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The Oracle Applications Users Group and Quest form Fusion Council

OAUG, the Oracle apps users group, and Quest International Users Group, an association for PeopleSoft and J.D. Edwards users, have formed the Fusion Council, which will provide users of Oracle's Fusion software with an educational tool and forum for learning more about the middleware and act as a bridge between users and Oracle to add in the development of Fusion.

Oracle Fusion Middleware is the newly created brand for Oracle's family of existing middleware products, consisting of several components, including a Java application server, a Web portal, BI software, data hubs, ESBs and Oracle's Collaboration suite for e-mail and Web conferencing. The software is based on Java and Web services standards, which will make it easier for customers to modify Oracle programs and share information with non-Oracle-based systems, according to Oracle.

The Fusion Council will consist of members representing all Oracle Applications, J.D. Edwards and PeopleSoft users. The council's responsibilities include working with Oracle to educate users about the product and its modules, facilitating user feedback in the product's development, assisting users during the installation of Fusion, collaborating with Oracle to establish and publish required industry and product-specific information and conducting quality testing for Oracle as needed.

"The Fusion Council will be a broad-based organization made up of members from a wide range of industries and geographic locations," says Fred Pond, president of Quest. "Participating in the council is a great way to have a direct impact on the development of future Fusion modules."

"The Fusion Council is an example of how user groups work together with Oracle to provide enhanced levels of service and learning opportunities for the Oracle community," adds Patricia Dues, president of the OAUG. "The council is a benefit to both users and Oracle Corp. because it provides users with advanced educational opportunities and offers Oracle the ability to gain feedback from the company's customers."

Users of Oracle, J.D. Edwards and PeopleSoft are invited to participate in the council by contacting Steven Hughes, OAUG executive director, at shughes@oaug.com or (404) 240-0897 or Luke Hodges of Quest at luke.hodges@questdirect.org or (859) 226-4421. Council members are required to have a minimum of one year of experience with ERP applications, above-average knowledge of ERP requirements and have experience dealing with ERP development teams and the current supportable release of ERP applications.

Once members of the Fusion Council have been selected, they will meet during the collaborative conferences of the OAUG and Quest on June 13-16, at the Gaylord Texan Resort and Convention Center in Grapevine, Texas.

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