“The most modern set of applications on the planet,” was unveiled at Oracle OpenWorld this week. Anthony Lye, Oracle senior vice president of CRM, was referring to the Fusion Applications suite, available in early 2011, after five years in the pipeline.

Larry Ellison praised this new addition, “Fusion is easy for business users, and tells you how to get a problem solved rather than how to enter a purchase request.”

Thinking big in Ellison style is the best way to describe Fusion – hundreds of modules and thousands of processes and seven product families are part of Fusion’s make-up, its platform and architecture mean it can run alongside Oracle applications or third party – i.e. SAP.

Lye talked up the flexibility of Fusion, ‘You can deploy it one way and six months later if you want to change, you can.” On-premise or on-demand – whatever is desired is provided – one code base, two delivery models equals an easier life for the user.

Five years ago Fusion was a mere seed, five years from now Oracle predicts customers will all have migrated across. Paul Hamermann, vice president of enterprise applications at Forrester concurs.

“Fusion offers some intriguing improvements in usability and flexibility that will benefit customers on older apps packages. The uptake will evolve slowly over several years, until Oracle can demonstrate high volume implementation experience in core modules,”

The flexibility of Fusion is the key – switching from on-premise to the cloud should become the norm as technology embraces new heights. Fusion is embracing the inevitable.