Oracle Fusion Technology Review
Oracle’s Fusion payroll is part of a modular suite of HR applications which together are intended to offer a seamlessly-functioning, end-to-end HCM solution, built on a solid middleware foundation utilizing the usual standards – Java, SQL, XML, Web Services, SOA, and browser support for IE, Firefox, and Safari – it leverages a common data model.
Oracle Fusion System Integration Capabilities
As you would expect from a system designed to bring together Oracle-owned systems, the Fusion suite offers pre-built integrations to PeopleSoft, E-Business Suite, and JD Edwards systems; however, this is not the only integration route:
- A selection of built-in data exchange tools, pre-built integrations, and web service APIs offer broader (and more flexible) system integration options.
- Further integration features allow the extension and embedding of both custom HTML and content external to the system.
- Workflow functionality enables automated actions that involve integration and exchange of data between applications to ensure the synchronous updating of payroll and HR data.
- For system administrators, XML/SOAP APIs via the IBM WebSphere, Microsoft .NET, or BEA WebLogic enable the retrieval, modification, creation, deletion, and/or synchronization of information.
For groupware functioning, the Oracle WebCenter Collaboration integrates with end groupware servers (Microsoft Exchange 2000 SP3 and above; Microsoft Exchange 2003; and Lotus Domino 5.0.11 are all supported) allowing users to create ‘cross-system’ appointments and meeting requests via a “My Calendar” portlet and synchronize email with Outlook and Lotus Notes. However, these groupware connections must first be set up and configured by Oracle WebCenter Collaboration system administrators – no configuration, no available functionality.
Oracle Fusion Software Customization Capabilities
Beyond ‘simple’ configuration options, the Fusion modules – using Oracle tools or certain third party tools – carry a high capacity for customization at the presentation, application and data layers.
- Presentation layer – using drag-and-drop functionality, the user can tailor the user interface (UI) to deliver information according to personal needs and/or preference, allowing personalization of themes, skins, screens, forms, and dynamic layouts.
- Application layer – here the primary customization tools are field management, workflow, and, if required, scripting; all such modifications and extensions are done within the application (therefore not requiring changes to the source code) thereby avoiding potential negative impacts from future upgrades.
- Data layer – by supporting field, object, and data relationship creation/modification Fusion also caters for customization at the data layer.
Ease-of-use is at the heart of Oracle’s design for these customization tools and options. By making them straightforward enough to utilize, Oracle have kept HR and business analysts in mind and avoided the need for users to have programming skills or experience, particularly when it comes to workflow creation and modification. The Oracle BPEL (Business Process Execution Language) Process Manager is a tool for the design and running of business processes. This comprehensive, standards-based – XML, WSDL, XSLT, XPATH, JMS, and JCA – permits the creation, deployment and management of cross-application business processes incorporating both automated and human workflow steps. With its graphical and user-friendly interface, the Process Designer offers task assignment and rule-based routing, multiple workflow patterns, and a unified design environment for modeling complete integrated business processes, providing non-programmers with simple access to:
- drag-and-drop process modeling
- integrated adapter and human workflow wizards
- built-in integration with email and JMS message services
- JCA 1.5 connectivity
- adapters for packaged applications and legacy systems
- database adapter; XSLT transformation services
- human workflow services
- Java embedding.
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