Thursday, November 03, 2011

Fusion Applications Training or "Is it possible to become a Fusion Apps DBA?"

Recently, I read an article by Yury Velikanov in which he declared the "Fusion Apps DBA" a rare animal. A Fusion Apps DBA is the successor of an Oracle Apps (translate to eBusiness Suite) DBA. It should be clear by now, that Fusion Applications are not in any way a new version of Oracle Applications (EBS) but a totally new stack of enterprise applications built Fusion Middleware.

If you're really technically interested in Oracle Fusion Applications, you might have already bookmarked, and even downloaded the official documentation (and maybe even started reading). The documentation library sports a book list which should shatter all illusions of becoming a Fusion Apps DBA in one life.

Part of the Fusion Applications Technology List of Books - scary, huh?
By reading the guide on Fusion Applications Concepts and just jotting down all the product names it mentions, we have a 'who's who' list of Oracle Middleware products. Here are the most prominent products and technologies used to build what we know as Fusion Applications:

  • Application Development Framework (ADF) and JDeveloper
  • Java
  • Fusion Middleware WebLogic Server
  • Oracle Enterprise Manager
  • Oracle Database
  • Oracle Business Intelligence Enterprise Edition (OBIEE)
  • Oracle BI Applications (OBIA)
  • Oracle WebCenter
  • Oracle Content Management
  • SOA Suite
  • BPM Suite
  • Secure Enterprise Search (SES)
  • HTTP Server/WebGate
  • Oracle Data Integrator (ODI)

This is not even a complete list.

I took the liberty of looking up fundamental training courses for each of the products and ended up with at least 16 weeks of training - and that's only for the fundamentals. Now consider the average amount of training days approved per year for the average developer (5 days if you're lucky...) and you know where this is going.

In the following post I will list these training courses. If you really want to be a Fusion Apps DBA, you're going to spend a lot of time in training classes during the coming years.

Or (much more likely) customers are opting for the cloud based version and leave most of the daily operations to Oracle.

have a nice day

@lex

5 comments:

Anonymous said...

OMG!!! Lots of moving parts!! Lots of issues in maintenance, patching, upgrade etc. Just think about Siebel upgrade hassle. Here we're talking about 20 different components.

I doubt that that can be successful

Anonymous said...

Alex,

In the documentation link, I could not find anything specific to OFA CRM. Am I missing something here or Oracle hasnt yet published any document yet for Fusion CRM? Kindly please clarify based on your understanding.

Thanks
Vijay

@lex said...

Hi Vijay,

the documentation is technical. The application (end user) documentation is embedded in the product in the form of Fusion Apps Help.

have a nice day

@lex

Anonymous said...

Hi Alex,

Sorry if i sound naive, but would like to understand in a bit more detail. Are you saying that the documentation would only be available for CRM product only after installing the Oracle Fusion applications-CRM and use the help option?

Is there no way to access the OFA CRM application documentation? Any help would be grateful.

Thanks
Vijay

@lex said...

Hi Vijay,

I have not yet found a public source for the apps documentation.

have a nice day

@lex