Tuesday Mar 13, 2012

"EBS does __________."

I hear this phrase frequently from customers and partners.  Generally, the blank is filled in with "it" or "it this way".  When they say, "EBS does it" or "R12 does it", they're inevitably talking about some feature.  If they say, "EBS does it this way",  it means there's a  misunderstanding of how Fusion works.

This leads me to the first misconception of Fusion: Fusion is just like the E-Business Suite. While it is true that EBS Financials was the basis for Fusion, Fusion is not a re-packaged version of EBS.  Much of Fusion does closely resemble EBS, but much of it does not.

"EBS does it"
There are features that exist in EBS that are not in Fusion.  EBS is an extremely mature product with many releases, and each release typically adds new features building on the functionality of prior releases.  This is how software works,  our beloved facebook is always releasing new "features", and angry birds gives us new birds and new levels. Fusion Financials is software, and it is not EBS R13.

"EBS does it this way"
For many of the capabilities that exist in EBS, Fusion has a different way of meeting the same functional requirements. Some examples are Responsiblities & Security, Setup, and Reporting which are quite unlike EBS.  In my opinion, Fusion handles these three areas in a much better way than EBS.  However, they are significantly different in Fusion, and it's not just a simple mapping or translation exercise to understand the differences.

So, for all of you EBS gurus out there, take comfort in knowing that there are similarities between Fusion and EBS. Not everything is similar though, and in some cases, it may be easier to forget your knowledge of "how EBS does it" and learn "how Fusion does it" without trying to translate.

The next time you hear someone say, "EBS does _______", just realize that comparing software is sometimes like comparing fruit.

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