Oracle E-Business Suite (EBS) is Oracle’s first suite of ERP and CRM applications, released in 2001. However, despite being over 17 years old, it is still one of the most widely used by businesses today. Although Oracle introduced a newer suite of applications by the name of Oracle Fusion in 2011, the sheer familiarity of EBS has held back many businesses from taking the plunge and adopting Fusion.
However, with EBS approaching its end of support, the migration to Fusion is now inevitable. Through this article, we hope to provide you with insights on the many benefits of Fusion, in comparison with EBS, and help you understand why the move to Fusion has a lot going for it.
Here are some of the main differences between EBS and Fusion that you should consider while making your decision to migrate from Oracle EBS to Oracle Fusion.
One of the primary highlights of Fusion is that it uses a service-oriented architecture (SOA), which takes on a newer, much smoother approach in contrast to the forms and database-centric approach of the Oracle application architecture in EBS.
Wide Range of Products & Efficient Data Model
Fusion offers a range of products acquired by the Oracle over the last decade including different enterprise solutions like JD Edwards, PeopleSoft and Siebel, in addition to the Oracle E-Business Suite (EBS). Therefore, the data model of Fusion is also a combination of Oracle EBS, Siebel and PeopleSoft and is more effective.
Smoother Workflow & Reporting
While Oracle EBS uses a PL/SQL procedural language, Fusion uses Business Process Execution Language (BPEL) which assures a smoother, more seamless workflow. Reports are also generated using PL/SQL in EBS whereas Fusion uses BI Publisher and XML formats for reporting.
Multiple Options in Financial Reporting
While Oracle EBS restricts the extent of financial reporting with Financial Statement Generator, Fusion offers a wide range of options with Hyperion Financials Reporting Studio, Oracle Transactional Business Intelligence (OTBI).
Futuristic Business Intelligence
As EBS uses Oracle Discoverer, which has now been phased out by Oracle Fusion, there will no longer be any support or compatibility with newer products including Microsoft Windows, Internet Explorer and Oracle database updates. Oracle Fusion, on the other hand, uses the newer, more advanced Oracle Business Intelligence Enterprise Edition (OBIEE).
Simplified Content Management
When EBS stores data in BLOBs, Fusion uses Oracle Universal Content Management (formerly Stellant), which has been acquired from Stellant. This offers a simplified solution to order an enterprise’s document management requirements based on hierarchical approvals.
EBS integrates with Oracle and non-oracle applications through Application Integration Architecture (AIA) while Fusion does so through AIA, BPEL and other web services.
Here are a few other key differentiators between Oracle EBS and Oracle Fusion:
Why Choose Fusion
As you can see above, Oracle Fusion comes with improved security and cloud-based access, easily navigable dashboards for efficient troubleshooting and business-friendly technologies. It also has a definite edge over EBS with its ability to create ad hoc reports for real-time data without the need to run multiple queries. Simply put, Oracle Fusion is the business suite of the future!