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Oracle Fusion HCM Pricing and Deployment Options

Oracle Fusion offers choice in software deliverability. The Fusion software is architected with a single code base for both Software as a Service (SaaS) and on-premise deployment. Additionally, if business needs or preferences change, a company can move from SaaS to on-premise or vice versa. There are several Oracle Fusion HCM software deployment combinations, including:

  • On-premise—In this deployment model, the customer purchases the software licenses and is responsible for HR software and infrastructure installation, configuration, and management. This option offers the most customer control.
  • Hosted—With this model, the customer purchases the software licenses, but Oracle or an Oracle Partner manage the software and infrastructure installation, configuration, and management (generally) at a remote datacenter. This is essentially an outsourced software management option whereby customers are relieved of application management and are offered benefits such as on-demand scalability without having to invest in additional infrastructure.
  • Software-as-a-Service (SaaS)—In this pay as you go model Oracle retains the product licenses and is responsible for software and infrastructure delivery and management. Customers normally pay a per user per month subscription fee based on a minimum period.
  • Hybrid—The hybrid model offers customers the flexibility to have applications from both Fusion HCM and other Oracle legacy systems coexist—in essence permitting customers who want a phased Fusion approach while leveraging existing investments from on-premise software systems.

In addition to the choices in HR software delivery, multi-tenant and single-tenant options are also available. For example, the single-tenant deployment solution can be hosted on a virtualized and dedicated server with maintenance and upgrades being administered by Oracle (on Oracle's schedule). However, customers may opt (for an additional fee) an Enterprise single-tenant solution which provides an isolated application instance, dedicated database, application server, and analytics server—thereby allowing the customer to choose when software patches and upgrades are deployed (in much the same way an on-premise system is managed). However, there are user-minimums in place for the isolated tenancy option, so HR software buyers should be sure to discuss alternative offerings with their Oracle representative if less than a few hundred users.

Data Center and Hosting

Oracle Fusion HCM customers who opt for deployment models hosted by Oracle gain access to some of the most robust infrastructure and security measures available in the industry; in large part thanks to the fact that Oracle's product portfolio allows optimization through its data centers, database, application servers and HR software application. The company's Tier IV data centers are located in Texas, Scotland, and Australia (with proposed facilities to be added in China, India, and Singapore) with additional standby facilities in other global locations. Oracle offers more geographically dispersed data centers than most other HR software vendors—potentially a big benefit and assurance to multi-national or global customers.

In terms of business continuity and disaster recovery, Oracle attests to operating its data centers with multiple levels of redundancy, near continuous data synchronization (using Data Guard technology), near real-time fail-over, a comprehensive Information Security Management System (ISMS) and disaster recovery testing and simulations. Oracle data centers are also backed up by 3rd-party attestations such as ISO 27001, ISO 27002, ISAE 3402, and SSAE 16 (formerly SAS 70). As opposed to its closest competitor SAP, Oracle offers a more robust Service Level Agreement (SLA) that guarantees uptime with financial backing.

Oracle Fusion HCM Software Pricing

While pricing for Oracle Fusion HCM is somewhat publicly available, given the various HR software configurations, multiple deployment options and the options for coexistence between Fusion HCM and other Oracle applications, determining a concrete price cannot be fully done without exploring the unique needs of each business. That being said, Oracle Fusion HCM pricing is normally based on the number of company employees. The company also offers a subscription-based model for its Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) deployment option, and it should be recognized that while no technical prerequisites are needed for SaaS deployment, both on-premise and on-demand deployment options may require: Oracle Database (Enterprise Edition); Oracle Business Intelligence Suite Enterprise Edition Plus for Oracle Applications; Oracle Identity and Access Management Suite Plus; Oracle WebCenter Suite for Oracle Applications; Oracle WebLogic Suite for Oracle Applications; and Oracle SOA Suite for Oracle Middleware for Oracle Applications.

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