Oracle E-business Suite (EBS) was released by oracle in 19 years. Oracle EBS consists of Enterprise Resource Planning and Customer Relationship Management applications. Later in 2011, Oracle Fusion was introduced but businesses have not switched to Oracle Fusion due to its complete familiarity with Oracle EBS. The Oracle EBS is moving toward the end of support that is why switching to Oracle fusion is now unavoidable.



What is Oracle EBS?



Oracle EBS is basically, Oracle E-business Suite. Oracle helps businesses with different types of processes. The processes include Enterprise Resource Planning, supply chain management and Customer Relationship Management. Oracle has been updating the package ever since its release.



Why move to Oracle EBS and Oracle Fusion


People, who have been working on Oracle EBS for 5 to 10 years, would not agree to move to Fusion because they are habitual of using EBS. Fusion also requires more cost and high skills as compared to EBS which makes it harder for the employees to switch to Fusion immediately. They ask about the need of migrating to Fusion from EBS, so the answer is simple. Fusion is more advanced with new technology and next-generation ERP. UX, UI, and AI are also the features of Oracle Fusion which are advanced than Oracle EBS. The positives and negatives between Fusion and EBS should be considered before making the move from EBS to Fusion.

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Differences between Oracle EBS and Oracle Fusion

Oracle has released EBS and Fusion so many people think that both of these will be the same. The reason that Fusion came a lot later than EBS is sufficient to know that Fusion is newer and more advanced than EBS. The technology has advanced rapidly during the window of 10 years from 2001 to 2011. Despite people thinking that there are similarities between Oracle EBS and Oracle fusion, but this is not true. There are differences between EBS and fusion that are given below. Considering these differences between EBS and Fusion will help you make a better decision when you think of moving from EBS to fusion.


Service-oriented architecture (SOA)Service-oriented architecture is used by Oracle Fusion which is a new and smoother approach as compared to the data-centric approach of the Oracle EBS application.


  • Better workflow and reporting

The procedural language used by Oracle is PL/SQL while Business Process Execution Language (BPEL) is used by Fusion which is seamless and a lot smoother. For reporting, PL/SQL is used by EBS whereas BI Publisher and XML formats are used by fusion.


  • Simpler content management 

Data is stored by EBS in BLOBs whereas; Oracle Universal Content Management is used by Fusion which was previously known as Stellent and it is acquired from Stellent. Based on hierarchical approvals, it is a simpler solution for ordering an enterprise’s document management requirements.

  • The efficiency of the data model and a wider range of products 

Fusion is capable of offering a combination of Siebel and People Soft along with Oracle E-business for the data model which is more effective than EBS. Fusion also offers different enterprise solutions in a wider range than EBS.


  • Business intelligence 

Oracle Discoverer is used by EBS which is now kicked out by Oracle Fusion. Fusion uses an advanced Oracle Business Intelligence Enterprise Edition (OBIEE) which is supported by and is compatible with Oracle database updates, Microsoft Windows, Internet Explorer.


  • Different options for financial reporting

Fusion offers different options such as Hyperion Financials Reporting Studio, Oracle Transactional Business Intelligence (OTBI), whereas Oracle EBS uses Financial Statement Generator for financial reporting.


  • Continuous integration 

Oracle EBS combines with Oracle and non-oracle applications with the help of Application Integration Architecture (AIA) while Fusion does this by AIA, BPEL, and other web services.



 Table of differences between Oracle EBS and Oracle Fusion

The table below shows the difference between Oracle EBS and Oracle Fusion in a form of a table.

Attributes Oracle EBS Oracle Fusion
Efficiency Already proven ERP Next-gen ERP
Features Provide advanced features and cost feasible as a direct upgrade from the current version is possible (E.g. Upgrade from Oracle Apps 11i to Oracle Apps R12) Formed of best modules from diversified enterprise solutions (JD Edwards, PeopleSoft, Siebel, and Oracle E-Business Suite) of Oracle
Workflow PL/SQL BPEL (Business Process Execution Language
Reports PL/SQL BI Publisher, XML Reports
Business Intelligence Oracle Discoverer

OBIEE (Oracle Business

Intelligence Enterprise Edition)

User Interface Oracle Forms (6i, 10g…), Java Server Pages (JSP), Oracle Applications Framework (OAF) Oracle ADF (Application Development Framework), Java Server Faces (JSF)
Application Server Oracle Applications Server Oracle WebLogic
Architecture Oracle application architecture SOA (Service Oriented Architecture)
Database Oracle Database 8i and above Oracle RDMS 11g and above
Portal Oracle Portal Oracle Web center
Data Model Oracle EBS Data Model Oracle EBS Data Model+Siebel + PeopleSoft (Trees, Data Effectivity, person Model)
Attachments Imaging BLOBs BPEL, B2B AdapterXML GatewayXML GatewayAIA + BPEL + More web servicesAIAIntegrationUCM/Stellent
Financial Reporting Financial Statement Generator Hyperion Financials Reporting Studio, Oracle Transactional Business Intelligence (OTBI)
XML Gateway XML Gateway BPEL, B2B Adapter
Integration AIA AIA + BPEL + More web services




Advantages of Fusion and Disadvantages of EBS


There are advantages and disadvantages to everything. Oracle E-Business Suite is a great tool that can help in the smooth running of the programmers for your business but when Oracle Fusion was released, it became a little outdated as compared to the newly releases Oracle Fusion. Before making the move from EBS to Fusion, the advantages and disadvantages of Fusion and EBS should be considered. Given below are the advantages of the fusion and disadvantages of EBS.

  • The workflow is better of Fusion as compared to that of EBS.
  • The security of EBS is not of the same quality as that of Fusion.
  • Segregation of Duties and role creation are not available in EBS so the users are forced to hire consultants for SOD, whereas, in Fusion SOD and role creation is available.
  • The export can be done in Fusion by using any format when reporting has to be done but in EBS the export functionality is very limited. Reporting is a great feature of Fusion.
  • Hyperion and Oracle Transaction Business Intelligence (OTBI) are technologies that are available in Fusion so fusion is ahead in technology than EBS. Users can benefit from these technologies. EBS users have to buy these technologies separately which are costly for the users.
  • There are fewer complexities and technicalities involved in Fusion than in EBS.
  • Users can locate problems using dashboards in Fusion which makes it easier for the Fusion users to identify problems.
  • EBS requires the business to run several queries for real-time data but in Fusion, Adhoc reports for real-time data are created for business users.
  • Fusion has a multi-currency payment which is not available in EBS.


Migration from Oracle EBS to Oracle Fusion


The decision to go migrating from EBS to Fusion is a big one. Few businesses that have moved from EBS to fusion have talked about the convenience of fusion as compared to EBS. Still, businesses struggle while making this decision. There are challenges and requirements involved in shifting your data from EBS to Fusion because of the performance, control, and security.


Oracle has recommended solutions for migrating from Oracle EBS to Fusion for safe migration. The solution is available based on experiences that were collected from a successful customer who has done this move.


The solutions focus on technical requirements, key implementation concerns, and business challenges that are involved in this migration. The Oracle E-business suite is already doing the order management, manufacturing, procurements, logistics, and financials. Oracle EBS may have been customized to fit your needs and deeply combine it with other applications for the smooth running of daily operations. Therefore, starting with a new software a as service (SaaS) might not make sense but by using infrastructure as a service (IaaS), you can accommodate everything you do with flexibility. IaaS gives you control over the security, performance, and business continuity plan.



Cost of Ownership 


Besides the advantage of being uncomplicated to migrate, easy to manage, and flexible to scale, EBS is cheaper than Fusion to run on-premises. Approximately, the cost of this solution is 38% cheaper than on-premise and 44% lesser than running on the cloud, based on:

  • 2,500 concurrent users
  • Six environments are: 1 for staging, 1 for testing, 2 for Production, 1 for Quality assurance and 1 for development.
  • Configuration of Environment:




Infrastructure Support and Tooling


Oracle fusion is specially designed for supporting workloads like Oracle E-Business Suite due to which the Oracle Fusion is capable of offering a host of infrastructure support systems and tooling support as well.


Higher storage, performance compute, managed database instances and networking are the features of Oracle fusion because of which, it can provide a high-performance experience for the users at lesser operational costs. Oracle Fusion is the only platform where you can run the Oracle Database Exadata Cloud Service or Oracle Database with Oracle RAC. Lesser robust configurations are a limitation of other cloud systems.


On top of it, specific tooling and automation are provided by Oracle fusion for efficient upgrading, migration, deployment, and maintenance of the implementation, along with lessening the risk, expertise, cost of operation, time, and day-to-day operations.

  • Oracle E-Business Suite (EBS) Marketplace trial
  • Oracle Fusion Manager
  • Oracle Management Cloud for hybrid application management and Oracle Enterprise



Steps involved in upgrading 


The steps involved in upgrading are the same as other steps. The steps will include:

  1. Some cases may include Pre-Migration which needs careful planning more careful to include Manager
  2. Planning
  3. Preparation
  4. Down Time
  5. Post-Migration

The diagram below shows the steps involved in migration from Oracle EBS to Oracle Fusion:




Two businesses that have done the Migration


Below are the cases of two businesses that have implemented the change of migration from Oracle E-business Suite to Oracle fusion and benefited from it.


  • Murad

Murad is a well-reputed skincare brand that has specialized in anti-aging treatments and acne. Unilever has been operating this company since 2015. A corporate-wide initiative was launched by Unilever to increase the experience of consumers, by facilitating more efficient and faster back-office operations. Before this, Murad used to maintain its hardware in a co-located data center using borrowed capital to increase profit with Cisco UCS hardware and after every 3 to years, they refreshed them. They were about to refresh the Hardware cycle when they discovered Oracle Fusion and explored it based on their operational needs and key business. This helped them in getting 30% increased performance, their cost was decreased by 30% and r reporting time was reduced by75%.


  • Darling Ingredients 

Darling Ingredients is known to be the world’s largest producer of sustainable ingredients. This company was going through old hardware in a co-located area that hosted key infrastructure. The goal set by Darling ingredients was to not increase the cost but modernize the solution when the contract was to be renewed. Many cloud providers were tried but they found that the performance and reliability lack.


Then they tried Oracle Fusion which was able to provide them with the predictable high-performance infrastructure that they needed for their Oracle Database and the application that was dependent on it. Their performance was doubled from their previous solution and strengthened down from 19 database systems to 3.


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