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Additional Capabilities of the Oracle HCM Suite

Additional unique or high value features across the Oracle Fusion HCM software suite include the following:

HCM Analytics

As is to be expected with an enterprise software vendor of this size and maturity, numerous options are available for business intelligence (BI) in the Oracle Fusion product line. As far as reports go, Oracle Fusion HCM delivers more than 300 out-of-the-box reports, and additionally ad hoc reports can be created through the Oracle BI Publisher (available at no additional licensing costs). Further, more-in-depth and predictive analytics are available with Oracle Fusion Workforce Predictions (one of the industry's most robust business intelligence offerings for HCM) as a separately licensed and priced product.

These analytics are embedded into business processes so that you can flexibly work in real-time on key dashboard-driven pages and in transactional flows throughout the Oracle Fusion HCM software suite—linking directly to transactions and other decision points. For example, each screen shows additional pieces of relevant information that users can use to make additional decisions (e.g. Voluntary Termination screen allows for sliding scale factors that tie in to compensation, performance, and productivity analyses). And further, using Oracle Data Mining, 120+ indicators can be run through advanced algorithms; benchmarking a customer's historical data against weighted factors and allowing for predictive analyses. As more transactional data is added, the algorithm self-adapts to refine those predictions. Users can then drill down into this analysis to determine which indicators have been triggered so that corrective action can be proactively taken.

Mobile Functionality

Information regarding mobile solutions for the Oracle Fusion HCM solution is spotty at best. What is known is that Oracle provides "access" through a wide range of mobile devices; including iPhone, iPad and Android. However, what is not known is whether this access is driven by a natively-built application for these specific form factors (in which case, the user experience would not suffer) or whether access is simply an outmoded, browser-driven process. It would not be surprising to see Oracle dedicate the considerable time, energy, and resources needed to develop a mobility-driven Fusion HCM application, but given the lack of information forthcoming from Oracle on this functionality, it's safe to assume that the company is following the suit of countless other HR software vendors in not grasping the strategic importance of a robust mobile solution—at least not yet.

Social Technology

Oracle's history with social technology misfires (e.g. Beehive) makes this functionality for the company particularly interesting. Of note, Oracle has two specific technologies geared towards social media and collaboration; Network at Work and Oracle Social Network (OSN)—both of which are new to the Oracle development fold. Interestingly enough, both of these solutions are available with Fusion, but Network at Work is meant to be installed behind the firewall, while OSN is largely seen as Oracle's answer to SFDC's Chatter and looks to be a part of the Oracle Public Cloud.

That aside, the Oracle Fusion HCM Network at Work software module is an incredibly useful tool for those organizations leveraging large and global workforces—providing a common place to network and share information; to find and connect with peers and experts across functions and geographies; and to visualize the work relationships among teams (as well as individual employees' capabilities and growth needs) as a manager. Further, as an employee, Network at Work allows for the creation of a personal brand and connection capabilities with other people in the extended enterprise. However, this social solution is likely overkill for what the SMB market needs in terms of social functionality. As well, with no Recruiting solution present in the Fusion HCM suite, needed functionality for social recruitment is unavailable.

International Support

Oracle Fusion HCM software offers multi-currency support as well as multi-language functionality; including the translations of: Arabic, Brazilian Portuguese, Dutch, English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Spanish, Simplified Chinese, and Traditional Chinese. Further, the first release of Oracle Fusion HCM also delivered payroll localizations for China, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom, and the United States—interesting choices given the company's relatively small showing in the greater European market (and the fact that these localizations follow the same "footprint" as the Oracle E-Business Suite). Apparently, Oracle's strategy for localizations is to target both existing markets (customers currently using PeopleSoft and Oracle E-Business Suite) and emerging countries for which Oracle doesn't currently have a solution. While Oracle representatives assert that the company has an aggressive rollout schedule for additional localizations, no other countries were disclosed.

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