Friday, April 18, 2008

Oracle Siebel Applications Unlimited (FAQ:3)

1. What is Oracle Applications Unlimited?
Applications Unlimited is Oracle’s plan to continue providing ongoing enhancements to current Oracle Applications beyond the delivery of Oracle Fusion Applications. Applications Unlimited will provide customers with more visibility into our existing product roadmaps and help them derive continual success with their current applications by delivering dedicated, world-class development and support for years to come. Applications Unlimited is driven by Oracle’s commitment to protecting customer’s investments.

2. How is the Applications Unlimited strategy beneficial to Oracle customers?
Oracle is giving customers the option to choose what is best for their business. Customers can continue to derive value from their existing applications, which we plan to continuously update or they can upgrade free of charge to future technologies if there is a business case to do so. It is entirely the customer’s choice.

3. How will the Applications Unlimited announcement impact the Oracle Fusion timeline?
Applications Unlimited will not impact the scheduled 2008 delivery of Fusion Applications. In addition to providing ongoing enhancements to the current Oracle Applications, Oracle has dedicated development teams designing the first release of Oracle Fusion Applications and working through upgrade scenarios with customer advisory boards and user groups. The scale of our applications business allows us to continue investing in all existing products, which in turn allows us to address a wide range of customer requirements. Oracle Fusion Applications, which is built completely on industry standards, will simply represent another addition to the Oracle Applications family.

4. Will I have to wait for Fusion Applications to get new functionality?
Dedicated development teams will work closely with customer advisory boards and user groups to design new releases and functional enhancements to current Oracle Applications product families. As part of these enhancements, Oracle plans to deliver next-generation application capabilities, such as XML reporting, data hubs, Business Process Execution Language (BPEL), business activity monitoring (BAM), and industry-specific analytics to the current Oracle Applications. These next-generation enhancements will leverage the same industry standards and technologies that we plan to use in Oracle Fusion Applications, preserving your investments.

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