Oracle goes after Workday, SuccessFactors with Fusion HCM

In a webcast, executives hint at a big SaaS focus for Fusion Applications

By , IDG News Service |  Software

But some already are. Wednesday's webcast featured an appearance from Brian Ness CIO of corporate services at the Principal Financial Group, a financial services company that has gone live on Fusion HCM's Workforce Compensation module as part of Oracle's early-adopter program.

While any implementation "is going to have some bumps," and the company did, an overwhelming majority of Principal Financial Group's users have expressed positive feedback about the software, according to Ness. It plans to add more Fusion HCM modules over this year and next.

What wasn't clear from the webcast is when Fusion HCM or other Fusion applications will be generally available to customers outside the early-adopter program.

During September's OpenWorld conference, Oracle CEO Larry Ellison told an audience that general availability for Fusion Applications would be in the first quarter of 2011.

Under one interpretation of Ellison's statement, Oracle has missed that deadline. But Ellison may have been referring to the first quarter of Oracle's fiscal year, which begins in June.

Oracle executives did not take questions during the conference, and the company did not respond to a request for further comment Wednesday.

Chris Kanaracus covers enterprise software and general technology breaking news for The IDG News Service. Chris's e-mail address is Chris_Kanaracus@idg.com

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