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Oracle Fusion HCM Software Pricing & Deployment Options

One of the more unique features of the Oracle Fusion HCM software is that the solution is architected on a single code base for both SaaS and on-premise deployment models—essentially meaning that depending on business needs, organizations have the ability to move from SaaS to on-premise and vice versa if desired. Hence, Oracle Fusion HCM software can be deployed in a multitude of ways, including:

  • On-premise—With this deployment option, the customer purchases the product licenses and is responsible for HR software and infrastructure installation, configuration, and management—offering the most control for customers (along with the highest initial price).
  • Hosted—With this option, the customer purchases the product licenses, but Oracle (or an Oracle Partner) is responsible for the software and infrastructure installation, configuration, and management at a remote datacenter. With this option, customers get high scalability without having to invest in additional infrastructure; however, it should be noted that hosting partners must have an Oracle database and platform stack.
  • Software-as-a-Service (SaaS)—Oracle retains the product licenses and is responsible for software and infrastructure delivery and management. Customers subscribe to the services and support plans they want.
  • Hybrid—Really only beneficial to existing Oracle customers (who are up-to-date in their E-Business Suite and/or PeopleSoft releases), this deployment model is perhaps one of the most important options available. This hybrid model offers customers the flexibility to have applications from both Fusion HCM and other Oracle products "coexist"—in essence allowing customers who want a phased Fusion approach while leveraging existing investments from on-premise deployments.

In addition to the above mentioned software deployment models, multi-tenant and single-tenant options are also available. For instance, the "standard" single-tenant deployment offering is hosted on a (virtualized and) dedicated server with maintenance and upgrades being administered by Oracle (on Oracle's schedule), but customers can also opt (for an additional fee) to be provisioned on the "Enterprise" single-tenant solution; which provides an isolated application instance, dedicated database, application server, and analytics server—allowing the customer to choose when patches or upgrades should be implemented (in much the same way that on-premise control is delivered). However, it should be noted that user-minimums are in place for the isolated tenancy option, so organizations should be sure to discuss alternative offerings with a dedicated Oracle representative if less than 350 users are present.

Oracle Fusion HCM Data Center and Hosting

Oracle Fusion HCM customers who opt for deployment models hosted by Oracle leverage some of the most robust security measures offered in the industry; in large part thanks to the fact that Oracle's unique positioning allows optimization through its data centers, its database, its application servers, as well as the application itself. Indeed, with Tier IV data centers located in Texas, Scotland, and Australia (with proposed facilities to be added in China, India, and Singapore) and additional standby facilities scattered to undisclosed locations, Oracle offers substantially more geographically dispersed data centers than any other HCM software vendor—potentially a huge benefit and assurance to multi-national or global customers.

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

Oracle Fusion HCM Software Pricing

While pricing for Oracle Fusion HCM is publicly available, given the multiple deployment options (including hybrid), and the options for "coexistence" with Fusion HCM and other Oracle applications, determining a concrete price point cannot be done without exploring the unique needs of each organization's business. That being said, with few exceptions Oracle Fusion HCM pricing is based off of 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 noted that while no technical prerequisites are needed for SaaS deployment, both on-premise and hosted deployment options require: Oracle Database (Enterprise Edition); Oracle Business Intelligence Suite Enterprise Edition Plus for Oracle Applications; Oracle Identity and Access Management Suite Plus for Oracle Applications ; 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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