Oracle Fusion: A Global Powerhouse in Cloud-Based ERP Solutions and how it compares with SAP

Oracle Fusion: A Global Powerhouse in Cloud-Based ERP Solutions and how it compares with SAP

In the ever-evolving landscape of enterprise resource planning (ERP) solutions, Oracle Fusion stands out as a global powerhouse. With its comprehensive suite of features and cutting-edge technology, Oracle Fusion has become a go-to choice for businesses across the world.

Oracle has been crowned as a top performer according to the Magic Quadrant (by Gartner) for Cloud ERP Solutions where it outperforms the ERP suites of Microsoft and SAP (S/4HANA Cloud).

Let’s delve into the key strengths that set Oracle Fusion apart.

Full-Scale Coverage of Business Processes

“A complete ERP suite and quarterly updates are included to adapt to the latest changes in the world.”

Oracle Fusion covers a wide range of business processes, making it a complete solution for organizations. From Financials to Human Capital Management, Project Management, Enterprise Performance Management, and Supply Chain Solutions, Oracle Fusion provides end-to-end business processes. Whether you’re managing finances, optimizing supply chains, or streamlining HR processes, Oracle Fusion has you covered.

Superior Technology Backing

“Oracle has a lineage of using the most innovative technologies”.

At the heart of Oracle Fusion lies its robust technology stack. Oracle’s cloud databases offer scalability, security, and high availability. Organizations can confidently store and manage their critical data in the cloud.

Oracle furthermore has a specialized Integration Cloud Platform which seamlessly connects various applications and services. This ensures smooth data flow across different modules, enhancing efficiency and collaboration.

As is the standard, Oracle provides embedded Generative AI within the ERP modules, Oracle Fusion’s Generative AI assists users in decision-making. From predictive analytics to intelligent recommendations, AI-driven insights empower organizations to make informed choices.

Examples of generative AI are that in Oracle HCM you can already use the generative AI for writing cover letters, in Oracle SCM you can ask the chatbot to create requisitions for you based on easy-to-use chat prompts.

Global Reach

“Leverage the Oracle Cloud ERP suite by making advantage of its global connectivity”

Oracle’s cloud solutions transcend geographical boundaries. With data centers strategically located worldwide, businesses can access Oracle Fusion’s services from virtually anywhere. Whether you’re a multinational corporation or a local startup, Oracle’s global scale ensures consistent performance and availability.

Streamlined Implementation Methodology

“Using the Rapid Implementation Method, clients can save time and easily understand the configuration of the system”.

Implementing an ERP system can be daunting, but Oracle Fusion simplifies the process. By using the simplified “Rapid Implementation method, Oracle Fusion’s cloud-based architecture allows for easy system configuration. No lengthy installations or complex setups—just turn it on and start customizing.

SiNube uses its best practice to facilitate the Design Workshops, where experts collaborate with stakeholders to tailor the ERP system to specific business needs. This approach ensures alignment with organizational goals. We also have a focus on Belgian Localization where we adapt to the local requirements. Whether it’s legal compliance or regional regulations, the system can be localized without hassle.

Responsive Touch screen or Mobile Applications available for On-the-Go Productivity

“Having the Oracle ERP suite available through your phone, greatly facilitates the way of working of our clients. End users can now readily fill in their expenses on business trips.”

In today’s mobile-centric world, Oracle Fusion doesn’t disappoint. iOS and Android Apps are available for filling in Expenses, HR data or Projects information.

The Oracle Fusion Expense App simplifies expense reporting. Employees can submit expenses on the go, streamlining reimbursement processes. The Oracle Fusion HR Mobile App provides a dedicated mobile app. From leave requests to performance evaluations, managing HR tasks is effortless.

Alternatively, you can directly login through a mobile web browser grace to the Responsive User Interface. The Oracle native “Redwood Design” ensures using icons and buttons to enhance the mobile experience.

Comparison with SAP

According to independent research from Ventana, Oracle outperforms its competitors for its product capabilities, manageability, reliability, usability, customer-centric approach, Total Cost of Ownerships, Return on investment and user validation.

Oracle Fusion attains this lead by constantly innovating. As mentioned above, Oracle is currently investing massively in their Generational AI capability which is already live for the Human Capital Module, Procurement and Financials Module.

“Use Standard Best Practices for your organization to ensure stability.”

Oracle furthermore emphasizes using a standard version of their Cloud ERP version whereas S/4HANA can have multiple variants. This makes the S/4HANA vulnerable in standardizing their Cloud ERP versions. Oracle uses “Extensions” which is an expansion of your current Cloud ERP version instead of making a variant of it’s standard Cloud ERP Version.

“Custom Fields, which are called “Dynamic Flexfields” in Oracle gives you flexibility to enhance your screens”.

Dynamic Flexfields in Oracle are “custom fields” which can be added on most screens in your ERP module. Most Oracle screens are linked to database tables which reserves extra additional columns where the custom data can be stored in.

This opposed to S/4HANA which does not easily allows “custom fields” to be added on their screens. S/4HANA either uses their “side-by-side” extensibility where minimal coding is required. Or you can use the “in-app extensibility” which needs ABAP coding. This inflexibility gives the end user more restraints in using their system and forces them to develop their own SAP variants which are not standardized anymore with their core system.

On the aspect of “Total Cost of Ownership” Oracle Cloud’s technology is optimized by having the lowest cost infrastructure for their cloud technology (database availability, cloud storage…).

As an ERP suite depends on a high User Adoption, Oracle Cloud ERP has a low learning curve in using the system. Having a train-the-trainer sessions between 1 to 3 months is the standard which make sure that users are quickly onboarded. This is also due to the embedded “Guided Learning” modules where end users have an interactive online coach which guides the end user in clicking the correct screens and buttons.

Integration with Oracle Fusion is readily available with its Oracle Integration Cloud platform. Queries are straightforward and are linked directly to the database. Whereas in SAP you might have legacy ABAP programs which can be obsolete because they point to old database tables or do not have the right access rights anymore to their SAP database tables.

“Oracle Fusion has dedicated modules whereas SAP modules are grown from legacy modules.”

An example is the availability of a dedicated “Lease Accounting module” to adapts its Oracle ERP to the IFRS16 compliancy. Whereas SAP uses their “SAP RE-FX “which stands for “SAP Flexible Real Estate Management” or in German: “SAP Flexibles Immobilienmanagement”. SAP only takes into account Real Estate for their IFRS16 accounting, whereas Oracle Fusion has a broader perspective which also takes into consideration leases like company vehicles which can have a bottom line P&L impact for your IFRS reporting.

Oracle Corporation is more than an ERP company and more complete than SAP which concentrates only on ERP.”

Oracle is also more than an ERP company which encompasses links to database technology, Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, Data Lakes, Cloud Databases to leverage its solutions. SAP on the other hand only concentrates on ERP solutions which might not be enough to cope with the challenges companies face today.

“Oracle a robust Fortune500 company.”

When comparing the company fact sheets, Oracle boasts a 52 billion dollar revenue whereas SAP reports a 31 billion dollar revenue.

To conclude, when choosing for Oracle, you choose for the market leader in ERP that is backed by a robust ecosystem and innovative technology which is tailored to the latest best practices. In combination with a suitable implementation partner, your ERP is easily implemented or you can improve your current ERP solution.

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