As part of the “Fusion UX Advocates” team, I visited the Oracle Applications User Experience team this week and had the opportunity to play with a real, running Oracle Fusion Application installation. And I can tell you:
- It’s real
- It’s good
- It looks cool
- It’s like no enterprise application you have ever seen before.
But once Fusion Applications hits the street, it will set the standard for all enterprise applications from now on.
There are two ways to build applications: Based on product (data) or based on process. And up until now, we have had to build applications based on data, because that was all our tools allowed. An accounting system has a table of invoices, so our application had a screen for handling invoices. And when an accountant had to decide whether to approve an invoice, he would have to go to several other screens, based on other tables, to gather the information he needed to make a decision.
But with the ADF components, Oracle has been able to build an application based on the actual work process, providing all the information the accountant needs to make a decision on one screen.
The usability revolution has finally caught up with enterprise applications; they will no longer be built based on the capabilities of the database, but on the needs of users.