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Oracle HCM Software Capabilities

Additional unique or high value HR software features across the Oracle Fusion HCM suite include the following:

HCM Analytics

Several options are available for business intelligence (BI) in the Oracle Fusion software suite. Oracle Fusion HCM delivers more than 300 out-of-the-box reports and additionally ad-hoc reports can be created through the Oracle BI Publisher (available without additional licensing costs). More in depth analysis and predictive analytics are available with Oracle Fusion Workforce Predictions (one of the HR software industry's most robust BI offerings for HCM) as a separately licensed and priced solution.

The Oracle HR analytics are embedded into business processes so that you can flexibly work in real-time on dashboard driven pages and in transactional flows throughout the Oracle Fusion HCM software suite—linking directly to source transactions and other decision points. For example, dashboards show additional pieces of useful information that users can use to make additional decisions (e.g. the Voluntary Termination screen allows for sliding scale factors that tie in to compensation, performance and productivity analyses). And further, with the Oracle Data Mining, over 130 indicators can be run through advanced algorithms; benchmarking your historical data against weighted factors and supporting predictive analysis. As more transactional data is added, the algorithm self-adapts to fine tune those predictions. Staff can then drill down into this analysis to understand which indicators have been triggered so that corrective action can be proactively taken.

HR Mobility

Oracle Fusion HCM mobility solutions are a work in progress. Oracle provides mobile access through a wide range of mobile devices; including iPhone, iPad and Android on both smartphones and tablets. However, the company's approach to deliver natively-built applications for these specific form factors (in which case, the user experience would benefit) is inconsistent. Depending upon your device and mobile operating system, you may get reverted to a limited cross browser-based experience. It would not be surprising to see Oracle dedicate the considerable time, energy, and resources needed to develop a mobile first Fusion HCM application, but given the lack of information forthcoming from Oracle on this capability, it's safe to assume that the company is following the suit of countless other HR software vendors in not fully grasping the strategic importance of a robust and mobile first solution—at least not yet.

Social Business

The Oracle history with social technology missteps (i.e. Beehive) makes this application type particularly interesting. The company has two technologies geared towards social media and collaboration; Network at Work and the Oracle Social Network (OSN)—both of which are relatively new to the Oracle fold. Interestingly enough, both of these solutions are available with Fusion, but Network at Work is designed to be installed behind the firewall, while OSN is largely seen as Oracle's answer to Salesforce.com's Chatter or Microsoft's Yammer and looks to be an integral part of the Oracle Public Cloud.

That aside, the Oracle Fusion HCM Network at Work module is an incredibly useful tool for those organizations leveraging large and global workforces—providing a common place to collaborate and share information; to find and connect with peers and experts across functions and geographies; and to visualize the working relationships among teams. Further, as an employee, Network at Work allows for the creation of a personal brand and connection capabilities with other people in the extended enterprise. However, while useful for the enterprise, this social solution may be overkill for what the SMB market needs in terms of social functionality. As well, with no Recruiting solution present in the Fusion HCM suite, needed functionality for social recruitment is not yet available.

Global Support

Oracle Fusion HCM software offers multi-currency and multi-language support, including translations for Arabic, Dutch, English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Spanish, Simplified Chinese, and Traditional Chinese. The first release of Oracle Fusion HCM also included payroll localizations for China, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom, and the United States—interesting choices given the company's relatively small showing in the greater European market. It appears that Oracle's strategy for localizations is to target both existing markets (customers currently using PeopleSoft and Oracle E-Business Suite) and emerging countries for which Oracle doesn't currently have a solution. While Oracle representatives assert that the company has an aggressive rollout schedule for additional localizations, no other countries were disclosed.

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