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Oracle Launches Massive Update To All Five App Lines

Oracle gathered partners, customers and press on Wednesday to hail major new versions of all five application sets in its software lineup.

Oracle gathered partners, customers and press on Wednesday to hail major new versions of all five application sets in its software lineup.

Oracle E-Business Suite 12, PeopleSoft Enterprise 9, Siebel CRM 8 and JD Edwards EnterpriseOne 8.12 have recently shipped, and JD Edwards World A9.1 is due out later this year.

"We've been defying the critics," Oracle President Charles Phillips said at a launch event in New York. "Most companies in our industry would be happy to get one release out on time. We did five."

The widely expected updates fulfill the promise Oracle made before closing its contentious PeopleSoft acquisition two years ago: that it would continue developing its acquired applications and meet its road maps for next-generation releases.

"Applications Unlimited" is Oracle's slogan for its pledge to continue enhancing and supporting its various applications lines for as long as customers require. The Redwood Shores, Calif., company has promised eternal support on current applications and plans at least one more major release for each application family before it launches its new, converged Fusion applications line in 2008.

Chris Rapp, executive vice president of business development at Apex IT, a Minneapolis-based systems integrator, said that at least as far as PeopleSoft is concerned, Oracle has held up its end of the deal in providing real upgrades.

"There's some real value there, not just a maintenance release," Rapp said.

The details vary by module and by industry, but some of the highlights in Oracle's batch of upgrades include deeper globalization capabilities, more prebuilt analytics and new integration points for connecting Oracle's heterogeneous products. Oracle also has filled in a lot of boxes on its Linux checklist. The new Siebel 8 brings Linux support to the venerable CRM application for the first time. The only Oracle app that won't support Linux is JD Edwards' World, which remains exclusive to IBM's iSeries line.

And the Linux issue isn't trivial. Several Oracle solution providers said most of their Oracle customers are moving to Linux or are new customers requesting Linux implementations.

"Since Larry [Ellison] made that wonderful statement [of Linux support] at OpenWorld, the whole Oracle business is going to Linux. More and more customers just assume they'll run on Linux," said Mick Gallagher, CEO of LS Technologies, a Fallbrook, Calif.-based Oracle partner.

Oracle focused Wednesday's event on spotlighting the advances in its set of new releases and on providing reassurances that the current lines have stable futures. However, many eyes are focused ahead to 2008, when Oracle is scheduled to roll out the first applications in its Fusion line.

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