to your pains and requests, and communicated a long-term commitment to delivering innovative solutions for the EBS ecosystem.
Here are some key takeaways from Oracle’s roadmap presentations:
- Oracle is still very committed to E-Business Suite: Despite the fact that Oracle offers additional ERP and CRM products (e.g. JD Edwards, Fusion Applications, PeopleSoft), the company is still very much committed to enhancing and expanding EBS.
- No R13 (or R12.3) planned: EBS R12.2 was officially announced in Sept. 2013, and Oracle is planning to release incremental enhancements to this robust version, as detailed below:
- R12.2 is gaining traction: According to Oracle representatives, R12.2 is already running in production at several sites around the world and many customers are in the process of upgrading. There are a lot of advantages to this long-awaited release, but the one getting the most attention is online patching, which reduces downtime and lowers cost of ownership (which is further enhanced by Panaya’s Patch Automation solution).
R12.1.3 won’t be left behind: Though R12.2 is the latest and greatest version of EBS, Oracle will continue to support and enhance R12.1.3 through 2019, as shown here:
- Cloud adoption strategies: Oracle is enabling EBS customers to gradually migrate to cloud applications by leveraging modular enterprise applications (including Oracle HCM cloud, Oracle Sales Cloud, Fusion Product Hub), engineered to coexist in hybrid environments.
Innovation from Oracle R&D: Expect Oracle’s R&D to deliver advancements in user experience (UX), enhanced mobile support and newer functional improvements across modules.
Oracle’s Cliff Godwin, Senior Vice President, Applications Development, presenting at OBUG (May 2014)
Panaya’s Amir Farhi, presenting at OBUG (May 2014)
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