Oracle Fusion Analytics Implementation Planning Series: Phased Approach

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Published July 3rd, 2023
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Introduction

Oracle Fusion Analytics (Fusion Analytics) is a family of prebuilt, cloud-native analytics services designed to deliver personalized insights for Oracle Fusion Cloud Applications.

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The Implementation Approach is the most critical Fusion Analytics implementation decision and affects all other planning topics.

This post is a Fusion Analytics Implementation Planning Series member and describes the phased implementation approach. The Fusion Analytics Implementation Guide and the  Fusion Analytics Implementation Planning post reference it.

Based on experience working with hundreds of enterprise customers, Oracle recommends the accelerated phased rollout approach because it allows early feedback from business users, minimizes complexity, quickly provides administrators with end-to-end implementation experience, and provides a baseline for customization requirements. It has phases with small scopes and timelines measured in weeks. It involves several go-live dates introducing new users, content, features, customizations, and updates. It rolls out the implementation incrementally, gradually building upon prior successes that build trust, confidence, and a close working relationship with business users.

TopicsThe topics in this post are:

  • Phase Overview
  • Phase Sequencing
  • Phase Activities

AcronymsThe following are used in this post.

 

Acronym Meaning
OCI Oracle Cloud Infrastructure
ERP Enterprise Resource Planning
HCM Human Capital Management
SCM Supply Chain Management
CX Customer Experience
Redwood Phase Overview

A phased implementation consists of two or more phases, an initial phase followed by one or more subsequent phases.

In the terminology of this post, phases contain a focus with one or more focus items.

Phase Focus

Focus

A phase focus defines the phase's purpose. Examples include:

  • Deploy ready-to-use content.
  • Enable a Fusion Analytics feature.
  • Add a new Fusion Analytics subscription.

For best results, define a phase with a single focus.


Focus Item

A phase focus contains one or more focus items. Examples include:

  • Fusion Analytics application functional areas, e.g., ERP - General Ledger, HCM - Workforce Management.
  • Preview features such as new data source connectors.
  • A Fusion Analytics update release, e.g., 23R2.

Focus Category

A Focus Category groups phase focuses and focus items. Examples include:

  • Content
  • Expansion
  • Maintenance

Focus Table

The table below shows example focus categories, focuses, and focus items.

Table 2: Focus Categories, Focuses, and Focus Items
Category Focus Focus Item
Content Deploy Content Functional Area
  Customize Content Functional Area
  Rollout Content Functional Area
Expansion Enable Feature Feature
  Expand Subscription Tenancy
Maintenance Release Update Release

 

Redwood Phase Sequencing

A phased implementation consists of two or more phases, an initial phase followed by one or more subsequent phases.

Initial Phase

The initial phase is crucial to the success of the implementation project. It is performed quickly, provides understanding and experience to the implementation team, and serves as the baseline for initial customization requirements.

For best results, the initial phase focuses on deploying ready-to-use content for a single focus item, i.e., an application functional area.


Completing the Initial Phase

If customizations to the ready-to-use content are required, perform a customization phase. Then, perform a rollout phase.


Subsequent Phases

Plan subsequent phases according to business and technical requirements.

If adding additional entitlements to existing subscriptions, perform an entitlement modification phase.

If a new product release is received, perform a maintenance phase.

Begin each application implementation by performing an initial phase. Continue implementing an application with deployment, customization, and rollout phases before implementing another or expanding Fusion Analytics with a new application subscription.

After performing an initial phase for an application, perform a customization phase, if necessary, and a rollout phase. For the remaining functional areas, phases are either iterative or cumulative.

An example iterative scenario is:

  • Deploy a functional area
  • Customize the functional area
  • Rollout the functional area

An example cumulative scenario is:

  • Deploy the remaining functional areas
  • Customize the remaining functional areas
  • Rollout the remaining functional areas

Take time to plan the sequence of subsequent phases.

Redwood Phase Activities

Phase activities vary by category and focus. Other posts in this series describe in detail the following activities.

Common Focus Activities
  • Plan
  • Prepare
  • Validate

Common Focus Activities, except for Rollout, Content, and Maintenance Phases
  • Migrate

Category Activities Content Activities

Configure: Configuring deployable content includes:

  • Data Configuration
  • Reporting Configuration
  • Security Configuration

Customize: Customizing content includes:

  • Data Augmentation
  • Semantic Model Extensions
  • Security Extensions

Rollout: Rolling out content to the business community includes

  • Train - train business users to use the system
  • Rollout - the go-live event
  • Adopt - Assist, support, and ensure business users successfully use the system.

Expansion Activities

Enable Features

Enable preview features within the system and create service requests to enable limited-availability features.

Expand Subscription Entitlements

Increase entitlements of existing Fusion Analytics applications and add additional Fusion Analytics application subscriptions, e.g., HCM, SCM.


Maintenance Activities

Release Update

Update a development/test instance with a new release before the update occurs in production.

Redwood Example Workflow

The example illustration shows an iterative, phased workflow. Shown is an initial phase, followed by a customization and rollout phase.
Subsequent phases are probable but not shown.

Accelerated Phased Oracle Fusion Analytics Approach

 

Redwood Call to Action

Explore and learn more about Fusion Analytics by visiting the Fusion Analytics community, blogs, and documentation.

Fusion Analytics Community

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Administering Fusion Analytics

Implementing Fusion Analytics

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