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Oracle Fusion HCM Technology Review

Built on a standards-based middleware foundation (i.e. Java, SQL, XML, Web Services, SOA, and ubiquitous browser support for IE, Firefox, and Safari), and leveraging a common data model, Oracle Fusion HCM software is a modular suite of applications designed to work as a complete HCM solution or as modular extensions to a pre-existing Oracle HCM applications portfolio.

Oracle Fusion System Integration Capabilities

Oracle Fusion HCM software provides pre-built integrations to PeopleSoft, E-Business Suite, and JD Edwards systems; however, software integration can also be delivered through built-in data exchange tools, prebuilt integrations, and web service APIs. Further, integration features allow the extension and embedding of both custom HTML and content external to the system; and additionally, integrations that happen in concert with workflows support automated actions that happen between applications when changes are made to HR system data. Administrators also have the ability to leverage XML/SOAP APIs through IBM WebSphere, Microsoft .NET, or BEA WebLogic for retrieval, modification, creation, deletion, and/or synchronization of information.

Regarding groupware integration, Oracle WebCenter Collaboration allows for integration with back-end groupware servers (Microsoft Exchange 2000 SP3 and above; Microsoft Exchange 2003; and Lotus Domino 5.0.11 are supported). This feature permits users to access items on a groupware calendar using the "My Calendar" portlet; create appointments and meeting requests; and synchronize an Oracle WebCenter Collaboration calendar with a groupware calendar. Back-end groupware connections are configured by Oracle WebCenter Collaboration administrators; however, it should be noted that if no groupware server is configured, no Groupware Integration functionality will be available to end-users. The system also provides synchronization for email with Outlook and Lotus Notes.

Oracle Fusion Software Customization Capabilities

Oracle Fusion software can be extensively customized at the presentation, application and data layers using Oracle tools or select third party tools. More so, the presentation layer can be configured so that the user interface (UI) delivers information in the way a user wants (using drag-and-drop functionality)—including allowing personalization in the form of customized themes, skins, screens, forms, and dynamic layouts. Modifying and extending the application layer on the other hand works through the primary customization tools of field management, workflow, and, if needed, scripting—all done within the application (and not requiring source code modifications) so that upgrades won't negatively affect the changes that were made. Finally, Oracle Fusion HCM allows for customization at the data layer by supporting field, object, and data relationship creation/modification.

Of course, one of the critical aspects of these types of customization is their ease-of-use, which Oracle delivers on by making the process simple enough for HR and business analysts to make many system modifications as needed, "and on-the-fly" through Oracle BPEL. Based natively on BPEL (Business Process Execution Language) the Oracle BPEL Process Manager is a workflow tool for designing and running business processes, and provides a comprehensive, standards-based (XML, WSDL, XSLT, XPATH, JMS, and JCA) solution for creating, deploying and managing cross-application business processes with both automated and human workflow steps; including: task assignment and rule-based routing; multiple workflow patterns; and a unified design environment for modeling complete integrated business processes. Further, the Oracle BPEL Process Designer provides a graphical and user-friendly way to build BPEL processes—featuring drag-and-drop process modeling, integrated adapter and human workflow wizards, and 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; and Java embedding.

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