Oracle unveils e-business suite



David Bicknell

Oracle will this week ship an e-business suite comprising a string of offerings for users wrestling with e-business...



David Bicknell

Oracle will this week ship an e-business suite comprising a string of offerings for users wrestling with e-business areas such as supply chain and customer relationship management.

The solution, dubbed Oracle 11i, has been months in development and, the company says, has been "difficult to deliver". It has not been easy providing an integrated suite rather than tying together a string of disparate products. "This is not just a string of logos," said Oracle's European e-commerce specialist Phil Wood.

Oracle insisted the suite would not make the delivery of e-commerce applications a repeat of previous "integrated suites" - time-consuming and complex to implement, such as SAP's R/3.

Oracle said the suite had been developed because users such as Lego had said it was having difficulty in developing separate e-commerce applications across a string of hardware platforms.

Oracle's suite is the latest e-commerce initiative intended to make life easier for users. Last week, IBM launched an "e-marketplace in a box" designed to help build electronic marketplaces in just 90 days, while ERP specialist SAP and Commerce One are expected to announce a link up to boost SAP's so far lacklustre e-commerce performance.

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